August 1, 2013 |
Most public lands and resorts in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas are welcoming visitors after a wildfire last month that forced widespread evacuations and fouled the air on the Strip. The Carpenter 1 blaze consumed more than 43 square miles of forest. Officials described it as a “mosaic” fire, meaning it burned in patches, often in remote, rugged terrain seldom accessed by day-trippers. Most of the pine-laced hiking trails and picnic areas in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area were unscathed and have reopened.
July 23, 2013 |
Granted, it's the middle of the summer. But for some, it's never too early to start planning the coming winter's ski and snowboard trips -- especially when there are good deals to be had. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia is offering savings of more than 40% for schussers who book lift and lodging packages by Aug. 31. Families can save even more, resort officials say, because ages 12 and under can stay, ski and rent gear at no cost....
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July 19, 2013 |
The massive Mountain fire remained three to four miles away the mountain tourist resort of Idyllwild on Friday, with firefighters struggling to prevent the blaze from hitting the town. Authorities reported Friday that the fire had burned 24,818 acres and was 15% contained. More than 6,000 people have been evacuated from the community, and it's unclear when they can return. Those living in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas were permitted to head home Thursday night.
July 11, 2013 |
Enjoy jaafai , which means “feast for the kings,” this summer in Laamu, an atoll in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives. The special summertime culinary experience, available at Six Senses Laamu resort , involves dining at the homes of Maldivian families, learning about their lifestyle and discovering their foods. “The culture here in the Maldives is extremely rich and we want our guests to experience the local traditions, food and stories,” said Elena Ribakova, hotel representative . “With the jaafai experience , one gets an inside look.” Besides learning how locals live, you'll experience Maldivian music and dancing.
July 4, 2013 |
The Phoenician at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., wants to share its 25th birthday celebration with guests. Reserve one night starting at $199 and stay every other night for $25. The deal: The AAA five diamond resort turns 25 on Oct. 1, but this offer extends through the end of summer. It's hot in Scottsdale at this time of year, but there are nine pools and a water slide to keep things cool. The first night is prepaid, and there's no discount if you stay one night.
June 18, 2013 |
Conde Nast Traveler has selected the Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells as one of the top 100 spas in North America for 2013. Here's a chance to sample a spa treatment along with a room for the low midweek price of $125 a night. The deal: The Simply the Best package charges $125 a night Sundays through Thursdays and offers this choice of spa menu items from the on-site the Well Spa : a 50-minute customized Maestro Massage or Watersource Facial.
June 18, 2013 |
“ The D* Word - A Musical” will bring laughs and maybe a tear or two when it lands in Las Vegas next month. The show opening at the LVH resort follows four single and single-again women for whom the “D” stands for Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating. (That's also the production's subtitle.) The musical is written and produced by Jeanie Linders , who also created the long-running “Menopause the Musical.” “'The D*Word' is a party show,” Linders said in a news release.
June 13, 2013 |
Attention, whiskey buffs: The MGM Grand in Las Vegas has recently purchased a single barrel of Woodford Reserve that will be available starting later this month in the property's restaurants and bars. All 228 bottles carry labels stating that the Woodford Reserve was selected exclusively for the MGM Grand . It is part of MGM Resorts' expanding effort to provide “personalized spirits” to customers seeking “an exclusive experience,” said Dan Adams, director of food and beverage at the MGM Grand.
June 11, 2013 |
What's collectively being called the Snow Summit Adventure Park in Big Bear Lake officially opens for summer on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and a live DJ too. The park has been open since May 25 on weekends only. New summer activities at the ski resort include a downhill mountain bicycling course with features like the black-rated Miracle Mile and Cruiser trails dotted with berms and other features. The resort also plans to open a blue trail called Westridge and a green beginner run too. Another new activity that has yet to open: the Flying Squirrel Zip Line that allows participants to zip through the forest at 35 mph side-by-side.
June 5, 2013 |
Southern Californians who fly Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas and stay at one of the MGM Resorts properties along the Strip can earn points in the airline's' Rapid Rewards program and in MGM Resorts' M life loyalty club. Those who drive to Sin City can still earn 600 Rapid Rewards points for their hotel stays. To celebrate the new partnership, people who book rooms this month will earn 1,200 points -- double the usual amount -- per stay. Guests will also earn credits in M life and may be eligible for offers such as room upgrades and pre-sale tickets for concerts and boxing matches.