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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2010 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2010 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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  • Denver Deals
  • Viva Wyndham Resorts Kids Stay Free Offer
  • Epic Pass at Vail Resorts
  • Up to 50,000 American Bonus Miles
  • Inn by the Sea Reduced May Rates
  • Palace Resorts Savings Promotions
  • 30% Off to Mark Swissotel 30th Anniversary
  • Windjammer 20th Anniversary Summer Savings
  • NYC Staybridge Suites Intro Rates
  • Thomson Family Adventures Summer Deals
  • Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort All-Inclusive Sale
  • Disneyland "2 More Days & Nights Free" Package
  • TV Show Tapings in Los Angeles
  • Trafalgar $600 per Couple Savings
  • Olive Garden Win a Trip to Italy
  • Breakers Palm Beach from $249
  • Rufus Tanner House B'Twixt & B'Twain Packa
  • Circle Line Discounts NYC Attractions
  • Travel Gear and Gadgets
  • Weekend BOGO at InterContinental Tampa

    • Denver Deals

      Denver has its plate full with events throughout the summer. Some 34 Denver hotels offer discounted rates with 13 hotels offering stay one night at regular price, get a second night for $52.80.

      All these rates are based on availability and will last through Labor Day. The $52.80 hotels include:

      • Best Western Denver Southwest with the first night from $79.99;
      • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Denver - use promotional code D92- your second night will be adjusted to $52.80 at check-in;
      • Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech;
      • Holiday Inn Express Denver-Aurora use promotional code ILCORVDP - you may book up to two nights for $109 and up to two nights for $52.80;
      • JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek - use Promotional Code UKH - some blackout dates apply
      • Loews Denver Hotel - use promotional code VISIT - rates from $99 on weekends
      • Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel
      • Residence Inn Denver City Center - use corporate/promotion code D92
      • TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown - use corporate/promotion code D92
      • Winter Park Chateau B&B

      Offers cannot be combined with any other promotion. You must stay Friday or Saturday, and the second consecutive night (Saturday or Sunday) is $52.80. Offer may be valid for select dates only. All rates are based on availability and subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

      Denver $52.80 Deal.

      Viva Wyndham Resorts Kids Stay Free Offer

      Viva Wyndham Resorts give families a break with its kids stay free offer. From June 1 through Aug. 31, 2010, kids 12 years of age and younger can stay, play and eat free at all seven Viva Wyndham all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas. This travel deal provides savings and an opportunity for families to enjoy the Viva Wyndham experience. The kids stay free offer is based on a two child maximum.

      Parents and children alike can enjoy Viva Wyndham's Kids Club, a supervised activities program for kids ages four through 12. The Kids Club offers age appropriate activities including drawing and painting, wind surfing, mini tournaments, kayaking, volleyball, sand castle building, board games, pool games, talent shows, puzzles, video games and face painting. Enrollment in the Viva Wyndham Kids Club is included in the kids stay free offer. The club is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Viva Wyndham Resort properties offer babysitting services for a nominal fee.

      Viva Wyndham Resort locations are all beach front and include the Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete, Dominican Republic; the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace in La Romana, Dominican Republic; the Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada in Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic; the Viva Wyndham Maya and Viva Wyndham Azteca in Playacar, Mexico; and the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

      As part of its all-inclusive offerings, you receive unlimited cocktails and wine, 24-hour snacks, an eclectic selection of dining facilities, free sports collective lessons and nightly shows and entertainment.

      Viva Wyndham Resorts or 800/WYNDHAM.

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      Epic Pass at Vail Resorts

      We may be thinking Spring, but Vail Resorts always seems to think about skiing. Their Epic Pass returnsin 2010-2011 with unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Arapahoe Basin for $599 for adults and $299 for children ages five to 12.

      The new Epic 7-Pack offers seven days of unrestricted skiing and riding at any of Vail Resorts' five mountain resorts plus Arapahoe Basin. It's good anytime during the season and costs $449, or almost 35 percent off a single day lift ticket price.

      The Summit Pass is available for $409 and provides unlimited lift access at the top Summit County resorts - Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin - with no date restrictions. The pass costs $319 for teens ages 13 to 18 and $209 for children ages five to 12.

      New for 2010-2011 is a Keystone and Arapahoe Basin pass, with unlimited and unrestricted access to both resorts for $359 adult, $299 teen and $199 for children.

