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It took a while for Virgin Atlantic Airways to open their sleek Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 2. Despite flying daily routes to Heathrow from LAX for 25 years, real estate in the terminal was limited, as Virgin Atlantic’s Reuben Arnold explains. But once Air France moved out of its 4,000-square-foot space, Virgin took the roomy area down to the studs and started all over again.
What has risen is the carrier’s tenth Clubhouse, the place where the line’s Upper Class ticketholders and Gold Card customers can freshen up — and of course get online — before their flights. Diamond, platinum, and gold members of new partner Delta Airlines (who are flying on a Virgin-operated flight) also have complimentary access. There’s a lot to love about this cool new Clubhouse; here are just six highlights.
The Channel Islands are a chain of five islands 25 miles off the coast of California, most dramatically visible from the shores of the central coast. Preserved collectively as a National Park, the islands are ripe outdoor recreation like hiking, kayaking, and camping. While it’s possible to stay on all five islands, most overnight visitors find themselves on the largest, Santa Cruz. Three quarters of it is a nature conservatory, and it features two different styles of campsites. So how can you pull this off in a long weekend? Here’s all you need to know about reaching one of our country’s most isolated National Parks:
Wedged between the expensive seashore city of Santa Barbara and the beach cities of Los Angeles County, Ojai is in the perfect spot for a budget-friendly getaway. This laid-back town of 7,500 people boasts charming bed-and-breakfasts, spas, eclectic boutiques, farm-to-fork eateries, and outdoor adventures. It’s not uncommon to pass a shop touting palm or tarot-card readings, and a yoga class is always an easy find. Fly into LAX, and even with LA’s worst traffic, you can be there in less than two hours. Here’s the perfect plan for your Ojai getaway.
Bees do more than make honey — their pollinating efforts contribute to the landscape you see and the local foods you eat. These five beekeeping experiences provide a glimpse into the sweet world of bees.
Even if you’re not a dedicated birder, it’s easy to get a glimpse of thousands of feathered friends during the spring migration. Some optimal spots to spy seasonal birds are close to urban areas and others a little farther afield, but these areas are what keep the birds going on their long voyage. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Southern California has no shortage of umbrella-studded white sand beaches and bustling boardwalks. But if you’re looking for something a little more rugged and secluded, these beaches strung along Pacific Coast Highway make great picnic spots — and you could argue that the oceanside drive along the California Highway 1 is worth the trip alone. Here, three beaches near Malibu will that give the more popular Venice and Santa Monica hotspots a run for their money:
Created seven years ago by the Trigano Family, co-founders of Club Med, MAMA Shelter began as a chic-but-affordable boutique Paris hotel before expanding to Marseilles, Lyon, Istanbul, and Bordeaux. This spring, MAMA is coming for Los Angeles, making it the chain’s first foray into the United States. Read more
Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the Caribbean, Pearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s never too early to start thinking about summer vacations, especially after the winter we were just walloped by. If you’re on the search for a warm weather oasis that’s filled with palm trees and water features, you just might like California’s JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. And we bet that its Your Summer Selfie package, with rates starting at $169 per night, provides more than enough to put a smile on your face.
Toss the snow shovel and grab the sunscreen! While most of the nation faces bitter cold and mounds of fluffy white stuff, these small town destinations offer moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and a whole lot of fun.
Las Cruces, New Mexico: From wide open spaces to space exploration, Las Cruces has something for just about anyone. Sled down a hill of warm sand at White Sands National Monument, sample wines along the Rio Grande River, or get schooled Scovilles at the Chile Pepper Institute. Or, tour nearby Spaceport America, where the nation’s first space tourists will soon blast off. On your way, stop at Hatch –the birthplace of New Mexico’s infamous green chiles.
As darling as the wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, and even Santa Barbara are, their acclaim has led to high lodging prices and steep tasting-room fees. It’s not uncommon to plunk down at least $250 a night for an average hotel and pay $15-$20 at each tasting room. If you’re looking for the next big thing in Northern California wine travel — and better prices — look to Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands.
Along with April showers, May flowers, and non-bone-chilling temperatures, spring brings exciting new attractions to many amusement parks in the U.S. From a dizzying glow-in-the-dark funhouse roller coaster, to a beyond-vertical Batman, here are six new rides we’re looking forward to in 2015.
Had your fair share of shivering and shoveling out? It may be high time that you book a trip to a warmer, drier climate. If you need a suggestion of where to go, San Francisco just set a record for absolutely no rainfall in January — and low rates at the city’s Hotel G make a trip here even more attractive.
When your energy has been depleted by stress, seek out a healthy way to decompress in the comfort of a destination spa resort. Spa treatments, fitness classes, and health coaching can revive your spirits and reclaim your energy — and many of these activities are included in the cost. So power down your cell phone and power up on a retreat that will help you reconnect with your well-being.
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