Have a Travel Query? Just Ask Jeeves

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Byline: Judy Babcock Wylie Daily Herald Correspondent


"Ask Jeeves," at www.askjeeves.com, is an index site that lets you ask your search question in plain English. Unlike other search engines that send out bots or spiders to find Web sites related to your query, this is a wholly owned index of information pulled together by its staff. It does have links to other sites, however.

I decided to test it by asking "Where can I find a cabin in the woods for vacation?" In response, Ask Jeeves responded with questions it thought were close to mine, such as "How can I book my travel online through ..." and it gave 20 online services such as Aaron's Travel Resource, CNN's Getting Ready and Terra Quest. Another question: "Where can I find travel information on ..." and it gave 13 parts of the world. Another query was: "How can I search for a resort online?"

I eventually searched in the North America section that came up from the question "Where can I find travel information on ..." and found Alaska, which led to Alaska's Cabin, Cottage and Lodge Catalog, which lists private cabin rentals as well as 193 U.S. Forest Service cabins. You'll find it at www.midnightsun.com. From this source I found Coffman Cove Cabins in Southeast Alaska, on Prince Wales Island, where you can stay in secluded cabins and fish, hunt or take adventure hikes. Their phone number is (907) 329-2251.

Sheraton's Four Points properties, at www.fourpoints.com, are having a summer sale, starting at $49 per room per night at some properties. Travelers also get a free one-time use Kodak camera and can enter a Dream Vacation photo contest. The special, called Picture Perfect Summer rates, runs from now through Sept. 6 at participating hotels in North America. For this special, a 14-day advance reservation and one night prepaid are required. Kids stay free at all Four Points Hotels. Unlike most midscale hotels, all Four Points Hotels by Sheraton are full-service, offering room service, restaurants and a fitness facility. …