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Kai Oliver-Kurtin

Kai Oliver-Kurtin

San Diego & SoCal Correspondent

Kai Oliver-Kurtin is the San Diego & Southern California correspondent for Time Out.

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The 12 best Palm Springs hotels

The 12 best Palm Springs hotels

Palm Springs hotels have gone from strength to strength in the last decade or so. You can now find something to suit any style, from cozy rustic spots to quiet boutique properties. Keen to book an opulent five-star villa kitted out with every possible amenity plus a dope restaurant? Well, Palm Springs has plenty of that, too. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the entrancing “desert modernism” aesthetic and discreet vibe; you’re just as likely to catch a crew of European retirees scouting the famous Architecture and Design Center as a Hollywood A-lister lounging by the pool. And speaking of pools, every hotel on our list has one — a Palm Springs hotel with no pool is like a martini without an olive, after all (spending time poolside is practically a required thing to do for travelers in this spirited town).  So, whether you’re making the trip for Coachella or are just looking for a fun getaway, take a scroll through the options below and make sure you pack shorts and sunscreen – it’s gonna be a scorcher. We'd recommend that you book in advance though, mostly in the high season which runs from September to April. But regardless of when you do decide to visit, read on for our recommendations of the best Palm Springs hotels to checking out. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. RECOMMENDED: the ultimate guide to California 

The 7 most amazing treehouse rentals worth the drive from L.A.

The 7 most amazing treehouse rentals worth the drive from L.A.

Itching to get out of town? Ready to brave the elements while glamping (we're kidding, this is California, honey)? In lieu of a mundane hotel with its corridors and carpet, why not try an Instagram-worthy wood panneled treehouse on Airbnb? Maybe it’s because living in a treehouse is a childhood dream made real (some of these have slides and poles), or perhaps we have some deep-rooted desire to get in touch with nature on a level we rarely get to these days. Either way, we love the idea of having our living quarters suspended in the sky. Breathing in good oxygen, smelling nice foresty smells...  This roundup of the best treehouse rentals includes approximate drive times from L.A., but we all know the time of day can majorly impact traffic patterns. Some of them happen to be close to San Jose and Fremont too, if that's easier. After all, an escape from the concrete jungle and spend some quality time in nature can help lower your stress level and boost your mood, so why spoil that! Unlike your childhood treehouse, you won’t have to worry about pesky parents interrupting playtime to tell you dinner’s ready. But some of these treehouse rentals do come with breakfast prepared by the host, or a full kitchen to prepare your own food. Because of their intentionally remote locations, it’s best to pack some snacks and drinks to have on hand at these treehouses. Though one is basically on a hotel's site.   If you share our dream of treehouse living, check out our list of some of the best

The best things to do in Big Bear

The best things to do in Big Bear

Big Bear is all about location—specifically that this location is within a two-hour drive of both Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Big Bear Lake is perfect for a summer dip, and the many hiking, biking, and kayak routes lend themselves to Southern California’s lengthy warm-weather seasons. An elevation of 6,000 feet means your drive there will be full of steep curves and gradual inclines. Plan accordingly if you typically get car sick or if you have an electric vehicle that will quickly lose mileage as you begin the vertical climb. Scenic views along the way will help distract you, but don't be surprised if the valley below is filled with fog. There aren't many places to stop along the way, so be sure to pack snacks and drinks for the ride!  But once you arrive at your cozy accommodations, you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the things to do in Big Bear.

The best hotels in San Diego

The best hotels in San Diego

Planning a trip to America’s Finest City? You are going to need a fabulous place to lay your head. The good news is you have come to the right place; our list of the best hotels in San Diego. This laidback jewel of California may be best known for amazing beaches, constant sunshine, and authentic tacos, but throw in stellar nightlife, breweries galore (including one of the best craft breweries in the country), and delicious dining options, and you have got an impressive hospitality scene. Depending on what type of experience you are looking for, San Diego has everything from walkable urban hotels with boutique accommodations to charming beach bungalows with epic views, plus must-visit historical institutions and off-the-radar resorts offering a more intimate hideaway. San Diego County is large (over 4,000 square miles!) so choose your home base wisely. If you don't plan on leaving the beach areas, you should probably plan on staying there to avoid summer beach traffic. The same goes for areas with year-round commuter traffic, running primarily north and south.  From chic downtown hotels to party the night away, to relaxing hillside resorts and historic gems on the shore, there is a hotel for anyone looking to get away from it all while also enjoying the best things to do in San Diego. 

