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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2009 Issue



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Philadelphia Eagles boys growth chart thumb NFL Team Branded Growth Chart

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

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In This Issue:
Great Blue Heron in Everglades National Park - photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Great Blue Heron - Everglades National Park

  • Telluride Passes Up to 70% Off
  • $69 Orlando Room and Perks
  • Clarion Hotels Chance to Win $1 Million
  • Save $200 Per Couple on Italy by Train Special
  • Crystal Cruises Fall Savings Roundup
  • ADT Security Services Hotel Safety Tips
  • Third Night’s a Charm at Superclubs
  • 50% Off Honua Kai Resort
  • Megabus Offers Additional $1 Seats
  • Leaf Peeping Getaways
  • Citypass to California Attractions
  • Belize Specials
  • Singapore Air Packages
  • Fall Savings on Grandparents Getaways
  • dineLA Restaurant Week in October
  • Wallet-Friendly Insider Tips Around Napa
  • Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL News
  • El Al Israel Airlines Low Fall Fares
  • Sleep Inn Sweepstakes
  • Fall Packages Panama City Beach, FL


    • Ireland On Sale

      Summer is barely over and the ski season will be upon us soon. The Telluride Ski Resort offers 2009-2010 season pass pricing, keeping rates the same as last season. A new twist this year is when you buy four adult season passes together, called the 4Pass, during the annual Pass Sale, then the price drops to 2007 rates.

      The Telluride Pass Sale runs to Oct. 30, 2009, with passes available online.

      Offered at $1,198, the adult pass at pass sale prices offers a savings of 35 percent off the regular season pass price of $1,850. The 4Pass offers a savings of nearly 50 percent. During the sale, Junior passes are $175, for ages 13 to 18, and the kids' rate is $125, for ages six to 12, a savings of 70 percent. Senior passes for people 65 and older are $499. With proof of 12 credit hours at an accredited college, College Passes are $299 at the Pass Sale price, compared to the $725 regular price. Children five and under pay a $25 processing fee for a season pass for the convenience of bypassing the ticket line each day. All season passes offer unrestricted skiing and riding. As an added benefit, purchasers of college, adult and senior passes will also receive a f.ree subscription to Ski Magazine.

      If a season’s pass is too much time and too expensive, you can take advantage of a six-day and 10-day pass, the Telluride Card and Limitless Lesson Pass, also offered during the Summer Sale.

      The six-day pass is $345 and the 10-day pass is $495.

      In the upcoming ski season, Telluride opens Gold Hill Chutes 2 to 5. This terrain comes on the heels of Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 opening in 2007-08, and Chute 1 opening in 2008-09. Chutes 2 to 5 offer wide-open, above treeline couloirs and chutes dropping 1,600 vertical feet. The resort added two WWII area howitzers last season to facilitate control of this terrain, which will open as conditions allow.

      Telluride Pass Sale or 970/728-7517.



      $69 Orlando Room and Perks

      For a limited time, SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village offers $69 room nights. The hotel special comes with fr.ee parking, f.ree breakfast and fre.e wi-fi.

      Rooms offer 25 percent more space than traditional Florida hotel rooms. Accommodations feature TVs, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, hair dryers, fr.ee high-speed internet, large work stations and new bedding.

      The facility includes an outdoor swimming pool with a children's play area and a whirlpool. Dining options include a food court with ice cream, pizza, and sandwiches. Nearby attractions include Walt Disney World , Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove.

      SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista or 407/938-9001.


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      Clarion Hotels Chance to Win $1 Million

      What would you do with a million dollars? The Clarion brand asked guests what they would do with some serious cash and the top three choices were: paying off debt (23 percent), buying a home (22 percent) and donating to philanthropic causes (21 percent).

      You may get an opportunity to find out with the "Clarion Make Your Stay Chance at a Million Dollar Giveaway." As part of this sweepstakes, you can log on daily to the sweepstakes web site through Sep. 10, 2009, sign up for the Choice Privileges rewards program, and play an instant win game with a chance at a million dollar prize through an interactive entry process. No purchase is necessary to win.

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      Click here to enter "The Clarion Make Your Stay Chance at a Million Dollar Giveaway."



      Save $200 Per Couple w/Italy by Train Special

      TourCrafters cuts the price of their Italy by Train Special by $200 per couple.

      The seven-night, three-star package costs $1,319 and includes roundtrip air from New York, arrival transfer, a Eurostar train ticket, three nights accommodation in Rome (Hotel Brasile), two nights in Florence (Hotel Meridiana), two nights in Venice (Hotel Malibran), seven buffet breakfasts, a half-day city tour in each city, service charges and taxes.

      Upgraded hotels are available. A $1,579 four-star package inludes the Hotel Oxford in Rome, Hotel Cavour in Florence and the Hotel Carlton & Grand in Venice. A five-star package costs $2,519.

      Airfare add-ons from other Alitalia departure cities are: Boston from $60, Chicago from $105 and Miami from $110.

      All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. The package is subject to availability and does not include airport taxes of $115 or fuel surcharges of $260, which may be subject to change by the airline. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.

      TourCrafters or 800/482-5995.



      Crystal Cruises Fall Savings Roundup

      Crystal Cruises provides value and variety this fall with up to $3,000 off per couple and up to $2,000 per couple in shipboard credits to group and family incentives.

      Celebration Savings - To celebrate 15 years as "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line," up to $1,500 per person savings off most fall Mediterranean, South America, Amazon, New England/Canada, Caribbean and Transatlantic voyages.

      All Inclusive - As You Wish - Up to $1,000 per person spending credit on most cruises to customize one's vacation with meaningful experiences - from fine wines to Crystal Adventures ashore.

      Crystal Family Memories Program has two savings options. For six full-fare berths: $500 credit toward a Crystal Private Adventure, kids under 17 sail fr.ee, plus other perks. For 10 full-fare berths: one fr.ee berth, plus all of the above perks.

      Roundtrip Miami Panama Canal Combo - Save more than $1,000 and get a $1,000 per person “All Inclusive - As You Wish" shipboard credit for the 22-day combination of two Panama Canal transit sailings.

      Big Savings on Thanksgiving Voyages - Save 50 percent or more off Crystal Symphony's wine and food focuses, Amazon journey, or Crystal Serenity's jazz cruise through the Caribbean, both departing Nov. 22, 2009.

      Value Collection Sailings - Save up to 50 percent on seven sailings through the Panama Canal, South America, New England and Canada, Caribbean and the Amazon, and a transatlantic crossing.

      Crystal Assurance Plan - Crystal's price guarantee protects you if the fare for your stateroom is later reduced, plus offers reduced cruise fare deposits, deadlines and cancellation periods.

      Combo Cruise Savings - Book two or more fall cruises back-to-back and save up to five percent on the fare for each voyage.

      Onboard Booking Savings - Book a future cruise on board and receive up to 4.5 percent off your next cruise.

      Crystal Cruises or 888/799-4625.



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      ADT Security Services Hotel Safety Tips

      More than one billion travelers stay at U.S. hotels every year. While most enjoy pleasant vacations and business trips, some fall victim to theft, burglary and assault, crimes that several hotel security veterans say may rise during a recession as hotels cut employee hours and possibly security staff.

      Jack Feingold, a vice president with ADT Security Services, urges travelers to pay careful attention to safety and security and avoid becoming a victim of criminals or injured in an emergency.

      "When traveling, people tend to be more attractive to thieves looking for easy targets and hotel security is usually the last thing on travelers' minds as they check in to a hotel. But security and safety should be a concern for anyone staying in a hotel," Feingold said.

      To reduce your risk of crime or injury during a hotel stay, follow these safety tips:

      Avoid rooms with ground- or second-level windows. When possible, choose a room between the third and sixth floors. Rooms are high enough to discourage access from the street, yet are within reach of most fire-department ladders.

      Always close and lock your door. Make it a habit to use all locks, including the deadbolt and chain. If you stay in a room that faces pools or beach areas, make sure your sliding doors and windows have sturdy locks.

      Do not open your door to anyone who knocks unexpectedly. If someone unexpectedly knocks claiming to be a hotel staff member, call the front desk to confirm his or her status before opening the door. Teach children to never open the door without your permission.

      Park in well-lighted areas and as close to the hotel as possible. Many hotel thefts take place in parking lots and structures, so a well-lighted area to park your car is essential. Women traveling alone should ask for an escort to their cars at night. If possible, use valet parking services. Valet service allows you to leave and pickup your car at the main entry, while providing an added layer of security for your vehicle.

