Virtual Vacation: Palm Springs' architecture, style and adventure are just a click away
Yellow striped umbrellas shade the poolside chaises, the sky above a technicolor blue and — wait a sec. Let’s try the purple ridges of Mount San Jacinto against a tangerine sunset sky and — hmm. Would the vintage black and white party scene be better?If we can’t be in Palm Springs for real, we’re going to thoroughly pretend we are, using 21st century tech to immerse ourselves in that mid-century modernist vibe. But choosing a Zoom backdrop for a mod happy hour is proving more challenging than expected.It’s opening night of Palm Springs’ Modernism Week Preview — and like so many other things in...
The Mercury News
How Disney will tweak Epcot's holiday celebrations
ORLANDO, Fla. — The holidays, of course, have not been literally canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But how they are celebrated will probably look different, and that includes festivities at Walt Disney World. The resort has announced elements of its event dubbed Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which will begin Nov. 27.Disney already announced that Candlelight Processional, the popular retelling of the Christmas story featuring mass choir, live orchestra and celebrity narrator, would not be happening at the theme park this year. Here are a few of the holiday o...
Disney: Epcot arts fest set for January start
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World has shared a few details about the upcoming Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including its dates. The event will run Jan. 8-Feb. 22.A post on the official Disney Parks Blog lists many of the elements seen in previous arts festivals at the theme park, including 15 “food studios,” guest artists, a Figment-based scavenger hunt, artistic step-in photo opportunities and a giant paint-by-number mural that involves crowd participation.Not on the list is the Disney on Broadway Concert series, which has featured singers from stage shows such as “The Lion King,...
Miami tourism is way down. 'Hybrid' meetings, TV production, parks are keys in recovery plan
MIAMI — In hopes of luring back visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami-Dade’s tourism bureau held its annual meeting there Wednesday.Normally a celebration of record-breaking visitor numbers, this year leaders of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau skipped the celebration and discussed the next steps in the hospitality industry’s effort to recover from the worst economic downturn it has ever weathered — the COVID-19 pandemic.Business and hotel closures since March have resulted in $1.3 billion in direct revenue loss for hotels and $742 million in loss for restaurants...
Disney World entrance archways getting makeovers
ORLANDO, Fla. — The arches that span the roadways leading into Walt Disney World are getting new looks, the resort has announced.The structures, flanked by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse characters, are primarily yellow and red now. The new look will lean on a rich blue, gray and golden scheme meant to echo the recent paint job at Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, according to a post Monday on the official Disney Parks Blog.A rendering provided by Disney suggests that the wording will change from “Where Dreams Come True” to “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” The concept also seems to lose the ...
Polaris expects annual sales to hit targets set before pandemic
Polaris is one of few large companies set to finish 2020 ahead of projections made before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S.Led by its boat segment, demand for its outdoor vehicles from all-terrain vehicles to motorcycles increased in it third quarter.For the quarter ended Sept. 30, the Minnesota-based company earned $166.8 million, or $2.66 per share, an increase of nearly 90% over the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share was $2.85, up 70% from the year ago quarter and better than analysts forecast of $2.19.Sales for the quarter increased 10% to $2 billion as Polaris dealers...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Arrivederci, Little Italy? Adio, Greektown? Two of Chicago's global dining destinations struggle to save their souls.
CHICAGO — Red sauce and wine still flow on Little Italy’s Taylor Street, and the saganaki still flames on Greektown’s strip of Halsted.But there is less Italian and Greek heritage on the menu these days on two of Chicago’s best-known dining corridors.“We have tourists come in and ask, ‘Where is Little Italy?’ ” said Ralph Davino, third-generation owner of Pompei, one of a handful of Italian restaurants that remain on Taylor Street. “I have to tell them it’s gone.”The Italian and Greek flair that distinguished those neighborhoods has been ebbing for years, a result of changes in demographics an...
Mike Jensen: When Ivy League basketball tips off is up to the virus
If there’s one thing we’ve all assumed, and this pandemic has confirmed, is that Ivy League presidents are not going to let any athletics tail wag their institutional dog.While virtually every other NCAA Division I league is moving ahead (with crossed fingers) on winter sports plans, the Ivy League is taking it more slowly.Ivy League athletic directors got together virtually last week for several days of meetings. Again, if you think Ivy League athletic directors are going to announce plans ahead of their presidents, you haven’t been paying attention.“What we spent a lot of time talking about ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: What is the capital of Maine?Answer: Augusta. With a population just under 19,000, it’s the state’s 10th largest city.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
Family travel five: Reel adventures
When the time is right to pursue a family fly-fishing adventure, know you’ll soon wake up in some of the country’s most pristine places. You may catch and release the fish, but will savor the memories for a lifetime.Here are five destinations to consider:———1. Casper, Wyo.With plenty of wide-open space at the ready, this central Wyoming town is a vibrant hub for outdoor adventure. Home to the North Platte River, which provides year-round fly-fishing opportunities, Casper has become a bucket-list destination for avid and aspiring anglers. The river sits below five reservoirs, enabling consisten...