Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, January 2004 Issue
Travel Savings Alerts
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London Elite --
will save you hundreds of dollars on your next trip to London, and make your visit much more enjoyable.
We have tremendous bargains on hotels, restaurants, theatres and attractions and LONDON FOR LESS shows how you can enjoy the best of London without spending a fortune.
We hope your holiday season was festive and filled with joy. 2004 starts with new possibilities.
We wish you and yours Peace On Earth and may the upcoming year bring health, happiness and prosperity.
Nicki Chodnoff, editor
|In This Issue:|
Paradore San Marcos, Leon, Spain
Winter White Sale, Winter Park, CO
Surviving Cold and Flu Season
Royal Caribbean Cruise Sweepstakes
Mt. Washington Winter Packages
Divi Resorts Winter Blow-Out Sale
Purchase Miles at Delta
Cannes Shopping Festival
Hilton HHonors "Flyaway Getaway" Contest
Bolongo Bay USVI Anniversary Packages
Surprising Spain by Nicki Chodnoff
Visit Spain Tours from $499
Extra Value Days at Disneyland
Triple Miles for American AAdvantage Members
America West Fare Sale
Wilderness Wildlife Week
Mountain Springs Lodge “Snowonder” Packages
January Lodging Deals “Winter White Sale”
The Winter White Sale, valid Jan. 4 - Feb. 5, 2004, is a post-holiday escape to the slopes in Winter Park, CO. Three nights of lodging and three days of lift tickets start at $300 per person, based on double occupancy in a motel room. Or stay slope-side starting at $399 per person in a two-bedroom condo, based on quad occupancy.
Kids ages 6 to 13 ski free at Winter Park Resort Jan. 5 to March 9. For every paying adult, children get a free lift ticket and lodging (if staying in the same room as the adult) if the reservation is booked through Winter Park Central Reservations at 800/729-5813. For three nights of lodging and three days of lift tickets, Kids Ski Free package prices start at $309 per adult in January and $324 per adult in February, based on double adult occupancy in a motel room. Blackout dates include Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 16 -18, and President's Day weekend, Feb. 13 - 15. There is a three-night minimum for this package.
Winter Park mountain inns are an economical lodging option. Mountain inn room start at $105 per night, per person and includes breakfast and dinner daily.
A one-bedroom, one-bath condo starts at $80 per night, per person based on double occupancy. A two-bedroom, two-bath condo starts as low as $53 per night, per person based on quad occupancy.
Winter Park Central Reservations or 800/729-5813.
Surviving Cold and Flu Season
American pioneers tied onions to their bedposts and Russian peasants sucked on frogs to prevent winter illnesses, but detoxification expert Dr. David Wikenheiser says today there are more effective ways to beat the cold and flu season.
Dr. Wikenheiser's suggestions are based on his work with Flora, Inc., distributors of "Flor-Essence," an immune-boosting herbal tea. Dr. Wikenheiser favors plain soap and water over antibacterial soaps. "Our overuse of antibiotics, including those in soaps, is responsible for the creation of superbugs," he says.
In the past, cruise ship passengers became infected with a flu-like illness that cut their vacation short. Countless travelers on planes, trains and buses find themselves with similar vacation souvenirs.
"It's virtually impossible to avoid exposure to these illnesses," says Dr. Wikenheiser. "But if you eat the right foods, detoxify, strive for emotional health, and wash your hands often, you can avoid becoming ill."
Dr. Wikenheiser says it's important to eat three meals a day, including at least five fruits and vegetables per day and eliminate white sugar and caffeine. He stresses that drinking eight to 10 daily glasses of water or herbal tea is vital for fighting off flu and colds. "Daily outdoor exercise, where the air is less toxic, will also build your immune system," he adds.
"A healthy immune system, rather than staying at home, is the best defense against the common infections we will encounter traveling around the world or to our corner grocery store," says Dr. Wikenheiser.
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Royal Caribbean Cruise Sweepstakes
Royal Caribbean International’s new sweepstakes offers families a chance to win one of three grand prizes, each a seven-night cruise for 12 to Alaska, the Caribbean, or Europe, on select ships.
The cruise sweepstakes offers multiple chances to win. Through Jan. 31, 2004 you can go online and enter to win one of three Grand Prizes - a seven-night cruise for 12 to Alaska, Europe, or the Caribbean, on select ships; one of three First Prizes - a seven-night Caribbean cruise for four on a Voyager-family ship.