      All you need to lock in your price and guarantee your Epic Pass is a $49 down payment by May 31, 2010, with the remainder due mid-September 2010.

      Click here to purchase your passes.

      Up to 50,000 American Bonus Miles

      American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles on select fares when flying nonstop transcontinental routes between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

      When you fly on select first and business class fares between these destinations, you will earn 50,000 bonus miles for roundtrip travel, or 25,000 bonus miles for each one-way segment.

      The offer provides awards for economy class travel or Instant Upgrade fares booked in Y, D or I inventory to earn 25,000 bonus miles for roundtrip travel, or 12,500 bonus miles for a one-way segment.

      To participate in this bonus miles offer, you must be an Aadvantage member and register prior to travel online using promotion code TRNSN and fly until June 30, 2010. Enrolling in the AAdvantage program is free and simple. Flights operated by codeshare partners are not eligible for this promotion. Bonus miles do not count toward elite status qualification.

      American Airlines.

      Inn by the Sea Reduced May Rates

      The Inn by the Sea, in Cape Elizabeth, ME, reduces their rates on their seaside two bedroom suites by 50 percent Sunday through Thursday this spring, in support of a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity.

      Located on Crescent Beach, 10 minutes from Portland, Sunday through Thursday, May 2 through 27, 2010, you can stay for 50 percent off in exchange for a $35 donation check written out to Habitat for Humanity. This discount only applies to the two bedroom seaside cottages.

      When booking, ask for the Hospitality for Habitat program. Reservations should be made in advance. Plan on presenting your tax deductible donation check made out to Habitat for Humanity when checking in. One donation check is needed for the length of stay.

      Inn by the Sea or 800/888-4287.


      Palace Resorts Savings Promotions

      Escape to one of 12 all-inclusive Palace Resorts throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The deals and promotions at Palace Resorts properties include the Palace Passport to Savings, $300 Resort Credit, Kids 12 Years and Under Stay Free, and Free Scuba Diving. All can be combined with other promotions for greater savings.

      You can explore the history, culture and tourist spots in each destination as part of the all-inclusive rate, via the Palace Passport to Savings. This promotion is available when staying three nights or more through Dec. 23, 2010 and includes unlimited select off-site historic and cultural tours, 30 percent off golf course green fees, 25 percent off select spa services, buy one get one free swim with the dolphins, and buy one get one free jungle tour (tours and details vary in each location). This can be combined with all other promotions.

      The $300 Resort Credit promotion provides guests staying three or more nights with three $100 credits per room, per stay towards: Palace Resorts golf courses, spa treatments and off-site optional tours. This can be combined with the Palace Passport to Savings except with the discounts on golf and spa. When you book a stay at Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana, you receive credit towards slot machines instead of tours.

      The Kids 12 Years and Under Stay Free promotion is available for all trips booked through Aug. 27, 2010 for travel June 1 to Aug. 31, 2010, when sharing a room with an adult. This promotion is valid for up to two kids per room and is combinable with Free Scuba Diving and Palace Passport to Savings.

      Palace Resorts offers free scuba diving at Cozumel Palace near Planacar Reef, the world's second largest coral reef. Available with a minimum seven-night stay through Dec. 23, 2010, the free scuba diving promotion includes up to two free two-tank dives per room, per stay, for certified divers ages 12 and over.

      Regardless of which Palace Resorts property you choose, you have access to all other Palace Resorts facilities and amenities. Rates start at $161 per adult, per night, based on double occupancy or $56 per night, per child ages four to17.

      Palace Resorts or 800/635-1836.

      30% Off to Mark Swissotel 30th Anniversary

      To mark the 30th anniversary of Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, you get a special thank you if you stayed at one of their hotels. Bookings made at least 30 days in advance qualify for a 30 percent discount on the best overnight rate available at Swissotel Hotels & Resorts.

      The hotel chain with Swiss roots was founded in 1980. The special offer is one of many activities taking place at the 28 hotels in 17 countries around the world to mark the anniversary. The anniversary special can be booked online or by phone through Dec. 31, 2010, for travel through Mar. 31, 2011. The offer is subject to availability in the respective hotel, and your having stayed at one of the Swissotels around the world before.

      Swissotel Hotels & Resorts.

