October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids. As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives. The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website: “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.” Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they
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Last year, we announced the roll-out of Boingo Wi-Fi at Krispy Kreme stores throughout Southern California, and it was delightful to see our community get a sugar Wi-Fi high just hearing the news. But some of you were a bit bummed that our Krispy Kreme coverage wasn’t more widespread. So we promised we’d keep trying…and guess what? Boingo now operates the Wi-Fi at additional Krispy Kreme stores in Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wisconsin, thanks to a partnership with Krispy Kreme franchisee Westward Dough! Saweet! Read the press release here. Thanks to all you squeaky wheels out there! It’s great to get guidance from the customer community, and we hope you keep the feedback coming! Meanwhile, stay tuned for an upcoming Krispy Kreme contest with doughnuts and other prizes galore.
Cirque de Soleil is coming to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles! If you don’t live in any of those cities, consider a travel package through Amtrak. The New York package starts at $539 and includes: round trip train travel, two nights at the Belvedere Hotel, and orchestra seating for the Zarkana show. The Chicago package starts at $385 and includes: roundtrip train travel, two nights at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, level 1 seating for the OVO show. The Los Angeles package starts at $535 and includes: round trip train travel, two nights at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel, and orchestra seating for the Iris show. Use promo code AV-CDS and book by June 24, 2011 to receive the discounted rate. (Via Amtrak Vacations) Planning a getaway for the American Independence holiday? Frommer’s features a top ten list of July 4th travel specials. Our favorite is the “July Fourth Star Spangled Beach Party” package through the Mountain Creek Inn in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Rates start at $159 per night, with the following inclusions: choice of inn, secluded cottage or luxury villas for accommodations; Beach Olympics and circus performance; miniature golf and BBQ; breakfast on July 4th; fireworks; and admission to the garden center. Offer valid for stays between July 2nd through July 4th. (Via Frommer’s)
Watching a movie on a big screen al fresco ranks among our most memorable travel experiences. We’ve watched films under the night sky and stars in Munich, Paris and Denver — each experience was unique in its setting and cultural flavor. All three were festive outings that included friends, picnics and wine. Unfortunately, there aren’t an abundance of outdoor cinemas around the world (maybe this will change over the years), but below is a list of ten that are just beginning to launch their summer screenings (note that locations in Australia, which offers several outdoor cinemas, are not included as their summer season is over). Have you watched a movie at any of the open-air cinemas below or elsewhere? 1. Athens, Greece – Zefyros Outdoor Cinema The scene: Screenings are located in a courtyard behind a bright pink building View of lovely garden Chairs available Movies: classics (mainly American) in original language with Greek subtitles Ticket price: €8/person Food and drink: bring a picnic or purchase snacks from concessions Showtimes: two showings, one at 9 PM and another at 11 PM Opening months: June through September Click here for more info 2. Barcelona, Spain – Montjuic Castle The scene: Open
Take a single-destination trip. Instead of a driving trip incorporating several stops, head for one destination. Cities where attractions are accessible by foot or public transportation can help cut costs. Examples: In Grand Junction, Colorado’s major western slope vacation destination, for instance, a $1 shuttle runs from major hotel areas to downtown attractions. In Telluride, Colo., visitors have no need for a car at all once they arrive, thanks to the town’s free shuttle bus system and the world’s only energy efficient free gondola. Consider going all-inclusive. Staying at one resort that offers a multitude of services, amenities, and activities can mean significant savings. For families with children (or adults!) who like to try their hand at many activities – and then get tired or bored – it can be especially helpful. Dude ranches are increasingly popular all-inclusive options for singles, couples, and families, and can range from rustic adventures on working ranches to world-class resorts. Example: Dude & Guest Ranches of Grand County, Colo. Bypass the rental car. If you won’t absolutely need a car when you arrive at your destination, use public transportation to get there when possible. Airport shuttles, buses, and trains offer good alternatives. If you’re