SaMo PRIDE begins with a parade on June 3, 2023 followed by a month of events focused on family-friendly displays and activities that safely celebrate the city’s inclusive and diverse spirit. Officially designated LGBTQIA+ Pride Month by the City of Santa Monica, SaMo PRIDE will focus on art, events for people of all ages, and community connection. 

The city-wide celebration in June is anchored by “Miles of Pride,” a vibrant light installation spanning the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Other city landmarks, including City Hall, Santa Monica Pier, and the Main Street Santa Monica Travel and Tourism visitor’s center, will also service lighting displays as an extension of “Miles of Pride.” These installations will illuminate the sky with a rainbow of colors and serve as a backdrop for a full calendar of events that bring together community, families and supporters from around the world.

Legendary Regent brand to debut in the Americas with Santa Monica beachfront resort

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG)  announced the first destination in the Americas for the reimagined Regent Hotels & Resorts – part of its luxury and lifestyle portfolio – on the spectacular beachfront of Santa Monica, Calif. Poised to open in late 2023, Regent Santa Monica Beach will usher in a new era of extraordinary experiences to the California coastline. The resort will set a new standard for modern upper luxury in the Americas hospitality industry, bringing a fresh perspective to beachfront splendor and effortlessly bold experiences to become an iconic destination.

Regent Santa Monica Beach is set on a coveted coastline location, steps from the famed Santa Monica Pier. Following a complete transformation, the resort will celebrate the beauty of unexpected harmony through contrasts, delivering inspired stays through a blend of serenity and a touch of decadence. The resort will feature sumptuous and tranquil rooms and suites, along with a stunning beachfront pool deck with multiple pools and a destination spa and wellness center. Additionally, Regent Santa Monica Beach will welcome guests from near and far with unforgettable epicurean experiences, including a restaurant concept created in collaboration with an acclaimed celebrity chef as well as a high-end artisanal marketplace.

The hotel will be transformed into Regent Santa Monica Beach in partnership with its ownership group, Strategic Hotels & Resorts. The Chicago-based owner and asset manager currently maintains a portfolio of 13 luxury hotels and resorts across the U.S., including two InterContinental hotels. The opening of Regent Santa Monica Beach will mark a historic return of the brand to Los Angeles and represent IHG’s Americas flagship, along with its original Beverly Wilshire location. For further information, visit or use the new IHG One Rewards mobile app.

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.