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Cozy Winter Retreats

Enjoy delicious food, spectacular accommodations, and seasonal activities this winter

As temperatures drop and winter nears, a sweet escape may be closer than you think! If you’re yearning for a weekend getaway, look no further than the scenic Hudson Valley for a charming winter retreat. Located just an hours’ drive from New York City, Orange County, N.Y. offers acclaimed restaurants and accommodations with seasonal packages for couples, singles, and families looking for a home away from home this season.

“The perfect winter getaway can be found close to home with a visit to one of our cozy inns or B&Bs — all just a short drive from the area’s ski resorts, ice rinks, riding stables, hiking, biking, and mountain trails,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Unwind with loved ones or a good book by a crackling fireplace after a day outdoors. Or, warm up with a delicious meal from one of our many acclaimed restaurants offering indoor dining and seasonal menus, too.”

Below are some winter getaways available in Orange County, N.Y. Before visiting any of the locations, please contact the venue directly to confirm that they are open and practice safe social-distancing.

Cedar Lake Estates, 1 Team USA Way, Port Jervis: Cedar Lakes Estate offers 500 acres of Winter Wonderland for you to explore. Stay for a long weekend, or grab a seat at one of the venue’s Saturday dinners. Whether just for a toast by the fire, or a snowshoe around the property, explore all there is to do in the beautiful Hudson Valley. cedarlakesestate.com

The Thayer Hotel, 674 Thayer Road, West Point: Experience the luxurious accommodations at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point with one of many seasonal packages available. Visitors can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Culinary Institute of America team of chefs with an overnight stay, or choose the venue’s holiday brunch package that includes an exquisite feast for two, luxurious overnight accommodations, and a souvenir Thayer Hotel holiday ornament. Ring in the New Year with overnight accommodations, a cocktail reception at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant, a four-course meal, open bar, DJ, champagne toast at midnight, and a New Year’s Day champagne brunch. thethayerhotel.com

The Waterstone Inn, 62 Sterling Road, Greenwood Lake: Skiers won’t want to overlook one of Orange County’s hidden gems, The Waterstone Inn. Located just three miles from Mount Peter, a full-service mountain offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing, the beautiful inn offers visitors a peek back in time to the Golden Age of Greenwood Lake when affluent New York families would flock to the lake for leisure throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. Accommodating parties of all sizes, guests can choose from studio rooms, suites, or the entire third floor. thewaterstoneinn.com

Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain: Built in 1915 upon a plateau overlooking the shores of Hessian Lake, this natural beauty of local stone and timber is a national treasure. Its 15 deluxe guest rooms and suites combine rustic mountainside elegance with all the creature comforts of home to make it the quintessential romantic Hudson Valley destination. Relax and recharge with the inn’s shop, stay, and spa package that includes a gift card to Woodbury Common Premium outlets and a $100 credit to the Spa at Bear Mountain. visitbearmountain.com

Cromwell Manor Historic Inn, 174 Angola Road, Cornwall: Relax at this elegant 1820 mansion with additional guest rooms in a charming 1762 colonial cottage. Decorated with period antiques and furnishings, all rooms have private baths and many have working fireplaces. Enjoy homemade breakfast each morning, overlooking the seven-acre private estate, before heading out to explore nearby parks and trails, world class shopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, and many vineyards and wineries. cromwellmanorinn.com

Stagecoach Inn, 268 Main Street, Goshen: The Hudson Valley’s premier inn and restaurant can be found within an elegant mansion built in 1747. Despite its historic past, the five-bedroom inn features private baths and all the modern updates and amenities for 21st-century travelers. The on-site restaurant offers casually elegant dining in several sitting rooms and a stone veranda overlooking three acres of manicured lawns. During the day, explore all that Orange County has to offer with local museums and art galleries, parks and outdoor activities, and shopping galore. stagecoachny.com

As the world reopens, Orange County, N.Y., invites residents and visitors to escape, enjoy and explore its wide-open spaces. For a full list of attractions, lodging and dining options available at this time, please visit orangetourism.org/fall-fun. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at OrangeTourism.org/travel-guide.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at OrangeTourism.org. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

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Lockdowns Ending

“We’re all in this together” is a commonly heard phrase during this global pandemic, as much of the world practices social distancing. And now researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have shown that there is some scientific validity to this assertion.

In a study published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Chinese, European, American and British researchers demonstrate that the number of countries implementing COVID-19 lockdown measures – and the duration of those efforts – have a greater influence on the gross domestic products of nations than the severity of the restrictions.

They also found that easing containment edicts gradually leads to smaller economic losses than lifting them swiftly and then having to reintroduce closures.

