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Boston (BOS) – $497
Los Angeles (LAX) – $566*
Miami (MIA) – $512*
Minneapolis (MSP) – $502
New York City (EWR) – $456
New York City (JFK) – $456
Orlando (MCO) – $520*
San Francisco (SFO) – $459*
Tampa (TPA) – $479
Washington DC (BWI) – $460
Washington DC (DCA) – $459
Washington DC (IAD) – $481

* – nonstop

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Bing Crosby Party, Breeders’ Cup Opening Day After-Party, a Hat Pop-Up and Post Party Spa Treatments

DEL MAR, Calif. – L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, is the place to be for staying in style and luxury near the Del Mar Racetrack before and during this year’s 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup – the defining event of the international horse racing season with a purse of up to $6 million, held on November 3 and 4.

L’Auberge Del Mar is celebrating big since this is the first time the Cup races are being held at the iconic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club “where the turf meets the surf.”

L’Auberge Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Party celebrates Opening Day of Del Mar’s fall race meet on Wednesday, November 1, with live music and special features to welcome the Breeders’ Cup. On Thursday, November 2, L’Auberge Del Mar’s Del Mar Traditions offers specialty drinks, a food pop-up and betting tips from resident handicappers. The culminating event is fun-filled L’Auberge Del Mar’s Breeders’ Cup Opening Day After-Party on Friday, November 3. All activities are open to resort guests and the public at no charge; food and drinks are not included.

Returning is famous hat fabricator Christine A. Moore Millinery to create a Hat Pop-Up in the Living Room from November 1 to 3. Moore has adorned stylish race goers and celebrities for more than 20 years and is named “the official hat designer of America’s Best Racing,” a multimedia fan development and awareness-building platform of The Jockey Club.

In addition, this year’s winning signature “Off to the Races” cocktail is created with Hudson Bourbon Whiskey, ginger beer, honey and Memphis Barbeque Bitters – all making it delicious to the finish and to be enjoyed at Breeders’ Cup events and in the Living Room, Bleu Bar, Coastline and KITCHEN 1540.

To complete the festivities, Spa L’Auberge invites all to relax, hydrate and detox with an Ocean Detox or High Tide Hydration treatment – a perfect way to finish the weekend.

Following are details about L’Auberge Del Mar’s 2017 Breeders’ Cup happenings:

L’Auberge Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Party
Wednesday, November 1, from 5 p.m. to midnight
To kick off the fall racing season, L’Auberge Del Mar invites racing aficionados to don their finest and enjoy live entertainment in the resort’s Living Room. Cocktails, including the signature Off to the Races, and bites from KITCHEN 1540 will be available for purchase.

Del Mar Traditions
Thursday, November 2, from 5 p.m. to midnight
The build up to the 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup continues with live music, specialty drinks and food pop-ups with á la carte pricing.

Breeders’ Cup Opening Day After-Party
Friday, November 3, from 5 p.m. to midnight
Home to Del Mar racing seasons’ after-parties, L’Auberge Del Mar is the place to toast the day’s winners with an Off to the Races signature bourbon cocktail and rehash the fun and excitement of the Breeders’ Cup Opening Day. Held in the Living Room, Coastline and Bleu Bar and Sunset Terrace, L’Auberge Del Mar’s Opening Day After-Party will include specialty drinks and food pop-ups with á la carte pricing and a live musical performance from 6 p.m. to midnight.

After the After-Party, Detox and Rehydrate at Spa L’Auberge
Available Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5
Attending Opening Day at the Breeders’ Cup, the Opening Day After-Party and other celebrations is not easy “work.” Party-goers can get back on track (no pun intended) with these rehydrating spa treatments at Spa L’Auberge: Ocean Detox with gentle body exfoliation, detoxifying ocean mineral body clay wrap and a replenishing body moisturizer (50 minutes, $145; 80 minutes, $195) and High Tide Hydration with a gentle body exfoliation, Alpha hydroxyl body wrap to improve skin tone, hot oil hair and scalp massage and full body massage using oil blend of hydrating sea minerals and botanical extracts (80 minutes, $195).
For Spa L’Auberge appointments, call 858-793-6493

Where: L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

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A Colombian Beach on the Banks of the Seine

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From July 26th to 30th, ProColombia and Marca País bring the joy, music and flavor of Colombia to Paris Plages, the summer event for Parisians and visitors, in the heart of the City of Light. The backdrop is the emblematic Champs Elysees.

