Nashville's Music City Tippler mixes fun and friendship

To top off your next trip to Nashville, I recommend Music City Tippler, a midtown Cheers-like pub, as a must visit. It offers a 100-year-old bar, music played on a 120-year-old barn wood stage and more, while featuring outstanding classic cocktails, craft beers and eclectic wines. Truly an upbeat time for all, and when I left later in the evening, everybody knew my name. Cheers!

Music City Tippler, 1922 Adelicia St.; (615) 457-3406,

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The Sentinel Building on the city's Kearny Street is a three-sided marvel, more than 100 years old. It houses Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope production company and Cafe Zoetrope. Photo shot in 2012.

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Judith Tuch and her husband, Gene, toured northern India in December, stopping in Varanasi, a holy city that hugs the banks of the Ganges River. During their stay, the couple observed these pilgrims, with their belongings balanced atop their heads, as they made their way to the Ganges to bathe. "Varanasi was truly the most spiritual place I have ever been to," Judith said. The Beverly Hills resident used a Canon PowerShot SX200 IS.

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A Southwest Airlines flight attendant kept passengers laughing before takeoff with a near stand-up routine/safety briefing. Other airlines have introduced levity to the talks.

Southwest, other airlines take safety talks to new, hilarious heights

Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent flight.

Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings.

Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips:

"As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight. It's a 'please' and 'thank you' and 'you are such a good-looking flight attendant' flight.

"Everybody gets a door prize in the seat-back pocket in front of you along with dirty diapers, chewing gum wrappers, banana peels, and all other gifts you leave for us.... It's the safety information card.

"Sit back and relax -- or you can sit up and be tense, either way."

Some airlines...

Chef and television personality Guy Fieri arrives with a group of cheerleaders at a welcome event for Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar.

Las Vegas: Guy Fieri opens restaurant fronting the Strip

Chef Guy Fieri returned to Las Vegas to open his newest restaurant on Thursday, 24 years after graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The new 200-seat Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is the first he has launched since the creation two years ago of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Manhattan, which received a memorably scathing review in the New York Times.

"Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret -- a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers -- called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?" New York Times critic Pete Wells wrote as one of the series of questions that made up the review.

Wells said the New York restaurant's watermelon margarita glowed like "nuclear waste" and tasted like "some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde."

Asked about the review, Fieri said: “Did we make mistakes? Without question. Every...

You can fly round trip from Long Beach to Anchorage for less than $300 as summer wanes.

Airfare: JetBlue offers Long Beach-Anchorage round trip for $276

As the tourist season winds down in Alaska, airfare deals to Anchorage heat up: You can get a $276 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from Long Beach to Anchorage.

The fare is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay. You may travel any day of the week between Aug. 10 and Sept. 2.

Info: JetBlue, (800) 538-2583


Charlie Chaplin in a scene from "City Lights." An exhibit and a benefit will honor the silent screen star.

Catalina museum exhibit, benefit honor silent star Charlie Chaplin

Celebrate the life and loves of actor Charlie Chaplin at an exhibit that opened this week at the Catalina Island Museum, which is toasting the 125th birthday of the iconic silent screen star.

Besides the exhibit, Chaplin, known for the lovable "little tramp" figure he often played, will also be honored during the museum’s 27th annual Silent Film Benefit on May 17, which will feature the actor starring in “City Lights,” considered a vintage film masterpiece.

“City Lights,” which will be shown at Avalon's Casino building, will be accompanied by a 39-piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman.

Tickets cost $18 general admission, $15 for museum members, $9 for children or people wearing period dress.

Info: Catalina Museum(310) 510-2414, (310) 510-2414

Even if you can’t make the film, you can learn more about Chaplin at the museum’s exhibit, titled “A Secret Love Affair: Charlie Chaplin and Paulette...

Fishermen cast their lines along the Malecon in Havana. The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise.

Number of U.S. travelers going to Cuba is on the rise, report says

More Americans are going to Cuba, which makes the U.S. the second tourism source for the island nation after Canada, according to a new report. Despite a travel embargo that's been in effect for half a century, 173,550 Americans went to Cuba in January through March.

"The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada," Emilio Morales, president of U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group, wrote in a report provided to the Associated Press.

