Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach offers $1,000 resort credit in Cancun

Guests visiting Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach now through the end of 2015 earn an extra $1,000 resort credit.  From romantic dining options and indulgent hydrotherapy Spa treatments at the 40,000 square foot Gem Spa, to a boat trip to nearby Isla Mujeres, guests can pamper themselves with this extravagant resort credit, creating their own perfect getaway.

Applicable toward stays of five nights or more in any room category at this all-suite ocean front resort; guest can enjoy the following experiences and activities:

  • One complimentary Romantic Spa Dinner for two guests
  • Two complimentary hydrotherapy rituals at Gem Spa
  • Two complimentary round tickets in Ferry to Isla Mujeres
  • A romantic beach cabana set-up (excluding dinner)
  • One complimentary bottle of sparkling wine at the pool or beachside
  • One complimentary Tequila Tasting for two guests at La Joya
  • In addition to much, much more for a total of $1,000 in extra value!

This offer is valid on new bookings only and travel must take place between now and Dec. 20, 2015.  All bookings are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

 Located on Cancun’s most secluded stretch of white sand beach, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa offers 602 all-suite ocean front accommodations, each with a private terrace facing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and lagoon-like pool.

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Husk to harvest dinner at Half Moon Bay

The Half Moon Bay Coastside will celebrate its plethora of local chefs, farmers, fisherman and ranchers at the inaugural “Half Moon Bay Husk to Harvest Farm Dinner.”  The dinner will be held Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau, guests will gather on the magical grounds of La Nebbia Winery to honor the food grown on the coast at a five-course feast served al fresco. 

Price per person: $150; includes a special commemorative basket filled with seasonal produce and local artisanal treats. La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy. 92.

To purchase tickets, call (650) 726-8380 or visit

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Frontier offers $29 one way from Chicago today only



Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on September 15, 2014 for domestic, nonstop travel on:  Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, September 22, 2014 through January 28, 2015.

The following blackout dates apply:  November 21, 2014 through December 1, 2014, and December 19, 2014 through December 28, 2014, and January 3, 2015 through January 4, 2015.   Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice.  Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable.

Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $50, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $75, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

 Tickets purchased at or by calling Frontier’s reservations centers must be paid for at the time the reservation is made, but may be cancelled for a full refund without penalty up to 24 hours after the time of purchase. Additional travel services, such as baggage and advance seat assignments are available for purchase separately at an additional charge.

Some markets do not offer daily service. Schedules are subject to change without notice. Flights are operated by Frontier Airlines. Other restrictions may apply.

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Half Moon Bay plans pumpkin festival

The Half Moon Bay Coastside truly comes to life during the fall and early winter season. Located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco, this charming region embraces its reputation as the pumpkin capital of the world.

In addition to the annual pumpkin festival, visitors will delight in crab season, outdoor adventures and the much-anticipated inaugural Husk to Harvest Farm Dinner at La Nebbia Winery.

The gorgeous coastal views of the Half Moon Bay Coastside provides the perfect backdrop for idyllic hikes or kayaking adventures while the crisp evening air sets the mood for holiday shopping on the delightful Main Street.  
Below is a summary of what’s new along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. Visit mobile-friendly for everything needed to plan a visit including information on cozy inns and luxury coastal resorts, renowned restaurants, farm visits, golfing, wine tasting, fishing, pumpkin festivities, surfing and much more.

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Oktoberfest: One of the world’s largest stein exhibits located in Pomona

Curator of the Wilson’s Mettlach collection, Eugen “Gino” Ruzi talks about the display athe American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. There are approximately 3,000 pieces of Mettlach wares, including steins, in the collection which is the largest in the world. About 500 of these are on display in the lower level at all times and on view to the public. (Eric Reed/For The Sun)


The Robert and Colette Wilson Mettlach Collection

 When: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and noon-9 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.

Where: American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.

Admission: $5-$7; free for children ages 12 and under.

Information: 909-865-3146,


 As Oktoberfest beckons, let’s lift the lid on one of the best-kept secrets in Pomona.

