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Rare steam-powered yachts to race May 15 off San Diego

Rare steam-powered yachts to race May 15 off San Diego

It’s hard to believe that the Cangarda (pictured above), one of the most elegant steam-powered yachts of its day, lay in a shallow mud grave near Boston just a decade ago. Built primarily between 1901 and 1910, these Edwardian steam yachts are rare, and a race between two of these sleek vessels is even rarer.

But at noon May 15, a completely restored Cangarda, which is now steaming slowly down the coast from Seattle, will take on the Medea, a 1904 steam yacht permanently housed at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, for a race that will launch from Coronado’s Glorietta Bay.

Don’t expect a pulse-quickening contest: Top speed for these yachts is 7 knots per hour. On the course, the competitors will pass under the Coronado Bridge, sail past the Embarcadero on Shelter Island and end at the museum. The race will begin when a cannon fires from the tall ship Californian and will end with another salute from a pair of 1847 cannons.

The museum’s first steam-powered smackdown is expected to draw crowds on land and on sea.

 
Rare steam-powered yachts to race May 15 off San Diego

“Whenever we have an event like this on the bay, people come out on kayaks, surfboards, anything that floats,” museum spokeswoman Robyn Gallant said.

Good places to watch the race on land include the museum, Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Or you can ride one of two boats that will be following the action: the Californian ($50 for adults, $30 for children), which will offer a four-hour sail, or the 1914 Pilot ($35 for adults, $25 for children), with a two-hour sail. (Note that children’s tickets are for ages 6 to 12; neither sailing is recommended for those under 6.)

If you want to see the yachts close up, you can visit the museum before the race to board the Cangarda  from 2 to 4 p.m. May 13 and 14. The Medea will be open to visitors during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. (You can’t visit either ship on race day.)

Museum tickets cost $14 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older) and $8 for children (6 to 17); children under 5 are free. Add $5 to any ticket and you get free museum admission through the end of the year.

Contact: Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego; (619) 234-9153.

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photos: At top, the fully restored Cangarda, built in 1901, will appear in San Diego for a steam-powered-yacht race May 15. At bottom, the Medea, which will also participate in the race, is permanently housed at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Credit: Maritime Museum of San Diego

By LA Times

Top 5 Hotels to Go to for Independence Day

If youre planning to go out of town for the 4th of July, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip. You would want to celebrate that day with a smash, and the first thing you have to look for is the best hotel to book your stay in. Below are five of the best hotels you should consider for Independence Day. While some will boats of front-row seats to the best fireworks show, others can have an HBO star sing for you.

Washington D.C.: W

Top 5 Hotels to Go to for Independence Day

The first hotel that should be on your list is the W in Washington D.C. On the night of the 4th of July, make sure that youre at their POV terrace. You should go ahead and enjoy drinks from their open bar, and let yourself be treated like a VIP, what with the entertainment youll be getting from their guest celebrities. Rumor has it that for Independence Day, theyre having Adrian Grenier with his band, the Honey Brothers.

After the sterling performance from our Entourage star, youll also enjoy the fireworks from one of Washingtons prime spots. The hotel just happens to be right beside the White House, and with New York DJ Sky Nellor spinning the disc afterwards, youll have a 4th of July experience that can be envied by even the President himself.

For the Boom, View, rooftop party, and suite package, prepare to spend about $619. If youre planning to stay elsewhere and just join the party with the rest of the hotel guests, $200 should do the trick.

San Diego: Sè

Top 5 Hotels to Go to for Independence Day

For the beach bums, theres no better place to be in but the Sè in San Diego. Their Sand and Spa bundle already has overnight accommodations in the bag, $200 credit at the spa, free valet, and a picnic basket filled with goodies to last you a day under the sun. You can also bring your basket to the Big Bay Boom party while you watch the fireworks with some of the greatest looking people across the states. All of this can be had for a mere $429 a night. If thats not a sweet deal, nothing is.

