Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day travel’ Spotlights Last-Minute Deals for Memorial Day; Promo Code ‘TRAVELHAPPY’ Saves Additional 20%

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Last-minute travelers and procrastinators alike can still find deals for Memorial Day weekend. The latest Orbitz Insider Index spotlights the most popular destinations for the holiday weekend along with nearby alternatives that can save travelers up to 35 percent. Consumers can save even more by using promotion code TRAVELHAPPY, which gives travelers an additional 20 percent off of hotel stays of one night or more when booking travel on or the mobile apps through May 24.1

“Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season and Americans are traveling in record numbers this year,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for “It’s not too late to get away without breaking the bank. By booking accommodations just outside of major tourist hubs or by staying in neighboring suburbs, travelers can stretch their budgets even further.”

Memorial Day Orbitz Insider Index

The Memorial Day Orbitz Insider Index rounds up the 10 most popular destinations, based on hotel bookings, for the holiday weekend along with cheaper locations in nearby suburbs or neighboring cities. Las Vegas takes the top spot this year as the most popular destination among travelers, with Cancun and New York rounding out the top three.

Orbitz Top 10 Memorial Day Destinations2
Rank Top 10 Destinations
Memorial Day
Weekend 2015
Daily Rate
Daily Rate
1 Las Vegas, Nev. $139 Downtown (off-strip) Las Vegas, Nev. $105 24%
2 Cancun, Mexico $238 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico $217 9%
3 New York, N.Y. $288 Jersey City, N.J. $237 18%
4 Chicago, Ill. $211 Lakeview, Ill. $192 9%
5 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $237 La Romana, Dominican Republic $154 35%
6 San Diego, Calif. $183 Carlsbad, Calif. $152 17%
7 Orlando, Fla. $123 Kissimmee, Fla. $88 28%
8 London, UK $250 Paddington, UK $170 32%
9 Miami Beach, Fla. $232 Downtown Miami, Fla. $176 24%
10 San Francisco, Calif. $238 San Mateo, Calif. $166 30%

5 Things to Do at North Lake Tahoe, ‘America’s Most Beautiful Lake’

May 15, 2013
Lake Tahoe, "America's Most Beautiful Lake," has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Lake Tahoe, “America’s Most Beautiful Lake,” has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/

North Lake Tahoe has several Memorial Day packages and activities to launch the summer travel season:

  • Cal Neva Resort Casino Hotel is offering a $49 room special for those in our Armed Forces.
  • Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages is giving guests a $50 voucher to use at Swiss Lakewood when they book three nights in a B&B cottage.

There are scores more of these special deals at

Meanwhile, the scenic destination is recommending five things to do at “America’s Most Beautiful Lake” over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the summer:

Road Cycle Around Lake Tahoe

“America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” the immensely popular summer road bike ride around Lake Tahoe, is already sold out. But cyclists can circumnavigate the lake on their own, and for free, this spring, taking advantage of the spring shoulder season that means less traffic at Lake Tahoe and perfect weather for a long road ride. Hop on the road bike and pedal one of the world’s most scenic bike rides — a ride that gives you an open-air, front-row seat to some of the nation’s most stunning scenery, like the aquamarine waters North Tahoe’s east shore. The 72-mile ride is perfect for strong, recreational cyclists. Cyclists can take it slow by stopping at a lakefront restaurant for lunch or lounging on one of North Tahoe’s beaches as a rest stop.

Paddleboard Through Crystal Clear Waters

North Lake Tahoe’s clear waters are internationally famous, but most visitors experience Big Blue during the height of summer, when the lake’s clarity is not at its apex. In spring and early summer, North Tahoe still retains much of the winter’s stunning, gin-clear clarity, while the warming weather makes it comfortable for a lengthy paddle. Remember North Tahoe’s waters are still very cold, and only confident paddlers should venture well out into the lake. But even novice paddle boarders can hug the shoreline, and enjoy a paddle backdropped by snowcapped peaks, over shimmering, translucent waters.

Mountain Bike Dust-Free

Spring and early summer is the secret mountain bike season in North Tahoe. The trails are dust-free and grippy, and the meadows are lit up in iridescent green. While much of the Tahoe Rim Trail might still be under snow, low-elevation trails and south and west facing trails are primed for mountain biking. The world-class Flume Trail on North Tahoe’s east shore is melted out, and trails around Truckee, like the Emigrant Trail, are primed for early season riding.

