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Head North, Keep on Going
Be the first in Marin to experience The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon’s famed wine country’s Willamette Valley. Of special interest to Marin readers: both the general manager, Pierre Zreik, above left, and executive chef Nathan Lockwood hail from our great county. Zreik opened Sausalito’s Cavallo Point as the GM until moving north, and Lockwood’s latest post was at Fork, as executive chef.

Billed as the only luxury resort and spa in this burgeoning wine country it is a short drive from Portland, or a long (but scenic) drive from Marin County. There you’ll find 85 luxury guest rooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon wine country cuisine and a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio and swimming pool. 503.554.2525,

Tent-side Pizza delivery!
Get away from it all—but still have pizza delivered! Many of the state’s campgrounds and RV parks serve up coffee, tea and pancake breakfasts, while others have developed full-service restaurants with everything from pizza to smoked and barbecued salmon. Heading to Santa Cruz’s La Selva Beach Park? Count on fresh pizza delivery as well as a traveling hot dog cart. For a list of who serves what, check out

New digs in L.A.! Enjoy the recently opened Andaz West Hollywood and get all the area’s insider tips on what’s cool on the Sunset Strip and beyond. With this package, you’ll receive two pairs of Von Zipper sunglasses, daily breakfast for two and a personal cocktail lesson. Starting at $380. 323.656.1234,

Fall is a great time to visit Yosemite, and park-adjacent Evergreen Lodge offers a bevy of packages starting on Sept. 11: a bike-to-waterfalls package, including lodging, bike tours and meals ($275 a night); an ultimate getaway, including two massages, three-course dinner and breakfast ($430 a night); as well as a company meeting and retreat discount. 209.379.2606,

As if you need an excuse to visit the 250-room oceanfront resort Montage Laguna Beach, recent recipient of 2009 Mobil five-star award for both the on-site spa and formal dining room, Studio: this month, the resort’s team of sommeliers has created unique events for the ongoing Artistry of Wine Series, which takes place Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Start off with discussions on organic and biodynamic vineyards on the 13th; the 20th focuses on “rain shadow” wine-growing regions around the globe; and a toast to “maverick” winemakers including: Gaston and Serge Hochar from Château Musar, Lebanon, Rene and Jean-François Rougier from Château Simone, France, and Eric Glomski of Caduceus in Arizona.