      Windjammer 20th Anniversary Summer Savings

      Green Globe certified Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, in St. Lucia, celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Caribbean vacation savings for families and couples. The "20th Anniversary Celebration Rate," lets you pay $20 for any night, with a minimum four-night stay, that falls on the 20th of each month from May to August 2010.

      Plus Summer Savings rates, offering up to 50 percent savings, are combinable with the 20th Anniversary offer on new bookings. Double occupancy nightly starting rates are: Junior Suite $149 per night, one-bedroom suite with private Jacuzzi that sleeps four $275, one-bedroom villa with private plunge pool $275, two bedroom villa (sleeps four) with private plunge pool $520. Two children 12 years and under stay free in their parents' room.

      When booking, mention Windjammer Landing's 20th Anniversary and you will be offered the following 20th options:

    • 20 percent discount on spa treatments;
    • free 20th Birthday and 20th Anniversary candlelit dinner celebration;
    • 20 hours of free babysitting/nanny services;
    • 20 percent savings on a sunset cruise;
    • 20 percent savings on food and beverage all-inclusive packages;
    • Sun Dollar Savings (resort credit) from $50 to $200 per night per stay.
    • Sun Dollars resort credits are combinable with Windjammer Landing's 20th option so you can enjoy room upgrades, wine, spa treatments, island excursions, and food and beverage purchases.

      Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort or 877/522-0722.


      Philadelphia Eagles boys growth chart thumb NFL Team Branded Growth Chart

      A great keepsake to capture a child's growth through the years and show your team spirit. Available for all 32 NFL teams plus the Ohio State University, the large growth chart (54" long by 15" wide) easily hangs on any surface with removable adhesive tabs. A pink version for all 32 NFL teams is available for girls. The growth chart comes with 14 removable footballs that adhere directly onto the chart. Footballs, placed at the child's measurement each year, include a place to write the date and child's age, when measured, and a place for a photo!

      NFL team and Ohio State University growth charts are available at ke specialties llc

      NYC Staybridge Suites Intro Rates

      InterContinental Hotels Group first Staybridge Suites property in New York City opens in May. On West 40th Street at Ninth Avenue, the new 310-studio Staybridge Suites Times Square offers access to Times Square, the Theatre District, Restaurant Row, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, cruise ship terminals, all major transportation hubs and the city's museums, shopping and evening hotspots.

      Through June 30, 2010, the Staybridge Suites Times Square offers special rates from $189 per night. Plus you get the following free signature services and amenities included with every stay:

    • Free daily hot breakfast buffet
    • Free mid-week evening receptions with free beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres
    • Free 24-hour business center
    • Free 24-hour fitness center
    • Free high speed wireless Internet in-room and throughout the hotel
    • Free HBO plus 150 additional television channels
    • Free laundry facilities
    • Free local phone calls
    • Designed to maximize comfort, each studio in this 32-floor hotel is smartly decorated with white leather chairs and custom photography. Each suite features Serta Perfect Sleeper pillow top mattresses and 300 thread count linens; a fully equipped kitchen; 37 inch flat screen televisions; work space with desk-level charging stations; wireless and hard wired Internet access; speaker phones; docking alarm clocks; motion sensor thermostats and more.

      In addition to in-room kitchens, the 24-hour convenience store is stocked with snacks, beverages, easy-to-prepare meals, personal items and New York centric food and novelty items for purchase. You can request grocery shopping and delivery through the concierge and you can bring your pet as Staybridge Suites Times Square is pet friendly.

      Staybridge Suites Times Square or 888/617-3376.

      Thomson Family Adventures Summer Deals

      Spend time together and create memories while traveling as a family this summer. Thomson Family Adventures offers the experience of saving when traveling with another family that can be closely matched to your own.

      The traveling with other families like yours can save money. Many families like to select trips with interesting themes and with kids of similar ages and sexes. If the number of people listed joins the trip, then everyone gets the large group discount.

      Thomson Family Adventures knows that every bit helps and that is why they want to pass along the savings to clients when their groups get larger. This works because the shared costs of guides, drivers, vehicles etc. go down on a per person basis as the group gets larger. The large group discounts go into effect when signing up for one of the departure dates that already have families on board.

