The Presidential Touch in Simi Valley

From Los Angeles, it’s a fairly short and beautiful drive north to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Not only is the library really interesting to tour, planners can treat attendees to a beautiful mountain setting by hosting gatherings in the Air Force One Pavilion, the front entrance courtyard, White House Rose Garden, and the Ruwe Terrace and West Lawn, which connect and feature a large piece of the Berlin Wall. The enclosed Air Force One Pavilion is especially impressive as it was built around the retired Air Force One airplane that Ronald Reagan used as president. 

Open-Air Excursions from Tenaya Lodge

Located just 2 miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp provides one-of-a-kind access to the area’s amazing waterfalls, wildflowers and views with a duo of new open-air tour options. 

The property’s Mercedes-Benz tour bus holds up to 19 and features panoramic retractable roofs. Offered seven days a week, tours depart from the resort with a local guide and spend the day touring Yosemite Valley with stops at scenic landmarks such as Wawona, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan Meadow, and Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. 

Adventure-seekers can opt for outings with Sierra Nevada Motorsports. Jeep and ATV tours wind up on forest service roads to reach the historic Devil’s Peak fire lookout with expansive views of Sierra National Forest.  

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.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.