Martinair Eurodeals offers a package from Miami or Orlando to Amsterdam from $499 per person, based on double occupancy.
The Good Eurodeal package includes roundtrip air and two consecutive nights' lodging at the Hotel Acro, in the heart of Amsterdam, with daily buffet breakfast, hotel service charges and hotel taxes included.
The offer is good Nov. 1 to Dec. 12, 2004 and Jan. 4 to Feb. 28, 2005. From Mar. 1 to 31, 2005, the price increases to $529. These prices do not include air taxes, government fees and security surcharges.
People traveling alone pay a $49 or $79 supplement. Additional nights in a single room cost $93 or $105, in a double room $130 to $144.
Martinair Eurodeals/IMTC or 800/790-4682.
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.
Prague from $529
Tatra Travel offers six-night vacations in Prague from $529 per person. Combinations with other Eastern European cities (three nights in each and travel between) are priced from $649 for Prague and Budapest, $659 for Prague and Krakow or $749 for Prague and Vienna. A package, with a stay at the three-star hotel Sibelius or Orion, includes roundtrip airfare from New York or Newark, buffet breakfast daily, airport to hotel transfers, half-day tour with an English-speaking guide and free maps and pocket guides.
Travel for this package is valid Nov. 1 to Dec. 12 , 2004 and Jan. 2 to March 23, 2005. For travel through Oct. 30, the cost jumps to $799 per person.
Tatra Travel or 800/321-2999.
Smart Pack Vacations, Austria from $689
Austrian Airlines’ Smart Pack vacations allow you to visit Vienna, Innsbruck or Salzburg from $689 per person, based on double occupancy.
This package is valid for travel from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9, 2004 and Jan. 4 to Mar. 31, 2005.
Roundtrip airfare on Austrian Airlines between New York or Washington, DC to Vienna, Innsbruck or Salzburg is included along with staying four consecutive hotel nights, daily buffet breakfast, hotel service charges and hotel taxes.
Hotels included at the $689 rate are the Hotel Europa in Vienna, the Hotel Central in Innsbruck and the Hotel Neutor in Salzburg. The upgraded package in Vienna to the Grand Hotel Wien costs $889 per person.
Rates do not include airport taxes and fees. Single travelers add $149 to the package price. Extra nights can be purchased.
Austrian Airlines Vacation Center/IMTC or 800/790-4682.
Tradesco Tours Spa Package $498
Tradesco Tours offers a one week Hungarian spa package from $498, not including airfare.
The Balneotherapy package includes seven nights’ accommodations at the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget in Budapest; welcome cocktail; breakfast daily; dinner or lunch daily; five treatments per week; use of the fitness center with swimming pools, thermal baths, whirlpool, sauna, aroma and steam room. A free dentist’s examination is available by request. Tax is included.
Balneotherapy refers to the study of bathing in the treatment of disease. Treatments aim to enhance the immune system, stimulate circulation including lymph and blood, accelerate cell activity, dilating tissue and vessels to activate your self-healing potential.
The best rates of $498 per person, based on double occupancy, are offered Nov. 27, 2004 to Mar. 4, 2005. Oct. 30 to Nov. 26, 2004 and Mar. 5 to Apr. 1, 2005, rates are $564 per person. The single supplement ranges from $39 to $45. People who stay New Year’s Eve must include a compulsory $118 per person surcharge for a gala dinner.
Upgrades to deluxe rooms or suites are $77 and $224 per week, per room, respectively. To include all meals, add a $166 per person supplement. To increase the two, 20 minute massages to 50 minute massages add $30 per person. To add three, 40 minute sessions of medical gymnastics with a personal trainer add $60 per person.
Tradesco Tours or 800/448-4321.
Rub Shoulders with Chess Celebrities|
Rub shoulders and play against international chess celebrities at Quad Cities Chess Fest IV, Nov. 4 to 6, 2004.
