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Every once in a while when I spot a hot deal on travel, I’ll let you know about it!

A Week in Paris for under $1,200 Including Airfare And 5 Nights Stay

The Deal: The Paris City Vacation  includes round-trip airfare to Paris and 5 nights’ hotel accommodation,  click to book

The raison d’être: Whether you have been to the City of Light many times before or this is your first foray, a per day rate of approximately $133 simply cannot be beat. The Montmartre neighborhood, where travelers will stay is one of the city’s most popular spots and is often the setting for many films. Artists Dalí, Monet, Picasso, and van Gogh found inspiration here and it is also home to one of the city’s most popular sights, the white-domed Basilica of the of the Sacre Coeur.

The Paris City Vacation Package includes:

5 Nights* at Art Hotel Congres in Paris;

Roundtrip airfare from New York (JFK) to Paris

Basic air/hotel package prices $799 from New York and $849 from Boston and Chicago for travel December 7, 2011 to February 29, 2012.  Use your award travel miles to get to JFK or visit or to find add-on flights for West Coast or Midwest departures. All rates are per person based on double occupancy and blackout dates apply.  Booking available from November 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 at slightly higher rates.  Rates are based on select mid-week departures and exclude government taxes/fees/facility charges up to $220 per person and the September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 for US departures.


            Upgrade to 4-Star Rochester Hotel Champs Elysees: Upgrade your stay to Rochester Hotel Champs Elysees with breakfast included from $249 per person and stay in one of the most popular areas in Europe!

Extend your stay from $99 per person, per night: Stay 6 or 7 nights for only $99 per person, per night.

*A 4-night option is also available at discounted rates.

For more information on the Paris City Vacation, call 1-800-221-0924 or visit


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Brews N’ Views at Salty’s on the Columbia

Who: Salty’s on the Columbia

What:  BREWS N’ VIEWS party. Sip and savor while soaking in the sights of the mighty Columbia River. Enjoy beer samples from 10+ local breweries, including Alameda, Widmer, HUB, and Bridgeport. Chat with the breweries about the process, passion and perfection of a good brew. Feast on appetizers that pair perfectly with beer. Bleu cheese gougères, salmon cakes, beer cheese fondue, sausage stuffed cherry tomatoes, salmon with apricot reduction, beer marshmallows, and more. Tickets are $29.00 per person (must be 21 and older to attend), reservations highly recommended.

When:  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011, from 6pm-9pm.

Where: Salty’s on the Columbia River, Portland, Oregon

Notes: This is a reception-style event, seating is limited. Call 503.288.4444 for reservations.


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Polartec Challenge Grants Available for 2012 Expeditions

Over the past 20 years, Polartec has supported hundreds of expeditions around the world through the Polartec® Challenge, an international grant program encouraging outdoor adventure. The Lawrence, Mass. company makes that awesomely soft microfiber fabric your favorite fleece half-zip is made of, as well as other performance insulation fabrics used by a wide variety of cycling, climbing, hiking, camping and other sports apparel manufacturers. They’re also well known for funding adventure athletes and explorers. Surf here or read below for more information.

The Polartec® Challenge Grant seeks to assist frugal, low impact teams who respect the local culture and environment and serve as role models to outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Applications are evaluated on the basis of vision, commitment, educational and cultural value. (One note: this is not the appropriate venue for projects that involve competition or fund raising).

Some of the latest Polartec Challenge Grant recipients include Kate Harris and Melissa Yule who are exploring environmental conservation while cycling from Europe to Asia, and Jon Turk and Erik Boomer who recently completed the first circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island—regarded by many as one of the last great Arctic expeditions.

To apply, visit The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.

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