The travel itinerary: a gal-pals getaway to California

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Beach bound to California

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on the Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County, Calif., has a package for women who like to shop, surf and hit the spa — not necessarily in that order. The package, which starts at $558 per night, includes two nights’ accommodations for two adults, a semi-private surf lesson for two, two 60-minute signature massages at Pacific Waters Spa, and two four-hour bike rentals and a guide to retailers on nearby Main Street. The Surf, Spa and Shop Girlfriends Getaway is available through Labor Day. 714-698-1234; www.huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com.

Historic gem in St. Louis

The Mayfair Hotel, a St. Louis landmark that, back in its heyday, welcomed celebrities like Douglas Fairbanks and Cary Grant, as well as Presidents Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson, will reopen its doors in August as the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis following a six-month, multimillion-dollar renovation. The boutique hotel is offering a 30 percent discount on its summer room rates and is located in the heart of St. Louis, within walking distance of the America’s Center, Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals) and the Gateway Arch. Guests will receive a complimentary breakfast buffet and an evening beer and wine reception in addition to milk and cookies at bedtime. The grand-opening rate begins at $199 per night and is valid through Sept. 15. Some restrictions apply. 888-915-1110; www.magnoliahotels.com.

Big birthday for Yosemite

Yosemite National Park marks 150 years this summer since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors. The celebration includes the groundbreaking of a yearlong project to restore the Mariposa Grove, which consists of 500 mature giant sequoia trees — among the oldest living organisms in the world. A parking lot that threatens the trees’ roots will be moved to another area and replaced with footpaths, among other park changes. “The project will restore much of the Mariposa Grove to its natural state,” said conservancy president Mike Tollefson, “so that visitors will be able to experience one of the world’s most inspiring natural cathedrals in a more serene setting.” www.nps.gov/yose.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Slugger museum extends hours

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in downtown Louisville, Ky., is running a Six After Six summer promotion that will allow guests to visit the museum for $6 on any tour that begins after 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The promotion runs through Aug. 10, and the discounted admission includes an exhibit on Warner Bros. cartoons that entails more than 70 original drawings, paintings and related objects. Kids age 5 and under are admitted free. www.sluggermuseum.com.

— The Associated Press

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