Updated: November 22, 2012 6:14AM
Conde Nast calls Charleston, S.C., best tourist town
Last year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers Choice Awards voted Charleston, S.C., the top tourist town in the United States. This year, they went one better. The magazine announced its readers have now voted Charleston the top tourist destination in the world. The designation is based on a poll of about 47,000 readers of the magazine who judge cities on a five-point scale. They voted Cape Town, South Africa, and Florence, Italy, as the No. 2 and No. 3 choices. Charleston was also voted the top tourism destination in the United States. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore were voted best resort in Las Vegas by the same poll. And the Waldorf Astoria Chicago was again voted the best hotel in the country. The hotel awards are based on readers’ ratings of the quality of rooms, service, food/dining, location, and overall design.
Enjoy fall at Lake Geneva
There’s plenty of family fun in store in nearby Lake Geneva in the coming weeks. Travel back in time and see how area residents would have lived from the 1880s through 1920s at the Geneva Lake Museum. Enjoy trick-or-treating and a costume parade on Oct. 28 along a paved brick “Main Street.” Museum exhibits include furnished homes, a blacksmith, post office, general store and more. Call (262) 248-6060 or visit www.genevalakemuseum.org. Get a glimpse of outer space with the largest refracting telescope in the world at the Yerkes Observatory (run by the University of Chicago and once visited by Albert Einstein), which offers free 45-minute public tours every Saturday throughout the year at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. Monetary donations are appreciated. Call (262) 245-5555 or visit astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/. Celebrate Halloween by smashing a pumpkin while zip lining Oct. 26-Nov. 4 during the “Smashing Pumpkins” event. Visitors are invited to bring their own pumpkin (must weigh less than 5 pounds), purchase one on-site (or get a free one on Oct. 31), and drop it on a target while zip lining through the trees. Those who hit the bull’s eye will win a prize. All profits from pumpkin sales go to the Walworth County Family Resource Center and all pumpkin carnage will help feed the animals. For fees and information call Lake Geneva Canopy Tours at (262) 248-9271 or visit www.lakegenevacanopytours.com.
Disney discounts for 2012
With great rates at Disney resort hotels through late 2012, it’s easy (and more affordable) to make magical holiday memories with your whole family. Save up to 30 percent at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights Nov. 1-16 and Nov. 24-Dec. 22. Visit www.Disneyworld.com, call (407) 939-1288 or visit http://bit.ly/ORFVYv and mention the booking code G97. Must book by Oct. 31.