Author: Maralyn D. Hill

2018 California Visitor’s Guide Inspires Travel Ideas Around the Golden State

                                                                                                                                                Media Contact: Kristen Bonilla, Visit California (916) 319-5421 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2018 California Visitor’s Guide Inspires Travel Ideas Around the Golden State Annual guide offers hundreds of ideas to plan your next California vacation Sacramento, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2018) – The all-new 2018 California Visitor’s Guide is now available, and features 727 travel ideas for exploring the Golden State. The 196-page magazine provides potential visitors with information and inspiration designed to make their next California vacation the trip of a lifetime. “California has so much to offer travelers no matter what they’re seeking, from adventure to relaxation, and family activities to world class dining experiences,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The 2018 California Visitor’s Guide is the best tool to start dreaming up the perfect Golden State vacation.” TV host and actor Mario Lopez adorns the cover of the 2018 guide and in the corresponding feature story reveals himself to be a true California Dreamer. “There’s so much that I want to do here,” Lopez said, “you could literally never leave the state if you wanted.” The Chula Vista native now lives in Los Angeles County and shares some of his favorite places to go and things to do throughout the Golden State—including LA hotspots to wine tours in Temecula and Napa. California’s innovative culinary scene takes a star turn in this year’s...

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Smithsonian Channel Celebrates 65th Anniv of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in New One-Hour Special

THE CORONATION In a global event, broadcast across three continents, the film premieres in the U.S. Sunday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT In partnership with the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Smithsonian Channel shares the compelling story of the Crown Jewels and the ancient ceremony for which they are used in THE CORONATION. On June 2, 1953, after 16 months of planning, The Queen set out from Buckingham Palace to be crowned at Westminster Abbey, in a ceremony that was watched by millions of people throughout the world. A ceremony dating back more than a thousand years was to herald the dawn of a new Elizabethan age. As part of the film, to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation, The Queen shares memories of the ceremony, as well as that of her father King George VI in 1937. The special airs in the U.S. exclusively on Smithsonian Channel on January 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Viewing both private and official film footage, The Queen recalls the day when the weight of both St. Edward’s Crown and the hopes and expectations of a country recovering from war were on her shoulders, as the nation looked to their 27-year-old Queen to lead them into a new era. In the film, The Queen says, “I’ve seen one Coronation, and been the recipient in the other, which...

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Edgewood Tahoe Welcomes New Executive Chef

  Jan. 2, 2018 (STATELINE, Nev.) — Executive Chef Charles Wilson said Edgewood Tahoe had him at hello during his interview – or at least when he saw the view of Lake Tahoe 50 yards away through the resort’s Great Room floor-to-ceiling windows. Wilson is assuming the helm for the property’s three restaurants following the retirement of Frank Stagnaro, the resort’s executive chef for over 25 years. ( “One of the reasons I’m here is this property,” Wilson explained. “Walking into the Great Room and looking out the windows was the moment. The culinary team’s job is to match the ambiance of the resort, and this setting is truly spectacular.” Wilson, a graduate of Le Chef Cordon Bleu Culinary College, has a long tenured career in resort destinations heading kitchens from the Caribbean to Chicago, Scottsdale, Hawaii, and Newport Beach. For the last 13 years he called Las Vegas home base with positions at the MGM Grand, Paris, Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace, and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. A native of Austin, Texas, Wilson said his passion for the culinary arts was formed early on with the tutelage of his mother and grandmother. “They taught me the beauty of simplicity, using fresh seasonal local produce, and letting the ingredients speak for themselves,” Wilson said. “In coming to Tahoe, I’m stepping into a great culinary program with...

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Christmas Magic and 2018 Event Highlights in Wiesbaden

  There’s nothing better than a mug of delicious mulled wine at one of the famous German Christmas markets to get into the real Christmas spirit. One of the most magical Christmas markets is the “Twinkling Star Christmas Market” in Wiesbaden, voted the most atmospheric Christmas market in Germany. The 2017/18 event calendar for the German city of Wiesbaden is replete with cultural and historic highlights, including a great variety of festivals. Starting with the Christmas market, the cultural offerings throughout the whole of 2018 proceed with events like the Theatrium and the Rheingau Wine Festival, to mention but a few. In this press release, we will introduce some of the many grand events in Wiesbaden! Don’t miss out on how to get the best tickets and value-for-money packages – our offers are truly a must when visiting Germany! The “Twinkling Star Christmas Market” The worldwide famous German Christmas markets come to life in most cities from the end of November until the end of December (Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2018). Every market has its own flair, and one of the absolute queens among them all is the “Twinkling Star Christmas Market” in Wiesbaden. Voted the no. 1 Christmas market nationally, the atmosphere at this market is a very special one due to the wonderful backdrop of the town hall, the Hessian State Parliament, and the Market Church,...

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Harrods becomes only store in the world to offer Fully Customizable Pianos

PRESS RELEASE     A self-playing piano that can be customised in limitless designs is now available at Harrods for the first time.   The brilliantly bespoke Edelweiss Piano is on sale exclusively at the prestigious Knightsbridge store, offering clients the option to create their own musical masterpiece.   Available in hundreds of finishes, including: acrylic, crystal, liquid metal, mirror, wood, exotic veneer and fabric, and in any colour imaginable, the statement Edelweiss Piano is available nowhere else in the world.   Assembled by the world-renowned Cambridge piano company 1066, the Edelweiss Piano offers a 4D experience of art and artistry. Unlike conventional uprights and grands, the pianos fuse music and magic in one individually customisable work of art thanks to a hidden iPod, which is pre-programmed with 400 songs and an invisible bank of precision electronic solenoids.   Each Edelweiss Piano is meticulously tuned, regulated and polished by master craftsmen until the best possible dynamic response and finish is achieved. The self-playing range includes upright pianos, baby grands, boudoir grands and the world’s smallest grand piano ‘The Sygnet G50’.   Reviving the British piano industry, which has seen sales of acoustic pianos drop from 30,000 in the 1980s to around 4,000 today, the futuristic Edelweiss Piano is heralding a new era in piano sales.   “We are reinventing the piano,” says Ross Norman from Edelweiss. “Gone are the...

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