The city that’s home of the Los Angeles County Fair has one of the world’s largest collections of Mettlach beer steins on permanent view at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. The steins depict the history of European thought and art, from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution.

“When people see this collection, they say, ‘Wow! This exists in Pomona?’ To tell you the truth, not even Mettlach has as large a collection as we have here,” says Eugen “Gino” Ruzi, curator of the Robert and Colette Wilson Mettlach Collection at AMOCA.

For the philistines out there who can’t imagine beer in anything but a bottle or can, a stein is a decorative mug with a fancy pewter lid attached to it. And the steins produced at the Villeroy and Boch factory in the western German village of Mettlach during the late 19th and early 20th centuries were the most celebrated when it came to craftsmanship and beauty.

Robert Wilson, who goes by Bob, says he acquired his first piece while antique shopping with his folks in 1943.

What caught his eye: a decorative mug that featured a scenic illustration of a foppish man sporting a yellow feather in his wide-brimmed hat from the German folktale “Der Trompeter von Säckingen.”

Read more in Barrera’s story OKTOBERFEST.

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Become a Polar Hero along the Norway Coast with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten is all about exposing guests to its wonderful destinations and the need to preserve and share them – whether it is the stunningly scenic coast of Norway, or the bucket listpossibilities of Antarctica, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. Hurtigruten is now offering guests a very special opportunity to be “Polar Heroes” and take home the many things they will learn about polar life and share with friends and family. Everything from the Northern Lights to climate change to outdoorexperiences is on the docket to discuss and enjoy. This special sailing on the MSFinnmarken brings aboard the company’s best expedition leaders as well as renowned lecturers. Guests can participate in escorted hikes and excursions and sit in on lectures as these passionate experts impart their knowledge and experiences. The 12-day Bergen roundtrip voyage sails along Norway’s fjord-indented west coast, heading up above the Arctic Circle to Kirkenes, a few miles from the Russian boarder, before turning and heading back. 34 ports of call in both directions include 22 ports above the Arctic Circle. Fares range from $1,511 to $4,674 per person, double. Guests on this voyage also receive a 10% discount on any MS Fram Expedition Voyage in 2015 and 2016, whether booked before, during this sailing, or within four weeks after returning home.

    Besides the company’s cream-of-the-crop Expedition Leaders, guest lecturers include Pål Brekke, a leading solar physicist and public outreach expert, a senior advisor at the Norwegian Space Centre, and the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy for Astronautics. Orheim Olav is a glaciologist and climatologist who has led numerous scientific expeditions in both the Arctic and Antarctica and served as the managing director of the Norwegian Polar Institute from 1993 to 2005. Westphal Ralf holds academic degrees in Physical Education, Biology and Outdoor Education and has held jobs ranging from national park ranger to Outward Bound instructor to Svalbard sea kayak guide.

    Expedition Leaders escort guided hikes at several ports along the route while seminars are led by the guest lecturers. Special activities include ice dipping – in the Arctic Ocean; meeting with local fishermen, learning about Sami history, and learning to tie marine knots – to name a few. There are also a slew ofoptional excursions offered including the Wilderness Adventure Camp, a Viking feast, dog-sledding, polar history walks, polar night snowmobile trips, city walks and a visit to the famous Kirkenes Snow Hotel.

    Included in the fare are all lectures, numerous hikes and selected excursions, and a Helly Hansen “Hunting the Light” fleece jacket. Hurtigruten’s new “taste of Norway” program – a partnership with Norway’s most celebrated chef Andreas Viestad – adds the local flair and ingredients to all the meals (also included).

    Hurtigruten is a world leader in expedition voyages, sailing to the most remote of destinations, including Antarctica, Greenland and the Arctic’s Spitsbergen as well as year round along Norway’s coast and Europe in the spring and fall.  The company’s fleet of 12 intimate ships, which each carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Additional information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from travel agents or Hurtigruten’s visitor-friendly website,; by phone at 877-301-3117; or fax at 888-524-2145.  To order brochures 24 hours a day, call 800-582-0835.

