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Sunday, June 20, 2010

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Huntsville, Ala.? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of June 25-27:

GETTING THERE

AirTran flies nonstop from BWI Marshall to Huntsville International Airport with fares starting at $199 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hilton Garden Inn

4801 Governors House Dr.

256-430-1778

http://www.huntsvillespacecenter.hgi.com

Easy access to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Huntsville Botanical Garden. Rooms from $99.

Westin Huntsville

6800 Governors West NW

256-428-2000

http://www.westin.com/huntsville

Set in the Venetian-inspired Bridge Street Town Centre west of the city. Rooms from $149.

WHERE TO EAT

Pane e Vino

300 Church St. SW

256-533-1180

http://www.paneevinopizzeria.com

Pizzeria with a view of Big Spring Park and pies with crackling crusts. Pizzas from $9.

Sam & Greg's

119 North Side Sq.

256-533-9030

http://www.samandgregs.com

Pleasant downtown spot serving coffee, gelato and pizza. Pizzas from $5.25.

Humphrey's Bar & Grill

101 Washington St.

256-704-5555

http://www.washingtonsq.com

Grab a table on a patio reminiscent of New Orleans. Entrees and sandwiches from about $6.

WHAT TO DO

Burritt on the Mountain

3101 Burritt Dr.

256-536-2882

http://www.burrittonthemountain.com

A living history museum with a beautiful mansion and grounds. $7.

Huntsville Museum of Art

300 Church St. SW

256-535-4350

http://www.hsvmuseum.org

"Encounters: Kathy Chan" with an impressive jewelry collection, runs through Sept. 12. $7.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW

256-830-4447

http://www.hsvbg.org

Don't neglect to visit the seasonal butterfly habitat in the nature center. $10.

INFORMATION

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

500 Church St. NW

800-843-0468

http://www.huntsville.org

-- B.K.


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