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New guide to Kauai restaurants prompts Garden Isle parties

A new guidebook to some of Kauai's best restaurants will be celebrated with a series of post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas parties, including one at a Princeville restaurant that bears the imprint of rocker Todd Rundgren.

The four gatherings are part of the launch of local food critic Marta Lane’s “Tasting Kauai: Restaurants 2015 — An Insider’s Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island."

Cocktails and appetizers will be served during four book-release parties:

Friday: 5-6:30 p.m. at the Feral Pig in Lihue. Co-owner Dave Power, recognized as one of Hawaii’s best bartenders, will greet guests.

Dec. 5: 5-6:30 p.m. at Tiki Iniki in Princeville. Owner Michele Rundgren will discuss the menu she and her husband, rock musician Todd Rundgren ("Hello It's Me") have created.

Dec. 10: 5:15-6:45 p.m. at Hukilau Lanai in Kapaa. Guests will learn that the emphasis at this restaurant is on locally sourced food.

Dec. 19: 5-6:30 p.m. at Josselin’s Tapas Bar

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Airlines ease change fees for Thanksgiving travel ahead of Northeast storm

Airlines are allowing Thanksgiving travelers flying to the East Coast on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, to change their tickets without penalty because of a storm expected to dump rain and snow from Virginia to Maine.

Many U.S. airlines announced Monday that they are waiving change fees for Wednesday flights to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and other Northeast destinations.

Accuweather predicts major travel disruptions and delays due to a storm expected to hit Wednesday and Thursday. It will bring snow as far south as northern Virginia and into New England, where 6 to 12 inches of snow is predicted.

American Airlines, which includes American Eagle, US Air and US Air Express, will allow passengers to fly Tuesday or on Thanksgiving Day rather than Wednesday without being charged to change their tickets, according to its website.

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airlines are allowing fliers to travel as late as Friday without...

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7 things you need to know to survive Thanksgiving travel

If you're traveling during the Thanksgiving weekend, you expect crowds on the roads and at airports. Here's are 7 things you need to know to survive the madness.

Survive? Well, yes. That's because you'll be one of 3.5 million Southern Californians predicted to be driving to Grandma's house or somewhere else between Wednesday and Friday.

Or you may be one of almost 2 million passengers who were expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) between last Friday and next Monday.

Either way, delays on the roads and at airports are inevitable during the holiday weekend.

Here are some ways to make your travels smoother.

1. Keep a watch on the weather: LAX is predicted to be the busiest airport in the country, but that's the least of your worries. A major storm expected to hit the East Coast from Virginia to Maine on Wednesday and Thursday could mean flight headaches for travelers across the country.

Accuweather says New England could receive 6 to 12 inches of snow starting...

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LaGuardia tops list of travel turkeys

LaGuardia is the most-frustrating airport to travel through over Thanksgiving, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, followed by Newark Liberty in second place, O’Hare in fourth and LAX in sixth.

Just in time for the holiday, Bloomberg’s Airport Frustration Index ranks  the worst airports in the U.S. and Canada, with tips on how to survive them. The index is based on how long it takes to reach the airports during rush hours, on-time arrival and departure data, and weighed comments and opinions from an online survey of more than 3,000 travelers.

Bloomberg’s 10 Most Frustrating Airports:

  1. LaGuardia
  2. Newark Liberty
  3. Washington Dulles
  4. Chicago O'Hare
  5. John F. Kennedy
  6. LAX
  7. Toronto Pearson
  8. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  9. Miami
  10. Philadelphia

LaGuardia, as it often does, comes out on the short end of the stick on restaurants, shops and restrooms. Miami has the most-confusing terminal layout, according to the study, as well as the most time-consuming check-in and security. Newark Liberty was found to have the...

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SoCal ski resorts: Moutain High opens today, Snow Summit up next

Mountain High ski resort opens Tuesday for Southern California skiers and snowboarders who want to get a jump on Thanksgiving.

The ski resort near Wrightwood reports its snow-making machines have created a foot of new snow over the past few days. Still, the opening means one lower-mountain lift and trail that accesses intermediate terrain will be available to access intermediate terrain.

Mountain High ski area says it plans to have a top-to-bottom run open by Dec. 3. Early season lift tickets this week will cost $45 for adults and young adults and $25 for children 7 to 12 years old.

It will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts in Big Bear Lake plan to open this week too.

Snow Summit will open for the season starting Wednesday with top-to-bottom skiing. Early season lift tickets cost $45 for adults, $38 for young adults and $18 for children.

It will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Sister resort Bear Mountain will be...

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South Dakota: Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood on family bike tour

As your kids no doubt remind you, it’s never too soon to think about summer vacation. This family trip from Bicycle Adventures will get everyone up and rolling through South Dakota on the paved Mickelson Trail.

The six-day tour begins and ends in Rapid City, S.D. Highlights include a stop at Wall Drug, Badlands and Wind Cave national parks, a mammoth dig, Bedrock City Theme Park (think “Flintstones”), Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore memorials, and Deadwood, home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Average daily biking distance is 15 miles.

Dates: Departures June 14 and 28

Price: $2,395 for adults; children’s discounts are based on age. Includes bikes, accommodations, most meals, mammoth dig and spelunking.

Info: Bicycle Adventures, (800) 443-6060

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