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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2016 Issue


Travel Savings Alerts
P.O. Box 877
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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2016 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:

Cheesesteaks from Pat's Steaks, Philadelphia, PA


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·  Cunard Summer Savings

·  Buy One, Companion Flies Free

·  iCARS Expands Nationally

·  Ritz Carlton 4th Night Free

·  Military and Veteran Discounts

·  Cobble Beach Unlimited Golf Special

·  Walkabout Air Pass

·  10% Off African Budget Safaris

·  Book Cruise Receive Explore4 Promotion

·  Bonaire Bucket List Contest

·  South Seas Island Resort Fall Getaway Package

·  Don't Let Heat, Humidity Harm Your Car

·  20% Savings w/Book Early, Ski Later Promotion

·  Bernardus Lodge & Spa Specials

·  Palm Beaches Spa & Wellness Month

·  Iberostar Discounts in Dominican Republic

·  Brighton Season Passes On Sale

·  Solo Traveler Savings with Emerald Waterways

·  10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

·  Oglebay Fall Golf Packages

Cunard Summer Savings

The Cunard Summer Savings event features up to 40 percent off launch fares and free gratuities in Grill Suites on Cunard's three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Reserve a voyage under the Summer Savings event by Sep. 13, 2016 on transatlantic crossings, New England & Canada, Caribbean, Europe and Exotic voyages.

Summer Savings event applies to new bookings only. The offer features:

  • Transatlantic Crossing fares from $799
  • New England & Canada and Caribbean fares from $999
  • Europe fares from $1,099
  • Exotic fares from $2,499

Fares are on a space-available basis at time of reservation and do not include air travel. Fares are per person based on double occupancy and apply to the first two guests in a stateroom. Use promo code: RDS. Taxes, fees and port expenses range from $45 to $910 per person are additional and subject to change.

Free Gratuities are based on pre-payment by Cunard of suggested gratuities of $13.50 per person, per day for select voyages when booking Grill Suites. Free Gratuities offer is not available for Britannia staterooms or third/fourth berth guests. Offer is not transferable and may not be combined with other offers.

Up to 40 percent off launch fares is based on a per person discount on a space available basis at time of reservation on select sailings and categories. Launch Fares are offering fares and may not have been in effect for the past 90 days or resulted in actual sales in all categories. Intermediate discounts may have been taken and fares may remain at discounted levels after this promotion.

Cunard Summer Savings Event or 800/728-6273.

Buy One, Companion Flies Free

Insight Vacations, provider of escorted journeys, offers a limited-time air promotion that allows you to save on airfare. Book and add airfare for select trips to Europe by Sep. 25, 2016, and receive free airfare for your traveling companion. You can choose from Insight's most popular tours, including select 2017 Premium Europe and Britain itineraries and select itineraries from Insight and Uniworld's “Europe's Finest” combined cruise-tours.

If you are traveling on your own or with a group of friends, you are eligible for savings – solo and triple travelers receive a savings of 10 percent on their airfare.

The promotion is for new bookings only. When you buy one full-priced airfare, you get one airfare free on a single booking on select identical air-inclusive 2017 Europe Preview trips featuring standard Early Payment Discount (EPD). The offer is subject to availability and is not bookable online.

Insight Vacations or 888/680-1241.



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iCARS Expands Nationally

iCARS, the new web and mobile app that connects travelers to licensed, screened executive car service operators and chauffeurs plans major national growth in 2016.

iCARS launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2016 and has since launched in Austin, Dallas and Houston. In the coming months, it will launch in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

The iCARS fleet includes sedan class, SUV class and sprinter class vehicles. iCARS only works with affiliates who operate insured vehicles driven by professional chauffeurs who meet all state and federal transportation regulations.

iCARS only partners with transportation companies that carry at least $1 million in commercial liability insurance, regularly maintain their vehicles, conduct random drug testing and background checks on their employees, provide driver training courses, fingerprinted employees, and pay employee benefits as required by their respective states.

iCARS has partnered with San Francisco Bay Area hotels, including Fairmont San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, Handlery Union Square Hotel, Inn at the Presidio and the W San Francisco.

iCARS is available for download in Apple’s App Store and in Google Play.


Ritz Carlton 4th Night Free

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, opened its doors with a Hawaiian blessing and ceremony.

Contemporary island-deco is seen throughout the resort's common areas and 307 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residential accommodations and penthouses. All residences face the ocean and include kitchens with premium appliances plus washers and dryers.