Activities include lectures, a blindfold simul, triple hammer simul, blitz tournament and autograph sessions.
Quad Cities CVB or 800/747-7800.
Rock w/British Airways from $499
BOOK BY OCT. 15 -- Explore London's rich musical past with a three-night Rock 'n' Roll Package from British Airways.
The London Rocks deal combines roundtrip air from New York to London; three nights at the three-star Jury's Inn Chelsea with breakfast daily; theater tickets to Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You or The Lion King; and a three-hour Rock 'n' Roll Legends tour. Cost: $499 per person double, plus about $105 in taxes.
Travel is valid Oct. 28 to Dec. 15, 2004 on bookings made by Oct. 15, and includes midweek roundtrip airfare from JFK to London. Priced separately, this deal would cost about $641.
British Airways or 877/428-2228.
Ski Free on Arrival Day at Park City
Last year more than 15,000 visitors took advantage of the Ski Free program in Park City, UT.. This ski season Park City again allows you to convert your airline boarding pass into a free, same-day of arrival lift ticket to one of three resorts: The Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort.
To take advantage of the Park City Quick START (Ski Today and Ride Today) Vacation program, you will need to bring to the resort ticket window the completed required redemption voucher, along with your same-day boarding pass and photo I.D. Then you will be issued your free same-day lift ticket. Please note, if you check in for your flight online, you will need to print two copies of your boarding pass, as one may be retained by the airline.
Park City is 36 miles from Salt Lake International Airport (with 125 daily flights arriving before noon) allowing skiers from every corner of the nation easy, same-day access to the slopes.
Click here to get your required redemption voucher.
Greyhound Fall Fares
Greyhound Lines, Inc. makes last-minute travel easier this fall with new fares and more choices. The new discount program for weekend getaways and more affordable weekday walk-up prices require no advanced planning.
The Companion Fare is back. Buy one roundtrip ticket at the full fare with a three-day advance purchase and get 50 percent off the fare for a companion.
Big Apple Bargains are available for weekend trips between New York and Boston. Friday through Sunday. The walk-up, one-way fare is only $15. Weekday bargains also are available. Travel between New York and Philadelphia is $12 one-way, seven days a week.
Fare and schedule information are available online.
Greyhound Lines or 800/231-2222.
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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Delta 'Soak up the Sunshine' Sweepstakes
Enter by Nov. 7, 2004 -- Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines celebrates the launch of year-round, daily service between Atlanta and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands with an online sweepstakes at flyasa.com and ecityoftravel.com. No purchase is necessary to enter.
The grand prize winner of the "Soak up the Sunshine" sweepstakes will receive roundtrip airfare for four to Providenciales on Delta or Delta Connection; four nights’ lodging for two adults and two children under 15 at the all-inclusive Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa; free sun and skin-care products from Neutrogena; and free eyewear from Ocean Pacific.
Through Nov. 7, 2004, enter online at flyasa.com or eCityofTravel.com. Sweepstakes entries also can be submitted by mail to the Delta Connection Soak up the Sunshine Sweepstakes, Department A739, 100 Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA, 30354-1356.
The contest is open to legal residents of the United States, 18 years or older.
Entries must include your first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code and home telephone number. Written entries should be submitted on a 4"x 6" postcard. All entries must be postmarked by Nov. 7, 2004. Limit one entry per household. The winner will be selected by random drawing.
The winner will be notified by U.S. mail within 10 days of the drawing and will be required to complete and return an eligibility affidavit/liability release, which must be signed and
returned within 14 days of the notification. See flyasa.com or eCityofTravel.com for official rules and restrictions.
Enter Soak up the Sunshine Sweepstakes at Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ecityoftravel.
More travelers are using travel booking web sites to reserve hotel rooms in the U.S. But is this the best deal?
Not according to Consumer Reports. The independent testing company contacted 100 hotels to find the best price on a room for a three-night weekend in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Calling about three weeks in advance, their reporter visited five travel web sites - Expedia, Orbitz, Quikbook, Hotels and Travelocity - for a price quote and then phoned the hotel directly. Consumer Reports did not include priceline.com, the online reservation service where you can name your own price, in its quests and tests.
