Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, August 2018 Issue
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Crab Boil Area at Pin Point Heritage Museum, Pin Point, GA
Namibia Special Offer Package
|Enjoy the natural highlights of Namibia at your own pace with South African Airways Vacations, the leisure division of South African Airways.
SAA Vacations offers the “Namibia Discovery Self Drive Special Offer” vacation package for $2,999 per person based on double occupancy. This package includes roundtrip airfare from New York-JFK Airport on South African Airways, 12-nights’ accommodations, an Avis car rental, and meet and greet services by SAA Vacations representatives. With this package you can travel on a leisurely schedule.
The package is subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. The package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees.
Highlights include the wildlife sanctuary within Etosha National Park, rock climbing in Spitzkoppe, the charm of Swakopmund and the opportunity to explore the mountains of sand in the world’s oldest desert, the Namib.
The package includes:
- Roundtrip economy airfare from New York-JFK to Johannesburg, and internal flights to/from Windhoek, Namibia
- One night’s accommodation at the Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg
- Two nights’ accommodation at Vondelhof Guest House or similar
- One night’s accommodation at Okonjima Plans Camp or similar
- Three nights’ accommodation at Etosha Okaukuejo Rest Camp or similar
- One night’s accommodation at Omaruru Guesthouse or similar
- Two nights’ accommodation at The Stiltz Hotel or similar
- Two nights’ accommodation at Sossus Dune Lodge or similar
- Meet and greet by SAA Vacations representative upon arrival in South Africa
- Daily breakfast
- Avis car rental with GPS.
This package is available for new reservations, for travel Aug. 11 to Dec. 09, 2018.
SAA Vacations or 855/359-7228.
D Discount Pass
|The free D Discount Pass saves you 20 percent or more on entrance to Detroit attractions, including The Henry Ford. Many of Detroit’s best attractions offer The D Discount Pass savings for 2018. The offer is valid through Dec. 31, 2018.
Here are a few participating attractions:
TreeRunner Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, 20 percent off general admission Monday to Friday only. Limit four per customer.
Automotive Hall of Fame 20 percent off admission.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 20 percent off admission.
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant / Model T Automotive Heritage Complex 20 percent off admission.
The Henry Ford 20 percent off admission, 20 percent off any venue. Present discount pass at time of purchase. Not valid with any other offer or discounted admission. Promo Code: DM0617.
The Henry Ford, buy one admission to any attraction and get second admission 50 percent off. Present discount pass at time of ticket purchase. Limit two discounted admissions per discount pass. Not valid with any other offer or discounted admission. Promo Code: DM2017.
Legoland Discovery Center Michigan 20 percent off admission. Promo Code: V00003.
Lucky Strike Entertainment, Purchase a $10 game card and receive a $10 game card free. Valid Sunday to Thursday. One discount per person, per day.
Michigan Science Center, 20 percent off general admission. Limit four. Cannot be combined with other offers. Promo Code: VISITDETROIT.
Motown Museum, 20 percent off museum admission. Excludes group tours, special events and online sales.
Outdoor Adventure Center, Buy One, Get One Free.
Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 20 percent off admission, Promo Code: V00003.
Wheelhouse Detroit – Rivertown, Buy One, Get One Free walk-ins only; subject to availability.
Sign up by filling out the online form below. Print or send the bar code to your mobile phone. Show the D Discount Pass bar code at each participating attraction.
Offer is valid only at participating attraction(s)/museum(s). Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons and is nontransferable.
D Discount Pass.
|Federal-Mogul Motorparts' Wagner Brake brand wants you to recognize that vacations, graduations, or a daily run are "brake-worthy," and has launched its #ThingsWorthBrakingFor contest.
Through Aug. 19, 2018, you can enter to win a weekend getaway to one of 10 U.S. cities by submitting photos and captions documenting your brake-worthy experiences.
New for 2018, from Aug. 20, 2018 through Sep. 3, 2018, fans can vote for their favorite photos, up to five times per day, one time per photo. In addition to being evaluated by a qualified panel of experts, entrants will be judged by the number of fan votes that their photo and caption received.
The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., or Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence.
