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Xanterra’s “Thankful for Travel Sale” Nov. 22-29

November 11, 2022

Save up to 30 Percent in National Parks,
Resorts, Luxury Cruises, Walking, Biking & Group Tours, and on a Historic Train Ride to the Grand Canyon

The Oasis at Death Valley, where you enjoy luxury in the midst of Death Valley National Park, is among the hotels and travel experiences on sale during Xanterra’s “Thankful for Travel Sale” is on from Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Tuesday, Nov. 29 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Greenwood Village, CO. – Xanterra’s “Thankful for Travel Sale” is on from Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Tuesday, Nov. 29. We’re talking value and money-saving deals in national parks, on cruises, on a historic train ride, walking and bike tours, and legendary resorts. This year’s sale will last a full week beginning the Tuesday before Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday. Xanterra owns or operates the lodges in Yellowstone, Zion, Glacier, Death Valley and Grand Canyon South Rim; Windstar Cruises, the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, The Oasis at Death Valley, Holiday Vacations, Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Tours. The affiliated legendary Five-Star, Five-Diamond Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the longest-running Five-Star award-winning Sea Island Resort in Georgia are also participating in the sale.

Preview and plan now. Then book during the “Thankful for Travel” One-Week Sale (Tuesday, Nov. 22 through Tuesday, Nov. 29) at xanterra.com/thankful-for-travel-sale. Highlights include:

National Parks

  • The Oasis at Death Valley – 30% off hotel stays at the beautifully renovated historic AAA Four-Diamond Inn at Death Valley and newly revitalized, family-friendly Ranch at Death Valley, including new, cozy cottages, spring fed pools and the lowest elevation golf course. Valid for select overnight stays between Dec. 1, 2022 and Feb. 9, 2023.
  • Historic Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel – 30% off roundtrip train tickets on an entertaining journey in fully restored historic train cars to the Grand Canyon’s fabled South Rim when booking a two-night Getaway Package over select dates between Jan. 2, 2022 and March 5, 2023.
  • Grand Canyon South Rim – Save 30% on in-park lodging at newly built Maswik Lodge, Kachina Lodge, and Bright Angel Lodge and 20% at the historic El Tovar Hotel. All lodges are in the Historic Grand Canyon Village within walking distance of the rim of the Grand Canyon, Lookout Studio and Hopi House. Take advantage of the Secret Season at Grand Canyon and enjoy the park without the crowds.
  • The Grand Hotel – 30% off at the only AAA Three-Diamond hotel near the Grand Canyon in Tusayan (just one mile from the South Rim entrance) on select dates between Dec. 1, 2022 and March 9, 2023.
  • Zion National Park – 30% off overnight stays inside the park at Zion National Park Lodge on select dates between Dec. 4, 2022 and Feb. 28, 2023.
  • Cedar Creek Lodge, at the gateway to Glacier National Park – Save 30% on Rooms (for select dates Dec. 2022-April 2023)
  • Yellowstone – Save 25% on daily rates for specific stay dates in Deluxe rooms at Canyon Lodge, Deluxe and Standard rooms at Lake Yellowstone Hotel, and Deluxe rooms at Grant Village. Offer available for new reservations booked between Nov. 22 and 29, 2022. Stay dates for Canyon Lodge: May 19 – 25, 2023; May 30 – June 17, 2023. Lake Yellowstone Hotel: May 12 & 25, 2023; May 30- June 17, 2023; Grant Village: May 30 and June 17, 2023

Luxury Hotels

  • The Broadmoor – Rates as low as $259 for select dates and suites available at 25% off published rates; 20% off all-inclusive Wilderness Properties for select dates during 2023.
  • Sea Island – Receive a $100 resort credit per night of stay in December, January, February at The Cloister or Lodge. Minimum 2-night stay on the standard rate. Offer valid Nov. 22 – 29, 2023.


Guided Travel/Tours

  • Bicycling Tours – Book any departure of our 2023 France: The Burgundy Wine Region & Dijon Guided Biking Tour and get the Post-Trip Extension to Paris free which includes a 2-night stay at the Hotel Château Frontenac or La Demeure Montaigne (both centrally located in the 8th Arrondissement in Paris), daily breakfast, airport car service for departure and a city information packet.
  • Walking Adventures – Book any departure of our 2023 Italy: Tuscany & Umbria Guided Walking Tour and get the Post-Tour Extension to Rome free which includes a 2-night stay at the Hotel Dei Mellini in the center of Rome (between the Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s Basilica), daily breakfast, airport car service for departure and a city information packet.
  • Holiday Vacations – Book a Timeless France with Burgundy & Provence River Cruise from April 24 – May 4, 2023 and receive $200 off exploring Paris and French waterways with included airfare, 7-day river cruise, accommodations, most meals, and attractions.


