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The Mature Traveler

Discounts, Freebies Are Calling

June 30, 1996|HANK KOVELL

The Handlery Hotel in San Diego has created a Young at Heart senior program that offers a discount package with the following: lodging for two for $99 per night (regular rate is $188); tickets for the Old Town Trolley (valued at $16 per person); a water aerobics class; tickets to a first-run movie, including beverage and popcorn, at a nearby theater complex; continental breakfast; and cookies and milk at bedtime.

The offer is valid through Dec. 31 on a space-available basis. Tickets for other popular San Diego attractions, many of which offer senior discounts, can be secured by the hotel on request. For reservations and information, call (800) 676-6567.

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The Sheridan Inn, in Escondido in North San Diego County, offers discounts for guests over 55. Double rooms with two queen beds are $55 (regular rates range from $59 to $64). Prices include breakfast daily, plus a selection of cookies, coffee or tea each evening (Sunday through Thursday) at 8. Guests can also borrow video movies for free. For brochure or reservations, call (800) 258-8527.

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Thundercloud Resort at Big Bear Lake is offering discounts to seniors for stays of one week or more. A standard guest room that accommodates four with two queen-size beds is priced at $295 per week or about $42 per day. Family suites, which include fireplaces and kitchens, are priced at $470 for one week. The offer is valid through Sept. 30 on a space-available basis. For information, call (800) 732-5386.

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The Butterfield Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in the old gold mining town of Julian, 160 miles south of Los Angeles, is offering a senior package for members of the American Assn. of Retired Persons or travelers over 50. The package includes a suite with fireplace for two nights, full breakfast, dinner for two in the Julian Grille and a country carriage ride.

The regular price for this package is $330 for two, but is reduced to $199 Sunday through Thursday. Add $130 for weekends. For a brochure or reservations, call (619) 765-2179.

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Senior visitors to Northern California's South Bay area will receive 10 days of free parking at the Villa Hotel in San Mateo in addition to discounts on hotel rates. San Mateo is adjacent to San Francisco International Airport. Seniors over 55 also receive a free continental breakfast and airport shuttle service. For a brochure or reservations, call (800) 341-2345.

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