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Globe trotting: California dreamin’

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

The official San Diego Convention & Visitor Web site www.sandiego.org offers money-saving hotel deals (20 percent off the rack rate, although you might do better using a hotel discounter such as www.quikbook.com or Hotel Reservations Network at www.180096hotel.com or calling the hotel directly and asking about special deals). The site also lists 50 fun and free things to do.

ESPN ZONE COMES TO VEGAS

This sports-themed eatery and entertainment complex is scheduled to open in Nevada's entertainment capital July 20 at the New York-New York hotel-casino on the Strip. It will feature multi-screen viewing of sports events on giant screens. It also will have a game arcade.

WOLFGANG PUCK IN VEGAS

We suppose you could call him a headliner of sorts. The legendary chef — who first made his mark in Beverly Hills and then dipped his spatula into other cities, including Las Vegas (Trattoria Del Lupo at Mandalay Bay and SPAGO Las Vegas inside the Forum Shops at Caesar's) — is partnering in yet another Las Vegas venture. CILI, at the Bali Hai Golf Club on the Strip, will feature a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde assortment of contemporary Western cuisine and a menu incorporating Thai and Chinese influences. Reservations are suggested but not required. 1-702-856-1000.

ROMANTIC INNS

American Historic Inns Inc., a publisher of bed and breakfast guides, has announced its annual list of "Top 10 Most Romantic Inns." Descriptions and photos are on the Web at www.iLoveInns.com.

Melhana Plantation, Thomasville, Ga., 1-888-920-3030

The Honor Mansion, Healdsburg, Calif., 1-800-554-4667

Victorian Treasure Inn, Lodi, Wis., 1-800-859-5199

The King's Cottage, Lancaster, Pa., 1-800-747-8717

Captain's House Inn, Chatham, Mass., 1-800-315-0728

Blue Lake Ranch, Durango, Colo., 1-970-385-4537

Francis Malbone House, Newport, R.I., 1-800-846-0392

Hacienda del Sol, Tucson, Ariz., 1-800-728-6514

Governor's House Inn, Charleston, S.C., 1-800-720-9812

Agate Cove Inn, Mendocino, Calif., 1-800-527-3111


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