Outcroppings of red rock accent the 13th hole at scenic Sand Hollow, one of many excellent golf courses in Mesquite, Nev. (Handout)

Nevada is nirvana for golfers

In Nevada, not far from The City That Never Sleeps, is a little laid-back place that has plenty of the same sizzle — flashing lights and all.

The leafy courtyard at Mandarin Oriental Paris seems far removed from the hubbub of the city. It's a great spot for pre-dinner drinks, coffee or a casual bite. PHOTO COURTESY MANDARIN ORIENTAL

Paris: Romantic trips or gals getaways

When it comes to a romantic getaway, no city in the world can rival Paris. But the City of Light is also a great place for what a friend calls a "ro-tic" getaway -- as in ro-man-tic, without the man!