The Agenda: Donum Home, Lawrence Halprin’s Landscape Architecture, and The Citizen HotelAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Wine Country is delightfully quiet in the winter, so take advantage of the break in crowds to visit the new Donum Home, an intimate tasting room with views of the estate, vineyards, and private sculpture garden. Designed by San Francisco-based MH Architects, the 3,800-square-foot hospitality space pays homage to traditional farmhouses, with interiors that evoke tranquility and understated elegance. Skylights, glass walls, and sliding glass doors fill the space with natural light and offer sightlines out to the 187-acre property of rolling hills overlooking San Pablo Bay and the Coastal Range Mountains. Taste through Donum Estate’s premium single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while admiring artwork by Ai Weiwei, Zhan Wang, Arturo di Modica, Fernando Botero, and Jaume Plensa. Don’t forget to call ahead—this hidden gem is open by appointment only.
When: By reservation only; call 707-939-2290 or email email@example.com
Where: The Donum Estate, 24500 Ramal Rd., Sonoma
There’s hope still for all those last-minute shoppers out there. Berkeley is hosting the 34th annual gift fair, with more than 200 vendors selling everything from fine art to affordable gifts. Festive lights, colorful decorations, music, and good food provide a serious dose of holiday cheer. The fair even offers free gift wrapping and shipping. Done and done.
When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 12/23 and Sun. 12/24
Where: Telegraph Ave. between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way, Berkeley
If there’s one name you should know in the world of landscape architecture, it’s Lawrence Halprin. Considered one of the foremost landscape architects of the 20th century, he hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area and collaborated with other modernist figures coming out of UC Berkeley. Known as a trailblazer with innovative techniques who emphasized user experience, he’s the man behind such famous spaces as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., Freeway Park in Seattle, and the Ira Keller Fountain in Portland. Now, you can learn about his life’s work during this retrospective curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
When: Through Sun. 12/31
Where: A+D Museum, 900 E. Fourth St., Los Angeles
Give your significant other a belated holiday gift by booking The Citizen Hotel’s newest promotion. The Autograph Collection hotel in the heart of downtown Sacramento has partnered with in-demand custom shoemaker Benjamins Shoes (we hear they have a four-month wait list) to help stylish travelers put their best foot forward. Offering exclusive products and experiences for hotel guests, the first-of-its-kind collaboration includes private access to the store (closed just for you), a tour of the shoemaking process, custom fitting, and a meet-and-greet with the owner-designer himself. Guests will enjoy two nights in a one-bedroom suite at The Citizen, a “Sacramento Sampler” mini-fridge stocked with local foods, plus transportation to and from the Benjamins Shoes boutique.
When: Reservations must be booked three weeks in advance of travel dates
Where: The Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., Sacramento
Part of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA program, this SoCal exhibit reveals the myth about Spanish Colonial Revival style. Embedded in the fabric of Southern California for the past 100 years, a look that was purportedly based on Colonial Spanish and Mexican cultural and design traditions was actually an aesthetic influenced by the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, Ramona novels, and pageants. Cultivated by designers and architects, the style appropriated ecclesiastical and native elements into a romanticized vision of California to woo a bourgeoning tourism industry. Myth busted.
When: Through Sun. 1/28/18
Where: Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside
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