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Guestroom at Orlando World Center Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott

According to this Orbitz report, the next couple of days will be some of the best for nabbing the lowest Thanksgiving airfare, whether you’re heading home to see family or venturing out on a vacation. Here are four great Thanksgiving hotel deals that dip as low as $118 per night, and top out at $189.

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Little River Inn, Mendocino, California - veranda

Little River Inn

California’s Mendocino coast, three hours north of San Francisco, is wild and rugged.  It’s home to beaches, lighthouses, farm-to-fork cafes, beautiful botanical gardens, and — of course — winery tasting rooms. One seaside property in the area, Little River Inn, is offering rates as low as $159 per night this winter.

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The River in Natchez

The River in Natchez/Melanie Warner Spencer

Plantations, a tavern in the oldest standing building in the Mississippi territory, casino action, blues bars, and charming B&Bs are just a few of the points of interest in Natchez, Mississippi. Established in 1716 by French colonialists, the city — located in the southwest corner of Mississippi, 90 miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and just under three hours from New Orleans — is situated on a scenic bluff and is imbued with history, beauty, and the romance of the Mississippi River. Here’s what do, see, eat, and drink during a long weekend in Natchez.

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Hotel Majestic Barriere in Cannes, France

If you’ve always thought that Cannes was the exclusive domain of the glitzy elite, think again. A vacation in this posh French community by the sea is now more accessible, thanks to an off-season promotion at the 4.5-star Hotel Majestic Barriere. This offer takes 75 percent off fall and winter stays, lowering rates to $174 per night.

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Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Oahu

With expanses of blue ocean everywhere, you wouldn’t think that Hawaii would need man-made swimming lagoons. But the ones at Ko Olina, on Oahu’s southwest coast, achieve something improbable on this naturally picture-perfect island: they’re beautiful.

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Villa Bagatelle Hotel Miami Beach - suite

Villa Bagatelle

Winter stays in sleek and chic Miami Beach — where the weather is sublime while other parts of the country are freezing — will unsurprisingly cost you a small fortune. But if you can swing a trip during the fall shoulder season, there’s a significant dip in hotel prices that makes a comfortable escape more manageable. Case in point: Special rates as low as $119 per night at Villa Bagatelle, a new French-inspired boutique hotel open since the spring.

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The Press Hotel/Hillary Richard

The red brick seaside city of Portland, Maine, has long been a favorite getaway for Northeast travelers. Though small, the community is independent, creative, and incredibly scenic. In the past few months, there’s been a new reason to (re)visit: the opening of The Press Hotel, a beautiful design-conscious boutique that’s proven to be popular with both locals and Maine denizens. Here’s our report.

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Paris Accommodation from Oasis Collection

Oasis Collection

Searching Airbnb listings in big cities can be daunting. Whether you’ve been to Paris one or 10 times, it’s still the case. You can spend hours scouring apartment descriptions trying to find just the right price point and quartier for your ideal vacation. Enter Oasis Collections. Founded in 2009 in Buenos Aires, this concierge-based vacation rental company lists beautiful rental apartments, but it also handles everything from reservations to check-out for you. Already known through South and Central America and slowly seeping into the U.S. market via Miami, Oasis Collections is now based in 15 cities across the globe with 24/7 concierge service in each destination.

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The Carlton Hotel

Room at The Carlton Hotel, New York City

On Manhattan’s buttoned-up East Side, The Carlton Hotel caters to visitors who want the feel of a classic New York City hotel stay without the chintz and creaky furniture that you’ll find in some of the city’s grand dames. Here’s a look at this hotel…

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The hanging spheres at Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux

Parc Aventures Cap Jaseux/Dana Rebmann

Canada’s a massive country, and that means there’s a plenty to do and see, especially in its less-visited regions. A few hours north of Québec City, you’ll find the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area. Quebecers have done a good job of keeping it a secret, but if you’re looking for some cool spots to spend the night, this Canadian territory is waiting to wow you.  Read more

King Room at the Rush Creek Lodge

King room/Rush Creek Lodge

Ready for a new place to stay in Yosemite National Park? Say hello to Rush Creek Lodge, which debuts in the park area in June. It’ll be the sister property of Evergreen Lodge, which is just a half-mile west of the park’s Highway 120 West entrance, and is the first hotel to open near the park in more than 25 years. Even better: The hotel is already taking reservations for its 2016 opening, and, if you book soon, you’ll be able to apply a $100 credit toward your stay.

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A guestroom at Ink48 hotel in New York City

An Ink48 guestroom/

Is it just us or did September fly by? Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us — and, luckily for those looking to spend a few days of the yuletide season in New York City, the four Kimpton hotels there are offering up to 40 percent off. That’s as low as $162 per night, a huge bargain in the spendy city.

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View from Hilton Chicago O'Hare Aiport

View from Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport/Christine Wei

I’ll be the first to admit: Airport hotels aren’t sexy. But for certain types of itineraries and travelers, they can make a lot of sense. Earlier this year, I stayed at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport (the only hotel on the actual grounds of the airport) the night before an early flight. This was a way for me to avoid dropping loads of cash on a cab in the morning. Plus, the underground concourse connects the hotel directly to the airport terminals.

But just how much is this convenience worth? Let’s take a look.

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The Swatch Group

Original artwork hung in the lobby of a five-star or boutique hotel is nothing new. We’re not even surprised by the occasional masterpiece, thanks to Steve Wynn’s collection of French Impressionist works at the Bellagio. But some hotels take art appreciation to the next level, inviting an artist to complete an original project during a one-year residency. Although they may not actually live at the hotel, resident artists typically keep set hours in the hotel’s studio, where you can watch them work, ask them questions, and maybe even serve as their model. Here are five hotels with artist-in-residence programs.

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beach cabanas at rancho pescadero, baja california, mexico

Rancho Pescadero

Typically, a yoga retreat costs several thousand dollars. But in the Baja California area of coastal Mexico, near the town of Todos Santos, Rancho Pescadero — a posh spa-focused hotel with only 29 rooms — is offering two affordable retreats through September 30.

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