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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Oct. 12

Death Valley’s Inn At Furnace Creek Opens For Season, The Autry National Center in Los Angeles is offering visitors the opportunity to meet photographic artists Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, and Continental Airlines announced new service from Los Angeles to Maui and from Orange County to Honolulu.

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Death Valley's Inn At Furnace Creek Opens For Season

Death Valley's Inn at Furnace Creek opened for the season Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 and will remain open through Sunday brunch May 9, 2010.

Located in the Furnace Creek Resort, the Inn opened Feb. 1, 1927 with 12 guest rooms, a dining room and lobby area. Over the years, additions were constructed and improvements made until the Inn reached 66 rooms in 1935. All 66 units were refurbished last year.

Since 1982 the hotel has received the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award. The award recognizes the quality of the facilities and the level of service that Inn guests have come to appreciate over the years.

The dining room at the Inn at Furnace Creek serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a highly popular Sunday brunch. The menu features an array of items made from local ingredients such as prickly pear cactus along with continental selections. The dress code for dinner is "casual elegance" with no shorts, tank tops or t-shirts allowed.

The Inn is centrally located in Death Valley National Park and convenient for day trips to Scotty's Castle, Badwater, the Sand Dunes, the Devil's Course and other geologic wonders.

New this year, Pink Jeep Tours will pick up guests at the Inn and its sister property the Ranch at Furnace Creek and travel to areas where high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Among those destinations are the Racetrack Playa, Titus Canyon and Wildrose Charcoal Kilns.

The Inn also features a spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts and meandering gardens. Just a short shuttle ride away is the Ranch featuring the world's lowest golf course at 214 feet below sea level, general store, the Borax Museum and the Wrangler Steakhouse and '49er Café.

For more information about facilities in Death Valley National Park or to make reservations at in-park lodges, call (800) 236-7916 or visit the Web site

Meet Photographic Artists Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles is offering visitors the opportunity to meet photographic artists Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe on Oct. 17, 2009 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at a discussion and demonstration of their unique photographic works featured in the exhibition "Charting the Canyon." Admission is free.

"Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe" explores Grand Canyon National Park through large-scale, sweeping panoramas that marry 21st-century color photographs with historic drawings and images.

Working collaboratively, Klett and Wolfe challenge one another to invent new ways to integrate the historic images they discover. Charting the Canyon reveals their combined invention, offering provocative ways to think about the land, its history, and our role in seeing it.

"The Autry is proud to host this elegant and powerful exploration of an iconic Western landscape," notes Jonathan Spaulding, vice president for exhibitions. "As Klett and Wolfe gesture toward our historic representations of the Grand Canyon, the place itself connects us to the earth's deep time. Against its vast backdrop, our changes and encumbered meanings seem fleeting. Charting the Canyon provides a beautiful addition to the Autry's ongoing exploration of the Western environment and its significance to our contemporary world."

Charting the Canyon includes 26 photographs ranging from a modest 20-by-20-inch print to a 10-feet-wide panorama.

For more information, call (323) 667-2000 or visit the Web site at
www.autrynationalcenter.org. The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

Continental Airlines Announces More Flights to Hawaii

Continental Airlines announced new service from Los Angeles to Maui and from Orange County to Honolulu, and is also planning a second daily flight on the Los Angeles-Honolulu route. The flights begin March 7, 2010.

"With more destinations in the Pacific than any U.S. carrier, we are pleased to offer our customers additional travel options to Hawaii," said Jim Compton, Continental's executive vice president of marketing. "The flights will provide increased convenience to travelers and will complement routes provided by future Star Alliance partners."

The new daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) will depart at 5:05 p.m. and arrive at 7:45 p.m. The return flight will depart Maui at 9:15 p.m. and arrive at Los Angeles at 5:45 a.m. Continental will operate the flight with a Boeing 737-800 with 160 seats.

Continental's new service between Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA) and the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) will initially operate four-times weekly, departing Orange County at 5:20 p.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 8:05 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu at 11:10 p.m. and arrive at Orange County at 7:45 a.m., except on Saturdays where it will depart a half-hour later. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 on the new route with 124 seats, and plans to increase the service to daily during the summer.

Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-900 with 173 seats for its second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu, departing at 1:55 p.m. and arriving at 4:40 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu at 1:50 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 10:25 p.m.

Continental also serves Hawaii with daily flights from New York, Houston and Guam. Beginning Dec. 18, 2009, Continental will also operate twice-weekly service between Honolulu and Nadi, Fiji.