October 31, 2013 |
Mammoth Mountain's opening is only a week away, as it prepares to be the first major resort in the state to welcome the new ski season. This week's storms blanketed resorts up and down the state, raising hopes for a long, snowy season. As usual, the best deals are available during November and early December. How good? Well, how does “free” grab you? See below. Here's a look at where resorts stand as the 2013-14 ski season begins: Mammoth Mountain Mammoth has begun making snow, augmenting the 10-to-12 inches that it has received this week.
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October 18, 2013 |
Maurice Lyons, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians during the construction of a sprawling casino-resort that was a $250-million gamble to pursue more of the self-sufficiency for the tribe he'd long advocated, died Wednesday. He was 63. Lyons died at his home on the Morongo Reservation, said Michael Fisher, a tribal spokesman. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lyons was elected tribal chairman in 2001 and stepped down in 2006, citing an illness that forced him to reduce his responsibilities.
October 8, 2013 |
There's a new entry in the ever-evolving hotel scene in Hawaii, and it has a desirable oceanfront location in posh south Maui. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa becomes the 10th property to bear Hyatt's intimate Andaz brand and the first at a resort destination. After passing over an entry footbridge spanning an infinity pool, guests are invited to slip off their shoes and wiggle their toes in a sandpit that's right in the lobby. Tablet-carrying hosts eliminate the need for the traditional check-in desk. Lodging choices include 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxurious villas boasting two to four bedrooms each.
September 27, 2013 |
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs is discounting rooms by 20% for those who visit at least two nights through the end of the year. Fall and winter are the best times to see California's deserts - and you might even decide to plan a holiday stay. The deal: The Autumn Sale discounts room rates by 20% for two nights and 30% for three nights or more. Use the code "AHSALE" when making a reservation online or by phone. The hotel has 530 nonsmoking rooms, all with balconies or patios.
September 16, 2013 |
Turtle Bay Resort, the premier hotel along Oahu's North Shore, is nearing completion of a redo of its guest accommodations. All 410 rooms in the main tower of Turtle Bay Resort are getting makeovers -- many are already done -- and completion of the multimillion-dollar project is expected this fall. Guests will find new bedding, fixtures and furnishings in the rooms and remodeled bathrooms that feature walk-in showers as well as new tile and new vanities. Room rates at Turtle Bay Resort vary by date and room style.
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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.