For the first time in its long history, Latrobe Brewing Company, in Latrobe, PA, will offer brewery tours to the public. The historic, modernized brewery that produces Rolling Rock, Rock Green Light and Loyalhanna Pennsylvania Lager will welcome visitors on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday year round.
The free, one-hour tours will be conducted on an advance-registration basis at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for groups of up to15 people.
Lead by knowledgeable guides, the tours will begin at the Latrobe Company Store and Museum and will include the brewhouse, the kegging line, the new state-of-the-art packaging system for 12-ounce non-returnable bottles, and the warehouse area. Tour guides will present brewing facts and company information via radio headsets worn by each visitor.
To sign up for a tour, call 724/539-3394 as far in advance as possible. Visitors must be at least 12 years of age and people between ages 12 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tour groups must be limited in size to assure safety and to prevent disruption of brewery operations.
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.
Best Western/Mastercard Offer Free Night
Best Western and MasterCard join forces to offer a free night stay to members of the hotel chain's Gold Crown Club International loyalty program.
Through July 15, 2004, Gold Crown Club members residing in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean can earn one free night after two qualifying stays at any Best Western hotel in the world when they use MasterCard to pay for their stay.
The offer is for a Global Free Night Award, valued at 800 Gold Crown Club International points, and is limited to one per person. Qualified guests will receive a voucher by mail for their free night stay, which is valid for six months upon issue and redeemable at hundreds of Best Western hotels worldwide.
If you are not a Gold Crown Club International member, you can enroll when registering for the offer.
Register online here or call 800/237-8483 mention offer code MC2X.
NTSB Wants a Weighs In
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that airlines weigh their passengers - at least occasionally. During its investigation of the crash of US Airways Express Flight 5481 at Charlotte-Douglas Airport, it concluded that two factors led to the accident which killed 21 people on board the Beech 1900 operated by Air Midwest. First, the airline's guidelines for estimating passenger weight were inaccurate and second, mechanic error caused the elevator flap to have only half its normal mobility. During takeoff, the flap was not able to extend properly to compensate for the additional weight in its aft section. The plane angled up too steeply and then dropped from the sky.
Shortly afterwards, the FAA conducted surveys and concluded that the airlines needed to add up to 10 pounds per passenger and five pounds for checked baggage. The NTSB is recommending that airlines go further, weighing passengers for flights with 10 or more seats periodically to ensure accuracy.
Continental Savings on Business and First Class Tickets
Planning a summer vacation just got easier with Continental's new BusinessFirst fares to Europe and first class flights from its U.S. hubs to select U.S. destinations.
With a low fare guarantee from continental.com, the airline wants you to be sure you are getting the best price from their web site. If you find a fare for the same flight, itinerary and cabin that's more than $10 lower than the continental.com price, you will receive the price difference plus a $100 Electronic Travel Certificate.
The business fares to Europe are valid from many U.S. cities. From Newark International Airport, the sale fare is $708 each way. From Houston and Cleveland, the sale fare is $808 each way. Examples fares from other U.S. cities are $908 each way from Phoenix, Portland, Ore., San Diego or Tucson; $808 each way from Austin, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio or Tulsa; and $708 each way from Rochester and Syracuse. Roundtrip purchase is required.
Continental's Europe destinations included in the sale are: Amsterdam, Birmingham, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Shannon, Rome and Zurich.
Europe travel is valid July 1 to Sep. 9 with departures from the U.S. any day but Saturday.
Domestic first class seats are on sale for $479 each way, based on a roundtrip purchase from New York, Houston and Cleveland hubs to many U.S. destinations. Domestic first class travel is valid through Aug. 29.
Live Among the Locals|
Forget about staying in a boring hotel. Live among the locals in a house or flat. We at Coach House London Vacation Rentals are the leading specialist in short term central London rentals. We represent over 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.
US Airways Gofares, Low Fare Structure
US Airways introduces its simplified low fares called "GoFares.”
GoFares start from $29 each way, and last-minute fares from $49 each way. GoFares are never more than $499 each way, and there are no Saturday night stay or roundtrip purchase requirements.
With GoFares, you have advance seat assignments, pre-boarding for preferred dividend miles members, a first class cabin with the ability to upgrade from coach, in-flight café on select flights and the ability to earn frequent flier miles.
Sample one-way GoFares and first-class fares from Philadelphia starting July 2004.
Houston (G. Bush Intl.) $99 to $499 and $699; Los Angeles $89 to $499 and $699; Manchester, N. H. $29 to $239, and $299; New Orleans $96 to $479 and $679; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. $29 to $289, and $349; West Palm Beach, FL $79 to $379, and $499.
USA3000 New Service to Fort Myers & Bermuda
USA3000 Airlines, a low-fare, full-service airline, offers flights to Fort Myers from Cincinnati starting Dec. 19, 2004. Fares start from $59 one-way plus all applicable taxes.
