Harry Potter's guide to Britain

TRAVEL SMARTS

November 11, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

The British Tourist Authority and Warner Bros., producer of the about-to-be released (Nov. 16) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie, have struck a deal they're trying to keep under wraps. But word has leaked, and they've had to acknowledge the existence of a map that details locations where the movie was filmed.

Due out Nov. 19, the guide, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Discovering the Magic of Britain, includes locations from the film and other "mystical, mythical and magical places in Britain," says British Tourist Authority spokesman Robin Prestage. Filming for the second movie is taking place in Britain right now.

Here's a look at a few of the locations from the first film:

* Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester (used as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry)

* Goathland Station in Yorkshire (Hogsmeade train station)

* London's Australia House, home of the Australian High Commission (Gringotts wizards' bank)

The free map (which uses the British title of J.K. Rowling's first novel) is expected to go quickly, so order early. For a copy, call 866-4HEDWIG (866-443-3944).

ROCKY GAP GETAWAYS FOR WINTER WEEKENDS

Cumberland's Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort on Lake Habeeb has introduced winter weekend getaways with themes of romance, murder mystery and celebration:

* Nov. 21-25 -- Thanksgiving getaway with meals, including the holiday feast, and complimentary massage.

* Dec. 21-26 -- Christmas feast-fest with complimentary golf (weather permitting).

* New Year's -- One- and two-night packages, including five-course dinners and a ballroom gala celebration.

* "Weekends to Die For" -- Seven murder-mystery weekends run Jan. 11 through April 14 and include two nights' accommodation, meals and two parties.

* Valentine's weekend -- (Feb. 14-17) Complimentary massage, robes, dinners and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Prices begin at $99 a night, double occupancy. For more information, call 301-784-8400 or go to www.rockygapresort.com.

-- T.B

From AAA, a big assist for sports fans

The American Automobile Association has published a book for hardcore sports fans. The Ultimate Fan's Guide to Pro Sports Travel delivers all the goods on every team and venue in four professional leagues: Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.

Each team's listing contains a brief history, a timeline of highlights, trivia, records, and quotes from players, coaches and the media. Each venue listing includes a color-coded seating chart and basic contact information along with a map to the location. The book also features game-day tips, AAA-rated lodging and dining spots, tailgating courtesy rules and recipes, and stories about the greatest heroes of sports.

Order the $20 book online at www.aaa.com or by calling 877-222-2665, or find it at local booksellers. -- T.B.

National Public Radio -- it's everywhere

In times like these, people want accessible news 24 hours a day, even when they're on the road -- but finding it isn't always easy. National Public Radio offers a station directory that lists more than 1,100 NPR stations by state, city and frequency, so you won't have to waste time flipping around the dial.

For a copy, send $3.50 and your mailing information to Arrowhead Publishing, NPR Directory, 1970 N. Leslie 760, Pahrump, NV 89060. -- T.B.

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