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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, November 2003 Issue

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In This Issue:
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  • Free Companion Fares
  • St. Thomas Fall Into America's Caribbean Sale
  • Puerto Rico Celebrates Paradores Program
  • Swiss Made Tours to Switzerland From $499
  • Buenos Aires Special
  • Toronto for Visa Great Breaks
  • Five-star Service for House Guests
  • Avalon Resorts Deals
  • Hawaii's Big Island Fall Friendly Packages
  • Free Park Admission w/Universal Package
  • Ski Package at Keystone Resort
  • Ski the Canadian Laurentians from $499
  • Isle Inn Tours Ireland Castle Tour
  • New York, New York from $199 w/Air
  • Freeport, Maine by Nicki Chodnoff
  • Gold Line Takes Riders Downtown
  • Alaska Airlines Sea To Ski Sweepstakes
  • AeroMexico Vacations Savings

  • Free Companion Fares

    Companion Flies Free to Bahamas -- HURRY - BOOK BY NOV. 14 -- Travelers to The Islands Of The Bahamas can take advantage of the Companion Flies Free Offer, which allows two people traveling together to purchase one airline ticket to The Bahamas and get a companion ticket for free.
    XXXXXXXXThe Companion Flies Free Offer is valid on new bookings to Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island, and applies to two individuals booking a hotel package together -- there will be no subsidy offered to single travelers. Bookings must be for a minimum of four nights from the Northeast and a minimum of three nights from Florida. This offer is not combinable with any other promotion and holiday blackout periods apply.
    XXXXXXXXTravel to Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island must be booked by Nov. 14, 2003 and completed by Feb. 8, 2004. Air bookings to Nassau / Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island from Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Newark, New York/LaGuardia and Philadelphia aboard US Airways, and air bookings aboard Gulfstream International Airlines from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, are all valid for the Companion Flies Free offer. XXXXXXXXFor reservations, contact Liberty Travel, Travel Impressions, Paradise Island Vacations or US Airways Vacations.

    United Free Companion Tickets -- United Airlines offers customers who purchase a ticket in first or business class from Colorado to any U.S., Canadian or Caribbean destination will receive a free companion ticket in the same class for the same flight.
    XXXXXXXXThe companion offer is valid for flights through Dec. 31, 2003, except to Hawaii and the Caribbean. The revenue passenger must accompany customers traveling on a companion ticket, and travel must be on the same flight and in the same cabin of service. . Both passengers must confirm reservations, purchase tickets and check-in for flights at the same time. One free companion is allowed per revenue passenger. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights/dates.
    XXXXXXXXUnited Airlines.

    St. Thomas Fall Into America's Caribbean Sale

    Vacation in St. Thomas and take advantage of free extras valued at more than $700 with the U.S. Virgin Island's Fall Into America's Caribbean sale through United Vacations. Book this vacation to St. Thomas by Dec. 15, 2003, with travel through Jan. 10, 2004.

    Guests in the Fall Into America's Caribbean sale will receive: the fifth night free, a $100 American Express Gift Cheque per reservation, a "Passport to Savings" coupon booklet with savings up to $500, and a certificate for one pair of Crucian Hook bracelets, valued at $100. The certificate is redeemable at AH Rise in St. Thomas.

    Sample vacation prices include roundtrip airfare on United Airlines, seven nights' hotel accommodations, package extra values and 24-hour traveler assistance. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy with Saturday departures through Dec. 6, 2003. Hotel specials and prices are not available Nov. 22-30, 2003 and Dec. 20, 2003-Jan. 1, 2004.

    Accommodations at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in a superior room with Continental breakfast daily start at $994 from Washington, D.C. and New York City, $1,024 from Chicago, $1,219 from Denver and $1,289 from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

    Accommodations at Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort in a water view room and Continental breakfast daily start at $1,224 from Washington, D.C. and New York City, $1,254 from Chicago, $1,449 from Denver and $1,519 from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

    United Vacations or 888/328-6877.

