There’s a art to a Houston summer stay
Houston in the summer is all heat and humidity, making that an ideal time to visit its world-class (and air-conditioned) museums. The Hotel ZaZa Houston makes that even easier with an Arts and Smarts package that includes overnight accommodations in the boutique hotel, $50 credit at its Monarch Restaurant, valet parking and two tickets to the “Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House” exhibit at the nearby Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Hit the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 21, and return to the hotel for a cocktail, dinner and a dip in the pool. The package starts at $309 per night. 5701 Main St., Houston. 888-880-3244; www.hotelzaza.com.
— Sandy Guerra-Cline
Graceland Too tours planned in August
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Paul MacLeod’s Holly Springs, Miss., mansion, a one-man shrine to the King, will reopen to the public during Elvis Presley week with a memorial for its owner, who died July 17. Family, friends and museum members will lead tours of Graceland Too on Aug. 12 to raise money for MacLeod’s funeral and estate expenses. The day will end with a midnight candlelight vigil. The museum, its walls covered floor-to-ceiling with a mishmash of photos, records and other random kitsch featuring Elvis, is at 200 E. Gholson Ave.
— The Associated Press
How to leave the scammers at home
Unfortunately, there is never a vacation from scammers. Watch for these ongoing scams:
• A call from the hotel’s front desk telling you there is a problem with your credit card and asking you to read the card number over the phone. Don’t. Go to the front desk instead.
• A pizza delivery flier slipped under your hotel door could be from someone just trying to get your credit card number. You order, they get your information, and you get no pizza.
• While searching for the hotel’s Wi-Fi network you could come across one with the hotel’s name that is really a scammer’s. Make sure you are using the authorized, protected network before connecting.
— Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post
Shark sightings a tourism boon
In Jaws, the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod this summer, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, Jaws has been playing in local theaters, and boat tours are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings, but the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers. Cape Cod Tourism: www.capecodchamber.org.
— The Associated Press