In celebration of the resort's opening, receive a free fourth night for one-, two- and three-bedroom bookings or free fifth night for studio bookings.

Rates start at $899 per night, per room, single or double occupancy, and do not include taxes, gratuities and other charges. Rates are valid through Dec. 22, 2016.

The fourth night free credit will be applied at check-out. The offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required and rates do not apply to groups.

A two-night minimum stay is required and this residential resort does not participate in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards.

Ritz Carlton Waikiki or 808/922-8222.

Military and Veteran Discounts

Veterans Advantage’s VetRewards Card expands its military partnership with Amtrak to include Veterans Advantage discounts on rail fares with Amtrak Vacations and its packages on year-round travel without blackouts.

The Veterans Advantage discount on the rail fare portion of the vacation packages offered by Amtrak Vacations covers more than 300 rail vacations with options to depart from more than 500 Amtrak rail stations across the country. Amtrak recognizes the VetRewards Card, a special privacy protected ID only for active duty, retirees, veterans, guard, reserve and their families at its stations nationwide, online and by toll free phone for same day travel with no advance purchase requirement.

Last year, Amtrak, which provides the nation's intercity rail passenger service, expanded its relationship with Veterans Advantage to include immediate family members, who may book Veterans Advantage discounts independently. Additionally, Amtrak accepts same day bookings for its Veterans Advantage discounts, and waives the three-day advance purchase requirement for VetRewards Card members. These new benefits also apply to Veterans Advantage's Amtrak Vacations bookings with discounted rail fare.

Veterans Advantage includes, at no additional cost, $50,000 of global emergency travel Insurance from Travel Guard with MedEvac services for members who travel more than 100 miles from home. This benefit covers member travel booked with Veterans Advantage discounts on Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations.

Veterans Advantage members who travel to Amtrak Vacations destinations will benefit from the company's secure military verify technology when using their VetRewards Card ID to qualify as eligible for military discounts. Veterans Advantage protects veterans' privacy and supports enhanced military security with the issuance and administration of its VetRewards Card, the nation's first secure military ID. Veterans Advantage uses FTC recommended 'de-identification' methodology in its verify technology platform to safeguard veterans' personal information when redeeming military discounts.

The nation's travel industry leaders and leading retailers offer military savings with the VetRewards Card. In addition to Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations, other Veterans Advantage partners include United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Greyhound, Avis/Budget, Wyndham Hotels, Choice Hotels, and Red Roof Inn.

Veterans Advantage.




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Cobble Beach Unlimited Golf Special

Cobble Beach, Ontario’s Georgian Bay waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto, offers a $99 golf special for unlimited daily play Monday through Wednesday on its Doug Carrick-designed golf course.

The offer includes use of a power cart with GPS for the initial round, free bottle of water and driving range privileges. After 4 p.m. the offer goes down to $69.

Cobble Beach Golf Links features water views from most every hole along its 7,134-yard routing.

The resort also features two “play-and-stay” packages. From $135 per night, per person, double occupancy, the Inn Play and Stay features one round of golf or a treatment in the resort’s spa, suite accommodations and “Grab and Go” breakfast for two.

From $144 per night, per person, based on quad occupancy, the Cottage Play and Stay features one round of golf or a spa treatment plus one night’s accommodations in a private cottage and a “Grab and Go” breakfast for four.

Each cottage sleeps six to eight with open concept living space and waterfront views of Georgian Bay. With all the conveniences, each unit has two bedrooms, two washrooms, living room area with queen size sofa bed, wet bar with under counter fridge, and three flat screen televisions. Select cottages have gas fireplaces.

The resort’s amenities, practice facilities, Jacuzzi, steam room, pool, 14 kilometers of hiking trails, and beach club are included in both packages.

Another highlight is Cobble Beach’s Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar. Located at the Inn, it features classical cuisine highlighting organic, local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner are in the dining room or fireside lounge.

Cobble Beach or 888/278-8112.

Walkabout Air Pass

See more of Australia for less with the Quantas Walkabout Air Pass. Create your own customized Australian experience, from one of three Australian gateways to any of the more than 60 Australian cities across the Qantas Australia network.

The Qantas Walkabout Air Pass must be purchased simultaneously with a trans-Pacific Qantas or American Airlines fare from the U.S. to Australia roundtrip or one way from the U.S. to Australia.

