Photos (l-r): (1) The diva can dust: Tori Spelling opens Chateau La Rue; (2) Walk, indulge, repeat with Chicago Chocolate Tours; (3) Adults only: Lucky Strike Lanes
Sleep: Tori’s keeping up appearances in SOCAL
Rubbing shoulders with celebs while on vacation just got easier with the March opening of Chateau La Rue. Tori Spelling and her actor-hubby Dean McDermott opened this new B&B as part of a reality series, Inn Love, for the Oxygen network. Set on an 8-acre estate in Fallbrook, 90 minutes south of downtown LA, the chateau is Tori’s spin on hip and trendy — ponds, aquariums, Dwell bedding, flat-screen TVs, that sort of thing. Guests can expect the royal treatment, complete with Tori’s famous red-velvet cupcakes. 92028 just might become the hottest zip code in CA.
Eat: Gordo’s London gastropub
Britain’s “it” chef, Gordon Ramsay, is in the London limelight again with The Narrow, a gastropub that recalls old favorites from your auntie’s kitchen, if your auntie knows from cooking and is old enough to remember the U.K.’s “finest hour.” British favorites like boiled beef and carrots (£9), pea-and-ham soup (£3), and cock-a-leekie pie and mash (£8.50) take pride of place on the decidedly unpretentious menu.
Drink: Miami psychedelic
Yawn, bored already with Miami’s nightlife? Check out SET, the latest luxury nightclub from the visionaries behind Opium Garden, Prive and Mansion. SET does 1960s nostalgia right, with crystal chandeliers, pucci-covered sofas, and lingerie-clad dancers doing the shimmy in giant glass elevators. There’s no dance floor, so you’re encouraged to groove to the music anywhere you want — on the sofas, on the ebony tables, or on the imitation tortoise-shell bar. Wanna party like a movie star? Book the VIP “trophy room,” which holds 25 guests.
Play: Bowling grows up in Vegas
What do you do when you’re in Las Vegas and one half of your group wants to go bowling and the other half clubbing? Simple, make a beeline for Lucky Strike Lanes in Las Vegas’ Rio Hotel and Casino. LSL isn’t your typical bowling alley. By day it’s open to all, but after 9 p.m. it turns into a fusion of nightlife and bowling. Guests tired from hurling a ball can flop into comfy couches in the lounge, play the jukebox, or swirl cocktails under a neon-lit Vegas sign. Drinks include the $12 Cotton Candy Martini (with real cotton candy at the bottom of the glass). Only in Vegas.
Made-to-Order: Chicago chocothon
If you think you’ve heard of every kind of walking tour, think again. Chicago Chocolate Tours takes you on a walking and tasting tour of the city’s chocolatiers, from the ones you know and love to a few you’ve never heard of. You’ll learn interesting facts about Chicago architecture and the history of chocolate along the way. Tours run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. The $40 cost per person includes samples at each shop and VIP treatment at stores.
Photo credits: (1) Courtesy of Chateau La Rue; (2) ©Istockphoto/Trigga; (3) Courtesy of Lucky Strike Lanes.