Archive for October, 2010

Smugglers’ Notch Resort is top pick for families in SKI Magazine “Top 50 Resorts” rankings

October 24, 2010

For the 12th year, Smugglers’ Notch Resort in northern Vermont has been selected as #1 for family programs by readers of SKI Magazine in the magazine’s annual survey for their “Top 50 Resorts.”

“We are thrilled to again receive this recognition,” says Bill Stritzler, Smugglers’ owner and managing director. “Years ago we focused our mission on being the best resort for family fun, anywhere. Responding to families’ vacation interests and recreational needs is the cornerstone of our operations here at Smugglers’, enhanced by the careful attention our employees pay to customer service.”

Further emphasizing the Resort’s appeal to vacationing families, Smugglers’ received top 10 ranking among Eastern resorts in the categories of overall satisfaction, value, lodging, off-hill activities and service. Smugglers’ also received top 10 recognition for the challenge and variety of its terrain. Smugglers’ three mountains and 78 trails feature 1000 acres of terrain for all abilities, from the novice skiers and riders enjoying Morse Mountain’s gentle runs to the extreme experts taking on Madonna Mountain’s gnarly double and triple black diamond Fab Five trails.

In a departure from traditional ski school instruction, Smugglers’ Snow Sport University offers experiential on-slope learning to students. Accompanied by an instructor-guide, skiers and riders explore terrain appropriate for their ability level, from wide learning trails and gentle cruisers to narrow steeps and woods. All-day children’s camps for skiing and snowboarding instruction start at age 3 for young skiers and riders, and an innovative program based in Smugglers’ Treasures Child Care Center introduces 2 ½ year olds to skiing with fun age-appropriate instruction techniques.

New Zipline Canopy Tour

Responding to increasing interest by families in soft adventure experiences, a year round zipline canopy tour is planned to open at the Resort in December 2010. Participants on the 2.5-3-hour tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, will ride more than 4,000 feet of cable on eight sections of zip line, cross suspension bridges, and rappel from trees. Scenic lookout and tree platforms in a mature forest consisting of stands of hemlock, white birch and sugar maple will yield stunning views of the Resort, Mount Mansfield and the Green Mountains. In keeping with the Resort’s commitment to environmental stewardship through nature-focused programs that combine learning and fun, Smugglers’ canopy tour guides will highlight the ecology and natural history of the area to participants.

For additional information on Smugglers’ Notch Resort, visit http://www.smuggs.com. The Resort’s vacation planning and information phone number is 1-800-451-8752.

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HISTORIC CRANWELL RESORT IN BERKSHIRES TURNS BACK CLOCK WITH SPECIAL FALL RATES

October 19, 2010
Historic Cranwell Resort Rolls Back the Clock

Historic Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA amid the Berkshires is rolling back the clock to offer a second night's stay for $18.94, the year the Gilded Age mansion was built © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The historic Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club in the Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts is turning back the clock with a “Fall Back in Time” special that celebrates its past and offers a second night stay for just $18.94 (the year the resorts’ historic Gilded Age Mansion was built).

Cranwell is as rich in history as it is with hospitality. Over the years, it has played host to the likes of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Vanderbilts, and President William McKinley. The centerpiece of Cranwell’s 380-acre estate is a Tudor-style Mansion, commissioned by W. J. Sloane and constructed back in the Cottage Era in 1894.

To celebrate its heritage, Cranwell is offering the “Fall Back in Time” special where guests can get a second night for only $18.94 when they book one night at the published non-discounted rate. The offer is valid for two consecutive nights, October 1 – December 21, 2010, excluding weekends in October and holidays. For information and reservations, call 800-272-6935, visit http://www.cranwell.com, or book online and use Promotion Code FBIT.

Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club is an all-season resort in the heart of the scenic Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, known for its abundant cultural venues including the famed Tanglewood Music Center and the Norman Rockwell Museum. In addition to a graceful, historic Gilded Age Mansion, this award winning resort features 114 distinctive guest rooms, an 18-hole Championship golf course set on 380 hilltop acres and one of the largest resort Spas in the Northeast. With three restaurants and spacious banquet rooms, Cranwell also hosts numerous year-round conferences, weddings and social events.

