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Why Use A Travel Agent? BY JOSEPH A. WATTERS SpecialSectionS@antonmediagroup.com

“Why should I use a travel agent?” As a veteran travel executive, that’s a question I’m often asked. Today, with the overwhelming number of sources for travel information (the Internet, cable television, newspapers, magazines, guidebooks, etc.), it’s no wonder the consumer is confused. Yet that’s precisely why the services of a professional travel consultant are more valuable than ever.

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In January, the television news magazine 20/20 reported the results of a test in which travel agents beat consumers at uncovering the best airfares. However, it is much more than the “lowest fare” that provides the compelling argument for a good travel agent. The best thing an agent can do is to match up a traveler with the vacation that’s right for them. The professional travel consultant builds relationships with their clients to learn their interests and lifestyles, as well as their dispositions.

Below is a list of some of the important services by travel agents: 1. Distilling the product information: Through an ongoing and time-consuming process of familiarization, continuing education and customer feedback, the agent becomes a travel expert. 2. Investigating and supplying competitive information: No single supplier is going to advise a consumer that a better route or fare is available on a competing carrier. 3. Staying abreast of the most current promotions: Via daily faxes, agent-only e-mail transmissions, and their relationships with their district sales managers, agents are obtaining the most current promotional information. 4. Analyzing the current promotions: The cheapest is not always the best. 5. Clarifying the fine print, such as cancellation

penalties and restrictions: Again, the benefits of a professional’s experience can save a traveler money...and headaches. 6. Making recommendations for travel-related options: Travel agents share their top picks for different travel options. 7. Simplifying the research and subsequent transaction: Like a personal shopper, agents can provide one-stop shopping for travelers who require air arrangements, rental cars, cruise accommodations and hotel stays. 8. Enhancing the trip with value-added benefits and amenities: Agents can add to the client’s experience by sending a bottle of wine, providing a special package, a specific escort, or other amenities. 9. Using their clout to obtain the best possible

amenity in seemingly impossible situations: Whether it’s airline seats, hotel rooms or cruise space, the travel agent has more buying power than the consumer. 10. Getting problems resolved: The agent serves as the consumer’s advocate in the event something inadvertently goes wrong. The use of outside service providers for many transactions, such as tax preparation, isn’t questioned. Similarly, if one is going to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, as well as a good chunk of valuable leisure time, it makes great sense to use a professional. Visit www.travelsense.org for more travel tips. Joseph A. Watters is the president of Crystal Cruises (www.crystalcruises.com).

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4B Montauk has long been a travel destination for vacationers looking for a sophisticated beach locale with plenty of high-class amenities. The eastern end of the south shore of Long Island offers beautiful beaches, upscale eateries, chic boutiques and plenty of family-friendly activities. The summer months are primetime in Montauk, when the oceanfront playground welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the world. Whether you go for a day, a week or the whole summer, there’s always something to do at the end. Here are a few spots not to miss during your next visit.

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A trip to Wölffer Estate Vineyard will make you feel like you’re a lot farther away than the East End. As you sip world-class Wölffer Estate Vineyard (Photo courtesy of wine in the tasting room, Wölffer Estate Vineyard) overlooking the 55-acre vineyard, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe. The cozy Wine Bar offers seating at a rustic hand-crafted bar and the stone terrace allows guests to enjoy the sunshine as they relish a glass (or two) of elegant wine. Want a closer look behind the scenes? Private tours are available. The Wölffer Estate Wine Stand is also a popular spot where guests can enjoy wine or ciders while taking in a spectacular view of the vineyard. Through October, the Wine Stand also features live casual music on Friday and Saturday nights. The Wölffer Estate Vineyard is located at 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack. Call 631-537-5106 for more information. The Wölffer Estate Wine Stand is at 3312 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack. Call 631-537-4771 for more information. For more information about Wölffer Estate visit www.wolffer.com.

Inlet Seafood Restaurant

What’s a visit out east without a stop for seafood? An offshoot of Montauk Inlet Seafood, the largest packer/shipper of fresh seafood in New York, this restaurant is one of the most popular places in Montauk. The fare is fresh—more often than not swimming locally the day before

Pack a picnic and head over to Shadmoor State Park, which boasts bluffs, freshwater wetlands, hiking trails, 2,400 feet of ocean beach and stunning shoreline views. The park is great for biking as well as saltwater fishing, and elevated platforms make for excellent birdwatching. Dogs on leashes are also welcome. The park is located at 900 Montauk Hwy., Montauk. For more information call 631-668-3781 or visit www.nysparks.com/parks/16/ details.aspx.

Travelers stay close but go far at Montauk BY BETSY ABRAHAM BaBraham@antonmediagroup.com

it is served up on a plate to the hungry patrons who line up to dine here. Popular menu items include the sushi, scallops, lobster rolls and the Cajun fish burrito or fish tacos. The bacon-wrapped scallops are sure to satisfy, as are the tempura codfish and chips. Inlet offers the perfect marriage of great food and a great view. Take in the sunset over the water as you wipe lobster sauce off your chin and contemplate whether you want warm apple cobbler or ice cream for dessert. Inlet Seafood Restaurant is located at 541 East Lake Dr., Montauk. Call 631-668-4272 or visit www.inletseafood.com for more information.

