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Travel agenda

From finding the nearest rural inn to a new look for family holiday specialists

LA line

The PickUp Line is being piloted for six months in West Hollywood. The free "entertainment trolley" is offering rides along Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday and Saturday nights between 8pm and 3am, with 20 stops at restaurants and bars on the four-mile circular route. There's also an onboard photo booth and DJ-compiled soundtrack (visitwesthollywood.com).

Sister act

The owner of Barnsley House near Cirencester has expanded its foothold by adding the three-bed Home Farm Cottage along the lane (bit.ly/HomeFarm).

Man's best friend

If you're planning an adventure holiday this winter, this new windproof, waterproof Rosco jacket from Canadian outwear brand Nobis might make a fine companion; £837 at Harrods (nobis.ca).

Tot spot

Family holiday specialist Tots Too has just relaunched its website, making it easier to explore child-friendly destinations (totstoo.com).

Case report

Antler's new unisex Juno suitcase is available from this week. The lightweight, minimalist addition comes in ivory and black shades, with a solid four-wheel base, retractable handle and durable polypropylene shell; £139 (antler.co.uk).

Art house

Fellah Hotel is set to open in the Moroccan village of Tassoultante at the foot of the Atlas Mountains on 1 September. As well as 69 rooms bedecked with rustic flea-market furniture, two restaurants and a Thai-inspired spa, the hotel has a culture centre that has been awarded Unesco-Aschberg recognition for its promotion of the arts. Doubles from €170, B&B (fellah-hotel.com).

Inn the know

Greatcountrypubs.com is a new mobile-optimised website that uses GPS to locate your nearest rural inn in South-east England. Search on the move for pubs that are child- or dog‑friendly, serve real ales or Sunday roasts or have accommodation.


The number of different beers that will be offered at the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels from 6-8 September on the Grand Place and "Beer Street" – a 50m bar serving draft ales (belgianbrewers.be).