• MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    1. Bryan Quinan.

    1. Bryan Quinan.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    2. Mariles Krok.

    2. Mariles Krok.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    3. Natalie Fulton and Margorie Riesinger.

    3. Natalie Fulton and Margorie Riesinger.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    4. John Ehlenfeldt and Jorge Flores.

    4. John Ehlenfeldt and Jorge Flores.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    5. The new board is installed.

    5. The new board is installed.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    6. Tara Gadsby, Amy Zelinsky, Mariles Krok.

    6. Tara Gadsby, Amy Zelinsky, Mariles Krok.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    7. Joe Marcy and friends.

    7. Joe Marcy and friends.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    8. Jennifer Minzey and Veronica Puelo.

    8. Jennifer Minzey and Veronica Puelo.
  • MPISCC Celebrates 40 Years at Its Annual Gala

     
    POSTED November 13, 2018
     

    9. Clint Upchurch, Anastasia Palmer, Libby Zarrahy.

    9. Clint Upchurch, Anastasia Palmer, Libby Zarrahy.

On June 21, the MPI Southern California Chapter marked its 40th anniversary as members gathered for their annual installation gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. After a welcome reception in the Wetherly Garden, where cocktails were hosted by Mulholland Distilling and sparkling wine by South Coast Winery, guests moved into the ballroom for the awards program and dinner and the swearing in of the 2018-19 Board of Directors. The evening concluded with a lavish dessert reception in the Orchid Room.

California is officially out of its drought, thanks to a very rainy winter, and among the many wonderful benefits is a spectacular flower season. Nowhere is this more resplendently in view than at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. I recently spent a couple of gorgeous hours touring the 50 acres of the working farm that are devoted to the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus, also known as the Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic.

 

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.