Montauk Lighthouse

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular eastender, a trip to Montauk would be incomplete without a stop at the historic Montauk Lighthouse. The 110foot structure is a beacon on the shoreline and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Block Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean and beyond. In addition to climbing up the 128-step spiral staircase to the watch deck, visitors to the site can explore the museum, which includes rooms that date back to 1860. The lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk. For more information call 631-668-2544 or visit www.montauklighthouse.com.

Looking for a break away from the traditional dining scene? Swallow East offers delicious small plates in a chic, casual atmosphere. Swallow East It’s a great spot for drinks or to catch up with friends as you sample each other’s dishes. The diverse menu offerings include the flavorful sliders, crispy calamari in a sweet chili glaze, grilled octopus tacos and shrimp and grits. The Montauk hot spot also offers an exciting summer calendar lineup, which includes outdoor movies on Fridays and reggae music on Saturdays. Swallow East Restaurant is located at 474 West Lake Dr., Montauk. Call 631-668-8344 or visit www. swalloweastrestaurant.com for more information.

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Get off the beach and into the water with CoreysWave, which has been rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 surf schools in the Take a surf lesson world. Private with CoreysWave and group surf Professional Surf lessons are Instruction. available and (Photo courtesy CoreysWave) experienced instructors set the tone of the lesson based on how comfortable students are in the water. Almost all students stand up on the board during their first lesson and the instructors aim to create a fun-loving, educational environment. Beginner and advanced surfers are invited to suit up and have an authentic, unforgettable ocean experience. For more information on CoreysWave, call 516-639-4879 or visit www.coreyswave.com.


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1. Take in the sunrise on the beach A cool breeze holding off the summer heat; the morning calls of the gulls mingling with the roar of the surf; dolphins riding the waves, and that first orange blaze on the horizon—each day gets only one sunrise, and there’s no better place to see it than from the beach in Ocean City. 2. Meander the world-famous Ocean City Boardwalk Since 1902, Ocean City’s three-mile boardwalk has been a top seafront destination where millions have made lasting memories of summer, sun and family fun. Rent a bike to cruise the boards all morning, then stay all day and explore. Grab a cup of legendary Thrasher’s Fries (with extra vinegar!), wander the corridors of Ocean Gallery, and don’t forget to beat your best Skee-Ball score at one of the arcades.

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5. Go fly a kite of Maryland Tourism) With your feet in the sand and your kite riding the wind, nothing sets off a day on the beach like flying a kite. Laze the day away under a giant diamond kite trailing streamers and spinners, or tear through the sky with a blazing fast stunt-kite riding the Atlantic winds. 6. Savor a romantic dinner Sit down for white tablecloths and classic Italian cuisine or watch the sunset over the bay while dining on fish fresh from the Atlantic. Try traditional Maryland delicacies, or hand-rolled sushi from a raw bar overlooking the ocean. Ocean City provides the perfect tableau for your intimate evening.

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Take a ride back to your childhood on the historic Trimper’s carousel, while away a perfect sunny day on the white, sandy beach, or enjoy a perfect meal with that special someone in one of OC’s sublime eateries. There’s something for everyone in Maryland’s Atlantic jewel, Ocean City.

4. Enjoy a fishing adventure Drop a line off the Ocean City Pier or the Route 50 Bridge, surf fish from the shore, take the family on a head boat trip or board a charter and head for the canyons, which are home to tuna, mahi-mahi or huge billfish. Plus, you can catch a really big one here—Ocean City is the White Marlin Where in the Capital of the world is World. Ocean City, MD?

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3. Ride the carousel at Trimper’s Once powered by a steam engine, the brilliantly painted carousel at Trimper’s Rides and Amusements has been delighting families for over 100 years. Lions, giraffes, ostriches and even seahorses are just a few of the 45 magical creatures in the hand-carved menagerie of this old-world wonder.

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s Things To Do In Ocean City On pedal surrey on Ocean City Boardwalk (Clark Vandergrift)

8. Cool off at Jolly Rogers Splash Mountain Water Park Ride the slides or challenge the Raging Rapids, take the family for a madcap water-fight on the Rainforest Walk, ride a wave of adrenaline on the Master Blaster watercoaster, or defy gravity in the thrilling AquaLoop. At Splash Mountain, the wet-n-wild fun never stops!

7. See O.C. by paddleboard or kayak Ocean City’s sheltered bay is home to osprey, egrets, horseshoe crabs and more. Get up close to nature with a guided kayak eco-tour. Or, prepare to get wet while learning to stand-up paddleboard. Once you get the hang of it, it’s like walking on water.

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9. Golf at one of 17 championship courses Hit the links at one of Ocean City’s championship golf courses. Offering true seaside golfing, dedicated staff, seasoned pros and cutting-edge course design, O.C. is truly a duffer’s paradise. Then, wind down with family over 18 holes of putt-putt at one of Ocean City’s many miniature golf courses. 10. Catch the sunset on the bay With sprays of gold and red shot through an azure sky, slowly darkening to purple, Ocean City sunsets over the bay offer an unparalleled riot of color, and a perfect excuse to put the world on pause. There’s no finer way to end a day—or start an evening—of Ocean City Adventures. Jim Meyer writes for the State of Maryland Tourism (www. visitmaryland.org).

Need more? Check out some of these travel and tourism websites for more things to do and see while visiting Ocean City, Maryland. The Official Site of Ocean City, MD www.ococean.com Official Site of State of Maryland Tourism www.visitmaryland.org Greater Ocean City, Maryland Chamber Of Commerce www.oceancity.org Ocean City Guide www.oceancity.md Go Travel guides www.go-maryland.com

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