Another key finding in the study is that smaller, poorer and less economically diverse countries – even those hit not as hard by the public health aspects of the pandemic – will bear a relatively larger brunt from economic damage caused by COVID-19.

“Because the economies of many developing countries are less immune to disruptions in the global supply chain, they are more severely impacted by the effectiveness – or ineffectiveness – of wealthier nations’ coronavirus countermeasures,” said co-author Steve Davis, UCI associate professor of Earth system science. “Countries not directly affected by COVID-19 could experience losses of more than 20 percent of gross domestic product due to declines in consumer demand and supply chain stoppages.”

Examples given in the paper for such economic impacts include Caribbean counties that rely on tourism and central Asian nations that count on energy exports. For instance, if global economies open and are later required to go back on lockdown, New Zealand’s food services sector and Jamaica’s hospitality industry could suffer losses of up to 90 percent. The researchers used a “disaster footprint” economic model to assess potential global supply chain effects of COVID-19 lockdowns, analyzing the impact of restrictions on 140 countries, including countries not directly affected by COVID-19.

They estimated that gradually easing lockdown measures over 12 months would lead to an economic cost at 40 percent of global gross domestic product, while lifting restrictions more quickly, over two months, and then introducing a second round of lockdowns in January next year would increase the cost to 60 percent.

“Pandemic economy management in one country is a public good that benefits other nations,” Davis said. “Our work clearly shows that a gradual approach to easing lockdowns is economically preferable to a swift return to pre-pandemic activities followed by another round of global lockdowns.”

Davis’ collaborator on the project, Dabo Guan of the department of Earth system science at Tsinghua University and the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London, said: “Companies will survive the supply chain failures that lockdowns cause by relying on reserves of stock or finding new suppliers. If a second shock hits, reserves may be low and supply chains only recently repaired – making a new break much more costly.”

This project, which was funded by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China, included researchers from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; University College London; Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Shandong University, China; the Chinese Academy of Science; University of Edinburgh; Spark Ventures, London; and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

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LA Times The Taste – Costa Mesa Lineup

The Los Angeles Times announced the lineup for its Costa Mesa edition of The TasteFollowing its 10th anniversary on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, one of the most popular food and drink festivals is returning to Orange County for its second year to spotlight the vibrant cuisine and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California.

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three sessions: one on Friday, Oct. 18 and two on Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission to each event includes unlimited samplings from dozens of local restaurants, premium cocktail tastings, plus demonstrations from renowned chefs and wine experts.

Friday, Oct. 18, 7 to 10 p.m.

L.A. Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko will host the opening event featuring Syrian pastry chef Maher Nakhal (Le Mirage Pastry) as he reveals the handcrafted artistry behind his authentic Middle Eastern desserts and French pastries. Critically acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) will showcase his eclectic style and Euro-Filipino flavors through a demo of one of his signature dishes, hosted by Times Features Writer Gustavo Arellano. Restaurants include: Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Outpost Kitchen, Puesto, Tackle Box, The Ranch at Laguna Beach and WAVE Gourmet Burgers.

Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 3 p.m.

Chef Carlos Salgado of Michelin-starred Taco María, will provide a glimpse into his contemporary, Mexican-influenced cooking with L.A. Times Cooking Columnist Ben Mims. Taking the crowd on a wine tour through Monterey County, Rob Baker (Southern Glazer’s) will lead a presentation on Bordeaux-style wine from Carmel Valley’s Bernardus Winery. Restaurants include: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Mesa and Roba Noodle.

 Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Taste festivities continue on Saturday night as chef Wing Lam (Wahoo’s Fish Tacos) will cook up his legendary Baja-style fish tacos, while Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat) will demonstrate modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques with Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Restaurants include: Bluegold, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, CUCINA enoteca, Georgia’s Restaurant, Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar and Toast Kitchen + Bakery.

Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with nearby hotels to offer special packages that include a pair of tickets to The Taste with each night’s stay for a weekend “Eatcation” to explore more of the area’s diverse food and cultural scene.

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Artists,Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Caldera+Lab Presents Artists, Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Wellness guru and mom of 2, Stacy Keibler made a rare appearance with husband Jared Pobre at  the Artists, Adventurers and Athletes experience presented by Caldera+Lab Non-Toxic Skincare for Men at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach. The magical two-day beach retreat was hosted by Paul Makarechian, founder of Auric Road (Hotel Joaquin, Korakia Pensione and Lone Mountain Ranch), Pat Tenore, founder and President of internationally successful surf and skate label RVCA, Danny Fuller, pro-surfer and photographer and Sage Vaughn, California based artist.