The three Grand Prize-winning families can choose their destination and pick the ship and sail date that suits the extended clan.
Winners will be selected on or about Feb. 6, 2004.
Click here for complete rules and regulations.
Mt. Washington Winter Packages
Lodging properties throughout Mt. Washington Valley, NH offer free lodging or skiing with midweek packages.
Here is a winter package sampler. Unless otherwise indicated, all packages are for double occupancy, and do not include tax.
Free X-c Skiing with Midweek Lodging -- Stay at any of 15 participating inns, B&Bs, resorts or condos in Jackson, NH on any non-holiday Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights and get the next day of skiing on the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trails free. Stay two nights get two days of skiing, etc. If there are four guests in one room, all four ski free, a $15 savings for each person. Click here for a list of lodging properties or 603/383-9355.
$49 Ski & Stay -- Stay midweek, Sunday through Thursday during any non-holiday week, and ski at Attitash Bear Peak any Monday through Friday for just $49 per person. Lodging will be in an efficiency suite, with a kitchenette unit. Walk to Attitash Bear Peak, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and on-site restaurant. Click here or 800/862-1600.
"What a Deal" Winter Escape -- This deal includes lodging for up to six people (any ages) in a one-room suite at the North Conway Comfort Inn & Suites plus day or night lift tickets at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, ME for up to six people and breakfast for all. This special offer is available any day throughout the winter season for $199 for up to six people. Click here or 866/647-8483.
Ski Wildcat with Royalty -- Enjoy two days of skiing at Wildcat Mountain and stay at the nearby Royalty Inn. The midweek (Sun - Thurs, non-holiday) package includes two nights' lodging, two days skiing at Wildcat, breakfast and dinner daily for $137 per person. Weekends and holidays are $170 per person. Discounts for additional people in the same room. Click here or 800/437-3529.
Mt. Washington Valley, NH has 13 ski resorts and cross country centers within a 25-minute drive from North Conway, NH.
Divi Resorts Winter Blow-Out Sale
For a well deserved rest, Divi Resorts offers a “blow out winter sale” at eight of their resorts. Sale prices are only available for on-line bookings.
Sale prices are at the following resorts: Divi Little Bay through Feb. 7, regular rate $260, sale rate $66; Divi Flamingo in Bonaire through Jan. 30, regular rate $125, sale rate $59; Divi Southwinds or Divi Heritage in Barbados through Feb. 7, regular rate $218, sale rate $66; Divi Tiara in in Cayman Brac through Feb. 7, regular rate $105, sale rate $63; Divi Carina Bay in St. Croix through Jan. 20 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 7, regular rate $255, sale rate $90.
Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage|
There's no mistaking your luggage with the NEW Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."
A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more.
Face-It Luggage Tags.
Purchase Miles at Delta
Delta Air Lines, through their SkyMile program, allows you to purchase miles for friends and family members.
For as little as $55, a gift of miles can help friends and family reach their next travel award or jump start a new SkyMiles account. Anyone can purchase or receive miles; however, the recipient must enroll in the SkyMiles program before collecting miles. Miles can be purchased in increments of 1,000, and can be redeemed for award travel to more than 400 worldwide destinations Delta and its partner airlines. Award travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.
Miles can be purchased throughout the year for $0.0275 per mile plus a 7.5 percent Federal Excise Tax and a $25 processing fee per transaction. An additional 7% GST per mile applies to purchases made by Canadian residents. Multiple gifts may be given with one transaction. The minimum purchase is 1,000 miles. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the purchaser and must be paid at the time the miles are purchased.
Purchased miles are non-refundable, and should post to the appropriate SkyMiles account in 24-48 hours. Purchased miles do not count toward Medallion or Million Miler status. All standard SkyMiles program rules and conditions apply. Each SkyMiles account can receive up to 15,000 miles per calendar year through this program.
Buy Delata Miles.
Cannes Shopping Festival
The city of Cannes, France celebrates the new year by hosting the new "Cannes Shopping Festival" Jan. 7 to 25, 2004. Organized by the Convention Center, for two weeks, visitors will have the opportunity to receive promotional offers from Cannes' most prestigious stores, high-end boutiques and other venues. This event will be complemented by competitive hotel rates.
More than 1,000 shops city-wide will offer discounts of up to 30 or 50%. The most famous French and Italian fashion designers will put on five prêt-à-porter fashion shows, revealing their Spring/Summer 2004 collections.