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    Puerto Rico Celebrates Paradores Program

    One of Puerto Rico’s best-kept historic secrets is a network of small country inns called Paradores. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Paradores of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company offers the option of booking a third night at a Parador for $30, through May 2004.

    Puerto Rico's collection of 25 Paradores are scattered throughout the island's mountains and coasts -- either in small towns or tranquil, beautiful locations. The country inns offer the perfect opportunity to experience the island's inner beauty. Their affordable rates, as low as $65 to $110 per night, are only part of their charms. For example, Hacienda Gripinas is a former coffee plantation hidden away on the island's mountainous interior, near the town of Jayuya. More than 200 years old, the Hacienda was converted to a lovely inn in 1975 and now offers guests a true Old World experience in a lush setting. Most of the properties offer this formula of unique location and historic significance.

    Paradores of Puerto Rico or 800-866-7827.

    Swiss Made Tours to Switzerland From $499

    HURRY! BOOK BY NOV. 15 -- Swiss Made Tours offers a four-night package to one of four Swiss cities -- Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne and Zurich -- beginning at $499 per person, double occupancy for travel Nov. 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004.

    This new Swiss Made Tours package includes roundtrip airfare on Lufthansa Airlines, four nights’ stay and daily breakfast. The best deal is to stay in Lausanne on beautiful Lake Geneva at the four-star Alpha Palmiers Hotel at the same rate as the three star hotels used in Geneva, Lucerne or Zurich. In Lausanne and Lucerne, travelers also receive free airport/city transfer on the train.

    The price of the package varies depending on the US departure city and adding any single supplement charge. The cost, based on Lufthansa's US gateways, are as follows: $499 from Boston, New York and Philadelphia; $574 from Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Miami and Washington, DC; $599 from Denver, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix; $624 from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Additional night stays and optional tours also may be purchased but this Swiss Made Tours package must be booked and paid in full by Nov. 15, 2003. The packages are non-refundable and do not include airport taxes. Between Dec. 12, 2003 and Jan. 11, 2004, holiday surcharges may be applicable.

    Swiss Made Toursor 800/995-7997.

    Buenos Aires Special

    Called the "Paris of South America" Buenos Aires is a beautiful city that offers plenty to keep you busy. Virgin Vacations offers a special to Buenos Aires which includes roundtrip airfare, six nights’ hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges, airport transfers and a half-day city tour. A 30-day advance purchase is required. Purchases within 30 days will incur additional shipping and handling fees. A $25 per person each way weekend surcharge applies for travel Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

    The package price depends on the hotel you chose to stay. Prices for the package range from $599 per person, based on double occupancy at the Embajador Hotel to $1199 at the Sofitel.

    Airfare is included from New York, Newark, Boston, Miami, or Washington, DC. A surcharge of $100 to $250 applies to departures from a wide range of other cities.

    Virgin Vacations.

    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.

    Toronto for Visa Great Breaks

    Tourism Toronto has partnered with Visa on their latest international getaway promotion, Visa Great Breaks, which runs to Feb. 28, 2004. The Visa Great Breaks promotion gives Visa cardholders a chance to take advantage of Great Breaks rates on deluxe hotels in Toronto from $119 CDN per night, approximately $91, when they book using their Visa cards. Toronto offers a unique travel experience, with its art galleries, museums, more than 5,000 restaurants, and miles of shopping. When travelers use their Visa Savings Passport, they will receive savings and offers for Toronto's restaurants, attractions, shops and theaters.

    For more information. To book, call Tourism Toronto 800/794-2209.

