Travel e-Scapes: July 1, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Coastal California

Travel e-Scapes: July 1, 2016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$204 Orange County-Santa Ana
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on daily United service via Denver or Houston
Complete travel on or before May 28, 2017
No blackout dates!
Purchase by July 5
Photo: Newport Beach pier


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Beer, here!
The German Beer Purity Law, a set of regulations dating back to 1516, established the permissible beer ingredients: hops, barley and water — and a bit of yeast was acceptable. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot — reason for celebration! And if the party in Munich, Germany isn’t on your radar, here are a couple of unique alternatives where you can tip a stein or two:
Charleston, S. Carolina: Bay Street Biergarten combines the best elements of the traditional beer garden with the unique flavor and characteristics of the South. Located in a rebuilt version of the Wilmington Railroad Depot that was blown up during the Civil War, this beer garden focuses on craft beer (pour-your-own taps) and modern Bavarian-Southern fusion food, including brats, fried alligator and ‘smoked bier wings.’ Nightly events include Cornhole tournaments, live bands and trivia nights. 

San Francisco: The historic Presidio Social Club (erected in 1903 as a military barracks) is adding a summer beer and barbecue garden on the outdoor deck every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from July 13 through August 31. There will be Fort Point Beer Company brews on tap and different meats featured each week, like 13-hour smoked beef ribs, Texas-style BBQ, and more.  
For more fun beer garden locations (including Atlanta), check out the list from Time Out

4G in Europe
Customers of T-Mobile‘s Simple Choice cell phone plan get a bonus if they’re bound for Europe this summer. Starting July 1 and through August 31, travelers will have access to high-speed 4G LTE networks across the continent (vs. slow 2G-like). Calls within European countries will cost .20 cents a minute and phones can be used as a wireless hotspot for other devices with unlimited high-speed data for no additional charge. T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans start at $50 a month (plus taxes and fees) for 2GB of high-speed 4G data, with no fee if you use more. Unlimited texting and calling are also included.
Sprint also offers unlimited data and texting with 20-cent per minute calls with data speeds of 2G. A day pass for 100MB of faster speeds will cost $15, with options going up to 14-days and 500MB for $50.
Verizon allows users to use phones with existing calling, texting and data plans for $10 per day in over 100 countries, $2 per day in Mexico or Canada.  Verizon offers international monthly plans starting at $25 per month for travel in Europe, with $1.79 per minute for calls, $0.50 for every text sent, $0.05 for received texts and includes just 100MB of data, with overage fees of $25 for every additional 100MB you use.
AT&T‘s offers plans from $40 per month for unlimited texting, $1.00 per minute calls, and 200MB of data (each additional MB costs $0.25 per MB).


SPECIAL DOMESTIC OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$63 Washington DC-Reagan
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before December 15
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 18-29
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$63 Washington DC-Reagan
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after August 23
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$71 New York-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before November 26
Blackout date: October 16
Valid on American, nonstop

THIS WEEKEND! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$159 San Jose CA
$162 San Diego
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this weekend!
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Denver or Houston

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$92 Grand Rapids
$121 Burlington VT
$172 Bozeman MT
A 14-day advance purchase required
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Denver or Houston

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$125 Albuquerque, Sacramento, or Tucson
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 28, 2017
No blackout dates
Valid on United via Denver or Houston
Purchase by July 5

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are added during the flight booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Family-Friendly DC
It’s peak season in historic Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. Spending a night or two in Frederick, Manassas and other historic DC and Northern Virginia areas are the perfect complement to a summer vacation for families and history buffs.
There are 14 Crescent Hotels & Resorts in the Washington DC area — four in historic hot spots — with special summer packages for those that want to learn more about Civil War history.
The area’s countless activities include the Civil War areas in Manassas and Frederick, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, experiencing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, whitewater rafting, canoe, kayak or paddleboarding along the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers, visits to wineries, microbreweries, and quaint towns.
Additionally, the PBS show, Mercy Street, centering around two Civil War volunteer nurses in Alexandria, has sparked tourism interest in the already popular Old Town Alexandra, a quaint Washington DC suburb with cobblestone streets lined with countless boutiques and restaurants.
The Crescent Hotels participating (includes Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, IHG, Wingate by Wyndham, Radisson, Cambria hotels & suites and Best Western) are within walking distance to a Metrorail or offer complimentary shuttle service that links guests to the city’s world renowned Metrorail network. Most locations offer various dining, shopping and entertainment options just minutes away via walking, complimentary shuttle or Metrorail. Several locations offer award winning restaurants right inside the hotels.
Nightly summer rates start from $99. 

New Key West Digs
The Gates of Key West is a new upscale lifestyle hotel in Key West, located a half-mile from the 11-acre Key West Tropical Forest & Botanic Garden.
Chic guest rooms are done in a modern, minimalist style with exposed whitewashed beams, platform beds and local photography. All offer WiFi (covered by resort fee), Keurig coffeemakers, minifridges and flat-screen TVs. Some upgraded rooms have terraces, walk-in showers and pull-out sofas. 
Dining and drinking options include a permanent food truck serving Key West/Caribbean cuisine and a rum bar offering local blends and entertainment. Other perks include a cigar lounge, an outdoor pool and bike rentals. Rates from $149 a night. 


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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