Jaydine Sayer

Correspondent

  • Chicago, IL, USA

Jaydine Sayer is a correspondent who lives in Chicago and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She’s been writing and editing travel and lifestyle features for magazines, newspapers and websites for more than a decade, and her work has appeared in publications like The Chicago Tribune, Self and Angeleno. When she’s not traveling (both literally an virtually), Sayer likes to read from her neglected pile of magazines, play chef and plan out her next trip.

  • On April 19, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Chicago?

    There are a slew of must-see sites in Chicago, and as a native Chicagoan I think they’re all worth a visit. But if you only have time to check out a few, then put these attractions at the top of your list:

    Millennium Park. Located off Michigan Avenue, this large recreational space is much more than a simple park. Take photos at the large reflective sculpture Cloud Gate (known as ‘The Bean’ to locals), stroll through the Lurie Garden and see Frank Gehry’s imposing Jay Pritzker Pavilion. In the summertime you can even catch free concerts here.

    The Art Institute of Chicago. Second in size to only the Met in New York, this museum has pieces by famous artists (Picasso, Matisse, Pollock) and a stunning new (opened in 2009) Modern Wing that is worth a visit just to experience the light-filled, beautifully designed space. Tip: Head to Terzo Piano for lunch — it overlooks Millennium Park and is helmed by local celebrity chef Tony Mantuano.

    The El. Take a trip through Chicago’s Loop on the elevated trains that run throughout the day. Jump on anywhere in the Loop for a quick circle around downtown, or hop on the Brown line to head up to Lincoln Park and get a look at one of the city’s ritzier hoods. Get off at the Armitage stop to stroll the boutiques that line the avenue.
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  • On October 30, 2012
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    Is there a jogging route near Hotel Bel-Air?

    Hotel Bel-Air is tucked into the canyons of Los Angeles in the luxury enclave of Bel-Air — here the roads are winding, hilly and lined with plenty of grand trees and gorgeous homes. This posh neighborhood is safe for running and walking, but there are no specific jogging-only routes. A few minutes away by car (ask the front desk to arrange transportation in the hotel’s house Mercedes-Benz), the 1.9-mile-long Beverly Gardens Park has a popular jogging path (made from decomposed granite) that runs along Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards through Beverly Hills. For a true L.A. insider experience, head to Runyon Canyon Park to hike the hills and see the famous Hollywood sign up close. 
  • On October 30, 2012
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    What makes Hotel Bel-Air different from other hotels?

    Hidden in the hills outside downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air’s seclusion, gorgeous grounds, history and personal service set it apart from all other hotels. The boutique hideaway’s mission-style architecture with Spanish courtyards and lush green gardens make it feel like a very private (and very stunning) vacation home. It has been a sanctuary for celebrities and dignitaries since it first opened in 1946 — the hotel hosted some of film’s most iconic stars (Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe) and is known as a place where discretion is paramount.
     
    After a two-year, top-to-bottom renovation, Hotel Bel-Air reopened in October 2011. While upgrades have given the luxe hideaway a fresh, modern feel it retains its unique golden-era grace and glamour. (The hotel’s three swans, Chloe, Athena and Hercules continue to glide across the grotto-like pond Swan Lake.) Upon arrival, a member of the staff will escort you to your room for check-in and will give you a quick demo on how to operate the high-tech amenities in this room (think iPads, phone consoles and lighting systems). Once you’re settled, relax by the famed oval-shaped pool or lounge with a bespoke cocktail in the sultry new bar for some legendary people watching.
  • On October 29, 2012
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    What is the average cost per plate at a wedding at Hotel Bel-Air?

    Hotel Bel-Air is located in the tony Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, and you can expect the cost of a private event to reflect its glamorous, one-of-a-kind setting. While there are several options for venues and for food, the average cost per plate for a wedding at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air is about $75 for lunch and $180 for dinner. The restaurant-quality food at the hotel is produced by star chef Wolfgang Puck and his culinary team — the focus is on fresh California cuisine made with local and sustainable ingredients.
  • On October 29, 2012
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    What is the nearest golf course to Hotel Bel-Air?

    Hotel Bel-Air is located in the tony Bel-Air Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles and while there are several golf courses nearby, many of them are owned by private country clubs (such as the exclusive well-known Bel-Air Country Club). If you want to play at on any of these greens, you’ll have to know a member in order to tee off. However, the Rancho Park Golf Course is a beautiful public 18-hole, par-71 championship course located less than five miles from Hotel Bel-Air. For a more upscale golfing experience, head to the oceanfront Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, located about 45 minutes from the hotel on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
  • On October 29, 2012
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    What are the five best things to do near Hotel Bel-Air?

    While Hotel Bel-Air feels secluded and worlds away from busy city life, the excitement and energy of Los Angeles are actually just minutes away. Our Forbes Travel Guide editor’s five favorite things to do and see near Hotel Bel-Air include:
     
    1. The glamorous Rodeo Drive: In the heart of Beverly Hills, you’ll find three famous shopping blocks lined with designer boutiques and dozens of restaurants with sidewalk seating.
     
    2. The scenic Will Rogers State Park: Visit Will Rogers State Park to tour the historic Rogers Ranch, then hike on foot or horseback through the Santa Monica mountains.
     
    3. The gorgeous oceanfront: Stroll down the boardwalk at the world-famous Santa Monica Pier or explore the rocky cliffs and private coves along the Malibu coast.
     
    4. The well-curated Getty: The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is as famous for its architecture, gardens and stunning views as it is for its collection of European paintings, drawings and sculptures.
     
    5. The epic Hollywood Bowl: The outdoor amphitheater hosts musical acts of all genres — from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to The Beach Boys and Barry Manilow. Bring a picnic dinner or choose from an array of fine alfresco, pre-concert dining.