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Ask T+L: Thanksgiving Hotels, Art in Sydney, Affordable Road Trips

Convenient to New York City's Thanksgiving parade route, chef Alain Allegretti dishes up roasted scallops with celeriac in rémoulade followed by organic turkey stuffed with country bread and foie gras at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park (50 Central Park S.; 212/308-9100; dinner for two $210). Save room for the pumpkin pie with gingerbread ice cream. Chicago's Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton Place; 312/787-2200; dinner for two $170) fills ravioli with butternut squash and pairs cold poached salmon with a pineapple relish. Desserts include baked alaska. Fresh oysters and prawns begin the feast at Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel (411 University St.; 206/621-1700; dinner for two $190). Choose between turkey with dressing or prime rib with truffled mashed potatoes. Reservations are recommended— these restaurants can fill up well in advance.

Where can I find the best modern and contemporary art in Sydney?
—B.F., ST. PAUL, MINN.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (140 George St., The Rocks; www.mca.com.au) is a natural place to start, with its excellent collection of modern Australian (including Aboriginal) pieces. Catch the Erwin Wurm exhibition opening at the end of this month: visitors follow instructions, strike poses, and become living sculptures. Don't miss the dynamic art scene in the eastern suburbs, especially in Woollahra. Works by native sons Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Roy de Maistre, and others are on view at Eva Breuer Art Dealer (83 Moncur St., Woollahra; www.evabreuerartdealer.com.au). The Robin Gibson Gallery (278 Liverpool St., Darlinghurst; www.robingibson.net) houses modern sculpture and prints, all in a three- story Georgian sandstone building. Check out the Paddington neighborhood: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (8–16 Soudan Lane; www.roslynoxley9.com.au) showcases a wide range of media: performance, video, installation art, and photography.

Given the record high price of gasoline, is there anything I can do to save money on a road trip?
—J.K., NORTHRIDGE, CALIF.
You will no doubt spend more at the pump this holiday season. However, there are a few things you can do to increase the efficiency of your ride. If you are traveling a long distance, consider renting a hybrid—for example, the Toyota Prius or the newest Ford Escape. These models, which use a combination of gas and electric power, get phenomenal mileage: up to 60 miles per gallon. Also, solo drivers are allowed to travel in carpool lanes in some states (California and Virginia), letting you bypass heavier traffic. And no matter what kind of car you choose, it's a good idea to empty the trunk of unnecessary objects, says Jenny Mack, a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association. She also suggests checking your tires regularly for air: underinflated tires can reduce fuel efficiency.

T+L ASKS Will the higher price of gasoline alter your plans for car travel?Send us an e-mail (address below) and let us know.

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