USA3000 Airlines will start scheduled service to Bermuda from Newark Liberty International Airport on Sep. 3, 2004. Fares start from $79 one-way plus all applicable taxes.
The airline will also start service from Baltimore Washington International Airport to Fort Myers. Service on Oct. 2, 2004. No price has been set to date.
Cats and dogs are welcome aboard in pet carriers for a nominal fee. Reservations must be made.
USA3000 offers low fares with simple fare rules: No roundtrip ticket purchase or Saturday stay, one-year same-price extensions in the event you cannot make the trip as originally purchased, and name changes are also possible.
Passengers receive the following amenities: first-run movies or a video short selection
onboard all flights, a choice of nine music channels, two audio channels, free meals, reservations in Spanish or English, online booking for the lowest fares and inflight magazines.
USA3000 Airlines or 877/USA 3000.
Hyatt Resorts’ “Summer of Family Adventures”
The "Summer of Family Adventures" program, at 19 Hyatt Resort locations, offer free nights and activity discounts. Through Aug. 31, 2004, you can stay from two nights at select resorts and receive a free third night. Families can also purchase a second room at 50 percent off the summer sale rate and receive a free night with this room as well. Rates start from $165 per room, per night.
Along with the free night, select Hyatt Resorts offer discounts on Adventure Hyatt activities ranging from kayaking and jeep four-wheeling to hot air ballooning and crab-catching. To receive the activity discount, you must book adventures through www.AdventureHyatt.com or the resort's Adventure Hyatt Concierge Desk.
Here’s a sample of Summer of Family Adventure rates in the U.S. and Caribbean. 3rd night free at: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells, CA $165; Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas $209; Hyatt Regency Scottsdale $195.
4th night free: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Santa Fe $250; Hyatt Dorado Beach Puerto Rico $185; Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach $360; Hyatt Regency Waikiki $265; Park Hyatt Beaver Creek $169; Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay $285; Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando $239; Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa $310; Hyatt Regency Key West $255; Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Bonita Springs, Fl. $169; Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs $145;
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Ft. Lauderdale $179.
5th night free: Hyatt Regency Aruba $240; Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman $220.
6th night free: Hyatt Regency Kauai $425.
7th night free: Hyatt Regency Maui $385.
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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Ease Pain at the Pump with Tips From Alliance to Save Energy
As the 2004 summer vacation season approaches, U.S. motorists are reeling from record-high gasoline prices. To ease pain, the Alliance to Save Energy offers consumers tips for cutting gas costs:
- Keep tires properly inflated. Properly inflated tires are safer, last longer, and can improve gas mileage by more than three percent.
- Use the recommended grade of motor oil. It can improve gas mileage by one to two percent. Select motor oil with "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol. It contains friction-reducing additives.
- Keep your engine properly tuned. Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve gas mileage by about four percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE adds that replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage up to 40 percent!
- Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged or dirty air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, according to DOE, and keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine.
- Plan ahead for the shortest, most gas-saving itinerary. You not only save fuel, but wear and tear on your car. Avoid retracing your route to reduce the distance you travel.
- If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets better gas mileage.
- Don't speed! Gas mileage declines rapidly above 60 mph. Each five mph increase above 60 is like paying an additional 10 cents a gallon for gasoline.
- Road rage costs. Aggressive driving wastes gas and can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and five percent in town. Nix jack-rabbit starts in favor of slow acceleration from a dead stop.
- Avoid excessive idling, which gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines usually waste more gas while idling than those with smaller engines.
- Take advantage of cruise control. Cruise control on the highway helps maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, save gas.
- Use overdrive gears to lower engine speed, save gas, and reduce engine wear.
- Avoid carrying items on your vehicle's roof. A loaded roof rack or carrier increases aerodynamic drag, which can cut mileage by five percent. Place items inside the trunk whenever possible.
- Travel light. Don’t carry unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk cuts a typical car's fuel economy one to two percent.
- When renting a car, ask for a model that gets better fuel economy. Also, fill up the tank before returning the car to the rental company, which charges much higher gas prices -- and perhaps an extra gas surcharge.
|Jamaica Re-Launches Meet-the-People Program
What better way to experience the culture of a nation than through its people? For insight into the Jamaican experience and the welcome of a Jamaican friend, try the island's Meet-the-People program. It takes travelers beyond the traditional resort and beach setting into the realm of Jamaica's lifestyle, tradition and culture.
To that end, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) re-launched its Meet-the-People program, originally introduced in 1968.
Visitors wishing to take part in the Meet-the-People program are teamed with Jamaican hosts or volunteers who share a common profession, hobby or interest. In true Jamaican fashion, these volunteers offer a hand of friendship and hospitality to visitors who genuinely want to know Jamaicans and the Jamaican way of life.
