Blossoms at Biltmore Estate
Each spring Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., celebrates its horticultural legacy with a Festival of Flowers. Tulips bloom in the English-style walled garden, and other spring flowers and shrubs create an impressive display. This year's celebration, which continues through May 10, includes an antique carriage parade and an outing in the gardens.
The gardens represent the artistry of landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Hired by George Washington Vanderbilt the 1880s, Olmsted's legacy includes elaborate pattern beds, espaliered fruit trees, old-fashioned perennials and naturalistic landscaping.
For a complete schedule or information about the festival, call (800) 543-2961. San Francisco's Mission District will be transformed into one big street party when revelers congregate to celebrate Carnaval '92, the city's most spectacular multicultural outdoor festival May 22-24.
The 13th annual Carnaval will draw a variety of cultures -- African, Polynesian, Asian, European, Caribbean, Central and South American and American Indian -- to the Mission District for a weekend celebration of music and dance, costumes and floats, and ethnic food.
Traditionally a pre-Lenten farewell to the pleasures of the flesh, San Francisco's version of Mardi Gras is celebrated in May, when warm weather permits celebrants to abandon winter's bulky gear for flamboyant, scanty costumes and dancing in the streets.
More than half a million people are expected to attend the weekend extravaganza, which includes a parade, outdoor festival and three balls -- the Salsa Ball, Caribbean Ball and Samba Ball.
For more information on Carnaval, call (415) 824-8999. To find out about the city's hotels and attractions, call the San Francisco Visitor Information Center at (415) 391-2000.
A fund to help rebuild war-damaged parts of Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, has been set up by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and a Yugoslav travel agency. The Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund was seeded with $3,000 from ASTA, and the organizers are soliciting contributions from throughout the travel industry, as well as from private sources.
The walled city of Dubrovnik, once a city state that rivaled Venice in influence, is best-known for its historic and architectural splendors. Many consider it the best-preserved medieval city on the continent.
The non-profit fund will be used to restore historic buildings and significant art. Hundreds of sites were damaged during bombardments in October and November, including the Old City Harbor, the Dominican Monastery, Sponza Palace, the city Bell Tower, the city walls and several forts.
The Yugoslav agency Atlas Travel has a Washington office that is serving as headquarters for the nonpolitical fund. Contributions can be made payable to Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund Inc. and sent to 1804 Riggs Place N.W., Washington 20009.