The Agenda: Monarch Beach Resort's Revamp and Berggruen Gallery's New Digs
Dana Point has a hot new social scene thanks to the $40 million facelift at the Monarch Beach Resort (formerly the St. Regis). L.A.-based Rodrigo Vargas Design refreshed the 400 guest rooms in a coastal-inspired palette of cool blues, greens, and crisp whites. Balconies off every room and suite are appointed with modern patio furniture, and first-floor rooms even feature private fire pits. The ocean blue lobby, completed by San Francisco's Puccini Group, is filled with art, and the expansive pool area looks like luxury on the Mediterranean. In honor of the revamp, the hotel is offering guests a special Rediscover Monarch Beach package. We can't think of a better reason to take a weekend trip down to SoCal.
When: Accepting reservations
Where: 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point
For 20 years, L.A. artist Mark Bennett has been drafting architectural blueprints of famous TV world homes—from The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Brady Bunch. He draws these fictional dwellings from memory, right down to the minutiae of the characters' everyday lives. This exhibit of new work, his first in L.A. in more than a decade, updates some of his classics and explores new territories including film. Standout pieces include "The Home of Norman Bates," "Gilligan's Island," and "Wayne Manor."
When: Sat. 9/10–Sat. 10/29
Where: Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Just last month, John Berggruen and his wife-partner Gretchen relocated their namesake San Francisco gallery from its longtime digs in Union Square to a swanky new SoMa address right across from the newly expanded SFMOMA. The three-story 1908 brick building has been overhauled on the inside by Jennifer Weiss Architecture and nicely complements the Snohetta-designed behemoth of modern art across the way.
When: Open by appointment Monday through Friday
Where: 10 Hawthorne St., San Francisco
Billings Modern Art & Design auction celebrates its one-year anniversary in the DTLA arts district this month and they're doing so in style. From midcentury modern design to more contemporary pieces, this auction will be the fifth by the founding group of L.A.-based art dealers. Looking to fill a void in the market, the team designed Billings' auctions to offer a variety of price points for both the seasoned collector and novice alike. So, if you've been looking to make your auction house debut, now's your chance. Get tickets here.
When: 6 - 9 p.m., Fri. 9/9 and Noon - 3 p.m., Sat. 9/10
Where: Billings Auction, 1919 Bay St., Los Angeles
If relaxing in a hot tub atop a historic water tower is your idea of a good time, get yourself to Mendocino to check out the new Inn at Newport Ranch. Located on the site of an old lumber town north of Fort Bragg, the lodge is meant to both complement and stand apart from its dramatic backdrop of crags and coastline. Local, natural materials stay true to the land, while amenities like cozy fireplaces and big picture windows present guests with the best of both the indoor and outdoor worlds.
When: Accepting reservations
Where: 31502 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg