Going to great heights
on Catalina Island
Explore California’s Catalina Island with the help of a helicopter pilot with a heli-biking or heli-hiking package that includes accommodations at the Pavilion Hotel in Avalon. Island Express helicopters will drop off guests at one of two locations with intermediate trails for a choice of hiking or biking around the West End village, down the coast or up to Ballast Point. The package, starting at $699 per person for hiking and $734 per person for biking, includes complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, an afternoon wine and cheese pairing, and dinner for two at the Avalon Grille. Santa Catalina Island Company, 877-778-8322 or www.visitcatalinaisland.com.
— Sandy Guerra-Cline
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Festival celebrates movie
If The Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is one of your favorite movies, then the annual Labor Day weekend fest celebrating it in Mansfield, Ohio, is the place to be Aug. 29-31. This year is the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release; find a list of activities, central Ohio film sites, travel packages and souvenir sites at www.shawshank20.com. The Shawshank Anniverary Package, $128.66 or $139.96, at the Mansfield Quality Inn & Suites, includes two tickets to the Ohio State Reformatory, where the movie was filmed; a commemorative T-shirt; and two locally bottled Prison Break sodas. For the hotel package, call 800-918-9189. For Shawshank Weekend information: 800-642-8282; www.mansfieldtourism.com.
An art hunt in NYC
“Art Everywhere US” is billed as the world’s largest outdoor art show. Images of American artworks will appear on billboards, bus stops, digital display boards and subway platforms in New York City. The project kicks off Monday in New York’s Times Square and runs through Aug. 31. The 58 works, selected after a public online vote, include pieces by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt. The participating museums are the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.
— The Associated Press
Mapping out lunch and dinner
The Appalachian Regional Commission has introduced an interactive map of 283 food destinations in West Virginia and 12 other states. You can search for locations from New York to Mississippi by keyword, state and type of destination (for example, farm-to-fork restaurants or craft breweries and spirits). The list includes restaurants, farmers markets, farms and even festivals and fairs. Twenty-one of them are in West Virginia. http://visitappalachia.com.
— The Associated Press