Each night, theme evenings are planned at nightspots and hotels: fashion & sport at the Sofitel; jewelery at the Majestic; trend dinner at the Baôli; Salsa at the Noga Hilton; sapphires at the Palm Square; Russian New Year at the Carlton; fashion dinner at the Farfalla; Indian night at the Martinez; glamour evening, Chinese gastronomy and Chinese New Year at the Palm Beach Casino, Aïda at the Festival Hall, gospel at Théâtre Noga Croisette. The town will sparkle with spectacular "light shows" to illuminate the city's original buildings.
Cannes' most prestigious hotels and other establishments will offer accommodations at special rates: 55euro per person in a four-star hotel or 115euro in a palace-hotel. A free fourth night is offered with a three-night stay.
Click here for information.
Hilton HHonors "Flyaway Getaway" Contest
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, Hilton HHonors is giving travelers an opportunity to experience an alternative way to travel with its "Flyaway Getaway" contest. Participants who submit a 150 words or less description on how a personal aircraft can improve their commute can win a seven day and six night hotel stay in one of Hilton’s family of hotels in the continental U.S., and use of a Cirrus SR22 aircraft, the "official aircraft of the First Flight Centennial Celebration."
Through March 12, 2004, you can enter a story online or by mailing in entry forms distributed at the Centennial Celebration. The winner will be selected in April 2004 and will receive six nights of accommodations for two at any Hilton HHonors hotel in up to six U.S. cities within the 48 contiguous states. Transportation will be provided via a Cirrus SR22 plane for up to seven days, including licensed pilot, gas and any maintenance and insurance, plus rental car certificates for up to seven days.
No purchase is necessary. The contest is open to US residents 21 years or older and residing in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. For a copy of the Official Rules go to www.cirrusdesign.com/hhonors or send a SASE to "Flyaway Getaway" Contest, 4515 Taylor Circle, Duluth, MN, 55811.
50% Off "Suite Deal"|
Treat yourself to a special weekend in the Big Apple. The New York Palace Hotel's “Suite Deal,” gets you 50% off a Towers Suite on Friday or Saturday, free parking, free breakfast and a free bottle of red wine. The New York Palace is across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and steps from Rockefeller Center, Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, museums, and galleries.
New York Palace 800/697-2522.
Bolongo Bay Beach Club Anniversary Packages
Bolongo Bay Beach Club, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, celebrates 30 years under the ownership and management of the Doumeng family. To commemorate, the resort kicks-off with a year-long special 30th Anniversary Celebration packages that feature added amenities for guests.
The package is valid on new reservations of five nights or longer made through Mar. 30, 2004 for travel through April 11, 2004. Packages must be booked through the resort's reservations department at 800/524-4746 or by e-mail:email@example.com. This program cannot be combined with other promotions.
Guests staying on the Semi-Inclusive Continental Plan (CP) receive: beach front accommodations for two in one room, $30 off the nightly room rate, $30 resort credit, welcome bottle of champagne with two commemorative flutes, 30 minutes per person use of a Waverunner, 30 minute his and her massages, four-course dinner, breakfast daily, in-pool scuba diving lesson, non-motorized watersports (snorkel gear, paddle boats, sunfish sailboats, windsurfishing equipment, kayaks and much more) with instruction, tax and service charges.
Sample Semi-Inclusive anniversary package rates are $1,515 per room for a five-nights and $2,000 per room for a seven-night stay.
Choose the All-Inclusive package and enjoy all of the features of the CP plan plus all meals with a la carte dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner at two popular restaurants on St. Thomas; beverages including all premium brands; and all gratuities.
All-Inclusive prices are $2,275 per room for a five-night stay and $3,115 per room for a seven-night stay.
As a bonus, guests who stay five nights on either plan receive either two passes for an all-day sail to St. John aboard the resort's 53-foot catamaran, with lunch and open bar (valued at $100 per person) or a sunset cocktail cruise around historic Charlotte Amalie Harbor (valued at $45 per person).
Bolongo Bay Beach Club or 800/524-4746; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surprising Spain by Nicki Chodnoff
It was nearly dusk. I stood on my balcony at the Cervera Del Pisuerga Paradore in the town of the same name in the region of Castilla y Leon, Spain and surveyed my surroundings. The wooded foothills of the Picos de Europa mountains stretched to the horizon and the serene Ruesga reservoir glimmered in the last light of day. When I returned after dinner to take one last look, I saw total darkness. There was no light pollution, not even a point of light other than the twinkling stars. The darkness was paired with absolute silence as if my ears wore heavy-duty earmuffs. I don't remember the last time I slept so soundly.