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San Diego: Omnis pie-and-Padres baseball package

San Diego: Omnis pie-and-Padres baseball package

Here’s a deal with apple pie and baseball rolled up in a special hotel offer. The Omni San Diego Hotel, in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter across from the Convention Center, sports a handy catwalk that connects to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Each year, the Omni pitches a room-and-baseball package available for Padres home games. The hotel reports that games with the Cubs, Dodgers and Giants seem to be most popular, so check out the Padres schedule and book early if you want to see your favorite team play.

Deal: The Omni’s All-American Baseball Package starts at $249 a night and includes:

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The Most Expensive Cities in America

The Most Expensive Cities in America

When you live in a city with topnotch hotels and malls where luxury shopping is the main event, its easy to drain out your bank account. For example, Mojitos in Miami can cost as much as $15, and if youre a Mojito-lover, youll know how fast you can blow off your salary. There are ways for you to dodge the spenders traps, though. For example, if you must have a Mojito after work, you can stick to places with Happy Hour specials.

Even if youre just traveling to these cities, you should take the time to do the math. It might take some of the fun out of traveling, but itll keep your budget (and sanity) intact. Below are the most expensive cities in America to watch out for and what you should expect from them before you purchase your plane ticket.

New York

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Youre at the center of the center if you live in New York. Unfortunately, that also means paying a pretty big bill just to live in a world class city. What do you expect, though? The Big Apple has the biggest luxury stores, the most famous restaurants in the world, and the richest hotpot of culture. Yes, culture.

It is, as Alicia Keys song said, a “concrete jungle” with a demographic that can represent almost all races around the world. Of course, most of them are called Americans, now, but you can be sure that they have a lot of history to talk about, especially if they werent homegrown.

Youll have to be a pretty tough cookie to survive here, though. While it rated #1 in the AFC richest city survey, it also places last in the “friendliness” category.

Honolulu

The Most Expensive Cities in America

The principle is simple: the more tourists a city can attract, the more expensive all of its amenities get. Its the simple law of demand and supply, and this simple economic principle applies to Honolulu as well. The Hawaiian city ranked number two in AFCs survey simply because it topped the categories “romance” and “relaxation” . Money talks even in paradise, but dont spend all your cash on culture hopping, though.

Or maybe a hula lesson wont hurt. The hotel ratings arent bad. Its the fourth out of thirty cities to have topnotch hotels. It places last for classical music and theater, though, so keep your dough for the beach. Theres no use spending on something thats not worth seeing. Every cent counts in this expensive summer getaway.

Los Angeles

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Certainly, the City of Angels cant be an affordable city to live in. Not with the long stretches of beaches and almost a year-long access to all that sun. However, the survey shows that much of the money youll be spending in L.A. wont really be allotted to hotels and drinks. Theyll be spent on your clothes. This is one of the USAs fashion capitals, and it wont do for you to be seen in rags.

The city has the third most expensive luxury stores and the fourth most expensive boutiques. Why? People here put a prime on their appearances. While they havent quite reached New Yorks rank, yet, the locals here are the fourth most stylish and attractive people in the USA.

San Francisco

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Even if youre not living in San Francisco, you should prepare for quite a big amount of money just to rent out one of the rooms. The citys luxury hotels rank fourth most expensive in the country. The boutique hotels are even more expensive, ranking third in the survey.

If youre writing a novel or a travelogue, though, this is a pretty good city to visit. The demographic diversity ranked number two, here, and theyre not hard to look at, either. The people in San Francisco ranked third in stylishness, and the city is the fourth best city for people watching.

Miami

The Most Expensive Cities in America

If you ever find yourself in the South Beach, you know that most of your money will be spent on cocktails. Miami is the second most expensive city when it comes to the bar scene. The only plus side in this city is the majestic sunset and views of the ocean. People-watching is also fair game here. The city ranks first in terms of having the most attractive locals.

San Diego

The Most Expensive Cities in America

While pretty much everything is expensive in this city in equal proportions, youll certainly enjoy an entire year with clear, sunny skies and a comfortable (not scorching) 70ºF temperature. If San Diego topped anything in the survey, its the weather category. Youll also probably love the more mellow beaches in this vicinity. While Miamis are crowded with bikini bums, San Diegos beaches are less populated and peaceful.