The conclusion: According to Consumer Reports, if you want a rock-bottom rate, shop around. Contacting the hotel directly gave a better deal than the travel sites roughly three of four times. The reporter found that when the hotels were cheaper, the differences were impressive - averaging $83 per night.
The reason: Hotels aren't giving the fire-sale rates to booking sites anymore and improved software allows hotel web sites, desk clerks and reservationists to track room availability better and be in a position to negotiate.
So what can you do to get the best rate, whether online or direct? Here are some ways The Travel Savings Alerts staff and Consumer Reports recommends:
Be flexible. Bypass holidays and Saturday nights - the business night of the week.
Compare all vendors. Check travel sites, call the hotel's toll-free reservation number and the property itself.
Check consolidators. Hotel consolidators, which buy blocks of rooms, may offer better rates due to their buying power. On The Go Publishing’s Hotel Consolidators Quick Reference Chart lists more than 50 consolidators who offer rooms worldwide.
Speak up. Bargaining with the reservations clerk on the phone was their most effective technique.
Book early or late. When you deal with a hotel directly, it might be willing to give you a good rate far ahead of time (to lock in your business) or at the last minute (if the hotel hasn't filled).
Find discounts. Free brochures at visitor centers and highway gas stations have discount coupons for hotels in a range of prices. You can also get coupons from www.roomsaver.com .
Check out organization ties. Being a member of an organization may qualify you for corporate rates or discounts. AAA or AARP member usually qualify for discounts. But so can members of professional organizations and non profit agencies. Government employees or members of the military get a discount of 10 to 15 percent at many hotels, but some hotels only provide the discount for official business.
Be willing to walk away. Most of the time, this is a buyer's market. If one hotel balks at accommodating you, there's no shortage of alternatives.
|Vietnam and Cambodia $1298|
Sayang Holidays offers a 10-day, eight-night tour to Vietnam and Cambodia from $1,298 per person from Los Angeles, based on double occupancy. Departure taxes and visa fees are not included. This is quite a deal since priced separately, the airfare to Singapore alone is usually $2,000.
Add-on airfares from other gateway cities are: Denver and West Coast $125, New York and Northeast $175, Chicago and the Midwest $175, and Florida $225.
The trip includes roundtrip airfare on Singapore Airlines to Singapore, airfare to Hanoi or Saigon, and air to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
The deal includes one night at a four-star hotel in Singapore, four nights at four-star hotels with daily breakfasts in Hanoi and a city tour, and three nights at four-star hotels with breakfast in Cambodia and a tour of Angkor Wat.
The package is valid through Nov. 30, 2004, with no black-out periods. The cost for a single supplement is only $199 additional.
Sayang Holidays or 888/4-SAYANG.
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 UPDATED Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
|Seven Nights in Panama $786|
Stay at the new five-star, beachfront Barceló Playa Blanca Resort & Casino with this package from Capricorn Leisure.
Good until Dec. 4, 2004, the package includes roundtrip airfare from Miami, all transfers, two nights with breakfast daily in Panama City at the Intercontinental Miramar. Then you are taken an hour and a half away to the Pacific coast for a five night stay at the all-inclusive Barceló Playa Blanca Resort & Casino. The resort features lighted tennis courts, a pool, Jacuzzi, spa, solarium, musical concerts, a mini-club and children’s entertainment and non-motorized water activities such as wind surfing, boogie boards and kayaks.
Add-ons from other gateways include: $80 each way from Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit; $16 each way from Dallas, Houston or New Orleans; $40 each way from New York, Boston or Philadelphia. Other departure cities are available. Airfares are based on traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Capricorn Leisure Corp. or 800/426-6544.
|Columbia State Historic Park -- Photos and Article by Nicki Chodnoff|
When people hear “I’m with the government and I’m here to help,” it can strike fear in their hearts and send shivers up their spine. Yet citizens of one California town wanted the government, specifically the state, to rescue their town.
