Weather reports can bedelivered to your phone
BOULDER, Colo. -- If you need to know about the snow, there's a new free service that will get you the latest on where the best powder is around North America.
The reports are provided as text messages delivered to cell phones. To register, log on to www.skimag.com or www.skiingmag.com. Options for customizing your reports include new snow alerts, weekend forecasts, type of snow, base inches, and percentage of snowmaking at any given resort.
More than 475 resorts in North America are participating in the service, which is a partnership between Mountain Sports Media, publisher of Ski and Skiing magazines and other snow sports information, and RubberSNOW.com, which distributes ski and snow reports to mobile phone users.
14 powwow festivals
VENTURA, Calif. -- If you're interested in American Indian culture, consider attending a powwow or tribal cultural festival this year.
MotorHome magazine's February issue lists 14 of them around the country, including the Circle of Hope Ozark Regional Intertribal Pow Wow in West Plains, Mo., planned for Feb. 25 to 26; the Chambers Farm Spring Pow Wow in Fort McCoy, Fla., scheduled for April 1 to 3; the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, in Albuquerque, N.M., April 28 to 30; and the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, June 3 to 5, in Oklahoma City.
To find a festival near you, the magazine also recommends searching several Web sites that list hundreds of other gatherings showcasing Indian culture. They are www.powwow-power.com; www.whisperingwind.com; www.gatheringofnations.com and www.indiancountry.com.
Five restaurants in U.S.have best fish and fries
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- You don't have to go to England to get great fish and chips.
Coastal Living's January-February issue recommends five restaurants around the United States where a dish of french fries and battered fish is served up just right.
They are Seagrove Village Market Cafe, 3004 South Highway 395, in Seagrove Beach, Fla.; Chinook's at Salmon Bay, 1900 W. Nickerson St., in Seattle; A Salt & amp; Battery, at 112 Greenwich Ave. and also 80 Second Ave. in Manhattan; The Lucia Lodge, 62400 Highway 1, Big Sur, Calif.; and Alexander's Fish, Chicken & amp; Chips, with two locations in Maui, Hawaii, at 1913 South Kihei Road, Kihei, and 840 Wainee St., Lahaina Square, Lahaina.
New Orleans garden tour
Homeowners in uptown New Orleans will open their gardens to the public in the Secret Gardens Tour on March 12. Eighteen gardens, most on State Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 (free for younger than 5). Proceeds benefit charity.
For more information, visit www.secretgardenstour.org.
Pastries on sale in Vegas
Award-winning pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury introduced Las Vegas' first European-style pastry shop when the Patisserie opened in December at the Bellagio. Chocolates, cookies, cakes, crepes, salads and sandwiches are presented in a delicious setting. Four rotating towers brim with cakes and chocolates, foil wrappers and nonpareils, catching the light to sparkle like diamonds. For more information, visit www.bellagio.com.
City's past brought to life
Santa Fe is a popular destination, but what tourists see today bears little resemblance to the captivating city of just a few decades ago.
The intriguing past is brought to life with the new book "Santa Fe: A Walk Through Time" by Kingsley Hammett (Gibbs Smith, $39.95).
The author takes readers on a walking tour of downtown Santa Fe as it once was through descriptive essays and 150 vintage photographs.
For more information, visit www.gibbs-smith.com.