      Here are the family adventures and discounts:

    • Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure - one more person joins and receive $1000 back per person - June 12- family with 17 year old boy and 20 year old girl

    • Galapagos Islands for Teens- one more person joins and receive $250 back per person - July 3- family with two girls age 13 and a boy

    • Panama Family Adventure - three more people join and receive $175 back per person - June 26- family with 10 year old girl

    • Peru: Land of the Ancient Inca - three more people joins and receive $175 back per person - June 12- family with a 14 year old boy; June 26- family with 13 and 16 year old girls

    • Costa Rica Multi-Sport Teen Adventure - one more person joins and receive $175 back per person - June 12- girls ages 13 and 16; July 3- family with two boys, ages 10 and 12, and an 11 year old girl

    • Costa Rica Volcanoes & Beaches - one more person joins and receive $250 back per person - June 26- 6 year old boy and girls ages 8, 9, and 10
    • For more than 10 years, Thomson Family Adventures has worked with families to develop experiences that engage, entertain and educate young and old. Adventures range from photography lessons in Ecuador to trips designed specifically for parents and teens.

      Thomson Family Adventures or 800/262-6255.

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      Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort All-Inclusive Sale

      Get discounts up to 40 percent on reservations booked through May 31, 2010 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Promotional rates are valid for stays through Aug. 22, 2010, with no blackout dates. Rates are subject to availability and to 18 percent tax and service charge.

      With the all-inclusive sale, you will enjoy unlimited food and beverages, entertainment, non-motorized water activities and half-day access to the supervised Kid's Club. Children under the age of 12 who share a room with their parents stay, play and eat (from the children's menu) at no additional charge.

      Resort view and bay view room rates range from $168 to $194 per night and $40 for an extra person. Children 17 and under stay free.

      Reservations booked through May 31, 2010, receive a 40 percent discount and the resort view single occupancy rate is $302 per night and $402 per night for double occupancy; from June 1 to Aug. 22, 2010, nightly rates reflect a 36 percent discount with resort view rooms at $305 for single occupancy and $405 for double occupancy. Pricing increases slightly for bay view, ocean view and ClearAir rooms, but the discounts apply.

      Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort or 877/999-3223.

      Disneyland "2 More Days & Nights Free" Package

      Disneyland Resort in Southern California has vacation savings. May through September, you can receive two extra nights of hotel accommodations and two more days of theme park admissions for free when you purchase a three-night, three-day Disneyland Resort vacation package. This package provides five days and nights of Disneyland Resort experiences, for the price of three.

      If you already have theme park admission tickets, a second offer features savings at any of three on-site resort hotels. You can take 40 percent off your room rate at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; save 35 percent at the Disneyland Hotel; or 30 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. These hotel room offers require a two-night minimum stay. Resort hotel benefits include Disney character wake up calls, easy access to character dining locations, and a Key to the Magic card - which allows you to charge meals and merchandise to your hotel account. In addition, staying at any Disneyland Resort hotel puts you within walking distance to theme parks and the Downtown Disney District, a shopping, dining and entertainment zone.

      Booking for either vacation runs through Sep. 1, 2010. Travel must occur through Sep. 26, 2010. When you buy three days/nights of the "Two More Days & Nights Free Vacation" package, it is valid at all three Disneyland Resort Hotels and at participating Anaheim-area Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels. Vacations may be booked through travel agents or through the Walt Disney Travel Company. Booking a package through the Walt Disney Travel Company comes with extras, including preferred seating to some of the most popular shows and attractions in Disney's California Adventure park, a Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket and one Magic Morning admission into Disneyland one hour before it opens to the general public. In addition, each person in the package receives a collectible Disney pin, lanyard and luggage tag.

      Walt Disney Travel Company or 800/854-3104.

      TV Show Tapings in Los Angeles

      As one of the many free things to do in Los Angeles, TV show tapings are on the top of many visitors' to-do list. Watching live sitcoms, talk shows and game shows is part of the essential LA experience. When you come during peak production season, August through March, it's also an opportunity to see your favorite stars up close and personal and maybe the chance to get your five seconds of fame.

      Here's a quick how-to guide.

      The best way to get tickets is to order in advance through vendors such as Audiences Unlimited or hollywoodtickets.com. Both feature sitcoms and talk shows. Tvtix is also a good resource for talk shows. On Camera Audiences specializes in reality TV shows.

      If you can't find tickets through any online vendors, check the show's website. Some talk shows such as the "Jay Leno Show" or the "Ellen Show" offer tickets directly through their sites.