For five days, Parisians and tourists will be able to enjoy the color and the joy of a Colombian beach on the banks of the River Seine, in the heart of Paris. The #Colombiamiamor beach will extend along 100 meters, between Les Invalides and Alma bridges.

Paris Plages is one of the most traditional summer dates among Parisians. Since 2002, every summer, the banks of the Seine become an artificial beach, ready to host tourists and leisure activities.

“This is Colombia’s year for international promotion. The world is closely following our process of transformation and the France-Colombia Year is proof of the interest that exists for the country’s cultural and tourist offer, as well as the business opportunities that are opened thanks to the peace process. ProColombia has developed a very important agenda on this second half of the year, in order to support Colombian entrepreneurs in the French market. Paris Plages is a unique showcase, but we will also be present at other events such as Salon du Chocolat; a Business Matchmaking with 200 Colombian entrepreneurs and 200 businessmen in Paris, and we will also be accompanying businessmen from the regions of Colombia to the key events of tourism promotion”, said Felipe Jaramillo, president of PROCOLOMBIA.


The Colombian beach will be divided into nine different spaces, which will allow visitors to enjoy countless samples of Colombian culture and options, such as reading a good book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez reclining on a hammock with the view of the Eiffel Tower, or enjoying the country music, and even learn to dance salsa with some of the best teachers of this rhythm.

The variety of products imported from Colombia will allow visitors to the beach to know some of the products of the country’s exportable offer such as bathing suits, cosmetics and handicrafts from different regions of the country, in addition to the typical food tastings, exotic fruits and natural juices to quench the thirst of the Parisian summer. The smaller ones will also entertain themselves with traditional Colombian games like ‘La rana’, as well as a collective space enabled to paint.

The beach will be inaugurated on July 26 at 7:00 p.m. and will count with the participation of the Colombian Ambassador to France, Federico Renjifo, and ProColombias’s President, Felipe Jaramillo.

The second half of the France-Colombia Year began on France last june after the State visit of Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, for the Economic Forum Colombia France held in Bercy.
Then came the successes of Colombia’s participation as a guest country in Mode City, the most important lingerie and swimsuit fair in Europe, with a delegation of 23 companies led by ProColombia that inaugurated some of the runways.

Esteban Cortázar brought the Colombian essence to the mythical Colette store, one of the most admired showcases in Paris recognized as trend generator, located in Rue Saint Honoré. Cortázar made a careful selection of the Colombia´s exportable offer, exportable offer, such as handicrafts, accessories, food and candies, as well as a collection designed by himself.

Among the other activities scheduled by ProColombia this year are the Maison & Objet Fair (September 8th to 12th), the Mipcom Fair (October 16th to 19th), the Chocolate Hall of Paris (From October 28th to November 1st), and the Macrorrueda business conference in Paris (October 17th and 18th).

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For years, JoAnn Becker traveled the world with her husband, who was sighted. When he died 15 years ago, she vowed to continue experiencing new cultures. She has traveled in groups a dozen times, including twice with Overseas Adventure Travel, a Boston-based travel company.

But when Becker signed up this year to go to Vietnam, the company said no.

The travel company contends it told Becker she could go on the trip if she found a traveling companion. Becker remembers it as the company saying she couldn’t go because she’s blind.

“We are happy to partner with her by hiring, and sharing the cost of, someone in Vietnam who can assist her as needed,” the company said late last week, without saying how much it was willing to spend.

Becker said she doesn’t want to pay more than anyone else and is tired of Overseas Adventure Travel making assumptions about what she can and can’t do. She’d like a less patronizing attitude and an apology.

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Solar Eclipse From The Heart: Southwest Offers Celestial Chasers Flights With Flare

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Southwest Airlines today celebrated the beginning of a one-month countdown to an exciting moment in the lives of millions of Americans: a total solar eclipse visible in a coast-to-coast celestial shadow that temporarily will envelop Southwest cities from Portland, Ore., to Charleston, SC. The carrier has identified scheduled flights most likely to experience maximum effects of the August 21st eclipse and will give Customers on those flights commemorative ‘flare,’ including special viewing glasses, will offer cosmic cocktails, and will engage on social media across the atmosphere on Southwest’s gate-to-gate WiFi.

Southwest Airlines’ Bold Look; Same #SouthwestHeart (PRNewsFoto/Southwest Airlines)
Southwest Airlines’ Bold Look; Same #SouthwestHeart (PRNewsFoto/Southwest Airlines)
“Not to throw too much shade but with 3,857 flights scheduled to operate that day using our all-Boeing 737 fleet, we’ll be unmatched in offering hundreds of seats in the air over the continental U.S. that morning with a potential view of the rare sight,” said Warren Qualley, Manager Meteorology for Southwest. “We plan to showcase the glow of our everyday Hospitality in a different light on these celebratory flights in our summer flight schedule and our team of Meteorologists is working hard to provide clear viewing of this solar spectacle from our flights! The next total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. won’t occur until Apr. 8th, 2024, so don’t miss this opportunity!”

*Looking directly at the sun is never recommended, but one can safely observe an eclipse with specialty-rated solar filters.

Network & Schedule Planners modeled the operational day against projections of the umbra and penumbra–shadows cast by the moon’s eclipse of the sun. On August 21, the scheduled Southwest flights with the greatest likelihood of offering those in the air the best view are:

Southwest flight 1375
departing Seattle-Tacoma at 09:05am PDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 1368
departing Portland at 09:05am PDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 1577
departing Denver at 10:20am MDT for St. Louis
Southwest flight 301
departing Denver at 10:20am MDT for Nashville
Southwest flight 1969
departing Denver at 09:50am MDT for Atlanta
To book any open seats on the 3,857 Southwest flights scheduled to operate on Aug. 21, 2017, or any day through March 7, 2018, Customers may visit

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All prices are for roundtrip flights and in USD unless otherwise stated.


Boston (BOS):

Kauai (LIH) – $582

Calgary (YYC) :

Honolulu (HNL) – $492 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $493 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $589 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $585 CAD

Denver (DEN):

Honolulu (HNL) – $557
Kahului (OGG) – $557

Edmonton (YEG):

Honolulu (HNL) – $458 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $517 CAD**
Kauai (LIH) – $659 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $622 CAD

Halifax (YHZ):

Honolulu (HNL) – $610 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $541 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $641 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $592 CAD

Las Vegas (LAS):

Honolulu (HNL) – $515
Kahului (OGG) – $515
Kauai (LIH) – $548
Kona (KOA) – $556

Los Angeles (LAX):

Honolulu (HNL) – $490
Kahului (OGG) – $499
Kauai (LIH) – $460*
Kona (KOA) – $519

Montreal (YUL):

Honolulu (HNL) – $535 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $531 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $604 CAD

Oakland (OAK):

Honolulu (HNL) – $383*
Kahului (OGG) – $362*
Kauai (LIH) – $432*
Kona (KOA) – $432*

Ottawa (YOW):

Honolulu (HNL) – $557 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $590 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $526 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $581 CAD

Portland (PDX):

Honolulu (HNL) – $347
Kahului (OGG) – $347
Kona (KOA) – $348

Quebec (YQB):

Kauai (LIH) – $629 CAD

Regina (YQR):

Honolulu (HNL) – $539 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $519 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $531 CAD

Salt Lake City (SLC):

Kauai (LIH) – $526

San Diego (SAN):

Honolulu (HNL) – $443*
Kahului (OGG) – $349
Kauai (LIH) – $401
Kona (KOA) – $431

San Francisco (SFO):

Honolulu (HNL) – $423*
Kahului (OGG) – $383*
Kona (KOA) – $576

San Jose (SJC):

Honolulu (HNL) – $384*
Kahului (OGG) – $384*
Kauai (LIH) – $447**
Kona (KOA) – $447**

Saskatoon (YXE):

Honolulu (HNL) – $524 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $690 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $591 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $572 CAD

Seattle (SEA):

Honolulu (HNL) – $348
Kahului (OGG) – $348
Kona (KOA) – $348

Toronto (YYZ):

Honolulu (HNL) – $535 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $524 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $668 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $567 CAD

Vancouver (YVR):

Honolulu (HNL) – $425 CAD*
Kahului (OGG) – $474 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $452 CAD*
Kona (KOA) – $550 CAD**

Victoria (YYJ):

Honolulu (HNL) – $452 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $478 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $533 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $483 CAD

Washington DC (BWI):

Kauai (LIH) – $559

Winnipeg (YWG):

Honolulu (HNL) – $516 CAD
Kahului (OGG) – $618 CAD
Kauai (LIH) – $589 CAD
Kona (KOA) – $542 CAD

* – nonstop
** – nonstop in one direction

WHEN: Varies by route, but generally there’s availability late August 2017 through February 2018, excluding Xmas/NYE. Some routes have Thanksgiving availability. The lowest fares from Canadian cities tend to be between October 2017 and December 2017.

NORMAL PRICE: $800+ especially for nonstop.

AIRLINE: Hawaiian, United, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Westjet, Air Canada, Virgin or American


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