Cranwell Resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ and Historic Hotels of America. The resort is listed in Zagat’s “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas” and some of their many awards include the SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award for one of “Best Spa Resorts for Golf”, the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence.

Cranwell is located just two and one-half hours from New York City and Boston in the historic New England village of Lenox, Massachusetts.

See: BERKSHIRE’S CULTURE & CRANWELL RESORT’S LUXURY ARE UNBEATABLE COMBO

BOSTON’S BIG DIG WALKING TOUR IS LED BY ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS

October 19, 2010

Context Travel has launched a new walking tour of Boston’s “Big Dig”, led by architectural historians. The walk looks at the transformation of Boston between the 1950s, when an expressway was cut through downtown, and its subsequent rerouting underground in the 1990s. This was one of the largest urban engineering projects ever undertaken, earning it the moniker “the Big Dig.”

“You can’t underestimate the impact of the Big Dig on the urban fabric of Boston,” says Context co-founder Paul Bennett. “It transformed the downtown of Boston from a shadowy, unsavory and uninteresting place into a sun-filled, active, amazing city center. There’s also a great story here of urban development, politics, and corruption. This is the stuff of a great walk.”

Context’s Big Dig walk starts at Fanueil Hall with a brief tutorial on the architectural and urban beginnings of Boston. Using archival maps, Context docents will trace the development of the city, moving through downtown Boston and out into the greenway where the expressway once stood, now a lovely linear park that meanders through the city. Here, using a variety of visual cues, from windowless facades to old wharves to the exciting new landscape, we’ll talk about the 20-year process of the Big Dig and the engineering, architectural, and political struggles that underpinned it.

The Big Dig is limited to 6 participants at a time. The walk is offered both privately on request and as a group walk every day of the week. Group walks are priced at $65 per person, private walks are available at $300 per party.

Founded by National Geographic writer Paul Bennett and graphic designer Lani Bevacqua, Context is a network of English-speaking scholars and professionals – including art historians, writers, architects and gastronomes – who organize and lead didactic walking seminars in several world cities, including: Florence, Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London, New York, Istanbul, Philadelphia, Madrid, Athens, and Boston. Travel + Leisure has named Context one of the top European tour companies for its innovative approach to travel and the depth of its programs.

To learn more about Context, visit its website: www.contexttravel.com.

Scribbler’s Retreat Writers Workshop at King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

October 15, 2010
King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia

The historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, is hosting Scribbler’s Retreat.

Through the years, the abundant beauty of the Georgia coast has inspired artists of every stripe, including poets, novelists and playwrights. In 1878, poet Sidney Lanier extolled the lush beauty of this coastal landscape, in his ode to “The Marshes of Glynn.” One of the best-known local authors was Eugenia Price, who wrote 14 historical novels about the Georgia and Florida coasts in the 1800s. During the 1930s, playwright Eugene O’Neill built a home and worked on Sea Island, where he wrote “Ah, Wilderness,” his only comedy.

Contemporary writers can find similar inspiration November 11-13, 2010 at the Scribbler’s Retreat Writers Workshop at the award-winning historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Pairing professional guidance and fellowship during the two-day conference, writers attend workshops, lectures and panel discussions led by 10 bestselling authors, editors, publishers and celebrated literary professionals. In addition to enjoying the luxurious Resort’s oceanfront accommodations, dining and Southern hospitality, attendees learn the newest in technology and innovative publishing trends

The conference begins with an Opening Ceremonies Banquet and ends with an Evening with the Authors cocktail reception. Celebrated authors are Diana Gabaldon, Karen White, Adam Davies and Ciji Ware.

