29 Last Minute Summer Getaways
Located in picturesque Bonnet Creek inside the Walt Disney World complex, the new Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is offering 40-percent off the best available rate for accommodations until Aug. 30. With the Customer Appreciation Advanced Purchase deal, travelers can stay for as little as $125 per night. The room rate includes complimentary shuttle service to the Walk Disney World theme parks. The hotel features 84 family rooms with alcoves that include twin bunk beds and an extra sink in the bathroom at childrens height.
The hotel features a pirate ship slide and its seafood restaurant, deep blu seafood grille is offering a $40 three-course tasting menu in August. deep blu seafood grille specializes in sustainably caught seafood that is cooked within 36 hours of being caught.
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
All five Affinia Hotels in Manhattan are offering the Keep it Cool at Affinia Hotels package. The outdoorsy-themed package includes a walking tour kit with iPod Shuffle or Nano loaded with a walking tour and playlists, City Walks deck of cards a city guidebook featuring popular walking tours and a StreetWise city map, pedometer, and towel, a BYOB kits including a Neoprene wine carrier with wine key, BYOB guidebook, Little Black Book of Wine, and picnic blanket, sunscreen and two bottles of water.
Price $269; available starting Labor Day Weekend; mention promotional code SUMMER.
The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel offers a Dive In, Chill Out package at its rooftop oasis. Guests get access to the rooftop pool and bar, breakfast for two atArt and Soul, the hotel's restaurant run by two-time James Beard award winner and Oprah's former chef, Art Smith, daily yoga on the roof, and a Sun Yourself kit with sunscreen, lip balm, and bottled water.
Price: Start at $149; Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3; mention promotional code SUMPKG.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
Designed to honor the Windy City's 175th birthday, the MileNorths Celebrate Chicago package includes two cocktails at C-View, the 29th floor rooftop lounge, a gift tin of Chicagos Garrets Popcorn, four ride vouchers to explore Chicagos largest outdoor playground, Navy Pier, $10 Chicago Transit Authority card. Located a few blocks from Lake Michigan, MileNorth offers guests free Wi-Fi.
Price: $184 per night; Friday. Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 3; mention promotional code CELCHI.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport offers two great packages for brew enthusiasts planning a last-minute escape. The Bed, Breakfast, and Brew package includes spacious accommodations, buffet breakfast for two and one craft beer per person at the on-property Brewsters Bar and Grill, which features an extensive 100-beer menu including many craft beers and microbrews. Guests can also customize their beer-themed vacation with the Beer Club package which includes nightly beer turndown service, a souvenir Brewsters beer glass and an in-room mini-fridge stocked with guests choice of favorite beer.
Price: Bed, Breakfast, and Brew: $135 per night; mention code BREWSPKG. Beer Club package: $159 per night; mention promotional code BEERCLUB.
Four Points by Sheraton LAX
Nestled between the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and Mexicos Banderas Bay, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort is one of a few resorts in the world to grow its own agave azul and produce its own brand of tequila. The resort features a Secretos de la Familia program, where guests get an insiders view of the local culture and traditions. The Pure Relaxation packageincludes two 50-minute treatments at Ohtli spa, two passes to Ohtli Spa wellness areas which includes sauna, Swiss shower, and cold and hot water pools, two fitness classes, one spa farewell gift, daily full breakfast buffet for two at La Estancia restaurant, and a welcome drink upon arrival.
Price: Starts at $209 per night; three-night minimum stay; mention promotional code ZJ1.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort
The all-inclusive dude ranch has a special summer package, Fill Up Your Tanque that includes three daily meals that range from hilltop breakfast rides with Southwestern cuisine to barbecue cookouts under the stars, daily activities like horseback riding, tennis, fishing, biking, and hiking, and a $100 gas card.
Price: Starts at $189 per person, two-night minimum stay; available through Sept. 15.
