Labor Day outing in Amish country

TRAVEL SMARTS

August 29, 1999|By Randi Kest

If barbecuing and beach bumming aren't appealing for Labor Day weekend, point your car toward Amish country and the 21st annual Long's Park Art & Craft Festival in Lancaster County, Pa. From Friday through Sept. 6, Long's Park will feature more than 200 booths selling items by artisans from around the country.

Precious and nonprecious jewelry, paintings, sculpture and ceramics will be for sale, and a gourmet food fair will offer dishes from area restaurants and caterers. In a children's activity tent, kids can create art masterpieces of their own with the help of Pennsylvania School of Art and Design representatives. There's also a playground and petting zoo.

Long's Park is along Harrisburg Pike in northwest Lancaster City. Admission: $6 adults in advance, $8 at the door; children 12 and under free. Weekend passes available for $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sept. 5, and until 5 p.m. Sept. 6. Call 717-295-7054 or visit www.longspark.org for vendor listings and information on advance ticket purchases.

STANDING TALL AT HOTEL MONACO

The Hotel Monaco in Chicago is now offering "tall rooms" and Pink Ribbon Packages. Taller guests will benefit from requesting one of 33 tall rooms equipped with longer beds, higher shower heads, extra heavy hangers and longer robes. And, customers who shop at Rochester Big & Tall can reserve rooms at a rate of $165. Otherwise, rooms start at $185.

Pink Ribbon Packages come just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Hotel Monaco joined forces with the Chicago chapter of Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization to offer guests rooms at $155, 10 percent of which will be donated to Y-Me. The package is available through Dec. 30 and includes a pampering basket and a pink ribbon turndown. Throughout October, Hotel Monaco will display information about Y-Me and its efforts toward breast cancer awareness.

Hotel Monaco is at 225 N. Wabash Avenue. Call 800-397-7661.

Taking Fido on vacation

Hunting down pet-friendly accommodations for your next trip? Click on www.petswelcome. com for a list of hotels, motels, inns and bed-and-breakfasts that accept pets in the U.S., Canada and France. Other features at the Web site include campground, beach, kennel and emergency vet listings.

For California destinations, www. dogfriendly.com provides more than 600 hotels, restaurants and attractions in 22 cities welcoming four-legged visitors. The site also gives information on places you can take your dog, plus a doggie Q-and-A.

Great Pyramid reopens

The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the biggest of the three ancient pyramids in Giza, Egypt, has reopened after a year of restoration. New lighting and ventilation systems were installed, and only 300 visitors are permitted inside each day to ensure it lasts another 4,500 years. To celebrate the Millennium, a gold-encased capstone will be placed on top.

The mid-sized pyramid in the trio, the Pyramid of Chephren, is now closed for restorations, but the Pyramid of Mycerinus, the smallest, remains open. Close by, the Sphinx temple and three tombs have reopened. Call the Egyptian Tourist Authority at 312-280-4666 for information.

Travel now, pay later

Cash-strapped travelers may soon be able to get vacation loans from their airlines if a British Airways trial in the United Kingdom pans out. Loans of $800 to $24,000 are being offered to customers with no interest if paid within three months; after that a 14.9 to 15.9 percent annual interest rate kicks in. According to research, vacations are the No. 3 reason (behind cars and home improvements) that people take out loans. British Airways is trying this service at six of 23 British ticket offices. Stay tuned to see if it flies.

Pub Date: 08/29/99

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