CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 |
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort. " "We want to be flexible, we want to be thoughtful," Duncan said. "We don't want to be stuck. There are lots of different things happening across the country. I don't want to be too hard and fast on any one of these things because I have not gone through every detail, every permutation.
September 13, 2013 |
The Hyatt Mountain Collection -- which features three of the Hyatt brand's top mountain resorts and lodges in Lake Tahoe, Utah and Colorado -- is offering avid skiing and boarding guests a snowy deal this winter. When schussers book a three-night stay (nine nights' total) at each of three properties in the collection - - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Colorado, Hyatt Escala Lodge at the Canyons outside Park City and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino -- they will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts' Epic pass for the 2014-2015 winter season.
September 11, 2013 |
Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, Utah, offers a package for skiers and snowboarders that comes with two-day lift tickets at Canyons Resort and a $50 food credit. Make a reservation before the end of October and save 25% off the package price. The deal: The Ski and Dine Package provides two two-day adult lift tickets and a $50 credit per stay at the resort's restaurants and bars. The deal requires a three-night minimum stay. The sprawling lodge has 150 rooms, from one- to four-bedroom suites, with fireplaces, kitchenettes and ski in-ski out access to one of the chairlifts at Canyons . When: The offer is good through Oct. 31. Tested: I found availability for the package for three nights starting Dec. 6. The cost came to $255 a night plus fees and tax for a room with two queen- or one king-size beds.
September 9, 2013 |
If you're planning a long stay at Legoland California in Carlsbad this fall, Travelzoo's offer of $90 for a five-day pass might be just the ticket. That means visitors can spend as much time as they like at roller coasters, Miniland USA, tube slides and the aquarium. The deal: The pass comes from Travelzoo, and you must buy it from its website. The resort-hopper pass for five days covers admission to the Legoland theme park , the water park and the Sea Life Aquarium . Passes cost $90 for adults and $80 for children 3 to 12 years old, and expire five days after the first day you use them. When: No deadline on buying the pass, which is good through Oct. 27. Details: The pass deal is a good value, even if you don't use it for the full five days.
September 8, 2013
Just when you thought flash sales were on their way out … think again! Name: TheLuxeNomad.com What it does: Offers flash-sale deals for luxury-minded hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. What's hot: Like many other flash-sale hotel websites, the pictures beckon. I particularly appreciated the slider wheel of photos with hotel information, prices and travel tips all right there. Info on local attractions, maps, tips and the "fine print" really helped me because I haven't been to many of these exotic locations.
September 5, 2013 |
Yoga veterans and wannabes, take a deep breath while taking in the view of the Pacific Ocean during a free class this month sponsored by Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The outdoor yoga sampler marks September's National Yoga Month and provides a handy excuse to visit this ocean-front resort. The deal: Terranea has teamed up with two magazines -- LA Yoga and Find Bliss -- to offer the free yoga event as well as refreshments afterward. Those who stick around are invited to attend workout clothing company lululemon's trunk show and a book signing by yoga instructor and author Leeann Carey . Terranea invites folks to take a free yoga class at its studio in the Spa during September.
September 2, 2013 |
If your heat-baked brain is already contemplating ski season, you might consider a pass that's good at European ski areas as well as Colorado, Utah and California resorts. The 2013-14 Epic Season Pass from Vail Resorts recently added five free days of skiing and riding at Les 3 Vallees in France, an area that includes resorts at Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. It's also good for five days at Verbier , Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 |
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry. Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than nonnative trout - a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts this time of year.
August 25, 2013 |
Electric street lights arrived in Genoa, Nev., the state's oldest permanent settlement, around 1920, thanks to local women who organized a fundraising "candy dance. " This summer the town's historic main drag is once again illuminated by replicas of the original lampposts, which guide visitors to the attractions in this surprisingly historic town. The tab: Excluding airfare to Reno, a one-hour drive, and a rental car, a two-night visit will cost about $300. That includes lodging at the upscale 1862 David Walley's Resort Hot Springs & Spa, a casual meal for two and drinks at Nevada's oldest watering hole.
August 21, 2013 |
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry. Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than non-native trout -- a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases this time of year made by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts.