Cedar Point wins best amusement park for 10th year

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, has been named best amusement park in the annual Golden Ticket Awards competition.

Cedar Point also won the award for best new ride of 2007 for its Maverick coaster.

The awards, based on surveys from hundreds of amusement park fans, have been presented each September for 10 years by Amusement Today, a trade newspaper based in Texas. Cedar Point has won the best park award every year since the awards began.

Maker's Mark opens new visitor center

LORETTO, Ky. - The bourbon company Maker's Mark is opening a new $2.5 million visitor center.

The Loretto distillery now gets 70,000 visitors each year for its free tours and it hopes to triple that number with the new center, according to The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

The Maker's Mark distillery is a National Historic Landmark, and the company was careful to protect the appearance when it expanded the tourism facilities. The new tasting lounge and gift shop, for example, are tucked inside a century-old rack house that holds about 1,000 barrels of aging bourbon.

Earthquake damages Peru landmarks

LIMA, Peru - Historic churches and colonial-era haciendas along Peru's southern coast suffered serious damage in last month's deadly earthquake.

The quake badly damaged at least 173 churches, monuments and historic buildings, with about one-third completely destroyed, said the director of the state-run National Culture Institute, Cecilia Bakula.

The 329-year-old colonial Hacienda San Jose, outside the city of Chincha, suffered partially collapsed walls but was largely intact, saved by its wooden roof. The hacienda was declared a national monument in the late 1960s.

In the port city of Pisco - hit hardest by the Aug. 15 quake that killed more than 500 people - the five-story Embassy Hotel accordioned onto its ground floor, killing 15. Other hotels survived intact.

Circle Line to run Statue of Liberty ferry a little longer

NEW YORK - The ferries that take sightseers to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are keeping their familiar Circle Line logo a little longer.

The handover of the boats to new operator Statue Cruises LLC has been postponed from Oct. 2 to Jan. 1, the National Park Service announced.

North Carolina exhibit shows state history

RALEIGH, N.C. - Hundreds of paintings, pieces of furniture and other artistic creations that span nearly 400 years of state history will become part of a permanent gallery at the North Carolina Museum of History when the exhibit opens Saturday.

'Pleasing to the Eye: The Decorative Arts of North Carolina' contains items ranging in age from a childhood portrait painted in 1639 to a cup and saucer created in 1994 by a potter.