Survey tells best places to stay
•NEW YORK - Four Seasons hotels in Chicago and Hawaii and inns in Vermont, Mississippi and on the California coast were the top-scoring places to stay in the United States in the annual ''Gold List'' survey published by Conde Nast Traveler.
The magazine's January issue lists hundreds of properties around the world, using a survey of 28,000 readers who rated hotels and resorts for design, location, rooms, activities, service and food.
In the United States, only five places had an overall score above 95 (out of 100). The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif., was recommended for its clifftop views of the Pacific, California cuisine, spa and ''close-to-perfection'' rooms. The Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, Miss., which offers 30 rooms in an 1818 Greek Revival home, features period antiques, Southern food, a ''charming'' staff and activities like hot-air balloon rides.
Web site helps plan a ski trip
•NEW YORK - Looking for inspiration in planning a ski trip this winter? Maybe you want to go local, by driving to someplace small, where you won't spend a fortune. Or perhaps you're contemplating a big trip with a plane ticket to a world-famous resort.
The Web site http://www.GoSki.com offers a clickable map to help you find ski resorts in whatever region you're headed for, from states not normally associated with skiing, like Alabama (Cloudmont Ski Resort) or Missouri (Hidden Valley), to top-ranked slopes in Colorado and Utah.
Each listing includes a link to the Web site for the individual resort. For those who prefer to ski abroad, the site's 3,500 listings include resorts in 37 countries around the world.
Air Jamaica to increase flights
•KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica's struggling national carrier Air Jamaica will increase weekly flights to the Caribbean island of Grenada from New York in a bid to boost regional tourism, an official said.
The decision came a week after Air Jamaica announced it would resume flights to St. Lucia, after a nearly yearlong suspension.
The New York-Grenada route ''has been doing well for us, and we believe it is a good thing for tourism in Grenada and the Caribbean'' to increase the number of weekly flights from six to eight, airline spokeswoman Sandrea Falconer said Wednesday.
reopens in Mo.
•KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After being closed for 25 years, Kansas City's historic Hilton President Hotel is reopening.
Following a $45 million renovation, the 213-room hotel is scheduled to host its first guests Wednesday. The hotel's famed Drum Room nightclub, which once hosted performers like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Harry Houdini, will offer live Kansas City-style jazz and blues and other musical entertainment.
- From wire reports