Rates for conference participants: $395/per person (10 writer’s workshops, banquet and cocktail reception); $795/per person (three nights at the King and Prince Hotel, 10 writer’s workshops, banquet and cocktail reception). Special group rates are available.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. For reservation information, call 912-638-3631, www.kingandprince.com

For conference information, call 800-996-2904, www.scribblersretreatwritersconference.com

BRITRAIL PASSES ARE 20% OFF FOR LOW SEASON TRAVEL

October 15, 2010

BritRail’s Low Season Passes offer 20% off retail prices and unlimited travel on the national rail network throughout Great Britain – England, Scotland and Wales – for travel during low season, when savvy travelers can also take advantage of low rates on lodgings and no crowds at major sites.

Low Season fares start at approximately $43 USD per day (based on a Low Season 3 Day BritRail England Consecutive Pass in standard class at 2010 prices) and are valid for travel between November 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.  Take advantage of this great discount by purchasing a BritRail Flexi or Consecutive Pass or BritRail England Flexi or Consecutive Pass anytime before February 15, 2011.

Passengers appreciate the flexibility that only a BritRail Pass can provide, by hopping on and off the trains and enjoying a number of unforgettable scenic routes that roll by outside the window. What is more, BritRail is the most economical and convenient way for independent travelers to explore Britain, thanks to its fast and frequent service and environmentally friendly advantages. (To browse the full range of rail passes and tickets offered by ACP Rail visit http://www.ACPRail.com.)

Traveling during the low season has other benefits, as well, from big savings on flights and hotel accommodations, to fewer crowds at top tourist attractions.  Loads of cultural and historic highlights of Great Britain are along the route: be sure to visit Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle, the Roman Baths, Leeds Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral and countless other museums, castles, gardens, and more.

The Great British Heritage Pass is the perfect BritRail Pass companion, offering entry to these sights, plus nearly 600 other UK heritage properties – just another way to realize great savings during the low season!

Interested in reading other exciting travel stories? Visit http://www.acprail.com/blog to browse what’s new in Great Britain and other top rail destinations.

For more travel features, visit www.travelwritersmagazine.com/TravelFeaturesSyndicate

LOEWS NEW ORLEANS FEATURES VISIT TO NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

October 15, 2010

Visitors planning a trip to Loews New Orleans Hotel and the Big Easy now have more than Bourbon Street, Riverwalk and the French Quarter to explore. New Orleans is home to the National World War II Museum whose interactive displays and exhibits encompass the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, the home front during WWII and the invasions in the Pacific.

The hotel’s “National World War II Museum Experience” package features admission to the museum and a showing of the 35-minute Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience executive produced by Tom Hanks.  The immersive journey from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day with breathtaking effects, rare archival footage and images, CGI animation and multi-layered projection includes the voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Connolly, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Brad Pitt and Gary Sinise, among others.

“New Orleans is a city of more than just festivals, food and fun,” says David Bilbe, general manager of Loews New Orleans Hotel. “We have a great cultural and historic tradition.  New Orleans is home to ‘Higgins Boats’ which were used in WWII for the American amphibious operations in Europe and the Pacific to transport the troops from ship to shore. The National World War II Museum is a shared experience for multi-generations of families visiting together.”

The Loews New Orleans’ “National World War II Museum Experience” package includes:

  • Luxurious guest room accommodations
  • Two tickets for admission to National World War II Museum
  • Two tickets to see Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D experience in the museum’s Solomon Victory Theater
  • A 10 percent savings on purchases at the Museum Store
  • Complimentary overnight hotel valet parking

The rate starts at $147 and is valid through December 29, 2011 and subject to availability and change.

The National World War II Museum’s exhibitions blend personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and never before seen film footage to tell the stories of the amphibious landings that made victory in World War II possible. Visitors also can experience the Solomon Victory Theater, featuring Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience; the Stage Door Canteen, a recreation of a wartime entertainment venue; and the American Sector – a Chef John Besh restaurant. .  For more information, call (877) 813-3329 or (504) 527-6012 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org.

