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AAA gives legendary Beverly Hills Hotel its Five Diamond Rating

Three Los Angeles area hotels, just a short half-hour (not during drive time) from each other were honored with the American Automobile Association’s Five Diamonds, its highest honors for excellence. In addition to the Beverly Hills are the Montage in Laguna Beach and the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Others in the U.S. earning the honors for the first time are the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida, the Four Seasons in St. Louis, Missouri, and the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why it took the AAA so long to recognize the posh Beverly Hills Hotel, which opened in 1912, is a mystery. The hotel has consistently kept up its extremely high quality, including lavishly decorous rooms, tropical landscaping and luxury bungalows surrounding its pool.

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Arizona Rep Advocates Closing The Grand Canyon PDF Print E-mail


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Coronavirus Postpones Tokyo Olympic Games For Year PDF Print E-mail


After much consideration, officials have set the event for no later than the summer of 2021. Even so, it will be most difficult to make changes for those eager fans in America and around the world who already purchased travel, hotel and game ticket reservations.

For many, including athletes, the news means changing plans that have been in place, many prepaid, for months or years. The U.S. Olympic Committee and each sport's national governing body are coordinating flights for athletes, coaches and officials, and may be consulted for new reservations. The major numbers of fans and families usually arrange their own travel plans. The press and advertisers also book flights and lodging for staffers who cover the Games.

If you’ve already made transportation and hotel reservations for the originally scheduled 2020 dates, apply for changes and/or refunds as soon as possible. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the evil coronavirus bug will be gone by then.

 
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CNN listed its top dozen movies to rent and show when confined at home during the coronavirus banishment. In my humble opinion, most are stinkers from the past decade or so. Full of confusing camera tricks, ear-damaging sound, garbage-mouthed actors and crude story lines.

My choices instead would include some classics with good acting and no cursing. Here they are: Airplane, Strangers On A Train, Murder On The Orient Express, Roman Holiday, Around The World In Eighty Days, The Wizard Of Oz, Easy Rider, National Lampoon's Vacation, Thelma & Louise and It Happened One Night. www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-travel-movies

 
Is Coronavirus Encouraging Survival Of The Fittest In Italy? PDF Print E-mail


If your spring or summer travel plans include Italy, it may be time to reconsider. Italy so far has suffered more coronavirus-related victims than China with nearly 5,000 deaths and another 5,000 confirmed patients in the last 24 hours.

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