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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2008 Issue

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In This Issue:
Bahai Gardens, Haifa, Israel, lastest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bahai Gardens

  • New Boston and Chicago Explorer Passes
  • Elk Package at Jackson Lake Lodge
  • Dropping Temps Mean Falling Travel Prices
  • The Passenger's Bill of Duties
  • Military Rate at Radisson Aruba
  • Traffic Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint
  • Super Clubs News
  • Spirit Vacations Fly Fr-ee & Save
  • Values in Palm Beach County
  • Winter Luxury for Less
  • Pleasant Holidays Fall, Winter Hawaii Sale
  • All-in-One Amsterdam Ticket
  • Green Valley Spa 2-for-1 Special
  • Prices Fall in Atlantic Canada for Fall Foliage
  • Don't Leave It Behind by Nicki Chodnoff
  • Value Golf Package in UP
  • Kentucky State Park $50 Coupon
  • Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Promotion
  • California Deals
  • dineLA Restaurant Week

    • New Boston and Chicago Explorer Passes

      Smart Destinations, the provider of unlimited admission attraction passes in major U.S. travel destinations, offers their two newest Explorer Passes: the Boston Explorer Pass and the Chicago Explorer Pass. Both passes are credit card-sized smartcards that come pre-loaded with admission to many of the cities’ most popular tours, museums and attractions. Boston and Chicago Explorer Passes provide value, letting you avoid long ticket lines and saving up to 35 percent off the price of buying separate tickets.

      With the Boston and Chicago passes, you can choose from Premium and Signature attractions based on the card you purchase. Explorer Passes are valid for 30 days while you visit the three, five or seven attraction choices.

      Premium Attractions - Boston Explorer Pass include: the Beantown Trolley Tour; Mass Bay Lines Whale Watch; New England Aquarium; Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour; Theatre-on-Wheels Movie Tour; Museum of Fine Arts; Bay State Cruise Company – Provincetown Ferry; Liberty Fleet Tall Ship Adventures; Plimouth Plantation & Mayflower II; and Foxwoods Casino Tour.

      Signature Boston Attractions include Fenway Park Tour; Museum of Science; the Freedom Trail Foundation Walking Tour; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum; Boston Harbor Cruise’s 45-Minute Constitution Cruise; Institute of Contemporary Art; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the Mary Baker Eddy Library/Mapparium; Old South Meeting House; Old State House Museum; Paul Revere House; Boston Children’s Museum; Charles Riverboat Cruise; the MIT Museum; Harvard Museum of Natural History; the Peabody Museum and Franklin Park Zoo.

      The Boston Explorer Pass starts at $44.99 for adults and $24.99 for children.

      Premium Chicago Attractions include: two-day Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Pass; Shoreline Sightseeing Architectural River Cruise, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium All Access Pass; Gray Line North and South Side Tours; the Field Museum; Museum of Science and Industry Plus IMAX and the Legoland Discovery Center.

      Signature Chicago Attractions include the Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Cruise; Hancock Observatory; Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tours; Sears Tower Sky Deck; Arlington Race Track; Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Historical Society Walking Tours and Museum Admission; Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society Home and Studio; Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Society Fredrick C. Robie House; Navy Pier Rides (five rides); Brookfield Zoo; Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago Children’s Museum, Notebaert Nature Museum and Kohl’s Children Museum.

      Pricing for the Chicago Explorer Pass starts at $44.99 for adults and $29.99 for children.

      Boston Explorer Pass or Chicago Explorer Pass.

      Elk Package at Jackson Lake Lodge

      Experience wildlife in its natural state. Jackson Lake Lodge, in Grand Teton National Park, WY, offers a $179 Elk Lover's package Sep. 2 through Oct. 4, 2008.

      The package includes one night in a classic cottage, breakfast for two and a welcome gift with a self-guided excursion to help you experience the park at one of the most colorful times of the year.