The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

Why stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel when you can rent a lovely Airbnb in Los Angeles? Unlike the typical beige hotel rooms you’re no doubt used to, these apartments, homes and condos are soaked in character. From stylish homes near West Hollywood to sprawling estates in Malibu or architectural townhouses in Venice, there’s something on this list for every vibe and budget. You’ll even find a few sunny abodes not too far from the best beaches in L.A. Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or you’re here all the time, these superb Airbnbs in Los Angeles might just convince you to become a full-time Angeleno. Since L.A. traffic is some of the worst in the country, location is everything here. If you're planning to spend most days on the beach, you should plan to stay very close to the beach. Traveling during peak commute times can often lead to hours-long drives. The good news is that there's no shortage of Airbnbs in the city, so you won't have trouble finding plenty of options to fit your needs. Whether you do fancy being perched looking out on the Pacific, near Venice Beach, in the Hollywood hills, or tucked away in unassuming forest, it's all here for the taking.  To properly explore the megalopolis, you'd be well-advised to split up your trip to include a few different Airbnbs located in various parts of the city. For instance, Downtown has a completely different vibe from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or the South Bay. Each neighborhood has its own unique charm, so ma

The best Ojai restaurants and bars

The best Ojai restaurants and bars

From a hipster vegan food to homestyle Italian, the best Ojai restaurants and bars have lots to offer when it comes to flavor. Sure, this picturesque haven is known for its spiritual nature—it’s certainly a destination that loves a good spa—but the town sure knows how to indulge. Locally-grown citrus is a given when in Ojai, but to get a taste of the area's full bounty of fruits and vegetables head to the Ojai Certified Farmers Market (held every Sunday just off the main drag downtown). And while there’s local, organic food around every corner, save room for guilty pleasures. You’ll find a local ice cream shop that feels like stepping into a time warp, plus authentic, small-town dive bars that double-down on the laid-back vibes. Looking for craft beer and live music? Ojai has that too, naturally. Whether you want brunch, picnic fare or a romantic dinner, read on to see our top picks for where to eat and drink in Ojai — and while you're here, check out our list of things to do and cute places to stay. RECOMMENDED: the best things to do in Ojai

The 10 best things to do with kids in San Diego

The 10 best things to do with kids in San Diego

Figuring out the best things to do with kids in San Diego is pretty easy—the city has about 70 miles of coastline, and its beaches are hard to resist. And while it's completely fine to spend your entire time in parked on the sand, you may find yourself wanting a little variety. Beyond the sunny shores are attractions like some of the best amusement parks in California and the world’s largest comic book convention, which means there’s no such thing as bored children in sunny San Diego.Among the most kid-friendly experiences in San Diego are activities like mingling with exotic animals, splashing through waterfront fountains, walking or riding along the beach boardwalk, and marveling at towering Lego sculptures. Plus, like a good Pixar flick, these activities tend to be great for the whole family and won't leave adults gaping at their phones or counting the hours until nap-time—an ice cream shop means parents can enjoy a double scoop, and a destination park features al fresco libations to wind down the day. Some of the best restaurants in San Diego are kid-friendly, too, and many cater specifically to young audiences (like Corvette Diner) with fun play areas or dancing waitstaff. So if you're planning to bring the whole family to SoCal, plan to stay busy with our list of the best things to do with kids in San Diego. RECOMMENDED: our full guide of the best things to do in San Diego

