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Never heard of wave season? The "calendar phenomenon," as one cruise industry executive calls it, is that sweet spot when cruise lines announce their best and broadest offers. Free air. Cabin upgrades. Discounted cruise fares. And heads up, cruisers, because it's happening right now. "Wave season...

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  • MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    Jared and Amy Akman made their first trip to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County last week for one reason — to see the multiplatinum rock band Kings of Leon kick off its U.S. tour. Sure, the married couple from Lutherville was curious about the new resort's casino, the celebrity chef-driven...

  • Baltimore poker professional and other players sue tour

    Baltimore poker professional and other players sue tour

    A Baltimore poker professional has filed suit in Montgomery County, contending that the managers of a poker tour didn't pay him promised prize money for finishing atop a tournament in Aruba last November. Stephen Deutsch and three other players, including one from Montgomery County, say they were...

  • With opening of MGM National Harbor, state casinos shatter revenue record

    With opening of MGM National Harbor, state casinos shatter revenue record

    With the opening of the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino and resort to capacity crowds, Maryland casinos generated a record $133.5 million in revenue during December, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Thursday. The previous state casino monthly record was set in May...

  • Trey Songz rails against MGM National Harbor after being kicked out

    Trey Songz rails against MGM National Harbor after being kicked out

    Sounds like Trey Songz and the casino at MGM National Harbor are not on the best of terms, after the Virginia-born singer-songwriter says he was kicked out of the not-quite-month-old Prince George’s County complex two days before Christmas and had a few expletives-deleted for all concerned. A rant...

  • MGM National Harbor attracted about 170,000 in first week

    MGM National Harbor attracted about 170,000 in first week

    The new MGM National Harbor resort and casino attracted about 170,000 people in its first week and has been at capacity "almost nonstop," says an MGM official. "Since Dec. 8, we have had — as of this morning when I left — over 170,000 through the doors," Mike Pappas, the resort's general counsel,...

  • Talking retail with Sarah Jessica Parker

    Talking retail with Sarah Jessica Parker

    Fans and followers of fashion know that actress Sarah Jessica Parker has accomplished feats above and beyond playing her memorable character on "Sex and the City." She has released hundreds of shoes as part of her SJP collection, which sell at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, among other stores. In...

  • MGM National Harbor casino schedules Bruno Mars for opening month

    MGM National Harbor casino schedules Bruno Mars for opening month

    Casinos like to open with flourishes, and the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor said it has scheduled singer Bruno Mars and other well-known acts for its first month in December. The casino, Maryland's sixth, is scheduled to open Dec. 8. General manager Doug Boasberg told the Maryland Lottery and...

  • Maryland casino revenue inches upward

    Maryland casino revenue inches upward

    Revenue at Maryland's casinos inched upward in October, marking the 11th straight month of year-over-year gains, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Friday. The increases were less pronounced than in previous months. The combined revenue of the state's five casinos was $95.4...

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  • Where to travel based on your zodiac sign

    Where to travel based on your zodiac sign

    Looking for your next travel destination? Try using the stars to help you pick your next location. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect destination for each astrological sign, according to Travel + Leisure. It may offer some new ideas for your next vacation destination.

  • Marylanders well represented in national African-American museum

    Marylanders well represented in national African-American museum

    WASHINGTON — Although their paths crossed more than two centuries ago, Benjamin Banneker — a free black Marylander — and Thomas Jefferson, the nation's third president — were not considered equals because of slavery. Yet inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington,...

  • Where to ski or snowboard within an easy drive of Baltimore this winter

    Where to ski or snowboard within an easy drive of Baltimore this winter

    Now that winter has officially arrived, grab your skis, board or snowshoes: We've rounded up the region's great ski resorts within a four-hour drive. The definition of "good snow" is subjective, depending upon your preferred downhill mode of transport. We based our picks on mountain size, trails,...

  • Up close with the MGM National Harbor

    Up close with the MGM National Harbor

    MGM National Harbor, the newly opened casino and resort along the shores of the Potomac River, is larger than life. Its tiered base — reminiscent of a pyramid — leads to a sleek, glass-covered exterior, cove-like entrance, and 24-story hotel tower. The interior houses an array of shopping and entertainment...

  • Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit in 2017

    Lonely Planet's top 10 countries to visit in 2017

    Where to go in 2017? The folks at Lonely Planet have come up with a few places to prime the wanderlust pump. The travel guidebook publisher has whittled the wide world down to the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. Leading the pack is our neighbor to the north: Canada. The sprawling nation is celebrating...

  • Ravens, fans intrigued by London adventure

    Ravens, fans intrigued by London adventure

    Ravens fans were returning from Monday night's road loss to the New England Patriots when the National Football League announced that the team would be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars in London next fall. The much-anticipated opportunity to watch a game in a culture-rich city increasingly embracing...

  • Holiday travel expected to increase to record level for Marylanders

    Holiday travel expected to increase to record level for Marylanders

    A record 2.2 million Marylanders are expected to travel over the holiday season, according to projections by AAA Mid-Atlantic. Low gas prices, rising wages and higher consumer optimism and spending will fuel a 1.4 percent increase in Marylanders heading out of town from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, AAA said....

  • Baltimore named one of top 25 cities to see holiday lights

    Baltimore named one of top 25 cities to see holiday lights

    Las Vegas and New York City's Times Square  might be known for their display of city lights year-round, but around the holidays — when communities around the country bust out their fake snow, LED Christmas lights and inflatable Santas — they might have some competition. Real estate company Redfin has...

  • Baltimore vs. Boston

    Baltimore vs. Boston

    Between their respective football and baseball teams, Baltimore and Boston have developed a little rivalry of sorts over the years. Here's our just-for-fun comparison of the cities.

  • MGM National Harbor calls opening 'successful'

    MGM National Harbor calls opening 'successful'

    The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor, Maryland's sixth and most expensive casino, opened Thursday with Las Vegas-style flair and the company chairman's prediction that residents of Baltimore — about 45 miles away — "are going to come and check us out." The resort did not offer crowd estimates early...

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