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Doggone Las Vegas! Vdara Hotel Welcomes Fido


Sin City has gone to the dogs – but in a good  way, of course. If you can't bear the thought of leaving your four-footed pet at home, luxurious, non-casino Vdara Hotel & Spa has Vdog. It’s the canine-friendly program that ensures that man's best pal experiences the same luxury while you live it up in Las Vegas.

For an extra $50 per night and $75 cleaning fee, you may bring up to two dogs with a combined weight of 70 lbs (sorry, Marmaduke!) for a stay in a specially-selected deluxe suite that makes sure you’re room is separated from those who might not be so keen on sharing a wall or hallway with late night barking.

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Long Beach CA: Aquarium Of The Pacific Gets Bigger PDF Print E-mail


Marking its 20th year, the facility has added a new wing and more exhibits. Be sure to spend some friendly time with Fern, a playful zebra shark, Cain, the sea lion, and many other creatures of the ocean. The park will also feature a new theater and bright outdoor dancing fountains. For special programs, tickets and other info, go to www.aquariumofpacific.org

 
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: See Snow Top Before It’s Gone PDF Print E-mail


Made famous by the famed Hemingway book and 1952 movie, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, as well as a 2013 screen version, the destination has long been a favorite of amateur mountain climbers.

However, in recent years, the picturesque African snow cap has been disappearing at a rapid rate. Scientists report that it may be completely gone within two years. If one of your ultimate travel plans is to scale the mountain and frolic in the snowy peak, book a trip before it happens.

 
Amtrak Trains Now Serving Up Upscale Menus PDF Print E-mail


Passengers riding along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor enjoy ritzier dining and beverage choices while aboard the trains. The new service is called Corridor Café Menu, with average price for a ham sandwich with a Coke at $10. As reported by USA Today, the meals are more healthy and varied then those previously served.

Your elderly travel4seniors.com editor has train memories that go back to the 1940s and the food available on Amtrak’s predecessor, the Pennsylvania Railroad. For example, the basic ham sandwich with a Coke then cost 25¢. The sandwich consisted of two lean pieces of soggy white bread with a single slice of ham inside that was so thin it was almost transparent. Let’s hope today’s menu is a bit more appealing and generous.

 
Making Travel Decisions: Hotel Room, Hostel Or Airbnb? PDF Print E-mail


Q: I’m familiar with hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins, but recent travel promotions confuse me. I know these two are the cheapest places, but what’s the difference between a hostel and Airbnb stay? Lucile P., Greeley CO

A: With names, prices and places changing all the time, traveling seniors can get befuddled about where to spend the night and their money. Airbnb is a relatively new and growing market in the travel industry. Private home owners offer rooms or the entire house for one night or more. It can be much cheaper than hotels, especially if your travel group includes four or more people.

Hostels have been around for a long while, mostly appealing to younger travelers. They’re usually basic dorms with bunk beds, four or more people to a room and shared bathrooms.  To get more familiar with Airbnb and hostels, before your next trip alone or with a group, do some internet searching and price comparisons.

 
Amsterdam NL: Museum Glorifies Species Felis Cattus PDF Print E-mail


If travels take you to the beautiful city’s Kattenkabinet Museum, in the Centrum canal area, enjoy a unique experience. The four-story building and surrounding gardens are devoted to domestic felines in history, art and culture.

It’s an elegant former private home filled with paintings, posters, sculpture and other creative materials that glorify the species Felis cattus.
Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the many friendly live cats that roam freely throughout the museum. www.kattencabinet.nl

 
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