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If you need another excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all National Parks – all 397 of them! – from April 21 through April 29, 2012 during National Park Week.
While most parks are free and open to the public year round, over 100 parks charge a fee to enter. The National Parks that usually charge admission include the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, the Everglades, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, and many more. But during National Park Week, all entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees are waived. Read more
The spring is arguably the best time for a recreational skier to visit a few of the seven ski resorts within an hour of the Salt Lake City airport. There’s still snow on the ground, but lodging prices are much lower than in peak season. For example, a room at the exclusive, ski-in/ski-out St. Regis at Deer Valley starts at $199 a night instead of $599 during the height of winter. The rate for a king room drops from $750 to $550 at the Washington School House, a newly renamed and revamped luxurious boutique property that is a stone’s throw from the action on Main Street (and ski-in/ski-out from Park City Mountain Resort). That includes a fine, home-style breakfast and all the après-ski snacks, microbrews, and wine you’d like – a rarity in this resort town.
Millions of people will be indoors watching the Super Bowl this Sunday, but Liftopia is offering exclusive lift ticket deals to get you out on the slopes – be quick, though, because the offers are limited. Currently, savings range from 20 to 76 percent and you can find deals at over 80 resorts, from Alaska to New England, organized by location.
Liftopia is an online lift ticket retailer that offers deals throughout the year and around the world, from small ski resorts in the Midwest, to big names like Sun Valley and Mammoth. The Game Day sale is Liftopia’s biggest sale yet, but be sure to check out the site (or use their iPhone app!) for great deals on lift tickets throughout the ski season.
Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, vacation packages, and other travel deals.
Valentine’s Day is a popular time for hotels to offer packages with champagne and romance concierges (you know, to help your hopeless partner plan a romantic evening out), but it’s not as easy to find packages that include spa treatments and massages. Luckily, we’ve done the searching for you, and we’ve found some great budget options as well as some luxurious extravagances. For both a romantic and relaxing February 14 (or thereabouts), try out these hotels and spas, from East Coast to West.
The Budget Picks:
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sunsets on the beach are already dreamy, but the Westin Beach Resort & Spa is taking the swoon factor a few steps further with its “Rekindle Romance” package. It starts at only $319/night and is available for stays from February 10-15. What do you get? The package includes breakfast in bed, a visit to Shula’s on the Beach (for dinner, the Chef’s Tasting Menu, and wine!), champagne and strawberry turndown, and the Heavenly Healing couple’s spa treatment at the Heavenly Spa.
Enjoy a free night’s stay this ski season at a 4-star Park City lodge. Pay as little as $119 per night when you travel now through December 14 and receive your third night free – a savings of 33% on current rates. Or, travel between December 15 and March 31, pay the same rates, and receive the fourth night free – still a 25% savings.
The Hyatt Escala Lodge is a luxury slope-side property owned by the Canyons Resort. It’s located just minutes away from the Park City mountain, which is Utah’s largest ski resort, as well as minutes from charming downtown Park City. Amenities at the resort include ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain, a hot tub and sauna, a fitness center, and free WiFi access.
Book by December 9.
THE VALUE: Get a free night’s stay when you book a room now at this upscale Park City lodge.
THE CATCH: You must book this deal by tomorrow, December 9.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Hyatt Escala Lodge and enter the promotion code SONSEL.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Salt Lake City, Utah (35 miles from Park City).
For general trip-planning information, see our Park City Travel Guide.
Montage Deer Valley – Deer Valley, Utah
This classic Craftsman resort tucked in to the forested slopes of Utah’s Deer Valley Resort with its ski-in/ski-out access is a truly evocative spot, reminiscent of the great North American mountain lodges from another era.
The resort is a mere 36 miles from Park City International airport and minutes away from the charming and historical town of Park City, the epicenter for cinematic and celeb activity every January with the Sundance Film Festival.
