Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

States Set Up Hotline for Forest Fire Info

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

States Set Up Hotline for Forest Fire Info

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TO ASSIST VACATIONERS in the Northwest, where fires continue to burn, five states - Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming - have jointly set up a toll-free Northwest Travel Conditions information line that is updated as needed to keep travelers aware of current fire situations.

The number is (800) 704-3246.

Room Service

Just what do hotel guests ask of bellmen and bellwomen? Marriott estimates that their porters tote an estimated 21 million pounds of baggage each day. But even these unusual requests were fulfilled:

A Middle Eastern prince who was denied use of the hotel's kitchen summoned a bellman to find a luxury home for sale so the prince could buy it to use for cooking privileges.

An anxious newlywed who bought her husband a suit on a business trip asked a bellman who looked "just the right size" to model the suit.

A guest asked a bellman to charter a private plane to circle the Atlantic Ocean so her sister's ashes could be sprinkled over the sea. Keep On Rocking

The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, set to open in February, has started accepting room reservations. Call (800) 473-7625. The hotel, adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe, will feature a concert arena, sand beach and lagoon and music-inspired gambling chips. Dive! Dive! Dive!

A new submarine tour of Catalina Island gives passengers an opportunity to see the undersea gardens at Lover's Cove aboard the semi-sub-mersible Starlight. The 40-minute narrated attraction costs $12 for children 2-12; $18 for adults. Phone: (310) 510-2500. Car Heaven

The new $40 million Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, billed as the largest of its kind in the United States, is at the center of the sprawling city that grew up with cars.

On the first floor, about 40 classic and collector's cars are used to recreate historical settings, like a full-size 1929 Richfield gas station, a Depression-era strip mall and the Dog Cafe - a roadside tamale stand in the shape of a giant bulldog. …

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