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Gay marriages off in Vegas after high court order

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Wednesday temporarily blocked a reduce-court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada, dashing plans in Las Vegas to commence performing gay nuptials in the self-proclaimed marriage capital of the world.

Nevada and Idaho had joined the increasing quantity of states exactly where exact same-sex marriage is legal when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that gay couples’ equal protection rights were violated by the gay marriage bans in both states.

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Marriage Can Be Murder celebrates 15 years

Las Vegas’ longest running dinner theater show, Marriage Can Be Murder, lately marked its 15th anniversary.

The show, a comedy and murder mystery that has actors sitting amongst unsuspecting guests, was recognized as the best dinner show of both 2013 and 2014 by the Las Vegas Assessment-Journal.

More than its five,000 performances and 20,000 murders, far more than 375,000 people have participated in assisting to solve the show’s nightly mystery. Actors and the plot line rotate every single handful of months, so these who have seen the show prior to can get pleasure from it once again.

Positioned at D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, general admission tickets to Marriage Can Be Murder are $ 64.85 and include a 3-course meal, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.

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JetBlue to launch San Francisco-Las Vegas service

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Maui property to become Hilton Grand Vacations resort

Tokyo-based developer Capbridge Group has acquired the home that was formerly the Maui Lu Resort, and plans to transform it into Maui’s 1st Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare resort. A 2017 opening date is targeted.

The $ 300 million Hilton Grand Vacations will include 388 residences as nicely as a gym and a kids’ center. The 28-acre internet site has 740 feet of beachfront.

Hilton Grand Vacations has seven properties in Hawaii, such as five in Honolulu.

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Thoughtful tweaks, more at 2 Florida hotels

Oceanfront cabanas at Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp Spa, formerly a Ritz-Carlton.The hotel sector in Palm Beach County is booming.

New hotels are springing up as other folks modify ownership and are getting overhauled. There are 1,350 hotel rooms below construction and plans for an additional 1,400 rooms are in the pipeline, with seven new hotels slated to open by 2016, according to Learn the Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing and advertising corporation.

The development is mostly due to a continuing surge in tourism that through August had shown 54 consecutive months of increased visitation, the group stated.

As component of the boom, two hotels in Palm Beach County have new names and faces. The former Ritz-Carlton became the Eau Palm Beach Resort &amp Spa in early 2014, following converting to private ownership, even though the Boca Bridge Hotel became a DoubleTree by Hilton this spring, undergoing a major transformation just before reopening as the Waterstone Resort &amp Marina.

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Rockies resorts aim to maintain momentum

Vail Resorts skiers.Going into the 2014-15 winter ski season, Rocky Mountain resorts’ prospects for a sturdy season appear to be solid, even though the outlook for resorts in the Western U.S. states seems a small shakier.

Resort owners in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho continue to make annual infrastructure and programming improvements in the area, which benefited from sturdy snowfall last season and saw skier and snowboarder visits rise six.6%, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).

Vail Resorts, which created the most significant offseason news last month by acquiring Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort for $ 182.five million, produced upgrades to its Lodge at Vail hotel as it prepares to host the Alpine Planet Ski Championships at its eponymous resort next February.

Nearby, Beaver Creek is replacing Centennial Express chairlift with a high-speed “mixture” lift in which six-passenger chairlifts alternate with ten-person gondola cabins. It has also upgraded its snowmaking … Read the rest

Presidio facility to reopen

SFPresidioOfficersClub-NancyPelosi-DKSan Francisco’s Presidio, the former military base that is now component of the U.S. National Park Service, last week hosted a dedication ceremony for the upcoming reopening of its historic Officers’ Club, following a 3-year, $ 30 million renovation added hundreds of exhibits as well as a restaurant to the city’s oldest developing.

Home Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, each of whom have been advocates for transforming the Presidio into a park that contains residences, businesses, accommodations and hiking trails, have been amongst those who spoke to an audience of about 200 individuals on Tuesday and helped inaugurate the re-opening, which opens to the public Oct. 4.

The developing, which is operated by the Presidio Trust and consists of an adobe wall that was component of the original 1776 structure, was expanded to about 36,000 square feet.

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Remodeled South Beach hotel flies Wyndham flag

Wyndham Hotel Group reflagged the former Shelborne South Beach as the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, after the 74-year-old home underwent a $ 90 million renovation.

The 200-space house, which opened in 1940 and is located on Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue, involves four bars and restaurants, which includes 1 helmed by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto.

The hotel also features interactive Samsung TVs in the guestrooms.

