June 3, 2015 |
YOU CAN STILL go to the Poconos for love. Thanks to Morris Wilkins, you can still soak in heart-shaped bathtubs at some resorts, and drop into a gurgling, 7-foot-tall Jacuzzi shaped like a champagne glass just big enough for two. It was Wilkins who back in the late 1950s hit upon the idea of developing a resort restricted to couples, preferably honeymooners. His innovations to encourage the free expression of love among his guests earned him nationwide publicity, a booming business and many imitators.
November 9, 2014 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last few years, ski resorts in cowboy country - and the skiers who love them - have been riding a bucking bronc. Huge dumps of snow blanketed slopes in the up years; in down years, late snow and warmer days cast a pall over the industry. At Steamboat Resort, in western Colorado, hard-core skiers were over the moon in 2008 when monster storms dropped 433 inches of snow on the slopes. But disbelief followed when the next winter brought fewer, weaker storms and half as much snow.
September 10, 2014 |
Gov. Christie on Monday said the closing of multiple casinos in Atlantic City was "inevitable" given increased competition, but sought to blunt talk of the demise of this struggling resort town. Yet, big changes could come, including an expansion of gaming into North Jersey and greater state involvement in Atlantic City's government. Christie didn't share many details from the meeting, but when asked about those two ideas, which have been brought up by a key lawmaker, he responded: "Everything is on the table.
June 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With the noisy construction site of the Bass Pro Shops outlet at The Walk as a backdrop, Mayor Don Guardian on Friday tried to put a positive spin on the announcement that Caesars Entertainment will close the Showboat Casino in August and put thousands more casino workers out of a job in the already beleaguered gambling resort. "Atlantic City's best days are still ahead of us," Guardian told a gathering of media in a dirt lot next to the site where the sporting-goods center is due to open next year.
April 7, 2014 |
Just so you know, this story is not for the squeamish. It's about the therapeutic power of poop, a concept that is, we admit, both repulsive and fascinating. Specifically, it's about using one person's "donation" to cure another's Clostridium difficile , a potentially fatal bacterial infection that is growing more common and virulent. The beneficial bacteria from a healthy person's gut can subdue the bad germs growing like crazy in a sick one's digestive system, even if many rounds of expensive antibiotics have failed.
January 12, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY With more time to prepare this year, organizers of the Miss America Pageant say they hope to sell more tickets, generate even better television ratings, and garner more attention for the seaside resort than in last year's triumphant return. The nationally televised Miss America 2015 competition, dubbed by pageant officials as "the world's most famous scholarship competition for young women," will air at 9 p.m. Sept. 14 on ABC. The Miss America Organization's chairman and chief executive officer, Sam Haskell 3d; Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri; and the newly elected mayor of Atlantic City, Don Guardian, were among those at a news conference Friday at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Hotel to announce details of this year's pageant.
October 7, 2013 |
Early in the morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, Rosemary Daley marvels at the massive freighters gliding on the Delaware past her balcony. Only when she turns just so and can see Philadelphia's skyscrapers is she reminded that she resides in a cosmopolitan city. After years of living in sprawling houses, Rosemary and husband Stan say their 1,050-square-foot condo at Pier 3 was the perfect strategy for a pair of retired empty nesters. "It's very much like resort living in a culturally rich city," says Rosemary, 66. Trips to the Caribbean and Key West influenced their decision to buy at the waterfront sanctuary.
September 9, 2013 |
My best gal pal Olivia and I had just arrived at our Vermont spa destination late one spring evening after a nine-hour drive from central Pennsylvania. I set up my laptop to check my e-mail and Olivia jumped on the queen-size bed and sprawled out on the starched white duvet cover. It was hard to believe that just three months earlier this delightful little Jack Russell terrier mix, whom I had adopted, had been sitting on death row in a Tennessee animal shelter. But here we were in the lap of luxury at the Essex Resort & Spa, ready to start our parent/puppy renewal weekend.
August 22, 2013 |
CONGRATULATIONS, Joseph Cionzynski, you've won a free trip back to sunny Florida. This time, however, there won't be any trips to Disney World, or the beach, or anywhere that's any fun at all. According to the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, Cionzynski, 59, of Lansdale, Montgomery County, is accused of taking photos of an 8-year-old boy inside a bathroom in Disney's Animal Kingdom earlier this month. Cionzynski, who told authorities in Florida that he was a "Scout leader" employed at the National Labor Relations Board, was arrested Aug. 14 in Montgomery County on charges of video voyeurism.
July 8, 2013 |
CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. - Decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. The seaside resort on Fire Island, about 60 miles east of Manhattan, was known as far back as the late 1940s as a sanctuary where gay writers, actors and businesspeople from the city and beyond escaped to relax, hold hands and show affection. "It's probably one of the earliest examples of don't ask, don't tell," Carl Luss said after learning in June that the Cherry Grove Community House and Theater, opened in 1948, added to the National Register of Historic Places.