Columbia, California, just north of Sonora off Highway 49, was one of many Gold Rush towns in the Mother Lode region, a mile-wide and 120 mile long vein of gold-bearing quartz that ran along the western edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The Mother Lode put California on the map in a big way. In 1847, there were 14,000 people in California. By 1850 more than 100,000 dreamers and adventurers arrived from all over the world because James Marshall found several golden flakes in the American River near John Sutter's sawmill in 1848. Mexican miners called the major gold veins La Veta Madre (the Mother Lode) and the name stuck.
According to Michelle Hoffman, an interpreter at Columbia State Historic Park, the easily reached gold was gone by the 1870s. When gold became too expensive to extract, many mining towns were abandoned and disappeared, victims of fire, vandals and the elements. Columbia never became a ghost town, though it fell on hard times and its population dropped to a low of about 500 people. During the 1920s, ideas about including Columbia into the new California State Park System were mentioned. In 1928, the town was surveyed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the man who designed New York’s Central Park. Olmstead told state officials that Columbia was the most authentic and best preserved of all the old mining towns and recommended it become a state park. By this time the town was run down. Many of the structures were public nuisances and falling down.
Nearly 100 years after the start of the Gold Rush, Columbia became Columbia State Historic Park in 1945. Columbia is unique. It's a state park that recreates a Gold Rush town from 1850 to 1870 -- the heyday of the Gold Rush -- and a living community. Because the 275-acre state park is also a town, an unusual blend of state-owned buildings and private enterprise, admission is free and it's open 365 days of the year. Since Columbia never lost its Gold Rush appearance, it offers an opportunity to see how life really was in the wild west when miners packed its streets.
Columbia became a town because word of the Gold Rush spread like fire in a bone-dry meadow. In 1850, the first miners arrived. Within a month, about 6,000 miners, most living in tents, called Columbia home. By 1853, Columbia had more than 10,000 people. The November 13, 1852, edition of the Columbia Gazette listed 120 businesses in town including 21 grocery stores, 30 saloons and restaurants, five doctors’ offices and law offices, three blacksmith shops, laundries and drug stores . The was no mention of brothels. However, Hoffman said that the “fancy ladies” arrived early, with the first wave of miners around 1850.
During the free, one-hour guided tour, park interpreters such as Hoffman lead you through town where the old business district is preserved. Shops, restaurants, and two hotels maintain the flavor of the Gold Rush. “In its heyday, Columbia was one of the elegant cities of California's Gold Rush,” explains Hoffman. Two devastating fires (in 1854 and 1857) transformed the tent and shanty town into the “Gem of the Southern Mines” with fine brick buildings decorated with ironwork balconies. Today, with its brick saloons, stagecoach, and wooden sidewalks, Columbia looks like an Old West town in a Clint Eastwood movie (scenes from Unforgiven were filmed here as were many commercials).
While strolling about Columbia, you get a sense of what life was like here. A museum in the brick Knapp Building exhibits the different mining techniques. At the Old Franco cabin you'll see how a businessman lived and earned a living in the 1850s. The scales that weighed in more than 1.4 million ounces of gold still sit in the Wells Fargo Express Building. At the blacksmith shop, you’ll hear the clang of the hammer as the blacksmith makes horse shoes and other goods for sale.
Jim Miller, proprietor of the carpenter shop, said gold rush towns were awash in money. Hair cuts cost $12 and water cost $6 per day. Miners were hungry for entertainment, spending money on saloons, brothels and fandango parlors (dance halls). Theater companies played to full houses, and the town built two theaters in the first two years.
Walk around town and you could easily be back in 1853. The stagecoach will likely rattle down Main Street. Chances are you’ll see women in floor-length skirts shopping or working. The sweet smell of boiling sugar from from Nelson’s Candy Kitchen will probably tickle your nose as it tempted the miners. The store still makes candy drops the same hands-on way as they were made in the 1850s.
