Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone offers urban entertainment

Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone offers urban entertainment

ANALYSIS/OPINION Say it with me: It’s not Funkytown, it’s the Funk Zone. From the Stearns Wharf pier to State Street, from the oceanfront to the perching Santa Ynez Mountains and their awaiting vineyards, Santa Barbara, California, is the veritable apogee of the Golden State promise, with all of California’s coastal advantages and few drawbacks – […]

London calling

London calling

Looking for world class food, theater, museums, shopping, ancient history and modern amenities? Someplace easy to get to with no language barrier? London’s calling. On a recent weekend in the capital of our cousins across the pond, I found history everywhere — on the streets, in the museums and on the menus. Along the Thames, […]

Tsunami on the Square Festival makes its big comeback Sat, Oct 24th

Tsunami on the Square Festival makes its big comeback Sat, Oct 24th

Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture Festival. Photo credit: David Cottle Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tsunami on the Square Performing Arts and Culture Festival is back on the Prescott Courthouse Plaza on Saturday, October 24th from noon-10pm. The festival seemed to come to an end in early 2014 when then director Andrew […]

Travel industry focus shift on ‘senior travel’

Travel industry focus shift on ‘senior travel’

  Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Nearly all marketing is directed to those socio-economic groups that marketers think have the disposal income to purchase the products. That has been an advertising maxim for decades. There seems to be a shift taking place in the travel industry, though. Travel companies have been marketing to millennials […]

Ecotourism now endangers wildlife as visitors scramble for remote experiences

Ecotourism now endangers wildlife as visitors scramble for remote experiences

Swimming with rare sea creatures, exploring a lonely oasis in Egypt or the Nordic tundra: Ecotourism in distant and remote spots around the planet is popular indeed with tourists and tour guides alike. The animals, not so much, perhaps. Protected areas around the globe are being inundated – tourists make 8 billion visits a year […]

Arizona’s newest Five Diamond resort

Arizona’s newest Five Diamond resort

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner One of the most iconic resorts in Southern Arizona is shining brighter. AAA, which evaluates more than 58,000 lodging properties and restaurants each year, recently bestowed The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Marana, with its prestigious Five Diamond Award. “From upscale extras to high-end service options, Five Diamond properties […]

Ride the rails for cool vacation

Ride the rails for cool vacation

By Harry Alexander / Southern Arizona News-Examiner One of the most relaxing ways to see the country or just go on a short trip is on Amtrak. However, when you choose to ride Amtrak, make sure you’re not in a hurry to get to your final destination. My wife and I decided to get away […]

Tiny, automated bus experiment begins in Greece

Tiny, automated bus experiment begins in Greece

Four tiny, driverless buses are on trial in the Greek city of Trikala, the first of five European cities to introduce the automated transportation. The vehicles are part of CityMobil2, an EU-funded research project that is staging tests of automated road transport systems with self-driving buses across Europe. Each bus can carry 10 to 12 […]