      The Elk Lover's Package is valid for new bookings only, is based on space availability for single or double occupancy and does not include tax, gratuities and incidental charges. The package rate is not applicable to groups or conventions, and advance reservations are required.

      Each September, elk migrate through Grand Teton National Park to their winter home near Jackson, WY. Their unique bugling call starts as a low whistling sound that culminates into the high-pitched sound of a flute. These distinct sounds can be heard throughout the area and are an added bonus to the vibrant fall colors seen in the park.

      Located on a bluff overlooking Jackson Lake and the Teton Mountain range, Jackson Lake Lodge is situated so you can watch elk and other wildlife in their natural habitat from the 60-foot windows of the upper lobby.

      Grand Teton Lodge or 800/628-9988.

      Give a Jaguar -- An Amber Jaguar -- The remarkable face of a jaguar is hand-carved onto a lovely piece of cherry amber that's 33x20 mm in size. The dramatic pendent hangs on an ultra-chic 18" natural-colored leather necklace cord with a sterling silver clasp. Boy will this turn heads.

      High-style boutiques and jewelers charge $500 or more for this glam piece. It's yours for only $125 plus shipping & insurance. Click here to order.
      At the home page, click on the amber category.

      Dropping Temps Mean Falling Travel Prices

      Beat the heat, the crowds and peak season costs by visiting Europe in the winter with a vacation package from go-today.com. Plan in advance and you will receive up to $650 savings on vacations to London, Paris or Rome. Purchase in advance to get the best availability and lock in prices to protect against future fuel surcharge increases and exchange rate fluctuations.

      Go-today.com offers an air-inclusive, six-night vacation to London from $749, Paris from $829, and Rome from $949. In peak summer season, the same packages range from $450 to $650 more per person; money that can be spent on sightseeing tours, meals, or souvenirs.

      The London, Paris, and Rome packages include roundtrip airfare, six-nights’ hotel accommodations, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service fees, and airline fuel surcharges.

      go-today.com or 800/227-3235.

      The Passenger's Bill of Duties

      New York became the first state in the nation to pass a law establishing a bill of rights for airline passengers. The bill was in response to a 10-hour delay at John F. Kennedy International Airport, among other airline-related aggravations.

      Although passengers stranded on tarmacs are certainly entitled to be treated with respect, it is also true that with rights come responsibilities. Bruce Weinstein, a corporate consultant and public speaker known as The Ethics Guy, proposes the following Passenger's Bill.

      1. Passengers shall not take out frustrations on personnel at the ticket counter or gate. Passengers shall appreciate the thankless nature of these jobs and will recognize that the surest way not to get what they want is to treat airline employees with contempt.
      2. When entering the cabin, passengers shall greet flight attendants with a smile. When disembarking, they shall say a sincere "thank you" to the attendants and to the pilot who got them safely to their destination. If there are delays in departing or arriving, this shall not prevent passengers from expressing gratitude for the crew's hard work.
      3. Passengers shall pay attention to the safety demonstration before take-off, no matter how many times they have seen it before. They shall also turn off cell phones, pagers and all other electronic devices when directed to do so and shall not rely upon reminders from more conscientious fellow passengers.
      4. After striking up a conversation with a neighbor, passengers shall take cues from the other person if a gabfest isn't welcome. For many, a few hours in an airplane is their only time to enjoy a bit of solitude.
      5. Children shall not be allowed to scream, kick, or otherwise misbehave while on the plane.
      6. Passengers shall leave restrooms in pristine condition.
      7. Passengers shall keep elbows and the edges of newspapers away from neighbors. Each passenger is entitled to his or her share of unencumbered space. No passenger shall assume that the armrest is for him or her alone.
      8. Passengers in the mood for love shall refrain from using the restroom for such.
      9. When the in-flight movie starts, do as you're asked and lower the shades. Passengers may not want to watch the film, but should recognize that others wish to do so. On portable DVD players and laptops, refrain from watching pornography, extreme violence and other material that might reasonably offend the sensibilities of fellow passengers.
      10. Passengers shall clean up after themselves. Flight attendants are there to ensure comfort and safety. They are not maids, nannies, or caretakers. Upon disembarking, passengers shall take remaining trash and deposit it in the appropriate receptacle in the airport, rather than in the seat pocket or underneath the seat.

