Splendid Ocean Views at La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel of San Diego

Splendid Ocean Views at La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel of San Diego

La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel is an old, yet luxurious hotel in California. It was first opened on the February 1st, 1913. Originally designed by the master architect of the Balboa Park California Exposition, Richard Requa, the hotel has a breathtaking view of the Pacific coast. It was George Bane who decided to give the Colonial a whole new vista that would rival any coastal constructs in the West to that date. With this vision, he assigned architect Frank Stevenson to do the planning. The whole building was completed in 1928, with 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms. From then on, the Colonial served as a gathering place for locals, military men and Hollywood stars. Series of renovations created the new five-story building including numerous guest rooms and suites, a lobby and an award-winning ZAGAT-rated NINE-TEN Restaurant.

The guest rooms at La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel have a classy palette of bright colors bordering guests’ views of the Pacific Ocean or La Jolla. Windows can be opened to invite in natural light and breezes of the fresh ocean. The hotel’s suites also share an endless elegance and style, just like its guest rooms. Visitors are guaranteed the familiar comforts of home in a setting of exotic luxury through its select suites that include fireplaces and full kitchens. Along with sophisticated amenities, high-speed wired and wireless Internet access and in-room dining are offered to the visitors. For guests that plan a prolonged stay in the area, accommodation in the exclusive Little Hotel by the Sea and Garden Terrace suites are available.

La Jolla Grande Colonial Hotel applies several “green” initiatives for the environment. It has a hot water system that minimizes energy use and water temperature throughout the peak times of the day. Digital thermometers are also installed in all rooms to maintain room temperatures at constant level. The chefs of the NINE-TEN Restaurant grow their own herbs and vegetables through an on-site hydroponic vertical garden.

When you decide to stay in the Colonial, you will find yourself with endless things to do in La Jolla. You will be just few steps away from the most beautiful beaches on the west coast, such as Windansea Beach, Blacks Beach, La Jolla Cove and the Children’s Pool.

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Craig V. Schowengerdt’s Exhibit in Greasewood Gallery

Craig V. Schowengerdt's Exhibit in Greasewood Gallery

Beginningat 8 amon January 8ththrough 8 pm on February 2nd, the Greasewood Gallery  in the Hotel Paisano at 207 North Highland Avenue in Marfa will be presenting an exhibit of the works of local sculptor, Craig V. Schowengerdt. The exhibit will feature the “Beautiful Bomb Series” of the sculptor’s most recent works created from native wood.

Schowengerdt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. He also holds a master’s degree in fine art and literature from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Schowengerdt has lived in New York, where he first began wood sculpting. He first made a male torso out of a 400 poundlength of pine tree on his kitchen table in his two-story apartment. He worked as an electrician for 25 years and managed his own company before retiring to take a home in Marfa, Texas. And ever since moving to Marfa, the sculptor has continued crafting wood, searching and collecting tree parts he can work on, carve, and build to fit developing narratives. According to him, he wants his pieces to have a personality; to be in the act of something.

After his last exhibit entitled, “Almost Everything I’ve Ever Made” at The Yard – still in Marfa, the sculptor realized that after seeing all his work together, it was the simplest pieces that moved him the most. Then he goes on to say, “Wanting a simple but powerful form, the image of the underwater, or harbor mine, floated into my mind. After completing #1, it struck me as something unearthed, a relic. I wanted to fill a room with them and pass through unmolested.”

For more information on Schowengerdt’s exhibit, contact Vicki Lynn Barge, the gallery director, at 432-729-4134. The Greasewood Gallery also features works by other artists and in various mediums – oil and watercolor paintings; original photography and Giclee prints, sculptures, along with glass, wood, and jewelry creations. Many of the gallery’s featured artists have ties to the Big Bend area of West Texas and often exhibit works featuring beautiful, rugged landscapes.

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The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaʻūpūlehu

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaʻūpūlehu is located in a secluded private beach along the Kono-Kohala Coast. The resort was designed by the Hill Glazier Architects with original interior design by Wilson and Associates. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the only AAA Five Diamond rated resort on the island of Hawaii, and one of only three in the entire state. It is also among the top 100 of Travel + Leisure’s world’s best resorts in a readers poll from 2007 to 2009. The Condé Naste Traveler has also placed this resort on their “Gold List” for best resorts since 2005; and in 2010, TripAdvisor named the resort as the top celebrity honeymoon hotel destination.

