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Hotel Casa Del Mar, once a beach club frequented by the likes of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, languished as a diet center in the 1980's. But the owners of Santa Monica's famed Shutters on the Beach stepped in with a $ million restorati...
If you're a savvy business traveler who doesn't like to spend Saturday nights away from home in order to get a low, advance-purchase airfare, then you probably already know about back-to-back ticketing. But you may not know it's now verboten by mo...
Many long-distance trains provide a brochure to enhance sightseeing, and some trains even have a guide on board to narrate trips through particularly scenic territory. But long-distance passengers will get the most out of train travel by researchi...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
I was neat, clean-shaven, and sober—everything a travel writer ought to be—when I stepped into downtown L.A.'s Union Station. I'd been hired to retrieve a lost city: my client, an East Coast editor who wished to remain anonymous, wondered if the ...
Say "Orange County" and most people think of a boring place where every third house looks alike and there's an unending succession of strip malls, where only Disneyland breaks the monotony. That's not all wrong: much of the county is cookie-cutter...
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, you know that making a long-distance call with a calling card can cost a fortune. But what are your options?Dialing direct from a hotel room costs even more. With a debit card, you don't get a detailed ...
Aesop has led us to believe that those who plan (the ants) fare better than those who don't (the grasshoppers). But the Web has changed everything; and when it comes to travel, those who wait often get the better fares. Last year, in an effort to ...
London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated with United Designers' Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick—who styled the interiors of Dublin's Claren...
Four currents of opinion were eddying around Montage Beverly Hills long before it opened in mid-November. The first ground-up construction of a hotel in the city since the Peninsula in 1991, Montage is going head-to-head with the area’s so-called ...
Leave the television coverage of the Times Square Ball drop and sad strains of Auld Lang Syne at home this year. Instead, strap on your party shoes and welcome 2009 with some of today’s hottest young celebrities in some of America’s hottest destin...
Every August my family went to Nantucket. I have fond memories of bright beach umbrellas, cobblestones, windmills, scallop shells, and the accordion player who strolled along Main Street in the evenings while I ate my ice cream cone. I always drop...
kids' town: san francisco Talk about a San Francisco treat: kids are holding court at the new Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens, an urban playground atop the Moscone Convention Center. The block-long recreation area— with an indoor ice-skat...
todd takes on miamiFashion designer Todd Oldham has dressed up Miami Beach's Tiffany, a 1939 glam pad. Now called the Hotel (love the simple name), it's pure Oldham, from the crush-dyed robes to the bath tiles, all individually painted with stripe...
ALEXANDRA PENNEY, author of How to Make Love to a Man and Sexiest Sex of AllPlanning a trip for my fiancé's 50th birthday (at the time he was just my boyfriend), I asked him whether he preferred Venice or Paris. A surfer, he wanted to go where the...