Spaniards and Europeans have enjoyed the scene I saw out of my balcony window, but not many North Americans. Castilla y Leon isn't the Spain of bullfights and flamenco. It offers a completely different side of Spain. Traveling two hours north from the modern metropolis of Madrid, highways lead to a land of castles. Get off the main highways and winding country roads are punctuated by villages, vineyards or grazing animals. One of 11 regions comparable to our states, Castilla y Leon is Spain's largest region. Roughly the size of Ohio, Castilla y Leon is made up of nine provinces and is a mix of what the Midwest and Plains states are in the U.S. Though not a tourist attraction like Madrid, Seville or Barcelona, Castilla y Leon has the right stuff: 130 museums, 200 castles, 12 cathedrals and three World Heritage cities: Avila, Salamanca and Segovia. Castilla y Leon (meaning castle and lion) is often referred to as the cultural heartland of Spain and is the region that shaped the nation when it was the stage upon which the Moors and Spanish fought.
We may know about Columbus' voyage to the Americas representing Spain, but most of us know little Spanish history beyond that. History is easy to come by in Spain and nearly everywhere you look, there are historic buildings and places. Here are a few of the historic areas I visited.
Burgos: its perfectly conserved medieval town center looks onto the cathedral, classified as a World Heritage site. The cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic art, was built between 1221 and 1731 and is the third largest cathedral in Spain, (84m long and 60m wide). You'll be amazed by its facade and the finely worked floral decoration of its two spires. Spain's national hero, "El Cid," was born here. The monastery of Miraflores (Cartuja de Miraflores) or the Monastery of Las Huelgas holds the tomb of Don Juan and Dona Isabel, parents of Queen Isabella who ruled a united Spain with King Ferdinand and financed Columbus' trip.
Leon - is a provincial capital with a cosmopolitan flavor. The independent kingdom that combined with Castillo to form Castillo y Leon was once the headquarters of the 7th Roman Legion. Lyon, France also gets its name from the same Legion. Once the capital of Christian Spain, Leon's Gothic cathedral in the Old Quarter is known for its 125 stained glass windows that soar 110 feet to a vaulted ceiling. The Basilica de San Isidoro houses a collection of ancient manuscripts and the burial place of the kings of Leon. The present Cathedral of Leon was built on the site of three previous cathedrals. Begun in the mid-13th century, it was completed less than 100 years later.
Astorga - predates Roman times and has been an important stop for pilgrims along the way of St James to Santiago de Compostela. It is also the home to Gaudi's fanciful neo-Gothic Palacio Episcopal, which now serves as a museum with collections of contemporary Spanish art and folk artifacts. As the first city in Europe to manufacture chocolate in the 17th century, stop at Jose Luis' Chocolate Museum and see his collection of chocolate making equipment. The Roman Museum is full of artifacts from the times when Astorga served as the administrative center for gold mined by the Roman Legion.
Zamora - The town of about 64,000 people dates back to Roman times and is on the old Roman silver route. In the town where El Cid studied, there are 23 Romanesque churches from the 12th century. Narrow streets and a compact old quarter make it comfortable for walking. An overlook onto the Duerto River near the Palacio Episcopal gives a commanding view of the old and new parts of the city. Foundation stones from an old Roman bridge still sit in the river.
Salamanca - The city is a veritable museum of architecture. Its buildings constructed using stone from the nearby quarry, known for its beautiful golden-rose color. During the 16th century, this stone was finely worked to produce the marvelous filigree work of art that's known as Plateresque. The university was built in 1218 and is the oldest in Spain. On a par with Oxford and the university in Bologna, Italy, the university is associated with many of Spain's most illustrious figures. From Cervantes to Unamuno, many studied and sometimes taught here. The hustle and bustle of daily life is found around Plaza Mayor, the town square, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
Part of the pleasure of traveling around Spain is taking in the culture. One of the best ways to experience the past is staying in a paradore, historic buildings such as convents, castles and monasteries that are turned into boutique hotels. These incredible places came to be because Spain had a dilemma on its hands. Historic buildings throughout the country, some nearly a thousand years old, were abandoned and in disrepair. The country's heritage and history were tied up in these buildings and Spain needed a way to save these monuments. The solution: the paradores system. In 2003, the Spanish paradores concept celebrated its 75th year. The idea is to provide a good service with modest prices and good food, featuring regional dishes on the menu. The buildings are modernized with all the amenities but the facades and as much architectural detail as possible are kept. Based on their historic value and location, paradores are rated by the star method with five stars being the best. Not all paradores are historic. Some are newly built hotels located in scenic areas such as the Cervera Del Pisuerga Paradore.
