Travel Briefs

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2003

Glass flag is window into museum

BALTIMORE It doesn't unfurl or flutter in the wind, but Baltimore's newest star-spangled banner was built to impress.

From afar, it's a solid, 30-by-42-foot glass flag, a replica of the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem.

Up close, it's the front window of the new Star-Spangled Banner Museum, offering a view of the nearby house where the original flag was made.

''This one has the same broad stripes and bright stars ... as the flag Key would have seen,'' said Sally Johnston, executive director of the museum. ''It's the realization of a phenomenal dream.''

The glass banner is seen as 28 colored panels, the same size and design as those in the flag Mary Pickersgill sewed during the War of 1812.

It even duplicates the positions of the 15 two-foot-wide stars and 15 stripes, the design of the flag from 1794 to 1818.

Hotels offer spa treatments that sound tasty

HINGTON Spa treatments that sound more like appeals to the taste buds than menus for relaxation are offered by various Historic Hotels of America.

Chocolate, red wine, oranges, honey and milk are some of the savory massages available at member inns, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Cocoa treatments are on The Spa menu at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pa.

A mud pie wrap that includes goat butter is offered at Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, N.C. The Inn can also give you a bath of red wine and honey, or buttermilk and honey.

Pure maple sugar is used in a moisture-restoring scrub available at The Avanyu Spa at The Equinox in Manchester Village, Vt.

Milk is also a good moisturizer, according to the Bodyworks, which offers such baths at the Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pa.

And for dessert? How about oranges and almonds offered in treatments at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif.

The Associated Press

For more information on the 200 hotels across the country that are considered historic sites, visit the Web site

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