    Five-star Service for House Guests

    As the holiday season approaches, the tables may be turned. Instead of being a guest at a hotel or bed and breakfast, you may need to host house guests. Five Gables Inn & Spa, the Chesapeake Bay's 14-room hideaway, knows how to create a welcoming ambiance for its customers. Innkeeper Lynsey Roper gives the following suggestions for personal five-star service:

    Princess & the Pea – When guests open the door to their bedroom, make sure they are greeted with inviting bedding and plenty of pillows. Fresh seasonal flowers always brighten up a space.

    A Place to Stash Stuff – Clear out a bureau drawer or two and include a lightly scented sachet inside with protective sheets of tissue. Open up half of a closet for hanger space. Place a decorative tray on the dresser top for car keys, watches and an extra set of house keys. In-room irons and compact ironing boards are also a nice touch.

    Make bath time fun for your guests -- Offer a plush bathrobe with slippers for lounging. Place essential travel-size toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste (with an extra toothbrush), scented bath gel, body lotion and shaving cream, in a decorative basket.

    Rise and Shine – Offer an alarm clock in case guests have a set agenda for the day. Have breakfast cereals, sliced homemade bread, muffins, juices and other self-serve breakfast items readily available.

    Don’t entertain guests every waking minute. If guests can walk or drive to local attractions, give them a list of activities and events. Include times, addresses, area maps, a list of favorite news stands/coffee stops/eateries and emergency phone numbers for exploring on their own. Have current magazines and newspapers available for browsing. If possible, provide an in-room CD (with CDs) and VCR/DVD player with recent movies.

    Offer late afternoon snacks – tea & coffee with cookies or wine & cheese. Serve white wine to guests who wander from one room to the next. If they spill red wine, it wreaks havoc with rugs and linens.

    Have a game plan for visitors with pets -- offer a doggie bed, treats and a special souvenir for four-legged friends. Insist dogs be crated while unattended.

    Five Gables Inn & Spa, 209 North Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663 or 877/466-0100.

    Avalon Resorts Deals

    The Sweet Deal package is offered at the Avalon Reef Club in Isla Mujares, Mexico. A stay at the European-style boutique hotel starts at $65 per person, per night for a suite with a Jacuzzi. The rate includes meals, domestic alcoholic beverages, tips, taxes, and transfers. Children 12 and under stay and eat free when sharing a room with two paying adults and eat free while accompanied by a paying adult from the children's menu and buffet. A three night minimum stay is required. Some restrictions apply. Transfers are not included at the Avalon Grand Panama or Avalon Baccara. The offer is valid for travel through Dec. 23rd, 2003. To book, use promotion code Sweet03.

    Fifth Night Free -- from $71 per person, per night. Based on double occupancy and availability. Stay in standard accommodations with a five night minimum stay. Travel through Dec. 21st, 2003.

    Seventh Night Free -- from $99 per person, per night. The offer is based on availability, double occupancy, and a seven night minimum stay in standard accommodations, Travel Jan 4 through April 26th, 2004. The offer is capacity controlled and black out dates apply.

    Ultimate Get-Away -- from $105 per person, per night at the all-inclusive resort that includes a fifth night free. The package includes accommodations, all meals, activities, entertainment, taxes and gratuities and roundtrip transportation from Cancun Airport to Isla Mujeres. Travel through Dec. 21, 2003.

    Ultimate Get-Away with the seventh night free -- from $113 per person, per night at an all-inclusive resort that offers accommodation, all meals, activities, entertainment, taxes and gratuities and roundtrip transportation from the Cancun Airport to Isla Mujeres. Travel Jan 4 through April 26th, 2004.

    Avalon Resorts or 800/261-5014.

    Towers "Suite Deal" at New York Palace -- Treat yourself to a special weekend in the Big Apple. The New York Palace Hotel introduces the “Suite Deal,” 50% off a Towers Suite 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 or 800/697-2522.

