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August 24, 2008|Amy Hubbard


Fido makes three

Bring your beloved -- and the person you're married to -- for some special treatment at the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi. Its No More Doggy Drama getaway is intended to rid couples of pet-related tensions. According to the hotel, 15% of dog owners surveyed for the American Kennel Club's 21st Century Dog Owner 2007 said their significant other was jealous of the pooch. Each couple is invited to bring the dog, which will be entertained and pampered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily while the pair devote attention to each other. The pup gets daily walks in Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Park. You get one spa treatment per person, per day: facial hydration or a one-hour massage.

Info: Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi; 011-55-11-2845-0000, (The package is available only when booking by phone.) Info on pet customs regulations from the Brazilian Embassy at d=171.

Dates: Available through Dec. 31.

Price: $437 per night, includes lodging, daily breakfast for two, dog day care, three dog walks per day, spa treatments.


Do the island hop

Sail among the dozens of islands of British Columbia's northern Vancouver Island area aboard the 92-foot Maple Leaf schooner. Whale-watching is a main attraction. Sailors can expect to see orcas, humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises. The scoping will be interspersed with island hopping. "We might do a rain-forest walk on one island, visit a beautiful beach on another," said Maureen Gordon, marketing manager and guide. Visits to small communities such as Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay are also on tap.

Info: Maple Leaf Adventures, Victoria; (888) 599-5323,

Dates: Oct. 7 to 13.

Price: $2,800 per person, includes accommodations, meals and shore excursions.


'Les Miz' for kids

Take your young drama queens or kings to London for a "Les Miz" experience to thrill their musical-theater-loving souls. London's Montague on the Gardens hotel is offering a package that includes the Les Miz Kids Club Experience, tickets to a "Les Miserables" matinee at the Queen's Theatre and a tour of the kitchen, where cupcake decorating is on the menu. The Kids Club is 2 1/2 hours at the Queen's for a backstage tour, drama workshops and the chance to meet a cast member.

Info: 011-44-20-7637-1001,

Date: Saturdays and Sundays through 2008.

Price: Starts at about $470 for two adults and one child in a triple room, child-size slippers and a welcome pack with games.


All things shrimp

Take a gastronomic quick trip to Baja on a three-day tour centered on the San Felipe Shrimp Festival. Food booths compete for best shrimp dish at this festive event that marks the start of shrimp fishing season, and there are games and music.

Info: Baja California Tours., La Jolla; (858) 454-7166,

Date: Nov. 7 to 9.

Itinerary: Ensenada, San Felipe, Mexicali.

Price: $296 per person, double occupancy (single $366), includes bus transportation from San Diego to San Felipe, accommodations, two lunches, guide.


A capital idea

Get in a patriotic mood with a trip to the nation's capital during Labor Day weekend. The trip, geared to singles of any political stripe, includes city tours with stops at sites such as the Kennedy Center, Mount Vernon, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon and the Smithsonian. Participants stay at the Gaylord National. The hotel has "a variety of great restaurants, bars and easy access to the Capitol, museums and Alexandria via water taxi," says Tammy Weiler, Single Travel International's founder.

Info: Singles Travel International, Boca Raton, Fla.; (877) 765-6874,

Date: Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

Price: $899 per person, double occupancy (single room $1,269), includes accommodations, continental breakfasts, two dinners, city tours.

-- Amy Hubbard

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