Check in to one of Montage Deer Valley’s 154 guest rooms or spacious 66 suites with gas fireplaces and sweeping mountain views. Then walk out your door and onto the slopes of Deer Valley Resort with its 2,026 acres of skiable terrain on six mountains with 100 exciting trails and an annual drop of 300 inches of fresh powder each year. If you need some ski assistance, simply call the on-site ski-concierge.
Heads up, skiiers and boarders: Though it’s only October, you can start dusting off your gear – if it’s gathered any, that is, since the spring season continued so late into the summer – for some sweet early season deals on the slopes.
We’ve already given you the scoop on Mammoth Mountain’s offerings in this Daily Deal post (snowfall report: The resort already has 18 inches!) but there are plenty of other places where snow is falling (thanks, La Niña!) and prices are, too.
Plan a leaf peeping or early winter getaway with this two-for-one offer from the Sky Lodge in Park City, Utah, a Condé Nast Traveler and Robb Report recognized boutique property. Book a room by October 15 and receive a second night free, cutting the price to just $150 per night! Travel is valid between October 3 and December 15, 2011.
Park City is one of the leading mountain resorts in the country and fall is a great time to visit and take in the breathtaking colors of the changing foliage. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied, from hiking in the surrounding trails, riding a bike through the hillside, or strolling along the avenues of Old Town Park City, just steps from the hotel. The picturesque mountain town is also home to not just one but three superb ski resorts, a perfect opportunity for some early season skiing.
After a day of exploration or hitting the slopes, unwind at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Sky Blue, which overlooks the beautiful mountain scenery. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail, craft beer and a bite to eat or relax at the fireplace or hot tub while taking in the stunning views.
THE VALUE: With the two-for-one offer, guests save 50% on a two- night stay at this 4-star property.
THE CATCH: Hurry, you need to book by October 15 to take advantage of this deal.
THE DETAILS: Go to www.theskylodge.com to book, or call 435-658-2500.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates and travel deals on flights.
For general trip-planning information, see our Park City Travel Guide.
Tucked in the southwest corner of Utah, a quarter-mile from Snow Canyon State Park, is the 4-star Red Mountain Resort, a favorite vacation destination for adventure seekers as well as travelers looking to enhance and restore physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Over Labor Day weekend, the resort will offer the Essential Retreat package, and guests staying three nights between August 31 and September 6 will receive $150 credit. In addition, ShermansTravel.com readers will receive an exclusive 15 percent off! This combination of savings knocks $80 off daily rates, down to just $150 per person, per night! Included in the retreat are three health-based meals per day, daily guided hikes, unlimited fitness classes, healthy life classes, personal discovery activities, and cooking demonstrations! With 7,400 acres of state park surrounding the resort, and the award winning Sagestone Spa onsite, the perfect balance of activity and relaxation is at hand.
THE VALUE: In addition to $150 credit on three night stays, as well as the exclusive 15 percent off, the daily inclusions are valued at over $100 per day!
THE CATCH: This deal and exclusive savings is valid for one week only and must be booked by September 4, 2011!
THE DETAILS: To book your stay, visit www.redmountainresort.com using promo code SHER15.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison to find low rates on flights to Las Vegas, just a two-hour drive from the resort.
Check out our Utah Travel Guide for further inspiration!
The Tour de France, the top cycling event of the year, recently rolled over the finish line, and the collective reaction from viewers elicited barely more than a ho-hum. Even so, it’s hard to deny the draw of the saddle while you’re watching riders cruise through enchanting French towns and flower-filled countryside.
To that end, here are several bike-centric getaways for travelers who prefer sightseeing on two wheels, whether your desired exertion level is straight up a ski resort in Utah or a simple cruise through the rolling hills of New England.