The resort is planted with two-story bungalows that house the 243guest rooms. These bungalows are connected by landscaped paths around pools with the guest rooms designed and decorated with indigenous rattan, bamboo, and lava rock. These guest rooms also feature furnished lanais with ocean, golf course, or garden views. Also, views of the Pacific Ocean and the Island of Maui can be seen on the horizon. Moreover, the guest rooms are fully equipped with entertainment centers in living areas, which include plasma televisions with cable channels, DVD/CD players, clock radios, and MP3 docks. The granite bathrooms are also equipped with deep-soaking bathtubs and separate glass-enclosed showers.

Aside from these amenities, the resort also features two beachfront restaurants and one golf clubhouse restaurant where guests can dine with menus featuring massive island-grown and raised produce such as avocado, goat cheese, red and yellow tomatoes, mushrooms, lobster, white organic honey, and baby abalone. In addition to the sumptuous food, guests can also conduct leisurely activities in the resort’s 18-hole beachfront golf course, 8 outdoor tennis courts, 7 outdoor swimming pools including a children’s pool and an adults-only pool that features day beds, hammocks, a swim-up bar, and a spa tub.

Guests are also encouraged to relax in the resort’s tropical garden spa which features eleven different types of massages and facial treatments. The Ka’upulehu Cultural Center is another feature of the resort which educates guests on Hawaiian culture and history with programs and lessons held throughout the week. Visitors can also take ukelele classes and learn the art of hula and lei making.

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Marfa Contemporary presents Agathe de Bailliencourt: Hues of Time

Marfa Contemporary presents Agathe de Bailliencourt

Starting on January 17th and lasting through the end of the month, Marfa Contemporary will be presenting the exhibit Agathe de Bailliencourt: Hues of Time. The exhibit features all of the new paintings created in Marfa during Bailliencourt’s three-month residency at Marfa Contemporary.

This particular series dwells on the question of horizon, one of the art of painting’s most traditional subjects for defining time, space, and a scale of infinity. The paintings are characterized by subtle shades of color produced by acrylic paint and large amounts of water, watercolor techniques, and a minimalist idea of landscape. The untreated linen fiber used for the pieces reacts to the paints in an extremely sensitive, slow, and almost uncontrollable way. At the same time, every action is irreversibly visible, laying bare the entire process of producing an image of a landscape.

Bailliencourt’s three-month residency was hosted by the Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program, which was launched in 2012 and aims to support the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. The program provides an opportunity for artists to work in a unique and natural environment. Marfa Contemporary strives to “instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.” The organization is the first regional extension of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, which is an Oklahoma City-based non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging creative expression in all its forms through education and exhibit. Exhibits at Marfa Contemporary are free of charge to the public all year-round and feature the recent works of regional, national, and international artists.

Artist Agathe de Bailliencourt was born in Paris and is currently based in Berlin, Germany. She works on canvas and paper, as well as in public spaces and architectures. Since 2005, her works have been exhibited internationally. In her own words, Agathe describes the process of creating her works as an “intuitive exploration for a domain that incorporates the experience of inside and outside, a third category.”

Marfa Contemporary is located at 100 East San Antonio Street. The exhibit’s opening night on January 17th will last from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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The Luxurious Cliff House at Pikes Peak

The Luxurious Cliff House at Pikes Peak

The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs, is a four diamond Colorado Springs Hotel. The luxury attraction is actually older than the State of Colorado itself! In the past years, the hotel has served many purposes, from playing host to well-known public figures andhousing soldiers. The hotel has also been threatened by calamities such as floods and fires over its considerable lifetime. Despite its age, The Cliff House remainssteadfast and is currently considered one of the top 100 hotels in the world.

Settled at the foot of Pikes Peak, this prime venue has an entire management and personnel team dedicateto keeping the accessories of Victorian classiness and indulgence. The reason why it is one of the best hotels is because of its hi-tech room features. It has 54 well-appointed hotel guest rooms and luxury suites. The beautiful Celebrity and Premier Celebrity Suites are decorated in harmony with the famous personality who have stayed at the hotel during the past 130 years. Both suite options have the usual amenities, with additional state-of-the-art heated towel racks, two-person spa tubs and steam showers with body jets.

