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Knott’s returns to the fog with a stronger Halloween Haunt line-up

Knott’s Berry Farm’s less-is-more approach to Halloween Haunt in recent seasons has resulted in fewer but better haunted mazes with a greater focus on storytelling and attention to detail.

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Key West port to reopen to cruise ships; Hurricane Maria forces Caribbean itinerary changes

Key West plans to reopen its port to cruise ships Sunday, two weeks after Hurricane Irma battered the resort area at the southern tip of Florida. Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas will be the first ship to visit, on its way to Cuba.

Cruise lines, which shuffled ships and itineraries when Irma hit the eastern Caribbean and Florida earlier this month, are again scrambling.

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Best hotels for relaxation or shopping? Expedia's new way to search for your next luxury stay

Expedia launched a new online resource Thursday that identifies the world’s hotels not by their price or their star rating but by vacation experiences.

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See Hong Kong this winter, with $428 round-trip fare out of LAX

Put Hong Kong on your New Year’ s wish list, with this $428 round-trip deal out of LAX.

The American Airlines deal, which includes all taxes and fees, is for travel between Jan. 20 and March 30. As with many of these offers, there are a limited number of seats available.

No minimum stay is required, and there are some nonstop flights available. Check with the airline on other restrictions.

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Mammoth calls out the plows as first snow of the season coats roads and village

It's snowing in the Sierra. Then again, when isn’t it snowing in the Sierra?

Mammoth Lakes got more than a dusting Thursday in the first snowfall of the season, with three inches reported in the village. Snow coated the roads so heavily that the plows were out, and locals left footprints on sidewalks.

The snow comes about a month earlier than usual and arrives just as the aspen are beginning to turn.

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Rail jam contests and Snoop Dogg to kick off Bear Mountain's snowboarding season (already?)

Expect to see snow and Snoop Dogg on Saturday at Hot Dawgz and Handrails, Bear Mountain’s kickoff event for the snowboarding season.

Snow and shaved ice will cover the course for rail jam competitions among top snowboarders at the Big Bear Lake ski resort.

In between and after the action, you can watch musical acts Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds at noon, singer-songwriter Andrew W.K.

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