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Step Back In Time At Port Townsend’s Victorian Festival

Step back in time for just a few days and head for Port Townsend, Wash., in March.

The Puget Sound town that touts bunches of Victorian-era mansions is holding a Victorian Festival March 21-25.

The event includes workshops on restoration and preservation of historic buildings as well as wine tastings, high tea, inn tours, Victorian plays and lectures, antique shows and band concerts.

For information, call toll-free (888) 365-6978.

Hit the road

It’s not too early to start training for a Southwest Utah inn-to-inn bicycle tour.

The ride is for women only and is May 24-31. Included on the route are Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Cost is $870 and the trip begins and ends in Cedar City, Utah.

For information: (800) 247-1444 or contact Womantours, PO Box 931, Driggs, ID 83422.

Be informed

OK, let’s say you’re off to New Brunswick this week and you just don’t know what clothes to pack. Should you include the raincoat or not?

Now you can just get online, go to The Weather Channel web site and look at the Business Travelers’ Forecast.

It’s not just for people traveling for business, of course. The Web site includes weather maps, flight arrival times and average airport delays; interactive city maps will be available soon. To get there:

Mark your calendars

The third annual Icicle Creek Music Festival will be Aug. 2-30 with concerts held at the Sleeping Lady Chapel Theater near Leavenworth, Wash.

Sleeping Lady is a mountain resort and conference center in the Cascades, with accommodations for 180 overnight guests and dining facilities.

This year bluegrass and jazz have been added to the chamber music format of the festival. Tickets for the festival concerts are $14 and meal and lodging packages are available; call (800) 574-2123 for information.

Tops again

Kudos to Sun Mountain Lodge which just won the 1997 Mobile Travel Guide’s Four Star Award.

The mountaintop resort is in the North Cascades and has 115 guestrooms, most with fireplaces. Winters, guests ski the 175 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails; summers there’s horseback riding and mountain biking opportunities.

For information: (800) 572-0493.

Yet another in a series

The new books in the Smithsonian Guides to Natural America series are hitting the market at a furious pace. The latest in the series, The Northern Plains ($19.95, Random House), covers Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

One of the nice aspects to this guidebook series is its shelf life. Since it focuses on the parks, nature sanctuaries and scenic wonders, the material changes little from year to year.

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