The property also has a private beach club and about 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Mammoth Mountain acquires two California resorts

Mammoth Mountain Ski Region will obtain Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Southern California’s Large Bear Lake for an undisclosed cost.

Mammoth, which also owns nearby June Mountain, will sell its season ski pass for $ 689. That pass offers skiers unrestricted access to all four mountains.

With the acquisition, Mammoth corners the market place on ski resorts most frequented by Southern Californians. Mammoth, which opened its first chairlift in 1955, receives about 1.three million winter visits a year, even though Snow Summit and Bear Mountain get about 800,000.

Mammoth is positioned in the Eastern Sierras, about 310 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Leisurely learning for kids in D.C.

National Building MuseumWashington has extended been a top option for little ones for both enjoyable and educational vacations.

“D.C. has always been a popular location for households it brings schoolbook history to life,” mentioned Henley Vazquez, CEO and co-founder of Feather+Flip, an online loved ones travel resource.

In addition to iconic institutions like the National Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo, there are quite a handful of lesser-recognized museums providing immersive experiences, as outlined by Destination D.C. on its D.C. Cool Little ones website, launched this year.

The Crime Museum offers a “crack-a-safe” activity and forensic workshops covering subjects such as arson, blood, bones and DNA.

The International Spy Museum’s newest attraction, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” enables children to be like James Bond with interactive exhibits such as Operation Atomic Countdown (where visitors race against the clock to disarm a missile) and Hang Time (which tests visitors’ … Read the rest

Miami adds international service

4 airlines are adding international flights from Miami Airport.

American Airlines is launching everyday nonstop service from Miami to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on Oct. 2. Nonstop service to Campinas, Brazil, will begin on Dec. two.

In addition to the new destinations, American will add every day flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to its Miami-London service in December, providing it 17 roundtrips weekly.

Swissair will increase its day-to-day Miami-to-Zurich seasonal service from 10 to 14 roundtrips per week beginning Oct. 27. The seasonal route will operate via March 27.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines announced it will add a day-to-day flight in between Miami and London’s Heathrow Airport to its current service in the course of the winter months.

Finnair will launch a new seasonal service between Miami and Helsinki on Dec. 16 with two weekly nonstop flights. Between Jan. 3 and March 21, the airline will enhance service to three weekly flights.… Read the rest

Bellagio exhibit will showcase Faberge artifacts

An exhibit featuring 238 Faberge artifacts will debut at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art on November 14.

“Faberge Revealed” is part of the biggest public collection of Faberge articles outdoors of Russia, exactly where the Home of Faberge designed a lot more than 150,000 pieces of art, jewels and silver articles, including the finely detailed jeweled eggs that it is maybe best known for, starting in the late 1800s.

Organized in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibit will feature several pieces from Faberge’s original collection as well as a little collection of Faberge look-alike objects when believed to be original.

The exhibit will be open to the public by way of Might 25, 2015.

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Adventure Travel Wilderness And Hiking Trails Fees Continue To Rise

Is adventure travel getting expensive for the family? The good news for adventure travel and wilderness hiking trails is that the USA has some of the most unique and incredible places to see on earth. Our National, State Parks, Monuments and Wilderness Areas are awesome, but for years there have been reduced number of visitors. Many citizens have said that a four-year program to increase national parks entrance fees to make them more uniform may discourage some Americans from visiting their national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Zion and Yellowstone.

The National Parks have been faced with a budget crisis. The parks are struggling to protect the historic, cultural and natural resources that the parks were created for. The parks are short of funds for operating facilities, repairs to roads, bridges, trails and buildings. There was an 814 million dollar shortfall in 2006. There … Read the rest

Dolphin attractions feel pressure amid SeaWorld controversy

Swim with dolphins 1The controversy stirred up by the “Blackfish” documentary, which focused focus on SeaWorld’s remedy of killer whales and the thorny bigger concern of keeping cetaceans in captivity has spilled over to a lesser extent to other attractions.

Among the impacted venues are dolphinariums, the marine mammal parks and aquariums that home dolphins, mainly bottlenose dolphins.

There are dolphinariums scattered all more than the globe, with about 20 in the U.S. and an additional 20 in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Some dolphinariums consist of one particular pool where dolphins carry out for the public other folks are part of larger marine parks, zoos or theme parks, such as SeaWorld’s three parks in the U.S. and those at Xcaret and Xel-Ha in the Riviera Maya in Mexico and Dolphinaris Cancun, next to the Wet ’n Wild Aquatic Park.

