Carter's boyhood home to become attraction
Jimmy Carter's boyhood home in southwest Georgia will become the country's newest national historic attraction on Nov. 17, when the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in Archery, just outside of Plains, is dedicated by the National Park Service and opened to the public. The former president is expected to speak during the ceremony at the restored farmstead.
Dallas airport breaks ground for new terminal
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport broke ground for Terminal D, a 23-gate terminal that, at 1.8 million square feet, is twice the size of the airport's largest existing terminal. The new building will be used for international flights and is scheduled to be completed in 2005.
Apple Vacations wants its own airline
The owners of Apple Vacations, the Newtown Square-based vacation packager, have applied to the Transportation Department to start a charter airline, according to Travel Weekly. The filing targeted autumn 2001 for receiving two leased Airbus A-320 aircraft. The airline is called Brendan Airways in the filing, although a company official was quoted as saying that name would probably not be used for marketing purposes.
Apple is among the biggest charter operators in the country, offering trips from Philadelphia, Chicago, Newark, and elsewhere to Cancun, the Caribbean, and Hawaii, among other destinations. It also offers cruises.
Apple relies on aircraft from charter and scheduled airlines for its packages, but having its own operation would allow it to exercise more quality and scheduling control.
Web site offers discounted packages
Site59.com says it offers discounted last-minute packages to 16 U.S. cities, booking seven to 14 days in advance of travel. Recent offerings included Sonoma County, Calif., wine country from New York for $576 per person, including airfare and two nights' lodging; and Los Angeles from New York for $607, including airfare and three nights at the landmark Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The address: www.site59.com
Book offers insight to literary writers
"Following in the Footsteps of Fame" is the first offering from GreatestEscapes.com Publishing, a new niche publisher specializing in literary travel. The book, edited by Victoria Brooks, is an enticing collection of 23 essays about literary figures linked to particular destinations: Paul Bowles in Tangier, D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico, Mark Twain in Connecticut, Garrison Keillor and Sinclair Lewis in Minnesota. The essays are multilayered, shedding light on the writers, the places, the context in which they wrote, as well as the essayists' own reflections.