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At first glance, Restaurant Week might seem like a great way for travelers to try their destinations’ most beloved restaurants for less. The annual or biannual discount dining program typically offers three-course, prix fixe dinner in the $20-$40 range – and sometimes lunch for even less – at establishments that could typically set you back by more than $100 a meal. Alas, some restaurants will cut corners during this time, and the specials aren’t always all that special. Here are some Restaurant Week pitfalls to watch for, and how to avoid them: Read more
Good luck heading to the American West without a car. Outside of the major urban areas, the U.S. hasn’t exactly embraced the idea of mass transit. There are some exceptions, however. New Mexico in particular offers public transportation that’s not only convenient but affordable, meaning that you can finally have that ski weekend in Taos or jewelry shopping marathon in Santa Fe without driving. Read more
The 2012 ski season has kicked into gear, so if you’re looking to hit the slopes with your partner, but are also seeking romantic aprés-ski ambience and excellent dining, here are my suggestions for the best U.S. ski resorts for grown-ups – from the Adirondacks to the Rockies.
Jackson Hole, WY: Combine a funky cowboy-town vibe with world-class resorts – and add in a majestic setting against the stunning Grand Teton peaks – and you have Jackson Hole. Read more
Here’s one more Southwest spring deal, just for ShermansTravel.com users: a spa package at the fabulous El Monte Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico. The deal covers deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast for two, dinner for two at De la Tierra, a 60-minute custom massage for two, and free valet parking. At the resort, expect a holistic spa, beautiful grounds, and large suites and cottages, each with a world-inspired theme, from Asian minimalism to Native American spirituality. Details Rates start at $575/night for a Taos Mountain room, but suite upgrades are available. Travel is valid March through May (excluding May 27-May 30). Call 888/213-4419 and mention code L26. www.elmontesagrado.com
For general trip-planning information, see our New Mexico Travel Guide.
Check out more Southwest resort deals: San Antonio’s Hotel Contessa from $199, Santa Fe’s La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa from $144, Sedona’s Enchantment Resort from $315, and Utah’s Zion Ponderosa from $95.
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