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Latest News, Deals & Savings for March 9

This week: Nevada’s Laughlin River Stampede promises lots of rodeo fun, San Diego’s Day at the Docks celebrates saltwater fishing, and Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park has ‘you decide’ guest package

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Laughlin River Stampede Promises Lots of Rodeo Action

The 15th annual Laughlin River Stampede gets underway March 26-29, and the four-day event will feature some of America's best cowboys and cowgirls competing in fast-paced, spine-tingling events for more than $225,000 in prize money.

Set in Laughlin, Nevada, the state's resort town on the Colorado River, the Stampede features plenty of rodeo action, such as barrel racing, bareback and bull riding, and team roping. There will also be an appearance by Miss Rodeo America, rodeo displays, merchandise, crafts and food.

Additionally, various Laughlin hotels plan to offer top-name country music entertainment in the evening to enhance the rodeo experience.

The Laughlin River Stampede is ranked in the top 30 among more than 700 rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) nationwide
each year. In fact, the only difference between the Laughlin River Stampede and the lauded National Finals Rodeo is the ticket price, according to event promoter Roy Honeycutt.

"Spectators will see the very same PRCA contestants, competing for almost a quarter of a million dollars in the same traditional events," he said. "The only difference is that Laughlin tickets are easy to get and cost a whole lot less!"

Laughlin is a favorite among the cowboys and cowgirls, many of whom have attended the Colorado River event for almost a decade, filling up affordable hotel rooms and kicking up their heels in the resorts and lounges. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the rodeo begins at 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Thursday: Super Chute, $35; Gen Adm, $13; Seniors 55+, $7; Children under 12, $7 Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Super Chute, $35; Gen Adm, $25; Children Under 12, $7 (no Senior discounts available)

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Web site at

San Diego's Day at the Docks Celebrates Fishing Season

The Port of San Diego's annual Day at the Docks celebration will take place April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 30-year tradition, this year's Day at the Docks will celebrate the beginning of Southern California's spring saltwater fishing season.

A one day festival, the annual event provides marine attractions featuring an open house on many of the 70 renowned, modernized sportfishers docked there. The pride of San Diego, the fleet is one of the largest, most modern to be found anywhere in the world.

Skilled sportfishing Captains will be aboard their vessels sharing their vast fishing knowledge and discussing their perspectives and schedules for the upcoming season.

Throughout the festival, the industry's leading manufacturers will display the latest in fishing tackle while in contrast; antique tackle collections and historical displays highlight innovations which have been developed during the evolution of sportfishing.

Some of the West Coast's recognized experts will conduct seminars throughout the day, revealing their secrets on improved fishing techniques and results.

Kid's Fishing Adventure, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids 4 to 12 years old, is sponsored by West Marine & Okuma Fishing Tackle with expert assistance provided by members of the San Diego Rod and Reel Club along with the San Diego Anglers. Kids can catch a big one while dad takes in a seminar, or checks out some of the great deals offered by merchants displaying a variety of items.

Day at the Docks is held at the San Diego Sportfishing Landings, Harbor Drive and Scott Streets in Point Loma. Admission to the Day at the Docks is free, and there's free parking and shuttle aboard a double deck bus to and from event add to the fun. Live entertainment on three stages, free fishing for kids, tackle and trip giveaways and much, much more fill out the day. Entertainment and exhibitor listings are available on the Web site:

Wyoming's Jackson Lake Lodge Offers ‘You Decide' Package

Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park is offering visitors the ‘You Decide' package, giving guests a $100 resort credit when they book a two-night stay.

Guests can use the resort credit to customize a vacation experience with an activity that reflects their interests. The resort credit can also be used in the restaurants or gift shops at Jackson Lake Lodge. Some of the many adventures guests can embark on during their ‘You Decide' vacation include:

  • Guided lake fishing on Jackson Lake
  • Snake River float trip with experienced guides sharing the human and natural history of the valley while you enjoy the views and catch a glimpse of wildlife along the way
  • A wrangler-guided horseback ride through the back trails of the Park
  • Scenic lake cruise with a delicious cowboy breakfast on Elk Island complemented by stunning views of Mt. Moran
  • Narrated bus tour of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
  • A visual and culinary feast featuring the Mural Room's sustainable Rocky Mountain cuisine harmonized with breathtaking, panoramic views of the Tetons and the magnificent Rendezvous Murals by acclaimed artist Carl Roters

Jackson Lake Lodge's You Decide package is valid from May 18 through June 14, 2009 and Aug. 28 through Sept. 26, 2009 for new bookings only, is based on space availability for single or double occupancy, and is not applicable to groups or conventions.

The $100 resort credit is limited to one per family and based upon a two-night stay. The resort credit can not be applied to the room rate or refunded if unused. Room rates at Jackson Lake Lodge begin at $219 per night for a classic cottage. Other restrictions may apply.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (800) 628-9988 or visit the Web site at
www.gtlc.com for more information.