      All of these rules may be boiled down to one simple idea: We ought to think about how our actions affect other people. That is, after all, the essence of both etiquette and ethics, two institutions that are the basis of a well-functioning community.

      Passengers who take their responsibilities as seriously as their rights will go a long way toward ensuring a pleasant flying experience for everyone, including themselves. And behaving respectfully is simply the right thing to do.

      The Ethics Guy.

      Military Rate at Radisson Aruba

      The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa rewards people serving in the United States military with a 2008 Military Rate of 50 percent off Garden and Partial Ocean View rooms. Rates begin at $149.50 per room and travel is valid through Dec. 18, 2008. When you take advantage of the discount, request the Military Rate promotion code: MIL08 (when booking online) and present your military I.D at check-in.

      Three on-site dining venues are located at Radisson Aruba. For a casual experience, the whole family can enjoy a dinner buffet at Laguna, where kids under 12 eat for fr=ee with a paying adult.

      The beachfront Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa is known for its white sandy beach, lagoons, waterfalls, manicured gardens and 353 guestrooms including 30 suites. The resort features a 30,000-sq.-ft. pool area with two f.ree-form pools, a casino, the Larimar Spa, a PADI watersports facility and more than 5,000 sq ft. of meeting space.

      Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa or 800/333-3333.

      Fr-ee Fun San Diego
      This savings-packed FR.EE brochure features almost 40 Fun, Fr-ee Things to do in San Diego. When heading to Southern California, attend concerts or visit a State Historic Park and keep that cash in your pocket.

      To get your Fr-ee Fun San Diego brochure, for a $1 handling fee, click here to send us an email.

      Traffic Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint

      Traffic.com provides real-time tools to help commuters plan carefully for the road ahead, cutting driving time and gas bills.

      Traffic.com suggests the following gas-saving measures to help you conserve fuel and reduce your carbon footprint:

      1. Check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires reduce gas mileage by three percent.
      2. Lighten your load. Removing 100 lbs of unneeded weight improves mileage by two percent.
      3. Avoid sitting in traffic. Some newer models of navigation systems provide real-time traffic for the latest and most comprehensive traffic information available.
      4. Update your GPS navigation maps. Taking the quickest route with the most up-to-date map information reduces time on the road.

      You can save gas by driving on highways instead of local streets, even if it is farther. According to the U.S. EPA, the average difference between highway and city gas mileage is about 30 percent. Thus, 100 miles of steadily moving highway traffic should burn the same amount of gas as 70 miles of stop-and-go, city-type driving in the average car.


      Super Clubs News

      HURRY, BOOK BY SEP. 15 - - Save up to $166 per couple, per night when you book one of 11 SuperClubs resorts in Jamaica, Curaçao or the Bahamas before Sep. 15, 2008. You’ll receive 20 percent off a three-night minimum stay at Grand Lido Resorts & Spas, Breezes Resorts, ROOMS Resorts and Starfish Trelawny. The discount for booking at Hedonism Resorts is up to 10 percent.

      The double early booking offer is valid on travel Jan. 2 through Dec. 22, 2009. Guaranteed single rate is 150 percent of double per person, per night rate; triples are 90 percent of the per person, per night rate based on double occupancy for each person in the room, where applicable.

      Discount Rates 2008: Book five nights at any of five Jamaican SuperClubs resorts by Oct. 31, 2008, and you will get the lowest rates of the season on travel through Dec. 20, 2008. Rates start at $175 per person, per night at the Grand Lido Resorts & Spas. Rates at the newly renovated Breezes Runaway Bay start at $138 per person, per night. Rates at Hedonism Resorts start at $144 per person, per night. All prices are based on double occupancy.