Situated adjacent to New Orleans’ Arts District, the 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel features sweeping views of the Mississippi River or New Orleans skyline. Personalized service and beautifully appointed guestrooms provide an unpretentious Four-diamond and MORE experience, while Café Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar (operated by the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants) offers award-winning local cuisine in a relaxed setting, embodying the essence of the Crescent City.

For reservations call 866-211-6411 or 504-595-3300 or visit www.loewshotels.com.

EXPERIENCE 11 DAYS WITH AIR TO EXOTIC BORNEO AND BANGKOK FOR ONLY $1,799

October 15, 2010

Travelers can visit two of Asia’s most fascinating and exotic destinations, Borneo and Bangkok, for 11 days starting at only $1,799 (per person, double occupancy). The offer, from Friendly Planet, includes roundtrip airfare, accommodation at deluxe hotels, local transfers, daily breakfast and several lunches, and even tours.

Visitors can take advantage of their airfare and opt for a pre or post-tour extension. Explore Malaysia’s dazzling capital city Kuala Lumpur starting at only $199 (per person/double), or relax on Thailand’s remote beaches of Phuket Island starting at $550 (per person/double).

For a limited time only, this special fare starting at $1,799* reflects an early booking discount if reserved by December 8, 2010. Round-trip Economy Class airfare from LAX on award-winning China Airlines is provided. Airline fuel surcharge is included. Additional taxes and fees total $95. Both extension specials include accommodation at deluxe hotels and local transfers.

Rich in cultural diversity, Malaysia offers a truly Asian experience. The exotic country provides a unique culture experience, tantalizing food, an array of attractions and activities, and great value for your dollar.

Thailand is considered a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural, and religious crossroad. The country offers over miles of coastline, bays and coves, with many beach and island activities.

To book, call Friendly Planet Reservations at 800-555-5765, http://www.friendlyplanet.com.

For more information on the special deal, visit http://www.friendlyplanet.com/exotic-borneo-bangkok.html?src=em100510.

 

Vail Resorts 2010-2011 ‘Best for Less’ Deals

October 15, 2010
Nordic Skiing at Keystone CO

Enjoy Nordic skiing as one of the three-for-free options at Keystone. Vail Resorts has a score of "Best for Less" deals this season © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Vail Resorts may be considered posh for their outstanding facilities and services, but the company, with six world-class resorts, offers many ways to save on a winter vacation. This season’s ‘Best for Less’ offers feature deals and offers designed to provide skiers and riders the best value on lift tickets, rental equipment, ski lessons, dining, lodging and more for their ski vacation.

Lift Tickets and Season Passes
Vail Resorts also offers an array of season pass products that provide skiers and riders with the best value in the ski industry. At, $619 the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to six world-class resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as at Arapahoe Basin and the new Epic 7-Pack is a seven-day, unrestricted ticket that skiers and snowboarders can use at any one of Vail Resorts’ five mountain resorts and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $469—which works out to be $67 per day. The Epic 7-pack differs from a seven-day lift ticket because it can be used any time during the season, from beginning to end. The Summit Pass provides unlimited lift access to the top Summit County resorts – Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin – without date restrictions at $419 for adults. For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

Lowest Price Guarantee on Lift Tickets
It’s simple! When you purchase your lift tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Heavenly in advance through one of the Vail Resorts Official Ticket Outlets (this website or by calling a Vail Resorts reservation center) you are guaranteed the best price on our lift tickets. Visit www.snow.com for more information.

Lodging Packages
Ski Free Stay Free
Pay for three nights lodging and two days of skiing and receive one extra night and day of skiing free! That’s a savings of almost 30%. Prices start as low as $315 per person!
Valid: November 18, 2010 – April 25, 2011 visit www.snow.com for more information.

