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Don't live in fear of a hotel fire, but do plan as though your life could depend on it

Question: During the recent Christmas holidays, I spent two nights at the Encore hotel in Las Vegas. A beautiful property, and the amenities are over the top. But I didn’t notice any fire sprinklers in my room. Shouldn't newer hotels (Encore opened in December 2008) be required to have them? I did see smoke alarms, but I doubt that they would be enough in the case of a fire. Am I missing something?

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Tour Napa Valley and Sonoma from the seat of a bike

Escape to Northern California's wine country on a four- to six-day bike tour of Napa Valley and Sonoma that includes wine tastings and fine cuisine as well as some of the state's famous scenery.

The trips, organized by Sonoma on a Bike, visit the region's most popular areas, including Dry Creek Valley, the Silverado Trail, the Carneros region and downtown Sonoma.

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Passengers can help with hurricane recovery on these Caribbean cruises

Princess Cruises offers passengers a way to help the Caribbean islands recover from the deadly hurricanes that pounded the region last fall.

A limited number of travelers aboard two spring sailings will be immersed in local cultures in on-board presentations and then may choose to help with a rebuilding project, beach cleanup or other optional shore activity.

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At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, it's all about the terrain

At Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, it’s not location, location, location, it’s terrain, terrain and more terrain: a combined 6,000 acres of some of the most dependably snowy, scare-yourself-silly inbound skiing and snowboarding among U.S. destination resorts.

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Iceland’s remote Deplar Farm delights heli-skiers and adventurers

Alan Bernholtz grew up in the San Fernando Valley and surfed off Malibu. But the ski slopes of the Sierra — and later Colorado, Alaska, the Andes and the Alps — lured him away from the Pacific Ocean.

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A travel comfort zone is really a safety zone. But stretch a little and you enter the oh! zone

I awakened with a jolt from a peaceful sleep, roused by my parents, who insisted I see the moose that had wandered into our campground in Montana’s Glacier National Park.

The creature seemed a fitting reminder of the danger that lurks in the wilderness or, really, anywhere in the unknown.

Shortly after our animal encounter, we set off on a nearly 12-mile hike on the Highline Loop.

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