Ah, fall! Autumn is one of the best seasons for taking a weekend getaway, with crisp afternoons, beautiful foliage, and harvest bounties in many parts of the country. There are plenty of deals to entice you to hit the road and enjoy the pleasures of the season. I found getaways starting at $45 per night, based on double occupancy.
These are just a few of the latest offerings from a sampling of popular destinations nationwide. If you have a different place in mind, contact your favorite hotel company and the local convention and visitors' bureau to see the most current promotions.
Myrtle Beach Retail Therapy From $45/Night
The Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach is offering a "Shop 'Til You Drop" package including three nights' lodging, a welcome cocktail, one buffet breakfast at the resort restaurant, and shopping discount booklets for the nearby Tanger Outlets. Rates range from $45 to $88 per night for stays through November 30. Get more information on the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort website.
Centennial Savings in Zion National Park
The Zion Lodge in Utah's Zion National Park is offering a "Zion-tennial" discount in honor of the park's 100th anniversary. Get a motel room for $100 per night for stays from October 28 through November 24. Request rate code "100for100" when booking your stay; visit the Zion Lodge website to make your reservation.
Safari Weekends in the Wine Country From $130/Night
If you can't make it to Africa, you can get a little taste of a safari by booking a stay at Safari West, a wildlife preserve and African-style tent camp in Santa Rosa, California. The property is offering a "Full Moon Madness" special—lodging for $130 per night and continental breakfast—on select dates in October, November, and December. Tours and other meals may be added at an additional cost. Get more information on the Safari West website.
Three Nights for $400 in Lake Placid
The High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, New York, is offering a "400 Years for $400" package, where guests can book a three-night stay for $400 (or approximately $133 per night). This offer is available through November 15. To get more information or make a reservation, visit the High Peaks Resort website.
Post-Renovation Sales in Washington, D.C.
The Eldon, a suite-style hotel in downtown Washington, D.C., recently re-opened its doors after an extensive renovation. To celebrate the new decor and improvements, the management is offering promotional rates from $154 per night. No expiration date has been listed for the discounted pricing; get more information on the Eldon website.
Fall Savings in San Antonio From $159/Night
The Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel in San Antonio is offering a "Fall Back and Relax Package" for stays through December 30. Book the promotion and receive accommodations from $159 per night and a late checkout upon request. For those who can extend their weekend, the hotel is offering a third night free when you book two nights. For reservations, visit the Omni La Mansion del Rio website; be sure to request rate code "FALL" when booking your stay.
SeaWorld Weekends in Orlando From $184/Night
The Embassy Suites Orlando—International Drive/Jamaican Court has a "Journey to Adventure" package from $184 per night for stays through December 20. The promotion includes two nights' accommodations in a two-room suite, daily breakfast buffet, complimentary happy hour beverages at the bar each evening, two combo passes for one day at Aquatica and one day at SeaWorld, and transportation to both theme parks. To make a reservation, visit the Embassy Suites website and use rate code "SEA."
Romantic Getaways in Baltimore From $189/Night
The Peabody Court hotel in Baltimore is sponsoring a "My One and Only Fall Romance Package" including overnight accommodations, valet parking, a bottle of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast for two, and a late checkout. Rates start at $189 per night for stays through December 22. Get more information on the Peabody Court website.
Luxury Getaways on the California Coast From $199/Night
The Bodega Bay Lodge, located along scenic U.S. 1 in Bodega Bay, California, is offering a "Bed & Breakfast Package" including overnight accommodations and daily breakfast from $199. This package is available through December 31. For reservations, visit the Bodega Bay Lodge website.
End-of-Season Deals in Mesa Verde National Park
The Far View Lodge in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park is offering discounted stays as its season draws to a close. The "Soaring Savings" package, available through October 21, includes overnight accommodations, a half-day guided ranger tour of Mesa Verde's ancient sites, and continental breakfast. The cost is $199. Get more information on the Visit Mesa Verde website; request promo code "SOARING" when booking the package.
Grand Teton and Yellowstone From $217/Night
The Teton Mountain Lodge, located near the entrance of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, has a "Celebrate Our Parks Package" including three nights' accommodations, a seven-day park pass for two to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, a guidebook to both parks, a complimentary Flip video recorder, and a DVD of Ken Burns' new documentary about the U.S. national park system. Rates are $217 per night with the three-night minimum requirement; this promotion is available through October 31. For more details, visit the Teton Mountain Lodge website.
Chocoholic Getways in Chicago From $189/Night
Chocolate lovers may want to book a fall getaway at the Swissotel Chicago, which is sponsoring a "Chocoholics Package" featuring overnight lodging, a Chicago Chocolate tour for two, warm brownies and hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, and a late check-out. Per-night rates are $249 for October stays, $229 in November, and $189 in December. The offer expires January 31. For more information, visit the Swissotel Chicago website.
Retro Weekends in Atlantic Beach, Florida, From $119/Night
The Palms Retro, a new hotel in Atlantic Beach, Florida, is offering a grand opening special, "Some Like it Hot," with rates from $119 per night for weekend stays. Discounts are also available for those who wish to book the entire 10-room hotel (weddings, girlfriends' getaways, family reunions, etc.). For more information, visit the Palms Retro website.
Luxury Weekends in Manhattan From $269/Night
The Affinia Manhattan Hotel is sponsoring a "Two for the Show" package from $269 per night. It includes accommodations in a one-room suite, a bottle of wine, turndown service, breakfast for two, and a late checkout. This offer is available through December 31. For reservations, visit the Affinia Hotel website and request rate code "SHOW."
Alaska Early Booking Bonus
The McKinley Village Lodge and the McKinley Chalet Resort, both part of the Denali Park Resorts in Alaska, are offering early booking bonuses to travelers who book a 2010 stay (any day, any month) before December 31. Early booking rates are 25 percent off standard lodge pricing and range from $183 to $224 per night. For more information, visit the Denali Park Resorts website.
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