Let the Kidvasion of San Diego begin all October

Kids are free in San Diego again this year! During the entire month of October, kids eat, stay and play for free throughout San Diego.

Take advantage of great deals at over 100 participating partners and get ready for the ultimate family vacation.

↓ Browse through the offers below and plan your Kids Free in San Diego vacation.

San Diego Museum Council's Kids FreeKids Free in October Badge

San Diego Museum Council’s Kids FreeKids free admission to more than 30 museums
Ride to San Diego with AmtrakKids ride free on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
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Mendocino County puts the fun in fungi this fall

As the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California’s Mendocino County so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and morel mushrooms.

Straddling historic Highways 1 and 101 with nearly 2,500 sq. miles of live oak, pygmy forests and stately redwood groves, the region is a natural hotspot for some 3,000 mushroom varieties.

The annual haul is nothing short of historic, nurturing nirvana for local mycologists, chefs and fungi foragers.   Add to the mix a cache of artisanal chefs, 95+ wineries, a formidable craft beer and hard cider scene and the annual salute to Mr. Fungi sprouts into action November 7-16, 2014 www.visitmendocino.com/mushroom-wine-and-beer-festival866.466.3636.

Visitors can tap into a variety of adventures from mushroom hunts by horseback, foraging excursions, Pinot and porcini menus, educational seminars, art exhibits and the annual Skunk Train trek and cook-off deep in the depths of the Noyo River forest.  To cap the event, regional hotel properties and restaurants are offering special menus and packages throughout November.

 FUNGI FORAGING

Pack a pair of boots and a sense of adventure as mushroom foraging season hits full stride this fall.  During the festival, guests can track and taste Mr. Fungi in a variety of formats.  Top excursions include:

Ride with the Hunt – Mushroom Hunt at Richochet Ridge Ranch 

“Mushroom Hunt” horseback rides every day during the festival.  Equine, wine & hotel packages also available. Ricochet Ridge Ranch, Fort Bragg; 707.964.9669www.horse-vacation.com.

Hunt for the Wild Mushroom Mountain Bike Ride

Put the fun in “fungi” with daily bike tours through the local forests in search the magical mushroom.  All levels, rentals available.  Nov 8/9 and 15/16.  Mendo Bike Sprite, Fort Bragg; 707.962.4602;www.mendobikesprite.com.

Mushrooms at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Join staff mycologist Mario Abreu for a series of mushroom workshops and walks at the Botanical Gardens. Daily.  Fort Bragg; 707.964.4352×16www.gardenbythesea.org.

 Pygmy Forest Ecological Staircase Hike & Educational Hunt

Daily tours from beach to bluffs traversing 100,000 years in geology on each of the five terraces.  Forage for fungi enroute.  Jug Handle State Reserve, Caspar; 707.937.5804www.jughandlecreekfarm.com/staircase-trail.

Mushroom Exploration Tours

Join local mycologist Adrienne Long for all things mushroom at the Stanford Inn before heading out to the forests and meadows for a full immersion.  Daily.  Stanford Inn, Mendocino; 707.937.5615;www.stanfordinn.com.

 

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Great America package offered by Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara is winding down its summer offerings with the Great America package, which is available through Nov. 2.

Designed for those who want the ultimate in convenience to one of California’s best amusement parks, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara’s Great America package features a guest room for up to four people; two general admission tickets to Great America*; one kid’s welcome pack upon check in; complimentary guest parking; and late 2 p.m. check out.

The special rates start at only $159.  *Additional general admission tickets are available for $40 at the hotel’s front desk.

In addition to the hotel’s Great America Package, the neighboring amusement park also winds up their 2014 season with the Halloween Haunt from now through Nov. 1.  For more information on Mazes & Scare Zones as well as Live Shows and the Fright Lane, check outhttps://www.cagreatamerica.com/things-to-do/halloween-hauntfor deals and full list of activities.

The Great America package is available based on availability. Reservations must be made in advance.  Rates will vary according to dates of travel and certain restrictions apply.

For reservations and additional information, visitsantaclara.hyatt.com or call (408) 200-1234 or toll free (800) 233-1234 and click on or ask for the “Special Offers.”

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Silver Dollar City offers National Harvest and Cowboy Festival

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The adventure-loving culture of the Great American Cowboy and the best elements of the classic West flavor the fall harvest features as Silver Dollar City presents a new high-action Wild West Show, the return of a stunt-packed Western stunt show, top craftsmen from around the country and live bands, all part of the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival. 

The Ozarks’ leading fall festival famous for fine craftsmanship and fall harvest activities runs through Oct. 25 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

The new Silver Dollar City Wild West Show captures the excitement of the legendary Wild West shows of the 1880s, presenting a trick riding troupe, a horse-riding female sharpshooter, trick roping and bullwhip artistry, comedy canines and Native American hoop dancing. 

Hosted by rodeo rider and roper A.J. Silver, named Act of the Year by the International Rodeo Association, the show features Nakotah LaRance, 6-time world champion Native American Hoop Dancer whose skills were showcased in Cirque du Soleil’s touring show “Totem.”

Western action continues with the returning Western stunt show “The Pinkerton Man,” with high-flying action and special effects, including dramatic 3-story falls, high-slide rappels, hero fights and pyrotechnic effects and explosions, with professional stunt men and women leading a cast of 14, plus live animals.

A major focus during the National Harvest Festival is craftsmanship, as the park features 125 top craftsmen from around the country, including Best of Missouri Hands juried artists and a showcase of Western artists, all joining the 100 demonstrating craftsmen of Silver Dollar City.

