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Rundown for the week of November 21, 1998

Most of us have memories of family vacations with our parents - many of them probably very happy. But could you cope with them on your travels now that you're an adult? That's the challenge Martin Stott set for himself - and just to make it even harder he took them to Norfolk on England's east coast - recently billed by the English press as the most boring place in Britain.

Q & A I -- Unusual Thanksgiving
Rudy talks to listeners about out-of-the ordinary places they've spent Thanksgiving

Interview: John Grant
Here's a place you might not have considered bunking down; how about spending the night at a lighthouse? I'm sure you've noticed that lighthouses can evoke a powerful emotional response. To a sailor, they're a comforting sight--a beacon of light illuminating dark skies, guiding ships safely into the harbor. Solitary and beautiful, we often associate lighthouses with romance and intrigue. Producer and author John Grant understands their allure and he's shared his fascination with these coastal beacons in a six- part travel series on PBS called Legendary Lighthouses.

Deal of the Week
$12 a night is what it costs you per person to check into the hostel in Glenwood Springs, about 40 miles outside of Aspen. There's transportation to the Aspen slopes available, and the hostel can even get you a discount on your lift tickets. The $12 rate is for dorm accommodations, but you can book a private room for two for only $26. There are similar deals at hostels in Breckenridge, Crested Butte, and elsewhere. The hostel in Taos, New Mexico's charges $11 for a night's stay. In Ludlow, Vermont, near Killington, it's $17 a night.

Q & A II -- General Questions
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:

Affordable Hotels in Santa Monica

  • The Comfort Inn in Santa Monica offers single rooms with refrigerators and free coffee for between $69 and $79. Phone: 310-828-5517.

  • Just a five-minute drive from Santa Monica is the Mansion Inn, in Venice. Rooms range from $85 to $95 and include a refrigerator. Phone: 800-828-0688.

Whale Watching

  • Sea Kayak adventures offers special family trips and other whale watching opportunities. Phone: 800-616-1943

  • Also try www.specialtytravel.com and use "whale watching" as a keyword.

Hotel Gratuities

  • Chip Kamper, president of the Washington-area Concierge Association, says tipping extra is usually not necessary because hotels normally have added in a 15 percent gratuity to your room.

  • He says to always tip housekeeping services $1 per day for keeping hotel rooms clean. If you're not sure who's cleaning your room, gratuities may be left on the night table or in any obvious place.

Sun Valley, Idaho is one of America's great ski resorts and celebrity hide-outs. But around this time of the year the area welcomes a different set of visitors--sheep. You see, earlier this century, the region exported more lamb than anywhere else in America. So in an effort to connect the area with it's historical roots, every year it hosts the "Trailing of the Sheep". The Open Road's Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan take us to this two-day festival and introduce us to sheepherders who travel the back roads of the American West. One of the oldest professions in the world, little has changed for sheepherders since Biblical times. Until that is, the old West and the new West come face to face.

Giddyup Elephant Postcard
In today's final destination...a parent's nightmare. One father faces the struggle of getting his kid to come along for the ride...with the rest of the tour group.

Next Week on The Savvy Traveler
Baked iguana....or reindeer or caterpillars...we're taking your calls about the strangest foods you've faced while traveling. Plus author Peter Mayle talks about the place he calls home...Provence in France, where food is the center of everything.

Clip: "There's a recurring question I get asked. How can you possibly eat a four course lunch or a four course dinner and not be the size of a house."

Where Peter Mayle eats and writes in next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler. We're heading back out into the Open Road to explore the culture and cuisine of Astoria, Oregon. And we hear a postcard that remembers...and gives thanks for the people you meet along the way. That and more so please come along for the ride in next week's edition of The Savvy Traveler.

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