March 2, 1986
Since 1972 I have been going to Lech, Austria, annually for skiing. As a result, I greatly enjoyed the Stan Hollander article Feb. 2. However, the article was lacking in basic information. The article only hints at the vast land area and varied terrain that can be skied, covering several mountains and towns with intelligently connecting lifts. The great majority of hotels and pensions are 1-5 minutes' walk from the lifts. A few hotels and sample rates were provided but did not go far enough.
March 5, 2012 |
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.
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.
August 1, 2011 |
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.
February 3, 2012 |
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)
May 11, 2011 |
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 19, 2013 |
The “8-Day Tuscany Fly & Drive” package from Virgin Vacations lets you ramble through Italy's Tuscany region at your own pace. You'll be based in Montecatini, outside Florence. With unlimited mileage on your rental car, you'll be free to head to Florence; Pisa, with its renowned Leaning Tower; the historic towns of Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano; and other tourist favorites. Or just explore the scenic countryside. Dates: Frequent departures from Nov. 6 to March 19, 2014.
August 18, 2011 |
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.
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May 5, 2013 |
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 |
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.