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Pike Place Market, a Seattle favorite, freshens up with a new addition and more places to eat and shop

Art Stone was standing at the counter of his small restaurant, Honest Biscuits, when I walked in. His eyes were locked on the view through the windows at the front of his store. I turned and looked too, seeing a vast panorama of sea, coastline, bridges and drizzly skies. "Even when the weather's...

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arizona Biltmore: 'The building speaks for itself'

Thanks to Sharon Boorstin for her piece about the Arizona Biltmore, a favorite destination for me and my wife for many years [“Architectural Gem and a Destination Oasis,” Nov. 19]. I think Boorstin can put at least some air back in the bubble that was burst by the concierge who told her that Albert...

Films & programs: Preparing for Half Dome; photography workshop in Joshua Tree

YOSEMITE Workshop Experts will help you prepare to climb Half Dome by learning to navigate ascension cables and make it to the top. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Burbank, 1900 W. Empire Ave. Admission, info: Free. (818) 847-9509 JOSHUA TREE Field class Learn techniques for how...

What's up for Dec. 1-3: Stay in SoCal but travel the world at area events

Travel the world for the holidays, including Ireland and Mexico, all while staying in SoCal next weekend. Oxnard Catch the downtown Christmas parade with a “Christmas Under the Sea” theme with floats, marching bands, horses and Santa. Then walk a couple of blocks to Plaza Park for the Tamale Festival,...

Red or green? Your answer speaks volumes about you in New Mexico and its chile capitals

Ask anyone from New Mexico what autumn smells like. It’s not burning leaves, freshly harvested grapes or simmering hot apple cider. It’s a distinctive regional aroma of roasted chiles — a smoky, piquant perfume that pervades backyards, parking lots and even grocery stores during the season. That...

How does an airplane's emergency slide 'accidentally' deploy?

Everyone makes mistakes. Surgeons occasionally leave foreign objects inside the bodies of their patients. Tax accountants make critical errors that launch audits. Legendary actors incorrectly announce the name of Oscar winners at the Academy Awards ceremony. Whether the error is the result of circumstance...

Shopping, dining and styling for less in the City of Light

Who knew you could visit Paris without paying through the nez? The City of Light offers a wealth of deeply discounted, inexpensive and free ways to explore the city. The French Target If, for instance, you arrive in Paris without your belt or you need affordable skin cream or you just want to score...

Fly round-trip to Dallas on United for $83 from LAX

You can fly round-trip — round-trip! — from LAX to Dallas for $83 with this sale fare on United. Besides its sports scene, Dallas has a vibrant cultural life, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The $83 fare, which...

Celebrate Carnival in Buenos Aires. Hotel offers tours in February

If you love the idea of Carnival, but would rather avoid the mania of Brazil and New Orleans, check out Buenos Aires, where the celebrations are lower key but still festive. The Palo Santo Hotel is offering a month-long Carnival Celebration tour that includes exploring the city's vibrant urban...

Black Friday-Cyber Monday bargains at 10 cruise lines could send you packing

Some cruise lines got an early start on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, starting their sales before Thanksgiving. Here are some that are underway or beginning over the holiday weekend — and you don’t need to go farther than your laptop to find them. Carnival Cruises The cruise line offers...

Just in time for the holidays, a family-friendly weekend escape to California's Columbia State Historic Park

Columbia State Historic Park, a restored Gold Rush town in the Sierra foothills, holds quirky, old-fashioned events each season, including a Fourth of July watermelon-eating contest and a poison oak floral arrangement show in the fall. The Christmas season is no different; activities are lined...

John Wayne Airport's gift to holiday travelers: faster, free Wi-Fi

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County is giving passengers an early holiday gift: faster Wi-Fi service that’s free for as long as four hours. Wi-Fi speed jumps from 5 megabits per second to 20 megabits per second, and coverage has been improved to include the terminal as well as ticketing areas...

Cyber Monday ski-lovers sale: Liftopia gives you up to $50 more on gift cards to spend on discounted lift tickets

Liftopia, an online website that offers bargains on lift tickets at more than 250 U.S. and international resorts, has launched a week-long Cyber Monday Sale on gift cards that continues until Nov. 28. The company is giving buyers as much as an additional 25% on the value of its gift cards. Cards...

New 100-passenger Celebrity Flora will explore Galápagos Islands on weeklong itineraries

The Galápagos Islands in Ecuador give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness animals found nowhere else on the planet. Now Celebrity Cruises has announced it is designing a ship expressly for touring those dazzling shores. The Celebrity Flora, a 100-passenger ship, will begin sailing out...

It doesn't get more authentic than this: a taro harvest at a Waikiki hotel's poolside garden

Waikiki is returning to its roots. One Honolulu hotel garden every month harvests a small patch of taro, a vegetable once ubiquitous along the area’s marshes and one critical to the islands’ most famous dish, poi. Taro is harvested at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, where a small garden flourishes...

New robot at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas offers directions, and can hum a little too

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas guests may find themselves greeted by the hotel’s newest staff member: a robot named Pepper. “She” arrived at the hotel’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby earlier this month with the title of technical ambassador. Pepper can answer questions about the hotel and give directions,...

Take a small-ship cruise to Washington state's tulip festival next spring

If facing winter makes you dream of spring, check out American Cruise Lines’ Tulip Festival cruises next April that will explore Washington state’s Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. The weeklong cruises visit the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Anacortes, Wash., where hundreds of acres...

New security measures at U.S. airports could slow you down this holiday travel season

If you’re getting on a plane during the holidays, the rules for security have changed. Again. And that turkey gravy you’re carrying? You can tote it in your carry-on — but not enough to feed a crowd. Here are some ground rules fliers should know lest they run afoul of what promises to be an exceptionally...

Films & programs: Times Travel Talk, camp cooking, tidepool walk in San Pedro and hiking in Joshua Tree

TIMES TRAVEL TALK Holiday travel Learn holiday survival tips from the Travel staff, and see a demonstration on how to pack better by experts Elizabeth Harryman, travel editor of Westways magazine, and Paul Lasley, a Westways contributor and the executive producer of On Travel Media. Tom Spagnola...

Fly round-trip from LAX to Johannesburg, South Africa, for $850 on Virgin Atlantic

You can fly to Johannesburg, a financial center of South Africa, for just $850 round-trip from LAX, including all taxes and fees, on Virgin Atlantic. The caveat on this fare: You must buy your ticket by Nov. 21. Other restrictions: The fare, subject to availability, is for departures Jan. 13 through...

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