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It’s a Thing Now: The 4th-Date Getaway

Just had a press release forwarded by my lovely editor Kim, and it seems that, much as I suspected, singles and their unfettered, highly disposable bank accounts are being noticed and targeted as an increasingly desirable demographic. Not just by reality TV show producers and dating sites like this one, but by hospitality companies who want to capitalize on our freewheeling ways.

 The release was from the Fairmont Hotels group, announcing the rollout of their new “Holidates” promotion. Not sure about the logic of using a “holiday” inspired name 8 days after New Year’s, but whatever, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Fairmont is not only endorsing the 4th-date (or 5th, if you’re being circumspect) mini-holiday, they’re encouraging it. They’ve come up with all kinds of themed packages, like the Break the I.C.E. at the Fairmont Chateau, which includes a ziptrek eco-tour (dunno what it is, but it sounds tres healthy) and a chalet fondue (I know what that is, and I like it very much).  There’s the Moon Dance Celebration on the Riviera Maya, the Wooed in the Windy City package (in Chicago, obviously), and Drunk with Love at the Sonoma Mission Inn. Having been raised in Sonoma, I can tell you w/certainty that you’ll be drunk on other things as well. 

AND. Having gone on a few of these weekend getaways myself, I can tell you that they’re fun. Awkward, but fun! It kicks the dating ante up a notch: How will you get along when the time commitment is more than just dinner, drinks and possibly 3rd-date sex and a cuddle (if you’re that way inclined)? Will you both opt for room service over dinner out at a restaurant? Or will you decide to hit the town instead? Or will one of you want to stay in while one wants to go out, and then you’ll go through an uncomfortable silence that only ends at 11PM when you’ve split a bottle of wine? When you go out in public, are you going to pretend like you’ve been together forever? When old ladies ask you when you’re getting married, what the hell are you going to say?

Ah. These are the things that sweet memories are made of. I’m sure some haters are going to say, “WTF? Four dates? That’s way too soon to drop that kind of money.” And to you I say, “Fine. But you better not be expecting the sexo until, hum, two months seriously seeing each other and you’ve met the parents.”

Go Fairmont! Thanks for being way more culturally tuned-in than I ever gave you credit for. If I lived within 2000 miles of Whistler, I’d totally be up on that I.C.E. weekend. Well, if I had someone coming within 4th date territory I would. Here’s hoping. 


Artsy Datesies — A few ideas for you

I had no idea November was such a fun and festive month. There’s literally stuff going on all over North America. Art installations, foodie fests, pop-up shopping–what happened? Didn’t November used to be kind of…lame?

Anyway, here are the fun things I’ve received in my inbox…hopefully at least one is in a city near you (or a city you’ll visit sometime soon):

Whistler: This is really late on the calendar for a harvest fest, but the Whistler Cornucopia is happening from November 8-12. The event schedule is fantastic, and includes everything from cooking demos to champagne after-parties. My faves are the House Party at Memphis Blues (BBQ ribs, beer, wine, DJs); the Artisans’ Market (showcasing farmers and producers of Slow Food Whistler ); and the Arti Gras Gala at the Hilton (Cajun music, psychics, comedians, turducken). Main event Crush! is such a crowd-pleaser, it takes place twice this year. Individual tickets for each event.

San Francisco: Always a ton of stuff in this city, but I’m most excited about the new Marie Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at the Versailles exhibit, opening November 17 at the Legion of Honor. Most of the featured artworks came straight over from the real Versailles, and have never been out of France before. If you wasted $9 to see Kirsten Dunst in that lame Marie Antoinette movie last year (which I did), then you owe it to yourself to get the real story now. Exclusively in SF–but staying through February 17.

Las Vegas:  LOVE this place. It is such an amusement park. In honor of the 2007 Beaujolais Nouveau release (happens annually, the third week in November), Paris Las Vegas is going to light up its fake Eiffel Tower in red neon. All 50 stories. At midnight on November 15th. Tasteful, classic…the French will be thrilled. Actually they won’t, but who cares? It’ll look fab!  Paris will hold wine dinners and tastings and so forth throughout the week.

Wilmington: Sure, why not? North Carolina isn’t usually a cultural hub, but with the 13th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival happening from November 7-10 at Cape Fear, it qualifies. This is a pretty big deal for the area–TIME Magazine wrote it up a couple years ago, and there are even celebs on the 2007 program. Morgan Freeman directed “Just Like the Sun,” and Ethan Hawke directed “The Hottest State”. (Note: I am not saying they will actually show up. But you can hope.)

Los Angeles: Paper Magazine is coming to the West Coast for the PAPERMAG: L.A. Project November 7-11. They’re hosting a Phyllis Diller art exhibit, a guitar shredding competition, and a “fashion outreach day” where they for once drop those East Coast pretensions that Angelenos have no style. But coolest of all, they’re putting together a 24-hour “shopping marathon” on Friday night. (In a perfect world, all shops would be open 24 hours. It just makes sense.) Apparently this is how Paper gets good material for their annual Los Angeles edition. Whatever works, kids.

I’ll be at the Paper thing, and will give you a full report on 24-hour shopping. If you hit up any of the others (or anything else fun), send me pictures.

April 2020

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