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Four Hotels Give Four-Legged Friends the Four-Star Treatment

ACCORDING TO A 2012 SURVEY by AAA and Best Western, 51 percent of pet owners say they would take their four-legged kids along with them on trips if they could. One of the main reasons cited for not doing so is the lack of hotels that treat their pets like the family members they are. Finding pet-friendly accommodations is no problem here in the Pacific Northwest, however, where our love of pets is legendary- both Portland and Seattle rank among the top 10 cities for dogs by numerous sources, including Forbes and Estately.com.

Venue Spotlight: The Loft at 729

If you’re strolling through Tacoma’s Theater District, you just might miss The Loft at 729. And that’s exactly what the folks behind the venue intended when they opened the private event space earlier this year. "It’s a very discreet, exclusive place where you instantly feel at home when you walk in," says Rocky Anderson, the venue’s owner. "There’s just a certain energy to this place that can’t be conveyed in words."

The Freedom to Do What you Want at Cuba Libre

One of the phrases that my mother often utters is "kill two birds with one stone." She’s far from violent. Instead, she is highly organized and is the embodiment of a multi-tasker. Like mother, like daughter. I love nothing better than getting two things done at once and just last week I managed to do just that. I interviewed a terrific Philadelphia personality (stay tuned to read that fun interview in our fall issue) and rediscovered a terrific event space. Our interview just so happened to be a lunch meeting at Cuba Libre.

Funny Business

Steve Olson, principal of Parlor Billiards and Spirits in Bellevue, Wash., is introducing a new entertainment-slash-event space on the west side of the 520 bridge. Called Parlor Live Seattle, the new venue is located at 1522 Sixth Avenue in downtown Seattle and will focus on comedy acts.

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.

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