tvl BRIEFS Linger and save more at the Breakers

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The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., is trimming rates until Sept. 3 based on length of stay. A standard room at the 560-room resort is $189 a night (31 percent off regular summer rates) or $169 a night (39 percent off) for three nights.

Stay five nights or more, and it drops to $149 a night (46 percent off). A premium ocean-front room is $340 a night for up to two nights, $304 for three to four nights and $268 for five or more nights. This program applies to all 20 room categories, so that an ocean-front suite that regularly costs $895 a day is down to $485 a day for five days or more. In addition, greens fees are included (the cart is extra) on the resort's two golf courses, as are fees for tennis and some spa classes. Taxes are extra. Information is available at (888) 273-2537 or www.the

SOUTH BEACH SPECIAL: The Bare Essentials rate at the 127-room Park Central Hotel and the Hotel (bare essentials, indeed), both in South Beach, provides a fourth night at no extra charge after three paid nights through October. At the Park Central,, nightly rates are $105; at the Hotel (with 52 rooms), www.thehotelofsouthbeach .com, it's $155 a night. Each hotel has a pool. Continental breakfast is $7 to $9 extra, as are beach chairs ($8 to $15 a day) and beach umbrellas ($10 a day). For information call (800) 727-5236.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS: A $189 Stars and Pars golf and lodging package is available through Sept. 15 at the year-old Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Included are accommodations plus two rounds of golf on the Tiburon course. Call 800-241-3333.


OVER 55: For those 55 and over, an Elderhostel Canoe Trip to Maine's Rangeley Lakes, sponsored by the Hulbert Outdoor Center, is being offered July 13-19 and Sept. 7-13 for $479 a person, with no extra charge for waking to the sound of a loon. Participants will paddle to lakeside campsites, set up camp, cook meals, and sleep in tents. Baking clinics and woods skills will be taught. The cost includes canoes, cooking gear, group equipment, instruction, food, and, of course, safe adventure. Call 802-333-3405 or visit or

PLAY BALL! If you want to take in a Major League Baseball game on your travels, notes that its Web site is set up so that you can easily find the ballparks under a city's "points of interest" button, and then identify the best available rates at nearby hotels. Some properties and recent deals: Beacon Townhouse Inn 1023, within walking distance of Boston's Fenway Park, with rates beginning at $145 per night; the Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel in Seattle, a few blocks from Safeco Field, with rooms starting at $69 a night; and Holiday Inn Inner Harbor in Baltimore, minutes from Camden Yards, with rates beginning at $89 per night.

MAJESTIC PRICE CUT: The Hotel Majestic, in San Francisco's Pacific Heights area, has cut its rates.

Until July 1, superior-class rooms at the 58-room hotel are $65 a night, junior suites $75, and two-room suites $125.

Although a century old, the hotel has modern amenities, twice-daily maid service, and even homemade cookies. Call 800-869-8966 or visit

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