Travel is in Economy on Qantas or on Qantas codeshare flights operated by Qantas Link, Jetstar, Alliance Airlines or Air North. No charge for date change; routing change is $40 per transaction per person. An additional service fee of $40 per person applies for each change made via telephone, retail outlet, or an airport ticket counter, depending on the country where the change is made. The cancellation charge is based on the Qantas international ticket conditions, except that tickets purchased one week or more before departure may be cancelled without charge within 24 hours of ticketing.

Child discounts do not apply. Discounts for infants (under two years) not occupying a seat are permitted at 10 percent of the applicable adult fare.

There is no minimum stay and the maximum stay ranges from 330 to 350 days from the date of reservation. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or day. Other restrictions apply. Airfare is an additional $30 for reservations made by telephone.

Qantas or 800/227-4341.

10% Off African Budget Safaris

African Budget Safaris offers a 10 percent discount on select safaris through Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.

Safaris include 59 select tours that range from $446 to $2632 per person and last from seven to 22 days.

For example, the 22 day family overland tour departs and ends in Johannesburg. The budget camping safari to Kruger Park in South Africa, includes Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, and Botswana to explore Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. The tour costs 15,100 Rand, including the 10 percent discount, or approximately $948.

The special applies to new bookings made by Dec. 10, 2016, and it cannot be applied in conjunction with any other offers. The discount is not applicable to any accommodation upgrade.

African Budget Safaris.




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Book Cruise Receive Explore4 Promotion

Holland America Line's Explore4 promotion returns with four offers on select January 2017 through April 2018 cruises. Book a cruise or Land+Sea Journey for next year or beyond and receive free beverages and specialty dining aboard ship, and reduced deposits and fares for friends and family. Suite bookings feature an Internet credit and prepaid gratuities.

The Explore4 promotion includes a Signature Beverage package valued up to $1,400, dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, reduced cruise fares for friends and kids in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits. Bookings must be made by Nov. 18, 2016.

Book a cruise in a suite category stateroom and receive the above four offers plus a $200 Internet credit per stateroom ($100 per person) and prepaid gratuities (valued at $13.50 per guest, per day).

The Signature Beverage package includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portion of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. The beverage package value is based on a 14-day cruise and will increase based on days if a longer cruise is booked.

The free dinner at the Pinnacle Grill highlights steak and seafood dishes such as filet mignon and broiled Alaska king salmon. The Pinnacle Grill also includes roasted pumpkin risotto and grilled lamb chops.

With reduced cruise fares on select sailings for friends and kids sharing a stateroom with two other guests, a group of four can take an affordable vacation to the Caribbean or a longer journey. For example, in the Caribbean, fares for seven-day cruises start from $799 for the first and second guests in an ocean-view stateroom and reduced fares apply for the third and fourth guests. A seven-day European cruise starts at $999 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, with reduced fares for third and fourth guests.

By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, you have more flexibility and time before paying the final deposit on your cruise.

Holland America Line Explore4 promotion or 877/724-5425.

Bonaire Bucket List Contest

Ever dream of scuba diving or snorkeling while surrounded by fish, turtles and coral reefs?

Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and Delta Air Lines launch their Bonaire Bucket List social media contest where by winning the contest can make that dream come true. The sweepstakes is open through Sep. 25, 2016.

To enter, upload a photo of a dive/snorkel site or a restaurant on your Bonaire bucket list to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. All submissions must tag @bonairetourism and include the hashtags #BonaireBucketList and #Delta. Photos of the dive/snorkel sites and restaurants can be used from past Bonaire trips, from @BonaireTourism's social media channels or from Tourism Bonaire’s website. You must have your account settings set to public and direct message @bonairetourism with your email address for entry.

The winner will be announced via email on Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2016. The winner will receive two roundtrip coach airline tickets on Delta Air Lines from your nearest U.S. gateway city, plus seven nights' stay for two at Plaza Beach Resort all inclusive. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry and a legal resident of the U.S. Complete contest rules and regulations are here.

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, coral formations and abundant fish. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses, small inns and private villas.




South Seas Island Resort Fall Getaway Package

South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, FL offers fall travelers a $100 resort credit and daily breakfast for two with their “Fall Getaway” package, available for travel through Dec. 15, 2016. The resort credit may be used toward activities at the resort. Included in the package is the resort’s coupon booklet with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets including rounds of golf, watersports, spa services, dining and shopping.

The 330-acre beach resort and wildlife preserve has two and a half miles of white-sand beaches, guided shelling walks, indoor and outdoor yoga classes, sailing lessons and nature photography classes. Package rates start from $169 per night, based on a two-night minimum stay.

