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Special to The Los Angeles TimesDillsboro, N.C. These days, helicopters can deposit travelers at places that off-terrain vehicles fear to tread. After viewing killer wildlife on an African safari, you can celebrate with caviar and Champagne in a preassembled tent suite. Close your...
Notified? Puhleeze! I got quite a chuckle out of American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith's comment in The Times regarding notifying passengers of canceled flights ["Snafu Blues," On the Spot, July 6]. My daughter and I were recently booked on an American...
Times Staff WriterEVERY road sings its own tune. Route 66 is a classic, sometimes raucous ditty from Chicago to L.A.; Highway 1 a twisty ballad to the voluptuous California coast; and U.S. 395 a mandolin-driven ode to the West that evokes images of cowboy boots and...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterOn one corner of Paso Robles' main square—a charming place with a park and gazebo at its heart and a sweet mix of historic buildings, wine-tasting rooms and boutiques at its edges—is a clock tower shaped like an acorn. It is meant as a tribute...
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Times Staff WritersGILMAN HOT SPRINGS — Nearly 30 years ago, the Church of Scientology bought a dilapidated and bankrupt resort here and turned the erstwhile haven for Hollywood moguls and starlets into a retreat for L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer who...
Tags: Movies, Tourism and Leisure, Cruises, Walt Disney, Greta Garbo
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersWhy stick with the traditional roses and in-town dinner when so many special hotel packages are just a short drive or train ride away? As new developments and hidden finds are popping up in neighborhoods such as Old Town Pasadena and South Pasadena,...
Key: Yardage is front to back tees. Par is men's/women's. S -- Slope, using the highest rating for men/women. GF -- full weekday/weekend green fees. * -- cart included in green fee. W -- walking allowed. R -- driving range on site. Note: Green fees...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt is the house that won new respect for factory-built prefab housing: Leo Marmol's sleek, solar-powered, steel-and-glass Desert House in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. It has been Marmol's weekend house since he built it in 2005, but it is now listed for...
Tags: Homes, Plant Openings, Bodies of Water
Times Staff WriterJemez Springs, N.M. I first stumbled across the Jemez area about 18 years ago, after taking a spontaneous detour off the main route from Taos to Albuquerque. My goal was simply to hike toward some interesting Native American ruins near Los Alamos....
Times Staff WriterTHE BEST WAY From LAX, Southwest and United offer nonstop service, and Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and US Airways offer connecting service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $286. Jemez Springs is 53 miles from Albuquerque. Drive north on...
JCPenney, the quintessential American department store, has enlisted Charlotte Ronson to inject its staid racks with a dose of downtown New York cool. Ronson, 31, sister of music producer Mark and DJ Samantha (her twin), has been designing clothes for...
Times Staff WritersDesperate to obtain their U.S. passports, world travelers have been flying to Seattle, where the passport office is considered one of the nation's most efficient. But even there, more than 110,000 backlogged applications are piled in closets, the...
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