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Wednesday Travel Ticker: Wine fest tickets on sale

February 15, 2012|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial and Washington's Tidal Basin in this file photo.
Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial and Washington's Tidal… (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty…)

Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, July 19-21. Call (800) 797-7753 .... San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay is now home to some giant Pacific octopuses. Through Feb. 26,  it will honor the new residents with octopus talks and other octopus-related activities. For details, click here .... Checking out the cherry blossoms this spring? The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington is offering a $190-per-night package March 22-April 22, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 trees from Japan. For details, go to www.affinia.com/cherry .... New plaintiffs have been added to a revised lawsuit that seeks more than a half-billion dollars in damages in last month's Italian cruise ship disaster. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court now names 39 individual plaintiffs who were aboard the Costa Concordia when it capsized Jan. 13. At least 17 people died and 15 remain missing .... Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will replace the Casper triple chairlift with a new high speed four-passenger detachable chair this summer .... Jackie Gleason's Miami home goes to auction on Feb. 19. In addition to his 9,250-square-foot estate, personal possessions such as Ralph Kramden's bus driver uniforms will also be up for bid. Details, click here .... Travel quote of the day: “The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it.” (Jackie Gleason)

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