Guests enjoyed daytime activities such as yoga, paddle boarding and surfing at the legendary Shaw’s Cove beach prior to being treated to an epic sunset viewing and cocktails by the pool complete with a live painting exhibition by Sage Vaughn. The magical evening continued with a private Mediterranean inspired dinner in the garden of Orange County’s best new restaurant Saline, prepared by famed Chef Leandro Bongarra. Post dinner, guests enjoyed a fireside performance by Hawaiian artist Lilly Meola.

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Austin Eldred

With over 230,000 Spotify streams on his single, ‘Are You Down,’ the people of Los Angeles keep buzzing around a fresh urban vibe named Austin Eldred.

The Orange County native is a show-stopping recording artist paving a name in the music world. Eldred has officially been releasing music for two years with hits featuring the noteworthy likes of Eric Bellinger and Problem. Eldred draws inspiration from his eclectic childhood upbringing in Southern California where he infuses R&B and Hip-Hop into a unique sound. His upcoming debut album, “1997” (executively produced by Ned Cameron) is soon to release and will showcase new sides of the performer. With ten new hand-written tracks, Eldred looks to put a permanent imprint on the industry.

Amir Obé on Seth Meyers + EP Out Now

Rapper and Producer Amir Obé is gearing up for the release of CAN’T BE A _____ HERE: CHAPTER 3, the third and final installment of his three-chapter project. Tonight, Amir makes his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Listen to Holy Shit HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 1 HERE

Listen to CAN’T BE A___ HERE: CHAPTER 2 HERE

Watch the 8-minute “Romeo and Juliet” Short Film here!

About Amir Obé:

Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obé grew up the so of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mix tape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him. was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called. Drake’s manager reached out, and a song Amir co-produced, “Star 67,” appeared on Drake’s surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (February 2015). Amir’s two subsequent indie mixtapes, Happening in the Grey Area (2015) and Won’t Find Love in the Hills (2016), sent a tremor through the music industry, as XXL commended his commitment to “substance over selling out,” and Fader praised his music as “dreamy, sad and sensuous.” Def Jam reacted swiftly, and Amir’s signing was announced in December 2016. “To continue to a legacy and brand that has created history with some of my favorite artists is a blessing,” he told Billboard“Def Jam prides itself on authenticity and I couldn’t have found a better home.”

Amir’s Def Jam signing was celebrated with the video premiere of his new single, “No Peace” and the track was included on Def Jam’s pre-Xmas compilation, Direct Deposit, Vol. 1. His debut EP, None Of The Clocks Work (March 2017), including “Wish You Well” was sonically rich, awash with dark synths and thunderous drums, brimming with vulnerability and emotional sincerity. Amir’s 6-city U.S. tour in August made stops, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tandem releases in late-2018 of Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 1, Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 2 (with “Bloodshot,” and the widely praised 8-minute “Romeo & Juliet” short film), and Can’t Be A__ Here: Chapter 3, have affirmed Amir’s relationship with a devoted legion of fans who’ve felt disconnected from the constant braggadocio and emotional void in mainstream urban music. In being himself, flaws and all, he’s actually given those fans the confidence to do the same.

Real Housewives Awards

Bravo Media announced today the return of the fifth annual The Real Housewives Awards,” a celebration honoring the most epic, jaw-dropping moments from recent seasons of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Starting today until October 28, fans can vote for their favorite housewives’ style, shade-filled moments, most memorable wigs and more on BravoTV.com/RHAwards or the Bravo Now app. Every vote counts for each of the 10 award categories including:

·         Most Iconic Moment

·         Best Shade

·         Best Style

·         Rookie of the Year

·         Best Comedic Performance

·         Best Couple

·         Best Actress

·         Best Friends

·         Miss Congeniality

·         Most Memorable Wig

As voting kicks off, actor and host of Bravo’s upcoming primetime talk show “Bravo’s Play by Play,” Jerry O’Connell,  Kelly Dodd of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and LeeAnne Locken of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” team up to cast their votes in this video clip exclusively on BravoTV.com.  For a sneak peek click here: http://www.bravotv.com/bravos-play-by-play/season-1/videos/jerry-oconnell-casts-his-vote-for-the-real-housewives-awards

The 2018 winners will be revealed on October 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, in a special episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” devoted to the “The Real Housewives Awards,” where host Andy Cohen will honor the leading ladies of each category.

For the latest on “The Real Housewives Awards,” fans can visit BravoTV.com/RHAwards, which will serve as a hub for “Real Housewives” content, including hilarious impersonation videos from Bravo superfan Amy Phillips and more. Viewers are also encouraged to join the conversation by using the official hashtag #RHAwards.

The Shakes Debut Music Video

Hailing from the depths of Orange County, CA, Indie-alt collective The Shakes debut the official music video for “With Every Moment”.

