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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Jan. 19

This week: Colorado offering Valentine’s Day packages, Southwest Airlines will add San Francisco-Orange County service in May, and scientists find ancient Puebloan community in the heart of Las Vegas

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Colorado Has Valentine's Day Treats for Lovers

This Valentine's Day, lovebirds can flock to Colorado to ski underneath the stars, soak in a natural hot springs pool, enjoy a pampering couples massage, and more with special travel packages starting at just $159/night.

Below is a sampling of Colorado romance travel packages, free programs and activities. For additional ideas on spending a romantic getaway in Colorado, visit www.colorado.com for details.

  • From Loveland, with ... Love! Loveland, Colorado has the largest free valentine re-mailing program in the world. To have valentines re-mailed with Loveland postmark, enclose your pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes no later than February 9, to: Postmaster, Valentine Re-mailing, 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538. www.withlovefromloveland.com  
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  • Mind Your ‘Manor.' In February, Elkwood Manor Bed and Breakfast in Pagosa Springs offers a Love and Romance package starting at $207/night, including suite accommodations, two passes to the Hot Springs pool, a dozen roses, chocolate-dipped fruit basket, a bottle of champagne, and more. www.elkwoodmanor.com  

  • A Sweetheart of a Deal in Keystone. The Inn at Keystone is offering a ‘Romantic Adventure' package, featuring slope-side accommodations, free night skiing, ice skating, and yoga classes from $159/night. The deal also includes a 15 percent off coupon for Keystone Jewelers, in case your sweetie craves more than black diamonds. Valid February 14. www.keystoneresort.com  

  • Get Married, Ski Free in Loveland. Where else to tie the knot than at 12,000 feet above sea level in Loveland, Colorado? The area's annual Valentine's Day celebration, "Marry Me and Ski Free," includes a mountaintop wedding for couples getting married or renewing their vows. After the ceremony, everyone can ski or snowboard down the mountain to a entertainment-filled reception. www.skiloveland.com  

  • Palisade Wine and Dine. A special Romance package starting at $155/night is available at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. The inn is tucked in to a 21-acre vineyard, within a short walk of two wineries. Enjoy a standard room, a bottle of private label wine or champagne, two wine glasses, roses, Chocolate Covered Cheesecake "Luv Bites" and a late check out. See www.coloradowinecountryinn.com for details.

  • One Good Rub Deserves Another. In Durango at the historic General Palmer Hotel, enjoy rates starting at $129/night, including a 30-minute massage. Upgrade to a 60-minute massage for $154. www.generalpalmer.com  

  • Hotel Love Stories. Historian Debra Faulkner will lead complimentary, open to the public "Affairs of the Heart" historic tours of the 116-year-old Brown Palace hotel highlighting the romantic rendezvous' that have occurred throughout the years. See www.brownpalace.com for details.

  • Pamper Thy Self. The Inn at Aspen in Aspen is offering a two-night Spa Indulgence package for couples starting at $452 per person, including taxes. The package includes deluxe accommodations, a $50 spa credit, spa amenity, daily breakfast, and a 4 p.m. late checkout. www.innataspen.com  

Southwest Airlines Adding San Francisco-Orange County Service

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced an expansion of its California service with five new nonstop flights between San Francisco International Airport and John Wayne Airport.

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This is a new route for the air carrier which currently operates 362 daily flights within California. The service begins May 9, 2009, and the airline said flights are now available for booking.

"Southwest Airlines is California's number one air carrier so it only makes sense for us to serve the extremely popular route between San Francisco and Orange County," said Southwest Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Distribution Kevin Krone.

To celebrate the new nonstop service, Southwest is offering a $69 one-way fare between San Francisco International Airport and Orange County. This 21-day advance purchase fare is available for purchase  at
www.southwest.com for travel beginning on May 9, 2009, through the end of the schedule, currently June 26, 2009. There are fare rules to follow.

With the new service, Southwest Airlines will fly 206 daily nonstop flights, more than any other carrier, between the Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin Area. Southwest Airlines is the largest carrier at John Wayne Airport with 46 daily nonstop departures.

Scientists Find Ancient Puebloan Remains in Las Vegas

Amidst the glare and noise of today's Las Vegas, scientists at the Springs Preserve say they have found evidence of a pre-historic small Puebloan community that gives new insight into ancient Native American life in the region.

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In addition to the more traditional archaeological excavation of a pre-historic pithouse currently underway at the Springs Preserve, remote sensing technologies have revealed the possible existence of two additional pithouses in close proximity.

This new archaeological find indicates evidence of an ancestral Puebloan human settlement at the Springs Preserve, the center reported.

"We believe we've found a small intact community near the center of Las Vegas in an area that has been virtually undisturbed by urban growth. This is a prime example of the value of protecting and preserving our links with the past," said Springs Preserve Archaeologist Dr. Patti Wright.

The partially excavated pre-historic pithouse is believed to have been a dwelling constructed by the Ancestral Puebloans. Plant charcoal remnants found in the pithouse hearth have been carbon dated at 700 AD. The excavation has also uncovered chipped and ground stone, ceramics, and a shell bead from the California coast, which indicate that these ancient peoples engaged in trade.

The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre national historic site that is the original oasis of Las Vegas and a beacon for a sustainable future. This cultural and historic attraction is located three miles from the Strip and offers many indoor and outdoor experiences to create a fun and educational visit for all ages.

Outdoor experiences at the Preserve include eight acres of botanical gardens, a series of walking trails leading to historical structures and restored wetlands live desert wildlife exhibits, a child's play area, and a 2,000-seat amphitheater.

Indoor experiences include a technologically advanced learning center, over 300 state-of-the art interactive museum exhibits and an immersive theater experience. Award winning Platinum LEED architecture and desert landscaping highlight the Preserve's dedication to sustainability.

For more information visit the web site at
www.springspreserve.org


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