Wagner Brake's #ThingsWorthBrakingFor contest will award one grand-prize weekend getaway package (winner and up to three guests) to any of these 10 U.S. cities or destinations – Boston; Detroit; Ellis Island in New York.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Yosemite National Park in California; San Antonio; Seattle; or Washington, D.C.
The weekend getaway will include up to four roundtrip airline tickets, hotel accommodations for three nights and a $500 gift card. Ten runners-up will receive $50 gift cards to BuyFMGear.com.
Things Worth Braking For.
Free Shuttle from NYC and LI
|Spending a weekend on the North Fork, NY is easier thanks to an initiative from the North Fork Promotion Council.
The North Fork Link, a fleet of luxury vans, will take riders around the region, saving the hassle of driving while helping to alleviate summertime traffic.
Visitors from Long Island and New York City can arrive to Riverhead and points east to Greenport via the Long Island Railroad or public and private bus services to connect with "The Link." The hop-on, hop-off service will allow you to enjoy the wineries, breweries, restaurants, shops, art galleries and points of interest at your own pace without worrying about driving or parking.
To address concerns about increased traffic in the area, The North Fork Promotion Council (NFPC) applied for and received a New York State Empire State Development (ESD) grant to provide a transportation solution. The North Fork Link shuttles have leather seats, WiFi and power outlets. On-board local "concierges" assist with itineraries, answer questions, and provide information about the North Fork.
The North Fork Link runs every 30 to 45 minutes on Saturdays from the LIRR train station in Riverhead to Mattituck and Greenport, with designated stops along the villages of the North Fork. You can access real-time information and location updates by downloading the North Fork Now app.
The North Fork Link operates until Aug. 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
North Fork Link.
Myrtle Beach Summer Fun Savings
|Vacation Myrtle Beach, a hotel group in the Myrtle Beach area featuring 14 oceanfront properties and nearly 4,000 accommodation units, offers summer savings. Families can save up to 40 percent off normal rates, plus receive two free waterpark tickets for their summer Myrtle Beach vacation.
Here are the Summer Fun Savings details:
The Exclusive Summer Fun offer applies for stays booked in advance for travel through Sep. 2, 2018. Reservations booked under this special will receive two waterpark tickets.
The Exclusive Summer Fun Savings also offers the discounts at most resorts, where applicable:
- $50 food credit and $100 game card OR
- $50 food credit OR
- $50 Instant Rebate.
With beaches, nearly 100 golf courses, shows, attractions and activities, and culinary options at more than 1,800 restaurants, plan your summer vacation at one of the 14 oceanfront properties offered by Vacation Myrtle Beach.
Exclusive Summer Fun or 855/285-4416.
World Spree Amazing Vietnam Deal
|World Spree’s 2019 Amazing Vietnam tour at 13 days, is the longest of the “budget” tours. Unlike other tours that use four-star city hotels, Amazing Vietnam features five-star city hotels. Rather than a cruise of a few hours on Halong Bay, Amazing Vietnam’s Halong Bay cruise is an overnight cruise to remote parts of the bay. World Spree does not take tours to “shopping traps” in stores that pay commissions to tour operators.
The Amazing Vietnam tour is a good deal, but early birds who plan ahead will find the September 2019 trips are a better deal at $1,599. The price includes roundtrip international air fare, all transportation and transfers in Vietnam, hotel accommodation with daily American buffet breakfast, four other meals (this was Anthony Bourdain’s favorite cuisine), sightseeing tours with entrance fees, an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, discounted optional tours, baggage handling and professional English-speaking tour guides.
The tour takes in Hanoi, with its French-colonial buildings, old city and mementos of Ho Chi Minh. There’s a glimpse of China Beach on the way to Hoi An, a historic port town with photogenic architecture and good shopping. Then stop at Hue, the former imperial capital known for its Citadel with its pavilions and palaces. You fly to Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City, with its French-colonial landmarks. There are two optional tours: to see the livelihoods of the Mekong Delta’s villagers and the underground Cu Chi Tunnels.
All prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to availability. For more information, at the World Spree website click “Destinations,” then “Vietnam.”
Amazing Vietnam or 866/652-5656.
11 Days China, Japan Tour
|Stunning Tours offers an 11 day China and Japan tour that leaves from Beijing. The tour starts from $1,499 per person and leaves from San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle or Los Angles.