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‘Frozen’ attraction coming to Epcot

Frozen's Elsa and Anna“Frozen” fever shows no signs of slowing down at Disney, which has announced plans for a new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park in Florida.

Building has started on the new attraction, which will re-generate Arendelle, the fictional land that serves as the backdrop to the hit Disney animated film.

It will also function a greeting location where guests can meet Anna and Elsa, stated Tom Staggs, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts.

The new attraction will replace Maelstrom, a log chute ride by means of Norwegian-themed scenery and folklore. Maelstrom will close on Oct. five. The new Arendelle attraction is slated to open in early 2016.

According to Staggs, Anna and Elsa also will have a larger presence at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this vacation season. Starting in early November, there will be a nightly functionality during which Elsa will transform Cinderella’s … Read the rest

Bucket list brigade

Bucket List map

My questions had been straightforward: What is on your bucket list? What are the locations you want to visit, or maybe revisit, before you kick the bucket? Why?

I posed the questions to many folks involved in different facets of the travel sector, most seasoned travelers who have spent much more hours in airplanes, airports and airline lounges than they care to count.

No matter their schedules, timetables, agendas or time zones, they seemed eager to answer. (Click right here or on the map for a look at the myriad locations on our bucket list survey. A selection of areas also can be identified in a slideshow by clicking right here or on any of the pictures.) 

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Caesars envisions a sharing mood for Linq Hotel

Rendering of a Linq Hotel guestroom.Caesars Entertainment has had a busy 2014, shaking items up mid-Strip with the opening of the Linq pedestrian promenade early this year, and the Cromwell in May.

Now, the firm is sinking $ 223 million into renovations and turning the Quad Resort &amp Casino into the Linq Hotel &amp Casino, in spite of the fact the Quad underwent a renovation and rebranding just two years ago.

The Linq Hotel &amp Casino, which is anticipated to open Oct. 30, will emphasize social interaction both in particular person and by way of social media.

Certainly, social interaction is already embedded in the Quad culture, just as it is at any property in the city. Walk via the casino and you could see a group of buddies standing around a craps table, anxiously waiting for the dice to roll. Couples chat as their slot machines jangle. Conference attendees discuss exactly where to grab … Read the rest

Utah resorts ready winter upgrades

Improvements at Utah’s 15 ski resorts, to be completed in time for the 2014-15 winter season, include expanded terrain, new lifts and upgrades to on-mountain facilities and accommodations.

A skier at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah.Of unique note is the grand opening of Cherry Peak Resort in northern Utah, the first new resort to be constructed in the state given that 1981. Set to open this season, the resort will offer a 1.25-mile run, 3 triple chairlifts and state-of-the-art snowmaking, as effectively as ice skating, tubing and night skiing.

Upgrades at established resorts consist of a new detachable quad at Brian Head Resort, lowering the ride time to the prime of Giant Actions Mountain from 12 to five minutes, and a new surface lift for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders at Eagle Point Resort. The lift serves the steepest black diamond runs in southern Utah, previously accessible only by hiking or snowcat.

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Starwood’s Luxury Collection to add Napa hotel

The Grandview Hotel &amp Spa is getting redeveloped into Starwood Luxury Collection’s very first hotel in California’s Napa Valley.

The 57-area hotel in St. Helena is subsequent to Beringer Wine Estate. It will have a complete-service restaurant and a 3,500-square-foot spa. Opening is scheduled for the fall.

The home was initially built as a home in 1907 and was converted to a hotel 4 years later.

St. Helena is about 70 miles north of San Francisco.

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2014’s Best Bets in Las Vegas hotels, shows and more

Finally free from the shackles of the recession, Las Vegas hit the reboot button in 2014 with construction restarts, restaurant openings, room renovations and property debuts. This year’s Best Bets pay tribute to the new, renewed and legacy products that stood out from the pack.

Best-Kept Secret on the Strip: Vdara Hotel & SpaBest-Kept Secret on the Strip: Vdara Hotel & Spa

Although the range of accommodations on the Strip runs deep and wide, the majority of those rooms lie within crowded casino megaresorts that can be a challenge to navigate. Guests looking for a more intimate, nongaming, nonsmoking alternative need look no further than Vdara, tucked into the northwest quadrant of MGM Resorts International’s massive CityCenter complex. This 1,495-suite, standalone tower, offering modern elegance amid a low-key atmosphere, provides luxurious accommodation in large, residential-style, kitchen-equipped units. And with every guestroom door no more than three minutes away from the hotel’s front entrance, coming “home” never felt so … Read the rest