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Set sail with app

Raise the sail on your adventures with the Airbnb of boats.


Available: Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (requires iOS7 or later).

Cost: Free

What it does: Offers a searchable database of more than 33,000 boat rentals available worldwide. Boats range in size from kayaks and canoes to mega-yachts and fishing vessels.

What's hot: The number of choices is terrific. But the feature...

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Readers recommend: Bron Menai Guest House in Caernarfon, Wales


We cannot say enough good things about the Bron Menai Guest House in Caernarfon. It offered us a large, comfortable en-suite room, full English breakfast, super-reasonable rates and off-street parking. It's an easy stroll to Caernarfon Castle and some great restaurants. There's wonderful scenery everywhere. Caernarfon is a small town, so everything is close by.

Bron Menai Guest House, North...

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Solvang dowdy? Try tranquil and charming.

I take exception to Andrew Bender's depiction of Solvang as dated, dowdy and kitschy in the July 19 Weekend Escape, "Updates to Its Danish Design."

Perhaps Bender should treat himself to a luncheon of open-face Danish sandwiches with toppings that include pickled herring and dill or sample roast pork with red cabbage slaw.

As for hotels, we escape the hubbub of L.A. to a traditionally appointed Danish...

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Learn about Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh at Cabrillo aquarium


Salt marsh open house

Explore the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh with aquarium educators and park naturalists and learn about native plants and animals.

When, where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Admission, info: Free. (310) 548-7562

Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to

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These dogs may help save Africa's elephants and rhinos

Dogs typically are used at airports to sniff out drugs or food products. At LAX and other U.S. airports, they are trotted out to calm down nervous fliers. Now a newly trained pack of canines will be unleashed in Kenya and Tanzania to do something else: track down illegal ivory.

Eight ivory detection dogs, as they're called, and their handlers have been trained to find everything from ivory dust to...

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Round trip airfare to Tokyo from LAX on Singapore or United for $699

Here’s a great airfare to an Asian city that’s as cosmopolitan as any in Europe and significantly less expensive than fares to many: It’s a $699 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to Tokyo on Singapore or United for departures Aug. 16 through Dec. 6.

It is subject to availability, and you may not stay longer than a month.

Purchase deadline: Aug. 14.

Info: Singapore Air, (800)...

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