Anniversaries spur special events, rates

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. -- Two seaside towns have reason to celebrate this summer.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and visitors to La Jolla in southern California will find deals offered in honor of the Grande Colonial Hotel's 90th birthday.

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Sunset Theater is holding a Bach Festival now through Aug. 10, and photos and other town memorabilia will be on display at the Marjorie Evans Gallery through December. Located about 120 miles south of San Francisco, the town has long been a refuge for artists and writers. To this day, there are no addresses, parking meters or streetlights.

In La Jolla, guests of the Grande Colonial boutique property will pay $90 on the third night of a prebooked, three-night stay through Dec. 20. (Be sure to mention the hotel's anniversary.)

Visitors to the hotel will be entered into a drawing to win a California Historic Hotels Tour. The prize package includes an eight-day tour of three cities, including air fare for two to each destination; two nights at the Fairmont San Francisco; two nights at the Millenium Biltmore in Los Angeles; three nights at the Grande Colonial; dinner for two (one night); and $1,000 in spending money.

For more information, call (800) 826-1278 or visit www.thegrandecolonial.com.

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