      Note the hotel's emergency evacuation plan. As soon as you enter your room, take time to look at the hotel's emergency escape plan and make a mental note of the nearest emergency exit and how to get there.

      Choose a hotel with security cameras. Video surveillance cameras can provide an added layer of security to help prevent theft and discourage criminals. Hotel cameras should be in stairwells, pathways, exercise rooms, parking lots and any other public areas. Cameras not only help hotel staff track the safety of visitors, they are also helpful in identifying criminals if a crime does occur.

      Feingold said, "The most important thing to keep in mind when on vacation is safety, for you and your family. Taking a few minutes to think about hotel security is not only crucial to a fun, relaxing vacation; it is one of the best safety choices travelers can make."



      Third Night’s a Charm at Superclubs

      Prolong your summer with Superclubs’ “Third Night’s a Charm” promotion. When you book through Oct. 7, 2009, you will get every third night fre.e at any of 10 resorts in Jamaica, Curacao and The Bahamas. If you stay for six nights, you only pay for four. Blackout dates apply.

      Good for travel through Oct. 31, 2009, you will receive the season’s lowest rates starting at $172 per person for the minimum three-night stay in Jamaica, and $258 per person in Curacao, based on double-occupancy.

      Every SuperClubs stay includes accommodations; all meals, snacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. No tipping is allowed.

      SuperClubs includes three brand categories: Grand Lido Resorts, Breezes Resorts and Hedonism Resorts. Grand Lido resorts are in Negril and Braco in Jamaica. Breezes Resorts are in Montego Bay Jamaica; Bahamas; Curaçao and Brazil. Hedonism Resorts are in Negril and Runaway Bay, in Jamaica. Three hotels in Cuba operate under the Breezes banner: Breezes Varadero, Breezes Bella Costa, and Breezes Jibacoa.

      SuperClubs or 800/467-8737.



      50% Off Honua Kai Resort

      Maui's newest resort, Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Kaanapali North Beach, offers a fall special at 50 percent off rates. The 2009 fall special rates start at $200 per night for a Ohana Resort View room and 50 percent off published rates for an Ohana one- and two-bedroom suite. Rates are based on double occupancy in an Ohana and one-bedroom, and up to four people in a two-bedroom category. The package is based on availability and rates are good through Dec. 12, 2009.

      Honua Kai is on 38 oceanfront acres on Kaanapali's North Beach. Designed as two U-shaped buildings with ocean and mountain views, this openness is mirrored in each of the 628 guest suites that include equipped kitchens, large living rooms and lanais, washer/dryers and resort services. A network of pools, hot tubs, natural pond bridges, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play.

      Currently 318 suites are open along with a gourmet market, pool, fitness center, concierge desk, family fun club, pool and beach. A beach side restaurant opens in late 2009. In early 2010, another building opens with 310 suites, a lobby cafe, two pools and a spa.

      Honua Kai Resort & Spa or 888/718-5789.


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      Megabus Offers Additional $1 Seats

      Megabus, the first intercity express bus service offering fares from $1, will offer an additional 50,000 $1 seats for travel Sept. 14 to Nov. 19, 2009.

      The $1 seats will be available on all megabus departures (subject to availability) in all 30 cities during the Sept. 14 to Nov. 19 travel period. You will need to use the promo code HOTDEAL when booking for a chance to book the $1 fares.

      Megabus service operates daily in Northeast and Midwest cities in the U.S.

      Megabus amenities include new double-decker buses with f.ree Wi-Fi, on-board restrooms, and reclining seats.

      Megabus.



      Leaf Peeping Getaways

      Many call fall the prettiest season of the year, when forests turn a rainbow of oranges, yellows, reds and rusts. Here are some leaf peeping getaways to take in the spectacular fall foliage.

      Take in the eye-catching colors at Topnotch Resort and Spa at the base of Mount Mansfield in Stowe, VT. Fall rates start at $195 per night.

      Welcome fall with two nights in Kennebunkport, ME, at the White Barn Inn & Spa and then the Windham Hill Inn in West Townsend, VT. The Maine and Vermont Fall Color package includes two nights at each property, dinner each night; continental breakfast and afternoon tea daily; and driving maps between destinations. Rates start at $1,214 per person, double occupancy and include taxes and gratuity. Offered Sep. 14 to Oct. 25, 2009.