Using Tour Code ETJG11, it leaves from San Jose, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco Oct. 18 and 23, 2018.
The tour includes:
- International airfare and tax
- Bullet train ride to Tianjin
- Airport transfers
- English-speaking tour guides with daily guided tour to listed sites Admission fees to sites and attractions
- Hotels with breakfasts
- Balcony cabin on Star Cruises’ Virgo.
Not included: Services fee: $80; tips on Star Cruises of $17 per day and China Visa application.
The single supplement is $599 while the land only package is $1,199 per person.
- Three nights in Beijing with visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall
- China’s Bullet Train “Fuxing Hao”, from Beijing
- Tianjin’s Five Great Avenues (Wudadao), constructed by the British, French, Germans, Italians, and Spanish in the early 1900s.
- Five nights in a balcony cabin about the Star Cruises’ Virgo with ports of call at Fukuoka and Nagasaki
- Several options tours are offered in China.
Stunning Tours or 866/536-8299.
Single Parent Getaway at Select Velas Resorts
|For an end of summer getaway, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, waive the single supplement fee for single parents traveling with their children. Special rates and programs are offered for kids and teens and in some cases, extra included features. The promotion is available at the Grand Velas resorts and Velas Vallarta through Dec. 22, 2018. Rates start at $330 per night for adults and $100 per kid ages four to 17 per night.
At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the Single Parents Getaway includes one dolphin experience for one adult and two children. At Velas Vallarta, the experience includes an upgrade to a one bedroom suite, early check in or late checkout, free Wi-Fi, city tour, cultural tour, and two days of car rental. For families that stay a minimum of three nights at Velas Vallarta, an upgrade to one of the resort's three bedroom suites is based on availability.
Entertainment for kids ranges from mini mariachi classes, sand castle building, water balloon wars, kite making and human foosball tournaments. In addition to Kids' Clubs for children ages four to 12 at all the resorts, infants and teens enjoy special services at the Grand Velas Resorts.
A dedicated Baby Concierge can help single parents with everything for baby, from cribs, Mexican toys, baby floats, baby clothes, bath and shampoo gels and gourmet baby food.
High-tech Teen Lounges offer a pool, air hockey, foosball and arcade games, Xbox and PS3, seats with built in speakers for enhanced game play and individual cubicles with a 40″ LED TV.
At Velas Vallarta, the package starts at $330 for adults and $100 per child age four to 17 through Dec. 22, 2018. Through Dec. 18, 2018, single parent rates start at $435 for adults, $120 for children (four to 12 years old) and $200 per teen (13 to 15 years old) at Grand Velas Riviera Maya in the Zen ambiance. Grand Velas Los Cabos' rates start at $540 per night for a single parent and up to two kids under 12 free (teens 50 percent discount) sharing the suite in the Ambassador Suite.
Over the same dates, the Single Parents package starts at $572 for one adult and up to two kids (four to 16 years old) at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Rates are per night with children occupying the same suite as parent. No minimum night requirement applies.
Velas Resorts all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte meals at specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, WiFi, fitness center, taxes and gratuities. Blackout dates apply.
Single Parent Getaway or 888/407-4869.
Yuengling Free Brewery Tour
|D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America's oldest brewery, extends hours, events and promotions as part of its free brewery tour and tastings in Pottsville, PA this summer.
The tour includes viewing the hand-dug fermentation caves that were used for storage before refrigeration at the 189-year-old brewery that has produced Yuengling beer. The Yuengling brewery is on the National Register of Historic Places.
As part of Yuengling's American Summer Adventure Promotion, you have a chance to win prizes and branded swag by posting a photo of your brewery tour experience using #YuenglingBrewTour and tagging Yuengling on social media. A winner will be chosen every day through Labor Day.
In addition to the historic Yuengling beer aging caves, brew house and bottling shop, this summer the tour will feature new selfie spots including a Yuengling beer throne and a "Spread Your Wings" wall.
Extended brewery tour hours end on Sep. 1, 2018. Monday through Friday tours are scheduled 10 and 11 a.m., then noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday tours start at 10:30 a.m. and run every 45 people until 3 p.m. Tours are free for all ages. Reservations for groups larger than 15 are suggested. Valid ID is required for tastings following the tour.
