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Q: For omnivorous-ga only - 50th Birthday Party - Extrordinary dinner/event ideas ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: For omnivorous-ga only - 50th Birthday Party - Extrordinary dinner/event ideas
Category: Relationships and Society > Romance
Asked by: infohelp-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 19 Jan 2003 22:24 PST
Expires: 18 Feb 2003 22:24 PST
Question ID: 145800
omnivorous-ga - can you identify some extrordinary dinner/events (both
locally and across the nation for Sat/Sun). Working from the
information in the original "ultimate" question (Question ID: 145464),
I'll need Denver, CO specific info if the decision is to not travel OR
information nation wide if the decision is to travel by private jet
(ideally it should include a concert event - preference on Tina Turner
or Rolling Stones with info on how to get tickets).

Let me know what additional clarifacation you need to meet the
ultimate objective. As always, thx. in advance.


Request for Question Clarification by omnivorous-ga on 20 Jan 2003 09:21 PST
Infohelp --

I want to make sure that we get everything you need here, including
transporation.  The major charter operators in the Denver area are at
Centennial Airport (south); Buckley (E) and Jeffco (north).  Please
let me know which is most-convenient -- or if you're far enough out of
the metro area that another airport would have easiest access.

Best regards,


Clarification of Question by infohelp-ga on 20 Jan 2003 10:35 PST
Centennial is best. BTW, I'm getting ready to leave for a week of
skiing, but will be checking email mornings/evendings. Thx.

Subject: Re: For omnivorous-ga only - 50th Birthday Party - Extrordinary dinner/event ideas
Answered By: omnivorous-ga on 20 Jan 2003 12:47 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Infohelp –

We're closed out on your first two choices: Tina Turner (who doesn't
appear to have a concert tour planned this year) and the Rolling
Stones, who end their current tour in your hometown at the Pepsi
Center on Feb. 1-3.

Among other major performers, here's who is on the schedule.  Many of
these show up on the Ticketmaster site under concerts.  The best way
to use this site is searching by artist name, though you can also pick
a category and page forward by date:

Bruce Springsteen, May 12, Brussels (Belgium)
	May 15, Gijon (Spain)

Elton John and Billy Joel are playing together May 2 in Auburn Hills
(Detroit), MI.  Elton John is then playing the Arie Crown Theater in
downtown Chicago on May 31.

In Las Vegas, it appears that the major headliners during mid-May are
Olivia Newton-John at the Paris Las Vegas, May 15-18; and the Smothers
Brothers at the Las Vegas Hilton, May 6-June 1.

George Jones is playing at the Little Nashville Opry May 17-18.

Bill Cosby appears May 10 in Richmond, VA.


Another way to plan the weekend is to look at a good entertainment
calendar for a city, then put together a portfolio of activities. 
Citysearch has a standard format as you go from location to location:

For each city's location, you can then select the links for:
-- Events by calendar
-- May 16, May 17, May 18

You should find a collection of 50-100 concerts, plays and exhibitions
for each metro area.  Remember too, that if you choose Los Angeles you
might be able to attend a television show taping, such as Jay Leno's
Tonight Show:

(And sporting events such as baseball and basketball are going on in
mid-May as well.)

Some highlights of the May 16-May 18 weekend are in San Francisco are:
* the 12K Bay to Breakers race:
* the San Francisco Giants are at Pacific Bell Park vs. the New York
Mets.  The park and neighboring areas are beautiful, even if J isn't a
baseball fan.
* it's springtime at the wineries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys and
you can do it on four wheels or on two:
"Napa Valley Hiking and Biking"

The two wine counties have a well-developed dining industry, including
the Wine Train:
Napa Valley Wine Train

My wife feels that the finest restaurant in the valley is Auberge du
Soleil, at the north end of the Napa Valley.  At sunset, the view is
appears as much like rural France as it does California:
Auberge du Soleil


There are a number of charter operations in the Denver area, including
at least two that operate out of Centennial Airport near you.  Rates
may vary somewhat but Mayo Aviation charges $1,975 per hour for its
Learjet 35; $1,075 per hour for its King Air turboprops.  There is a
minimum of 2 hours per calendar day billed and a charge for
overnights.  The overnight charges are $600/night on the turboprops
and $800/night on the Learjet.

As an example, the Learjet takes about 2 hours flight time to reach
San Francisco; about 3 hours in the King Air.  Each will hold 6-7
passengers with weekend baggage, making it possible for you to take
along BOTH sets of parents.

Should you decide to charter, it has some advantages over a less
expensive commercial flight:
* departure from a nearby airport
* flexibility in schedule – and where you decide to stop.  For
example, in the Bay Area you might choose to arrive at Napa Airport,
Oakland, San Jose or San Francisco International.  You might also
choose another stop enroute.

Mayo Aviation
"Aircraft Charter Services"

Also chartering from Centennial Airport is International Jet Air

Google search strategy:
city entertainment directories for local events for concerts

If we can be additional help in pinning down an itinerary, please let
us know with a clarification request.

Best regards,


Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 20 Jan 2003 16:02 PST
Infohelp --

Mayo Aviation sent me some written quotes and I wanted to note a
couple of things:
*  estimates of King Air flight time (RT) are 6.2-8.2 hours depending
on model of aircraft; by contrast the Learjet 35A is 5.5 hours RT
*  you'd be best off economically leaving Sat a.m. and returning
Sunday p.m., avoiding one night of overnight charges
*  there will be airport charges (parking or landing fees) of about
*  there's a Federal excise tax of about 7%

Best regards,


Request for Answer Clarification by infohelp-ga on 20 Jan 2003 21:21 PST

Thanks for your findings if we go the private jet route. How about
what's happending in Denver area if I decide to stay local?


Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 21 Jan 2003 03:56 PST
Infohelp --

There's not a lot happening in Denver the week of May 12-18.  The
Rockies are in town but Pepsi Center is dark.  Champions on Ice is
there May 20.  (Little seems to be scheduled in Colorado Springs or
Boulder, either.)

It's always dangerous to recommend a restaurant to a local; but The
Swan at Inverness Hotel & Golf Club comes out on top of restaurant
reviews for its service and romantic surroundings.

Best regards,

infohelp-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
OK, thanks for identifying good links to further investigate where we
may fly off too along with private jet resources. Let's close this one

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