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Sailing, for women only

Published April 29, 2007


Colgate's Offshore Sailing School is offering a "Women-Only Live Aboard Cruising Escape" July 15-22 in the British Virgin Islands. Some experience is necessary aboard the 43- and 49-foot Moorings yachts.

Prices start at $2,675, double occupancy, and include two nights ashore, six days/five nights aboard the yacht, plus all food.

Offshore, which has schools in Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, St. Petersburg and the Keys, offers many other sailing classes. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-221-4326 or go to

New coaster at Dollywood

Visitors to Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., can get new thrills on Mystery Mine, above, a twisting and turning coaster.

The ride is set in an abandoned coal mine where eight-passenger cars pass through the ruins of a 1900s mine. There will be plenty of loop-de-loops, plus the titillating danger of a collapsed trestle and a plunge into an abandoned tunnel.

For more information on the 130-acre park, call toll-free 1-800-365-5996 or visit

More water, more fun

If you watch the Travel Channel with any regularity, you know Texas' Schlitterbahn water parks. They are often cited among America's best water parks,

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark opened last weekend with new attractions. Among the new features are a giant hot tub with a swim-up bar, the Cliffhangers free-fall ride, the F5: Twin Twisters slide, a kids' area with a Treasure Island theme and a downhill white water ride.

Other parks in the Schlitterbahn family are the original Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels and a water park on South Padre Island. For more information, call (409) 770-9283 or go to

Bite-sized apple

Sightseeing in New York City carries its share of dangers: namely, your own bored children. City Walks With Kids: New York by Elissa Stein (Chronicle Books, 2007) can be a lifesaver for parents who want to stroll the city, keep the children engaged and make the most of the moment.

It's $14.95 and comes in a box with a deck of 50 cards, each one offering a sight suitable for kids. On one side, an illustrated map. On the other, tips on what to see and how to get there.

Minding your manners abroad

Hey guys, listen up.

Do not expect your fellow beer drinkers in Budapest to clink glasses when making a toast. They aren't being rude, just showing solidarity to fallen comrades whose demise was toasted by Austrians who led the 1848 revolution.

This and other mannerly tidbits are included in A Gentleman Abroad by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis (Thomas Nelson), a delightful travel companion. Consider it for a Father's Day (June 17) gift for a journey-loving dad.

Something else to consider: "A gentleman does not wear shorts while visiting the Vatican."

Hope for Jefferson Davis home

Officials hope to reopen Beauvoir in time for the 200th anniversary of Jefferson Davis' birth next year.

The 1850s Creole cottage was Davis' retirement home and one of the few antebellum styles remaining on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The roof was damaged, the front porch torn away, the back one somewhat collapsed, brick supports battered, and the interior partly flooded in the August 2005 storm.

The Lathan Company of Mobile, Ala., is the contractor for the restoration, which is expected to cost $3.9-million.

The reopening is planned for June 3, 2008, the bicentennial of Davis' birth.

The Biloxi home, built in 1852 and purchased by Davis in 1879, was hit by a nine-foot wall of water when Katrina roared ashore. Beauvoir had survived 21 hurricanes before Katrina, but the August 2005 storm nearly destroyed the popular beachfront tourist attraction.

Compiled from Times staff, wire reports

[Last modified April 27, 2007, 14:41:35]

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