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Different & classy places to bunk down for the night

Anyone who plunks down good money for a California getaway wants to be sure the experience will be extra-special. With today's lodging prices, it's only natural that visitors expect something memorable and out of the ordinary.

September 26, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Extra savings for 2012 Maxima models

Tracy Nissan at 3195 N. Naglee Road is offering extra savings via rebates and incentives on certain 2012 models.

September 19, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Rich in features, inexpensive to maintain

Cheap cars were once necessary evils, coarsely built, frumpy looking and unloved. Keep them through the warranty, then let 'em go. But today there are no throwaways. Competition is strong, and most will serve their purpose with refinement and style well beyond the warranty.

September 19, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road


GM offering customers more help with touch screens and audio systems

DETROIT (AP) - New car smell? Check. Shiny paint job? Check. Complex touch screens and audio systems you can't figure out how to use? Check.

September 19, 2012 | | On The Road


GM offering customers more help with touch screens and audio systems

DETROIT (AP) - New car smell? Check. Shiny paint job? Check. Complex touch screens and audio systems you can't figure out how to use? Check.

September 19, 2012 | | On The Road


Mercedes SL550: High-tech and fast

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 roadster is faster, more fuel efficient, bigger and yet significantly lighter than its predecessor and aggressively styled on the outside to evoke SLs of the 1950s.

September 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | On The Road


Enjoy cabin resort living in Hope Valley

MARKLEEVILLE - It's not often that a resort gets put on a map just as if it were a town, but there it was on our Rand McNally map: Sorensen's, a little berg near the intersection of Highways 89 and 88, deep in the Sierras southeast of Lake Tahoe.

September 19, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Dodge Dart offers sleek economy

Paul Richardson just joined the sales staff at Cabral Motors.

September 12, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Nissan's commercial van looks big, drives small

I found my inner bus driver after a few days with the Nissan NV passenger van and also found that tooling around in this monstrous-looking rig wasn't as scary as it may look.

September 12, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road


Niagara-on-the-Lake: Wineries, theater

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario (AP) - Mention Niagara and most travelers think of the famous falls, which deserve their reputation as the mother of all tourist attractions. But there's another place with Niagara in its name just a half-hour drive from the falls that should be part of any visit to the area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a lovely town known for wineries, an annual theater festival and a charming downtown.

September 12, 2012 | | On The Road


McDonald's new menu item: Calorie counts

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's restaurants across the country will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries.

September 12, 2012 | | On The Road


Finland chef open 'pop-down' restaurant in limestone mine

LOHJA, Finland (AP) - An award-winning chef has opened a new restaurant in Finland that turns the idea of "pop-up" eateries upside down: it's located 80 meters (260 feet) underground.

September 12, 2012 | | On The Road


Kraft scares up 'Candy Corn Oreos' at Target

NEW YORK (AP) - Here's a scary snack for trick-or-treaters: Candy Corn Oreos.

September 12, 2012 | | On The Road


Hawaii tourism goes authentic: What's not Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) - Walk along the shops in Waikiki and it isn't hard to come across vendors selling knickknacks of a fake Hawaii - no, the Aloha State doesn't have wild monkeys or parrots. Lei aren't plastic and don't cost 99 cents - they're supposed to be made of real flowers.

September 12, 2012 | | On The Road


Santa Monica: The cool hot spot in SoCal

If you're looking for cool factor on your next California getaway, it would be hard to beat Santa Monica, a playground for L.A. TV and movie people that is all neatly compressed into 8.3 miles strategically bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.

September 12, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


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