Targeted at upscale travelers, Area-Daily.com, a Daily Candy-like email site, launched this week. Offering tips on hotels, restaurants, and
shopping, the site will also offer discounts (at New York's Gramercy Park
Hotel, for instance) and video reports from Area-Daily's far-flung correspondents. This week's recommendations included a safari in Kenya; a wine-tasting festival in Park City, Utah; and a cheese school in San Francisco.
Jody Raida, one of the site's six full-time staffers, characterizes Area-Daily as an insider-y guidebook for affluent travelers who prefer boutique hotels to large chains and bistros to all-you-can-eat buffets. "The site is like your cool, connected friend," says Raida, adding that there's no other competition like Area-Daily in the email- travel space.