    Hawaii's Big Island -- Fall Friendly Packages

    XXXXXXXXThe Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii or 800/845-9905 -- "Special Property Improvement Rates" offered to mid-December, 2003. Rates start at $199 to $589 for a one-bedroom ocean front suite and includes all guest privileges and resort amenities.
    XXXXXXXXFour Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, 888/340-5662 -- "Fifth Night Free" based on a minimum of four paid nights at regular rates. Valid Nov. 13 - 20; and Dec. 1 - 15, 2003. Rates start at $520 for a golf ocean-view room.
    XXXXXXXXHilo Hawaiian Hotel or 800/367-5004 -- "Hot Deals" special in a garden view room for $86 a night. Near to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. Regular rates start at $140.
    XXXXXXXXMauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows or 800/367-2323 -- "Pick Your Passion" package includes choice of unlimited golf for two, a salon massage for two, or dinner for two in one of the hotel's restaurants for each night of stay. Valid through Dec. 19, 2003 based on a three-night minimum stay. Rates start at $445 for a mountain-view room.
    XXXXXXXXKalani Oceanside Retreat or 800/800-6886 -- The "Experience" package is a six- night retreat that includes meals, accommodations, two bodywork sessions, one half-day adventure, daily yoga classes, cultural activities and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna. Rates start at $660 per person for the campsite accommodations. Valid through Dec. 31, 2003.
    XXXXXXXXKona Reef Resort or 800/367-5004 -- "Hot Deals" one-bedroom suite with fully equipped kitchen and in-room washer/dryer $129 a night. Located in the heart of Kona. Regular rates start at $175.
    XXXXXXXXOutrigger Royal Sea Cliff or 800/688-7444 -- "Best Value Rates" with savings up to 35% off the regular rates. One-bedroom garden view from $140 per night or two-bedroom starting at $163 per night. Valid through Dec. 31, 2003 based on availability.

    Free Theme Park Admission with Universal Package

    Any traveler staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel can get free "Stay and Play" passes for theme park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

    Starting at $114 per adult, per night, the package features four nights at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel and "Stay and Play" passes, which provide seven consecutive days of unlimited admission to both Universal theme parks. Each package features front-of-the-line preferred access to theme park rides and shows.

    The package also comes with one-day's admission to Wet 'n Wild or a lunch or dinner at select Universal Orlando restaurants plus CityWalk Party Passes for each adult.

    On-site accommodations at Universal Orlando include the Portofino Bay Hotel, the rock music-themed Hard Rock Hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort.

    Universal Orlando's Stay and Play packages can be booked through Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 for travel Jan. 2, 2004 through June 19, 2004. There is a limit of two Stay and Play tickets per booking.

    Universal Orlando or 877/710-9354.

    Ski Package at Keystone Resort

    The Inn at Keystone offers a $109 per night room rate, valid for travel during early ski season, Nov. 14 thru Dec. 18, including weekends. The package also includes two adult lift tickets, which allow you to ski at all three mountains: Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin (valued at $98/pp). Regular room rates go for $107 per night.

    The Inn at Keystone features a cozy lobby with fireplace, jazz bar, casual restaurant, nightlife at the Inn and near by at The Goat or Snake River Saloon. The Mountain House base area (with ski lifts) is a 300 yard walk away and features full skier services.

    Keystone Resort kicks off its ski season and reopens its mountain Nov. 14. WinterFall, is a six week festival with entertainment and concerts that celebrates the newly expanded terrain park. All guests staying at Keystone can take part in free activities such as wine tastings, yoga, and snowshoeing.

    Keystone Resort 800/541-3176.

    Patagonia Experience -- From $463 plus airfare.
    4-day adventure includes: 3 nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, airport transfers, all-day excursion exploring Ultima Last Hope Fjord and Torres del Paine National Park. LanChile Vacations or 877/219-0345 ask for promotion code LCVP8A/03.

    Ski the Canadian Laurentians from $499

    BOOK BY NOV. 30 -- TraveLeaders offers a three-night ski outing in the Canadian Laurentians from $499 per person, based on double occupancy. The package must be booked by Nov. 30, 2003 with travel valid Nov. 1, 2003 through Apr. 15, 2004.