      ROOMS Negril: In celebration of its grand opening, ROOMS on the beach, Negril, offers savings on three-night minimum stays through Dec. 22, 2008. Book by Oct. 31, 2008 and save up to $50. Nightly rates start at $100 and include continental breakfast

      Breezes Panama Opens Spring 2009: SuperClubs adds a new hotel in June 2009 with the 300-room Breezes Panama Resort & Spa. A full-service, all-inclusive family resort, the new Breezes will be near Playa Blanca on the Pacific Ocean, one hour from Tocumen Airport. The property will feature five swimming pools, four restaurants, five bars, land and water sports, a water slide, kids’ club/nursery, spa, gym, nightly entertainment and a casino. Seasonal rates will start at $125 per person, per night.

      Super Clubs.

      Spirit Vacations Fly Fr-ee & Save

      Spirit Vacations and Sandals Resorts offer to fly you fr-ee to a Luxury Included Sandals Resort in the Bahamas or Jamaica and save up to 35 percent off of a six night stay. Plus, receive two nights f-ree with a seven night or longer stay.

      Spirit Vacations packages include roundtrip air travel on Spirit Airlines, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel taxes and service charges and Customer Care Service. Luxury Included Sandals vacations include all dining, premium wine and spirits, water sports and entertainment.

      Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and availability and are subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required. All travel is in coach class. Rates may be higher over holidays and do not include hotel charges such as room service, telephone charges, government travel taxes and security fees.

      The Fly Fr-ee offer is a credit toward the land portion of your booking, based on double occupancy and a minimum three night stay. The credit is $350 per person for airfare to Jamaica or Bahamas with a maximum of two people per offer. The credit may not cover all airfare costs, taxes and fuel surcharges.

      Here are a few deals available with Spirit Vacations.

      Sandals Inn - Jamaica - Fly Fr-ee and 20 percent off hotel accommodations. Thursday departures Sep. 18 through Nov. 6, 2008. Four-night stays: $649 from Orlando or Tampa; $735 from Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, New York/LaGuardia or Washington, D.C./Reagan National.

      Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Resort - Jamaica - Fly Fr-ee and 25 percent off hotel accommodations. Thursday departures Sep. 18 through Nov. 6, 2008. Four-night stays: $799 from Orlando or Tampa; $899 from Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, New York/LaGuardia or Washington, D.C./Reagan National.

      Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa - Jamaica - Fly Fr-ee and 20 percent off hotel accommodations. Thursday departures Sep. 18 through Oct. 2, Oct. 30 and Dec. 4 through Dec. 11, 2008. Four-night stays: $949 from Orlando or Tampa; $1,039 from Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, New York/LaGuardia or Washington, D.C./Reagan National.

      Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island - Bahamas - Fly Fr-ee and 20 percent off hotel accommodations. Thursday departures Sep. 18 through Nov. 13, 2008. Four-night stays: $1,312 from Orlando or Tampa; $1,345 from Ft. Lauderdale; $1,499 from Atlanta, Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, New York/LaGuardia or Washington, D.C./Reagan National

      Spirit Vacations or 800/617-3325.

      Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage
      There's no mistaking your luggage with the 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.

      Values in Palm Beach County

      Experience Palm Beach style without the Palm Beach price tag during the county’s value season, through mid-December, when you can save up to 40 percent off high-season published rates at hotels throughout the destination.

      To navigate the activities, attractions and value season specials, the Palm Beach County Florida 2008 Visitors Guide and its supplement, “$1,000 Worth of the Palm Beaches F-ree Savings Certificates” booklet are resources with two-for-one offers; savings on shopping, dining, sports and attractions; and two-for-one theater tickets and museum admissions. The Visitors Guide and the Savings Certificates booklet are online and include a comprehensive and current list of specials and packages from resorts and hotels.

