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Atlantic City has long been popular with visitors looking to try their luck at the casinos. For years glittery buildings with huge bingo halls, miles of gaming tables, and slot machines have taken up much of the famous boardwalk. But a couple of years ago hotels like Revel started the non-gaming trend by bringing in Beyoncé to set the new tone of the Atlantic City hotel. Suddenly there were more bars, nightclubs, restaurants by famous chefs, and even an outlet mall. It was a gas, albeit a pricey one. You’d need to be a high-roller — or at least be on the bankroll of one — to enjoy this area, especially in the peak summer season.

However, just as quickly as it opened, Revel and two other casinos are facing closure by summer’s end. Some blame Hurricane Sandy for the downfall. Others say the storm barely touched the boardwalk and was ill-reported. Still, the Atlantic Club has already shut its doors and the Trump Plaza and Showboat are next on the chopping block if a windfall doesn’t come.

But like Las Vegas, the fate of Atlantic City doesn’t have to depend on its casinos. In fact, it’s cheaper than ever to head to the shore, if you play your cards right. Here’s how: Read more

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The North Palm Beach area of Southeast Florida hasn’t historically been ripe with options for out-of-town travelers — but that’s all about to change come fall, with the opening of the Wyndham Grand Jupiter. The hotel boasts a prime location within Harbourside Place, a new $510 million development that promises impressive dining, cultural, retail, and entertainment offerings. And with the opening, of course, also comes a great deal.

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The David Bowie Is exhibit, the first retrospective of the musician’s career, showed to sold-out crowds at its inaugural run last year at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition brought together more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades, and it’s headed for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (its only U.S. stop) from September 23 through January 4. Tickets  for the show are $25 and go on sale July 31, but demand has been so high that they museum has already released a limited number of advance tickets at a premium price ($100). Those tickets are no longer available, but this deal from the Thompson Chicago is.

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Last month The Langham, Chicago launched a monthly Nickel and Dime Anniversary Tea to commemorate the 149th birthday of the original London hotel. The tea service sold out within 10 minutes. Why? Because the price is the same as it was when the hotel first opened its doors in 1865 — one shilling and six pence, or 15 cents. Read more

VirginBalloonThe storied Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland is celebrating its 90th birthday with the launch of an exclusive partnership with Virgin Balloon Flights to become the only Scottish hotel to offer guests hot-air balloon rides. For £2,100 ($3,595) groups of between ten and 16 can book a sunrise or sunset ride and get a bird’s eye view of the 850-acre estate and the surrounding countryside.

In the U.S., you can book hot air ballooning packages over Napa Valley at The Meritage Resort; over the Temecula Valley Wine Country at Pechanga Resort and Casino; over the desert floor at the Palm Springs Hyatt; over the canyons of New Mexico with El Rancho Hotel; or the Finger Lakes with Chalet B&B.

Take a look at our slideshow to get a bird’s eye view of some of these packages.

FontainebleauWe may all be feeling the heat right now, but it won’t be too long before it’s time to start heading south for warmer climes. If you can bear to think that far ahead, we recommend making your reservations for a December trip to Miami soon in order to take advantage of this Holidays in July offer from the glam Fontainbleau hotel.

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Angler's Miami South Beach, a Kimpton HotelAs temperatures are rising across the country, what could be better than sipping a summery drink while dipping your toes into the ocean (or the hotel pool)? If this sounds like your kind of summer getaway, Kimpton Hotels has a deal for you: The stylish boutique hotel chain is offering 25 percent off at their four upscale properties in Florida. To sweeten the deal, they’re throwing in two free poolside cocktails so you can fully chill out.

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Star-studded Olympic training and gravity-defying air shows, free public transportation and toasty weather without the humidity — Park City sounds like a perfect summer destination, doesn’t it? Still, tourists flock to the resort town in droves during the winter to ski the Rockies and leave by spring. Next time, we suggest lingering a while longer to enjoy the affordable thrills of summer. Here are four ways to enjoy the lively “down” season:

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Southwest Southwest Airlines have been a major player in the U.S. market over the past few decades, but today it takes its first step into the big, wide world. As of July 1, Southwest has begun service to Aruba and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. In the coming months flights to the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic from other gateways will follow.

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SunsetKeyOne of Florida’s most exclusive islands lies just 500 yards off Key West, yet most visitors only catch a glimpse of it while watching the sunset from Mallory Square.

The 27-acre Sunset Key is privately held by residents lucky enough to own multi-million dollar homes there, but the rest of us can get a taste, even if just for a few hours. There are only three ways you can board the free shuttle boat to the island from Key West (from the marina in front of the Westin Key West Resort). You can spend the night at one of the Westin’s Sunset Key cottages, have a reservation at their restaurant, or book a service at their spa. Read more

flickr.com/claudiaregina_ccJust because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning a winter getaway. We’ve already laid out some good reasons for visiting Iceland in the winter, but here is an offer from Icelandair that might seal the deal. Read more

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As with other major holidays like Thanksgiving, it hasn’t been easy to find great discounts for the Fourth of July. But if you’re still on the lookout for a last-minute getaway, not all hope is lost. Here are a few ideas for savings next week:

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It’s no surprise that vacation rentals have stolen the hearts of savvy travelers everywhere. Great savings, extra amenities, even the chance to get some local advice…what’s not to love? The fact that HomeAway has hit one million listings — making its inventory almost twice the size of other similar companies — just comes to show how this once-alternative means of accommodation is going mainstream. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up five affordable rentals that you can book this summer and beyond, for a taste of something different:

1. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica: $80/night
For the design enthusiast, this Costa Rican rental delivers on one-of-a-kind digs with a futuristic, geodesic design. Sleeping four to five with two bedrooms spread over two floors, this villa is less than a five-minute walk to Santa Teresa Beah and the area’s shops and cafes. We recommend getting out early to beat the heat, then settling in for an afternoon siesta if the rain hits. And, don’t worry, the AC units are well-equipped to keep you cool. 4-night minimum.

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Metropolitan by COMO

Miami might be steamy right now but, with this bumper list of new hotels, now is the time to enjoy off-season and introductory rates at the newly opened properties– or to start planning a trip around those that will be opening later this year and next.

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Cyber Monday is too long to have to wait for snagging great hotel deals, so we are pleased to see that a group of hotels have put together their own promotion and are calling it CyberSummer. On June 21, starting at midnight, 21 hotels and resorts in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean will be offering online deals, including four-diamond resorts for $99 a night, five-star hotels offering 50 percent savings, and free nights. Featured hotels include Casa Palopó in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (pictured above); the JW Marriott, Cusco, Peru, and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida. Read more

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