Meet the People allows you to meet a Jamaican family or fellow musician, businessman, photographer, nurse, teacher or artist, or participate in activities such as hiking, shopping at a local craft market, enjoying a simple Jamaican meal, visiting a church, a clubhouse or theater, touring the countryside or even accompanying the host on daily errands.
Whatever the focus, outings are uniquely Jamaican, providing an island experience that only locals can create and a pathway to Jamaica's heritage in people, culture, music, cuisine and natural landscape.
To participate, explore details online, select the Meet-the-People link, and fill out the registration form. Meet-the-People participants will be contacted by a program volunteer.
|Free Golden Gate Park Shuttle|
The Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority offer its free Golden Gate Park shuttle on weekends and holidays through Oct. 31, 2004. Current construction in the park's Music Concourse area will not affect service.
Serving more than 50,000 passengers last season, the 2004 free shuttle will operate 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting simultaneously at McLaren Lodge on the eastern edge of the park and at the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach, shuttles will pick up passengers at approximately 15-minute intervals at 15 locations throughout the Park. Several stops conveniently connect to MUNI bus stops.
The free park shuttle helps alleviate traffic congestion and ensures that visitors are able to enjoy the Park's many attractions, while reducing the impact of automobiles on the park and
the environment. Well-marked park shuttle stops are located near all major attractions including the Conservatory of Flowers, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Japanese Tea Garden, Strybing Arboretum, Stow Lake, Buffalo Paddock, the Polo Fields, and the Beach Chalet. Rides are free, and visitors may get on or off at any stop. The shuttle provides convenient transportation into the Park from the nearby UCSF Parking Garage, where park visitors are urged to leave their cars.
Click here for the 2004 shuttle route map.
Cheap Tix Chart
Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets
sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theatrical productions, films, and
sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
Publishing’s NEWLY UPDATED Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
|Toronto Joins CityPass Program|
Toronto is the latest North American city to join CityPass, a way to bring six leading Toronto attractions in a united tourism marketing effort.
CityPass bundles the most-visited attractions in the region into one convenient, value-packed offering. It provides up to 50 percent savings and frees up valuable time to experience more of the city rather than waiting in ticket lines.
Visitors holding a Toronto CityPass will enjoy the following attractions: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the CN Tower with its 360-degree view of Toronto, Casa Loma a 98-room with five acres of estate gardens, Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and the Toronto Zoo.
Adult Toronto CityPass tickets are $46.00 (CAD), $35.18 (USD), a value of $91.60(CAD) or $70.04USD. Youth 4 to12 years old tickets, $28.50 (CAD), $21.80 (USD), a value of $57.00 (CAD) or $43.58(USD). Tickets are valid for nine days from first use.
Each ticket booklet contains detailed information about each attraction, including hours, location, directions, and an Insiders Tip - best time to visit or other tidbits - to make the most of time spent in the city.
|Renault Eurodrive Free Upgrade|
Renault Eurodrive provides a great incentive for Americans to head for their favorite European destinations. While supplies last, you can sign a 17-day lease on the Scénic and receive a free, automatic upgrade to the roomier, seven-seater Grand Scénic, saving $200 in the process.
Since 1954, Renault's Eurodrive program has been offering short-term leases to visitors as a less expensive alternative to renting a car.
The Eurodrive program is for travelers staying between one and six months -- a time-frame suited to people with flexible schedules such as students or retirees. Non-EU residents, 18 and older (there's no upper age limit), can lease a factory-fresh, fuel-efficient and fully-warranted Renault of their choice. You are charged a set fee for the first 17 days of the lease and a nominal per day fee for the remaining time. Since all cars come from the factory, you get the exact car you want with unlimited mileage, full comprehensive insurance with no deductible covering collision, personal injury, fire and theft at no extra charge.
With 36 pick-up and drop-off sites in nine European countries, you can get a car in one country and leave it in another. Renault's continent-wide network of 17,000 service agents and service stations is always at your disposal because all vehicles are under factory warranty. There's never a charge for parts or labor in the event of a mechanical problem. Should service become
necessary, the English-speaking staff will arrange for 24-hour roadside assistance and repair, vehicle replacement and can even book your hotel room.
The 17-day lease of the seven-passenger Grand Scénic is priced at $999, while the Grand Scénic diesel is $1,149. For both models, additional days beyond the initial lease period are $22.
Renault Eurodrive or 800/950-0086.
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50% Off "Suite Deal" Treat yourself to a special weekend in the Big Apple. The New York Palace Hotel's “Suite Deal,” gets you 50% off a Towers Suite on Friday or Saturday, free parking, free breakfast and a free bottle of red wine. The New York Palace is across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and steps from Rockefeller Center, Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, museums, and galleries.
New York Palace 800/697-2522.
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June 26 - July 4 - Revisit your past in Kutztown, PA. Over 2,000 quilts for sale. 200 juried folk artists and traditional craftspeople. Entertainment on six stages. Great Pennsylvania Dutch food.
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