Along with the pleasure of staying in a remarkable building or location, paradores offer savings. There are several ways to save. You can take advantage of seasonal differences in price. Nov. through Feb. is the least expensive time. March through June and Sep. and October are good times to visit. Those shoulder-season times are less expensive than high season, but somewhat higher than Nov. through Feb. Stay three days or more and that gets you a long-term rate. A mid-week stay is less expensive than going on the weekends. People 60 years or older also get a discount. You must present proof of age, such as a passport, when checking in.
A writer we met by chance in Zamora coupled the seasonal price difference, midweek discount, long-term discount and senior discount to get a rate of 63 Euros per night for a four-star hotel, which included breakfast and taxes. In the United States, Marketing Ahead represents the paradores and many hotels in Spain. If you or your travel agent book a paradore stay through Marketing Ahead, their rate includes breakfast and tax.
For more information, contact the Tourist Office of Spain 212/265-8822 or Marketing Ahead, representative of Spanish paradores and hotels 800/223-1356.
Visit Spain Tours 8 Days from $499
A new tour operator, Visit Spain Tours, offers eight-day packages from $499 to $1,170, including roundtrip airfare from New York to Malaga, accommodations and hotel transfers. Participating hotels include three and four-star properties. Tours depart every Friday on Air Plus Comet nonstop to Malaga. Daily departures are available on Iberia Airlines and most leading scheduled European carriers such as Alitalia and Lufthansa.
You travel nonstop to Malaga in six hours and transfer to a hotel in a seaside resort town or fishing village. In the Costa del Sol, you can relax on Mediterranean beaches, play golf and enjoy the nightlife. Optional day trips are available to Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Malaga, and across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco.
Visit Spain Tours or 866/878-4604.
Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals |
The pre- numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect your luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.
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Extra Value Days at Disneyland -- LAST CHANCE
Purchase a United Vacations Anaheim trip and receive a five-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket for the price of a three-day ticket. In addition, you receive a fourth night free at Disneyland Resort Hotels and two free Character Breakfasts per room. The 4th night must be consecutive to the 3 nights stayed. Limit one free night per package period. These offers are valid for travel Jan. 7 - Feb. 13, 2004.
The 5-day Hopper Bonus ticket includes savings of up to $59 per ticket with advance purchase savings, and the two free Character Breakfasts are worth up to $50.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and reflect Monday departures. The offer is subject to availability. All Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets expire 13 days after first use and each day of use of a ticket constitutes one full day of use.
Sample vacations include roundtrip airfare, four nights' accommodations with the fourth night free, a five-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus ticket, a $10 ESPN Zone Game card, two Free Character Breakfasts per room and 24-hour traveler assistance.
Prices start at $489 from San Diego and San Francisco; $569 from Seattle and Portland, Ore.; $604 from Denver; $669 from Chicago; and $689 from New York City and Boston.
United Vacations or 888/328-6877.
|Triple Miles for American AAdvantage Members|
American Airlines’ AAdvantage members can earn triple, double or 5,000 bonus miles for flying frequently in the first quarter of 2004.
Those who fly early and often can earn the most miles: Fly 10,000 qualifying miles between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31. Then earn triple bonus miles on future, eligible, qualifying flights through March 31, 2004.
Fly 10,000 qualifying miles between Jan. 1 and Feb. 29 and earn double bonus miles on future, eligible, qualifying flights through March 31, 2004.
Fly 10,000 qualifying miles between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31 and earn 5,000 bonus miles.
The bonus mile offer does not apply to fares beginning with L or N and the 5,000-mile bonus may only be earned once.
Frequent flyer members can qualify for the bonus by flying on any purchased, published fare on American, American Eagle or AmericanConnection between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2004. To register for the bonus miles, use code FLY04. Registration before travel is required.
American Airlines or 800/882-8880.
|America West Rings in 2004 With Fare Sale|
America West celebrates the start of the New Year with a fare sale featuring fares from $39 each way.
These sale fares are available for purchase through Jan. 19, 2004, for travel Jan. 5 through March 6, 2004. A 14-day advance purchase is required, but a Saturday night stay is not required.
Sample one-way fares based on a roundtrip purchase.