Tanque Verde Ranch
The Rancho Bernardo Inns Parents Drool All-INNclusive package is a kid-friendly vacation that includes welcome goodie bucket with wristband, activities guide, and treasure map, All-INNclusive activities access which includes access to the golf range, family pool with water basketball, ping-pong and pool toys, access to the AMPED Lounge featuring Wii games, entry to the COOL OUT Lounge with iPod docking station, paint & PlayDoh, books, magazines, board and games, Smores & Snores which features in-room camping in a tent, sleeping bag and teddy bear after enjoying their smores kit fireside at Santiago Pool, and entry to the local Blue Sky Ecological Preserve
Price: $219 per night for one kid and two adults; $29 per night for each additional child 4- to 11-years-old, and $49 for each child 12- to 16-years-old; available until Sept. 3.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Located along San Diego Bay, The Sheraton San Diego offers biking along the bayshore, poolside entertainment, stand up paddle board yoga, water sports, and family activities and is combining these summer activities with the hotel's 40th Anniversary package, which includes one room night at the rack rate and a second night for $72 in honor of the hotel's opening in 1972.
Price: Rack rate for the first night, $72 second night. Also offering rates starting at $119 per night that include 2-for-1 water sport rentals (non-motorized), complimentary Wi-Fi, and outdoor movie nights.
The Sheraton San Diego
Travelers can skip the traditional limo ride at Casa Madrona, and instead hop on a seaplane that takes off from the placid waters ofRichardson Bay with the Seaplane Wine Tasting Adventure package. Upon landing on Clear Lake in the Sonoma Valley Wine Growing Region, guests visit the Ceago Vinegardens Winery and visit the tasting room where they enjoy an hour of wine tasting with complimentary cheeses. This Seaplane Wine Tasting Advenure package includes accommodations in a hillside cottage, two roundtrip flights to Sonoma Wine Valley, a private tour of Ceago Vinegardens Winery, and a wine tasting with complimentary cheeses.
With its prime location above the La Jolla Cove, La ValenciasFamily Getaway Package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe double queen room or ocean-facing suite, afamily welcome amenity, complimentary tickets to the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a daily $100 food and beverage credit.
Price: $764 per night (all-inclusive package)
Those who still want to go to London to see the Olympic Games are in luck. PlaneClear and In the Know Experiences five-night Luxury Olympics Package is available for departures on Wednesday Aug. 8. The trip includes chartered jet service, tickets to Olympics sporting events, with a choice of either access to three events with the best seats possible or five events with second level seating. Options include swimming, diving, equestrian, water polo, gymnastics, and shooting.
Guests also get access to the Olympics Hospitality Tent for a day, with food, beverage and entertainment provided whilst mingling with celebrities, and athletes. The program also includes leisure activities, such as an exclusive invitation to a private celebrity event at the Box Nightclub or Yacht Party. Travelers stay at the Thompson Hotel Belgraves and get a daily $50 food and beverage credit.
Price: Starts at $97,500 (air-inclusive package); price based on U.S. east coast departure; request the Luxury Olympics Experience.
Gray Line New York is offering tri-state families $20 off the total cost of each ticket purchased for any of its one to two day excursions, including day trips to Washington DC, Philadelphia and Amish Country, Boston and Niagara Falls.
The Washington, D.C. trip includes visits and tours of the Capitol, Senate and the White House to understand the core of the U.S. government. The Philadelphia and Amish Country includes stops at the Liberty Bell, Constitution Square and Independence Hall. The Boston tour includes a ride on the Freedom Trail Boston. The Niagara Fallsby Air tour includes a day at the fall and the chance to journey beyond the falls
Price: $129 for Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.; $469 Niagara Falls; until Aug. 15.
The Dupont Circle Hotel and The Normandy Hotel Gas-STAY-tion and the Re-CYCLE by bi-CYLCE packages offers travelers a $50 cash gift card to use to fill up the gas tank or tour Washington, D.C. on a Capital Bike Share rental. Park your two-wheelers at Bar Dupont or Caf Dupont and refuel on the comfortable patio overlooking the bustling Dupont Circle neighborhood.
Price: Dupont Circle Hotel: Starts at $199 per night; two-nights minimum; until Sept. 3. The Normandy Hotel. Starts at $159 per night; two night minimum, includes Daily Indulgence wine and cheese hour. Make your reservation online and type GAS into the promo code box.