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Princess Cruises has 3 free offers for passengers

Princess Cruises has three free offers for guests booking AlaskaEurope or Japan cruises and cruise tours sailing in 2015.

The “3 For Free” sales event not only includes free stateroom location upgrades, a free shore excursion credit and free onboard spending credit, but also features a refundable deposit of only $100 per person.

Running through Nov. 20, the cruise sale enables guests to get the best stateroom available within that stateroom type for the lowest possible fare.

In port, a free shore excursion credit will give guests on Europe and Japan sailings $200 ($100 per person) to spend on shoreside tours such as a visit to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg or a stroll through Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion in Japan. In Alaska, guests will receive $100 ($50 per person) to spend on glacier hiking, dog sledding or other Alaskan shore excursions.

In addition, those guests booking Europe or Japan cruises will receive up to $100 per stateroom in free onboard spending money and up to $50 per stateroom for those booking Alaska cruises and land and sea vacation packages, to use toward a relaxing massage, refreshing poolside cocktails, or even limited 50th Anniversary keepsake items.

Guests can also book third and fourth berth guests from as low as $199 and receive up to $100 bonus shore excursion spending money per stateroom and up to $50 bonus onboard spending money per stateroom.

More information about the Princess Cruises “3 For Free” sales event can be found at Additional cruise deals can be found

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Alaska cruise – 7 days: $548 interior; $1,298 balcony
  • Alaska Denali Explorer cruisetour – 10 nights: $1,147 interior; $1,897 balcony
  • Grand Mediterranean cruise – 12 days: $1,899 interior; $2,599 balcony
  • British Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,999 interior; $2,549 balcony
  • Japan cruise – 8 days: $1,399 interior; $2,199 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The “3 For Free” sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Oct. 16 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at

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Arizona Biltmore celebrates 25 years of winemaker dinners

The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is celebrating its 25th year of hosting Winemaker Dinners with its most extensive season ever – 11 of the extravagant culinary evenings at the legendary property – plus prize drawings for the first time.

Held in the resort’s historic signature restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore, the Winemaker Dinners combine innovative gourmet dining, acclaimed wines and winemakers discussing their wines with after-dinner drinks and cigars.

Diners will also have the opportunity to win bottles of wine and a stay or dining at the Arizona Biltmore with the addition of a raffle for the 2014-2015 season.

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Hanalei Colony Resort offers fall discount on Kauai’s north shore in Hawaii

 Beachfront hideaway Hanalei Colony Resort, located on Kauai’s north shore, is offering a special rate of $240 per night for Ocean View suites for stays now through Nov. 23.

The fall special represents a one-third discount off the usual of $356 per night. The special rate is applicable to Ocean View category suites only and requires a two-night minimum stay. In addition, a seventh night is offered free after six consecutive paid nights.

Named one of the “Top 10 Romantic Getaways Worldwide” by Islands Magazine in 2011, Hanalei Colony is a little resort situated on a long curve of uncrowded beach near the end of the road on Kauai’s north shore.

Situated on five beachfront acres, the resort’s 48 units are all two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and private lanais (patios), all with sweeping views of Hanalei Bay or Kauai’s lush north shore mountains.

Hanalei Colony provides a guest shuttle to nearby beaches, Hanalei Town, and the Princeville Resort area.

Hanalei Colony’s suites do not have televisions, stereos, or phones. Resort amenities include free parking, guest barbecue and picnic areas, a guest laundromat, twice-weekly maid service, and a newly renovated and expanded swimming pool facility with a whirlpool spa.

Guests are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and afternoon mai tai party. Hanalei Colony does not charge a “resort fee,” and complimentary WiFi is available in all units.

The oceanfront Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant is open daily from lunch through dinner and features the “Hanalei by the Sea Luau” every Tuesday night. The cozy Napali Coffee House & Art Gallery offers morning coffee drinks, smoothies, and pastries as well as mid-day snacks to go

. A variety of beauty and wellness treatments, including therapeutic massage, are offered on-property at Hanalei Day Spa.  

 For reservations or more information, call toll-free 1-800-628-3004.  Visit the hotel’s website at or email

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