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Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for August.
For the Epic Long-haul Trip: Singapore
If you’ve yet to cross Singapore off the bucket list, now’s the time. Characterized by fantastic street food, urban greenery, and of course diverse culture, this Asian destination has become increasingly popular over the years. And August is one of the best times of the year to create an epic itinerary, thanks to the plentiful events packed into the month. Dive right into Buddhist and folk traditions during Ghost Month, when you’ll see locals making food offerings on the streets and hosting live stage performances meant to entertain the spirits. On the last two weekends of the month, street performers, local and international artists, and interactive light installations take over the city for the Singapore Night Festival. And that’s not to mention the International Festival of the Arts, running through most of August and into September, that hosts 36 theater, dance, and music performances for just $25-$50 SGD ($19-$37 USD) each.
Mixology is all the rage, but often comes with steep prices to match the boozy libations. Jump on the trend and save some cash by indulging in the latest craze at resorts around the world — designer hot chocolate. While the weather is chilly, indulge in these cozy, chocolatey creations at affordable prices.
Good news for ski lovers: For the first time in 25 years, Park City, UT is a viable option for a last-minute long weekend trip over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (coming up this Monday). That’s because this year, for once, the holiday doesn’t coincide with the star-studded Sundance Film Festival — when rooms get sold out months in advance. To celebrate, many Park City hotels have unleashed a batch of deals to entice travelers to hit the slopes (and the 100 restaurants and lounges along Historic Main Street après-ski).
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:
Just because summer is fast approaching, that doesn’t mean that America’s ski towns are closed for business. In fact, lots of them are offering great deals to fill rooms in the off-season, including some high-end properties. The 4.5-star Waldorf Astoria Park City, the first ski resort in the luxe brand’s portfolio, is offering summer rates starting at $211. This special rate is for a 1-bedroom suite with a king bed and a sofabed (sleeps 4), which takes 15% off current rates. We saw rooms as high as $275 per night on other sites. There’s also an additional $35 per night resort fee, which covers internet access and a local shuttle. Read more
Ever thought about strapping on some boots and hitting a dusty trail? At these three resorts, you can get a taste of the cowboy (or girl) experience while taking in some of the country’s most beautiful surroundings. Read more
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts recently re-branded three lodges in Park City, Utah; Beaver Creek, Colorado; and Lake Tahoe, California as part of their new Hyatt Mountain Collection. Targeting skiers, the collection aims to drum up interest in the high-up mountain resorts, with one deal in particular leading the way.
By selecting the Stay at Three, Ski for Free offer, guests who book a 3-night stay at each of the three properties in the Hyatt Mountain Collection from November 27, 2013 through April 20th, 2014, will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass for the 2014/2015 winter season. The ski pass, which normally costs $729, provides unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenl, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora – with no blackout dates. Not a bad deal, especially if you had already planned to spend some time out west this fall – just nine nights spent at Hyatt hotels, and you’ll be set for the entire 2014/2015 ski season!
The three properties in the Hyatt Mountain Collection are the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (from $229); Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City (from $153); and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino (from $179)
To Book: Visit www.hyattmountaincollection.com and reserve each stay using the code EPIC.
The cold, snowy months of the U.S. winter feel a lot brighter when you hit the ski slopes. But traveling to the best resorts at the height of the season also means you’ll have to contend with crowded slopes and high prices.
If you want to miss those crowds, and don’t mind not actually getting to ski, consider visiting during shoulder season (from now until around mid-to-late-November) when there are still lots of activities on offer, but the resorts will be quieter and the prices lower.