The Dupont Circle Hotel and The Normandy Hotel
To coincide with CheapTickets Event websites revamp and relaunch, an instant 10-percent discount on hotel stays is being offered to travelers who book event tickets and trips through the website. Users can buy tickets to theater shows, sporting events and concerts, including sold-out events.
Price: 10-percent off select hotel stays; until Aug. 5, travelers also get 10-percent off event tickets by using the promotional code Tickets10 at checkout; event ticket and hotel must be for one or more nights now until Dec. 31.
The GET FIT package from Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is a four-night getaway for two that includes one core fusion classes in a beachfront open air yoga pavilion, choice of two 50-minute fusion massages or a 50-minute couples fusion massage with signature spa drink, a daily breakfast buffet, and grilled fresh fish at Stelle Restaurant each day.
Price: Starts at $500 per night, four-night minimum stay, and short direct flights from NYC, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Miami on JetBlue, Delta, American, and USAir; available until December 20.
Gansevoort Turks + Caicos
Beat the heat with Kimptons 70 Park Avenue Cool as a Cucumber package which includes two chilly Pimms cups upon arrival, guide to summer's coolest New York City attractions, from Hudson River boat rides to row boating in Central Park, and two complimentary cooling cucumber masks.
Price: $299 per night; available Monday to Thursday until Sept. 3; mention promotional code COOL.
Kimpton’s 70 Park Avenue
Inkaterras four-night Family Getaway Package includes a stay at the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu. Guests will spend two nights at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica followed by two nights at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Highlights of the package include a twilight river excursion through one of the Amazon tributaries, a guided walk along the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a visit to Inkaterra's Butterfly House, an organic tea-making lesson for children, and a sunrise tour of Machu Picchu.
Price: $1,850 per adult and $700 per child, based on two adults and two children; available until Nov. 30.
Jacada Travel has several summer getaways packages including Ecuador, the Amazon, and Patagonia. Packages include a 12-night exploration of historical Quito, Ecuador, the wildlife rich Galapagos Islands, and the Andean highlands. The 10-night Amazon in Depth includes a trip through the Amazon and a few days in Rio. The 11-night Total Patagonia Vacation explores the Lakes of Bariloche and the majestic glaciers of El Calafate.
Price: Ecuador and Galapagos: starts at $5,019 per person; Amazon in Depth: starts at $4,095 per person; Total Patagonia Vacation: starts at $4,980 per person for 11 nights.
From sand castles and flying kites to s'mores and beach chair lounging, the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort offers the Family Adventure package which include child-friendly amenities like a pale and shovel, kite, picture frame, disposable camera, smores kit, beach chair and umbrella rental, and two hours of Omni Kids Camp.
Price: starts at $259 per night; available until Sept. 30.
Omni Hilton Head
Hostel World offers a range of deals for backpackers and budget conscious travelers looking to book last minute accommodations throughout the world. Some of the hostels offer free breakfast and other amenities.
On the heels of the Rand McNalley/USAToday Best of the Road contest, where Santa Fe, New Mexico was voted the city in America Best for Food, the Inn on the Alameda offers travelers the chance to sample Santa Fes cuisine with the Fresh Santa Fe package.
The package includes a three-night stay, $20 per person in Farmers Market tokens, a $40 gift certificate for two for lunch at Il Piatto, a downtown trattoria, two Santa Fe Farmers Market caps, two Inn on the Alameda tote bags, daily continental breakfast, and an afternoon wine hour each day.
Price: Package price ranges from $531 to $1041 plus tax, depending on dates and the room-type selected; available Sundays through Wednesdays; available until November. The package is not available to book online, so call 888-984-2121 for reservations.
Inn on the Alameda
The Big Apples Time Warner Center has several last minute summer packages including the Bouchon Picnic and Ride in the Park package which includes a picnic lunch for two from Bouchon Bakery including sandwich choice, bottle of water, and chocolate Bouchons, four-hour Bike and Roll NYC bike rental for two, and two VIP shopping passes to The Shops at Columbus Circle.
The Perfect Day at Time Warner Center package includes one 50-minute Swedish massage at The Spa at Equinox, a pre-fixe lunch at A Voce for one, and one VIP shopping pass to The Shops at Columbus Circle.
