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Thursday, August 23, 2007
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INSIDE KNOWLEDGE
Many Americans don't realize that there's a world of affordable hotel chains beyond Marriott and Motel 6. Here's an essential list of nearly 40 reliable brands, from Amari's Thai beach resorts, where rooms start at $62, to Premier Travel Inn, whose U.K. rooms start at about $100. read more
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
In June, Delta kept the passengers of flight 6499 on the tarmac for seven hours. The passengers were denied food, while the crew was allowed to leave the plane. Watch this seven-minute video of the experience to see how bad the situation was. Be warned, airlines: More and more passengers are going to be recording and documenting poor customer service. read post
The Irvington Stomp
LONG WEEKEND
The White Fences Vineyard, whose six acres crawl with vinifera and French American hybrid vines, sets aside barrels of grapes each year for an old-fashioned stomping competition and harvest festival. The event takes place on September 1 in the laid-back town of Irvington in Virginia's Northern Neck (about three hours south of D.C.). read more
THE REAL DEALS
Hop aboard the Wilhelm Tell Express for a trip between picturesque Lucerne in German-speaking central Switzerland and Lugano, the cultural hub of Italian-influenced Ticino, plus a two-night hotel stay, for $395. why it's a deal
Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires A sweeping air/hotel/cruise package for cities in Argentina (Buenos Aires, Ushuaia) and Chile (Santiago, Punta Arenas), with a cruise through the Strait of Magellan to southern Patagonia and Tierra de Fuego, from $2,899. why it's a deal
Three Philadelphia hotels are offering promotions with neat perks, such as a hiking adventure, a cheese tasting, and a couple's massage, from $185 per night.
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Signspotting
CALLING ALL READERS
Now you can prove it! Send us your best caption for this new Signspotting photo and come back on August 31 to vote for the funniest. read more
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