Pensacola offers lodging deals through February

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Budget-minded travelers can take advantage of lodging deals during the off-season as part of Pensacola's "Secret Season" promotion, running through February.

More than 20 hotels, resorts and bed-and-breakfast inns in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key are offering price breaks on rental fees throughout the promotion.

Visitors during November can check out one of several festivals and special events taking place during the month. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival will run from Nov. 2-4, the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival will run from Nov. 8-18 and the Greek Festival takes place from Nov. 9-11.

Pensacola is home to 52 miles of Gulf Coast beaches as well as several state and natural parks. For more information, visit or call 800-874-1234.

Young Harris to offer hayride, hike

YOUNG HARRIS - Looking for a way to enjoy the Halloween season? The annual Haunted Hayride and Hike will end its run for the season at 7:30 Halloween night at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris.

Participants will travel on foot and in a funeral wagon through dark woods where various "nighttime inhabitants of the North Georgia Mountains" await intruders.

The cost is $8 per person, and the hike is inappropriate for young children. Hiking shoes and weather-appropriate attire are a must. Hayrides last about 20 minutes and leave every half hour.

The spooky event is located at Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 U.S. Highway 76 in Young Harris. For more information, contact Leslie Falzone at 404-881-2318 or

Amtrak opens mobile hot spots at stations

WASHINGTON - Amtrak will install Wi-Fi hot spots at five Northeast corridor stations, giving all passengers access to wireless Internet service for the first time.

The service, provided by T-Mobile, will be available at Washington Union Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Wilmington, Del., Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station and New York Penn Station.

Spokeswoman Tracy Connell said some locations of the Club Acela first-class lounge had wireless, but this is the first time it has been made available throughout the stations.

San Francisco grabs No. 1 spot among best cities

NEW YORK - San Francisco once again took the No. 1 spot among best U.S. cities in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's annual Readers' Choice Awards.

The city by the bay has topped the category for 17 of the past 18 years. (Santa Fe grabbed the slot in 1992.) New York and Charleston, S.C., took the second and third spots in the list of top U.S. cities.

The magazine compiles the results from a survey of 28,000 subscribers.

Singapore Airlines was also back as No. 1 among international route airlines, a position it has held for 19 of the past 20 years.

- From staff, wire reports