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Worcester connects with West Palm

PGA National Resort and Spa is participating in Palm Beach County’s 1909 Founders Package. PGA National Resort and Spa is participating in Palm Beach County’s 1909 Founders Package. (Palm Beach Convention And Visitors Bureau)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / September 12, 2010

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Starting before Thanksgiving, you can fly from Worcester to West Palm Beach, Fla., on Direct Air Boeing 737s. The service between Worcester Regional and Palm Beach International airports, which starts Nov. 18 and flies in both directions on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, offers 138 coach and 12 first-class seats. Palm Beach County’s 1909 Founders Package lets you spend an extra night at more than 50 participating hotels and resorts for $19.09. The county has 47 miles of coastline, 170 golf courses, and 63 parks and eco-sites, such as the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary and Loggerhead Marinelife Center. 877-432-3473, visitdirectair.com (flight info); 800-554-7256, palmbeachfl.com/founderspackage (hotel info)

American Express first with yuan checks

American Express now offers the world’s first travelers checks in Chinese yuan. Purchase checks in denominations of 500 yuan (equivalent to about $73.45) online through Bank of America (www.bankofamerica.com) or at Currency Exchange International, which has a branch at 100 Huntington Ave. in Copley Place (617-266-3300, www.ceifx.com). American Express card members can buy the checks online (americanexpress.com/cny) or by calling 866-721-9954. You can cash your checks at approximately 2,000 Bank of China branches, including airport locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Shandong. The checks will be refunded, typically within 24 hours, if lost or stolen, and they never expire.

Woodstock Inn adds LEED-certified spa

On the grounds of the 218-year-old Woodstock Inn and Resort, in the quaint village of Woodstock, Vt., you’ll find a new spa that blends historic charm with state-of-the-art features. The LEED-certified Spa at Woodstock Inn & Resort has 10 treatment rooms, tranquillity lounges, a relaxation room, and a full-service salon. Your 100-minute treatment includes a hydrating body masque that uses one of the region’s seasonal botanicals — pumpkin spice, deep forest, vanilla maple, or berry bliss — followed by a full-body massage. Then relax in the four-season outdoor courtyard, with its freestanding, Scandinavian-style sauna, fire pit, hot soaking pool, and meditation tree. The Grand Opening Package runs $278 per night, based on double occupancy, through Dec. 22 and includes standard accommodations, breakfast for two, and $100 credit toward spa treatments. 888-481-8802, woodstockinnspa.com KARI BODNARCHUK