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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum
WEB EXCLUSIVE
On the popular reality TV show Project Runway, 15 up-and-coming designers compete in weekly challenges for the chance to show their collections during New York's Fall Fashion Week. We're not the only ones excited that Bravo's Emmy-nominated show is finally back for its fourth season. So here's our updated guide to 10 Project Runway-related sights in New York City, including alum Emmett McCarthy's downtown boutique, trendy bars where contestants partied, and a go-to Garment District source for fabrics. Plus: An interactive map! read more
Catalina Sandino Moreno stars as Hildebranda
MOVIE QUEST
Directed by Mike Newell, the film of Gabriel García Márquez's classic novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, is a rare glimpse of Colombia, and more specifically, the beautiful city of Cartagena. We got the scoop about where certain scenes were shot from executive producer Scott LaStaiti. Love, which stars Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, and Giovanna Mezzogiorno, opens tomorrow. read more
Cruise ship
STRATEGIES
November traditionally brings not just Thanksgiving and chilly weather, but a shift in the cruise industry from Europe to the sun-kissed Caribbean. Here is the latest practical advice for planning your own voyage this winter.
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
This month, the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, near Dallas, is testing an online room service feature that's an industry first. Guests can use their laptops to access a webpage where they can place room service orders, fill out electronic comment cards, and request that a housekeeper clean their room. In future tests, the online service will also be available through the guest room's TV and remote control. If all goes well, Omni will expand the service to its 44 other high-end properties. read post
THE REAL DEALS
This winter, soak up the sun on one of these four discounted cruise routes in the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, and the South Pacific. why it's a deal
Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta Round-trip airfare, five nights' accommodations, transfers, and breakfast daily from $1,199 per person. why it's a deal
Treat yourself to one of Gutsy Women Travel's packed five-night holiday packages from $1,699. Highlights include afternoon tea, a tour of festively decorated historic homes, and a horse-drawn carriage ride in Victoria, British Columbia, and, in New York City, a performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a guided visit to the Metropolitan Museum, and Christmas Eve dinner at Tavern on the Green. why it's a deal
Clock radio
KUDOS TO…
Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and Wyndham are introducing clock radios that are easy to use, with instructions on the clock, and that have single-day alarms—meaning you won't be woken up by an alarm set by a previous guest. The clocks each have hookups for assorted iPods and MP3 players, but Hyatt's iHome is a standout. Get the details

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