The 10 Best Things to do in Newport Beach

The 10 Best Things to do in Newport Beach

Many visit the oceanfront area for a taste of opulence, but the best things to do in Newport Beach extend beyond the posh Orange County city’s tony shopping centers and country clubs. Sure, yachts, canals, and luxury cars are common sightings here, but so too are whales, waves and pristine patches of sand. Even still, Newport is one of the wealthiest places in the country (even more so than its neighboring Orange County cities) so don't except to find much grunge in this affluent coastal town. Where to go? While some of the most frequented beaches in Newport are Corona del Mar State Beach (great for swimming) and The Wedge (great for surfing), Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier also draw large crowds to the waterfront for leisure (fun fact: while it's called Balboa Island, this man-made community is in fact a peninsula). Situated between the surfer-filled shores of Huntington Beach and the stunning canyons of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and its patchwork of man-made islands offer a mix of luxury living with some of the best beaches and best restaurants in SoCal. Experience a mix of it all with a drive along Pacific Coast Highway, and use our list of the best things to do in Newport Beach for can’t-miss pitstops along the way.RECOMMENDED: the best restaurants in Newport Beach

The best restaurants in Newport Beach

The best restaurants in Newport Beach

When it comes to reserving a table in one of Orange County's charming seaside cities, the best Newport Beach restaurants are hard to resist. While we love its sprawling coastline, its range of local things to do, and its two stunning piers, a day in Newport Beach is all about the food—because, come on, what's a perfect day near the water without the right meal?Whether you're looking for the best lobster roll, modern Italian fare, upscale Mexican food, some of the world's finest sushi or a perfect thin-crust pizza, the best Newport Beach restaurants are sure to deliver (and offer gorgeous scenery to boot).  With temperatures typically in the 70s year-round, it's rarely a bad idea to dine al fresco in Newport. You won't have any trouble finding spots to imbibe, either, and there's no shortage of fast carryout options if you choose to picnic on the beach or grab lunch for your hike. Don't let the locations of some of these restaurants fool you — great local restaurants can be found even within upscale shopping malls like Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. But no matter where you dine in Newport, just know the surrounding scenery will not disappoint.  RECOMMENDED: the best restaurants in California

The 20 best things to do in San Diego

The 20 best things to do in San Diego

For such a laid-back destination, the best things to do in San Diego might surprise you. As the country's eighth-largest city, San Diego isn't the sleepy beach town many once thought of as Los Angeles' laidback neighbor—while there's still plenty of surfers and Navy servicemembers to be seen here, the coastal city is an international mega-region stretching from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. Come here for the beaches, sure, but stay for the culture.  Whether it's Comic-Con that brings you to town, San Diego Beer Week, a triathalon or just a beach getaway, take time to enjoy some of San Diego's best attractions while you're here. And if you're toting along kids, you'll be happy to know that San Diego doubles as one of the country’s top family-friendly destinations, with no shortage of delicious, family-friendly restaurants, iconic amusement parks, cuddly pandas, and tons of parks and picnic spots, too. For the 21+ crowd, it’s also a craft brewery and nightlife mecca. While fish tacos may be the most sought-after dish in San Diego, it's the craft beer industry that has solidified the city's nickname as "The Capital of Craft" with its more than 150 craft breweries. Combining the two is highly recommended!  The best part? There's no bad time to visit America's Finest City thanks to its perfect year-round weather.  RECOMMENDED: the best restaurants in San Diego

The 18 best restaurants in San Diego

The 18 best restaurants in San Diego

While beach towns are often regarded more for their surf and sun than their savvy dining, the best restaurants San Diego prove to be an exception—from stylish dining rooms to casual beachside eats, the coastal city bursts with creativity and bonafide kitchen chops.While it once sat in the shadows of Los Angeles' flashy dining scene, San Diego has attracted several big name chefs in recent years, including Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey, and Claudette Zepeda (of Top Chef fame). Now, San Diego stands firmly on its own culinary reputation, popular enough that dinner reservations are recommended in bustling areas such as Little Italy, La Jolla, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Looking for a signature dish? If there’s a staple order, it’s Baja-style fish tacos paired with local craft beer (likely a hoppy IPA from one of San Diego’s many craft breweries), a bright combo that’s perfect in the city’s gloriously sunny climate where dining al fresco (or inside chic, open-air spaces along its best beaches) is possible year-round. So if you’re headed to this coastal hot-spot, check out our list of the best restaurants in San Diego—and don’t forget to bring a healthy appetite. RECOMMENDED: the best things to do in San Diego

