Travel News 092007

From the Rocky Mountain News: A-Basin steps up it’s marketing and size.  I’ve always recommended A-Basin as a low key destination for those visiting and skiing in Summit County.  It’s relatively small compared to the large resorts of Keystone and Breckenridge.  It’s close to all other Summit County resorts with local bus service, and it’s easy to get from street to slopes without being bogged down by shops, remote parking, and masses of people trundling along with you.

As A-Basin prepares to almost double in size this winter, ski area officials here hope the $3 million expansion will raise the area’s profile among out-of-state visitors and address some of the crowding it has experienced as it becomes more popular among local residents.

“More and more people are discovering Arapahoe,” said Alan Henceroth, chief operating officer of the 61-year-old ski area. “But if you go out of state, people don’t really know about us.”  With 400 acres of new trails on the backside of its summit, the area could prove an even stronger draw this season for Front Range residents. Its location on the western side of Loveland Pass makes it one of the closest ski areas to Denver.

From CNN Travel:  The Chambers Hotel in Minneapolis brings a chic look to the frosty midwest metropolis.  Following the lead of Kimpton’s chain, the Chambers bring a fresh look and vibe to the downtown Minneapolis area.  I would definitely stay here when hitting the Twin Cities.  But no mini rooftop swimming pool ala Yucatan’s Hotel Basico?  Just a thought for those muggy summer nights…

As much a local haunt as a business hub, the hotel’s airy lobby lures a crowd of twentysomethings in screen-printed T-shirts, glammed-up theatergoers, and after-work suits. Come night, they hit the clubby rooftop bar and courtyard fire pit next to Angus Fairhurst’s one-armed gorilla sculpture.

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