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Friday Travel Ticker: Paddle wheels and hidden doors

August 11, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • The Sample the Sierra festival, in its second year, will offer tastes of California on Labor Day weekend.
The Sample the Sierra festival, in its second year, will offer tastes of… (Sample the Sierra )

Paddle wheel tours and wine tastings will be part of the second annual Sample the Sierra festival in South Lake Tahoe on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) . . . . Ceiba del Mar, near Cancun, is touting 24-hour room service, including “breakfast discreetly delivered to each room through a hidden door ” . . . . Sand Masters (Rusty, Kirk and the team) jump into the deep end at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on the Travel Channel, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. . . . Tickets start at $19.95 for Herman’s Hermits and the Turtles, at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas,  Sept. 17 . . . . Another oldie but goodie, Shaquille O’Neal kicks off his All-Star Comedy Jam Tour at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino  Sept. 2.  Tickets go on sale Friday (Aug. 12); (877) 632-7400 . . . The National Park Service has given the go-ahead for extensive rehab work at the Badger Pass Ski Lodge. No timetable has been set . . . . Blend snowshoeing and craft brews on a “Shoes, Brews and Views” tasting offered December through May in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, a joint venture by  Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. and  Wanderlust Tours . . . . Travel quote of the day: “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you can control it." (John Steinbeck)

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