    The package includes: roundtrip airfare to Montreal from any Florida city serviced by USAirways, roundtrip transfers, three nights at "La Tour Voyager" a ski in/ski out property, two-day lift tickets and continental breakfast daily.

    Departures are available from other cities with an added supplement. Black out dates apply.

    TraveLeaders or 800/654-4643.

    Isle Inn Tours Ireland Castle Tour

    BOOK BY DEC. 2 -- Isle Inn Tours wants you to think spring and fall with its Spring Castle Tour from $649 per person. Airfare is not included. Spring tour dates are Feb 29, Mar 14, Mar 21, 2004, while fall 2004 dates are Oct 31 and Nov 21, 2004. The spring tour must be booked by Dec. 2, 2003. Whichever date you choose, plan in advance as the tour must be booked at least 65 days prior to departure.

    The package includes two nights at Cabra Castle, two nights at the Grafton Capital in Dublin, two nights at the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway, breakfast daily, five evening meals, an experienced driver/guide, admissions and sightseeing.

    Highlights include exploring Dublin, viewing the Book of Kells, visiting Kylemore Abbey, visiting Clonmacnoise and touring the Connemara peninsula.

    Isle Inn Tours or 800/237-9376 ext. 18.

    New York, New York from $199

    HURRY! BOOK BY NOV. 16 -- Spend three nights in Las Vegas at New York, New York from $199 per person, with a package that includes airfare from Los Angeles, hotel, tax, and transfers. Guests must be 21 years of age to check into the hotel.

    Travel is valid Nov. 30 through Dec. 24. The package includes: roundtrip midweek airfare to Las Vegas, transportation to and from the hotel, discounts on tours and attractions, free Laughlin tour with buffet lunch, free Primm Nevada Tour with buffet lunch, hotel tax, 2-for-1 admission to magic show, 2-for-1 buffet at the Golden Nugget and $10 gift certificate with $20 minimum purchase at Planet Hollywood,

    The package is offered from other cities including: New York from $395, Boston from $489, Philadelphia from $485, Miami from $475, Hartford CT from $469, Portland or Seattle from $269 and Chicago or Pittsburgh from $435.

    Indicate Hotel Code:LASNEW Program Code:LASGCA Destination Code:LAS

    Liberty Travel.

    FREE ADMISSION MONDAYS -- Up to five people in the same vehicle and a child 5 and under get in FREE at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. Marvelous Mondays continue through 2003. Monday visitors also can register for a monthly drawing to win free passes for future visits. Callaway Gardens or 800/225-5292.

    Freeport, Maine -- by Nicki Chodnoff

    It is nothing short of remarkable. A little New England town with 7,500 year-round residents attracts 3.6 million visitors a year and manages to keep its essence.

    Freeport, Maine is definitely a tourist destination as it is home to the mother of outlet stores, the L.L. Bean Factory Outlet, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and a slew of other outlet stores. Yet, the millions of feet that step on Freeport’s granite curbs and march up and down its brick pavements to shop at the outlets do so on the town’s terms.

    First, the outlet stores along Main St. conform to what Freeport has looked like and intends to look like, your typical New England village. Each outlet calls a historic building, or a new building built to look historic, home. In fact, McDonald’s blends so well into the community, housed in the Gore House, an old white clapboard saltbox with its golden arches stashed into a small 4 x 3 foot sign, you know it is there by the unmistakable scent of fries.

    Freeport, and the rest of Maine still consider civility a quality-of-life-style issue. In this rare instance people win out over cars. As posted on the signs all along Main Street, pedestrians come first. Drivers must stop and give pedestrians the right of way when they cross the street at the cross-walk.

    Of course, the outlet stores are the main attraction in town. The town’s economy is tied to shopping and the L.L. Bean stores -- both retail and catalog. But there is so much more to do and see you owe it to yourself to scratch below the shopping surface. Here are a few suggestions.

