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August 30, 2009|Valli Herman; Rosemary McClure; Judi Dash

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, has a new luxury resort where every room has an ocean view and each guest is assigned a personal assistant. Capella Pedregal resort and spa, the sixth property in the Capella Hotels & Resorts brand, sits on 24 beachfront acres and is reached by way of a torch-lighted, 1,000-foot private tunnel that connects it to downtown Cabo San Lucas. Each of the 66 guest rooms includes a private plunge pool with infinity edges. Rooms range from 600 square feet to the 4,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. Steam, sauna and ice rooms are available at the Auriga Spa, which also offers outdoor treatments. Introductory packages begin at $475 a night and include a resort credit of $100 and up, depending on room type. For more information, visit www.capellapedregal.com.

-- Valli Herman

Attend one of Southern California's biggest beach parties next month when the annual Taste of Newport draws an estimated 75,000 patrons. The Sept. 18 to 20 event, which features 35 Newport Beach restaurants and 15 wineries, offers samples, spirits and entertainment. Among the offerings will be barbecue-seared ahi, tiramisu, prime rib and creme brulee; spirits include wine, cocktails and handmade microbrews. Performing will be Sugar Ray, Sept. 18; the rock band Train, Sept. 19; and "American Idol" winner David Cook, Sept. 20. The event will be held along Newport Center Drive at Fashion Island. Daily admission tickets cost $22 in advance or $25 at the gate. Tastings are $1 to $7. Info: (949) 729-4400, www.tasteofnewport.com.

In Cabo, the living's luxe

A beach soiree

-- Rosemary McClure

Call it 'Wi-Fly'

The sky's no longer the limit for Wi-Fi; most U.S. airlines are rushing to outfit planes with the service. How much does it cost? First-class fliers often can log on for free, but if you're back in coach, you may pay as much as $12.95 to check your e-mail aloft. Service is still scattered, although AirTran recently announced it had become the first U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi on every flight. The charge is $5.95 for short hops and $9.95 for flights three hours or longer. American, Delta and United have outfitted parts of their fleets, charging up to $12.95 for transcontinental flights. Other airlines, including Alaska, JetBlue and Southwest, are testing Wi-Fi on selected flights.

-- Rosemary McClure

A sturdy ride

The strollers that are suitably lightweight for travel tend to sacrifice sturdiness. Not so Inglesina's Trip, a feature-packed 14.5-pound stroller with big swiveling double wheels front and back and a quick three-step umbrella fold and self-lock mechanism that makes for maximum maneuverability. The $180 Trip has a five-point harness; a four-position, deeply reclining seat back; and an extending leg rest for a napping baby or toddler (up to 45 pounds). It comes with a shopping basket, a rain cover and that all-important cup holder. Bright red and white or muted gray or blue. Info: (877) 486-5112, www.inglesina.com.

-- Judi Dash

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