Not up for a big church wedding? Think outside the pew. Tip Sheet found nuptial nirvana at these four homey hotels. Go ahead and steal our ideas. Consider it your "something borrowed."BELLAGIOLas Vegas, Nev.; bellagio.comCeremony: Say "I do" overlooking the hotel's dancing fountains--timed to go off at your first kiss.Check, please: $3,600 includes flowers, changing room and music.GRACELANDMemphis, Tenn.; elvis.comCeremony: Get hitched at Elvis's Chapel in the Woods.
James Marshall was overseeing the construction of a sawmill on a cold, clear Coloma morning in January 1848 when the glint of something--the shape of a pea and about half the size--caught his eye. "I reached my hand down and picked it up; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold," he reportedly said.It was, of course.
Extra-dry martinis, slinky red cocktail dresses, perhaps even a crooner at the keys: no wonder dark, sexy lounges are so enduring. Grab a corner table for two at one of these Tip Sheet favorites:Top of the Mark: Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco (415-392-3434)--Art deco bar has the best views of the city, plus 100 kinds of martinis.
Ok, so nobody really needs floor cleaner that smells like bubble bath, but for less than $10, it is kind of cool. We tried these products with sparkling results.For a scent that's more aromatherapy than ammonia, get Caldrea's Green Tea Patchouli Counter Top Cleanser ($8 at surlatable.com).
You're creeping along in L.A. traffic, zapping from one dopey radio ad to another. Would a little music be too much to ask for? Not anymore. For a hookup fee of $14.99 and $9.99 a month, you can get 101 commercial-free digital channels from XM Satellite radio (xmradio.com).