San Diego also ranked fifth best as a relaxing retreat. Meanwhile, the city got sixth place in romance and sixth in cleanliness as well. While its not the most popular honeymoon destination, its certainly one of the places youd want to go to if youre planning to escape the hassles of the work place. Just save up enough money, look for a decent lodging which wont drain your account, and have as much fun without blowing the budget.

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8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

Usually people book hotel rooms for the comfort and luxury it offers. Today, not only do designers and hotel owners pay attention to the room. They have added something else which entices visitors even more: showers. If you think about this, it is but natural that a room has a wonderful shower waiting for its tired visitors.

However, dont think its just an ordinary shower-something similar to what you have at home. These are extraordinary bathrooms with high-tech features, glass mosaics and even a chandelier. Think the latter is only a posh way to light your path inside? Think again, as a switch turns this chandelier into an incredibly sexy shower.
Gone are the days when hotel rooms offered bathrooms that simply offer a place for you to freshen up from a days worth of tours. Today, they have all kinds of perks which include multiple showerheads to a grand view of the city.

If youre used to sprawling hotel rooms with nice, little bathrooms which offer the essentials, it is time to visit different hotels around the world, which offer the sexiest showers for you to enjoy, and even share with a partner. When checking into your room, dont just take a quick glance at the bed and the surroundings; go straight to the bathroom and check out their top-of-the-line offers.

Mondrian South Beach in Miami

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

The clear blue skies of Miami is depicted on the wall of the bathroom through mosaic glass tiles, and to complete an outdoor experience, the rain showerhead mounted on the ceiling trickles water, which is actually incorporated into a lighted crystal chandelier. And since one should never be satisfied by constructed elements alone, Marcel Wanders made sure that there is a grand view of the bay, ocean, and the city itself. Agua by Korres is the chosen brand for the bath products.

Viceroy in Anguilla

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

Want to feel like a celebrity? Head to Anguilla and immerse yourself in this resort that has 166 rooms-the best thing being their showers, which are outdoors. Not to worry though, as these outdoor wooden showers are connected to the main bathroom (in marble) through sliding doors. Still feeling cramped? Simply open the shutters to get a breathtaking view of the seascapes. Neil George of Beverly Hills provides the shampoos and conditioners.

Alila Cha-am in Thailand

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

If you are interested in an Asian getaway, this beautiful place is the best for you. Known for their spas, Alila Cha-ams very own spa products are all organic; made from Sensatia Botanicals-a local brand that uses raw materials. Pretend that you are in the wilds of Asia by taking a cool shower under the rain, right in your own bathroom: complete with a sound system, the 24-by-19-inch showerhead will give you the feeling of actually taking a shower in the rain. You can also control the showers strength by choosing between a soaking shower or one that swathes you into a curtain of water.

A lot of countries at the moment though have issued travel warnings to their citizens because of the political unrest in Thailand.

Park Hyatt Macka Palas in Istanbul

8 of the Sexiest Hotel Showers in the World

If you want a more complete spa experience, head over to Istanbul where they know their craft. Copying Turkish baths, they have steam rooms, heated floors and stone seats where you can sit and enjoy a spa treatment. To further relax visitors, Macka Palas has availed of an exclusive scent by Blaise Mautin, which smells of rose, with a hint of sandalwood and jasmine. Let your eyes feast on the gorgeous neoclassical design of the building, complete with Art Deco-designed rooms.

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Earth Day freebie: Campsite or cabin at San Diego County parks

Earth Day freebie: Campsite or cabin at San Diego County parks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What could be better than celebrating Earth Day with a free night out under the stars?

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Roller coaster group to honor Giant Dipper in San Diego

Roller coaster group to honor Giant Dipper in San Diego

After surviving several fires, becoming a home to vagrants and dodging the wrecking ball, the nearly 85-year-old Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park in San Diego will be honored as an endearing and enduring classic.

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