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Disneyland resort raises prices as much as 18 percent

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The Disneyland resort raised prices over the weekend, several months before the park plans to unveil a remake of its boardwalk-themed area at the California Adventure Park.

The prices rose the highest for annual pass holders, up as much as 18 percent. Daily tickets rose nearly 9 percent. By comparison, the consumer price index rose 2.5 percent ...Read more

NoMad hotel joins crop of boutique inns giving second life to LA's historic office buildings

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LOS ANGELES--The Bank of Italy once owned one of the finest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles, a 12-story neoclassical monument built in 1923 with towering Doric columns, an ornate, gold-ceilinged lobby and marble floors.

By the late 20th century, however, it had fallen into neglect and for several years it was a shuttered eyesore -- ...Read more

Jazzed about New Orleans

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There are close to 100 stations on my Pandora playlist, ranging from classical and folk to rock and hip hop. Despite the selection of artists and songs at my fingertips, I always seem to find myself choosing jazz. It's comfort music, soothing my soul at the end of a long day, beckoning a liberal pour of red with a side of couch collapse and ...Read more

Hard driving and smooth sailing in Coastal Connecticut

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Because there are no city-sized theme parks in Southern Connecticut, you must find your thrills there in real life. I had just come from helping to herd a crew of second-graders through the Visitor Center at the PEZ factory in the town of Orange--a fragrant, colorful diversion for the nation's devoted army of "Pez Heads" and for civilians like ...Read more

Legoland's 2nd hotel — a castle — ready to open in April

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The wizards, dragons and royal princesses have not yet taken up residency in Legoland's newest hotel, but the castle facade is complete and the themed guestrooms are on track for an April 27 opening, the Carlsbad, Calif., theme park announced last week.

The 250-room hotel, which started construction a year ago, marks the second themed lodging ...Read more

Santa Barbara tourism officials wrestle with promoting the region after disaster

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When California's biggest wildfire ignited in Ventura County and was followed by horrific mudslides in Montecito, tourism leaders in the region were forced to delay and retool efforts to promote the picturesque communities.

After all, how do you encourage tourists to shop, relax in the sun and sip wine after a tragic disaster that killed 21 ...Read more

Scottsdale's spring training hotel packages

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Spring training is just around the corner. Soon, 15 major league baseball teams will be batting away in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz. If the Cactus League schedule is already emblazoned on your calendar, here are two hotel packages to consider:

The Scott Resort & Spa has just done a $15 million refresh of its public spaces and opened a new ...Read more

Don't hate Miami because it's beautiful. The city has brains too

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MIAMI -- I have often said that I think Miami is America's sexiest city. The sun-kissed metropolis is the United States' answer to jet-setting hot spots from Monte Carlo to Marrakesh.

There's South Beach and its continuous parade of socialites and stars, models and millionaires, who make Ocean Drive pulse with activity 24/7.

There's upscale ...Read more

San Diego, LA shut out of TripAdvsor's top US hotels for 2018

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Southern California hotels were noticeably absent from TripAdvisor's annual ranking of top U.S. lodging destinations released last week, although San Diego's Fairmont Grand Del Mar made it onto the list of the most beloved luxury properties.

TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards, based on millions of reviews of users worldwide over the past ...Read more

Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

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The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip.

The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated visuals with the real-world twists, ...Read more

Experience American history at Virginia sites

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History is fun in Virginia!

American history might only go back a few hundred years, but amazingly it is still alive and well at the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. These two locations give new life to the pages of your school textbooks. There, you can see what the days were like for the early colonists in ...Read more

Enjoy a real cold one at these 12 Twin Cities ice bars

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What do you get when you combine six 300-pound blocks of frozen water, frigid northern temperatures and a throng of thirsty sports fans bound for the Twin Cities?

Ice bars -- a phenomenon that has been around for years but is now gaining major steam -- er, frost -- thanks to the Super Bowl's arrival, the growth of artisan ice companies and the ...Read more

Deep dive into the Grand Canyon yields amazing scenery, if not solitude

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Roughly 6 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park in a year, but fewer than 100,000 of them spend a night in the park's backcountry.

My wife and adventuring buddy of more than 30 years had never seen the Grand Canyon, so we figured, why not really visit the place. The only person willing or crazy enough to come along on our wilderness ...Read more

Explore the gardens and wineries of Cornerstone Sonoma

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There's no shortage of things to do, taste or sip in Sonoma, where wineries line the lanes and cute boutiques and bistros crowd town squares. It's tempting to scamper here, there and everywhere. But a single multiple-attraction destination can be appealing, especially when the weather turns drippy and damp.

That's what brought us to Cornerstone...Read more

Napa Valley Reboot: After the fires

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I was driving through the Napa-Sonoma wine country in mid-December when a low, dark cloud drifted into my peripheral vision. It was over a vineyard and seemed to be billowing -- a scary sight after the October wildfires that killed at least 43 people and burned more than 245,000 acres in Northern California.

But as I turned to look at this ...Read more

L.A. County sets another tourism record

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LOS ANGELES -- For the seventh straight year, Los Angeles County has set a record for drawing big-spending tourists.

The county hosted 48.3 million visitors in 2017, a 2.2 percent increase over the record 47.3 million tourists in 2016, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who announced the fresh record during a recent news conference ...Read more

Following in the footsteps of fictional character Doc Ford in Sanibel and Captiva, Fla.

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Darkness has descended over the southwest Florida swamps as I ease my rental car into the parking lot of Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. Grabbing my bag, I head for the marina to meet up with Captain Jack La Plante, whose boat will be my ride over to Cabbage Key.

As we skim across Pine Island Sound on a moonless night, I let my imagination run ...Read more

Wine country hotels: Healdsburg's Camellia Inn

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The Camellia Inn comes by its name honestly. More than 80 camellia plants flower in the gardens of this peach-hued Victorian inn, just a couple of blocks from the town square in Healdsburg, Calif. The house was built in 1869 for a former gold miner, who found prospecting in real estate far more lucrative than scrabbling around creeks with a pan....Read more

Beyond glitz of Palm Springs is a winter oasis

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Five minutes from downtown Palm Springs, a former Hollywood hangout where the ghosts of Dinah Shore and Bob Hope still stroll, five friends and I on a winter getaway filled our water bottles and smeared on sunblock at the trading post-themed Indian Canyons visitor center.

Our timing was perfect. A guided ranger walk was about to begin. We lined...Read more

New Canoe Bay Escape village offers tiny houses for rent in northern Wisconsin

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The tiny-house craze has come to vacation properties in Wisconsin.

The new Canoe Bay Escape Village features three types of tiny homes for rent outside Chetek, Wis. The village, the first of its kind in Wisconsin and projected to be the largest in the Midwest, opened Dec. 1.

The village is situated on 100 acres of mixed hardwoods and wetlands,...Read more