October 01, 2002
> Meetings & Conventions: Out There October 2002

October 2002

Far-flung and fabulous

Tea at the palace. Kensington Palace is still very much a royal residence for members and staff of the Royal Family. But mere commoners (up to 340) can enjoy a private reception in the palace’s Orangery, Victorian Garden Rooms or the State Apartments, which house the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. (011) 44-20-7376-2452; www.hrp.org.uk

Lakeside sanctuary. Nestled in the Swan Mountains of Western Montana, the 11-room Center at Salmon Lake offers small groups a rustic yet luxurious setting for summits and retreats. The property, owned by the University of Montana, is approved by the International Association of Conference Centers. (888) 773-2643; www.salmonlakecenter.org
Innkeeper for a week. For those who have ever fancied chucking it all to run a B&B in the Irish countryside, Sceptre Ireland, a Rockville Center, N.Y.-based tour operator, will arrange the perfect “working vacation.” The company is offering eight-day programs to the Emerald Isle, where guests not only stay at an inn, but learn from the owners everything from check-in procedures to bookkeeping.
(800) 221-0924; www.sceptreireland.com.

Leaf Watch
This is the season for foliage-philes to get their fix of gorgeous local colors. Find the prime leaf-peeping times at various spots in the United States via these regional foliage hotlines:

(800) 226-6632

(800) 644-3255

(800) 657-3700

New Hampshire:
(800) 258-3608

(800) 547-5445

(800) 697-4200

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; www.mtsobek.com -->

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