40 years later, discounts rock
In June 1967, the Summer of Love took hold in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where hippies gathered to experience a peace-and-love vibe. This month, 16 hotels in the city, including the Clift, the Fairmont and the Grand Hyatt, mark the 40th anniversary of the counterculture groove-in by offering a special rate of three nights for the price of two. The offer is good through June and open only to California residents (based on availability and subject to change). Call (800) 216-1630, or go to www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com. To relive the era's musical milestones, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is featuring special exhibits -- the Doors (through Oct. 7), the Beach Boys (June 22 through Dec. 31) and Monterey Pop (opens July 25, with a lecture by record producer Lou Adler) -- as well as items from its permanent collection on the San Francisco city scene, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix. (At right, from the Cleveland museum, Peter Albin's Fender bass. Albin was a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, whom Janis Joplin sang with.) Ticket-hotel packages at www.rockhall.com/visit/plan. Call the museum at (216) 781-7625.
-- Mary E. Forgione
Lake Powell visitors and boaters can chart a course for an unusual new marina village, complete with a floating restaurant, lounge, houseboat rentals and retail shop. The Antelope Point Marina Village, about the size of two football fields, will hold its grand-opening festivities Saturday at the facility. Marina Village, in northern Arizona just outside Page, sits atop the largest floating platform of its type in the world, said spokeswoman Karie Stupek. It's part of an $80-million marina developed within the Navajo Nation on the southwest shores of Lake Powell. "It was built on land of concrete and steel and then moved to the water. It floats on Styrofoam," she said. Call (928) 645-5900 or go to www.antelopepointlakepowell.com.
-- Rosemary McClure
Paris has the Eiffel Tower; New York, the Statue of Liberty. Now Hoonah, Alaska (population 865), has a claim to fame: North America's longest and highest zip-line tour. Hoonah, a Tlingit Indian community in southeast Alaska, is a port of call for cruise ships sailing the Inside Passage. The new zip-line, outside of town at Icy Strait Point, is more than a mile long and begins 1,330 feet above sea level, taking riders from a mountaintop to the beach, traveling at speeds of up to 60 mph. Riders reach the bottom in 90 seconds. Tours cost $85 per person. Information: (907) 523-3670, www.icystraitpoint.com.
It used to be that only book-consuming astronomy nerds could point out the spiral galaxy M61 or the Crab Nebula in the night sky. Now anyone can sound like an astro pro without having to crack a book. Celestron, the makers of telescopes, binoculars and microscopes, offers the SkyScout, a hand-held device about the size of a camcorder. Point the lens at any bright light in the sky, push a button and a screen tells you what you are seeing. The SkyScout uses GPS technology and Earth's magnetic and gravitational pull to identify what you are seeing. You also can hear a description of the celestial object using earphones that plug into the device. The SkyScout sells for $399 and is available at Brookstone, Sharper Image, REI and astronomy equipment stores.
-- Hugo Martin