Using link_to and :host

Is it possible to use link_to and specify a :host WHILE using a
polymorphic URL?

I wanted to do this

<%= link_to item.name, item, :host => "www.items.com", :only_path =>
false rescue "" %>

and ended up having to do this

<%= link_to item.name, url_for(:controller => 'item', :action =>
'show', :id => item.id, :host => "www.items.com", :only_path => false)
rescue "" %>

No easier way?

Is it possible to use link_to and specify a :host WHILE using a
polymorphic URL?

I wanted to do this

<%= link_to item.name, item, :host => "www.items.com", :only_path =>
false rescue "" %>

You can use the polymorphic_path helper, which allows you to pass
extra routing options.

Fred