The itinerary: Kick off college football season with a visit to Atlanta

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For college football fans

To celebrate the upcoming opening of the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center has added a College Football Hall of Fame package to its playbook. The hall of fame is set to open Aug. 23 in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s sports and entertainment district. The package, from $287 per night, includes passes to the hall of fame, deluxe accommodations, Wi-Fi and a daily breakfast buffet. Guests who book the package will also receive a complimentary tailgate cooler filled with snacks and sandwiches. To book: 404-659-0000; For more information about the hall of fame:

Berry picking in Maine

The deal: The Lodge on the Cove in Kennebunkport, Maine, is offering the PYOB (Pick Your Own Berries) package.

Cost: Rates start from $382 for two adults and $415 for two adults and two children (ages 1 to 15).

What’s included: Lodging for two nights, breakfast daily, a packed lunch, a pail for collecting fresh berries, a map of pick-your-own farms, and complimentary post-picking cleaning and packing of the berries.

When: Now through Oct. 19; blackout dates apply. (Note: Blueberry season in Maine lasts until mid-August; guests will be directed to seasonal berry farms during the other months.)

Information: or 800-879-5778.

— Elyse Toribio, The (Hackensack, N.J.) Record via MCT


Solo 15.6-inch Urban Hybrid briefcase

What it is: A roomy polyester briefcase that converts to a less-than-2-pound backpack or shoulder bag.

The good: This is the perfect “personal bag,” as the airlines call them. That means it’s not a checked bag or even a carry-on. It’s incredibly versatile. For a long weekend, this is all I would need, and I wouldn’t have to compete for an overhead bin. The briefcase handle has magnetized snaps, a refreshing change from Velcro. The charcoal color hides a world of dirt.

The bad: Plastic can wear like iron, but the buckles and connectors are made of plastic, which gave me cause to pause.

Cost: $49.99

Available from:, and

— Ross Werland, Chicago Tribune

Fun fact

Go north, young man

Alaska has set a record for the number of tourists visiting the nation’s northernmost state. The state Division of Economic Development in a release says Alaska had 1.96 million visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014. That beats the previous mark set during the 2007-08 year by 5,000 visitors. Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell attributes the growth to increased cruise ship calls and new national and international air service routes.

— The Associated Press

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