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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Makes Its Debut

Taking its color palette and sense of openness from the surrounding desert mountain ranges, the re-imagined Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage opens to guests May 15. The now 244-room property - plus 16-new spa suites - will be familiar to many, as it was previously a Ritz-Carlton (and briefly the Lodge) until it closed for renovations in 2006.  Financial issues stalled the re-opening but most will agree it was worth the wait.

A Fashionable Centennial for the City of Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills sure knows how to celebrate a birthday.  The glamorous city turns 100 this year and to commemorate the centennial five of its most luxurious hotels each redecorated one of its suites to evoke an era from the past 100 years. Launched by the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, the initiative is called Suite 100. Members of the press got a glimpse of the glitz, along with appropriately haute bites, as a city trolley took us from hotel to hotel.

A Sexy New Venue on the Sunset Strip

They say if you want to test the skill of a chef, ask him or her to make an omelet. I’d add if you want to judge the care a kitchen takes in preparing its dishes, order the calamari. At Rare by Drai’s, a swank, sexy new steakhouse and lounge on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the calamari is one of the must humble dishes on the menu. But, at a recent press dinner, I couldn’t stop eating it.

Coup d’Etat Rebels Against Expectations

Since Coup d’Etat opened their giant doors in early January, I’ve been hearing a ton of buzz about the new restaurant, which prides itself on revolting against the classic Uptown culinary themes. As a way to escape the cold and spice up a Thursday night, I decided to check it out for myself.

After walking through the romantic atrium, I was in awe of the enormous space inside. The tall ceilings, the high energy, dramatic lighting, and bright scents of food and drinks completely blend to create an image like something out of a modernized The Great Gatsby.

Lift Your Spirits at Relevé

If a place is described as a ‘bloody mary bar for bubbles,’ I automatically assume I’m going to love it. Even knowing this, Relevé, the new champagne lounge located at Graves 601 Hotel, managed to exceed my expectations. Graves 601 has taken the concept of a champagne lounge, usually associated with a Gatsby-era society, and made it new again. Relevé doesn’t bring the champagne bar to Minnesota; it brings Minnesota to the champagne bar with its charm, approachability and class.

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