Southwest Life

‘Festival fatigue’ strikes locals in Michigan town

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Lou Colombo insists he’s no Grinch and enjoys festivals. But so many were held along this Lake Michigan town’s grassy waterfront over the summer that he applied to City Hall...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

New seats let airlines squeeze in passengers

It’s not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days. The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Around U.S., Halloween attractions ask guests to take part

NEW YORK – Ghost tours and haunted houses are hallmarks of the weeks leading up to Halloween. But this year, some attractions are raising their game with an interactive component. Now, visitors...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

You will be afraid

PHILADELPHIA An abandoned prison would seem creepy enough around Halloween. Now add blood-curdling screams and gruesome characters who can reach out and grab you. That’s the formula for “Terror...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to pay, when to fly during Thanksgiving week

It’s not too early to buy airline tickets for Thanksgiving. In fact, if you know you’ll be stuck traveling the busiest days (translation: most expensive days), you need to shop now. But first,...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 freebies for you in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE – Really, it’s not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three Us and a couple of Qs. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has a history that stretches back to the days of...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Not-so-roughing-it: ‘Glamping’ in New York

NEW YORK – Ahh, the joys of roughing it in the great outdoors – champagne, high thread-count sheets, flat-screen television. Camping, New York City-style. At least a couple of city locales are...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Golden loop

TAOS, N.M. The Northeast is deservedly famous for its autumn palette, but New England doesn’t have a lock on fall color. Bright yellow foliage decorates many parts of the Southwest this time of...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bucket list bars: Places to drink at before you die

Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs and Dives of America, a new entry in the popular must-do-before-death genre, aims to reveal a city’s character, including its past, by pointing thirsty...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dinner in Paris

If you’d rather go to a party than the Louvre, Jim Haynes’ Left Bank atelier is the place for you. I know. I’ve been to his parties dozens of times. He’s been giving dinners in Paris every Sunday...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Berlin bravely shares its ignoble past

BERLIN – The idea was innocent enough. A city map indicated that mere feet from infamous Checkpoint Charlie – that tense Cold War guard post where today actors dressed in military uniforms pose...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hotels offer groceries as alternative to room service

Forget room service. At many hotels across the country, you can now easily have groceries or ready-to-make meals delivered to your room. Hotels are increasingly arranging for guests to get food...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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