Addison gets head start
in celebrating Oktoberfest
The name is Oktoberfest, and nearly every place celebrates it in October. An exception is the Dallas suburb of Addison, whose Oktoberfest falls Sept. 19-22. Why is that? Addisonions say it’s because Sept. 21 is the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. That fest lasts until Oct. 6; Addison’s is just four fun-packed days.
Look for polka music (including Brave Combo), Paulaner beer, folk dancing, sing-alongs, dachshund races, a yodeling contest, beer barrel rolling and more at the Addison Oktoberfest, one of the nation’s biggest such celebrations. Kids will enjoy a carnival, runners can do a 5K and, of course, the beer, sausage and sauerkraut will be ubiquitous.
Tickets are free on Thursday, $5 to $10 on other days depending on the time. There are packages involving meals and tastings, too. Find out more at addisontexas.net.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Unforgettable moments in Italy
by Sara Stevenson of Austin
I spent seven weeks traveling and studying Italian in Italy, the last five weeks in Perugia, Umbria. While I have long had a crush on this country, the more I visit, the more it is the little things, the cultural details, I treasure.
On my street in Perugia, Via Ulisse Rocchi (once a Roman road leading to the Etruscan arch and the Appian Way), I could hear an opera singer practicing from an open window above me. Accompanied by a piano, she would practice singing scales and arias. Each morning, I was awakened by church bells just out of sync enough to create a kind of cacophonous harmony.
In Venice, my daughter and I had just finished a delicious meal at La Zucca (the pumpkin) in the Santa Croce sestiere. As we came upon a large piazza, Campo San Giacomo dell’ Orio, we heard music from a large speaker. As the light was fading, suddenly a dozen couples began to ballroom dance in the middle of the campo. At the margins, young children flew paper airplanes and chased each other on scooters. It was a magical, spontaneous moment of community in a city so often overrun by tourists.
Wish You Were Here runs the first Sunday of every month. Readers are invited to e-mail 200 words about their trip, along with a high-resolution image, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New rooms for
San Diego boutique
San Diego’s Little Italy is a delightful enclave where you can breathe in garlic as you enjoy the city’s eternally mild climate. Our favorite hotel there is La Pensione, and it just finished a $4 million renovation of its 68 rooms, featuring a white-and-silver color scheme, vintage photography, top-notch bedding and chic bathrooms.
I was worried that the redo might mean we’d lose the highly affordable rates we’ve enjoyed there in the past, but that’s not the case. Rates start at $110. Check it out at lapensionehotel.com.
It’s almost time to pack those skis and head off to the mountains. Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Crested Butte, Colo., has some deals, and the earlier you book, the better deal you’re going to get.
You’ll get 25 percent off your booking if you reserve a room by Sept. 15 and 20 percent off if you book by Oct. 15. You’ll also get an airline credit of up to $400 per ticket if you’re booked for a Jan. 1-March 30 stay by Oct. 15, assuming you fly into Crested Butte’s regional airport on a Monday or Tuesday. The rebate’s lower on other days of the week.
Book your room reservations at 800-600-2803. For more about the resort and deals, visit skicb.com.
Slow down when
you see workers
Here’s a reminder that a new law takes effect today: When you see a road worker — or even a work vehicle with flashing blue or amber lights — you now must either move over to the next lane or slow down considerably, just as you do for police, fire or emergency vehicles. Violators can be fined up to $2,000.
It’s a matter of safety for the workers, and it makes sense. Just make sure there’s nothing in that lane you’re moving over into and that the tailgater behind you is aware you’re slowing down (i.e., do it gradually).
Take your squeeze
to accordion fest
You’ve got to love accordion music. No, really, you have no choice. Regardless of its genre (Zydeco, polka, etc.), it compels you to dance — or at least bounce.
Get a big dose of it Sept. 14-15 at the International Accordion Festival at San Antonio. It’s at the historic La Villita downtown shopping area. You’ll hear accordion music from a host of nations, and if you’ve got your accordion on you, check out the open mic time at noon on Sunday. There’s a map (as well as a band lineup and more) at internationalaccordionfestival.org. The whole thing’s outdoors and free.