The 471 room resort has guestrooms and suites, one to three bedroom condominiums, and private home rentals, all featuring balconies or lanais to enjoy water views and wildlife. The resort features 20 swimming pools, beachfront golf, tennis, spa, waterfront dining options, children’s programs, watersports and boutique shopping.

South Seas Island Resort or 800/533-5553.

Don't Let Heat, Humidity Harm Your Car

Hot temperatures, humidity and long drives can be tough on your car. The Canadian Automobile Assocation recommends regular vehicle maintenance to help handle the harsh heat.

Eleven tips to help prevent your vehicle from getting scorched:

  1. Flush your antifreeze before it becomes acidic and causes damage.
  2. Clean the top of your car battery and the connections to prevent discharge.
  3. Park in the shade and use a sunshade across the dashboard to protect your car's interior. When the temperature reaches 86° F outside, the inside of your vehicle can feel like 122° F.
  4. Avoid using acid-base tire cleaners as they can cause rubber to crack.
  5. Wash your vehicle regularly to prevent damage from dead bugs, acid rain, tree sap and bird droppings.
  6. Replace cracked or torn windshield wipers and stock up on washer fluid to maximize your visibility.
  7. Inspect and replace air filters as they may become clogged with dirt, debris and dust.
  8. Inflate your tires properly, as heat causes tires to expand and overinflated tires can cause uneven tire wear or a blowout.
  9. Change your engine oil regularly to reduce accelerated wear due to heat.
  10. During the summer months, your car battery can lose its charge 33 per cent faster than in the frigid winter weather.
  11. Before your next road trip, visit an auto service center for a thorough vehicle inspection.

20% Savings w/Book Early, Ski Later Promotion

Savvy skiers book winter vacations early to save on rates for the upcoming season. Resort at Squaw Creek, in North Lake Tahoe offers a Buy Early, Ski Later promotion with savings up to 20 percent for 30-day advanced bookings. Rates start at $259 per night for this special offer.

You can access more than 3,600 acres of terrain at Squaw Valley via Resort at Squaw Creek’s ski-in, ski-out location. The ski area is scheduled to open Nov. 23 for the 2016-2017 season. With more than 450 inches of annual snowfall and beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, Squaw Valley provides snow sports enthusiasts with many reasons to visit this winter.

The Resort at Squaw Creek recently completed a $7 million renovation on its 405 rooms. Located 10 minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers an 18-hole golf course, guided fly-fishing tours, access to miles of hiking and biking trails, five restaurants, a spa, three outdoor heated swimming pools and a shopping promenade. In winter, there is ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley USA, a private ice rink and a Nordic center.

Winter ski packages at Resort at Squaw Creek or 800/327-3353.


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Bernardus Lodge & Spa Specials

Bernardus Lodge & Spa, in California’s Carmel Valley, offers several specials. The 71-room lodge, spa, villas and suites are on 28 acres of vineyards, gardens and lavender.

With their “Enjoy One More Night” offer, stay two nights and get the third night free. The offer is valid Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016.

The stay three nights and get the fourth night free offer runs through Oct. 31, 2016.

The Bed and Breakfast package includes accommodations for two adults and breakfast for two. Available seven days a week, it is not applicable to group bookings and is subject to availability.

The lodge’s wine country estate-style environment offers butler services, free Mercedes-Benz convertibles, alfresco rain showers, a spa, restaurant and bar, two swimming pools, croquet and bocce court and a three-to-one staff ratio.

A private entry leads to a secluded infinity Jacuzzi and fire pit with mountain and vineyard views. The 1050 to 2100 square foot accommodations include outdoor fire pits, master baths with hammered copper soaking tubs, wet rooms with wall and rain showers, radiant heat floors, vaulted ceilings, French doors, double-sided fireplaces and private bath patios and terraces featuring vineyard or mountain views.

Bernardus Lodge or 831/658-3400.

Palm Beaches Spa & Wellness Month

Known for its spas and wellness offerings, the Palm Beaches of South Florida hosts its inaugural Spa & Wellness Month in October 2016.

Organized by Discover the Palm Beaches (DTPB), the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, the month-long promotion will highlight wellness-focused offerings available at exclusive, limited-time prices throughout the month of October.

More than 15 spa and wellness establishments offer facials and massages from $50 or meditation and yoga from $5. Several businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to charities such as the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen® organization.

Here are some sample spa and accommodation offers available during Spa & Wellness Month.

  • Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre - Signature Facial $79 (regular price $109)
  • Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach - Pink Moon Massage $125, regular price $170.
  • Jupiter Beach Resort and Spa - Bliss Massage $99, regular price $125.
  • The Lane Spa- Signature Massage $69, regular price $79.
  • Nspa at The Delray Beach Marriott - Meditation Ritual $10 per person, regular price $20.
  • Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boca Raton Resort & Club - Day Pass + Traditional Ritual Bath package - $50 per person, regular price $79.80.
  • Seagate Hotel & Spa – Spa & Wellness Month Hotel package: A one night stay and the "On Cloud Nine" spa package from $325 per night plus $30 resort fee and 12 percent tax. Spa gratuity is not included.

Spa & Wellness Month offers.

Iberostar Discounts in Dominican Republic

The all-inclusive Iberostar Resort in Playa Bayahibe, Higuey, Dominican Republic offers a variety of savings.

Save 27 percent on a standard room when you book by Oct. 31, 2016 for travel through Oct. 31, 2016. Plus, one child age 12 and under stays free when traveling with two full paying adults. This promotion is valid for air & land reservations only.

Book by Oct. 31, 2016 for travel Nov. 1, 2016 through Apr. 30, 2017 and save 25 percent. This promotion is valid for land and land and air reservations.

For an early booking bonus, save 25 percent when you book by Jan. 31, 2017 for May 1 through Oct. 31, 2017 travel. One child stays free when traveling with two full paying adults. This promotion is valid for land and land and air reservations.

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Brighton Season Passes On Sale

Brighton Resort in Brighton, UT has their 2016/2017 season passes for sale on-line and at the resort. Pre-season rates are the best way to save and end Sep. 27, 2016.

Unlimited Passes pre-season rates are as follows:

  • Adult (ages 24 to 64) $799 – regular price $899
  • College Student/Active Military $499 - regular price $599
  • Young Adult (ages 18 to 23) $499 - regular price $599
  • Youth (age 11 through Grade 12) $299 - regular price $399
  • Child 10 and under with qualifying purchase $50
  • Senior (age 65 and older) $500 - – regular price $600

Unlimited passes offer:

  • Free use of UTA Ski Bus
  • Two free days at Deer Valley and Solitude
  • $10 Discount on a Buddy Pass
  • Boyne Resorts West discounted lift tickets and lodging
  • 10 percent off at Brighton Mountain Sports, Milly Chalet and Blind Miner Coffee.

Mid-week passes also offer pre-season rates. The Adult pass is $549, Senior pass is $425 and an Adult pass with blackout dates is $449.

The Brighton Family 4 Pack is new this season. Get two Adult Unlimited Season passes and up to two Youth Unlimited Season passes (age 17 and under) for $1,598.

You can build your own family package and mix and match qualifying passes to build a family package to meet your needs.

Brighton Go Cards are another way to hit the slopes. Buy a five or 10 day go card and get direct to lift access. After all of your days are used, re-load additional days at a discounted rate from your computer. Skip the ticket window and head straight to the lift.

Brighton Resort Pre-Season Pass rates or 855/201-7669.

Solo Traveler Savings with Emerald Waterways

More travelers are taking solo cruises, an experience that’s priced and designed for couples and can bring added costs of up to 100 percent over the normal fare. Emerald Waterways, through Dec. 31, 2016, waives its single supplement, making solo cruising an affordable option and value.

The single supplement waiver offer is good on all 2016 river cruises, including the 15-day Splendours of Europe sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest; and the eight-day Jewels of the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. The offer applies to Emerald staterooms and balcony suites.

Emerald Waterways cruise fare includes some flights (depending on market and special offers); all transfers; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast; pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats in the top suites; free Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions and all onboard and excursion gratuities.

Emerald Waterways or 855/222-3214.

10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks by Nicki Chodnoff

Growing up in Philadelphia, I found cheesesteaks were part of my existence, like drinking liquid and breathing air. Juicy, cheesy and beefy – not to mention the delicious fried onions and soft rolls. Having consumed so many cheesesteaks over the years, I think I developed palate memory.

Cheesesteaks are Philadelphia icons, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. Since moving far away from Philadelphia, I’ve yet to find a cheesesteak that can equal any found in the metro area.

Steak sandwiches were Philadelphia’s answer to fast food years before the national chains came into the picture. They are fast, portable and readily available at steak shops, delis, food trucks, pizzerias and even some high-end restaurants throughout the region. As long as the establishment is locally owned, and not part of a chain, you are bound to get a decent steak sandwich or cheesesteak.

