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City slickers will find more than ridin' and ropin' on a weekend escape to an Arizona dude ranch

Ever dream of riding into the sunset like Roy Rogers or gazing at star-pierced night skies and finding the Milky Way? How about sipping a prickly pear margarita or walking the labyrinth while meditating in a cactus-studded desert. I recently stayed at Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, a gentrified dude ranch where service was prompt and genuine smiles were the norm.

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Singers Andrea Bocelli and Ricky Martin to perform at MSC Seaside's naming party
Resort offers four-day Swiss Alps ski trip for families

If you're looking for a holiday gift the family won't forget, consider a winter vacation in the Swiss Alps.

A learn-to-ski program in upscale Gstaad, known for its soaring mountains, offers a wide range of activities, including schools for first-time skiers and children, intermediate skiing and Alpine sightseeing for nonskiers.

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Virgin Atlantic tells first-class fliers: Steal our holiday salt and pepper shakers. Please.

Virgin Atlantic’s little plane-shaped salt and pepper shakers with feet were introduced 15 years ago. Now the airline tells passengers to feel free to steal (or as they put it “pinch”) the red limited-edition holiday versions from their flights.

Why?

Well, apparently the shakers — named Wilbur and Orville — are the most stolen items aboard the airline.

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Where to find good vegan food in Las Vegas? Vegans, Baby tells all
That $450-million Da Vinci? You can see it at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The museum, the only offshoot of the Louvre, opened Nov. 11. Its inaugural exhibition, “One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone,” will open Dec. 21. It ends April 7.

The show’s three sections will tell the story of the Louvre, with royal paintings from Versailles under King Louis XIV, the Louvre as a salon and residency for artists, and the ultimate creation of the museum.

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