The hotel’s banqueting hall is also one of the nation’s finest. The Cliff House Dining Room has received the DiRoNa Award and 4 Diamond Award in Fine Dining from AAA. The best culinary staff will overwhelm every guest’s senses with award winning dishes made from cross-cultural techniques and fresh locally-grown ingredients. Aside from its outstanding formal dinners, the hotel is also famous for the most expansive selections of fine wines in Colorado. By dining in The Cliff House’s banqueting hall, guests are guaranteed to have the perfect wine to complement their banqueting experience at their disposal.

From the luxurious suites and world-class fine-dining of The Cliff House, Manitou Springs also offers visitors with limitless tourist spots and activities. Cave of the Winds tours are given daily to city guests. Another exciting dinner theatre for the whole family is found in Iron Springs Chateau and Melodrama. For those who enjoy hiking, The Manitou Incline has a trail rising above town at the base of Mount Manitou.

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Ballroom Marfa: Sound Speed Marker, by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Ballroom Marfa Sound Speed Marker, by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler
On February 28th between 6 and 8 in the evening, Ballroom Marfa will be featuring the work of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, the Sound Speed Marker. These three video installations and related photographs of Hubbard and Birchler cover a period of five years of work through discovering the film’s relationship to a place and the bits of pieces that the movie making process leaves behind. The exhibition also includes the premiere of Giant, a work specially-made by Ballroom Marfa for 2014. It will be presented at the Ballroom Marfa until July 31, 2014.
Teresa Hubbard, an Irish/American/Swiss, was born in Dublin Ireland in 1965. She grew up in Australia and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She also joined a graduate sculpture program at Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Alexander Birchler, on the other hand, was born in Baden, Switzerland in 1962. He grew up in Switzerland and attended the Basel School of Fine Arts and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.
These two artists have been collaborating with each other to make videos, capture photos and create sculptures since 1990. Their works have been shown in different public collections such as Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian, Washington D. C., Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany and Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. Their exhibitions are viewed daily in the New York Times, Art in America, ArtForum International and have been significantly featured on the PBS Series, Art 21 – Art in the 21st Century, an educational archive, resource and history of contemporary art that is shown in more than 50 countries.
Their recent awards include Alturas Foundation, Artists in Residence Fellows in United States (2010-2011), Film Production Award, Aargauer Kuratorium Arts Council in Switzerland (2012) and Catalogue Production Award, Aargauer Kuratorium Arts Council in Switzerland (2013).
Grand Paris Texas (2009), Movie Mountain (2011) and Giant (2014) will be shown to the public. The show Sound Speed Marker will soon travel to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in December 2014 and the Blaffer Museum, Houston in May 2015.

Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Hotel

Santa Barbara’s El Encanto Hotel

Santa Barbara is situated in the southern part of California. This city lies comfortably between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is a popular tourist and resort destination because of its countless miles of beautiful beaches. Many of these lovely beaches are home to some of the best surf breaks and stand-up paddle board zones along the West Coast. Enjoying the outdoor sceneries in Santa Barbara is best done through its many public parks, such as the El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area Park and the most unique and breathtaking of all, Channel Islands National Park.

Beach activities like frisbee, hiking, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking are available to tourist.  Come enjoy the fresh air along with a bottle of wine, fresh-baked bread and good friends. Santa Barbara also offers world-class golf courses with panoramic views to golf enthusiasts. People who are fond of hiking can enjoy trekking into the hot springs of Gaviota Peak. For those who love rock climbing, Santa Barbara has “The Y” at San Ysidro Canyon.

A beautiful place would not be complete without a luxurious hotel. Santa Barbara gives rise to the El Encanto Hotel and Villa. The Luxury Suites of this hotel are wonderfully unique and perfect for a romantic retreat. Each room is furnished with a sprawling king-size bed, widescreen LCD HDTV with premium channels, an iPod dock, a glorious fireplace, a separate sitting area and a private terrace with sweeping views of Santa Barbara’s coastline, and the hotel’s verdant garden. In addition, the luxury suite has a marble bathroom with deep soak or free-standing bath and rainforest shower with heated stone floors.

The chef of El Encanto treats every guest with different luscious cuisines, which are created using herbs from the hotel’s garden, homemade unpasteurized beer and El Encanto cheese made from the milk of the hotel’s cow, Ellie. You can choose to dine inside the elegant dining room or on terrace, where you will be delighted with the romantic atmosphere.

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