European royal retreats, Alaska Air’s new service from Seattle, Las Vegas’ younger crowd


Europe’s best affordable castle hotels

When you’re in Europe, you don’t have to make as much as royalty to stay in a castle. Check out this guide of the castles you can stay at without paying a king’s ransom.

Tulloch Castle Hotel, Ross-shire, Scotland
Once upon a time, only the chiefs of clans could sleep in such a privileged property. Now this 12th-century castle, 45 minutes’ drive from Inverness Airport (and just 28 miles from Loch Ness), is open to all, even a rumored resident ghost.

A 250-year-old wood-paneled great hall and trappings like oversize plaid headboards, large drafty fireplaces and a family and pet cemetery — replete with overgrown scrub and an iron gate — add to the haunted atmosphere. It’s all a fitting tribute to the 20-bedroom castle’s windswept Scottish Highland location.; rooms from $108.

Alaska Airlines to launch new flights from Seattle

Alaska Airlines will launch 27 new daily flights out of Seattle-Tacoma by next spring.

Beginning in June, Alaska will launch new daily service to New Orleans and Tampa from Seattle, followed by new service to Baltimore, Detroit, and Albuquerque in September. The carrier will then begin new service to Cancun, Mexico in November.

Report: Las Vegas crowd getting younger, gambling less

A recent snapshot of Las Vegas visitors shows that the crowd is getting younger, gambling less, and spending more on food and drink than five years ago.

The 103-page report, based on thousands of surveys conducted throughout 2013, finds the average age of visitors now is just under 46. That’s four years younger than in 2009.

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