Some resorts are using free nights as the lure. In North Carolina, Pinehurst is offering golfers who pay for two nights (beginning at $972 per couple, including breakfast and three rounds each) a third night and extra day's golf.
That's not all. The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colo., is promoting four nights and four rounds of golf (starting at a discounted $999 per person with breakfast, from July 1-Sept. 27). At Pebble Beach, Calif., guests staying two nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay before July 31 (beginning at $920 per couple) receive two free rounds at the Spanish Bay course. Playing the legendary Pebble Beach course, however, will still cost $380 per round. Hey, there are limits to everything. You needn't be a design aficionado to enjoy the works of 80 designers on exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's Inside Design Show in New York through Jan. 25, 2004 (ndm.si.edu). Check out the plastic coffee table that looks like a Chinese takeout box; a comfortable, foam chaise that folds into an egg shape; and a model for a floating electric power plant that's also a water park. It looks like a conventional backpack, with plenty of room for all your travel gear. But Deuter's Kangaroo has an extra zippered compartment that also carries a child. The padded seat and adjustable safety harness work for most kids 9 months to 3 years old. It's $120 at outdoor retailers (303 652-3102).