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At a time when most U.S. airlines are boxcars with wings, treating passengers like freight, Hawaiian Airlines must be doing something wrong.
Its airport counter agents greet you with a smile. They’re willing to check you in the old-fashioned way if you don’t want to tussle with a touch-screen terminal. Continue Reading Hawaiian Airlines provides old-fashioned service

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Two mysteries that have long-puzzled students of libational history and worldly business travelers are “how many of the many Harry’s Bars around the world are authentic?” and “what was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite cocktail?”
Although hardly as vexing as “The DaVinci Code,” the answers are here in Paris and the hunt for truth can be a delicious and unforgettable adventure. Continue Reading Finding Harry’s bar in earnest and Ernest in Harry’s

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The old saying “It pays to do business with an experienced firm” can be good advice for travelers looking for hotels.
Celebrating its 100th birthday this week, the 591-room Fairmont Hotel atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill actually sparkled. A wide, crimson carpet crawled from the car park into the lobby. Banquettes, sofas and chairs looked newly upholstered. Continue Reading Two historic hotels where thoughtfulness reigns

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In New York City, where a bargain-priced hotel room today is $300 a night, Berlin advertising agency executive Stefan Richter has checked into a quirky new place called The Pod. Some rooms are a minuscule 100 square feet, have bunk beds, shared bathrooms and rates starting at $89 a night.
A flophouse in Hell’s Kitchen? Far from it. Continue Reading Many smaller hotels are well worth checking into

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Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop, tucked inside a 1772 mud and stone building (941 Bourbon St.), is a dark, candle-lit cave with a piano man on the ivories. Continue Reading New Orleans’ favorite bars have welcome mat out

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You can wear Chanel or Armani but if your attaché looks like a beat-up throwback to the Pony Express or, worse, a boring bag or tired tote, you’re sending the wrong message.
During 2007, the mantra in business or relationships is quiet confidence. Unless you’re scaling Kilimanjaro for a film shoot or navigating your way through Nepal, braving torturous elements, you should be carrying leather, like the pebbled duffel in dark chocolate by Giorgio Armani. Continue Reading Options for equipping the well-armed road warrior

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A long-standing player in the downtown retail arena, Laszlo Palos primed his creative skills for more than a decade before making a recent career move.
His 11-year stint as general manager of Terra Verde and his volunteer involvement with various retail committees provided him the background to take on a new role as marketing director for the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership. Continue Reading Change what you can: Palos’ motto at new job

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As a longtime patron of libational theatre, the last place in the world I expected to find an authentic recreation of the classic Moscow Mule was in a harbor-front restaurant in Newport Beach, Calif., the heart of Orange County or, as the hot and hip call it, the O.C.
But The Cannery, at 3010 Lafayette Road, is not where the sleek, bronzed California gods and goddesses park their Beamers and hang, chattering on their cell phones and quaffing Cosmos. Continue Reading Old O.C. tuna cannery reels in margaritas, mules

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Midwest Airlines cooking up new menu, upgrades

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In-flight fare, even when it was free, wasn’t much to write home about. Now that most airlines charge you for everything from soup to nuts, you may or may not get what you pay for.
A notable exception: Midwest Airlines, known for its surprisingly tasty steak dinners and free wines when it flew as Midwest Express, still serves creative cuisine aloft. Now you pay for the pleasure, of course, but that’s fine with me. Continue Reading Midwest Airlines cooking up new menu, upgrades

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More routes, legroom make JetBlue mostly a hit

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JetBlue Airways has been a darling of the skies since its maiden voyage in 2000, wooing travelers with a seductive perfume of low-fare nonstops, 36 channels of live TV free in every seat back and more legroom than its bigger, pricier competitors. Continue Reading More routes, legroom make JetBlue mostly a hit

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