      The Lighthouse West Coast package in Newfoundland, Canada, from Maxxim Vacations, is a 10-day getaway including roundtrip airfare to Deer Lake, 10 nights’ accommodations, 10-day mid-size car rental with unlimited mileage, dinner at a seaside restaurant and a ferry ride to Labrador. Package pricing starts at $1,979 per person.

      The Guides, Tides and Autumn Horseback Rides package from the Broad Leaf Ranch in New Brunswick, combines seasonal colors and home-cooked cuisine. The adventure includes a guided, horseback ride and the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. The two-night package includes accommodation in a country cabin, admission to the Hopewell Rocks and Fundy National Park and qualified guides. Package starts at $295 per person, double occupancy.

      The Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, in Bedford, PA offers a resort package, with a two-night minimum. The package includes a $100 resort credit that can be used throughout the historic property. The longer you stay, the more credit you get: $200 for three nights, $300 for four nights, et cetera. The package starts at $274 per night and is valid through Dec. 31, 2009. www.omnibedfordsprings.com

      The Hyatt Regency Newport, RI’s Fall Foliage/Fall into Savings package includes water-view accommodations, a $25 food and beverage credit, signature cocktails for two, 20 percent off a pumpkin facial, fre.e Internet and self-parking. Based on double occupancy, the package price is from $239 in September, $179 in October, and $159 in November. Enjoy leaf peeping with the Sea the Leaves package at the Yachtsman Lodge & Marina and/or the Breakwater Inn & Spa in Kennebunkport, ME. Highlights include two-nights’ accommodations with continental breakfast and afternoon tea daily; a fall foliage cruise; and dinner for two. Package prices start at $404 per person, double occupancy at the Yachtsman, valid Sep. 10 to Oct. 31, 2009; $605 per person, double occupancy, at the Breakwater, valid Sep. 18 to Oct. 18, 2009.


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      Citypass to California Attractions

      Make your California sightseeing budget go further with CityPass. San Francisco’s most popular six attractions cost $56 less with CityPass. Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and star haunts saves $51 with CityPass. Admission to Southern California’s most famous theme parks weighs in at about 30 percent less than regular admission prices.

      Signature San Francisco experiences include cable cars, a bay cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, or a few hours on Alcatraz. Valid for nine consecutive calendar days, San Francisco CityPass includes a seven-day public transportation pass with access to cable cars, light rail, and the city bus system . Adults passes are $59; kids, ages five to12, $39. Rates are valid through Feb. 28, 2010.

      Hollywood CityPass’ newest addition is Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Hollywood CityPass is valid for nine consecutive calendar days and includes one admission to the Walk of Fame; tour of movie stars’ homes; guided tour of the Kodak Theatre; and other options. Adult pass, $59; kids, ages three to 11, $49. Rates are valid to Feb. 28, 2010.

      Southern California CityPass’s theme park zone stretches from Disneyland to SeaWorld. Southern California CityPass visitors who go to Disneyland on their birthday get extras such as a merchandise card good at select shops, FastPass privileges, or a fr.ee return visit. The pass includes six days of park admissions and is valid for 14 calendar days, including the day of first use. Adult pass, $259; kids, ages three to nine, $219. Rates are valid through Jan. 2, 2010.

      CityPass is sold at each city’s participating attractions or online. E-ticket options are available for the San Francisco CityPass and Hollywood CityPass, saving on shipping costs.

      CityPass or 888/330-5008.



      Belize Specials

      The weather is still warm and sunny, but in fall prices drop in Central America and the Caribbean. Here are several specials to the Central American county of Belize good this fall.

      Kanantik, an all inclusive resort built on the southern coast, offers a fall special. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2009, stay four nights and pay for three for $1,026 for two people, a savings of $342. Stay for seven nights and pay for five for $1,710 for two, a $648 savings. Purchase one of the resort’s five packages and receive a fr.ee river canoeing tour, a $77 per person value. On 300 acres of untouched land, the resort offers the best of both world with beaches and jungle.

      Hidden Valley Inn, in the jungle at the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, offers yoga classes at all three of its new outdoor platforms. Their four day getaway special, valid through Oct. 31, 2009, includes meals, tours and in-country transportation, starting from $1,350 per person. The special must be booked before Oct. 31, 2009.