      Another way to get tickets is to try your luck with standby tickets. Just like with airlines, standby means you wait in line and if any seats open up, you're free to go in. "Last Call with Carson Daly" is one of the few shows that offers stand-by tickets.

      TV Show Taping Tips - Get the most out of your TV show taping experience by knowing before going. A few helpful tips:

    • Get there early - eally early: Studios overbook their tickets, so it's a good idea to show up at least 90 minutes early to wait in line. If you get there too late, you may not get in.

    • Plan to be there for about three to four hours: Sitcoms can take a while to film, and the audience is required to stay for the entire time.

    • Bring layers: Studios are notoriously cold, since all the lights and cameras heat everything up.

    • Dress for a cameo: Want to get on camera? Studio staff place the best-dressed audience members up front, where you're most likely to get filmed.
    • You can visit online ticket vendors for a complete list of TV show tapings that are available. According to TV Tickets.com, here is a quick list of some of LA's most popular tapings:

    • Accidentally on Purpose
    • Two and a Half Men
    • America's Funniest Home Videos
    • Gary Unmarried
    • New Adventures of Old Christine
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Dr. Phil Show
    • Free tickets are offered online for most shows starting 30 days prior to show date. Age restrictions are posted on the show schedule. All shows are in the Los Angeles area.

      Dallas Cowboys kleen kit thumb NFL Team Branded kleen kits

      Fight against bacteria and flu germs with National Football League team branded hand sanitizer kleen kits. Produced by ke specialties llc, a kleen kit consists of a 2 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer, an 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer and a 40 count canister of wipes, available for all 32 NFL teams plus The Ohio State University.

      The 2 ounce bottle (TSA approved for 3-1-1 carry-ons) or 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer easily fit into a pocket, purse or back pack and the 40 count canister of wipes can be used at home, while tailgating or at work.

      NFL team and Ohio State branded kleen kits are available at ke specialties llc.

      Trafalgar $600 per Couple Savings

      BOOK BY MAY 28 - - In response to rising airfares to Europe, Trafalgar launches a $300 per person/$600 per couple savings promotion for any of their 2010 air-inclusive Europe First Class, CostSaver or Family Experiences vacations.

      These savings are valid on all European vacation itineraries departing June 1 through Oct.15, 2010, when booked and paid in full by May 28, 2010. Promotion code 300EBAIR must be mentioned when booking.

      Trafalgar offers 146 European vacation itineraries and a variety of touring styles, including multi-country Discovery Tours, in-depth Regional and Free & Easy vacations with up to six-night stays in a single city, Train Tours and special Family Experiences.

      Trafalgar touring vacations include first class hotel accommodations; transportation by motor coach, rail or cruise ship; cuisine; daily sightseeing and optional excursions with local guides; and personal concierge services.

      Trafalgar Tours or 866/544-4434.

      Olive Garden Win a Trip to Italy

      HURRY - ENTER BY MAY 9 - -Through May 9, 2010, Olive Garden offers Italian food lovers a chance to win a culinary tour of Italy and an insider's look at Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany. The sweepstakes, co-sponsored by Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, will reward four grand-prize winners with an eight-day guided trip for two. 500 first prize winners will receive a $25 Olive Garden gift card.

      Sweepstakes entries are accepted through Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

      Highlights of the grand-prize trip include:

    • Learning the essentials of Italian cooking from master Italian chefs at the Culinary Institute of Tuscany;
    • Experiencing the local culture and cuisines of Rome, Florence, San Gimignano and Riserva di Fizzano, near Castellina in Chianti
    • Exploring the Rocca delle Macie Winery to learn about Italian wine-making through a wine tasting and pairings class.
    • Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany serves as a training ground for Olive Garden's chefs and restaurant managers. Located in a restored 11th-century village in the Chianti region, the Institute is where Olive Garden's chefs learn the secrets of great Italian foods.

      Olive Garden Sweepstakes.

      Breakers Palm Beach from $249

      The Breakers, the beachfront resort in Palm Beach, FL offers a summer promotion. Through Nov. 20, 2010, the resort adds value with free use and savings on amenities, including dining options, recreational amenities such as golf and spa, bungalow and cabana rentals, and on-site shopping. Room rates start from $249 per night June 1 to Sep. 30, 2010; $299 per night through May and Oct. 1 to 31; and $369 per night Nov. 1 to 20, 2010.

      Extra weekday savings include: free Continental breakfast in the circle Monday to Thursday mornings and special pricing Friday through Sunday.

