The itinerary: Take a ‘suite retreat’ to Maui

Winter retreat to the islands

Honeymoon, anniversary, just because? Honua Kai Resort & Spa, on Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach, has a romantic “Suite Retreat” package that includes a dinner cruise, champagne and chocolates, a rental car and more, including a five-night stay in a studio ocean-view suite and a $150 dining credit to Duke’s Beach House restaurant. It costs $2,097. (Additional nights, including the car rental, are $360.) There are some blackout dates. Call 855-718-5789 or visit

— Sandy Guerra-Cline

Terrifying New York City attraction

Nightmare: New York, staged in a Lower East Side building, depicts the ugliest, scariest vision of 1970s and ’80s-era Gotham. Subways are awash in graffiti, creeps and crime. Menacing punks roam the streets. Visitors wander through a 13-section maze of New York’s dark side, starting with a blackout, followed by scenes amid flashing strobe lights or a fire. Characters include a psychotic, Son of Sam-style serial killer, a urine-stained homeless man, a deranged woman crawling on the floor and tunnel-dwelling “mole people” whose grotesque faces suddenly pop up from dark corners. Online:

— The Associated Press

Taos Ski Valley to open Nov. 27

Taos Ski Valley plans to open its season Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. The ski area in northern New Mexico says it expects to initially operate on a limited schedule, with lifts open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Seven-day-a-week operations are scheduled to start Dec. 11. New this season will be a chairlift to provide skiers with access to Kachina Peak at about 12,450 feet. Also opening is new hike-to terrain that will provide 35 acres of tree skiing that can be reached from the West Basin Ridge. The ski area is about 19 miles from the community of Taos.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Get free tickets to a White House tradition

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation are offering free tickets through an online lottery for the Dec. 4 tree lighting ceremony at the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C.’s President’s Park. The lottery opened Friday and will close Monday. Ticket requests can be made at or by calling 877-444-6777. Winners will be notified beginning Nov. 3.

— The Associated Press