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Archive: January 28, 2007 - February 3, 2007

Room Service: Hold the Trans Fats

Hotels are jumping into the healthy-eating trend. Marriott International has just joined a growing list of hotels and food service companies that are banning trans fats. In an announcement yesterday, the hotel chain said it is phasing out the use of trans fats in the cooking of French fries and...

By Gary Lee | February 2, 2007; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Three Cheers for Fairhope!

Who doesn't love lists? You don't have to agree with them, but they're always fun to read. And I have to say that's certainly true about the list compiled by Coastal Living magazine of the "Top 10 Romantic Escapes." The key word here is "coastal," so it's no surprise to...

By John Deiner | February 2, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Deals to Go

Deals with short shelf lives include: * Cheapcaribbean.com has a deal on a five-night all-inclusive vacation to the Dominican Republic. Price starts at $577 per person double including airfare from Washington for travel April 10-Dec. 22. But you have to book it by Feb. 7. Deal includes travel insurance. Priced...

By Carol Sottili | February 1, 2007; 1:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beaches in the Off Season

I had to go to Ocean City, Md., for a couple of days on business this week. (Check out their webcam). It was bitterly cold, windy, hardly anything was open ... and I loved it. What is it about a beach town in the off season that's so appealing? Well,...

By K.C. Summers | February 1, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

How Clean Was Your Hotel Bedspread?

TripAdvisor, the travel review site, has just come out with its 2006 list of the ten dirtiest hotels in the U.S. The list, based on travelers' reviews: 1. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach 2. Hotel Carter, New York City 3. Days Inn Downtown, Port, Miami, Fla. 4. Budget Inn, Knoxville,...

By Gary Lee | January 31, 2007; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Travel to Eat

In its first ever study of wine and culinary travelers, the Travel Industry Association of America, a trade group, found that two out of five leisure travelers have participated in activities associated with culinary tourism. The full study won't be out until next month, but apparently "activities associated with culinary...

By Cindy Loose | January 31, 2007; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will Wonders Ever Cease?

You've probably heard something about the move to pick a new set of Seven Wonders (for a fun way to test your knowledge of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -- I flunked -- go to this site). The Associated Press recently reported that Egypt (home to the only...

By Anne McDonough | January 31, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Meat and Three and Me

If you're driving on I-85 through South Carolina, stop in Spartanburg at Wade's Cafe. A reader tipped me to it last year, and I finally found a chance to stop there last Friday on my way south (and again Monday on my way north). It's a big and busy homestyle...

By Steve Hendrix | January 30, 2007; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Southwest says: Charge!

Southwest Airlines this week announced it will test offering free power stations at Dallas Love Field so customers can charge electrical devices such as cell phones and laptops. The budget carrier also says it's thinking about expanding the service to other airports if this test is popular. I say: Why...

By Cindy Loose | January 30, 2007; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

BWI or Bust

BWI isn't the easiest airport to get to, particularly if you live deep inside the District, as I do. But I find it's usually worth the drive for some of the bargain flights you can get from there. (Speaking of which: Southwest's winter sale ends tonight. So, if you want...

By Andrea Sachs | January 30, 2007; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strike, Out: British Airways Reinstates All Flights

Those booked on British Airways can breathe a sigh of relief: According to a press release issued this afternoon, all British Airways flights will be reinstated tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 30, as the threatened cabin crew strike was called off. But there's still some fine print you need to be aware...

By Anne McDonough | January 29, 2007; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Atlantic City: Slots of Fun? Not Quite

Cough, cough. Hack, hack. Oh, sorry. Just got back from a weekend in Atlantic City, whose casino floors looked like San Francisco on a foggy morning. Actually, it was just the poor ventilation, low ceilings and mobs gathered around the slot machines. And the 1.3 million smokers on each casino...

By John Deiner | January 29, 2007; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chardonnay Anyone?

I called Carnival recently about booking a Caribbean cruise, and the reservationist told me I could bring my own wine aboard. Wow. Those really are Fun Ships. I'd always thought carting any of your own spirits onboard ship was verboten, but she assured me that a "reasonable" amount of wine...

By Carol Sottili | January 29, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (14)

 

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