Holidays On Us
Vail Resorts is giving travelers a free night of lodging on the season’s most popular holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Easter Sunday – in the Company’s managed ski resort condos and townhomes or the nine elegant RockResort properties in Vail, Aspen, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Santa Fe, St. Lucia and Jackson Hole. Book by October 31, 2010 and the package is restricted and the guest must stay five consecutive nights to receive the holiday night free. www.HolidaysOnUs.com

Ski School
The Adventure Sessions: If Ski School had Recess this would be it! For $129 guests can explore the mountain and maximize their enjoyment on the slopes with an expert guide from the Ski & Ride Schools at all five resorts. Unlike more formal ski and ride school lessons, the new Adventure Sessions are more loosely structured, focusing on whatever the group chooses such as bumps, bowls, cruisers or powder, while still providing tips on how to improve their skiing and riding. The program is geared towards intermediate and expert level skiers and riders who are looking for more adventure, a locals’ view of the mountain and less of an instruction and class setting of a standard ski school class.

Ultimate 4: Apremium group lesson program for children ages 3–12 years with only 4 children per instructor. Your kids will be able to explore the mountain all day long while fine tuning their skills in a small-group setting, starting at $210*.

On Mountain Dining
Lunch for Less
“Lunch for Less” is a value meal that is offered across all five resorts for $9.95 and includes an entrée, side dish and a beverage. The Lunch for Less meal may vary from day to day and from resort to resort and include a wrap and soup one day or a pasta and salad the next. It’s the perfect way to refuel on the slopes and experience a variety of menu offerings over a multi-day visit.

Mountain Meal Card
Vail Resorts guests can take advantage of a convenient, pre-paid Mountain Meal Card which offers added value with an extra 10 or 20-percent dollar value based upon the amount purchased. For the first $100 purchased, guests will receive a 10 percent additional value. For values of $200 and up, 20 percent of the total will be automatically loaded on to the card. The Mountain Meal Card must be pre-purchased in advance prior to arrival at the resort.

Rent Equipment Online & Save up to 20% Off
Reserve your ski and snowboard rentals online and save up to 20% off our 2010-2011 walk-in rates. Rent everything you need at your convenience – online – and it’ll be waiting for you the rental shop at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly Resorts. Visit www.rentskis.com for more information

Three for Free Activities at Keystone
At Keystone choose Three Activities for Free when you stay at Keystone. Select three free activities during your stay. Activity choices include: Free night ski on day of arrival, scenic sleigh ride, NASTAR racing, ice rink admission, Nordic trail admission and more. Visit www.keystoneresort.com

See our feature stories:

BEAVER CREEK: PENULTIMATE IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN SKIING

NIGHT & DAY IN HEAVENLY:
Your Inner Angel & Devil Both Get Time to Play At Resort that Straddles Nevada & California

VAIL RESORTS’ TOP 10 LIST OF FREE AND EPIC DEALS THIS WINTER

October 15, 2010

 

Keystone ski resort ice skating rink

Skate for free at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

There’s loads to do at Vail ski resorts that have nothing to do with strapping boards onto your feet and shushing down a mountain:

10. Free nature nights and programs. Think bears hibernate? Think again. Learn the difference between torpor and hibernation and get the dirt on local vegetation and other animals through Beaver Creek’s Ski with a Ranger program (valid lift ticket required), a guided nature program on snow, or Vail’s fireside Nature at Night. They’re free and perfect for the whole family. www.beavercreek.com or www.vail.com

9. Free guided tours. All of our resorts offer free mountain welcome tours for intermediate to advanced levels. Check with a friendly guest service team member or call a concierge to get the details on where and when to meet (or visit www.snow.com). Typically, the tours meet in the morning at the base of the mountain or on top of the mountain (depending on the resort) and last anywhere from an hour to two, during which time you’ll get an overview of the mountain, pick up a few tips from the locals and even learn a bit of history about our resorts and towns.

