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'Dreaming On' in California Celebrates Reopening by Making Up Missed Milestones

By Kristen Bonilla 07/12/2021

To bring national attention to California’s reopening, Visit California launched a week of “Dreaming On” in California celebrations, hosting more than 200 consumers for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These experiences made up for the missed milestones and broken dreams caused by the pandemic and also showed the nation that California is ready to roll out the red carpet to travelers.

The “Dreaming On” in California initiative received 3,352 submissions and drove more than 17,000 visitors to the landing page. To-date it has resulted in 143 million earned media impressions.

Dinner with Curtis Stone
The week kicked off on June 21 with award-winning chef, author and television personality Curtis Stone preparing a sunset dinner of signature dishes for 12 pairs who missed an anniversary or other special milestone. The Australian chef is known for embracing the seasonality of California ingredients in his menus and helms two California restaurants — the Michelin-starred Maude and Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant. During the pandemic , both restaurants transformed into neighborhood marketplaces to serve the community and keep staff employed.
The dinner was held at Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach, sister properties located on the beachfront in Santa Monica. In addition to the delicious dinner and selfie opps with Chef Stone, winners were treated to two nights accommodations at Casa del Mar and customized Santa Monica experiences courtesy of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism.

Curtis Stone chats with diners at Dreaming On in California event

Luxury Marriott Road Trips
In partnership with Marriott International, customized luxury road trips were set up for two winners who received everything they needed to hit the Road Trip Republic in style, from rental cars to exclusive experiences and luxe accommodations. A Southern California girls trip included stays at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, the new JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort, and THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego. A Northern California family road trip included stays at Monterey Marriott, JW Marriott San Francisco and San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as an SF CityPass.

Family in JW Mariott lobby for Dreaming On in California event

Kids have fun at JW Marriott for Dreaming On in California event

VIP Padres Experience
On June 23, two families received a special night out at a San Diego Padres game to make up for lost time together. As the Padres battled in-state rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the families were treated to amazing seats and a private, exclusive pre-game behind-the-scenes tour of Petco Park. Both families were also treated to two nights at Omni San Diego Hotel, the only hotel in the U.S. connected to a major league stadium, and a Gondola experience on the bay.

Family at Padres VIP Tour for Dreaming On in California event

Disneyland Resort Vacation
The “Magic is Here” at Disneyland® Resort,  where three families received an ultimate theme park experience in Anaheim. The celebration package, ideal for helping making Disney dreams come true, included a two-night stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa, three-day Park Hopper®tickets to Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park, a one-day Disneyland Resort VIP Tour, a welcome basket and a $100 Disney dining card.

While celebrating at the Disneyland Resort, the lucky families visited the all-new Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park and experienced great adventures in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park, along with other memory-making lands and attractions throughout both parks, not to mention shopping and dining in the Downtown Disney® District.

Family shares DIsneyland vacation on social mediaGirl in front of Disneyland Magic Castle

Weddings at Carneros Resort & Spa
The week culminated on June 25 with 10 individual micro-weddings over the course of 10 hours at Napa Valley’s magnificent Carneros Resort and Spa, which also marked the debut of the resort’s newest wedding venue, Hilltop Lawn overlooking the region’s iconic vineyards and rolling hills.

Additionally, each couple enjoyed a two-night stay at Vista Collina Resort so they could enjoy a true dream destination wedding experience and soak in Napa Valley’s approachable luxury.

Wedding at Carneros Resort & Spa for Dreaming On in California event

Bridesmaids celebration at Carneros Resort & Spa

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