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Take the dive, tie the knot
Will your romance sink or swim? Dive in and find out in Cancun, Mexico, where you can tie the knot underwater at Fiesta Americana Dive Resort. The resort offers eight underwater wedding packages -- from $850 to $3,200 -- that cater to couples wearing bride-and-groom tanks, belts and weights. Four of the packages include ceremonies in the Belizean Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Info: (800) 343-7821 www.fiestaamericana.com
-- Rosemary McClure
Imagine Tori Spelling stripping beds and toting tea trays in her new role as the owner of a bed and breakfast in Fallbrook, Calif. “Does Tori look like she cleans the toilets?” innkeeper Julie Pierce of Chester, Vt., wrote on BnBFinder.com. “I suspect guests will be ‘handpicked’ for their suitability. Oh wouldn’t that be wonderful!” Innkeepers blogged in after the debut last week of “Tori & Dean: Inn Love,” which stars Spelling (shown above at the inn before the birth of her son) and husband Dean McDermott on the Oxygen network. The program hasn’t yet shown any paying guests; you won’t see them until episode seven or eight. The name is Chateau La Rue, but Fallbrook locals will recognize it as the old Oak Creek Manor at 4735 Olive Hill Road. Reservations: (877) 451-2468, chateaularuebandb.com; the show airs 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
-- Mary E. Forgione
out of Dodge
Need to get out of your car fast? Gadget freaks and paranoiacs will love the ERT-1 rescue tool, which provides light, cuts seat belts and rope, and shatters glass with the click of a button. We tested the tool and it passed with flying colors; we stopped short, however, of testing it underwater, although the directions specify it is “completely functional while submerged.” The bright yellow tool, by Benchmade Knife Co. Inc., is compact and sturdy, and has a folding hook blade, a spring-loaded glass breaker, an LED light and a carry-clip. Info: $40, Benchmade, (800) 800-7427; www.benchmade.com.
Otters of Africa
California sea otters are always on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but African spotted-necked otters (one pictured at right)? Six, including two pups named Kazana (loosely translated: “to busy oneself”) and Ajabu (“surprise”), plus four Asian small-clawed otters will appear at the aquarium starting Saturday in settings that mimic their native habitats. The new exhibit, “Wild About Otters,” will feature video clips narrated by actor and conservationist John Cleese, who raises concerns about threats to water-dependent wildlife around the world. Sea otters can be seen inside and from the outside deck, floating in the bay. Other tropical critters on display: vine snakes, Chinese gliding frogs and puffer fish. The exhibit runs until 2010. Info: (831) 648-4888, www.montereybayaquarium.org
-- Susan Lendroth