Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Seasons Travels

My gift to you

You'll drool at divine hotels, you'll get itchy feet and you'll jump to get away when Tablet runs special rates.

It's one of my favorite travel sites, www.tablethotels.com.

Historic holidays

Take a special guided Christmas Tour of the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts, or one of the historic Adams house in Deadwood, South Dakota.

If only you knew about it. Now you can.

What: The History List, www.thehistorylist.com was launched last year as a way to help historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, history museums, house museums, living history sites, reenacting groups, and other history organizations get the word out about their history-related exhibits, reenactments, walks and talks, author appearances, celebrations, and more.  

Introduced first in the Boston area, The History List has grown to be the largest list of history-related events taking place across the country. 

Check it out next time you're heading out of town.

James Turrell's Skyspace "Joseph's Coat, Ringling Museum of Art.

Ringling in the solstice

 Looking for something different? Dance into the Winter Solstice and celebrate the second year of Joseph's Coat, the James Turrell Skyspace at "Greet the Light," a special event Saturday night, Dec. 21, at the Ringling Museum of Art courtyard in Sarasota, FL

Activities start at 7 p.m. and include
Music by DJ Imminent
LED Illuminated Furniture
Fire Dancers
Food and Drink Specials
The Joseph's Coat program in the Turrell Skyspace.
Tickets are $15 so go for the weekend and splurge on a nice place to stay.

Last minute gifts for travelers

• Exchange $20-$30 into the currency of their next destination.
• A pack of compression bags. They don't last long with travelers' frequent opening and closing and this time of year are invaluable for packing bulky sweaters and jackets. Make sure they compress manually; no one packs vacuum cleaners.
• A book, fiction or nonfiction, e or printed, set at a future destination.
• Travel-sized toothpaste, contact lens solution, deodorant, hairspray, especially for those prone to last-minute departures.

Remodeling specials

The historic King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, GA, is refurbishing its lobby area which is a good time to find special room rates, as in under $100. For example...

Georgia Golf Resort, King & Prince, St. Simons Island, GA.
What: Winter Golf Package starts at $129 per night and includes room and tax plus one round of golf for two players per night.

Fine Print: Subject to availability on bookings until Feb. 13, 2014 (excluding holidays).
www.kingandprince.com 1-800-342-0212.

Skiing at Beech Mountain, N. C.

Resolve to ski

What: Celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard month with a package deal at North Carolina's Beech Mountain.

The Deal: A ski or snowboard lesson, ski or snowboard equipment rental including a helmet for safety, a full-day lift ticket, one-night's lodging based on double occupancy.

How much? $101 per person.

Who? Offer open to anyone age 8 or older.

When: January 1-31, 2014.

Fine Print: Lesson package available Monday through Friday with lodging available Sunday through Thursday nights.


Participating lodging:
4 Seasons at Beech, www.beechgetaway.com
Beech Mountain Chalet Rentals, www.gobeech.com
Charlie's Beech Mountain Rentals, www.mrbeech.com
Guest Quearters, http://www.fredsgeneral.com/Guest%20Quarters.html
Pinnacle Inn Resort, http://pinnacleinn.com