      Tradewinds Paradise Villas, on the San Pedro beachfront, introduces two savings packages. Three nights of accommodations and transfers to and from the resort for two people start at $99 per night. There’s also a five-night dive package, which includes five nights’ accommodations, three days of local tank reef diving, one night dive and transfers from the San Pedro Airport for $495 per person. Specials are good until Nov. 14, 2009.



      Singapore Air Packages

      Singapore Airlines Vacations, the U.S.-based tour brand for Singapore Airlines, expands with vacation deals to Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket. The packages combine hotel accommodations with airfare, tours and airport transfers from $1,145 per person.

      Prices are per person based on double-occupancy and gratuities, transfers and excursions are extra unless indicated. Prices include a fuel surcharge, but do not include government taxes of approximately $100. Add $50 for weekend departures. Blackout dates apply and seats are limited. Packages must be purchased and traveled by Oct. 31, 2009. Prices are for flights from Los Angeles or San Francisco. Fares from Houston, Newark or New York are $50 higher.

      Five nights in Singapore and Bangkok start from $1,145 per person. The package includes roundtrip economy airfare on Singapore Airlines; two nights in Singapore at the Regent or Pan Pacific Hotel; 50 percent discount on food; three nights in Bangkok at the Millennium Hilton; daily breakfast in Bangkok; Singapore city tour and Bangkok city and temple tour; "Hop-on Bus" pass in Singapore and f.ree airport/hotel transfers in both cities.

      Five nights in Singapore and Phuket start from $1,338 per person. The package includes roundtrip economy class airfare; two nights in Singapore at the Regent Hotel or Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel; 50 percent off on food at the Singapore Hotel; three nights at the Banyan Tree Phuket with daily breakfast; city tours in Singapore and Phuket; "Hop-on Bus" pass in Singapore and airport/hotel transfers in Singapore and Phuket.

      Six nights in Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket from $1,488 per person. The package includes roundtrip economy class airfare; two nights in Singapore at the Regent Hotel or Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel; 50 percent off on food at your Singapore Hotel; "Hop-on Bus" pass in Singapore; two nights in Bangkok at the Millennium Hilton; economy class flight from Bangkok to Phuket; two nights at the Banyan Tree Phuket; daily breakfast in Bangkok and Phuket; city tour in Bangkok and Phuket and airport transfers in Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket.

      Singapore Airlines Vacations.



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      Fall Savings on Grandparents Getaways

      St. Lucia's Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort offers savings. Through December, you receive a 50 percent Sun Dollars resort credit based on the accommodations rate that can be applied towards spa treatments, room upgrades, food and beverage and excursions such as scuba diving. Added savings for fall and Thanksgiving travel include a rate freeze through Dec. 20, 2009, for a grandparent getaway.

      With a dedicated kids' club, teen program, villas and suites, the resort draws family gatherings. Sailing, hiking, waterskiing and zip lining through the rainforest are a few of the activities to create shared family experiences. Patterned after a Mediterranean hillside village, the villas, many with private plunge pools, and suites are spread among 60 acres.

      The Rolled Back rates for a two bedroom Jacuzzi suite is $450 and the Sun Dollars nightly credit is $225. Plunge pool two bedroom villas are $510 at the Rolled Back rate with a $255 Sun Dollar credit. Three bedroom plunge pool villas are $565 at the Rolled Back rate with a $282 Sun Dollar credit.

      Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort or 800/958-7376.



      dineLA Restaurant Week in October

      dineLA Restaurant Week returns Oct. 4 to 9, and Oct. 11 to16, 2009.

      Presented by the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express, dineLA Restaurant Week presents the diverse talent that exists in Los Angeles. From local neighborhood family-owned eateries to upscale celebrity chef restaurants, dineLA Restaurant Week unites cafes, restaurants and bistros from all corners of the county.

      There is no membership needed. Simply make reservations as you would any other night to take advantage of the special three-course menus. The list of participating restaurants will be posted online soon.

      Taking place two consecutive weeks in October and returning for a two week winter run (Jan. 24 to 29 and Jan. 31 to Feb. 5, 2010), dineLA Restaurant Week allows you to get out of your comfort zones and sample different types of cuisine.