Brooks Lake Lodge Reduced Rates
|Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, near Jackson Hole, WY and Yellowstone National Park, offers a reduced rate of $391 per night, per person (rate includes all meals, activities, taxes and service charge) on its remote and activity-packed accommodations Aug. 23 through Sep. 14, 2018.
Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa mixes amenities with backcountry adventures. All-inclusive pricing means you can participate in guided or unguided activities such as fishing, horseback riding, hiking, canoeing and archery. Kids are encouraged to join in the outdoor fun, and the lodge provides some activities for the little ones, including nature walks, model boat races and arts and crafts.
All meals are included in a stay. The onsite spa offers treatments. The Cowboy Bar supplies adult nightcaps. Board games or kid-friendly movies are available in the lodge's library.
The lodge's three types of accommodations are standard rooms inside the main lodge, private cabins or a large lodge suite with full kitchen and living room. With the late summer discount, Aug. 23 to Sep. 14, 2018, starts from $391 per person, per night.
Brooks Lake Lodge or 866/213-4022.
Philadelphia Family Hotel Packages
|Hotels throughout the Philadelphia region offer overnight packages for families and kids. The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel package includes admission to the Museum of the American Revolution, and passes for Franklin Square and the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.
Both The Logan and The Rittenhouse Hotel offer in-room camping (or glamping). The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel offers access to the gaming exhibit at The Franklin Institute. Hotels surrounding Langhorne’s Sesame Place serve packages suited for families with Elmo fans. Here are some of the packages bookable at visitphilly.com:
Franklin Institute Package at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Receive two general admission tickets to The Franklin Institute and two tickets to Game Masters: The Exhibition. Package price from $119. Additional tickets to the exhibition can be purchased from hotels for the discounted price of $24 each. Through Aug. 20, 2018.
Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Summer Getaway at 47 Philadelphia-area hotels. The package includes onsite hotel parking, two tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, $25 at any CHeU Noodle Bar restaurants, mini golf and a carousel ride for two at Franklin Square, two tickets to roller skate and ride the Ferris wheel at Penn’s Landing’s Blue Cross RiverRink, $10 towards a Lyft ride and two tickets for the PHLASH downtown loop. Available through Sep. 3, 2018.
Kids’ Luxe Camping Experience at the Rittenhouse Hotel. Sleep on sleeping bags and mattresses in a tent for two with house-made s’mores snacks during the hotel’s turndown service, kids’ robes and slippers and a welcome gift from the hotel’s children’s “treasure chest.” Through Sep. 3, 2018.
Sesame Place Kids Dine Free Package at any Sesame Place Official or Partner Hotel. Book a one-night stay at a Sesame Place Official or Partner hotel and save $15 on “Any Two-Day Ticket,” with savings up to 25 percent off some of the park’s most popular add-on items and free kids’ meals when you reserve breakfast, lunch or dinner at Dine with Elmo & Friends. Through Sep. 15, 2018.
The Logan Urban Campout at the Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel. Book the package and stay in the Pennsbury corner suite, outfitted with a teepee tent, indoor star machine, marshmallow-scented candle, stuffed animal, kids’ “Rocky” robe, coloring set, bottle of wine, set of juice boxes and a s’mores-making kit with marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. No expiration date.
Ikon Pass Partners with Thredbo
|Ikon Pass partners with Thredbo in New South Wales, Australia offering access to more than 64,000 acres at 27 mountain destinations across the globe. The Ikon Pass is available for purchase online and through selected travel partners.
In addition to 26 destinations in North America, Ikon Pass holders can ski and ride in the Southern Hemisphere throughout Thredbo’s 2018 winter season. Ikon Pass holders have seven-day access to Thredbo on the Ikon Pass with no black-out dates, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, with selected black-out dates.
Thredbo, located in Kosciuszko National Park 300 miles from Sydney, is Australia’s leading ski and snowboard destination, with 1,168 acres of terrain and the continent’s longest run at 3.6 miles.
Thredbo joins the Ikon Pass which includes Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort.
IKON PASS: Unlimited access to 12 destinations plus seven-days and seven-days combined at 14 destinations, no black-out dates. Plus you receive 10 Friends & Family lift tickets offering 25 percent off of the window rate at any Ikon Pass destination (excluding CMH), with no blackout dates, free one-year membership to Protect Our Winters, 20 percent off POW store merchandise, a monthly POW newsletter, and a subscription to “The Line” newsletter.
