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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)
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
If the cost of airfare has kept you out of Africa, this deal gets you there (to South Africa and Zambia), sleeps you in three luxury resorts, feeds you breakfast and helps you explore. The deal: South African Airways Vacations' Route of the African Sun , which offers activities as diverse as watching game and touring wine country, includes roundtrip transatlantic coach flights on South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York City (JFK) to South Africa (round-trip airfare will add $250-$300 to this if booked with this package)
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Lollapalooza on the flip side of the world? The 2012 mega-concert is slated for August in Chicago's Grant Park , but here's a way to get a jump on the music. Lollapalooza Chile 2012 comes to Santiago for the second time for a two-day festival March 31 and April 1 with headliners Foo Fighters , Bjork and Arctic Monkeys as well as Latin American acts such as Los Jaivas and Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas. In all, more than 50 performers and bands will take the stages (six in all)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Google ready for some football? National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Silicon Valley this week and that's all it took to get tongues wagging that the Internet search giant and parent of YouTube is eager to get a piece of the action. The only NFL TV package that will be available anytime soon is satellite broadcaster DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package, which allows subscribers access to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons. It is ideal for a fan who roots for a team whose games are not routinely available or for obsessed fans who like to watch multiple games at the same time.
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