      Dining menus during the Fall 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; 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.

      American Express card members will be able to register their American Express Card to receive a $20 statement credit when they dine three or more times during dineLA Restaurant Week at participating restaurants. Cardmembers can register beginning Sep. 15, 2009 by going to dineLA.com web site.

      dineLA Restaurant Week.



      Wallet Friendly Insider Tips Around Napa

      Designated as one of the "Great Wine Capitals of the World," the Napa Valley in California is best appreciated over several days. Consider these "Insider's Tips" and "live like a local" with these wallet-friendly activities.

      On the first Friday nights May to October, head to Main Street in St. Helena for "Cheers!” 707/963-8011. From 6 to 9 p.m. more than 50 Napa Valley wineries are pouring in 50 locations. Attending CHEERS! is fr.ee. Wine tickets to taste are from $5 per person for a single taste to $35 per person for a nightly pass to taste everywhere. If you're cycling from your hotel, there's a fre.e bike valet. Otherwise, there is f.ree street parking and an occasional concert in Lyman Park's gazebo.

      Get great deals Tuesday nights at the City of Napa's newest local haunt, the Oxbow Public Market. Receive special prices at the Oxbow Wine Merchant & Wine Bar on private label wines, draft beers and artisanal cheeses . Or get oysters for $1 during happy hour at the Hog Island Oyster Bar. Live music is offered on select nights.

      Calistoga’s "Saturday Stroll" features tastings and live music the first Saturday of the month, 1to 5 p.m., late spring to November. Wine tasting tickets are $25 for two. Calistoga also offers an Art Walk the first Thursday of the month April, June, August and October. Calistoga Chamber, 707/942-6333.

      Taste some of the Napa Valley's best wines for 10 cents at 14 tasting rooms in downtown Napa with the "Taste Napa Downtown" tasting card. Available for $20 at the Napa Valley Visitor Information Center in Napa Town Center, the card also saves on corkage fees at many downtown restaurants and area lodging.

      Napa Valley's culinary scene offers award-winning restaurants and acclaimed chefs. Yountville has the most Michelin star restaurants per capita in the U.S. For a deal in St. Helena, a family-style meal at the Martini House Restaurant, 707/963-2233, is $20 plus tax and gratuities for a three-course early dinner reservation. The Brix Restaurant has a "Brix Unpaved" series with "street foods" from India, Thailand and Italy. The "street food" will be in the Brix Gardens the first Thursday of each month. Tickets are $35 plus tax.

      Click here for Napa Valley events, activities, tours and festivals.



      Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL News

      Here are some deals and special offers available in Fort Myers and Sanibel, FL.

      To celebrate its opening in November 2009, the Resort at MarinaVillage in Cape Coral is giving away a f,ree wedding package. Couples must submit a short video through Dec. 1, 2009, explaining why they would like to get married at the resort. Winners will be announced New Year’s Eve.

      Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers offers the Give Me Credit package. When you stay at least two nights, you receive a $100 credit for use at the resort and $50 credit for each additional night. Its Dine and Drive package gives you a $25 gas card plus fr.ee breakfast for two, fre.e breakfast for children ages 12 and younger, and a 2 p.m. checkout time.

      On Captiva Island, 'Tween Waters Inn’s Boudoir Weekend offers a two-night stay for two in a waterview studio for $399. The package includes a one-hour photo session, professional makeup and hair styling and continental breakfast buffet each day. You can add a third night for $100.

      Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach extends its For the Love of Dolphins two-night package through Dec. 24, 2009. Priced from $539, it includes studio accommodations for two, welcome drinks, breakfast daily, a dolphin adventure cruise, a four-hour kayak tour, and f.ree use of beach chairs and an umbrella.

      Lee County Tourist Development Council



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      El Al Israel Airlines Low Fall Fares

      EL AL, Israel’s national airline, offers savings on travel to Israel this fall with reduced economy and business class fares on nonstop flights from New York and Los Angeles. There are also low fares from Boston, Chicago and Miami.

      If you want to fly in Platinum business class, there is more than a 25 percent savings on a roundtrip flight to Israel. When two business class tickets are purchased at the same time and both passengers travel together, the roundtrip EL AL companion fare is $2,329 per person from New York and $3,159 on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles. These Platinum business class companion fares are available for departures before Oct. 24, 2009.