      Some fun and fr.ee activities include:

      • A picnic along the county’s 47 miles of beaches. A complete list of beaches is at the web site.
      • Fr.ee music at public concerts including Clematis by Night every Thursday evening in downtown West Palm Beach; the summer music series at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton; music performances weekend nights at CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach; and jazz during Delray Beach’s Music on the Avenue series.
      • Watch family movies under the stars at Old School Square during fr.ee Friday Night Flicks in Delray Beach all summer. Bring your lawn chair and picnic basket.
      • Take a leisurely bike ride along the lakefront bike trail in Palm Beach and see tropical gardens, celebrity estates and historical sites.
      • Tour the new Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum.
      • Watch the sunset on Lake Okeechobee and the nature trails and recreation parks.
      • Enjoy art and music at the Sailfish Marina on Singer Island every Thursday during Sunset Celebration.
      • Visit the Armory Art Center in Grandview Heights in West Palm Beach and see working artists create new art in a variety of media.

      One of Palm Beach County’s well-kept secrets are price reductions along Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. Reductions are on some of the most coveted brands: Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Hermes to name a few. Sometimes prices are reduced 75 to 80 percent during the summer months and most of these shops never advertise discounts.

      Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau or 561/233-3000.

      Winter Luxury for Less

      Enjoy luxury and value deals this winter at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, in Park City, UT, the lodge provides convenient ski-in, ski-out access to the Deer Valley ski resort.

      Some winter season packages:

      Bronze Ski package includes deluxe room accommodations, daily breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. Additional nights may be purchased. The package is valid Dec. 5 through Dec. 17, 2008 and Mar. 29 through Apr. 12, 2009 for $276 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Jan. 4 through Jan. 14, 2009 the package rate is $369 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay is required and lift tickets are non-refundable.

      Early Escape package includes daily breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. A two-night minimum stay is required and additional nights may be purchased. Lift tickets are non-refundable. The package is valid Jan. 25 through Feb. 11, 2009 and Feb. 22, through Mar. 11, 2009 for $425 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Offered Sunday through Wednesday only, this package is not valid if a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night stay is included.

      Children under 12 who share accommodations stay fr,ee and lift tickets can be purchased through Deer Valley Resort at a reduced rate. An upgrade from a deluxe room to a one-bedroom suite is an additional $350 per night.

      Winter packages are all subject to availability, prices are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and include all applicable taxes. Payment for one night's package is required at the time of reservation. Upgrades to a luxury room or suite are for an additional charge and subject to availability. Cancellations are accepted up to seven days prior to the scheduled arrival date. Unless otherwise noted, check-in time is 4 p.m. and checkout time is 11 a.m.

      Stein Eriksen Lodge or 800/453-1302.

      Protect Your 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.

      Click Here to Order from On The Go Publishing.

      Pleasant Holidays Fall, Winter Hawaii Sale

      Pleasant Holidays offers a Fall & Winter Vacation Sale to Hawaii, with savings up to $900 per couple for new bookings made until Sep. 30, 2008, for travel through Jan. 31, 2009.

      The savings are valid with any air-and-hotel vacation package which includes a minimum three-night stay on Oahu or Maui and roundtrip airfare from any departure city nationwide.

      Air and hotel packages begin at $469 per person and include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, five nights accommodations’ on Oahu or three nights on Maui, hotel taxes and fuel surcharges. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. Rates do not include government or security taxes which may total around $50.

      Sample five-night Oahu package prices from other cities include: $645 per person from Seattle or Portland; $845 from Phoenix or Atlanta; and $979 from Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth or Chicago. Vacation values to the other Hawaiian islands and nationwide departures from other cities are also available.

      Pleasant Holidays also offers Fall savings on seven-day NCL Hawaii cruises, including roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco from $1439 per person.

      Pleasant Holidays or 800/742-9244.

