Run to the Coast – Asics LA Marathon

LA Marathon Beach FinishDoing L.A. by foot can be a fun and enriching experience — from the shopping to the restaurants and nightclubs to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Doing 26.2 miles of L.A. by foot, however, can be a life-changing experience.

The 2013 ASICS L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 17th is one of the country’s premiere running events of its kind. Beginning at the legendary Dodger Stadium and passing through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and more, the race finishes at the picturesque Santa Monica Pier.

Reward yourself with some pasta post-race at one of L.A.’s critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, or search out what you’re craving at one of the city’s thousands of eateries. If you’re still feeling mobile, burn off what energy you have left dancing the night away at one of the city’s nightclubs.

If you are interested in running the ASICS L.A. Marathon, act now — less than 1,000 spots remain and hotel reservations are filling up fast.

Our Santa Monica Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Shutters on the Beach

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

The Huntley Hotel

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Winter Music Conference in South Beach

Winter Music Conference - South BeachFrom March 15th – 24th, thousands of artists, producers, labels and more will descend on South Beach for the 28th Annual Winter Music Conference. It’s ten days of non-stop panels, workshops, and parties for fans of electronic dance music (EDM).

If you’ve ever had the urge to learn how to make your own EDM, the Winter Music Conference is the place to be. Some of the industry’s biggest and best names will be on-hand, and can help you learn the ins and outs of creating killer beats and catchy hooks. If you’d rather just sit back and watch the pros in action then check out the DJ spin-off, the VJ Challenge, or peruse the exhibits and try out the latest gear.

Of course a huge component of the Winter Music Conference is the club events and after-parties. With so many artists and producers in town, you can bet South Beach nightclubs will be rocking well into the early hours. The Winter Music Conference has over a dozen sanctioned events already lined up, and you can be sure there will be other parties and after-parties to come. From house music to trance to more mellow vibes, you’ll definitely find something that will fit your groove.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The James Royal Palm

Shore Club

SLS South Beach

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Oscar’s Party Los Angeles

OscarsThe best of the silver screen will assemble in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24th for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre plays host to this year’s events, with Seth MacFarlane hosting the star-studded event. This year’s collection of movies is particularly strong, with no clear favorite set to run away with all the hardware.

Sure, you might not be able to get into the Oscars themselves, but don’t worry — there’s much more to the Academy Awards than just the one televised event. Oscar Week features a number of award ceremonies, parties and other shindigs that celebrate everything Oscar producers can’t cram into the main ceremonies. It always draws a cool cross-section of stars, producers and much more.

You can bet L.A.’s dining and club scenes will be buzzing over the course of Oscar Week. It’s a great time to check out some of the city’s diverse culinary options — from mainstream to quaint hole-in-the-walls. After dinner, hit one of L.A.’s legendary nightclubs, where the chances are good you’ll be rubbing elbows with Oscar royalty.

Our Los Angeles Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The Beverly Hilton

Hollywood Roosevelt

W Hollywood

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Valentine’s Day in New York City

Valentine's Day in NYCNew York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It’s been the backdrop for some of Hollywood’s greatest love stories — from King Kong to The Seven Year Itch to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Annie Hall, just to name a few. Part of what makes New York City so romantic — and the perfect destination for Valentine’s Day — is the restaurants. There’s no shortage of quaint spots to take a date for an intimate meal, regardless of your palate’s preference. Whether you’re looking for an authentic, family-run Italian spot, a modern bistro, fresh sushi, or anything in between, you’ll surely wow your special someone at a Manhattan eatery. After dinner, the theater is a perfect way to continue your romantic evening. New York City has no shortage of plays, big or small, to fit the bill — catch a drama, comedy or romance on Broadway or off — it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. Culminate your New York Valentine’s Day experience with a nightcap at a quiet lounge or dance the night away at one of the city’s sizzling nightclubs before turning in with your sweetie. After a night like this, you’ll never go back to roses and boxes of chocolates again.

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Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC

Trump SoHo New York

The Chatwal Hotel

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Where to Stay for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has become one of the country’s biggest and most anticipated culinary events. Bringing together the world’s best chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, and more, the festival runs from February 21st – 24th, and is a chance to taste what’s hot in the kitchen and the vineyard. Whether you’re interested in technical, sit-down tastings or simply cutting loose with celebrity chefs, great wine and killer food, you’ll love the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Pick and choose from the dozens of events happening in and around South Beach at some of the area’s hottest spots for dining, drinking and dancing. What kind of events can visitors expect? Among your options: check out Moët Hennessy’s Q After Dark, featuring celeb chef Curtis Stone, and sip champagne while enjoying music and theatrics on the beach. Play a round of golf in the Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament at the pristine Turnberry Isle Resort. Learn to taste wine like a sommelier at Wine Spectator’s tasting seminar, or hang out with Chef Guy Fieri and Ziggy Marley at their Reggae Jam. Experience the flavors of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for yourself — you’ll never look at food and wine the same again.

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The Setai, Miami Beach

Sagamore

SLS South Beach

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55th Grammy Awards Take Over LA

GrammysThe biggest and best in the music world will converge on L.A.’s Staples Center on February 10th for the industry’s biggest awards ceremony — the 55th Grammy Awards. Musicians know how to party and the Grammys are always one of the year’s biggest and best awards shows in the entertainment industry. With performances by The Black Keys, Rihanna, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift and more, the Grammys are sure to be a night of first-class entertainment. There are often killer surprise guests as well as a number of off-the-cuff, unscripted surprises. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many area restaurants before the show, then check out the Grammy Museum, located across the street from the Staples Center. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame-ish bronze discs on the sidewalk to the artifacts inside, it’s a cool experience for any music lover. After the awards show, enjoy a night of cocktails and dancing at one of the area’s numerous nightclubs. Who knows — you may just run into a Grammy nominee or winner.

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W Hollywood

Andaz West Hollywood

Mr. C Beverly Hills, a Cipriani Hotel

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Where to Stay for the Chicago International Car Show

Chicago International Car ShowWhile Detroit is known as The Motor City, engines will be revving full throttle in Chicago from February 9th -18th. The Chicago Auto Show showcases the newest, best, and brightest in the automotive world, offering car lovers the chance to get up close and personal with the latest models, classic cars, and cutting-edge prototypes from the world’s auto manufacturers. The Chicago Auto Show is the largest event of its kind in North America. Automakers often reveal their latest ideas here — from redesigns to concept cars and beyond. Nearly 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and more will be on display in over 1 million square feet of display space at McCormick Place. Looking for a reason to get dressed up? The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity event happens February 8th, and is a black-tie affair set among some of the hottest wheels in the world. Enjoy live entertainment, food, and drinks — and maybe even win a new car. Best of all, you’ll be helping support numerous local charities.

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The Park Hyatt Chicago

Hotel Palomar Chicago

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

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