June 23, 2000 |
Reading the stories Steven Gilbar has collected in "LA Shorts," you sense that the sexiest boundaries Angelenos cross are property lines. Borders, both real and metaphorical, run like an electric fence through the streets and suburbs of Los Angeles, separating neighborhood from neighborhood, neighbor from neighbor. Realtors hold the keys to self-reinvention--and sometimes, to their clients' bedrooms (Tom McNeal's "Winter in Los Angeles"). Like the house in the D.H.
March 28, 2010 |
The 700 people lucky enough to work for online social-games maker Zynga Game Network Inc. feast on exotic gourmet grub prepared by professional chefs. They soothe stress with a visit to the company masseuse or reflexologist. And they take a break to get their hair cut. All for free. If singled out for a quarterly award, an employee can win a weekend spin in a $200,000 Lamborghini or a carload of vested stock. No perk is too small. Administrative assistants are even dispatched to engineers' homes to wait for the cable guy so engineers can stay laser-focused on developing the next hit game.
April 2, 2011
The five-day "Jungle Love" package includes activities such as a zip-line canopy tour in the rain forest, guided nature hikes, visits to Maya archaeological and petroglyph sites and an inner-tube float down the Macal River. Dates: Available through May 15 Price: $1,999 for two, including all accommodations, meals and ground transit, including airport transfers, all applicable taxes and service charges and all activities listed above. Airfare not included. Info: Mariposa Jungle Lodge , Cayo, Belize; (304)
November 9, 2011 |
Snow updates, as another storm approaches: Mountain High has been open since Saturday, Bear Mountain opens today (Wednesday) and Mammoth and Snow Summit open Thursday. More important than the early snow? Consistently cool temps that allow for overnight snow making. Mammoth is reporting a 45-inch base at the Main Lodge.... Speaking of “skiing,” nice to see Matt Lauer's travel series return , with Namibia on Monday, followed by Madrid on Tuesday.
February 28, 2011 |
Emerging from the African jungle, my knees wobbled as I carefully traversed the missing slats in the rickety footbridge. In the river chasm below, a dozen sunbathing crocodiles were awaiting my first misstep. This surreal safari scene seemed real enough to me -- even though I knew the make-believe jungle was deep inside a theme park carved out of Florida swampland. Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., has been offering the three-hour Wild Africa Trek for about a month now, taking about a dozen visitors at a time on VIP guided tours through the theme park's Pangani Forest.
June 3, 2007 |
40 years later, discounts rock In June 1967, the Summer of Love took hold in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where hippies gathered to experience a peace-and-love vibe. This month, 16 hotels in the city, including the Clift, the Fairmont and the Grand Hyatt, mark the 40th anniversary of the counterculture groove-in by offering a special rate of three nights for the price of two. The offer is good through June and open only to California residents (based on availability and subject to change).
August 29, 2013 |
Ski season is only a few months away, so Mountain High, Southern California's closest winter resort, will celebrate with its annual season-pass kickoff party on Saturday at Fiesta Village in Colton at 1405 E. Washington St. The festivities - all free to new and current season-pass holders - include rounds of miniature golf, go-kart rides, water slides and laser tag. There are free batting cages, amusement rides, a skate competition, a...
August 30, 2012 |
Mountain High , which bills itself as Southern California's closest winter resort, is offering Freedom Passes for the upcoming ski and snowboard season starting at as low as $299. This autumn sale, with prices as much as 57% off, begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 6. These passes are good any day or night the resort is open, with no restrictions. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains near Wrightwood, Mountain High has three ski and snowboard areas that feature trails for the whole family, some of the best terrain parks in the region, and night skiing Wednesdays-Sundays in peak season.
October 13, 2010 |
"This is a ship for adults who want to be adults," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic , a consumer information website, said Wednesday of the Cunard Line's latest passenger vessel, the Queen Elizabeth. In a telephone interview after attending Monday's naming ceremony in Southampton, England, Spencer Brown gave her take on the ship's pluses and minuses. And more important: Who should cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? "People who are young at heart but don’t need to zip line after every dinner would find this ship appealing," she said.
February 23, 2010 |
I find that most of the time, people are reluctant to push themselves, particularly me. So I thought I'd push hard toward the finish line here -- up early, talking to the scalpers, the cranks, the people who make this beautiful city throb. "What would you like to get for that?" I ask the gravel-voiced scalper. "I'd like to get $18 million and retire tomorrow," he says. "What do you want to spend?" Me, I'd like to spend nothing. "Then you're gonna get nothing."