IKON BASE PASS: Unlimited access to 10 destinations plus five-days and five-days combined at 16 destinations, with blackout periods at North American and Australian destinations. You receive eight Friends & Family lift tickets, good for 25 percent off the window rate at any Ikon Pass destination (excluding CMH), free one-year membership to Protect Our Winters, 20 percent off POW store merchandise, monthly POW newsletter, and subscription to “The Line” newsletter.
Amawaterways Suite Savings
|AmaWaterways offer savings of up to $800 per person when booking AmaMagna SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube river.
As part of the AmaMagna 2019 inaugural season special, this offer lets you upgrade from a base category stateroom to a 355 sq. ft. SB suite with a supplement of $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy for a seven night cruise. The SA supplement is $3,299 per person, double occupancy. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites feature full outside balconies, open seating areas and bathrooms with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks. Six Grand Suites (474 sq. ft.) and an Owner’s Suite (710 sq. ft.) provide separate seating areas and bathrooms with spa-like bathtubs.
All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes:
- Welcome gift including a bottle of champagne
- A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore
- Unlimited free laundry service.
At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna has 98 staterooms. Most suites measure between 355 and 710 sq. ft. Complementing the Main Restaurant and the Chef’s Table Restaurant is a Wine Bar Restaurant and the Al Fresco Restaurant with retractable windows and outdoor seating.
A free daily excursion program includes escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes that can be personalize to your cruise. Additional features include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services and a water sports Platform.
AmaWaterways or 800/626-0126.
Free Airfare for Road Scholar Cuba Trip
|Road Scholar, offering people-to-people educational adventures to Cuba since 1997, gives you the opportunity to experience the culture and meet the people of Cuba.
Beginning in fall 2018, Road Scholar offers an Adventures Afloat program that circumnavigates Cuba aboard the newly renovated Victory 2. The ship is designed for large ports like Havana and smaller port cities. The trip begins in Miami and spends up to two days in ports in each region of the country. You learn about the history and architecture, the food and culture, and meet the people of Cuba.
Tuition starts at $4,499 per person. Book before Aug.t 31, 2018, and Road Scholar covers the cost of airfare from 26 different gateways.
Free Air on 2018/2019 Scenic Cruises
|Last year, Scenic Cruises unveiled Egypt and Jordan tours and cruise/tours on the refurbished Sanctuary Sun Boat III. Strong sales for 2018 and 2019 has the company extending with new dates in Sep., Oct. and Nov. 2019. Scenic also offers free airfare or $1,000 savings if any September 2018 through November 2019 departures are booked by Aug. 31, 2018.
Scenic’s 11-day Treasures of Egypt on an 18 cabin ship sails along the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Fares start at $5,395 per person, double.
The 10-day Kingdom of Jordan Unveiled explores Jordan. Highlights include two nights in Amman and a reenactment of the Roman chariot races; a stop at Petra and a private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum. Fares start at $4,495.
Scenic offers a 20-day combination of both trips. Fares begin at $9,495.
The Sanctuary Sun Boat III holds up to 36 guests. The ship offers cabins with picture windows, a sun deck pool, tented lounge chairs and a top-notch dining experience in the ship’s restaurant.
Scenic’s all-inclusive includes: unlimited free beverages, all meals on board and most ashore, all gratuities, transfers, hotel accommodations, expert local guides, and all Scenic Freechoice activities and Scenic Enrich special events.
Scenic or 844/788-7987.
Incheon Medical Tourism Aftercare
|Incheon is a city in Korea with a population of more than three million. It has medical institutions equipped with high-tech devices and staffed with professionals. If you're considering a medical trip for disease, health, aesthetics and medical healing, Incheon offers concierge services and the "Peace of Mind" program to help foreigners receive medical treatments conveniently.
The Incheon concierge services help foreigners receive medical treatments by making multiple services available in one stop. Concierges will greet you and send you off at the airport, arrange for transportation to hospitals and hotels and assist in money exchange and getting cellphone service.
Medical coordinators proficient in foreign languages are stationed in medical institutions to help foreigners get medical treatment without language problems.
