Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 4:22 p.m.

Zagat issues updated guide<0x000A>to Vancouver

Just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Zagat has released an updated guide to Vancouver, with recommendations for restaurants and attractions in the city, as well as for the ski resort town of Whistler and for beautiful Vancouver Island, which is reachable from Vancouver by ferry and air.

Most popular attractions in Vancouver, according to the 2,721 surveyors who participated in ratings for the guide, are Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Capilano Suspension Bridge through a forest of tall trees and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Top food ratings went to La Belle Auberge, Vij's, Cioppino's, Le Crocodile, ToJo's, Bishop's, West and Shiro Japanese.

In Victoria and Vancouver Island, top ratings for food went to Panache, Sobo, Hastings House, Sooke Harbour and Camille's.

The new pocket-sized Zagat guide is $6.95. You can also access Zagat ratings online via subscription. is the company's mobile site.

Santa Fe marks<0x000A>400th in 2010

Santa Fe is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2010.

The commemoration continues through all of the new year with arts, entertainment, festivals and food and wine events.

Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America. Spanish colonialists claimed New Mexico in the 1500s, and the capital of the territory was moved to Santa Fe in 1610. Santa Fe's Palace of the Governors was made from adobe in the early 17th century and served as Spain's government headquarters for the region. Today it houses a library and history exhibits. A market for Native American vendors has been held facing the building's plaza for centuries.

Other noteworthy sites in Santa Fe, both historic and modern, include the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which was dedicated in 1887; Loretto Chapel, built in the 1870s; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; and Museum Hill, where you'll find four museums on a plaza, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

For more information about Santa Fe and the 400th anniversary, visit

Magazine names<0x000A>500 best hotels

The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, The Setai in Miami Beach, Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine, and The Palazzo in Las Vegas are among the new properties that made Travel + Leisure magazine's list of the 500 best hotels in the world.

The list also includes 66 properties that offer rooms for $250 a night or less, including the Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, N.M.; Hotel Lucia, Portland, Ore.; and Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica.

The No. 1 hotel in the U.S., according to the magazine, was the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, S.C. Other top domestic hotels included the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, in Beaver Creek, Colo.; the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.; the Halekulani in Oahu, Hawaii; and The Carlyle in New York.

- The Associated Press

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