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As it gets colder, travelers are beginning to think about ski destinations. And while Denver, Colorado might be on many people’s lists, they should also consider it for shoulder season cycling. There are plenty of trail options for bicyclists and you don’t have to go too far outside the city to find them. Scattered in the Front Range (where you’ll find Denver and Boulder) and in nearby Breckenridge (about an hour and a half west of Denver) are prime trails where bikers can get their thrills.
Shannon Galpin, 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and an avid cyclist. In 2009, she became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture doesn’t allow women to ride bikes. Galpin lives in Breckenridge and we’ve asked her to share her five favorite trail rides in Breckenridge and the Front Range. All can be reached by bike from the nearest town and are equally accessible to hikers. Read more
If you’re reading this post in a part of the world where winter has not yet gracefully given way to spring, you’re no doubt longing to escape to a place with the precise weather you want. But what if you haven’t planned a spring getaway and don’t exactly have a lot of money to spend on one? Don’t fret, we’re here to help! Read more
Rather than trying to escape the chilly weather this season, why not embrace it? Even in high season, many ski resorts offer lodging deals now, especially for travel on weekdays or toward the end of the season (late March and early April). Winter is also the cheapest time to travel to many cooler-weather metropolitan cities, both in the U.S. and abroad, so, if you can brave the lower temperatures, you’ll also enjoy reduced airfare and hotel rates.
Ski on fresh powder out West at major Colorado ski resorts like Breckenridge and Keystone, where individual condos through ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals start from just $119 per night. Most of Fairmont Hotels‘ 4-star properties throughout Canada offer rooms for 20 percent off this season, including the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, which sits at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Not only can you ski at the nearby Marmot Basin, you can also enjoy ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. 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
Breckenridge Resort is officially over-the-mountain: The Colorado resort marks its 50th ski season this year, and to celebrate, it’s slashing 50 percent off room rates from opening day (November 11) through December 15. The steeply discounted rates are available for rooms at The Village at Breckenridge, an all-condominium building within walking distance to the Quicksilver Lift and to Main Street. Plus, each reservation comes with two drinks and an appetizer at The Village’s Park Avenue Pub.
THE VALUE: Room rates at the resort drop to as little as $104 per night, a 50 percent savings.
THE CATCH: You must stay at least two nights to receive the 50 percent discount.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Breckenridge website to book the discounted rates by November 11.
You can’t turn around these days without bumping into some sort of “Where to Travel in 2011” roundup and a recent list issued by Lonely Planet included the interesting reminder that Colorado Territory is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year.
If both your Latin and multiplication are rusty, that’s sesqui or 1.5 times 100, meaning it’s been 150 years since a bunch of out-of-towners showed up for the Gold Rush, a good 15 years before President Grant made Colorado a state.
Why the book report? Well, I thought you might want to have some fun facts handy for irritating your kids in case you all decide to hit the Colorado slopes over the coming weeks. And why would you do that? For starters, you’ll get an instant $100 off any three-night or longer flight and hotel vacation package at Travelocity if you use the code COLORADO100 at checkout before March 30, 2011; you’ll need to travel by June 30. Also look for sales of up to 50 percent off at various Colorado hotels.
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