    Swan Island -- Travelers who want to experience nature and how Maine looked about 75 to 100 years ago need to visit Swan Island. At the head of Merrymeeting Bay, the four-mile long and less than one mile wide island is a sanctuary for animals and preserves an 18th century landscape. The former farming community is now a state park. The nature-preserve wildlife area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, limits the number of people allowed on the island on any given day to about 60. This includes the people who camped at any of the 10 campsites on the island or those just visiting for the day. Wildlife viewing is the main reason people visit. Seeing an animal can happen on the guided truck tour led by a naturalist. The truck travels along the one-lane four-mile long road that runs the length of the island. The white-tailed deer are use to the sounds of the truck, they barely move a muscle as it drives by. Two hiking trails, through deep woods and open fields, offer more chances to see wild turkeys, ground feeders who love the open pasture lands, soaring bald eagles and osprey or wild ducks. The one-lane road passes by the cemetery, where residents still rest, barns, homes (including one where Aaron Burr once slept) and structures the former residents used in everyday life. Open May through Labor Day, a day on the island, including the ferry service to the island and the guided tour costs $5 per person. If you want to camp overnight, the cost is $8 per person. Reservations are essential.

    Outdoor Discovery School -- L. L. Bean attracts bargain shoppers from all over the world. But one of their best bargains isn’t found in the outlet store. The L. L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools offer Walk-In Adventures for people who may have never tried archery, fly fishing, kayaking or skeet shooting. As the name implies, you can sign up with little advance notice for a class to learn the basics in a number of sports for a mere $12, which includes instruction and equipment. Winter Walk-In Adventures include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The classes cost less than renting the equipment, which is top-of-the-line. For example, the skeet gun used in class costs $1,800. Instructors who excel in their sport teach classes that last 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Classes are geared to beginners who want to learn what the sport is like. More advanced classes are offered for people who find they love the sport they tried during the Walk-In Adventure.

    Jet Boat Rides to Merrymaker Bay -- Long Reach Cruises offers five themed cruises on the bay, which is the largest estuary north of Chesapeake Bay. Located in nearby Bath, some of the cruises offered are aboard a jet boat, which once ran the rapids on the Snake River in Hells Canyon, Idaho. Jet boats differ from air boats. They need about 18 inches of water to cruise and don’t have that large noisy fan at the aft (rear) of the boat. Jet boats are fast. They can travel up to 35 knots or about 46 miles per hour. Regardless if you choice the ship building and history, lighthouses or wildlife tour, there is always the chance you may see harbor seals, ducks, eagles and osprey.

    Maine Maritime Museum -- The city of Bath, Maine was called the city of ships. At one time there were many shipbuilders in town constructing graceful sailing schooners. Constructed on the grounds of the Percy and Small Shipyard, along the Kennebec River, the Maine Maritime Museum tells the story of shipbuilding, trade, fishing and life in coastal Maine. The Percy and Small shipyard constructed 41 wooden schooners from 1894 to 1920, a span of a mere 26 years. The pride of the shipyard was the six-masted schooner Wyoming, the largest wooden sailing vessel ever launched in the U.S. The historic shipyard buildings are filled with exhibits, tools and machinery that tell about the leading role the Percy and Small Shipyard had in Maine’s commercial shipbuilding history. To add to the realism of the machinery, tools and photos, sounds let you hear the sound of work in the various shipyard buildings. In the summertime, the museum offers guided tours, demonstrations and children’s activities.

    Shop when the Locals Do -- Freeport’s outlet stores beckon to tourists and many come all summer long and through that bewitching New England time - fall foliage. But when do town residents shop? Chip Gray, co-owner of the 84-room Harraseeket Inn says the “wicked good” bargains are offered after the new year. From about mid-January through March is when the locals shop. Chip explained that all the holiday gift returns pour back to L.L. Bean right after the holiday season. Bean needs to make room for their spring and summer merchandise, so they slash prices to move returns and oversupplies. The rest of the outlet stores in Freeport follow suit. Items that might have an outlet price of $20 during the summer and fall can be slashed to $10 or $8 and sometimes less.

