Tuesday Travel Ticker: From pumpkins to tree lightings

President Obama has signed a proclamation creating Chimney Rock National Monument in Durango, Colo., a potential boost for tourism in a state seen as critical in the November election . . . . Forklifts will be required to handle the Volkswagen-sized gourds at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin weigh-off Oct. 8. It is the kickoff to the town’s Art & Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13-14. Info: (650) 726-9563 . . . . Downtown Ventura holds its holiday fair and street lighting Dec. 1. The free events start at the 400 block of Main Street. Info: . . . . Feeling fungal? Carmel Valley’s Bernardus Lodge is offering Big Sur foraging treks, mushroom-infused cocktails and antioxidant “Fun-Fal” spa treatments in November and December. Info: . . . . Golden Gate Casino, which opened its doors on Fremont Street in 1906, is celebrating the completion of its first significant expansion in 50 years . . . . John Wayne Airport invites all Orange County students to enter its art contest. For info, go to . . . . United is preparing to fly its first 787 Dreamliner this week from Boeing Field in Seattle to the airline’s Houston hub. United is the first North American airline to take delivery of a 787 . . . . Travel quote of the day: “Delicious autumn. My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” (George Eliot)

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