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Friday Travel Ticker: N.Y. tourism rebooting

November 02, 2012|By Chris Erskine
  • Riders board a bus on Eighth Avenue in New York City. Tourism in the city was slowly getting back to normal.
Riders board a bus on Eighth Avenue in New York City. Tourism in the city was… (Associated Press )

Red double-decker tour buses have begun rolling again in New York and Circle Line boats have started plying the waterways as tourism took a few more baby steps toward normalization after the super storm Sandy, AP reports. The Empire State Building, Broadway theaters, the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum, and many stores, have reopened. But the wire service says city parks (including Central Park), the High Line and the Statue of Liberty remain closed pending damage assessment . . . . Enjoy nibbles from top chefs and specialty food companies at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 14-18. Tickets, www.sandiegowineclassic.com . . . . Las Vegas’ vibrant dining scene adds another player Dec. 28 with the opening of Andrea's, in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The 6,194-square-foot restaurant will feature a spacious lounge conducive to socializing, and a 2,100-square-foot terrace overlooking Surrender Nightclub's outdoor space. For reservations, call (702) 770-3463 . . . . In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission on Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov.  12 . . . . And the Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a rustic two-story stone ski hut that is a popular overnight destination for those making the 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.  Details and reservations, www.YosemiteConservancy.org/Ostrander . . . .  In its 30th year, the Bisbee (Arizona) Historic Home Tour will take visitors through Bisbee’s historic homes,  Nov. 23-24.  Bisbee kicks off the holidays with its Festival of Lights on the 23rd.  Info: (866) 224-7233, www.DiscoverBisbee.com . . . .  Hyatt Regency San Francisco, in the Embarcadero Center, across from the iconic Ferry Building, is featuring 300,000 cascading lights, a 30-foot tree and snowfall three times a day in the hotel's lobby, beginning Nov. 16 . . . . Travel quote of the day: "In God's wildness lies the hope of the world -- the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness." (John Muir)

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