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Times Travel Ticker: This is Russia?

August 03, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • The W chain has opened its first Russian property, in St. Petersburg, just steps from St. Isaac Cathedral.
The W chain has opened its first Russian property, in St. Petersburg, just… (W Hotels )

Travelers are paying an average of $265 per night for luxury accommodations this year compared with $308 per night in 2007, says Spire, a website specializing in travel deals… More evidence that current or former communists seem to have all the money these days: W St. Petersburg is the luxe chain’s first Russian property, featuring 137 rooms and 10 suites … Rare World War II Warbirds take to the skies above Big Bear Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the city’s airport; (909) 585-3219 … Fireworks have been added to Legoland’s Halloween celebration, every Saturday night in October… Feed your pet no less than five or six hours before flight time and give the pet a drink of water no less than two hours before flight, pet expert Heidi Ganahi recommends… Travel quote of the day: "If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel." (Will Kommen)

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