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The Mature Traveler

Master Plan for Laguna Getaway

March 02, 1997|HANK KOVELL

One of the local events that many travelers enjoy each year is Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Masters in July and August. But a major problem is finding affordable lodging at a time when Laguna Beach is literally bursting at the seams with visitors. Plus, many hotels increase their rates during the pageant boom.

Seniors have found a Holiday Inn in Laguna Hills, about a 15-minute drive south from Laguna Beach on Interstate 5. The Holiday Inn offers a special package for seniors 60 and over who plan to attend the pageant. Regular rates at the Holiday Inn are $89 to $99 for a double. But for the duration of the pageant a special rate of $79 per night for two is available. It includes a full breakfast.

For those who want to visit nearby attractions, here are some driving times from the hotel: San Diego, one hour; Dana Point, 20 minutes; Disneyland, 40 minutes; Knott's Berry Farm, 45 minutes. It is also within easy driving distance of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

For those flying to John Wayne Airport, a free shuttle will be provided by Holiday Inn, but you must arrange for it when making hotel reservations.

For reservations, call (800) 282-1789. For information and a brochure on the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, call the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau at (800) 877-1115.

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The mature tours division of Solo Flights, "For youthful spirits over 50," is repeating its twice-yearly popular tour of New York City from June 3 to 8. The tour is five nights at the Windsor Hotel near Central Park, a welcome dinner at Tavern on the Green and a farewell dinner at the renowned Sardi's. Participants tour the United Nations with lunch in the Delegate's dining room, visit the observation deck of the Empire State Building, and tour Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Immigration Museum. Also included is a Broadway musical. The tour price is $1,145 per person based on double occupancy. Add $250 for single occupancy. Air fare is not included.

Solo Flights has also added an "Escape to Paradise" tour April 5 to 12 to the island of Aruba in the Netherlands Antilles, 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It includes seven nights accommodations at the Radisson Hotel on the beach, a welcome and a farewell dinner, plus buffet breakfast each day. This tour is priced at $999 per person based on double occupancy. Add $250 for single occupancy. Air fare is not included. For a complete itinerary and information, call Solo Flights (800) 266-1566.

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