So we are on the same page, a steak sandwich or cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll (my favorite rolls were Amoroso) filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef (ribeye is the standard though some places may use other thinly sliced cuts of beef) and melted cheese. Leave out the cheese and it’s just a steak sandwich. Generally, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz. American, mozzarella and provolone cheeses are equally delicious and available in most places. Cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors and textures. Some judge steak sandwiches and cheesesteaks on the “drip” factor, the juice and/or cheese that drips out of the roll. Other toppings may include fried onions, sautéed mushrooms, ketchup and hot or sweet cherry peppers or a combination of some or all of those toppings.

Some sandwich shops (some are known as luncheonettes – small informal restaurants that serve lunch) offer a cheesesteak hoagie or steak hoagie, a hybrid that combines the cheesesteak or steak sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

The cheesesteak made its official debut in 1930. Pat Olivieri was a South Philadelphia hot dog vendor who decided to put some beef from the butcher on his grill. A taxicab driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his own steak sandwich.

The next day, as the story goes, rumor of the delicious lunch had spread, and cabbies around the city came to Olivieri demanding steak sandwiches. Soon after, Olivieri opened up a shop on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Pat’s King of Steaks, to sell his new creation. Eventually, according to legend, he added cheese to the recipe.

Today, Pat’s grills sizzle 24 hours a day, as do Geno’s, the rival steak shop across the street. For 40 years, the two shops have waged a friendly competition to win the title of best cheesesteak in town, with Geno’s founder, Joe Vento, claiming it was he, not Olivieri, who first added cheese to the cheesesteak.

When ordering a cheesesteak at Pat’s Steaks, (other shops have similar routines) you want to let the cashier know whether you want a steak or cheesesteak, what type of cheese you want and if you want fried onions. You need to be as quick and concise as possible. You order and pay before you get your food.

Locals are so adept at ordering, they have it down to three words: saying “one whiz with” to the person behind the counter means that you would like one cheesesteak [denoted by the “one”] with Cheez Whiz as your choice of cheese [denoted by the “whiz”] and with fried onions [denoted by the “with”]. Similarly, saying “one provolone without” would secure you a single cheesesteak [one] made with provolone cheese [provolone] and without fried onions [without]. Or saying “two American with” would get you two cheesesteaks both with American cheese and fried onions.

Lines can be long at peak times, and if you don’t have your order and money ready to go, you may be sent to the back of the line.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau compiled a list of where to find the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia. You can’t go wrong getting a steak sandwich or cheesesteak at any of their recommended places. In my opinion, a steak sandwich or cheesesteak anywhere in the Philadelphia area is better than what you get in your hometown.

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Oglebay Fall Golf Packages

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, in Oglebay Park, Wheeling WV, offers packages for fall golf.

Oglebay’s golf amenities feature courses for all abilities, including two 18-hole layouts at the Speidel Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Arnold Palmer. The Crispin, the resort’s 5,600-yard original course, is perfect for warm-up rounds, seniors and beginners. Oglebay offers two driving ranges and a family-friendly par-3 course.

The golf offers include:

Championship Golf package – Available through Sep. 28, 2016, Sunday through Thursday. Unlimited golf on the Jones and Palmer courses with GPS cart and daily play on the Crispin Course. From $239 per person, per night based on double occupancy, with lodging and daily breakfast.

Birdie Golf package – From $179 per person, double occupancy required. The offer includes rounds with GPS cart on the Jones and Palmer courses, and daily play on the par-3 and Crispin courses (subject to availability, cart not included). Valid Sunday through Thursday through Sep. 28, 2016, the package includes accommodations in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages and daily breakfast.

Ones Golf package – From $131 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, the package includes lodging and a round of golf on the Jones and Palmer courses with GPS cart. Available Sunday through Thursday through Oct. 31, 2016, the package requires tee times for all golf rounds.

Eagle Golf package – Available weekends through Oct. 28, 2016, the package includes lodging and a round of golf with GPS cart each on the Jones and Palmer courses. From $299 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, it includes daily play on the Crispin and par-3 courses (cart not included), and daily breakfast.

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Wheeling, W.V., Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers overnight accommodations on 1,700 acres with recreational opportunities such as swimming, tennis, horse stables, miniature golf, fishing, paved walking/jogging trails, shopping, spa and 30-acre Good Zoo. Accommodations include the 270-room Wilson Lodge, cottages and estate houses.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center or 800/624-6988.


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