      All-in-One Amsterdam Ticket

      In a pilot program that lasts until Oct. 31, 2008, when traveling to Amsterdam, you can buy an all-in-one ticket that includes admission for city trams, buses and the metro. It also includes return trip fare between Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and Centraal Station.

      The train portion of the ticket, from Dutch Railways, is good for one return trip between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station.

      The public transport authority (the GVB) portion of the ticket is good for rides on all Amsterdam trams, buses (including night buses) and metro lines. You can only purchase the all-in-one ticket at the Holland Tourist Information office at Schiphol Airport (across from Arrivals 2; open daily 7 a.m.to10 p.m.).

      Tickets are available in time increments: 24 hours for 12.95 euros, 48 hours for 17 euros, 72 hours for 19.70 euros and 96 hours for 22.40 euros.

      Green Valley Spa 2-for-1 Special

      Green Valley Spa, in St. George, UT, offers a two-for-one summer package that includes suite accommodations, all meals, unlimited fitness classes and an array of mind-body wellness programs, from $248 per person, per night.

      Located in Southwest Utah's red rock canyon country between Las Vegas and Zion National Park, the 50-room, family-owned destination spa starts with a "Summer Bring a Friend Fitness” package, valid to Sep. 30, 2008. The price ranges from $248 (double occupancy) to $295 (single occupancy) per person and does not include an 18 percent state room tax and resort amenity fee.

      The package includes suite accommodations with fireplace, whirlpool tub and shower, four poster bed, kitchenette, DVD/CD player and fr,ee internet. Three organic meals daily plus snacks. Daily morning hikes at three fitness levels and excursions to Zion National Park, Snow Canyon, Padre Canyon and Silver Reef. Mind and body fitness classes including yoga, Tai Chi, circuit training, boxing, Pilates, water aerobics and meditation. Lectures by health professionals and a A Native American wellness program.

      Book an all-inclusive space vacation before Oct. 1, 208, with accommodations, treatments, and fitness and wellness classes, and receive $100 airfare credit per night, per room. Rates for double occupancy rooms start at $495 per person, per night, while single rooms start at $595 per person, per night.

      The Fall Air Credit package, October through December 2008, includes a fitness assessment, life coaching, weight management education; and one 50-minute spa treatment a day. The resort will reimburse you for your travel expenses up to $500 with a seven night package; $200 with four nights and $100 with a three night stay.

      Green Valley Spa & Resort or 800/237-1068.

      Cheap Tix Chart
      Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theater productions, films, and sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go Publishings Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets. Click here to order the Cheap Tix Chart from On The Go Publishing.

      Prices Fall in Atlantic Canada for Fall Foliage

      Savvy leaf peepers know that come September and October there are lower prices and fewer crowds in Atlantic Canada. Unlike New England, prices go down in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island during the fall, sometimes as much as 50 percent. Thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait, Prince Edward Island has one of the longest fall foliage viewing periods in North America. Since Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Oct. 8, 2008, Americans can include an additional holiday feast.

      Sep. 3 through Sep. 15, 2008, room rates at the Cavendish Maples Cottages, 888/662-7537, go down to $98 from the summertime high of $141, a savings of 30 percent. Sep. 16 through Sep. 21, 2008, the rate goes down to $84, a 40 percent savings. From Sep. 22, 2008, a room for two starts from $70, 50 percent off high-season rates. The romance package is offered Sep. 2 to mid-October. Priced from $243 per couple, it includes two nights’ accommodations, breakfast vouchers, passes to Green Gables, a bottle of wine, a chocolate surprise and a welcome gift.

      From Sep. 15, prices for a standard river view room at the White Point Beach Resort, 800/565-5068, drop to $111 for a Sunday through Thursday stay, down from the summer rate of $140, a 20 percent discount. The weekend rate is $131. After Oct. 19, the Sunday through Thursday rate drops to $102, a 27 percent savings, while the weekend rate is $111. The resort’s “Beach Romance” package includes cottage accommodations for three nights, fresh flowers, a fruit basket, sparkling wine, a three-course candlelight dinner, breakfast in bed and a gourmet picnic basket. You can also select a bike trip, round of golf or massage. The package costs $621 Sep. 14 to Oct. 18, 2009. After Oct.19, 2008, the package is $562.