The Incheon “Peace of Mind” program provides free air transportation and hotel accommodations to foreign patients if they need to return for medical reasons to Incheon-based hospitals within 90 days after going back home. The program also provides scheduling and guide services.
If you are considering overseas medical institutions, but worry about the medical staff, side effects after returning home, arrangement for lodging and transportation, and language barriers, when you visit medical institutions in Incheon, you don’t need to worry.
The Korean Tourism operates the free Korean Travel Hotline, 1330, for domestic and foreign tourists. Aside from tourist information, it provides interpretation service, claim report, reservation of Benikea, and a connection to tourist police in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
You can get all the information about Incheon-based medical institutions in the Medical Tourism Information System run by Incheon Tourism Organization.
Incheon Medical Tourism.
Ultimate Traveler Competition
|Cover-More Travel Insurance launches its Ultimate Traveler global video competition. Record and share a short video showing a travel experience or adventure and that can put you in the running to win a $10,000 travel prize.
In its fourth year, the Ultimate Traveler video competition showcases travelers’ adventures from across the world.
You can submit an entry until Sep. 3, 2018. Full competition details here.
What does it takes to be crowned 2018’s Ultimate Traveler? It can be anyone who has the attitude that any opportunity to travel is the chance to have an experience of a lifetime. You don’t need to be a skilled videographer to create a winning entry, you need to be passionate and a little creative.
One entry will also win the People’s Choice Award, where the ‘Most Popular’ video (by public vote) will win a $1,000 travel voucher.
Last year’s winner, Canadian Tyler Cave, 25, spent his $10,000 prize visiting his bucket list destinations - Cuba and Japan. Tyler won with his video that showcased the rugged natural beauty and outdoor adventures that Vancouver Island has to offer.
Entries close Sep. 3, 2018. Winners will be contacted by Sep. 10, 2018.
Information on how to enter and full competition details here.
South Shore Harbour Resort 30th Anniversary
|South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, a half hour south of Houston, celebrates three decades of hospitality with events and savings this summer.
Adding to last year’s poolside movie screenings, this year enjoy movies on select Fridays on a giant 120’screen. Relax and unwind with South Shore Harbour’s free summer concert series featuring some of Houston's hottest cover bands.
The Summer Baycation package starts from $139 per night Sunday to Thursday and from $159 per night Friday and Saturday. You must book and travel by Sep. 30 2018 and a 13 percent occupancy tax applies. Based on availability, the package includes a welcome beverage for up to two adults at check-in, breakfast for up to three kids (17 and under) with one paying adult, and free passes at an offsite fitness center. The package does not apply to conference and group rates.
Enjoy a two-hour adult cruise on Clear Lake with Houston Party Boats. Beer and wine are provided, plus light bites and one or two specialty drinks from Stoli Vodka on Sep. 22, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost for the cruise is $40 per person.
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center is on Clear Lake, the country’s third largest boating destination. It offers 230 guest rooms, two multilevel penthouses, 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a marina-side pool and deck, a restaurant and a lobby bar with views of the bay.
South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center or 281/334-1000.
The Point of Pin Point, GA - - article and photos by Nicki Chodnoff
| For nearly 100 years, Pin Point was a nearly forgotten, isolated community on the banks of the Moon River just south of Savannah, GA. This is the same Moon River that songwriter and Savannah native Johnny Mercer wrote about.
The African American community was founded by first generation freed slaves from nearby Ossabaw, Skidaway, Pigeon and Green islands in the 1890s.
Where water meets land, Pin Point was so named because of its tiny size. Here, you’ll learn about the area’s Gullah/Geechee culture firsthand. This tightly knit community, much like an extended family, kept its traditional ties to West Africa, making it one of the country’s last remaining Gullah-Geechee enclaves. Pin Point’s isolation and caring people helped the community and culture endure and face the test of time. In its hey-day 300 people lived in Pin Point. The numbers dwindled down to 100 people who still call Pin Point home and found a way to remember. Herman “Hanif” Haynes helps the public remember with informative, hands-on tours where he and practically his entire community worked at the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory.
