- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

NEW BUSINESS

In an effort to stay relevant in the lucrative international business class market, American Airlines has introduced its new business class section. The redesigned cabin features lie-flat seats, a portable on-demand personal entertainment device, interlocking tray tables that provide more work or dining space, ergonomically designed overhead bins and new lighting.

American Airlines is outfitting its fleet of long-haul Boeing 767-300s and will roll out the new cabin on its fleet of Boeing 777s beginning next year. See www.aa.com.

NANTUCKET SUMMER

Three of Nantucket Island (Mass.) Resorts’ properties — Jared Coffin House, the Cottages at Boat Basin and Harbor House Village — have reduced rates for select dates in July and August.

Rates start at $155 per night at the Jared Coffin House, $195 per night at Harbor House Village and $320 a night at the Cottages at Boat Basin. Go to www.nantucketislandresorts.com and click on the individual property.

OFF-PEAK LONDON

Summer remains the peak travel season in London, but fall can be one of the best times to cross the Atlantic Ocean for a visit. For the most part, the temperatures are milder and the attractions are less crowded.

United Vacations is offering a special Fall for London package that includes round-trip airfare, four nights’ accommodations and daily breakfast.

United also is offering a free walking tour if you book a full-day sightseeing tour. Packages start at $769 from Washington Dulles International Airport. The package is available Sept. 4 through Oct. 20. Go to www.unitedvacations.com or call 888/328-6877.

OFF TO AUSTRIA

Celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in Austria with Austrian Airlines’ Mozart Memories package, which includes round-trip airfare from Dulles airport to Salzburg with a stopover in Vienna, three nights in Vienna and Salzburg, dinner and a concert in Vienna at Schonbrunn Palace and daily buffet breakfast. Rates start at $1,469 through Sept. 3 and $1,259 from Sept. 4 through Oct. 31., based on double occupancy. Go to www.austrianair-vacations.com.

ARTS RENAISSANCE

In the past two years, Minneapolis has undergone an extensive arts and cultural renaissance and secured its place as an American cultural destination. Six core building projects were designed by leading architects, including Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel.

Mr. Nouvel’s work, the three-theater Guthrie complex on the banks of the Mississippi River, is set to inaugurate its stages with world-premiere productions from Simon Levy and Jeffrey Hatcher and a Tom Stoppard classic.

Patrons may view all three productions from Aug. 19 through Sept. 10 and can visit the Guthrie without a ticket to a production and dine at the restaurant or take in views from the outdoor terrace.

See www.guthrietheater.org for more information.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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