Passport 4-29-2005

News, Deals and More

All the Bases Covered

Now that spring is here, thoughts turn to the boys of summer as “play ball” is heard in stadiums everywhere. Omni California Hotels’ Freeway Series Package shows off the best of Golden State baseball, with a package that includes accommodations at Omni hotels in either San Diego, Los Angeles or San Francisco; two tickets to the game; peanuts and Cracker Jack; and complimentary overnight parking. The package builds on the success of last year’s opening of a new ballpark in San Diego, attached via a skybridge to the Omni Hotel. Some rooms in the hotel even have a view of the field.

The hottest ticket this season, however, is in Washington, D.C., where pro baseball has returned for the first time in 34 years. The Take Me Out to the Ball Game Package by the Fairmont Washington, D.C., includes accommodations, metro tickets to RFK Stadium, a Nationals baseball cap and more. Guests will have to arrange for their own tickets, however.,

eXcellent Adventure

F or many clients, vacation is a time to relax by the pool with a good book, maybe take an afternoon nap or a dip in the ocean. For others, however, it’s a chance to take on a monster wave or gnarly skate ramp. For the latter group, there is now a new hotel, with everything your clients might need to get their adrenaline pumping.

Called eXtreme Cabarete, the 20-room hotel is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Kite Beach, recognized as one of the best spots in the world for kiteboarding. The resort also features a one-of-a-kind professional skate ramp and is close to world-class surfing, scuba diving, motocross, river rafting and mountain biking.

COMPASS POINTS: New and Noteworthy

Surf’s up at the GEORGIAN HOTEL in Santa Monica, Calif., this summer with its Beach Break, learn-to-surf package for kids ... Seattle’s ALEXIS HOTEL encourages guests to kick back with its Art of Doing Nothing package that includes in-room movies, popcorn, a pint of ice cream and more ... For women desperate to get away from it all, the PAN PACIFIC WHISTLER is offering the Desperate Housewives ultimate girls’ getaway weekend ... Through June 24, several hotels around PALM SPRINGS will team up to offer a Rat Pack Getaway package ... Timed to the release of the newest “Star Wars” film on May 19, DISNEY-MGM STUDIOS theme park will host Star Wars Weekends. ... A new tour from ADVENTUROUS WENCH, called Actress for a Day, lets clients live the life of a struggling actress in New York City, as part of its Showbiz Getaway package. The package includes lunch at Sardi’s, Broadway shows, a walking tour, shopping and more ... MIRAMONTE RESORT AND SPA, in Indian Wells, Calif., invites women to customize their own girls’ getaway package with its Divas in the Desert package ... The luxury hotel outfit OBEROI GROUP is reintroducing charter flight service to its historic Wildflower Hall property in the Himalayas ... New to the Web site of the NEW YORK CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR FILM, THEATER AND BROADCAST is Sets in the City, a section detailing where scenes from films were shot throughout the city.