Regional travel notes

High Museum features Renoir works

ATLANTA - The High Museum of Art has acquired 300 new works, including the museum's first paintings by Pierre Auguste Renoir.

The Atlanta museum's collection will now include "Woman Arranging Her Hat" and "Still-Life with Apples," both painted by the impressionist around 1890. Both paintings are already on display.

Other acquisitions not on view yet include a painting by folk artist William Hawkins, a woodcut self-portrait by modern artist Chuck Close and a sculpture by Rodin.

The High has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, including an extensive exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century American art and a growing collection of African art. The museum more than doubled its display space in 2005 by opening three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano.


Pirates Week in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are hosting their 32nd annual Pirates Week Festival, Nov. 12-22, with music, street dances, food festivals, costumes, games and more in Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac.

The event includes a mock pirate invasion Nov. 14 when old-time sailing vessels loaded with costumed actors land ashore to take over Grand Cayman's George Town Harbor.

Other events include a 10K run, a pirate costume competition, swim meets, dart tournament, artists' exhibition, cardboard boat race, fireworks display, underwater treasure hunt, children's fair, turtle release, teen disco and song contest.

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Where to find great skiing this winter

The November issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine is recommending 11 ski destinations from Oregon to Maine. They are:

- Snowmass in Colorado, described as an alternative to the "hustle and bustle of downtown Aspen."

- Sun Valley, Idaho, which the magazine says is launching its first gondola this winter for the ride 2,000 vertical feet up Bald Mountain.

- Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, where you can reach the High West Distillery and Saloon's bar and tapas restaurant on skis via the Quittin' Time run.

- Rossland, in British Columbia, described as a "no-stoplights, no-Starbucks former mining town" with incredible backcountry.

- Northstar-at-Tahoe in California, with a new Ritz Carlton and a new gondola to complement the deep Sierra snows and tall ponderosa pines.

- Mount Bachelor in Oregon, where daily lift tickets this season will be priced $49, $59 or $69, depending on lift-serviced available terrain and weather factors such as visibility, wind, precipitation and temperature.

- Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, where only 10 percent of the mountain will be closed to the public during the Olympics.

- Sugar Bowl in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, where a new Olympic sport, skicross, will be featured on a new course in a pre-Olympics show, Feb. 1-17. The sport involves four skiers at a time down a course with banked turns and jumps - think Moto Cross on skis.

- Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, which is opening a new luxury hotel this season, the Tram Haus Lodge.

- Cannon Mountain, in New Hampshire, which this season will provide shuttle transportation to Mittersill, an abandoned ski area that can now offer backcountry skiers access to ungroomed terrain.

- Saddleback in Maine, where the owners have been increasing skiable terrain and improving facilities, and will open a new glade this winter.


Wonders of our world

There were seven wonders in the ancient world, and contests have been held to identify manmade and natural wonders of the modern world. Now a new book, "Life Wonders of the World," offers another take on the concept, profiling 50 wonders in six categories.

The book includes the original seven wonders, only one of which, the Great Pyramids of Giza, still exists; the seven manmade wonders that won the New 7 Wonders contest held in 2007, plus the contest's seven runners-up; 14 modern manmade wonders, like the Chunnel, along with 14 more natural wonders, like the Amazon. A final natural phenomenon rounds out the wonder list: the Northern and Southern Lights.

The coffee-table hardcover book ($29.95) comes with a unique feature: Seven detachable stand-alone 8-by-10 prints, suitable for framing. Once the photo is removed from the book, a copy of it remains underneath, keeping the page intact. The photos depict the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt; Angel Falls in Venezuela; Stonehenge; the Grand Canyon; the Vatican; Mount Everest; and the Empire State Building.

- The Associated Press