Featured festival crafts include weaving, jewelry making, stained glass, basket making, gourd carving, leather crafting and painting.For its 50 years of craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City was named “The Home of American Craftsmanship” by the U.S. Congress.

Guests can experience the thrills of the Old West with a ride on the park’s Western-themed world-famous wood coaster Outlaw Run, named Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide in an industry poll conducted by Amusement Today magazine, winner of the Travel Channel’s Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination in Episode 2, and recently named one of the 12 biggest game-changers in the history of theme park attractions by CNN.com.

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Carnival Cruise Line sale for National Cruise Vacation Week

Carnival Cruise Line is offering a great promotion during National Cruise Vacation Week.

Great rates + 2 Category Upgrade + $50 Onboard Credit per stateroom ($25 onboard credit per person) and 50% Reduced Deposits (50% per person non-refundable deposit is applicable to sailings outside of final payment due date).

Offer available through Monday, Oct. 13.  For details click here.

For more information on Carnival Cruise Line, or to book a cruise, please clickhere.

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Mushroom madness in Mendocino County

As the flavors of fall arrive in Northern California’s Mendocino County so does the annual crop of coveted candy cap, chanterelle, porcini and morel mushrooms.

Straddling historic Highways 1 and 101 with nearly 2,500 sq. miles of live oak, pygmy forests and stately redwood groves, the region is a natural hotspot for some 3,000 mushroom varieties. The annual haul is nothing short of historic, nurturing nirvana for local mycologists, chefs and fungi foragers.

Add to the mix a cache of artisanal chefs, 95+ wineries, a formidable craft beer and hard cider scene and the annual salute to Mr. Fungi sprouts into action November 7-16, 2014 www.visitmendocino.com/mushroom-wine-and-beer-festival; 866.466.3636.

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Alaska Airlines offers coast to coast sale for $69

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Alaska Airlines Coast to Coast Sale

Islands to the Atlantic

We’re sending people on adventures across state lines with this country spanning sale. From the beaches of Hawaii, through the style and culture of Portland, all the way to Sunny Tampa, our affordable flights go all over the place.

Take advantage of this sweeping flight sale and get yourself on a plane. You can have the trip of a lifetime before this year is over.

Flights From:

Lowest Fares Guaranteed.

one way from
$59*
San Jose
to
Reno
one way from
$69*
Portland
to
San Francisco
one way from
$79*
Salt Lake City
to
San Diego
one way from
$79*
Los Angeles
to
Mammoth Lakes
one way from
$149*
Seattle
to
Tampa
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Fall Okanagan Wine Festival starts Oct. 3 in Canada

The 34th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kicks things off in fine fashion Oct. 3 – 13 with a deliciously diverse array of more than 120 wine, food, educational and arts-focused events that tip their hat to resident vintners, grape growers and, of course, palate-pleasing Okanagan chefs.

Here’s a taste: October 4 marks the alfresco Joy Road at Road 13 which showcases the great outdoors and Mother Nature’s bounty in equal measures — an easy task when Joy Road Catering serves a long-table menu that is local, seasonal and simply delicious, all matched with Road 13′s artisan wines.

For a different kind of tipple, join Queen Bee (a.k.a. Judie Barta) for a sparkling cocktail reception and walking tour through Meadow Vista Honey Winery’s blackberry and edible flower farm, October 4; a lamb roast, paired with honey wines, follows in the new Modern Mead Hall.

On October 9, watch the next generation of Young Chefs as they get cheesy; during this crowd-pleasing event, participating chefs will be challenged to create a dish that best highlights cheese provided by Alexis de Portneuf from Quebec.

You’ll join the judges at Kelowna’s Okanagan College as you vote for your favourite — a tough choice when each delectable plate is paired with a fine BC wine. Cheers! thewinefestivals.com

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Girls Getaway offers special treats at Hilton Barbados

The Girls Getaway is a pipedream for some, and at its worst, conjures Spring Break-esque images of shiny beads, gaudy feather boas and cheap tiaras. For those who prefer more style and class to their girls’ getaway, Hilton Barbados has debuted a luxurious special offer.

For the woman who celebrates all her life’s milestones with elegance and style—be it an engagement, birthday or, for some, even divorce—Hilton Barbados Resort is elevating the occasion with posh special offers to pamper her and her guests like they deserve.  Plus, women who book between now and Sept. 30 for stays through Dec. 14, 2014, are treated with special room rates starting at US$179, and up to $400 in free spending money from the Barbados Tourism Authority to celebrate in the lap of luxury.

An opulent departure from your typical girls’ getaway, Hilton Barbados Resort is welcoming women to lavish activities throughout their stay, including a first-class retreat in the Prime Minister’s suite. The retreat includes welcome mimosas followed by a gourmet brunch, a choice between a manicure, pedicure, neck or back massage, and then afternoon cocktails with hors d’oeuvres on the balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Other gal pal bonding activities include a “Fancy Dress Up Dinner” hosted by the resort’s chef at the Grille Restaurant, a poolside tea party, cocktails at the on-site historic Charles Fort and more.

Ladies will also be rewarded with up to $400 in spending money per room: $150 per person when staying at least five nights and $200 per person for seven nights, based on double occupancy. This special offer from the Barbados Tourism Authority can be used for attractions and activities such as the Calabaza Sailing Cruises or the idyllic Orchid World, as well as the Aerial Trek Zipline Adventure and more.

For room reservations, visit hiltonbarbadosresort.com/free-spending-money.  For further information or to book one of the enticing ladies’ programs, email reservations.barbados@hilton.com or call +1 246 434 5720.  Offers and activities are subject to availability and advance reservations are required.

 

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