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Latest News, Deals & Savings for March 2

This week: Arizona’s ‘Catus League’ underway with 14 major league teams, Colorado’s Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering Spring Break deals, and Hearst Castle announces multiple tour discount for visitors

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Arizona's ‘Catus League' Underway with New Dodgers, Indians Stadiums

Cactus League Spring Training is now underway across Greater Phoenix with more teams, more stadiums and more games than ever before. But fans can expect one constant at the ballpark: sunny skies and 80-degree temperatures.

Cactus League baseball, a seasonal rite in Greater Phoenix features 14 teams and more than 200 games. Games began Feb. 25, with action scheduled every day in March.

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A dozen Cactus League teams call the Phoenix area home, and that roster includes two new additions for 2009: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians.

The Dodgers have relocated "Dodgertown" from Florida to a beautiful new training complex in Glendale called Camelback Ranch. The tradition-rich National League franchise shares the stadium with the Chicago White Sox, who recently migrated to Phoenix from Tucson.

The Indians were one of the adventurous franchises that gave birth to the Cactus League when they came to Arizona to train for the 1946 season. This spring, the Indians return to the desert in grand style, playing in a new stadium in Goodyear.

Baseball fans from Los Angeles, Cleveland and everywhere else will be pleased to discover that tickets to Cactus League games remain famously inexpensive - from $5 for lawn seating to $30 for a lower-level perch behind home plate.

Cactus League officials expect a record 1.5 million-plus fans to fill ballparks across Greater Phoenix this season, from the Chicago Cubs' historic Hohokam Park to the San Francisco Giants' popular Scottsdale Stadium to the Oakland Athletics' red-rock-shrouded Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Next year the league will grow to 15 teams when the Cincinnati Reds move their spring training operations to Greater Phoenix from Sarasota, Fla. The Reds will share Goodyear Ballpark with the Indians, creating a little piece of Ohio in Phoenix's West Valley.

The recent westward migration of major league franchises from Florida's Grapefruit League to Arizona's Cactus League is attributable not only to metropolitan Phoenix's new stadiums but its consistent weather and concentration of facilities. "Road trips" in the Cactus League tend to be short (no more than 30 minutes in most cases), and the temperature on a typical spring afternoon hovers in the 70s.

Last season, not a single Cactus League game was rained out.

In otherwise gloomy economic times, the Cactus League also packs great value. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is a hub for two low-fare carriers (Southwest Airlines and US Airways), and several Phoenix-area hotels and resorts are offering unseasonably low spring rates.

To find some of those rates, baseball fans can log on to
www.visitphoenix.com  and click on Spring Training Deals.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Offering Spring Skiing Values

Saying it's time to take a recess from studying and working, Colorado's Breckenridge Ski Resort is offering affordable spring break get-a-way deals this month.

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Lodging and lift packages are still available, making a much needed, affordable vacation easier to attain than ever, the resort said. Deals include the following.

Spring Break Lodging Package:
It's not too late to book a spring break ski vacation at an incredible value. Four nights of lodging and four days of lift tickets for a group of four. Get 30 percent savings with prices as low as $105 per person per night during March. Some restrictions apply.

Free Live Concert with the Rail Benders on March 19:
The award-winning Rail Benders, with a unique rock, punk and country sound all their own, will take down Breckenridge's Riverwalk Center and play a free concert for spring break goers at 7:30 p.m.

Budweiser Spring Break Passport to Parties and Savings, valid March 14-30:
Bars, restaurants and businesses around Breckenridge will be featured in this passport. Get your passport stamped at all the participating locations while you enjoy great savings and you might win a trip back to Breckenridge for Beer Fest. Passports are available free at all Breckenridge lodging properties when you check-in and at the Breckenridge Welcome Center.

Spring Break Family Passport to Fun and Savings, valid March 14-30:
This passport acts as a guide to family fun in Breckenridge over Spring Break.  This free passport, available at all Breckenridge lodging properties and at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, will direct families to great restaurants, shops and activities and offers special savings. Visit all the participating locations, get your passport stamped and your family might win a trip back to Breckenridge for summer fun.

For more information on Breckenridge's spring break events, activities and packages, visit
www.gobreck.com/spring or call (877) 593-5260.

Hearst Castle Announces Multiple Tour Discount

Effective immediately through May 14, 2009, visitors to California's Hearst Castle, while booking either an Experience Tour or Evening Tour can purchase a second tour and receive a 20% discount on the additional tour for the same or following day.

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This value added feature allows visitors of California State Parks to enjoy the many aspects of Hearst Castle that makes it one of America's most popular house museums.

Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon on California Highway 1, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Driving time from either city is approximately six hours.

The estate's magnificent main house, "Casa Grande," and three guesthouses are of Mediterranean Revival style, with the imposing towers of Casa Grande being inspired by a Spanish cathedral. The blending of the architectural style with the surrounding land, and Hearst's superb European and Mediterranean art collections, was so seamless that world-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word."

Hearst Castle is open for tours daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Day tours start at 8:20 a.m. The last tour usually starts at 3:20 p.m. in winter, later in summer. Daytime tours take about one hour and 45 minutes, which includes the round trip from the Visitor Center.

Tours depart from the Visitor Center by bus at the time printed on the ticket. An audio tape program provides background information during the 15 minute, five mile trip to the Castle.

Although the Experience Tour is considered the least strenuous, persons with crutches, walking aids, or medical problems such as heart conditions may want to consider an Accessibly Designed Tour. All tours, except Accessibly Designed Tours, include a half mile walk and 150 to 400 stairs, so you should wear comfortable shoes.

For tour reservations, please call (800) 444-4445, and for more information visit the Web site at  
www.hearstcastle.com


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