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May 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM
On a vacation or business trip it’s way too easy to indulge in unhealthy foods and abandon a fitness routine.
The solution: Find a hotel with a decent fitness center or pool big enough so you actually can swim lengths. Or pack your running shoes and hit the streets.
Some hotels in the Pacific Northwest and B.C. this spring are starting to help guests stay in shape with free guided runs and bikes to use.
At the luxurious Heathman Hotel in Portland, the general manager, Chris Erickson, will lead guests on a run through downtown every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., starting May 14. Erickson is a marathon runner, but he won’t set a punishing pace or length: runs will be about four miles.
Anyone staying at the Heathman can join the run, but those buying (more…)
February 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM
The first time I went to Hawaii I was all excited about the “ocean-view” condo I had booked on the Big Island. I couldn’t wait to watch the waves and gaze at the setting sun with a Mai Tai in hand.
Reality bit when I arrived. The condo was ocean view if I stood in one sliver of living room and stared through a narrow gap between two other buildings in front.
I soon learned, when booking hotel rooms or condos in Hawaii, that the descriptive words really matter. “Ocean-front” is what you want for the real, close-up view of the waves. If it’s touted as “ocean view” or “partial ocean view” figure out what that really means. Phone the hotel directly (don’t rely on the reservations staff at the toll-free phone numbers) and ask how far back from the ocean the room is, and what’s between the room and the view. Try to find an online map of the resort, if it has multiple buildings, and figure out where your room would be.
January 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Some hotels in Seattle and around the Pacific Northwest have come up as winners on TripAdvisor’s annual ”Travelers Choice” awards. The favorites for 2013, based on travelers’ reviews on the uber-popular travel website, include:
Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle: #4 in the top 25 U.S. hotels. (The winner was the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii.) Portland’s RiverPlace Hotel ranked #9 and Seattle’s Inn at the Market was ranked 21st.
Among the top 25 U.S. small hotels, the Coast Cabins in Manzanita, Ore., ranked 10th.
For the top 25 bargain hotels in the U.S., the Sea Haven Motel in Rockaway Beach, Ore., was 17th.
Among the top 25 B&Bs and inns in the U.S., Seattle’s Chelsea Station was 17th and Cameo Heights Mansion B&B in Touchet, Wash., came 21st. You may, like me, say, hmm, where’s Touchet? Answer: Near Walla Walla in the wine country.
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