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  • South Florida areas tout selves as South Beach alternatives

    South Florida areas tout selves as South Beach alternatives
    MIAMI — On a recent rainy weekday, tourist Niel Shalit, his wife and their two daughters strolled the luxury Bal Harbour Shops, lured, Shalit said, by "my wife's need for fashion." "This is like the Fifth Avenue of New York, like the Americana of...
  • An idle brain may be the self's workshop

    An idle brain may be the self's workshop
    The resting brain is anything but idle — that simple proposition would be clear if you could peer into Mike Mrazek's noggin as he putters around his kitchen preparing his daily morning feast of scrambled eggs, oatmeal and fresh fruit. As he plods...
  • Luxe hotels with holiday/weekend deals

    Luxe hotels with holiday/weekend deals
    Your Labor Day getaway may be just around the corner. Or near the next subway stop. Holiday weekends are great for grabbing a room at a fancy local hotel that you thought you could never afford or wandering an area that you've always been curious about....
  • Estimate vacation costs, per diem

    Estimate vacation costs, per diem
    The next time you wonder where to take your next vacation, don't forget to ask when. The right answer could save you hundreds of dollars. Depending on the season, the elite retreat of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., can be cheaper to visit than Chicago. An...
  • These gifts take the (fruit)cake

    These gifts take the (fruit)cake
    That department store song that you can't get out of your head says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." For some people, I guess that's true. But for others, it brings back memories of The Worst Christmas Present Ever. For several decades, I...
  • Letters: Always best to use a travel agent

    Always best to use a travel agent Regarding On the Spot ["Waves of Doubt," Dec. 5] by Catharine Hamm: The simple answer for the traveler who had booking problems with her Carnival cruise should have been to use a travel agent. As an agent who specializes...
  • 2011 vacation dreams and realities: What readers said

    We asked readers where they would go if money and time were no object, and where they were likely to go in 2011. Thailand for dental work, one said. A trip with a friend to France, another said. Here are some of the other responses. Bon voyage! Waking in...
  • Letters

    Regarding "New Pair Antes Up on Strip," Dec. 5, by Jay Jones: The $3.9-billion Cosmopolitan is about to open its doors on the Vegas Strip in one of the worst economic times Sin City has experienced. The 50- and 52-story towers will have the fanciest rooms...
  • The posh breed of chocolate Easter bunnies

    The posh breed of chocolate Easter bunnies
    It's spring, and probably the most welcomed of the season's animals is the bunny — specifically, the chocolate bunny. No mass-produced creatures, these bunnies are made and sold by small, independent chocolatiers and chocolate shops. Grab your...
  • Dogs find a welcome spot at California B&Bs

    Dogs find a welcome spot at California B&Bs
    In the age-old war between cats and dogs, the Fidos of America have scored another victory. Their triumph revolves around the nation's bed-and-breakfast owners. Long a bastion of anti-pet sentiment, the B&B industry has grown so fond of dogs that it's...
  • Details on California's dog-friendly B&Bs

    WHERE TO STAY Dana Point: Blue Lantern Inn, 34343 Street of the Blue Lantern; (800) 950-1236, http://www.bluelanterninn.com. Nicely furbished Cape Cod-style B&B with spectacular coastal views. Double rates start at $175, including breakfast, afternoon...