      During the same time period, the fall roundtrip economy class fare to Israel is $905 from New York and $1,226 on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles.

      If you fly from Boston, Chicago and Miami to Tel Aviv, the roundtrip economy class fare to Israel is $780 from each city with a fr,ee stopover in either direction in select European cities. These fares are available on departures between Sep. 1 to 23, 2009 and Oct. 18, 2009 to Mar. 21, 2010. Frequent flyer points are earned for these flights.

      All fares are subject to availability on select flights. Economy class fares must be purchased within 72 hours of confirmed reservation. Business Class companion fare must be purchased when flights are confirmed and both tickets must be purchased at the same time. Fares do not include up to $108 in government and security taxes. Cancellation/change penalties and other restrictions apply.

      El Al Israel Airlines or 800/223-6700.



      Sleep Inn Sweepstakes

      Sleep Inn hotels celebrates advertising on the television series "Monk" by giving one winner a grand prize of $25,000 cash. To enter the contest, through Oct. 8, 2009, log onto the sweepstakes web page.

      To enter the Sweepstakes without enrolling in the Choice Privileges program, send an email to webmaster@usanetwork.com with your first and last name, address, city, state, zip, phone number, birth date and email address. If you are not a Choice Privileges member you can join for fr,ee online.

      No purchase is necessary to enter but the contest is only open to permanent legal residents of the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are 18 or older as of Aug. 14, 2009. Limit one entry per person and email address.

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      Fall Packages Panama City Beach, FL

      Panama City Beach, FL's balmy climate, sunny skies and miles of beaches mean you can celebrate summer well into autumn. Fall visitors can also take advantages of deals and packages. Below, you will find a few.

      Receive half off nightly rates at Origin at Seahaven, the Seahaven Beach Hotel and the Best Value Inn in Seahaven, FL., 850/636-8550. In addition, buy one dinner and receive a second one free at Hammerhead Fred's, and fre.e cocktails with dinner at Sharky's Beach Club. Get one beach rental and receive the second one free. Plus, take 50 percent off all clothing purchases at Liz and Jane Clothes. This offer is valid through Oct. 30, 2009, excluding holidays and special events.

      Shores of Panama by Oaseas Resorts, 877/808-4323 - To celebrate the Seafood, Wine & Musical Festival - Oct. 9 to 11, 2009, you can get a gulf-front condo plus two tickets to this year's event from $99 per night for a minimum of two nights. Book three nights and receive the fourth night free.

      By the Sea Resorts, 888/627-0625, from Sep. 13 to Oct. 9, 2009, for every night you pay regular rate, you get the next night at 50 percent off. Rates start at $65 per couple, per night, and include gulf-front accommodations, breakfast daily, kids’ meals and discounts at area attractions. Ask for the Brighter Tomorrows deal.

      Blowin'-n-The Wind Management, 800/874-8600, offers a pay one night get the next night free for up to 15 free nights with any two-night minimum stay through Dec. 31, 2009. Seven different rental properties are available with accommodations from multi-bedroom condominiums to three-bedroom cottages. Each property includes boat docking areas, tennis and basketball courts, fitness centers, swimming pools, and a putting green.

      Stay two nights in a private, two-bedroom, gulf-front condo at Summerhouse of Panama City Beach, 800/354-1112, and receive the third night free. Stay seven consecutive nights and receive the sixth and seventh nights free. This offer is valid through Feb. 28, 2010, excluding Sep. 3 to 7, 2009.

      Through Dec. 31, 2009, stay any five nights the Inn at Thomas Square, 800/874-8600, and receive the next two nights free. Across the street from the beach and along Grand Lagoon, the three-story condo offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Units accommodate two to eight people and all condos have fully-equipped kitchens and washer and dryer combos.

      Sugar Beach Condominiums, 800/457-8427, stay five nights and receive two nights free offers is good through Oct. 30, 2009. Or stay four nights and get three free nights Nov. 1, 2009 through Jan. 30, 2010. Reservations must be booked for two months or longer.

      Stay three and get one free, from Chateau Motel, 850/234-2174, a hotel and condo alternative with 150 ocean-view rooms. Double room rates start at $79 per night, based on double occupancy through Oct. 18, 2009, excluding holidays and special events.

      Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau or 800/233-6503.



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