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The Mature Traveler

Presenting Another Chance to Get Up and Go

December 27, 1987|HANK KOVELL | Kovell is a veteran journalist in seniors' interests

For several years, there has been a publication for mature travelers that has the same name as this column--The Mature Traveler. It's now called "Get Up and Go/The Mature Traveler" and is under new ownership, published monthly in the West.

It's been redesigned and brightened with special features for 49 and older travelers. It reports on discounts on airlines, cruises and hotels and lists mail-order travel items, plus much more on other useful information for mature travelers.

For your sample copy and subscription information, send $1 to Mature Traveler, Dept. KV, P.O. Box 50820, Reno, Nev. 89513.

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Golden Tours for Senior Citizens has packaged a three-day/two-night trip to Death Valley in February, an ideal time for visiting, via a modern, comfortable motor coach and departing Feb. 5, returning Feb. 8.

Priced at $160 per person double occupancy, it includes transportation, two nights accommodations at historic Stovepipe Wells Village, all meals, a 185-mile guided tour through Death Valley and a tour of famed Scotty's Castle.

Departures are from either Alhambra or Pasadena, with parking at both locations. For complete tour details, call (213) 283-7876 or (818) 289-6271, or write Golden Tours, Box 1070, Alhambra 91802. Ask for the Death Valley tour.

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A catalogue of travel books for mature travelers is called Book Passage and is available free of charge.

The catalogue lists hundreds of titles of travel-related publications, including careers in the travel industry, shopping around the world, cruises, languages, maps, how to pack, pets, skiing, women's travel, hiking and mountaineering, bed-and-breakfast inns, and books and guides on every foreign and domestic city, province and country that permits tourist entry. For a free copy of this 40-page catalogue, write to Book Passage, Dept. MT, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, Calif. 94925.

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An overnight Las Vegas package that proved to be a big hit with mature travelers last year is being repeated this winter, although only a little more than a month remains to take advantage of it.

It's the Flamingo Hilton's winter holiday package, which costs $25 per person double occupancy and includes the following: overnight room accommodations, the City Lites showroom spectacular including two cocktails, dinner in either of two restaurants (one serves one of those great Las Vegas buffets), five cocktails per person in any of the Flamingo Hilton's cocktail lounges and all tips and taxes, except for bellman's gratuities.

The package deadline is Feb. 18, 1988. For more information call toll-free (800) 732-2111 or write the Flamingo Hilton, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109.

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Mature travelers who would like an inexpensive spring visit in Mexico can spend from two to four weeks south of the border for $20 per night or less, including two meals each day.

Mexico Travel Advisors provides a Golden Pass that's good for 16 days/15 nights in Mexico for $299 per person double occupancy, which figures to $20 per night. A longer version for 31 days/30 nights is $499, or $16.63 per night.

You can choose from two hotels in Mexico City, two in Taxco and one each in Acapulco and Tehuacan. Breakfast and lunch or dinner are included daily, plus room and food taxes. Travelers may stay at one or all of the hotels, returning as often as they wish. Rates are valid until April 30, 1988.

Transportation is not included, but travel arrangements can be made through Mexico Travel Advisors. For more information, call toll-free (800) 682-8687 or (213) 462-6444, or write to Mexico Travel Advisors, 1717 N. Highland Ave., No. 519, Los Angeles 90028.

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, and it has--an adult-oriented theme park based on that native American beverage, bourbon.

Jim Beam's American Outpost, on the grounds of the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, is in Kentucky bluegrass country, 22 miles south of Louisville. Here you see a film that shows every step of the bourbon-making process, storage warehouses with hundreds of stacked barrels of aging whiskey, a museum with more than 500 of the famed Beam collector decanters, the world's oldest moonshiner's still (older than the one in the Smithsonian), the quaintly named Oh! Kentucky craft shop that's full of quilts, pottery, woodcarving and other native handicrafts and a cooperage museum that is a recreation of an 1800s barrel-making shop.

Antique tools and personal items from the founder are on display. No complimentary samples of Jim Beam, but you can get a free glass of lemonade in a picturesque gazebo in the colorful bluegrass hills. Admission to grounds and exhibits is free. For a brochure, write to the Jim Beam Visitor Center, Dept. MT, Clermont, Ky. 40110.

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