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February 3, 2002
How surprised and pleased I was to see the piece on the new Charley Patton boxed set ("Debate in the Delta," by Robert Hilburn, Jan. 27). This happened to be my Christmas present to my husband this year (after he dropped a not-so-subtle hint by leaving the Revenant Records' ad from Rhythm and Blues News magazine where I couldn't miss it). I applaud Hilburn's profile on the man and the set, but what I found to be missing was any indication that the package itself is a work of art. The set is magnificently and artistically put together with absolute perfection and attention to detail.
September 12, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Vancouver Island , Canada, is within easy reach of Seattle . Now Clipper Vacations makes it easy and cheap. Fall and winter getaways with a ferry and hotel package start at $99 a person for an overnight stay. Go for fall colors, holiday lights or anytime in between. The deal: The Big Colorful Sale includes a round-trip ferry crossing from Seattle to Victoria and one night at the Harbour Towers for $99 a person. Two nights start at $123 per person. Prices are based on double occupancy and exclude tax and fees.
May 11, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hotel Vitale, a Joie de Vivre property on San Francisco's Embarcadero, has a two-person getaway package called "Bike the Bay. " It includes a full-day bike rental for two, a picnic lunch for two packed by the chef of Vitale’s Americano Restaurant, a foot-and-leg massage for two upon return to the hotel and one night in a deluxe city guestroom. Itinerary : San Francisco Bay Area Dates: Available through Aug. 31 (blackout dates may apply) Price : From $659 Info: Hotel Vitale , San Francisco; (888)
August 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a chance to double-dip on luxury -- and thrills. La Reserve Geneve , on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, pairs use of an electric Tesla sports car with a two-night stay at the resort. Guests can take off in the roadster, which accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds without a sound, for a day of zero-emission touring.  Dates: The hotel has a fleet of five Tesla Roadsters, and the offer is good indefinitely. Call the resort to make a reservation. Price: The Tesla Break driving package starts at $3,393 for two nights and the Tesla rental.
March 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Victoria, British Columbia, pops with blooms in spring. Tulips, cherry trees and more can be seen around the Canadian city and at Butchart Gardens . Clipper Vacations has a ferry and hotel package that's good for visitors short on time and money. Prices start at $138 a person for round-trip ferry from Seattle to Victoria and two nights in a hotel. The deal: The Springtacular Sale is based on double occupancy and includes two round-trip Victoria Clipper ferry tickets plus two nights in the Harbour Towers Hotel.
May 5, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A West Hollywood hotel was evacuated Sunday night after a suspicious package was found on the premises, leading sheriff's deputies to close nearby streets to traffic. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call about the package at the Grafton on Sunset hotel at 7:12 p.m., and the arson/explosives unit was dispatched, Lt. William Nash said. The package, found in the lobby or near the hotel entrance,  “caught management's attention,” he said. “It looked out of place.” The hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard, just east of La Cienega Boulevard.
May 9, 2010 | By Terry Gardner
Why drive when you can tour wineries in a limo? And get lunch and a hotel room in Southern California too. The deal: The Chauffeured Wine Country Getaway Package costs $299 weeknights (Sundays-Thursdays) and $379 weekends. The price includes a guest room with two queen beds or one king with a fairway view; winery tour in a chauffeured limousine (shared with others), with tastings at three wineries; made-to-order picnic lunch; and bottle of wine on arrival. Good through Dec. 30, subject to availability.
May 2, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The "Rum, Reggae and Recline" package from British tour company Black Tomato is a weeklong retreat that lets the traveler experience the Caribbean nation's sights, sounds and tastes: tropical cocktails in the private airport lounge, jerk chicken in downtown Kingston and myriad things between. At Strawberry Hill, unwind at the Living Spa or head out for a guided hike. There'll be beach time on the south coast, a visit to the famed Little Ochie seafood restaurant and a stay at bohemian Jakes Hotel, where options include going on a crocodile safari and visiting an eight-tiered waterfall.
August 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
You know kids, it's all about them -- even on vacation. Omni Hotels & Resorts has an offer that includes free breakfast for kids and a 15% room discount for parents. Sweet! The deal: The Family Discover package could be a good excuse for a late summer getaway. It requires a two-night minimum and includes buffet breakfasts for kids younger than 12 (with an adult meal purchase). Bonus freebie: Any child who stays at an Omni also gets a Sensational Kids pack stuffed with a Frisbee, crayons and pages of puzzles and activities.
April 15, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
The British Museum in London has unveiled a major exhibition, "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum," focusing on the Roman home and the people who lived in these two fated cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. The museum brings together more than 250 objects, both recent discoveries and finds from earlier excavations. Many have never been seen outside Italy.  For ancient history lovers, the Montague on the Gardens , around the corner from the museum, is offering a "Pompeii and Herculaneum" package that includes a two-night stay, breakfast for two both mornings and a pair of tickets to the exhibition (about $22 each)
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