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In the winter that won't quit, resorts extend their ski and board seasons. Ready to hit the slopes on July 4?

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...


Everything's coming up primroses and poppies and ranunculuses, but these blooms won't last much longer

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.


The Netherlands' original pop-up tulip garden opens. Here's what a drone saw over Keukenhof.

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...


The magic of Orlando, Fla., awaits you with this $237 fare on Delta and United from LAX

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.

Info: Delta, (800) 221-1212,; United,...


Virgin Voyages cruise line steams forward. Virgin America airline gets ready to fade away

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...


Mammoth got so much snow this winter it called in the National Guard for help

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...


Ojai goes a little crazy when Pixie tangerines arrive. Ready for a Pixie scrub or a Pixie margarita?

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,...


Where do those Hawaiian tattoo patterns come from? Here's one place to find out

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...


Open House San Diego invites you to explore the city, building by building

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...


Finally, a place to sharpen your ax-throwing skills in Vegas

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...


6 things you need to know about the new electronics carry-on ban

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...


Chef who made Julia Child cry headlines Santa Barbara food and wine event honoring her

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”...


The Who's residency at Caesars in Vegas starts with six concerts

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...


Fifth night free at Hilton properties in Hawaii

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...


Spend a week touring Dublin, Cork, Blarney Castle and the coast by train

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...


A football (translation: soccer) fan's guide to Manchester

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...


'I was terrified': What happened to one traveler who lost his passport in transit and how he got himself out of trouble

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...


D.C.'s blast of snow stopped the cherry blossoms cold; only half survived. Now what?

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...


The August eclipse is the 'most spectacular thing you'll ever see,' especially in Missouri

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”...


The best places to see this summer's 'Great American Total Solar Eclipse'

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...


That's a lot of yo-hos: Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride is 50

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.

The theme park plans to mark the ride’s longevity with pirate music from Lucky the Pirate and the Bootstrappers on Friday and appearances by Capt. Jack Sparrow on Saturday.

Walt Disney oversaw...


Guadalajara on your radar? Just say sí, with this $224 round trip from LAX on Aeroméxico

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.

Info: Aeroméxico, (800) 237-6639,

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Comic Louie Anderson is hosting an 'After Show' in Vegas, and you're invited

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.”



A look inside the soon-to-open Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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...


A weekend escape to Tucson, that Arizona outpost with a culinary heart and an artsy soul

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...