The beautifully crafted video was shot and directed by Benny Gigliardi, who does justice for the track. Which stems from frontman and songwriter Sean Perry’s harrowing near-death experience, cited as the main influence for the EP. Benny, who is known for his work with up and coming artists such as Super Whatevr and Hearts and Lions, goes on to describe his process of bringing his vision into fruition:

“It was such a blessing and a pleasure to get to direct this video. I’ve known Sean and Cameron for a couple of years now and we’ve been talking about doing a video ever since we met and I’m so thankful we waited as long as we did. I didn’t necessarily have a storyline in mind for the video, I just wanted to create something visually stunning that would compliment the song and sell an 80’s vibe but also keep it original. Sometimes the best ideas come in the simplest ways, but you also have to be fearless with your approach. But if it doesn’t scare you, where’s the fun in that? It brought me joy to bring this song to life and I hope it does the same for all who see it. This is just the beginning for the Shakes and I’m honored to get to work with them and watch them grow.

The video, does indeed capture Perry’s unique sound which blends 80’s inspired grooves with infectious “Britpop” influenced lyrics and melodies. Comes right on the heels of the young collectives highly anticipated debut EP, released independently on July 23rd, 2018. The Shakes who have had a big year so far since their big break performance at The Troubadour, opening for The Strike earlier this year. Followed by many other key shows throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Upon the EP’s release, not only were loyal cult followers thrilled, but also a new segment of listeners across the country. Partly due to key, infectious tracks such as “Scumptious” immediately pulling over 200,000 plays through streaming with praise from a wide range of well established music blogs online. You can check out the full EP for yourself on all streaming platforms.

With support from larger artists within the scene, such as Francois Comtois of Young The Giant. Whom featured on their debut single “Somebody” last year. THE SHAKES, aim to be a new refreshing voice within the rock scene and don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Already in the works on their next single “Six Feet Below”, coming early this fall.

You can view the cinematic video via youtube and IGTV on their instagram: @theshakesmusic which is cultivated with cinematic tones that are undeniably captivating.

Brunch Life Fest

Some of the best restaurants in Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles came together for the first ever Brunch Life Fest in Long Beach, CA. At the event, there were local brunch tastings, mimosas, and specialty drinks. Bottomless mimosas, beer, and brunch? What can be better than that?

This was a one-day outdoor food and entertainment festival that debuted at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park at 400 E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA. The parks turf recreational lawns, waterfront views and walkways are the draw at the traditional Japanese-style park. This event was exclusive to 21+  on August 4, 2018. with day drinking, samples, and tastings while supplies lasted.

At the event, full sized entrees and beverages were available through vendors. Agaves Kitchen, GD Bro Burger, Gourmet Blends, Padre, Drake’s Brewing, Essential Water, and Liberation Brewing were just some of the vendors at the event offering tastings and specialty drinks. Pearson Brother’s Winery provided a mimosa bar. Patrons were able to try the first grapeless wine made with wildflower honey, valencia orange, and indonesian vanilla.

Event goers enjoyed live music and entertainment from local bands, photo booths, lawn games, and other fun activities.  VIP tickets were $90 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, access to the VIP section, and cocktail bar.

General Admission tickets were $75 and that included open mimosas bar, bloody marys, beer tastings, brunch food samples, and access to merchants and vendors.

A La Carte was offered to patrons and that paid entry to the festival, and access to food vendors and merchants.

If you’re a brunch enthusiast, you’ll want to head over to the Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach on August 4.

The event was packed by mid-morning and drew in so many people in Southern California. The Brunch Life crew worked around the clock pooling funds to pay for the event and sourcing local businesses to create this fun day for patrons. There first time doing this was a success and they hope to continue to do this annually.

Brunch Life Fest & Giveaway!

360 Magazine will be conducting a social giveaway for a pair of GA tickets. To enter, just follow @brunchlifefest on Instagram and comment #360magazine and #agendafestival on our Instagram post here. Winners will be announced Thursday, August 2nd. They can collect their passes under their names with proof of ID at WILL CALL.

Brunch Life Festival is coming to the Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA on August 4, 2018 to celebrate that indulgent meal between breakfast and lunch that’s fueled by mimosas and avocado toast topped with poached eggs. Restaurants from Long Beach and Orange County are gathering to provide guests with brunch samples and beverage tastings. For five hours, the festival encourages attendees to live out their wildest brunch dreams (i.e., sip bottomless mimosas, sample gourmet brunch dishes, and participate in their favorite booze-fueled outdoor games). Live entertainment by Soular System, The Black Noise, and Roma provide a soundtrack to revelers’ escapades. Enjoy plenty of photo-booths to preserve memories for brunches to come. Round up your brunch crew for a fun filled day and enjoy the Brunch Life! Tickets starting at $20 on www.brunchlifefest.com