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Archive for August, 2011

A Golden Nugget in Nevada

By Linda Tancs

There’s more than one golden nugget in Nevada worth a visit.  Just eight hours from the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas is the Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, a family friendly barbeque boasting a rib-eating tournament drawing the world’s most competitive chowhounds.  Now through 5 September, this annual event claiming over 500,000 visitors features one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northern Nevada.  The tournament is tonight at 6 p.m.; don’t worry, there will be plenty of ribs left to feast on at Rib Village, a VIP area offering unlimited ribs and drinks for up to 10 people per party.

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Vacation Rentals Just a Click Away

By Linda Tancs

Wyndham Rentals offers 90,000 vacation properties in 500 destinations through its extensive network of rental agencies.  Looking for a detached bungalow in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria or the Czech Republic?  How about a beachfront condo, ski-in/ski-out townhome or golf villa in North America?  Is camping–or glamping–your passion?  Chances are, they’ve got you covered.

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Viking Adds More Luxury for 2012

By Linda Tancs

Next year you can experience even more style on your European river cruise:  Viking is adding two new Longships, Embla and Aegir, and with them comes a whole new world of luxury cruising.  Like full-size staterooms combined with full-size verandas, large suites with a veranda outside the living room and French balcony in the bedroom, and two Explorer Suites with private wraparound verandas and 270° views. Aquavit, anyone?  You can sample that on the terrace by the same name, an indoor/outdoor area at the bow of the ship for viewing, relaxing and casual dining.

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Doll Auction in Seattle

By Linda Tancs

A gorgeous French doll is waiting for you on 28 August in Seattle.  Now, don’t get the wrong idea; this doll is of the collectible variety, along with a collection of dolls from Chicago and Germany forming the nucleus of this year’s doll auction at the Westin Bellevue.  The collection includes early bisque dolls with sculpted hair, rare porcelain dolls, early wooden and cloth dolls, Kewpie dolls, miniature dolls, life-sized dolls, Teddy bears and a host of curiosities.  Just a few blocks away is the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, a treasure trove of rare dolls that is shutting down as of 1 March 2012.  Here’s your chance to get all dolled up.

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The Ultimate Reading Room

By Linda Tancs

Bibliophiles, take note.   Would you like to view the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard Almanack?  How about the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses or Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula?  These collections and more await you at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.   Founded in 1954 through a testamentary gift by renowned book dealers Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip, the facility is located at their 1865 historic townhouse on Delancey Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The brothers played a central role in the development of private libraries that later became our nation’s most important public collections of rare books.  The collection has since grown to include the papers of poet Marianne Moore and the drawings of Maurice Sendak.  A guided tour includes Dr. Rosenbach’s rare book library, Philip Rosenbach’s fine and decorative art collections, and the recreation of modernist poet Marianne Moore’s Greenwich Village living room.  As the Rosenbach is a historic house museum and research library, make an appointment with the librarian to view items from their collections.

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Perfection Evolves at Celebrity Cruises

By Linda Tancs

Celebrity Cruises made clear that it doesn’t want you thinking of its ships as a concrete and steel jungle when it inaugurated a real grass lawn aboard Solstice.  With the recent unveiling of Silhouette, they’ve taken the concept of the great outdoors a step further.  Like outdoor grilling in the new, interactive Lawn Club Grill.  You can also rent a cabana on the lawn for a private retreat, or take art lessons from resident experts.  Sailing to the Caribbean and Europe in modern luxury, the fourth ship in the Solstice class also offers sweeping veranda views in 85% of her staterooms, or take in the sights from the observation lounge.  Now you’ll always have a room with a view.

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San Artists in South Africa

By Linda Tancs

Only two hours from Cape Town, the Cederberg mountains and wilderness area offers up telling rock art from the nomadic San.  The 2500 or so ancient sites depict everyday hunting and gathering activities and some not-so-mundane mysteries for rock sleuths.  After a day of rugged rock climbing, why not indulge in a cup of rooibos, a tea derived from the rooibos plant (Aspalathus Linearis) which is only found in the Cederberg region.  Famed for its restorative properties, you just might find your fountain of youth.

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