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'Mammoth is just gawd-awful.’ Or not. For some, 40 feet of snow is a winter blast

The winter that just won’t quit has graced the Eastern Sierra with more than 40 feet of snow, as some Mammoth Lakes workers shovel in as much as $100 an hour in the endless quest to keep shops open and houses accessible in the popular recreational retreat.

Depending on whom you ask, Mammoth’s string of monster snows is either a blessing or a punishment.

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Love the star treatment? Two California hotels shine with new Forbes Five-Star ratings

When it comes to the star treatment, think resorts instead of the red carpet. Two hotels and two spas in California have received the luxury high mark of Five Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide for the first time this year. That’s out of just 174 hotels and 56 spas with the distinction worldwide.

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Top fashion illustrator will sketch your wedding, but only if you get married at this Kauai resort

When Dallas Shaw hears the wedding march, that’s her cue to start sketching. The fashion illustrator is now lending her talents to weddings at a luxury resort on Kauai’s North Shore.

In a one-of-a-kind partnership, Shaw — who draws for top fashion houses such as Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade — recently added “bridal illustrator” to her résumé.

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Ready for a new roller bag? Trade in your old one and receive $50 to $100 credit toward a Briggs & Riley bag

If you’re ready to trade up for new roller bags, consider donating your old ones to the A Case for Giving program.

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Buildings become canvases in Las Vegas' explosion of murals by Shepard Fairey, D*Face and others

Message to graffiti artists and taggers in downtown Las Vegas: It may be time to move on. You’re being upstaged by the pros.

The artists are from JustKids, but there’s nothing childish about the murals they are bringing to the center of the city. The organization’s website says it’s “a network of curators, artists, designers and art consultants” that is “dedicated to spread art all over the world.”

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Resort fees at 10 popular Las Vegas hotel-casinos set to increase

Resort fees are going up at 10 hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, including Caesars, Nobu and the Flamingo. Fees will increase between $1 and $3 a night starting March 1, according to Caesars Entertainment.

Resort fees are daily charges tacked on to your hotel bill for on-site amenities.

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