Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:59:09 -0700Copyright: ©2017 Los Angeles Times
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT
What a winter. What a wedding cake.
From Tahoe south, California ski resorts have enjoyed a remarkably generous season, getting as much as 60 feet of snow in some areas and more than 40 feet in Mammoth.
Many resorts have already extended their seasons, and some plan to fire up the lifts until the...(image)
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:00:00 PDT
Spring flowers have had a tough go of it in the past few years. California's climate isn’t the most hospitable, and the gods have been extra stingy with rain in recent years.
But this is the year that everything changed.
Thanks to extra precipitation and some luck, the show should be worth seeing....(image)
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
Tulips are popping up at Netherlands’ famed Keukenhof gardens near Amsterdam, which opened Thursday for the spring season. Millions more, plus daffodils and other plants, will flower over the next few months until the show ends in late May.
Peter Bakker snapped photos via a drone, showing the neat...(image)
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
You can visit your favorite northern Florida theme park, thanks to a $237 round-trip fare to Orlando, Fla., from LAX on Delta and United.
The fare, which includes all taxes and fees and is subject to availability, is for travel Aug. 15-Nov. 3.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
Virgin Voyages on Wednesday took the first steps in making good on Richard Branson’s promise in 2015 to create a cruise line like no other.
In Genoa, Italy, the first piece of steel was cut at Fincantieri Ship Yard for the first of three midsize cruise ships that will bear the Virgin logo. Folks...(image)
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
Hey, Mammoth Lakes, add this group shot of the National Guard to your winter scrapbook.
Burdened with removing the 44 feet of snow that had fallen this season, the village of 8,200 called in the National Guard earlier this month to help cart 4,000 tons of it away. The five-day offensive, involving...(image)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
You could say Ojai is the town built on tangerines, but that wouldn't be entirely true. The resort spa town roughly 90 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles was well-established before the citrus star came to town in the 1960s.
Still, April is Pixie Tangerine Month in Ojai, when the town’s spas,...(image)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
In Hawaiian culture, images of curling waves, hibiscus and geometric patterns are repeated on cloth, mats and even skin.
The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu culled from its roughly 25 million items cultural and natural objects, and grouped them by common patterns and shapes rather than...(image)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
A quarter century ago Victoria Thornton founded Open House London based on one salient thought: Invite the public to see and experience the architecture all around them, and they’ll advocate for better design of their city.
The idea took off, and San Diego signed on as an Open House city. Locals...(image)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
Now you can cap off a late night in Vegas with something different: a little axe=-throwing.
Anyone can tap their inner Celt, Viking or lumberjack at a new indoor facility called Axe Monkeys, which opened March 1 about five miles east of the Strip.
No experience necessary to heave an ax over your...(image)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
The newly announced ban on electronic devices, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday, confused travelers, especially after it was followed up by an announcement from Britain on Tuesday about a similar ban.
Homeland Security said the changes were necessary for added security...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
Chef Nancy Silverton once made Julia Child cry — on TV, no less.
Actually it was a creme fraiche custard brioche tart that Silverton whipped up while a guest on Child’s ’90s cooking show that prompted tears of joy from the culinary legend.
(Watch this video from the PBS TV show “Cooking With Julia”...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
They just can’t stay away. The Who, the British rock band that announced its first farewell tour in 1982, is back again.
Original rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will bring the band to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency starting with six shows this summer.
Tickets are on sale...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
Hilton offers a free night in Hawaii if you stay at least five nights — and you can pick your price point too. The deal’s good at 11 hotels, from a Hampton Inn on Oahu to a Waldorf Astoria on Maui.
The deal: Hilton calls this deal Another Day in Paradise, and it lasts until next year. I checked...(image)
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:30:00 PDT
Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Isle for good reason: rolling green hills abound, in all shades possible. You might not see St. Pat, but you can get a good look at those hills on a luxury train ride that crisscrosses the countryside.
The week-long tour includes time to explore Dublin and attractions...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT
I’ve been a fan of the Liverpool Football Club fan since college, so I didn’t expect to be excited as I walked through the players’ tunnel at Old Trafford, holy ground for fans of rival Manchester United.
As the electric green grass of the pitch came into focus, I realized I had goosebumps. This...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
Travelers, here is a cautionary tale for international fliers, anyone who steps foot in any airplane, in the U.S. or abroad, or anyone who believes that details are boring (they are) and best left to somebody else (they aren’t). This is the story of Barrett Crake, who lost his passport on a flight...(image)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
March 14 to 17 was supposed to be the earliest peak bloom ever for the famed Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin and Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.
But last Tuesday brought snow instead of clusters of fluffy white flowers to the nation’s capital.
Half the Yoshino trees lost their blossoms...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT
“It is the most spectacular thing you will ever see. Once you see it, you will never forget it,” Astronomy magazine senior editor Michael Bakich promises viewers of the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States in 38 years.
To celebrate, Bakich is planning “the biggest event on Earth”...(image)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
A mighty darkness is about to descend upon the land, and sky watchers couldn’t be more thrilled.
On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun and moon will blow our minds during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast.
The celestial bodies will line up to block...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:25:00 PDT
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland is turning 50 on Saturday — and what a ride it’s been.
Walt Disney oversaw...(image)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT
You can spend late summer or fall in Guadalajara for just $224 round trip, including all taxes and fees, on Aeroméxico from LAX.
The fare, subject to availability, is for travel Sept. 1 through Dec. 6. There is no minimum stay.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT
Louie Anderson is bringing a new monthly show to Vegas on Saturday, but don’t expect one of those big, splashy numbers.
“It’s a show after the show,” Anderson says. “I invite people like comic friends, magician friends and different people to stop by. If they feel like doing a set, fine.”
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opens June 1 with this promise: a view with every room. That’s because each of the luxury hotel’s 170 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony.
Suites on the third level — there are 12 stories in this new building at the intersection of Santa Monica...(image)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:30:00 PDT
Intrastate rivalries are everywhere: San Francisco versus Los Angeles, Dallas versus Houston, Portland versus any other city in Oregon. One of my favorites is Phoenix versus Tucson, so my wife and I are always glad when we can partake of the bigger city-derided “outpost down south” with an artsy...(image)