The 12 best things to do in Palm Springs

The 12 best things to do in Palm Springs

Considering that it sprouted into a resort destination in the early 20th century—with much of Hollywood vacationing here for a quick escape from L.A.—the best things to do in Palm Springs tend to prioritize leisure. The city beckons visitors with arid landscapes, golf courses, handsome mid-century vacation homes, and an excellent restaurant scene. And while many will spend their weekend simply lounging by hotel pools (an essential Palm Springs activity), there are plenty of other attractions in Palm Springs to keep you entertained. Seasonally, the city becomes the epicenter of cool during Coachella, while annual spectacles like the design-focused Modernism Week and Robolights (a quirky holiday light display) keeps things interesting. The desert city buzzes year-round, but it’s especially popular between December and April when that infamous dry heat dips (no matter what, plan to pack plenty of water and sunscreen, and be sure to arrange accommodations with a pool).But no matter when you visit Palm Springs, activities can include fun home tours, botanical gardens, and one-of-a-kind mountaintop tram rides—follow our guide to make the most of it. RECOMMENDED: the best Palm Springs restaurants

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The Pink Cabana

The Pink Cabana

A quick 30-minute drive from downtown Palm Springs, The Pink Cabana draws in diners from across the Coachella Valley. Located in the resort town of Indian Wells, The Pink Cabana is situated within Sands Hotel & Spa near the hotel's charming pool. Inspired by the tennis and racquet clubs popular throughout Palm Springs in the 50s and 60s, the space was artfully designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard with large doses of pinks, greens, and brass. The menu leans Mediterranean with a Moroccan influence, featuring housemade yogurt naan, harissa chicken, lamb shank tagine, and a must-try mezze plate. Fancy a drink? The cocktail and wine lists shouldn't be overlooked. You'll find a wide wine selection from across the Mediterranean region alongside refreshing cocktails that focus on ingredients from the Great Spice Route (order the pink lemonade with vodka, a drink made with Herbes de Provence, Lillet Rose, and pink sea salt). End the meal with a Turkish coffee or a pink hot cocoa bomb for dessert (it will literally melt in your mouth). Thanks to its girly-chic vibe, the restaurant is a magnet for girls' nights out, drawing in large crowds in celebratory moods (take note: parties of eight or more people are required to order from a prix fixe menu). Throw on your retro shades and a silk scarf to match the setting, and don’t forget to make an advance reservation — this place is pretty and popular, so it’s best to plan ahead.

Las Cuatro Milpas

Las Cuatro Milpas

With a mere 20 miles between San Diego and the Mexico border, it should come as no surprise that you can find a proliferation of authentic Mexican food throughout the city. But Las Cuatro Milpas is perhaps the most well-known institution in the area.  A third-generation Mexican restaurant, Las Cuatro Milpas has been serving breakfast and lunch in San Diego's Barrio Logan neighborhood since 1933. It's known for classic dishes your abuela might make – think rolled tacos, burritos, tamals, house-made tortillas and fresh salsa. They also serve menudo, a traditional Mexican soup that's famous for being able to cure hangovers, on Saturdays. Diners line up early to order from the lunchroom-style counter. Expect a long line during lunchtime on weekdays – when you'll notice an influx of local government and city officials who work nearby in downtown's business district – and favorite dishes are known to sell out before closing time.  The dining room has no-frills picnic tables that fill up fast. Be sure to bring cash, since credit cards are not accepted at this mom-and-pop shop where prices are surprisingly low. You'll never go wrong with the rolled tacos, and shouldn't hesitate to purchase packages of tortillas to go. 

