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January 31, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis. The Cromwell , whose name was announced Friday, will combine contemporary and classic French design in its 188 rooms and suites. Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 24, by which time the opening date for the Las Vegas property should be known.
January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
When people talk of "main street" in their coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, it's not a metaphor, as the small ski-resort town really does have a main thoroughfare that is central to much of the action. It's also the most obvious example of the tension between the growing glitz and the small-town quaintness that is part of the fabric of the event. As the film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, these photos are a reminder of how truly intimate the event once was - and also how exciting the meetings it creates can be, bringing together critic Roger Ebert with provocateur Michael Moore, or maverick filmmakers such as John Sayles and Robert Altman.
January 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Those looking for a fresh San Diego getaway will have a new coastal place to go: Pier South Resort in Imperial Beach. The hotel south of San Diego near the Imperial Beach Pier features 78 suites, a tavern with Baja-Med cuisine and a day spa. The promise here is chic 620-square-foot suites with ocean views seen from floor-to-ceiling windows. (Who's going to bother with the 42-inch flat-screen TVs in each room?). The resort, which opened Wednesday, is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection , which includes the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and San Francisco's Hotel Adagio . The resort is a new building that stands at the site of the former Seacoast Inn, which was demolished in 2010.
January 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Don't know how to ski but want to learn? You're in luck. January is Learn a Snowsport Month, and some California ski resorts are toasting first-timers with lessons for as low as $49. Here are five worth checking out. Alpine Meadows in Tahoe City: The "Learn to Ski & Ride Special" costs $49 for adults and children at least 8 years old. It includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half hour lesson. Discounted lessons are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays only through the end of January.
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Tough love doesn't come cheap. If your resolutions for the new year include going to a high-end boot camp with a little TLC, here are five that might fit the bill. Lonely Planet, Shape magazine and other publications chose these as among the best in the West last year. Cal-a-Vie in Vista, Calif.: The San Diego-area wellness resort kicks serious butt, according to Lonely Planet's "best luxury boot camp" list. Morning hikes, a choice of 125 classes (including CrossFit and TRX) are all part of the fitness regime.
December 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If snow tops your New Year's Eve wish list, head out to one of California's ski resorts. There's no guarantee it'll be snowing Tuesday at Bear Mountain, the Lake Tahoe resorts or Mammoth Mountain, but there should be enough white stuff on the ground to make for a cool welcome to 2014. Snow Summit/Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake: The Torchlight Parade ignites a man-made mountain glow as a few hundred resort workers carry torch lights while skiing and snowboarding down the slopes.
December 15, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
December 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
When it comes to theme parks, the Walt Disney Co. could have a new No. 2 - Shanghai Disney Resort. Speaking at the UBS 41st annual Global Media and Communications Conference on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said that Disney's forthcoming park and resort in Shanghai could become “the second largest Disney destination in the world” behind the Walt Disney World Resort in the Orlando, Fla., area. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club According to the Themed Entertainment Assn., which ranks theme parks worldwide by attendance,  17.5 million people visited Disney's Magic Kingdom property in Orlando last year - good for the highest attendance of any amusement park in the world.
December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
SOCHI, Russia - The chance snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights. In this Olympic winter, there's plenty to talk about here. But if your host is translator and guide Anna Trotsenko, those topics probably aren't where the conversation is going to begin. "We're not Istanbul," Trotsenko said earlier this year, leading me through the heart of the town of Sochi. "We are not St. Petersburg. We are not Moscow. ... We are just a small resort city that is not very old. ... A very special city.
November 30, 2013
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is truly majestic. This all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has something for everyone, but upgrade to the adults-only section and you will not be disappointed. With the upgrade you have an assigned butler 24/7 as well as two private swimming pools with Bali beds and numerous restaurant choices. The grounds are immaculate, and every employee has a smile. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana; (809) 221-9898, Lynette Baker Santa Barbara
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