Travel Notes: Lake Erie plans Wine and Cheese Weekend

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Get your palates ready.

Lake Erie Wine Country's annual Wine and Cheese Weekend kicks off Friday with a three-day self-guided tour of 23 wineries that stretch 50 miles from Harborcreek, Pa., to Silver Creek, N.Y.

Ticketholders can sample special wine paired with food created with Yancey's Fancy cheeses at each stop. There also will be additional wine tastes, wine glass, recipe booklet and $5 voucher for wine purchase and a gift. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

Tickets are $35 ($20 for designated drivers) but usually sell out before the weekend starts. You can purchase them online at www.lakeeriewinecountry.org before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

New this year, Friday and/or Sunday only tickets are available for $31 each.

The weekend kicks off summer tourist season in the region, during which the 24 wineries in the consortium host their own special events that include free concerts, vineyard walks, festivals, winemaker's dinners and other offerings.

Got tennis?

For tennis players and fans, several resorts are offering new incentives to travel.

In West Virginia, the historic 710-room Greenbrier resort recently named Pete Sampras as its tennis pro emeritus. The title means that Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam winner known for his serve-and-volley style, will make occasional appearances at the resort, home to 10 courts, beginning with a clinic May 26 to 28 featuring lessons, matches and exhibitions, priced at $2,000 a person.

In Scotland, the reigning Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, recently opened a 15-room hotel, the Cromlix, in a renovated 1880 estate house on 34 acres near his Perthshire hometown, Dunblane. While the resort focuses on fishing and nearby golf, the grounds host one tennis court whose surface is in the Wimbledon colors, purple and green (rooms from 250 pounds, about $410)

And in Cancun, the year-old 274-room Nizuc Resort & Spa upgraded the appeal of its two courts last month by adding a Peter Burwash International tennis academy, staffed by a pro offering lessons (private lessons $116 an hour, with equipment and court time). The courts are lighted for play in the cooler evening hours.


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