8. Free rides. You can’t beat the price or the convenience. Plus the free in-town (or in-resort) shuttle systems at Vail, Heavenly, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge have an added bonus – they’re also good for Mother Nature. Leave the car at home and let our drivers navigate our alpine villages, resorts and roads. www.snow.com

7. Rock for free! Between Vail Snow Daze, Vail Holidaze, CarniVail and Spring Back to Vail, there are plenty of opportunities to catch free headline acts, great contests like the Dummy Gelunde and World Pond Skimming Championships, parties, giveaways and more…and great lodging offers. http://www.vail.com. Check out Spring Massive or the Dew Tour concert. www.vvf.org or www.breckenridge.com

6. Free postcard + free postage at Beaver Creek. “Wish you were here” was never so easy, convenient or … so, free. On a daily basis, the top-rated Beaver Creek guest services team hand outs free collector resort postcards to visitors that they will then actually mail for you – for free. Yep, postage is free for you, too.

5. Yummy free freshly baked cookies at Beaver Creek. Every afternoon, it’s Cookie Time at Beaver Creek. Reward yourself after a great day on the slopes (or a great day in the spa or shopping or relaxing off the slopes) with a freshly baked, warm, chewy and gooey chocolate chip cookie served daily in the slopeside Beaver Creek Village by Cookie Time chefs (near the escalators!). http://www.beavercreek.com

4. Free ice skating, yoga, snowshoeing and kids puppet shows at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more.

3. Fly in Ski Free. Ski free the day you arrive at Vail and Beaver Creek when you fly direct into the Eagle Airport, located 30 minutes from the slopes. Simply take your boarding pass and Vail or Beaver Creek lodging confirmation to any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window, and ski the same day with a complimentary lift ticket till the lifts close. Some restrictions apply. For more information visit www.flyvail.com

2. Free Holidays. Vail Resorts is giving travelers a free night of lodging on the season’s most popular holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Easter Sunday – in the Company’s managed ski resort condos and townhomes or the nine elegant RockResort properties in Vail, Aspen, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Santa Fe, St. Lucia and Jackson Hole. Book by October 31, 2010 and the package is restricted and the guest must stay five consecutive nights to receive the holiday night free. http://www.HolidaysOnUs.com

AND …one more EPIC deal for the ski season:

1. Vail Resorts also offers an array of season pass products that provide skiers and riders with the best value in the ski industry. At, $619 the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to six world-class resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as at Arapahoe Basin and the new Epic 7-Pack is a seven-day, unrestricted ticket that skiers and snowboarders can use at any one of Vail Resorts’ five mountain resorts and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $469—which works out to be $67 per day. The Epic 7-pack differs from a seven-day lift ticket because it can be used any time during the season, from beginning to end. For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

See: BEAVER CREEK: PENULTIMATE IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN SKIING

See: NIGHT & DAY IN HEAVENLY:
Your Inner Angel & Devil Both Get Time to Play At Resort that Straddles Nevada & California

ORLANDO WORLD CENTER MARRIOTT RESORT OFFERS SAVINGS ON HOLIDAY STAYS

October 15, 2010
Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort provides near access to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; special holiday rates © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

Celebrate the joys of the season at the Four-Diamond, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and unwrap the amazing savings of Holiday Advance Purchase Rates. Enjoy any one of the most popular and joyous occasions:

Thanksgiving stays, available Nov. 19-Dec. 2, rates are from $149 per room, per night.

Christmas and New Year’s stays, from Dec. 19, 2010 through Jan 2, 2011 are from $139 to $209 per room per night.

The family friendly 200-acre playground will be decked out in holiday style with festive and themed events and activities throughout the resort. Cheers to holiday drinks and dining specials in the restaurants. Kids can participate in holiday crafts, or watch their favorite holiday movie, before making a splash at the tropical lagoon pool with its 106-foot waterslide, cascading rock waterfalls and grotto, the resort’s hot spot for plenty of cool pool games. The world-class adventure continues with an indoor pool; secluded spa pool; two kid’s pools, and six whirlpool spas. Play a game of volleyball, basketball, tennis, ping-pong or venture a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course. Guests can also experience the full service Spa and 10 diverse restaurants and lounges including a food court, and a Starbucks® for families on the go.

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando, Discovery Cove®, Aquatica™, and Universal Studios® Orlando.

For more information or reservations, call  888-99-World and ask for rate code ADP, or visit Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

See also:  Inside Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter