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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Nov. 3

This week: Arkansas’ Civil War Anniversary web site, Alaska Airlines offering Seattle-Twin Cities service, Camelback Inn completes its $45 million restoration, and Wynn’s Encore now accepting reservations for 2009

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Arkansas Unveils Civil War Anniversary Web Site

Plans for observing the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War are starting to be unveiled, and one of the first to detail its offerings is Arkansas.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (ACWSC) and the Department of Arkansas Heritage has a new web site at
www.arkansascivilwar150.com and the agencies are calling it a one-stop resource for all events and sites associated with the war in Arkansas, starting in 2011.
 
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Arkansas was a particularly hard-fought region and played a major role in the Trans-Mississippi Theater campaigns. It was there that the Union tried to keep Missouri in the Union and cut off Texas from the Confederacy.

"The commission is developing a series of themes for each of the four years of the sesquicentennial, which will help local organizations make plans for local observances. We hope to announce those themes in early 2009," ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree said.

The web site features five major sections that include Arkansas Civil War sites and battlefields, upcoming events, research and education offerings, links, and photos.

For information on planning a history and heritage vacation in Arkansas visit
www.arkansas.com/Things-To-Do/History-Heritage .

Alaska Airlines Offering Seattle-Minneapolis/St. Paul Service

Alaska Airlines is now offering service between Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul with twice daily flights to and from the Twin Cities.

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Flights arrive and depart from the Lindbergh Terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. From Seattle, flights depart at 7:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. Pacific time and arrive at Minneapolis/St. Paul at 12:45 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. Central time, respectively. Flights from Minneapolis/St. Paul depart at 1:45 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Central time and arrive in Seattle at 3:20 p.m. and 8:25 p.m. Pacific time, respectively.

Alaska Airlines is operating the new flights with Boeing 737-800s, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 141 in the main cabin. All flights feature Alaska's Northern Bites meal service, available for purchase by coach-class passengers for $5.

Inflight service also includes Alaska Airlines' digEplayer, a personal entertainment system offering a variety of movies, television shows, music and other features. Complimentary in first class, digEplayers are available for $10 in coach.

Travelers can earn double Mileage Plan miles on the new flights from from now to Dec. 31, 2008. To qualify, customers must first register at alaskaair.com. For more information visit the web site at
www.alaskaair.com

Camelback Inn Completes $45 Million Renovation

Scottsdale, Ariz.'s Camelback Inn, opened in 1936 by entrepreneur Jack Stewart, is ready to show off its $45 million renovation that involved virtually every aspect of the venerable resort.

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Carried out over 18 months, changes to the JW Marriott Resort & Spa include creating a more dramatic arrival leading to a new grand lobby; debuting noted chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, and reclaiming the resort's original adobe bricks for use throughout the project.

Throughout, original adobe was salvaged by specialty masons who were called in to reclaim it, piece by piece, in a painstaking, eco-friendly process that involved breaking down, remixing and reshaping the bricks according to original traditions.

A team of expert craftsmen from Arizona Repair Masons spent several months duplicating the 1930's method of adobe brick-making, a time-consuming endeavor that requires each brick to be set in individual hand-made forms and baked in the sun for up to two weeks.

Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain in affluent Paradise Valley, Camelback Inn embodies the spirit of the Southwest with its peaceful desert setting, private grounds for hiking and meditation and indigenous plant life.

The resort features 453 oversized guest rooms and suites, each with a private entrance and garden patio or balcony. The property - which recently received its 31st consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award - also offers 36 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, three swimming pools and seven restaurants and lounges. For more information visit the web site at
www.camelbackinn.com

Encore Las Vegas Now Accepting Room Reservations for 2009

Encore, the new Las Vegas signature resort in the Wynn collection, is now accepting reservations for dates starting Jan. 12, 2009.

Encore is situated next door to the flagship property Wynn Las Vegas and is a distinct resort destination with its own repertoire of suites, culinary offerings and leisure activities.

Highlights include five signature restaurants, 11 retail outlets, seven cozy bars and lounges, an ultra-chic nightclub and an opulent spa and salon.

Those looking to be among the first to experience Encore's luxury accommodations should call (888) 320-7125 or reserve online by visiting
www.encorelasvegas.com.

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