    In the Middle of the Action -- While bus tours to Freeport are an everyday event, the best way to see the outlets and the beautiful coast surrounding the area is to go it alone. Freeport is a mere 30 minutes drive from Portland’s airport, where you can easily rent a car for your stay. Another option is to drive to Freeport, which depends on your starting point. My stay at the Harraseeket Inn put me in the thick of all the shopping action. It’s in walking distance of all the outlet stores -- 2 blocks from the L.L. Bean Outlet and about 1 block from the L.L. Bean Walk On Adventures. For people who drive, the Harraseeket Inn offers parking, a place for your car without the hassle of finding a long-term parking spot in compact downtown Freeport. The Harraseeket Inn offers several packages -- including a “Steal Away” package that’s perfect for off-season shoppers -- and is quite a bargain.

    For more information on what to see and do in the Freeport area, contact the Harraseeket Inn or 800/342-6423

    Gold Line Takes Riders Downtown

    Pasadena has never been closer now that a new rail system between downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena opened. Visitors who want a taste of the charm of Old Pasadena can get there via a relaxing 30-minute ride on the Gold Line, running from downtown's Union Station to Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena. The above-ground line runs 13.7 miles and passes through stops at historic Chinatown, Mt. Washington and Highland Park and then onto South Pasadena and Pasadena. The Gold Line operates 4 a.m. to 12:50 a.m. and fares run $1.35 one-way. Tickets can be purchased from any self-service vending machine located at any Metro Rail station.

    Gold Line or 800/COMMUTE.

    Alaska Airlines Sea To Ski Sweepstakes

    Alaska Airlines is giving away a vacation package a month in its "Sea To Ski Sweepstakes" to promote Alaska's 24-Hour Web Check-In and the introduction of the alaskaair.com News e-mail newsletter.

    "Sea To Ski Sweepstakes" prizes include a different Alaska Airlines Vacations package each month through December 2003. Prizes include: November: Unwind in Cancun, Mexico with a guest for three-nights at the Westin Regina Resort Cancun. December: Head to Southern California with three guests for five days of fun visiting Universal Studios Hollywood and Sea World San Diego.

    You can enter to win the "Sea To Ski Sweepstakes" through Dec. 31, 2003 when you check in for a flight online or register online to receive the alaskaair News. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. You can mail in sweepstakes entries. Refer to the Official Rules at http://www.alaskaair.com/www2/promo/sea2ski_rules.asp. Winners will be selected by random drawing on or about Nov. 14, 2003; Dec. 15, 2003; and Jan. 12, 2004.

    Alaska Airlines or 800/468-2248.

    AeroMexico Vacations Savings

    HURRY! BOOK BEFORE NOV. 14 -- Save up to $240 per reservation to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Los Cabos and Ixtapa with reduced rates, free upgrades, free meals and other value added inclusions. You must book by Nov. 14, for travel through Dec. 18, 2003.

    The Fall Beach Bargains vacations include roundtrip airfare on AeroMexico, four nights' accommodations, airport transfers and 24-hour traveler assistance.

    Prices to Puerto Vallarta with a stay at the Holiday Inn Puerto Vallarta with a $50 food and beverage credit start at $394 from Los Angeles.

    Prices to Cancun with accommodations at the all-inclusive Blue Bay Club (includes all meals and beverages) with a free upgrade to a junior suite start at $454 from Atlanta.

    Prices to Los Cabos with accommodations at the Melia Cabo Real with a free upgrade to a deluxe ocean-view room start at $454 from San Diego.

    AeroMexico Vacations or 800/245-8585.

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