Whether you call it leaf peeping, foliage following, or just “spending a day outside,” enjoying fall’s colors is one of the simplest joys of this wonderful time of year. Of course, there’s much more to autumn than looking at leaves. It’s harvest time, which means that it’s also festival time. We’ve compiled some of our favorite places to enjoy both the natural beauty and classic celebrations that come with the crisper temperatures. Our top 10 fall foliage destinations will take you all across the United States (with a quick jaunt up to Canada, as well). Whether these
hot cool spots are right in your backyard, a quick weekend trip away, or clear on the other side of the continent, they’re worth your attention.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: Vacation rentals often cost less per night compared to hotels. Of course, that statement isn’t always true – sometimes they can cost more, and it also depends on where you’re looking to vacation. Something else you might not know: July is National Vacation Rental Month, which means some companies are providing incentives for choosing them over more traditional lodging options. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering rates at 35 percent off their vacation condos and 25 percent off their vacation homes in many popular resort destinations across the country. And the best part of this deal? The offer is valid for prime summer travel, on select dates from July 1–September 3.
A great option for families or groups of friends, vacation rentals often provide all the comforts of home – lots of space, cooking areas, numerous rooms, and more – while saving you money. Stay four nights or more to secure the below sample offers and more: Read more
Do you know the difference between whiskey, bourbon, scotch, and rye? It can be confusing, especially since all bourbons are whiskey, but not all whiskeys are bourbons, and all scotch is whiskey, but not all whiskey is scotch. (Think of it like bubbly. All champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne.) Here’s your go-to guide on brown booze and where the best distilleries are around the world. Read more
After the holidays, we tend to get stuck in winter slumps. For many of us, as the temperatures drop and the sun goes down earlier, we’re left counting down the days until spring. But instead of hiding inside all winter, use the post-holiday months as a time to travel somewhere new, whether it’s to a relaxing beach, a ski resort out West, or Walt Disney World. All of the deals below are valid for travel throughout January – just in time to nip those winter blues in the bud.
January is one of the best months to visit Orlando, especially later in the month, when crowds at the theme parks are down after the holidays, and temperatures are in the perfect mid-70s. Hotels follow suit and dip down in pricing, like the 4-star Melia Orlando Suite Hotel, which starts at just $125 per night in January – a 45 percent savings on high season rates. The Melia is the closest all-suite hotel to the Disney Parks, and includes a full kitchen in each unit, plus a 360 -egree infinity pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary breakfast. Dozens more 4-star Orlando hotels are available for low rates in January, like the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orlando – Orange Lake Resort from $80 per night, the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa from $97 per night, and the Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club from $105 per night. Read more
In life, being in the right place at the right time can come down to serendipity. But in travel, it is almost always the result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. We call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot and make it a point to round up the best of them for you each season. We’ve covered the 20 best places to travel for value this winter and grouped them by region – follow the links to right to discover this season’s Sweet Spots.
We surveyed 10 popular U.S. winter resorts and uncovered deep savings at budget ski hotels that are just a hop, skip, and schuss from the slopes. Most tout nightly rates that hover between $100-150, and a couple go even lower than that: A cozy bed at the chalet-chic Stowehof Inn at Stowe, Vermont can be yours for only $78, and a double room at the eco-friendly 968 Park Hotel at Lake Tahoe goes for $109. With the peace of mind that comes with making a smart hotel choice, now you can focus on the slopes. To that end, we also highlight the newest bells and whistles at each ski resort, from high-speed chairlifts and state-of-the-art terrain parks to restaurant renovations and a white-knuckle winter zip line tour. Get a sneak peek of these winter hideaways with our Budget Ski Hotels slideshow.
Set in the pristine Wasatch Mountains, the Waldorf Astoria Park City offers luxury accommodations at one of the premier resorts in the nation. Act now to take advantage of the hotel’s very reasonable rates before the holiday rush: Rates range from $135 to $179/night during the fall months but skyrocket to at least $500/night in mid-December. With over $300 in savings, head to the Beehive State before it’s too late!
All guestrooms feature gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, wireless Internet, and Waldorf Bed and Bedding accompanied by Salvatore Ferragamo bath and amenity products. Onsite dining options include a restaurant, café, dessert bar, and room service.
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