Get Away With Fran

February 26, 2010

Dog gone fun in Anchorage

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“Bark, bark. Bark bark bark.” You could hear the dogs from blocks away, an odd sound in a city of nearly 300,000. But then again this is Anchorage, and it’s nearly March, and that means time for the dogs to come out to play – especially if they are sled dogs.

For the 75th year, Anchorage is putting on Fur Rendezvous, also known affectionately as Fur Rondy, a nine-day festival, including races with dogs and mushers, which kicked off today.


Fur Rondy was originally envisioned back in 1935 as a way to add a little spice in a city of about 3,000 people, in a place where winters are long. Dog races were part of the entertainment.

To imagine the races today you have to imagine that despite a couple of 20-story skyscrapers and offerings like a Nordstrom’s and Starbucks, Anchorage still manages to feel a lot like a small, one-horse town – it’s just that there many “horses” on several downtown streets.

Some of those streets were purposely left unplowed in a snowfall yesterday (though not as much snow as in New York) and are being given (more…)

February 10, 2010

GetAWAY on Fox

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GetAWAYwithFran was on Fox TV-25 today talking deals and winter travel. Check it out.

Among the deals highlighted, the Sonesta St. Maarten has rates from $204 (about $40% savings), and if you stay four nights or longer you’ll get a $150 food & beverage credit too. The El San Juan Hoteland other Hilton properties in Puerto Rico have a deal that gives you a great rate now (from $259) plus a credit of $50 per night off a future stay.

Book a cruise and save in late February, early March. I like to search for deals.

Check out specials as the season begins in places like Myrtle Beach and Bermuda (slow in winter but picking up in spring, with the high season summer into fall).

Think West Coast too when you start planning a springtime vacation, especially with the kids. Head to San Diego to visit the San Diego Zoo and Sea World, and head to Legoland too. Good airfares at and through discount airlines like JetBlue.

Winter airfares to Europe are decent, and you can gran specials like six nights in Rome with air, from $699, offered by Virgin Vacations (also Paris from $623), but book now. Nice is particularly nice in March.

Look too for savings with all-inclusive packages and deals from tour operators (thanks to a bit of panic over the recession, prices are in many cases as low as they go this year).

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