Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WellsWorld on the Radio: Savannah, Hilton Head, Best Egg Hunt, Mustangs, N. C. Getaways, Curacao Deals

Forsyth Park Fountain
Savannah:  If you're known as the Hostess City of the South you need some strong, creative and capable women.

Little wonder then that author Flannery O'Connor, one of the South's most unique characters, was born and reared here or that Juliette Gordon Low followed an unhappy, failed marriage by making a change in the lives of girls and founded the Girls Scouts here 100 years ago. 

Today's women are no less.

Four of Savannah's top B&Bs - Dresser Palmer House, Azalea Inn and Gardens, Zeigler House and Green Palm Inn are operated by women, respectively, Shannon Romine, Teresa Scott Jacobson, Jackie Heinz and Diane McCray are hostesses with a capital H for Hospitality.

Three of the city's top restaurants are run by women -
The Tea Room by a mother-daughter pair, Becky Wright and Elizabeth Ruby

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room by Marcia Thompson, daughter of its founder,
Alligator Soul, by Maureen Craig. Known for its game and meats, it's also the best place in town for vegetarians. Maureen is one and her chef partner cooked in a Buddhist monastery.

Leopold's, THE place for ice cream since 1919, is run by the son of its founders, Stratton Leopold and his wife, Mary, who, when he's out producing movies with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman (The Sum of All Fears), John Travolta (The General's Daughter) or Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III), keeps the ice cream scoops perfect.

And my favorite new find, Savannah Bee Company, may be run by a man but the Queen and her thousands of ladies in waiting rule.

Coligny Beach

On the Sand at Hilton Head
What: The Beach House, A Holiday Inn Resort
Where: Hilton Head, S. C.
When: whenever

The Deal: Beachfront for less than  you'll find anywhere else on the island.

This totally renovated hotel offers a beautiful pool, steps to the beach, bicycles, snack bar and restaurant , Wi-Fi, free parking plus famous The Tiki Hut, the only bar on the beach.

Management is so sure their prices are the best, your first night is free if you find any on the island's beaches for less.

Best egg hunt
What: Fossil Egg Hunt for children ages 3-8 divided into two age groups.

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 7.

Where: Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD

Cost: Free with museum admission.

What's best about it? The eggs have real fossils inside that finders get to keep!

Details: Bring your own basket.

Mustangs and Mustangs
They call it legends having fun, but I think it's the visitors who'll have the best time.

What:  Restored P-51 Mustangs and Ford Mustangs exhibited together for the 15th year. The cars compete, the planes perform and experts and authors will be on hand to laud both.

When: 10 a.m. -4 p.m., Saturday, March 31.

Where: Fantasy of Flight, Polk City, FL

Cost: Free with admission.

Plush escape

What: Spa and Carolina Getaway packages

Where: Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Charlotte, NC.

When: Good now through Dec. 31, 2012.

The Deal: Carolina Getaway (CAROLN) includes two nights, one $50 spa credit per person per stay, one $50 food and beverage credit per room per stay, daily breakfast, complimentary valet parking, starting at $269 for two a night.
                  Spa Escape (VALSPA) includes one night, choice of one $110 value spa treatment per person per night, 20 % gratuity/spa service charge included, daily breakfast, complimentary valet parking starting at $439 for two a night.

Catch: Advance spa treatment appointments required. Tax is extra.

Pool at Hotel Kura Hulanda.
Stay longer for less in Curacao
What: Get the fifth day free with airfare-included deals at selected Curacao resorts. I can personally recommend four: Avila, Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino, Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club and Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino.

When: Offers end April 15, travel April 15-June 15, 2012

Cost: Avila, round-trip airfare, five nights, hotel transfers, kids under 12 stay free, $200 instant credit from $625;
Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino, round-trip airfare, five nights, hotel transfers, $200 instant credit, daily buffet breakfast from $625;
Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, round-trip airfare, five nights, hotel transfers, $200 instant credit, daily buffet breakfast from $779;
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino, round-trip airfare, five nights, hotel transfers, $200 instant credit, kids 17 and under stay free from $799.

Catch: Must book through Liberty Travel, 1-888-271-1584. Additional fees for baggage may apply, airfare is midweek from several gateway cities. and blackout periods may apply. Prices are per person, double occupancy. Taxes and fees up to $60 may apply on arrival and departures.

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