The itinerary: Get a deal on a St. Thomas stay

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A deal on a beach retreat

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a 40 percent end-of-summer discount on the regular rate of an ocean-view room for stays during August or September. The discounted August room rate is $234.64 and the September room rate is $218.49, including tax and service charge. However, stays must be booked by June 30, and the anniversary rate cannot be combined with other offers. The resort offers free non-motorized watersports for guests and affordable recreational rentals for day guests seeking windsurfers, Hobie Cats, stand-up paddle boards and snorkeling gear. American citizens do not need a passport to visit St. Thomas. For reservations, call 800-524-4746. For more details, visit www.bolongobay.com.

Gear: For camping familes

6-in-1 Grill Daddy camping and tailgating grill set

The good: A camper or traveler, with a little practice, can quickly and easily assemble the tools — a spatula, a fork, a spoon and tongs — for whatever grilling task is called for. Though the disassembled kit is compact, the elements themselves are not miniaturized. The spatula face, for example, is a hefty 4-by-5 1/4 inches, and with the provided extensions the tools are full size. The heat shield also is a valuable asset. The stainless-steel utensils are dishwasher safe.

The bad: The inner lining of the nylon case is a bit thin; ours tore slightly after several uses. But that is minor.

Cost: $39.99

Available from: buygrilldaddy.com and retailers such as Home Depot, Brookstone and Sears.

— William Hageman, Chicago Tribune

Atlantic City is a good thing

TV show host, entrepreneur and author Martha Stewart will participate in cooking demonstrations and book signings at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival on July 25-27. The New Jersey native and member of the state’s Hall of Fame will be at the festival’s Breakfast by the Sea, Grand Market and Dinner by the Sea events. Stewart also will participate in the Burger Beach Bash, a new addition to the festival, where she will make the “Martha burger.” Further information, including ticket details, can be found at www.acfoodandwine.com.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Top 10 beach drinks

To honor the season of sweating glasses and frilly umbrellas, here are the top 10 beach drinks, from National Geographic:

1. Piña colada, Puerto Rico

2. Caipirinha, Brazil

3. Mai-tai, Polynesia

4. Red Stripe beer, Jamaica

5. Daiquiri, Cuba

6. Margarita, Mexico

7. Limoncello, southern Italy

8. Cape Codder, Massachusetts

9. Rosé wine, Côte d'Azur, France

10. Gin and tonic, India

For short, entertaining histories of the drinks, go to http://on.natgeo.com/1tOeilh.

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