If you’re motivated by the Biggest Loser series but would prefer to shed your extra lbs off camera, you can actually check in to a Biggest Loser Resort. There are two existing locations, in Invin, Utah, and Malibu, and a third on the map for the Eastern Seaboard in 2012. These resorts are directly inspired – guess you could call them spin offs – of the NBC show and are no-joke fitness camps where guests can work their butts off to achieve serious weight-loss results. Expect the kind of drill sergeant-led training programs you’d see Jillian Michaels belting out on the show. Go ahead and check out what a day entails at the Malibu property here. The resorts themselves don’t look particularly luxe. They’re really all about education, nutrition, and maintaining the “loser lifestyle.” (One can only hope the future franchise does some rebranding and loses the loser name. Does anyone really want to be called a big loser? How has that stuck?) We wouldn’t call a stay here a vacation, not even a fitness vacation. Pretty sure the only pleasurable part of your trip will be checking out a good 10 pounds lighter. But, the promise of weight loss is a powerful thing. Or so it seems. The Invin resort is booked solid through October. Rates start from $1,995/week for double occupancy or a shared room in Invin; $2,295 in Malibu. Prices include all meals and classes. www.biggestloserresort.com
Now is a great time to travel to the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah with this great Mountain Treasure Package that gives guests a nightly rate of just $150 per night. This AAA Four-Diamond Resort offers beautiful decor, a location with amazing skiing and snowboarding, and the utmost luxury. To make this package even more appealing, guests are given a $50 gift card for every night of their stay that can be used like cash at all outlets operated at the Canyons Resort, including the Grand Summit Health Club and Spa, The Farm Restaurant, Canyons Mountain Sports, and the Red Pine Café. Canyon Resort is the ideal vacation spot for families, groups, and couples. Book your room at least 72 hours in advance and travel till November 25, 2011.
THE VALUE: This saves over 35% on winter rates, plus the $50 credit for each night of stay.
THE CATCH: Rooms are based on availability at the time booking.
THE DETAILS: To book your stay, visit Canyon Resort or call (866) 604-4171.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search tool to find low rates on flights to Park City, Utah.
Nationwide heat waves have made it feel like summer is in full swing, but the year’s steamiest season officially kicks off June 21. To celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at its 394 parks for that day only.
That means you won’t have to spend a penny to witness the Grand Canyon’s vertigo-inducing cliffs or be dwarfed by Yosemite’s massive sequoias.
The only drawback here is that the solstice falls on a Tuesday. If you’re bound by vacation days instead of a school calendar, we still suggest playing hooky and checking out one of our Top 10 National Park Hikes. Favorite picks include spelunking in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, exploring Bryce Canyon’s otherworldly hoodoos, and retreating to Shenandoah National Park’s leafy section of the Appalachian Trail.
Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
This year’s record snowfall has kept ski junkies and snowboarders smiling all season. And it’s not over yet: Several West Coast resorts are helping enthusiasts squeeze in a few more runs by keeping slopes open through Memorial Day (and even July 4!), thanks to deep snowpack and even a dumping of several inches this week.
Here, a few destinations where you can continue to carve up the slopes with great spring skiing. If it’s warm enough, go ahead and bust out the board shorts or bikini top (but don’t forget the goggles and sunscreen!)
Forget about spa days or breakfast in bed. Today’s moms are adventurous, bold, and sexy. So this Mother’s Day, we’ve unearthed packages that will have moms throwing axes, rappelling off cliffs, sitting for their own portrait painting, and going to a Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Celebrate with mom by taking her on one of these thrilling escapades that will make her feel great, embrace life, and celebrate the ways she inspires her family every day.
Ax Throwing, Hauling Lobster, Riding Harleys: The New England Inns & Resorts Association offers over 20 action-packed “bucket list” packages, from zip-lining in Vermont to rock climbing in New Hampshire. There are also activities like hauling lobster in Maine and ax-throwing in New Hampshire – for moms who want to channel their inner lumberjack (or jill). The full selection gives moms plenty of new ways to explore New England. Overnight rates start at $139; Mother’s Day weekend overnight rates from $152.
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