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Hiking in Red Rock Canyon just 20 miles west of Las Vegas

It isn’t which slot machine pays off the most. It’s better than that. It’s not how to get a free buffet. It’s much better than that. So, what is it? You want something that’s exciting, fun, healthy and inexpensive, don’t you? I thought you did. The secret is the tremendous amount of outdoor activity just minutes from the Strip, specifically hiking and rock scrambling. Read More »


Jungle Island hosts a 3 day long Easter egg hunt

Easter Sunday in Miami Beach is always a party. If you’re traveling with your family for the holiday, here’s what to do:

Brunch: The traditional Sunday brunch gets a gourmet update at South Florida restaurants, including Hakkasan’s tender steamed dumplings at the Fontainebleau Resort, Nemo’s whole roast suckling pig, and Sakaya Kitchen’s kimchee scrambled eggs. Just be sure to make reservations well in advance. Read More »

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The Mission Beach Cafe, in San Francisco

The Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco

San Francisco restaurants are gearing up to commemorate one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, Passover, which begins at sundown March 29 and lasts for seven days.

Mission Beach Cafe in San Francisco, a short drive from the Holiday Inn Civic Center, is teaming with hipster Heeb magazine for its annual Slow Food Seder on April 5. The four-course dinner ($55) will be a mix of Old World and New World dishes — all made with seasonal, local, and organic products. The dinner will include such items as smoked black cod with potato kugel and chive creme fraiche, and roasted duck with Israeli couscous, Jerusalem artichokes, pea shoots, and orange sabayon.

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How do you save a baby duck in New Zeland? Chug free wine.

Across the country, Kimpton hotels have been winning fans with their free wine hours. Now, all that wine they are buying will do more than get you buzzed before dinner.

Sip wines that not only tantalize the palate, but do good for the planet. Kimpton Hotels has introduced a new wine program, “Wines that Care,” at its nearly 50 hotels nationwide, such as the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, the Muse in New York City, and the Hotel George in Washington, D.C., among others.

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