      Free access to the Spa and Oceanview Fitness Center Monday through Thursday and special pricing Friday through Sunday.

      Kid's meals ordered off the children's menus are free Monday through Thursday and special pricing Friday through Sunday. The free meals are for children ages 12 and under with a paying adult.

      Free kids camp Monday through Thursday and special pricing Friday through Sunday.

      Free overnight valet parking Sunday through Wednesday nights; $20 per night Friday through Sunday.

      Free daily benefits, offered seven days a week, include:
      Unlimited tennis
      Unlimited fitness classes
      WiFi & Internet access
      Locals calls

      Unlimited golf inclusive of cart is specially priced at $55 per person, per day, June 1to Sep.30; and $125 per person, per day, throughout May and Oct. 1 through Nov. 20, 2010.

      Founded in 1896 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 540-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in Palm Beach.

      The resort features 36 holes of golf; 10 tennis courts; a 20,000 square foot spa; an oceanfront and Mediterranean-style beach club with a half-mile of private beach with beach bungalows for daytime-rental; five pools and four whirlpool spas; a Family Entertainment Center; and a variety of water sports.

      The Breakers Palm Beach or 888/273-2537.

      $20 Off Promotion

      Rufus Tanner House B'Twixt & B'Twain Package

      Pretend to be Mark Twain for a day and explore the valley between the hills of his favorite summer place, Elmira, NY, and the Chemung Valley.

      The Rufus Tanner House Bed and Breakfast, in Pine City, NY, can serve as your home base with its B'Twixt and B'Twain package. Priced at $300, which includes all taxes, the package is valid Tuesday through Thursday, June 1 through Aug. 30, 2010. The package cannot be combined with other specials.

      The package includes:

    • Two consecutive nights in the Empire Room or Victorian Cottage Room
    • Breakfast for two and free guest pantry all day
    • A picnic lunch for two
    • Voucher for one bottle of Mark Twain Riesling from Glenora Winery
    • Historic trolley ride for two with visit to the Mark Twain study where Twain wrote several classics.
    • Rufus Tanner House B & B or 800/360-9259.

      Circle Line Discounts NYC Attractions

      Circle Line makes it more convenient to experience what New York City has to offer sightseers with its New York Attractions package.

      The package allows everyone who purchases a regular priced Circle Line Cruise or the Beast at Circle Line Pier 83 the opportunity to receive as much as 50 percent off more than 20 additional NYC attractions.

      Below are some attraction savings:

    • 50 percent off The Beast Speedboat Ride

    • 40 percent off NY Skyride Virtual Tour or Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

    • 35 percent off Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    • 30 percent off CitySights NY Double Decker Bus Tour, Bodies The Exhibition, Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    • 25 percent off American Museum of Natural History, Uncle Sam's NY Walking Tour, Bike and Roll Bike Rental, Museum of the City of New York, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour

    • 20 percent off Gray Line Double Decker Bus Tour, Empire State Building Observatory Deck, Liberty Helicopter Sightseeing Tour, Metropolitan Museum, On Location or TV & Movie Tour and King Tut Exhibition.
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      Travel Gear and Gadgets - - by Nicki Chodnoff

      Travel can be frustrating and rewarding. A pain and a pleasure. As you prepare to travel this summer, here are some travel gear and gadgets that hopefully will make your travels more of a pleasure.

      EcoFilter 25 oz.

      EcoUsable Ech2o filtered Water Bottles : If you hate the taste of tap water and don't want to fill up landfills with plastic bottles, consider the ECH2O stainless steel bottle. It is especially good for travelers because it includes its own portable filtration system. Each filter filters up to 100 gallons of water. Like a water filtration plant, the filters remove up to 99.99 percent of chlorine, odor, dirt, sediment, pathogens such as giardia, toxic chemicals and heavy metals. So wherever you are, you can drink the water, even from streams, lakes and pools. The 25 ounce bottles is $39.99 and the 18 ounce is $34.99. Purchase online.

      quikpointKwikpoint Translator: If you don't have a smart phone where you can use the Google translator or a portable language translator, Kwikpoint International Translator is the next best thing. The compact picture card has more than 400 color illustrations to help you order food, get medical attention, or get a hotel room, without uttering a word. All you do is point to the illustration . Plus there are key phrases in nine languages, metric conversions and a clothing conversion chart. $14.99 for the Laminated Passport Size. Available online.