      The Artisan Inn and the Campbell House, 877/464-7700, offer a “stay two nights, get one fr,ee” package, with accommodations for two, daily breakfasts and four-course dinners all three days. The package also provides two passes to the Trinity Museum tour and a year’s subscription to Newfoundland Quarterly. The rate, at $270 per person, double occupancy, is an 18 percent savings. After Sep. 15, 2008, stay three or more nights and pay $112 per night, 15 percent off the high-season price.

      Sep. 16 to Oct.15, 2008, two people can stay at the Hotel Paulin in Caraquet, 866/727-9981, for $107 per night. After Oct. 16, 2008, the price drops to $102. The 10-room hotel also has a two-night “Fall for Love” package that includes breakfast daily, a three-course dinner and wine pairing, wine and cheese gift basket, a chocolate and port tasting, Oyster Museum visit or goat cheese farm tour and tasting. Additionally, you can choose one of the following: a chocolate body wrap treatment, a round of golf, four-course dinner, an oyster cooking class or lobster cooking class. The package is $405, per person, double occupancy Sep. 1 through Oct. 15, 2008.

      Tourism New Brunswick.
      Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador
      Tourism Nova Scotia
      Tourism Prince Edward Island

      Don’t Leave It Behind - - by Nicki Chodnoff

      I can’t tell you how many times I left a gadget, article of clothing or tooth brush in a hotel room. I finally wised up and made these overlooked objects more visible so I’m less apt to forget.

      Here’s how:

      Cell phone charger: According to hotel executives, cell phone chargers are one of the most common things people leave behind in hotel rooms. Put a colorful band or ribbon somewhere on the charger. It needs to be large and bright enough to attract attention. Also, if your charger is large enough, stick your address label with phone number on it. If left behind again, at least there is a chance the hotel may contact you.

      Pillow/Blanket: Some people won’t leave home without their special pillow and blanket. Buy a colorful pillow case and matching blanket which will stand out from all the hotel’s bed linen. It needs to be bright enough to attract your attention so you don’t forget it.

      Other objects: Identify goods that can take a address label with your phone number such as eyeglass cases, laptops, mp3 players, cases, etc. You may try and make the label more visible by running a bright-colored highlighter over it. Since many of these things have a lot of monetary value, you may never see them again. However, there is a chance an honest hotel employee will contact you.

      A reminder to look: Put a colorful scarf on the t.v. or a red ribbon on the security chain as a visual reminder to take one last look around your hotel room before you check out. Make the scarf or ribbon the last thing you grab on your way out.

      Value Golf Package in UP

      The Island Resort & Casino, home to Sweetgrass Golf Club, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, offers a “Perfect 4-Some” value stay-and-play package with nearby Greywalls and TimberStone golf clubs.

      The Perfect 4-Some starts at $229 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes three rounds of golf and two nights at the Island Resort & Casino. A $334 value, the package is $105 less than you pay if you booked each separately. The three rounds can be played on any combination of the three courses. The resort also offers stay-and-play options of other durations, plus group and convention rates.

      The package is valid through the 2008 golf season, which generally runs through October. Sweetgrass Golf Club is accessible via regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette, MI.

      Owned and operated by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation, Island Resort & Casino offers Las Vegas-style gaming. Located one hour south of Marquette, MI and two hours north of Green Bay, WI, the 275-room resort is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

      Sweetgrass Golf Club and Island Resort & Casino or 800/682-6040, ext. 2125.

      Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
      A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades. This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches. Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments. Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.