Columbia's 1850s-style business district stretches from the mining supply store past the theater, fandango dance hall, the 1861 brick schoolhouse (where docents teach a class in 1850s style) and carpenter's shop to the St. Charles Saloon, nearly as rowdy now as it was then. You can also walk to the cemetery overlooking town, or a hike along the one-mile nature trail where you may spot a mule deer or a field full of wild flowers. Visitors can purchase hand-made soap, wooden toys, old fashion clothes, hand-dipped chocolates or dress-up for a photograph. Saloons and restaurants offer coffee, fine dining, family fare, or picnic provisions.
The Columbia Historical Preservation Society keeps the gold-rush spirit alive. Shopkeepers and hotel and restaurant employees dress like townspeople with women in bonnets and corseted dresses and men in boots and wide-brimmed hats. Costumed docents add a double dose of authenticity. Well trained in the history of the era, they help visitors understand what life was like in a Gold Rush-era town.
Columbia isn’t all walking and looking. You can actually pan for gold at the Matelot Mining Co. after you see a demonstration of how it was done. An interesting diversion is riding one of the stages that carried millions in gold dust and nuggets back to San Francisco. Along your route the legendary robber, called Black Bart, may relieve the stage of its fortune.
There's also the chance to relax at one of two comfortable hotels, listen to music in historic saloons, or take in a performances Fallon House Theater where the Columbia Actors Repertory perform year round. The historic City Hotel (800/532-1479) offers nine guest rooms, furnished with exquisite antiques. Hotel-management students from nearby Columbia College provide attentive service in the dining room.
For more information on Columbia State Historic Park, contact theTuolumne County Visitors Bureau or 800/446-1333.
|Voter Registration Card Earns Free Night|
EXPIRES NOV. 2 -- Regardless if you are an elephant, a donkey or neither, show your voter's registration card when you check-in and the Clinton Hotel, in Miami Beach, FL, will give you the fourth night free and a room upgrade if you book three nights.
The offer is good until Election Day, Nov. 2, 2004. Rates start at $99 per night, are based on availability, and must be booked online at www.clintonsouthbeach.com.
The Clinton Hotel is a 1930 Art Deco enclave located on Washington Avenue in Miami's South Beach area. The 88-room property boasts design features such as a signature "corset motif" in everything from mirrors and guest room chairs to lobby banquettes; loft suites with private Jacuzzis; and a futuristic lobby.
Clinton Hotel 305/938-4040.
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Tanglewood Festival of Lights More than 1,000,000 twinkling lights and 150
animated displays near Winston-Salem, NC. There’s also the Red Barn Holiday
Gift Village with custom-made fashions, woodworking and holiday ornaments plus
traditional holiday activities such as roasting marshmallows and drinking hot
chocolate. Winston-Salem Visitors Bureau.
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Live Among the Locals Forget about staying in a boring hotel. Live among the locals in a house or flat.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals offers short term central London rentals
with more than 60 properties that sleep from 2 to 12 people.
Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals.
|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.
|Gambler's General Store -- The world's largest gambling superstore with slots, video poker, dice, craps, roulette, books, software and more.
Gambler's General Store or 800/322-CHIP.
|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
154th Fryeburg Fair
Oct 3 - 10 - There's still time to go to Maine's largest fair during foliage time. Craft demonstrations, harness racing, nightly big-name entertainment.
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LAKE COUNTY LIGHTS OF LAKE FESTIVAL -- The annual Lights of Lake Festival, in Lake County Florida,
provide a sparkling setting for holiday celebrations as millions of lights adorn the city beginning Nov. 26.
Special events offer seasonal treats such as holiday music concerts, vibrant storefront decorations,
parades, petting zoos and even man-made snow to spread holiday cheer. Click here for more information..
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