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Monday, December 3, 2007
105 SUPERSMART STRATEGIES
Wrong as it is, hotels are often nicer to guests who seek them out than to those who come via a third-party booking engine. Whenever possible, book directly. If you see a low rate elsewhere, ask the hotel to match it. read more

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TRENDSPOTTING
A new generation is redefining the craft fair. No more crocheted tea cozies: These five holiday fairs rock. read more
SPILL YOUR SECRETS!
We'll spotlight readers' most helpful tips in a future magazine issue. This week's question: "I'm desperate for a warm-weather vacation this winter—ideally at a beach—but I want to go someplace where I won't get eaten alive by mosquitoes. Anyone have any recommendations?" —Erik Torkells, Editor submit your tip

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
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A rendering of New York's new New Museum
OPENING
There's something delightfully off-kilter about the New Museum's new home in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Japanese-designed building looks like seven boxes that have been wrapped in mesh and stacked haphazardly. The galleries, which opened over the weekend, house avant-garde sculptures, paintings, and installation art from the past 30 years.
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Tromsø, Norway
THE REAL DEALS
Enjoy live performances by the Norwegian National Opera during a three-night cruise along Norway's west coast, which is famous for its fjords, snow-capped peaks, and traditional fishing villages, from $1,399. why it's a deal
Hotels in Georgia, New Mexico, upstate New York, and Connecticut are offering packages guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Perks include cutting your own Christmas tree, ice-skating, movie screenings, and discounted shopping, and rates start at $149 per room. why it's a deal
Tony Pierce
ONLINE TRIP COACH
Tony Pierce, editor of LAist.com (a blog covering local news, events, food, and entertainment), answers your questions on Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 4, at noon (ET). Submit a question now
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