The Perfect Evening at Time Warner Center pre-theater package includes a 5 p.m. pre-theater pre-fixe dinner for two at Porter House New York, two tickets to a live jazz performance at Dizzys Club Coca Cola at 7 p.m., and two VIP shopping passes to The Shops at Columbus Circle.
The Food, Fashion & Fun package includes two tickets to the Museum of Arts and Design, pre-fixe lunch for two at the Michelin-starred A Voce Columbus, two cocktails at Porter House New York, and gift bag filled with shopping incentives from The Shops at Columbus Circle.
Price: Bouchon Picnic and Ride in the Park: $59 for two; Perfect Day at Time Warner Center: $135 for one; Perfect evening at Time Warner Center: $115 for two; available until Oct. 31; Food, Fashion & Fun: $110 for two people; available Dec. 31, 2012.
Time Warner Center
Jumeriah Essex House wants to bring some romance to summer. The Romance package includes chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, fireside table for two at South Gate for the Chef’s Signature three-course dinner, VIP Access for two at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and insider shopping passes for two at Time Warner Center
Price: $519 per night; two-night minimum stay; available June 1 to Aug. 31.
Jumeirah Essex House
Located in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, The Resort at Glade Springsfeatures three championship 18-hole golf courses, an equestrian center, and indoor leisure center
The Free Activities Package includes two-nights lodging, breakfast, $50 restaurant food credit and one full day of free activities. Activity choices include 30-Minute equestrian trail rides,a 45-minute carriage ride, Zumba, yoga, or body sculpting classes, hiking, indoor and outdoor tennis, archery, laser tag, bowling and more.
Price: Starts at $142 per person; minimum two-night stay required.
The Resort at Glade Springs
The Beacon Hotel wants travelers to extend their vacations with the aptly-titled Stay Longer package. Guests who stay two or more nights get discounted rated.
Price: Rates vary by date; minimum two-night stay; available until November 2012.
The Beacon Hotel
Kimptons The Muse New York is celebrating the 2012 Olympics with the Let the Games Begin package, which includes a 25-percent discount on the fourth night, in-room English breakfast for two, complete with scones, marmalades, jams and breakfast teas, two afternoon pints of local lager in NIOS restaurant paired with the Tasting Trials of NIOS Olympic Bites
Price: $319 per night; available until Aug. 12, mention promotional code NYGOLD.
The Muse New York
The waterfront property Forty 1 North has a two-night Take A Bite Out Of Fall package which includes accommodations in LEED-certified rooms, a private vineyard tour, and a gourmet picnic for two at the nearby Sakonnet Vineyards & Winery, a one-hour cooking class with Executive Chef Peter Eco, and a five-course wine pairing dinner at The Grill.
The Take A Bite Out Of Fall package also includes a welcome Hibiscus champagne cocktail; a complimentary bottle of Winterwine (Icewine) 2010 from Sakonnet Vineyard, and the 41 North Breakfast, which can be enjoyed at The Grill or as room service.
In addition, hotel guests, visitors and locals can book a 60-minute mixologist course with Scott Fitzgerald for $50 per person, to learn Fitzgeralds tricks of the trade for made-to-order concoctions on Oct. 13, Oct. 14, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1.
Price: Starts at $1,395; available from Oct. 13 to Dec. 1.
Forty 1° North
Pink Sands Resort may have a hot designer 1960s Biba creator Barbara Hulanicki and an even hotter celebrity guest list but this resort is all about being cool. Its Half Board at Half Price promotion lets guests feast on authentic island cuisine for breakfast and dinner for $85 per person, per day, including a full breakfast and a three-course dinner.
Price: $495 per night; available until Aug. 31, 2012.
Pink Sands Resort
Travelers can paddle Snake River's scenic territory in Hell's Canyon and rope a calf at Carman Ranch on Plate & Pitchfork's five-day Ranch and Raft culinary adventure. The trip includes three meals a day prepared by Portland, Ore. chefs Jason Barwikowski of The Woodsman Tavern and Benjamin Bettinger of the new restaurant Imperial.
Plate & Pitchfork