El Paso, TX or Ontario, CA to Phoenix $39; Las Vegas to Los Angeles $39; Austin, TX or Cleveland, OH to Phoenix $99; Albuquerque, NM to Oakland, CA $99; Hartford, CT to Ontario, CA $99; Burbank, CA to Kansas City, MO $99; Baltimore/Washington to San Diego $99.
Sale fares are for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Travel on other days incurs fares that may be slightly higher. The blackout dates are Feb. 16 and 22. Sale fares are nonrefundable and a $100 change fee applies. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Customers who purchase tickets at americawest.com will receive 500 FlightFund bonus miles.
America West or 800/235-9292.
New Cheap Tix Chart
Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets
sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theatrical productions, films, and
sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
Publishing’s NEWLY UPDATED Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
|Wilderness Wildlife Week -- HURRY! -- JAN 10 to 18|
Take a winter break in the Great Smoky Mountains with Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The nine-day series of events include seminars, photography shows, lectures and guided hikes. Dates are Jan. 10 to 18 and all activities are free. Wilderness Wildlife Week is designed so you can attend one lecture or take one hike, or you can participate day after day.
More than 90 experts are on hand to lead more than 50 guided hikes--everything from easy walks to strenuous, multi-mile outings. Programs range from Bird Feeding and How To Play the Mountain Dulcimer to an historical program presented by a Cherokee Indian and a presentation by an expert in outdoor cooking and natural medicines. Fly-fishing, orienteering and aspects of the cultural history of the southern Appalachian region also are part of the event.
A number of programs are designed for children, including hands-on activities involving birds, bugs, amphibians and reptiles.
Pigeon Forge is adjacent to America¹s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which led to creation of the event 14 years ago.
Wilderness Wildlife Week or 800/251-9100.
|Mountain Springs Lodge “Snowonder” Packages|
Mountain Springs Lodge, in Collingwood, Ontario, has Snowonder winter packages for families with options for snowboarding, snow shoeing, alpine and cross country skiing. Children 12 and under stay free when there are two paying adults on ski packages.
The lodge offers 144 all-suite units with kitchen, VCR, cable RV, and Jacuzzi tubs. Most rooms have views of Blue Mountain. The outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub is open year-round.
The alpine skiing package provides a pass and ski-on access to the north chair at Little Devil, and Spectacular. Ski in/ski out packages start at $89-cdn per person/per night midweek including lift tickets. Lift tickets are an extra charge for children under 12.
Cross-country and snowshoe packages start at $56-cdn per person, per night, double occupancy and include cross country and snow shoe trail.
Weekends require a minimum two-night stay. Ski rentals, snowshoe rentals, taxes and service charges are extra.
Mountain Springs Lodge or 800/704-8633.
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|The Latest “Specials” at Connecticut hotels, charming B&B, historic inns and other attractions. A click of the mouse gets the hottest deals around the Constitution State, plus package dates and some direct links to each property. http://www. 52 Getaways or 800/282-6863.
|St. Augustine's 27 historic inns celebrate Senior Sweethearts in January.
Sunday through Thursday, the “Senior Sweetheart” rate includes a two or three night stay. With a 2-night stay the second night is half price while the 3-night stay gets you the third night free!
|Go Boston Card -- free admission to 25 top attractions, 2-day hop-on, hop-off trolley pass, $700 in discounts at shops and restaurants, free gifts, and a 132 page full-color pocket guidebook. www.GoBostonCard.com
|YesTravel.Net the best fares to South America
Carnival in Rio from $529, Peru at a Glance from $339, Exploring Andean Lands in Equador 14 nights from $2,594, South American Grand Slam 15 nights from $918, Patagonia Experience 7 nights from $847.
Yes Travel Network 800/497-8525.
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|Free Bear, Tickets at Hampton Inn Harrisburg-West -- $114 a night package includes breakfast bar, 24-hr. refreshments, 2 tickets to the National Civil War Museum, free gift bag, free Boyd's Bear, and discount coupons for area attractions. No charge for up to two children. Hampton Inn Harrisburg-West or 717/691-1300.
|Joshua Grindle Inn 3-night “3 Decades of Hospitality” package.
Save up to 35%off regular prices. Pay today’s rate for the 1st night (about $180). The 2nd and 3rd nights are rates from the 1990s ($140) and 1980s ( $80). This special deal available Sunday through Thursday until Spring 2004. Joshua Grindle Inn 800/GRINDLE.
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