Treehouses get off the ground

The Smart Traveler

May 11, 2008|By DIANE STONEBACK | DIANE STONEBACK,The (Allentown. Pa.) Morning Call

KENNETT SQUARE, PA. // Looking for a getaway that can give wings to your thoughts and provide a nest for your soul? Your escape could be as near as the trees at Longwood Gardens, as long as you accept the unusual invitation "to come out and play."

PAULINE FROMMER'S COSTA RICA

Wiley / $19.99

Budget travel is the focus of Pauline Frommer's guides. In the case of this guide, however, budget travel is a relative term. Those traveling on a shoestring will find this book of limited use; independent travelers of means seeking comfort, cleanliness and value in the two- to three-star range are the real audience. Authors David Appell and Nelson Mui have scoped out Costa Rica from coast to cloud forest, rating nearly everything from vacation rentals to artists' studios to zip lines. The tone is lively, the tips helpful, the reviews opinionated and the maps useful, but it is the rankings of sights, accommodations and adventures that enable users to fulfill the series' motto, "spend less, see more," while reserving the right to a serious splurge or two.

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WASHINGTON

Lincoln Cottage on Civil War tour

A new Civil War tour of Washington includes a visit to the newly restored Lincoln Cottage, Abe Lincoln's summer retreat on the campus of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home. The three-hour tour, "Civil War Washington: Soldiers and Citizens," will be introduced Memorial Day weekend. It is sponsored by Washington Walks and Cultural Tourism DC. The tour will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on six Saturdays: May 24 and 31, and June 7, 14, 21 and 28. The cost is $42 per person, which includes admission to the Lincoln Cottage site. Go to washingtonwalks.com.

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GREEN TRAVEL

Orbitz keeps Earth in mind

Orbitz.com is trying to make it easier for consumers to be environmentally friendly. Orbitz is featuring energy-efficient hotels at eco.orbitz.com. These properties have earned an Energy Star label from the Environmental Protection Agency because they use nearly 40 percent less energy than average buildings and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide. The Web site also makes it easy to book hybrid car rentals, take a volunteer vacation or purchase carbon offsets for your travel.

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MUSEUMS

A modern home for the Woodstock era

A new museum is opening June 2 at the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert. The Museum at Bethel Woods, about 90 minutes north of New York City, will offer exhibits, personal stories, multimedia experiences and programs about the 1960s focusing on everything from music and fashion to political protest. The original three-day festival epitomized the era's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll counterculture while drawing 400,000 people to hear Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, the Who and many other performers. Tickets for the museum are on sale through bethelwoodscenter.org or Ticketmaster by calling 845-454-3388.

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