New to Know: Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel, biking package at L.A. Athletic Club

Paul McCartney plays at the Hollywood Bowl during the Up And Coming Tour on March 30.
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

After a hard day’s night, a place to let it be

If McCartney-mania still has you in its spell, there’s a place where you can go. Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel hosted the Fabs on their 1964 tour stop. After “working like dogs” on another one-nighter, they no doubt slept like logs in Room 272, now dubbed the Beatles Suite. The 700-square-foot studio-style suite sports pine ceilings and bookcases (could the wood be Norwegian?), a king-sized bed, a living room, a library and a dining area. A state-of-the-art stereo system is stocked with Beatles CDs, plus there’s a photo gallery of the group that includes the famous “fishing out the window” photo, taken in this very suite. Just the place to let it be. Cost: $1,050 per day. Check the website or call for special offers and suite availability. Info: (800) 624-0670, https://www.edgewaterhotel.com

— Lori Grossman

In the spin again


The Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club is reaching out to cyclists with two special packages, including hotel suites that feature in-room stationary bikes and a trial ride of the upcoming Tour of California L.A. course. Enjoy a cycle class setting? One of the packages offers VIP seating at one of the club’s popular scheduled spin classes. This package also offers a relaxing sports massage for two as well as free cycle-inspired cocktails. Guests will also be allowed to use the club’s 80,000 square feet of gym space and will receive a complimentary breakfast for two each morning. Parking is also available to hotel guests at the reduced rate of $8.80 per day. The packages start at $505. Info: (800) 421-8777,

— Chris Erskine

Downhill to summer

Don’t put away those skis or boards just yet: They may be good for another run or 200 on soft corn snow at several California ski areas, where the season stretches beyond the traditional mid-April closing date. Many ski areas reduce lift ticket prices, but operations in some cases may be restricted only to weekends.


Sugar Bowl, Heavenly and Kirkwood will keep lifts humming until April 25, a week after Lake Tahoe neighbors Mt. Rose, Northstar and Sierra-at-Tahoe shut down.

Locally, Snow Valley and Mountain High plan to stay open until late April if crowds warrant it.

Squaw Valley will call it quits May 9. A week later, Alpine Meadows will follow suit. By mid-May, Donner Ski Ranch expects to be the last Lake Tahoe-area ski hill to close.

Mt. Baldy will be the remaining Southern California option until the end of May, if the snow holds and enough people show.


The state’s final curtain on skiing and riding may come down on Memorial Day at Mammoth Mountain, with the possibility of an encore. “Based on the current snowpack, we will probably be open until at least mid-June,” said Daniel Hansen, a spokesperson for the resort.

— Benoit Lebourgeois

Can you hear me now?

How do you keep your Bluetooth headset safe and handy when you don’t want it stuck in your ear? Nectar’s Bluetooth headset holder, available in necklace and retractable pocket-clip styles, is an effective featherweight solution. Just hook the earpiece part of your headset through the slim nylon adjustable noose that dangles from the necklace or retracts from the pocket clip. You won’t even need to take your eyes off the road while driving. To use the headset, unhook it from the noose, or just swing it up and into your ear still hooked. The necklace is available as a neck chain or leather cord in a selection of models, including some adorned with Swarovski crystals on the front of the adjustment mechanism. The retractable clip comes in such materials as plastic, gun metal and sterling silver.


Bluetooth headset holders start at $14.99 in necklace and retractable pocket-clip styles at (800) 255-5660.

— Judi Dash