Golf Under Snowcapped Peaks

Most of North Tahoe and Truckee’s many golf courses are open for business, and in immaculate shape after a very forgiving winter. Sunny skies and snowcapped peaks make a perfect backdrop for an early summer round of golf at North Lake Tahoe courses. Enjoy the thinner crowds and greener fairways before summer’s high season ramps up.

Fly Fish the Truckee or Troll for Monster Macks in North Tahoe, Donner or Stampede

River, stream or lake — the North Tahoe area has enough fishing options to last a lifetime. Stream fishing season is now in full effect, and a day spent reeling in rainbows and browns on a tranquil section of the Truckee River is an unforgettable mountain experience. The Truckee River offers it all — slow water between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows, and a wild trout fishery below Truckee that harbors large, wild Rainbows and Browns. Or fish for the big boys, by trolling the waters of North Tahoe, Donner Lake or Stampede Reservoir for hungry Mackinaw that can grow up to 30 pounds.

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Stay 3 Nights, Get 30% Off at Woodstock Inn & Resort for Memorial Day Weekend

May 10, 2012

Kick-off summer’s unofficial arrival with a Memorial Day Weekend holiday at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, with its Three 4 Thirty package which includes:

  • 30% off three nights in luxurious accommodations
  • Access to Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm which offers interactive programs that promote Vermont agriculture
  • Access of the Racquet & Fitness Club

Rates start at $252 per night. The special is valid on three night stays between 5/24/12 to 5/28/12.

The resort features 142 distinctive guest rooms outfitted in classic Vermont style with modern touches, four restaurants, The Spa at Woodstock Inn & Resort and an 18-hole golf course with picturesque views from nearly every green.

Beyond the resort, visitors can have a guided tour at the mansion and gardens at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, which open Memorial Day Weekend, as well as visit Billings Farm & Museum which is celebrating its 30th season. Weekend festivities include the Cheese & Dairy Celebration which pays homage to Vermont’s distinctive dairy heritage with a weekend of sampling delicious Vermont cheese and meeting local dairy farmers while providing a hands-on experience to make cheese, ice cream and butter.

Travelers will appreciate the abundance of culturally rich activities in and around Woodstock filled with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more. Guests can enjoy day trips to nearby points of interest such as Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace in Plymouth or the spectacular Quechee Gorge, also known as Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon.” For those who want to explore the great outdoors there’s hiking, biking, tennis and more.

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Save Up to 30% This Memorial Day Weekend with Omni Hotels & Resorts

May 19, 2011

After an unprecedented $120 million restoration and expansion, guests now enjoy a new Omni Bedford Springs Resort, in South Central Pennsylvania's scenic Cumberland Valley, reopened in 2007. The legend began over 200 years ago, where eight mineral springs became famed as a mecca of rejuvenation. Today, the legacy continues at the world-class Springs Eternal Spa incorporating treatments with mineral waters and a magnificently restored Donald Ross golf course. A blend of historic charm with modern comforts. • This summer, families can enjoy the fun of camping…indoors! The new “Family Glamping Package” allows kids and parents to feel like adventurists within the comfort of their hotel room. Package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for up to two adults and two children, two hours of geo-caching or two hours of fishing, s’mores kit to roast at the outdoor fire pit and REI domed tent which guests can take home after their exploration ends.

 IRVING, Texas (May 11, 2011) –

Omni Hotels & Resorts is announcing a special Memorial Day Weekend offer great for a last minute getaway.  Guests who book the Memorial Day Weekend package at select properties across the luxury brand will save 10 percent off a one night stay, 20 percent off a two night stay and 30 percent off a three night stay.

Whether exploring the warm breezes and pristine beaches of northern Florida at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation; experiencing the World of Coca-Cola Museum, Georgia Aquarium and other family-friendly sites while staying at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta; or enjoying the exceptional shopping, dining and sightseeing in the City by the Bay from the Omni San Francisco Hotel, this limited-time, three-day holiday weekend offer is a great way to start the summer season.

“We continue to see lots of interest in last-minute packages for long holiday weekends,” said Caryn Kboudi, vice president of corporate communications for Omni Hotels & Resorts.  “Our Memorial Day Weekend offer is ideal for a romantic couple’s weekend or those looking for the perfect family summer escape.”

The Memorial Day Weekend package is subject to availability with rates ranging from $139 to $229 per night and will vary by property and date.  Additional details, terms and conditions are available at, or guests may call 1-800-The-Omni begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-The-Omni      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  To book a package on Facebook, guests may visit and click on the “Book a Room” tab on the left side of the page.

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