"Most of the U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans visiting family but others have no ties to the island and travel to participate in academic and cultural programs," the AP reports, noting most flights originate from Miami.

The number of Americans visiting Cuba has been on a steady increase. In 2007, 244,699 Americans went to Cuba. By 2013 that number had more than doubled to almost 600,000. That lags behind...

The AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport will close May 1 for repairs.

New Jersey: Newark airport's AirTrain to shut for repairs in May

AirTrain service at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, which New York-bound travelers use as an alternative to New York's JFK, will be suspended starting May 1 to repair the 6.3-mile rail system. That means you won't be able to hop on the AirTrain to get to a rental car agency or connect with other transit to Manhattan.

Shuttle buses will be used to help passengers get from terminal to terminal and to connect with Newark's Penn Station, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said.  It also suggests fliers "consider getting dropped off and picked up at the airport" -- and to expect delays.

"Customers using shuttle bus service are strongly urged to allow extra time and be prepared for possible delays," the statement says.

Travelers arriving at Newark (EWR) usually have the option of taking the AirTrain to New Jersey Transit for a $12.50 trip to New York's Penn Station. Or they may take it to Amtrak trains heading to Boston and Washington, D.C.

Now free shuttle buses...

Airport security 'recomposure' areas worked but are disappearing

Airport security 'recomposure' areas worked but are disappearing

Can pictures of flowers and cozy couches tame the traveling beast? Apparently. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW) last year tested amenities, including a "recomposure area" at one of its security checkpoints, that were designed to calm passengers by being as welcoming as a nice hotel lobby. The result: Lines moved 25% faster.

"There were little touches to ease anxiety and speed [passengers] through the line to make it more user-friendly," DFW airport spokeswoman Cynthia Vega said.

But the pilot program at DFW's E18 checkpoint, which was duplicated at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina, has come to an end. The couches, chairs and some other amenities were removed from Dallas, and Charlotte will follow suit shortly. Both airports hope to find another sponsor.

The program was a collaboration between the Transportation Security Administration; SecurityPoint Media, known for creating advertising opportunities on the plastic TSA tubs; and hotel chain...

In this Jan. 26 file photo, spectators view the historic locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 at Metrolink Station in Covina.

Big Boy steam engine to start journey to Wyoming on April 28

Union Pacific's vintage Big Boy 4014 steam engine goes on the road again April 28, leaving its current waystation near Colton to be towed across Nevada and Utah and then on to Cheyenne, Wyo., by May 8. There, it will be restored for several years.

The steam monster built in the early 1940s will be on display for a day in Las Vegas and a day in Salt Lake City during its journey.

Big Boy's schedule tweeted and posted online shows the engine scheduled to leave at 8 a.m. PDT ON April 28 from Bloomington, an unincorporated area near Colton, and travel on to Victorville and Barstow with the first day ending at a Union Pacific rail yard in Yermo, Calif.

Rail enthusiasts have thrilled to the movements of the 6,300-horsepower engine. Day 2 brings the engine to Las Vegas, where it will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30.

It then heads on a northeast route to Utah, where it will be on display in Salt Lake City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3. Scheduled arrival in Cheyenne is 1 p.m....

Rooms at the newly rebranded Aqua Oasis in Waikiki also have a new look.

Hawaii: Waikiki Joy reborn as Oahu's Aqua Oasis with rates from $108

A centrally located Waikiki hotel, renamed the Aqua Oasis, has relaunched after a $2.5 million renovation. Introductory room rates start at $108 a night.

The rebranded hotel, formerly known as the Waikiki Joy at 320 Lewers St., officially opened Tuesday. The 96-room property is close to a host of restaurants and shops and is a few blocks from the beach.

The Oasis has a mix of standard rooms, junior suites and one-bedroom apartments, all of which have had a makeover. San Francisco designer Anthony Laurino juxtaposed splashes of bold patterns and bright color accents with backdrops of natural finishes and more neutral colors.

Guests who book by April 30 will receive a 15% discount for stays through Dec. 10. That brings the rate for a basic room to $108 for much of May and $176 during July, a peak travel month.

The rates include continental breakfast and in-room Wi-Fi.

Reservations can be made online or by calling (808) 943-9291.

Aqua Hospitality, a growing, Honolulu-based company,...

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Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.