Jacqueline Kennedy, fashionable first lady

TRAVEL SMARTS

October 07, 2001

Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years," which marks the 40th anniversary of her reign as first lady and focuses on her influence on fashion and style, opened recently at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.

The exhibit includes 80 original outfits and accessories worn by Kennedy. Among the highlights are the fawn coat and pillbox hat she wore to her husband's inauguration in 1961, and the cream-colored satin gown she wore to a pre-inaugural gala.

The museum has expanded its hours to accommodate visitors: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The exhibit runs through February. Tickets, for timed reservation only, range from $8 to $15.

For more information, call 877-616-4599 or visit the museum online at www.jfklibrary. org (the site includes a link to hotels with package deals for lodging and exhibit tickets).

A book version of the exhibit, Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years (Bullfinch Press, $50), is also available.

-- Tricia Bishop

BRITISH BLOOMS BECKON

Leaves may be falling here, but British officials say dozens of its acclaimed gardens are not only open through fall and winter, they're also displaying seasonal blooms. A pocket-sized folding map, "Britain's Gardens," lists 100 of the best gardens available for touring throughout Scotland, Wales and England, and 40 of them are open year-round.

Scotland, in particular, is known for its blaze of autumn colors. The gardens at Crathes Castle, near Aberdeen, feature 300-year-old yew hedges, and those at Crarae garden, on Scotland's west coast, show exotic blooming shrubs from around the world.

For a free copy of the map, which includes a history of gardening, call the British Tourist Authority at 877-899-8391.

-- T.B.

Hot deals for golfers

Golfing weather is about to go the way of the birds -- south -- and the Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston, S.C., is offering reduced rates for the northern golfers sure to follow.

The resort, which was given a four-star Mobil rating, is located on 1,600 oceanfront acres and has two golf courses, both designed by Tom Fazio, a consulting architectural designer for the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA.

The fall and winter "Wild Bunch" golf package, which costs $98 per player per day, includes two rounds of golf and three nights in a two-bedroom villa. For an extra $29, foursomes can tack on a survival kit, which includes golf magazines, cigars, playing cards, poker chips, snacks, a case of cold beer and the requisite antacid and aspirin, all packaged in a mini golf-bag cooler.

Foursomes who add $125 to the package can create their own mini tournament complete with logo tees and balls, drink coupons, golf shop certificates (worth $125) and a "certificate suitable for framing" for the winner. For information, call 800-845-8880; online go to www.wilddunes.com. -- T.B.

Trips that rise above it all

The Bombard Society's vacation trips offer bird's-eye views of snow-capped mountains, ancient castles and lush countryside -- all from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

The 2002 itinerary offers flights over Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Turkey and Switzerland's Alps. Vacations range from five to 11 days and run mid-January through mid-October. Prices, which begin at $5,988, include accommodations at four- and five-star hotels, meals, daily ballooning, sightseeing and land travel. For information and to order a free video, call 800-862-853 or see www.bombardsociety.com. -- T.B.

Correction: In an item about the Family Adventure Travel Directory Aug. 19, an incorrect phone number was listed. The correct number for the directory is 845-679-9321. The Sun regrets the error.

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