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Stroll through a ‘haunted' mansion

Staff members at the 19th century Culbertson Mansion, in New Albany, have found a spirited way to raise money for renovations: the supernatural.

The Victorian mansion in the city just north of Louisville, Ky., offers ghost tours and scary storytelling.

The Culbertson Mansion, with 25 rooms and more than 20,000 square feet, was built by William Culbertson, once considered to be the wealthiest man in Indiana. The home hosts tours and events throughout the year.

Storytelling is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday; ghostly tours are being offered through Oct. 29. Reservations are required. Details: 812-944-9600;

Associated Press


Make the most of romance at ‘The Del'

Legend has it that King Edward first made the acquaintance of Wallis Simpson at a Hotel del Coronado banquet in 1920.

In keeping with such a romantic history, the hotel is offering a “‘Fall' in Love” couples escape that matches two nights' accommodations with $150 in resort credit for spa services, dining or shopping. Rates start at $680 plus tax and a $25 daily resort charge, valid until Nov. 20.

“The Del” is known for its Victorian architecture and signature red turret. It is across the bay from downtown San Diego. Details: 800-468-3533;

Chicago Tribune

New York

Pack the trunk for Babar retrospective

The 43 children's books featuring Babar the elephant king have long been a popular favorite. In the “Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors” exhibition – through Jan. 4 – The Morgan Library features about 175 items and looks at how Jean de Brunhoff created the character, in 1931, and his son Laurent continued Babar's story after his father's death. The Morgan is in Manhattan (225 Madison Ave.). Details: 212-685-0008;

Boston Globe