      portapocketPortaPocket:Tourist make easy targets. So getting robbed while traveling is a fear many tourists have. PortaPocket carrying cases can ease that fear. They are an 18 inch strap with a credit card-size case that fits around your calf, thigh, ankle or arm and can be worn under your clothing to minimize the risk of theft. No more stuffing things in your socks for security. They're great for carrying keys, credit cards, cash and anything else that's small and important. You can be sure that I'll be using a Porta Pocket when I travel to South America this year. The detachable case offers ease of use while inserting and removing items, yet the case stays firmly in place when in mounted position. PortaPocket accessories such as a belt and larger cases allow you to carry slightly larger items. Available online from $19.95

      pocket sunreadersCinzia Trendies: Being near-sighted and needing glasses to see distances and not to read made me overlook Cinzia Trendies Pocket Eye sunreaders. But when my husband, who needs glasses to read, looked at the Trendies, he thought they were a great idea. When out and about, his sunglasses can't help him when he needs to read something outdoors. The other option is to buy prescription sunglasses. Cinzia Trendies Pocket Eye sunreaders meet that reading need for men or women as they come in red, black, bronze and gold. Definitely for people on the go, the sunreaders feature foldable frames in two shapes - rectangular and oval, compact mirrors, and tiny durable cases making sunglasses fashionable and functional. Retail price $24. Available online.

      survival kit4 Survival To Go 72 Hour Kit: When traveling distances by car alone, the notion of breaking down or getting caught in a storm is always in the back of my mind. So putting the water resistant, bright orange 4 Survival To Go 72 Hour Kit in my trunk made sense for my recent road trip. Whether you drive alone or take the family along, being prepared for emergency situations is always a good idea. The kit can see you and your family through 72 hours. That's three days. Packed into a lunch box size bag with pull out compartments, the kit includes a dust mask, baseball cap, plastic poncho, 2400 calories of emergency food, water purification tablets, sleeping bag, hand-cranked flash light, duct tape and a first aid kit and more. 4 Survival recommends you have a kit in your home, office and car. Since the 4 Survival To Go 72 Hour Kit is packed so compactly, it can serve double-duty. Store at home and when it's time to hit the road, put it in your trunk. When you purchase the kit, it retails for $99, put a Post-It note inside the kit to indicate when you put it in service. Be sure to replace the Aqua Blox included in each kit every five years and check the food. Available online.

      isastripisAStrips: I can't tell you how many times I catch the hem of my pants or a sleeve and they tear. This always seems to happen at the airport or on my way to a meeting or event. Well, now there are isAStrips - - versatile, multi-use, body and apparel "fix-it" tapes - - to the rescue. The transparent, hypo-allergenic, double stick fashion tape has a place in my travel "take alongs." It can secure or repair necklines, bra straps, clothing, pant hems, shoe straps, accessories, scarves or jewelry. You can even attach an isABelt (from the same company) onto a pair of pants or trousers that don't have belt loops. IsAStrips come in a half-inch and 1 inch thick size with 36 strips in each box. A box sells for $6.95 at the company's web site.

      These are a few of the many travel-related gear and gadgets available. More items will be presented in the new Travel Gear & Gadgets page featured on the Alternative Travel Page at On The Go Publishing, which debuts in July 2010.

      Weekend BOGO at InterContinental Tampa

      Weekend nights at the InterContinental Tampa are BOGO (buy one, get one free) this summer. When you purchase one weekend night Thursday through Sunday at prevailing retail rates, receive the second night or a second room on the same night for free. Beginning at $129, the package also includes a disposable camera and a 5x7 picture frame.

      Available through Aug. 31, 2010, the BOGO weekend package must be requested when booking as it is based on availability and cannot be combined with other promotions or special offers. Taxes and gratuity are not included.

      The InterContinental Tampa has a rooftop pool with views of the bay and city; a fitness center; and on-site dining including Shula's Steak House. The hotel is steps from WestShore Plaza, with access to shopping, dining and a 14-screen movie theater plus not far from family-friendly attractions such as the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens.

      The property offers free wireless high-speed internet in guestrooms and public areas and free transportation to the airport and nearby shopping and dining.

      To reserve the weekend Summer BOGO package, mention rate code ILE3P when calling or online.

      InterContinental Tampa or 866/402-0758.

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