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The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

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Updated: January 17, 2013 12:05PM

Sea Island celebrates 85 years

Sea Island, one of Southern Georgia’s most iconic vacation destinations (Forbes Five-Star resort), is celebrating 85 years with an exclusive deal Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. Guests who purchase two nights get 85 percent off their third night at The Cloister (minimum 3-night stay; $35 daily resort fee and taxes are additional). Perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation. For reservations, call (855) 572-4975 or visit

Birthdays take the cake at Arizona Biltmore

Celebrate your birthday at the Arizona Biltmore and a complimentary cupcake and balloons will be delivered to your room. You’ll also receive a gift of a free room for one night. You must stay a minimum of two nights during your birthday month. The resort features eight pools, two 18-hole PGA courses, seven tennis courts, guided mountain bike excursions, life-size lawn chess, fitness center and a 22,000-square-foot spa among other amenities. Rates start at $279 in high season (Jan. 1-May 18, 2013) and $119 in summer (May 19-Sept. 12, 2013). Proof of birthday month required upon check-in. Book the “Birthday Package” online at, or by calling (800) 950-0086. Use group/convention code BDAY when booking.

Donny and Marie extend Vegas gig

Producers of Donny and Marie Osmond’s Las Vegas Strip show say the brother-sister duo is extending a contract with the Flamingo resort. Officials with the casino say tickets are on sale for performances running from February through June. Marie Osmond said in a statement that she’s thrilled to have the residency extended. She said she and her brother signed a six-week contract in 2008 but never expected it to become a multi-year run. The duo’s 90-minute live show features music from their five decades of entertaining. Tickets range from $95 to $260. Visit

Wi-Fi free at MGM Vegas resorts

MGM Resorts is unveiling Wi-Fi networks that will allow visitors at its Las Vegas casinos free wireless Internet access in public areas. The system is already in effect at the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. It’s expected to be installed this year in the Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur. Company officials say basic Internet access is available to anyone who comes into public areas such as the lobby, pool area, casino and restaurants, and doesn’t require a password. Hotel guests get an upgraded service, and convention attendees can upgrade to top speeds. MGM representatives say the system will turn entire properties into a hot spot and support tens of thousands of guests with multiple Internet-enabled devices.

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