The itinerary: A discount at Omni La Costa in Southern California

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Splash and save in California

Is your family California-bound this summer? Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, lauded as one of the nation’s top wellness resorts by Travel + Leisure, has lots of options, including a Splash & Stay package that gives kids VIP access to the resort’s water park and Mom and Dad a savings of 30 percent off rates. The package includes deluxe connecting guestroom accommodations, family breakfast, an alfresco dining experience for two adults and Kidtopia Kids Club entry for two kids (including lunch or dinner). With the package, rates start at $321 per night. The resort, which is business as usual despite wildfires in the area, is about 35 miles north of San Diego. To make reservations, call 800-854-5000 or visit

Trail features

baseball sites

A southern Indiana baseball stadium that was used in the 1992 movie A League of Their Own will be the official launch site for the Heartland Historic Baseball Trail, highlighting baseball landmarks along the Interstate 64 corridor. A celebration Friday will be at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind., for the start of the Dubois County Bombers home opener. Other stops along the trail will include the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper, the Gil Hodges Mural in Petersburg, Gil Hodges Field in Princeton, Bosse Field in Evansville, and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Ky. Find more information about the trail at the museum’s website,

Busy skies predicted

this summer

More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines’ trade and lobby group has predicted. About 210 million passengers — or 2.28 million a day — are expected to fly on U.S. carriers between June 1 and Aug. 31. That’s up 1.5 percent from last summer and the highest level in six years, according to Airlines for America. The forecast includes 29.9 million travelers — or 325,000 a day — flying U.S. airlines to international destinations, an all-time high. Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan are the top five nonstop international destinations, based on published schedules. Airlines for America does not forecast summer airfares. The average cost of a ticket last year was $381, up 0.1 percent from 2012.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

A new ride for ‘Potter’ fans

Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, the centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Florida’s Universal Orlando Resort, will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help retrieve a magical object, re-creating a scene from the book and movie series. Among the features of the new ride: a 60-foot dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank, a labyrinth of Gringotts vaults and a marble hall with goblins. It will have 360-degree themed sets, digital high-definition animation, 3-D projection systems and live special effects. The new themed area, which will be at Universal Studios park and accessed by the Hogwarts Express train, opens this summer.

— The Associated Press

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