The factory is no longer active, but the red roof and white cinderblock building that once housed the A.S. Varn & Son Oyster and Crab Factory is still here, standing since 1926 when it was first erected. Now the re-purposed buildings serve as the Pin Point Heritage Museum complex that shares the story of Pin Point through interactive displays, exhibits, memories and stories about what life was like for workers who made their living here for 60 some years. The ever-present, expansive views of the marsh are everywhere.
It took hard work and dedication to harvest the bounty of the sea. Women picked crab at the factory while rocking baby bassinettes crafted from crab pots. In the afternoon, men returned in their wooden bateau boats with their bounty from the sea: oysters in the winter and crabs in the summer. The oyster and crab cannery was Pin Point’s economic engine, putting food on the table while employing the men and women of Pin Point.
Economic ups and downs marked the ebb and flow of the factory and the destiny of the families who lived and worked here. Through a combination of overfishing and drought, the factory closed in 1985. Preservation of the oyster and crab factory provides an opportunity to experience this life through a tour. More than a museum, it’s a glimpse into the past and a way to preserve the community that remains.
Guide Hanif Haynes and an informative documentary film about Pin Point shown during the tour includes memories about Archie Varn, also known as “Mr. Archie” and “Old Man Varn,” who owned the canning factory. Remembered as a benevolent employer, Varn was known for his generosity and kindness to local residents. Mr. Archie bought the uniforms, shoes and bats for kids to play baseball and even took employees and their families to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., to watch major league baseball games. According to Haynes, “Old Man Varn looked out for a lot of people.”
Hanif Haynes and the other guides working in the museum are descendants of the original Pin Point residents. Personable and wonderful storytellers, Haynes and the documentary film recount the stories of community members and their deep spirit and faith. You come to understand what life was once like in Pin Point. Though daily life was physical and tough, community members recalled the past fondly with a devotion to the place and one another.
Pin Point was the perennial backwater but gained national fame when its native son Justice Clarence Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991.
After watching the documentary, we head to the crab boil area where Haynes taught us about crabbing and about different crabs. We then went into the museum and learned about some more historically significant people from this area.
Walking to the marsh, Haynes explained how the bateau, the large gray wooden boat worked. Standing by the marsh that leads to that great expanse of water, gave you an idea of how little you and Pin Point seemed in the scheme of things.
Our group was split in two. One half went into the Oyster House while the others stayed outside. The group outside showed the people in the Oyster House how the men would get the oysters freshly caught oysters inside to the women who shucked them and received $1 per gallon. After the demonstration, everyone came into the Oyster house where we were learned more facts about life in pin point
Next, we went into the Deviled Crab house where Haynes taught us some Gullah words and phrases.
There are displays with the tools of the trade, equipment and members of the community.
You leave Pin Point thinking about how this community nurtured its residents for generations. The point of Pin Point is the timeless lessons it offers concerning what really matters most in life: family, friendship, connection and community.
Pin Point Heritage Museum or 912/355-0064.
Divi Resorts 30% Off Summer Sale
|Divi Resorts offers its High Tides & Good Vibes sale featuring 30 percent off Caribbean destinations on Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados and St. Maarten. Book this offer by Sep. 30 for all 2018 and 2019 travel dates.
Divi Resorts' Caribbean locations provide on-site amenities, including restaurants, bars, freshwater pools, land and water sports, and spas.
Room only stays are priced per room and not per person, so solo travelers can stay at Divi resorts without the added single supplement cost.
- Deals on room only and all-inclusive stays during the High Tides & Good Vibes sale are:
- • Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort on Aruba – from $175 per night room only or $227 per person, per night all-inclusive
- • Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort on Aruba – from $169 per night room only or $200 per person, per night all-inclusive
- • Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort on Aruba – from $249 per night room only
- • Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino on Bonaire – rates start at $155 per night room only or $178 per person, per night all-inclusive
- • Divi Southwinds Beach Resort on Barbados – rates start at $159 per night room only
- • Divi Little Bay Beach Resort on St. Maarten – rates start at $169 per night room only or $195 per person, per night all-inclusive.
Divi salutes those who have served their country and communities with a 20 percent discount in addition to the 30 percent off deal, for a total of 50 percent off. This offer is available to all military personnel, firefighters and police, including those who are on active service, reserve and retired, and their spouses and children.
Divi's High Tides & Good Vibes or 800/367-3484.
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