      Kentucky State Park $50 Coupon

      Kentucky State Parks are making travel a little more affordable this fall. The state parks offer a coupon good for lodge rooms for $50 per room, per night, Sundays through Thursdays, at its 17 resort parks across the state. The coupons can be found on the state park web site.

      The offer runs Sep. 2 through Dec. 30, 2008 and is based on availability. The coupon is not valid at Pine Mountain or Natural Bridge state parks during October.

      The coupon, good for up to five nights in one room, must be presented at check in.

      The state park resorts have restaurants, hiking trails, gift shops, picnic areas and recreational activities such as boating, fishing, golf and tennis. Many of the resorts are near state park historic sites.

      Kentucky State Park Reservations or 800/255-PARK.

      Marriott Rewards MegaBonus Promotion

      Marriott Rewards' most popular points offer, MegaBonus, is back. If you are a member, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus points when you pay for your stay with a Visa Card.

      From Sep. 15, 2008 through Jan. 15, 2009, for every third Visa-paid stay, you will earn 5,000 MegaBonus Marriott Rewards points, up to a maximum 25,000 points at participating Marriott hotels. Registration is required and you must register by Oct. 31, 2008. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Only one room per hotel is counted toward your nights or stay. If you elect to earn miles, you are not eligible for this promotion.

      Once registered, log onto MarriottRewards.com/PromoProgress to view your bonus progress.

      MegaBonus points can be earned at 2,900 Marriott International hotels including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott Vacation Club.

      Click here to register, or call 888/27-7468.

      Marriott Reservations or 800/228-9290.

      California Deals

      If you’re headed to California, for business or pleasure, you can save money by taking advantage of the following deals.

      Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, 949/640-4000, the 532-room hotel in Orange County, CA, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, offers a Buckle Up package from $299 per room, per night or $897 for the minimum three-night stay. Valid through Dec. 31, 2008, the package, valued at $500 per room, includes accommodations; two 50-minute spa treatments at the hotel's spa; bike rentals for two; one road-trip kit with a $100 gas card, a tire-pressure gauge, a book of road games, travel board games and candy.

      Inn at Morro Bay, 800/321-9566, the Rock, Romance and Relaxation package includes one night at the central Californian coast inn. Priced at $189 per room, per night, it includes a buffet breakfast for two, a bottle of Central Coast wine with chocolate truffles and berries and a 20 percent discount on a spa treatment at the on-site spa. Valid through Dec. 31, 2008, the $189 rate for a partial-bay-view room with a king-size feather bed is for a Sunday to Thursday stay. Add $30 for a Friday or Saturday night stay. Upgrades to rooms with full bay views are available. The 98-room inn is located inside the 4,000-acre Morro Bay State Park, between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

      Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 619/424-4000, the Volunteer Vacation package at the 440-room hotel on San Diego Bay lets you do your part to keep the area clean. Rates start at $259 per room, per night, for Friday and Saturday night stays through Dec. 28, 2008. The package includes a state park educator-led tour of Silver Strand State Beach (with direct access from the hotel) to learn about the wildlife and participation in a beach cleanup or planting project. Accommodations in a deluxe room and two boxed lunches are included.

      dineLA Restaurant Week

      Following a successful launch of Los Angeles’ first restaurant week, dineLA establishes the second annual dineLA Restaurant Week, Jan. 25 through 30 and Feb. 1 through 6, 2009.

      The first dineLA Restaurant Week in 2008 attracted more than 100,000 consumers dining out at 143 participating restaurants.

      Taking place over two consecutive weeks, dineLA Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors to sample many cuisines, dining neighborhoods and restaurants.

      Dining experiences during the 2009 dineLA Restaurant Week will be available in three price categories: Deluxe Dining is $16 for lunch and $26 for dinner; Premier Dining is $22 for lunch and $34 for dinner; and Fine Dining is $28 for lunch and $44 for dinner. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included and participating meal periods vary by restaurant. Many participating restaurants will offer wine pairings with their special three-course dineLA Restaurant Week menu for an additional charge.


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