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Travel Notes: March 24, 2013

By Staff reports

Train trip to Chicago

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A round-trip train excursion April 17-21 to Chicago by private railcars is being offered by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society.

The Windy City Express leaves Huntington as the rear cars on Amtrak's Cardinal.

The package includes two nights' lodging, motor coach transportation in Chicago, city passes to more than 30 attractions with savings of up to 55 percent if buying separate tickets.

Prices are $869 per person (double occupancy) and $969 per person (single occupancy).

For information and to make reservations, call 866-639-7487 or 304-523-0364.

Easter at Stonewall

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort State Park is offering limited-time rates for Easter weekend, March 29-31, of $79 a night.

A lavish Easter brunch is planned in Stillwater's Restaurant at $32 for adults, $16 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children age 5 and younger.

The Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course opens March 30 with $55 rates.

Also, on March 30, at 1 p.m., the Great Easter Egg Hunt, which last year attracted nearly 400 egg seekers, will take place at the resort's Roanoke Activity Plaza. The hunt is free, but a $3 per-car fee will be charged for those not staying at the resort.

For more information, contact the resort at 888-278-8150 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

Twin Falls photo workshop

MULLENS, W.Va. -- Photographers Steve Shaluta and Steven Rotsch are instructors for the annual spring photography workshop April 12-14 at Twin Falls Resort State Park, near Mullens.

The workshop is for photographers of all skill levels with digital and film cameras and will cover equipment use, image composition, natural lighting, people in images, action photography, capturing wildlife, digital imaging and computer software use. Participants should bring their own cameras and equipment.

The package costs $149 per person, based on double occupancy at Twin Falls Lodge. The weekend includes two nights' lodging, the workshop fee, a full lunch Saturday and Sunday, and break refreshments. The workshop-only price is $69 and includes workshop fee, full lunch on Saturday and Sunday and break refreshments. Cabin rates and other package prices are available. Reservations are required.

For more information or reservations, call Twin Falls Resort State Park at 304-294-4000 or visit www.twinfallsresort.com.

Earth Day at Twin Falls

MULLENS, W.Va. -- The annual Earth Day Celebration at Twin Falls State Park is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Shelter No. 1. Environmental stations are part of the activities and two guided hikes are planned at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

Recycled crafts, water testing and identification of some native spring wildflowers also are part of the learning experience. Activities are open to the public without charge.

For more information, call Twin Falls Resort State Park at 304-294-4000 or visit www.twinfallsresort.com.

Scrapbooking weekend

CAIRO, W.Va. -- A scrapbooking weekend is planned April 12-14 at North Bend State Park for beginners and those with unfinished projects.

Michelle Mills, of Parkersburg, and Vickie Crawford, of Washington, W.Va., are the instructors. The weekend includes a "scrapbook garage sale" that invites attendees to bring supplies no longer used or needed to sell among each other. Attendees are encouraged to bring any supplies and equipment needed for projects and a small lamp for extra light.

Packages for the weekend include two nights at North Bend State Park Lodge and activities. Meals are not included. Prices are $215 for two people sharing a room; single-occupancy rooms cost $178. Rates for triple and quadruple occupancy and cabin options are available. For all weekend activities only, the price is $50 per person. Registration is required.

North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County near Cairo and Harrisville. For event information and reservations, call 304-643-2931 or email northbendsp@wv.gov. Details are available at www.northbendsp.com; click on the Events/Deals tab.

Statue of Liberty reopening July Fourth

NEW YORK -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and New York Sen. Charles Schumer announced this week that the Statue of Liberty will reopen July 4. Liberty Island was closed Oct. 29 because of Hurricane Sandy.

In anticipation of the reopening, Statue Cruises is expanding its daily Statue of Liberty Harbor Tours with up to 20 departures every day.

Passengers experience the closest possible views of famed New York City landmarks and may even interact with National Park Service Rangers onboard. Sites include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the National September 11 Memorial, the South Street Seaport, Governors Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, among others. The hour-long tours depart from Battery Park at the foot of Manhattan every 30 minutes, seven days a week.

Tickets for the narrated sightseeing tours are $24 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for children. Passengers may purchase tickets at www.statuecruises.com, by phone at 201-604-2800, or at the seawall in Battery Park. For more information, visit www.statuecruises.com.

Statue Cruises is the official concessionaire to the National Park Service.


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