Finger Lakes guide points the way With 650 miles of...

TRAVEL SMARTS

June 04, 2000

Finger Lakes guide points the way

With 650 miles of shoreline, 1,063 waterfalls, 11 lakes and summer temperatures in the mid-80s, New York's Finger Lakes region is a tempting vacation spot. But how do you narrow the sights when there are so many from which to choose?

The "Finger Lakes Region Travel Guide" ($4) gives the skinny on area activities and accommodations so you can pick your favorites and save the rest for another trip. And to help get you to your destinations, turn to the road map on page 28.

To order the guide, call 800-548-4386.

-- Tricia Bishop

Water Ways

A new exhibit opening June 17 at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport Maritime Mu-seum takes a plunge into history.

"Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea" is a collection of maps, paintings, boats and photographs that highlight the nation's connection to its waterways. The comprehensive exhibit ranges from teeny-weeny bikinis to Popeye, the cartoon sailor. Computer stations, dramatic performances and memorabilia are organized into such sections as immigration, recreation and Navy life.

The exhibit is interactive. For example, visitors will be able to step into the shoes of an immigrant "just off the boat" to peer at the United States for the first time.

For more information, go to www.mysticseaport.com, or call 888-973-2767.

A SMART WAY TO TOUR BRITAIN

Here's an educated approach to accommodations in Britain.

The British Universities Accommodation Consortium offers reasonably priced, comfortable lodgings with varying landscapes and architectural styles, all run by seasoned professionals. The only catch: You have to go back to school.

The consortium offers travelers more than 120,000 rooms in 64 British universities for prices often less than hotels charge, and most lodgings include all the benefits of a resort.

Rolling hills, swimming and tennis are often part of the university experience, and those amenities are regularly available to consortium guests.

For information about rates and availability, go to www.buac.co.uk, or call 44 (0) 115 950 4571.

All charged up in St. Augustine

The country's oldest city, St. Augustine, Fla., is using a new approach to help visitors get around the city.

The Original St. Augustine Electric Car Co. features rental cars with a spark. Electric mini-cars are available for cruising around town, and there's no need to worry about the high price of gas. If you're a speedster, you might want to think twice, though. The cars go no faster than 24 mph. But, hey, you're on vacation -- what's the rush?

For more information, call 904-829-9255.

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