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Yosemite Reopens!

After a brief closure of Yosemite Valley and other parts of the park due to a fire in the region, Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce its reopening! The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, just three miles from Tenaya Lodge, will open to visitors on Monday, August 13. Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors with limited services on Tuesday, August 14.

The iconic landmarks and incredible sights of Yosemite National Park are ready to welcome you back. With fewer crowds and stunning views, now is the perfect time to visit Yosemite!

Enjoy this video from our visit a couple of summers ago!


Shade Hotel Redondo Beach


Luxury Boutique Hotel Partners with Local Children’s Charity for Gift Donations and Offers Special Room Rates for the Holiday Season


Redondo Beach, Calif.  (November 10, 2017) – During the holidays, treat your in-laws, parents or yourself to a blissful Southern California coastal experience. Shade, the waterfront luxury boutique hotel in Redondo Beach, serves as the perfect seaside destination for family and friends visiting from out of town and looking for a respite from cold temperatures, or locals craving a waterfront escape this holiday season.

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Their special Holiday Package is available from December 20th to December 28th with rates starting at an exclusive low price of $269 per night* with a 2-night minimum stay and will include a gourmet hot chocolate kit, in-room mini Christmas tree, and complimentary gift wrapping.

Adding to the merry cheer, starting November 13th, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is partnering with local South Bay non-profit, Cheer for Children and providing a “gift drop off” box for toy donations for nearby families and children in need.

Located just six and a half miles from LAX, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is a sanctuary for Los Angeles residents and visitors from around the globe.

Shade Hotel is located at 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. For more information or to make reservations, please call 310-921-8940 or visit

*Rates subject to availability.


About Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

Shade Hotel, the waterfront luxury boutique hotel on the forefront of the Redondo Beach Waterfront Revitalization Project, is in the vibrant coastal community of Redondo Beach and serves as the premier destination for guests in search of the quintessential Southern California experience. Located just 7 miles south of LAX, the property features a serene, contemporary setting enhanced with natural elements of sand and stone, calming color palettes of blues and greens, and a living succulent wall. The property offers 54 luxurious rooms with picturesque views of the marina and opulent amenities such as Tempur-Pedic beds and Chromotherapy lighting. For meetings, sophisticated boardrooms are available and are equipped with built-in state-of-the-art technology and open-air patios. The rooftop Skydeck offers a private pool and bar, and stunning views of the ocean and horizon. Adjacent to the main hotel building is a 9,034-square foot fully-dedicated event building with expansive indoor/outdoor space for weddings and events and houses the notable waterfront dining destination, Sea-Level Restaurant and Lounge. Shade Hotel is an ideal location for luxurious seaside getaways, dream beach weddings, business meetings or special occasions.

Santa Fe Street Fashion Week

Executive Director of Santa Fe Street Fashion Week, Amy Shea calls for a celebration of high fashion in Santa Fe right alongside the fine art collections displayed on world famous Canyon Road. Poised atop Alexander McQueen heels – purchased in art Mecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Shea shared her love of and respect for fashion as a form of art as well as personal expression at this first ever Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

Here are our live shots from the press box via iPhone.

The packed house at Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

The well heeled crowd awaits the start of the show.

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An amuse yeux, couture gowns from Lily of the West, before our host Amy Shea takes the stage.

Those Boots (from Back at the Ranch)!

Lars Anderson with Patina Jewelry.

My must have coat for Fall.

Black and white coat at Santa Fe Street Fashion Show.

Select pieces from Santa Fe Dry Goods and Cicada Collection.

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Eyewear by Ojo Optique.

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United Nude shoes from Golfer Shoes in Santa Fe.

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Couture pieces by Orlando Dugi exhibiting Egyptian flair, seemingly sprinkled with diamond dust. Santa Fe Street Fashion Show  Santa Fe Street Fashion Show  Santa Fe Street Fashion Show
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The evening concluded with a couture collection from Renato Dicent. The flow and subtle color of the final piece was delicious!

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Spotted in the crowd? New Mexico Fashion Blogger, Jamie Lewinger of sporting gold Louboutin heels, LaCroix earrings with a red gown – stunning. (Look for her in the front row.)

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Amy Shea and Renato Dicent take a bow! A great night for Santa Fe fashion on the roof of the La Fonda Hotel.