August 18, 2013 |
As wildfires burn through several pockets of Idaho, the resort area near Sun Valley frequented by celebrities and the ultra-rich has become the latest front line, fire officials said. On Sunday, officials said more crews were being directed to the Beaver Creek fire in the central part of the state, which has grown to just over 100,000 acres with 9% containment. Authorities issued a red-flag warning of higher temperatures and gusty winds on Sunday, with more than 1,000 firefighters at work on the ground and in the air beating back the blaze.
August 15, 2013 |
Keri Russell, she of "Felicity" and "Waitress" and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like "Austenland," she's in there, doing all she can to carbonate things. Against type, she plays the insecure thirtysomething Jane, an utter freak for all things Jane Austen. Her "I HEART MR. DARCY" T-shirt says it all. Rashly, she blows her live savings on a getaway English vacation with a difference: The resort she chooses, run by a fearsome witch played by Jane Seymour, is a Club Med for the frills-and-bonnets set, designed to ravish the senses and satisfy the literary fantasies of female Austen fans from all over, allowing the guests to dress the part.
August 12, 2013 |
Officials on Monday were dealing with the aftermath of an overnight sinkhole at a resort near Disney World that partially swallowed one residential villa and forced guests to flee for their lives. None of the guests reported injuries late Sunday night, but Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., offered a dramatic sight come daylight: A guest villa partially crumbled into a sinkhole about 60 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep. "First it was just cracking. Then it was just boom. It was done," Nael Said, of Milwaukee, who was staying in the unit next door, told the Orlando Sentinel . At a Monday news conference, resort president Paul Caldwell said a guest alerted the resort's security team to a possible problem around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after a window mysteriously blew out. While the security officer was at the scene, another window then blew out, and officials decided to quickly clear the building, Caldwell said.
August 8, 2013 |
The nation's top housing finance regulator threatened to choke off mortgage lending in cities that use eminent domain to seize underwater loans from lenders. The salvo from the Federal Housing Finance Agency came Thursday, on the heels of a lawsuit directed by major Wall Street firms and U.S.-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against the Bay Area city of Richmond. Richmond is the first to push forward with the plan, also being debated in cities across the state and nation.
August 5, 2013 |
A small luxury coastal resort, about two hours' drive south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is offering an extra reason for families to venture forth: a multi-night package that includes suite accommodations and meals, plus a picnic and horseback riding. Up to two adults and two young children can use the package at the 42-guest Las Alamandas. The resort's 1,500 acres of tropical terrain and waterfront provide plenty of places to play. Among the activities are hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching, kayaking, surfing, tennis, beach volleyball and children's arts and crafts.
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 |
If life has been too hectic for you to plan a summer vacation, time may be running out. But the good news for procrastinators: Mexico still has some red-hot deals, according to the website TravelZoo . Some Mexico beach destinations are offering as much as 60% off. “Summer means low season pricing in Mexico,” said Gabe Saglie, a Travelzoo senior editor. “Popular destinations like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas benefit from a lot of airfare competition, as well as a lot of competition among resorts on the ground.
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.