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コロナ禍の働き過ぎを解消、アメリカで週32時間労働制を導入か

コロナ禍の働き過ぎを解消、アメリカで週32時間労働制を導入か

仕事で疲れ切っている? パンデミックの間、自宅で仕事をしていると、仕事の時間が「長くなる一方」だと感じたに違いない。アメリカでは多くの人がそうだったようで、この1年半で燃え尽き症候群や退職者の数が過去最高を記録した。 いわゆる「Zoom疲れ」と呼ばれる問題が浮上し、変な時間に上司とSlackで長々とやりとりすることも増加。さらには、パンデミックにより子どもの面倒を見てくれる場所が減ったことで、手ごろな料金かつ信頼性が高い子どもの預け先を、新たに見つけるのに苦労した人も多いようだ。働くアメリカ人の多くが、こうした休める時間が減った「新しい生活」に、うんざりしているというのも納得といえる。 そんな中、その状況が改善されるかもしれないというニュースが入ってきた。 南カリフォルニアのリバーサイド選出の民主党下院議員、マーク・タカノが、ほとんどのアメリカ人の週の労働時間を短縮し、今の40時間から32時間へ変更する新しい法案を提案したのだ。「The Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act」と呼ばれるこの法案は、週に32時間以上働いた場合には、公正労働基準法の下で、雇い主が残業代を払う必要があると定めることを求めるもの。 タカノは法案の提出に際し、週の労働時間が短くなれば、より多くの人がより良い賃金で労働市場に参加できるようになるとの考えを示している。さらに、この法案が可決されれば、ほとんどの労働者の給料が上がることが予想されるという。ただしこの法案は、独立した契約者やフリーランサーなど、特定の働き手には適用されないようだ。 多くのアメリカ人が嘆いている週40時間労働は、ほぼ1世紀前から存在。フォード社のヘンリー・フォードが1926年に、週5日1日8時間の労働時間制を導入したことがきっかけで、ほかの大企業も追随するようになった。 いくつかのレポートで、アメリカ人が世界のどの国よりも労働時間が長く、同時に休暇を取る日数も少ないということを明らかになっている。また、パンデミック時には、アメリカ人は毎日追加で3時間以上働いたという報告もある。 この法案が上院に提出され、法律として成立するかどうかはまだ分からないが、近い将来、アメリカ人が仕事から離れられる時間が少しだけ増えるかもしれない。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『東京、飲みながら仕事できるクラフトビール店5選』 『猫と仕事ができるスペース、サンチャコが会員を募集中』 『旅気分で働けるリモートワークフレンドリーな宿4選』 『求められるリモートワークとコミュニティービルディングが共存する場』 『ワークスペースとしても利用可能、浅草寺近くで屋内キャンプ』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

A new bill wants to shorten the American workweek to 32 hours

A new bill wants to shorten the American workweek to 32 hours

Feeling burned out at work? You’re not alone.  For those who have been working from home during the pandemic (also referred to as 'living at work'), the workdays have seemed to only get longer in the last 18 months. And employees around the country are feeling it – burnouts and mass resignations are at an all-time high. Throw in additional challenges, like affordable and reliable childcare and what's come to be known as 'Zoom fatigue,' and Americans are pretty much fed up with this new life featuring fewer breaks and more time spent Slacking with your boss at odd hours.  The good news: relief may be on its way.  Southern California Congressman Mark Takano (Dem.) from Riverside, California has proposed a new bill that would shorten the workweek for most Americans, shifting it from the standard 40-hours to 32 hours. The legislation is referred to as The Thirty-Two Hour WorkWeek Act, and would force overtime pay to kick in after 32 hours of work per week under the federal Fair Labor Practices Act.  Takano says a shorter work week will allow more people to participate in the labor market at better wages. It’s expected that most workers would see an increase in pay if the legislation is passed. Though the bill wouldn’t apply to certain employees such as independent contractors and freelancers.  The 40-hour workweek much-bemoaned by most Americans has been around for nearly a century. Good ol' Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company is largely credited with instituting an eight-hour-d