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Exhibits, personal stories, multimedia experiences and programs about the 1960s focusing on everything from music and fashion to political protest will be featured at a new museum at the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert.

The Museum at Bethel Woods, about 90 minutes north of New York City, opens June 2.

The original three-day festival drew 400,000 people to hear Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, the Who and many other performers.

The Museum at Bethel Woods is part of the larger Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, an outdoor performing arts center and complex that plays host to an eclectic concert series and other events. For more information and a schedule of performances, go to

Visit a New England diner

Yankee magazine's 2008 Special Travel Guide hits newsstands Tuesday with recommendations for enjoying summer travel in New England, from places in Connecticut for art lovers, to moose-watching in Maine, to 244 "Editor's Choice" selections, broken down by state and region.

The issue also includes a feature on New England's five best diners, a list compiled by Richard Gutman, curator of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and author of three books on the history of diners.

The list includes the Modern Diner (364 East Ave., Pawtucket, R.I., (401) 726-8390), housed in a 1941 stainless steel railcar-style building. It was the first diner named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The other four diners on Yankee's list are Kelly's Diner, 674 Broadway, Somerville, Mass., (617) 623-8102; Capitol Diner, 431 Union St., Lynn, Mass., (781) 595-9314; Libby's Blue Line Diner, Route 7, Colchester, Vt., (802) 655-0343; and A1 Diner, 3 Bridge St., Gardiner, Maine, (207) 582-4804 or (Yankee online:

New hotels, celebrity backers

• Singer Gloria Estefan is opening the Costa d'Este Beach Resort (www. in June in Vero Beach. The oceanside resort has 94 rooms, a spa and restaurant. Among other holdings, Estefan and her husband, Emilio, also own the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach, which features the restaurant Oriente.

• In the Tribeca section of Manhattan, the Greenwich Hotel — owned by actor-director Robert De Niro and three partners — opened April 1 at 377 Greenwich St. The eight-story luxury hotel ( has 88 rooms, with no two alike; 13 suites; a spa, restaurant and 2,500-square-foot penthouse. De Niro is also part owner of Nobu in New York.

Yet another 1,000 or so things

We're over those titles. So over them. But if you love scanning through lists, 1,001 Smart Travel Tips (Fodor's, $9.95) is packed with thoughtful tips, scattered among others more obvious. Some of the things you'll learn:

• Looking at companies' foreign Web sites — airlines, car-rental agencies, online travel sites — will sometimes net you a better deal.

• Call the day you're planning to arrive at a hotel and ask for the day's best room rate. It might be less than the one quoted when you made your reservation.

• Worried about finding clean bathrooms? Try, which reviews loos in more than 120 countries.

Unleash your inner Fellini

The European Travel Commission is sponsoring a "You and Europe" video contest. Upload your film at, where it will be seen by the public and by the contest's judges. Deadline is Sept. 30. One filmmaker will win a trip to Europe for two.

Tell us about grandkid travel

What's your favorite memory of traveling with your grandchildren? Send it to us for possible use in the May issue of the St. Petersburg Times' LifeTimes magazine when we write about older adults taking their grandkids — but not the kids' parents — on vacations. Tell us about the best, or worst, moments, in 100 words or less. And send a picture, too.

Send submissions to Grandtravel, c/o Robert N. Jenkins, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121. Or e-mail it to (please include "grandtravel'' in the subject line).

Compiled from Times staff, wires

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