Cruising

  • Windstar Cruises – Pick Your Perk! Select one Perk on your upcoming cruise. Perk offerings vary depending on cruise length and room category. Perks include a free upgrade to an All-Inclusive Fare or one Easy Stays hotel night or up to $1,000 in Onboard Credit. Enjoy reduced deposits of only 5% during one week sale only.

Looking for an unparalleled gift of discovery and wanderlust? Xanterra Travel Collection Gift Cards are for you. Gift cards are redeemable across all Xanterra Travel Collection destinations for accommodations, experiences, dining, retail purchases and more. The recipient can choose their adventure with this gift of A World of Unforgettable Experiences. Learn more at Xanterra.com/GiftCard.

For a complete list and to take advantage of Xanterra and its affiliates’ “Thankful for Travel” offers, visit xanterra.com/thankful-for-travel-sale.

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EF Go Ahead Tours’ Weeks of Black Friday Sales

November 11, 2022

Ireland for solo travelers is among the Black Friday sale tours being offered this week by EF Go Ahead Tours.

EF Go Ahead Tours’ Black Friday Sale started early this year!

Week 3 deals are running November 11th and continue until November 17th with a variety of tours discounted to Scotland, France, Italy, and Ireland! Many will undoubtedly sell out so now is a great time to book early and save.

Some Week 3 Highlights (many others listed here):

Week 4 deals starts November 18th and features more deep discounts on incredible bucket list trips to lust-worthy destinations like Australia, Costa Rica, Portugal.

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Discover Where to Travel Next at the 2022 International Travel Show in NYC Oct 29-30

October 15, 2022
Experts discuss trends in travel and give their suggestions on where to travel next, such as a boat-bike trip from Bruges to Amsterdam, at the  International Travel Show at the Javits Center,  New York City, Oct. 29-30. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com
 

Travelers of all ages and interests are invited to meet hundreds of exhibiting destinations, attend informative travel seminars, enjoy culinary and cultural presentations, and benefit from special show-only travel deals. Discover where you want to vacation next! 

NEW YORK, NY – “The Future of Travel” is the theme for the International Travel Show (ITS2022) in New York City. This event is the successor to the New York Times Travel Show, last held in 2020, and is currently the only major travel show of its kind. The International Travel Show is presented by Travel + Leisure GO and sponsored by Brazilian Tourist Board, MSC Cruises and I Love NY and takes place at the Javits Center from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Friday is reserved exclusively for the travel industry and Saturday and Sunday are open to all travelers. 

ITS2022 is filled with lively and informative programming designed for consumers to explore the theme of “The Future of Travel” and discover great destinations to fulfill their travel needs. The show features an exhibition of hundreds of destinations and trips as well as cultural presentations, travel seminars, culinary presentations, travel deals and giveaways, and fun for families and friends of all ages and interests.  

Exhibitors from around the world will provide information about their travel products and destinations. Attendees can meet with exhibitors including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Bahamas Tourism, Wonderful Indonesia, KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, Visit Fort Lauderdale, Travel +Leisure GO, Celebrity Cruises, Palace Resorts, MSC Cruises, Brazilian Tourism, Ghana Tourism and many more. The exhibition also will feature “Spotlight On New York,” which includes a New York Pavilion featuring New York destinations and attractions, presented and sponsored by I Love New York in conjunction with NYC & Company and the New York State Tourism Industry Association.  

Among scheduled presentations are the Taste of the World Theatre presented by Doug Duda, host of the A&E International TV series The Well-Seasoned Traveler, with chefs from around the world cooking up culinary presentations, as well as two Cultural Stages on the show floor with exhibiting countries presenting authentic and exciting cultural performances from across the globe. 

The annual charity auction of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation is sure to be a highlight, adding edge-of-one’s-seat excitement for attendees, with opportunity to bid on dozens of Caribbean hotel vacations with proceeds going to fund scholarships and training for Caribbean hospitality industry professionals. There will also be giveaways and travel deals from dozens of exhibiting companies. 

Multiple travel seminars will engage and inform consumers on the essentials of travel planning. Speakers will include travel experts Pauline Frommer, Patricia Schultz, Darley Newman, Nancy Barkley, Denella Ri’chard, Bob Guccione, Zita Keeley and representatives from leading travel companies. Seminars include: 

  • Keynote Panel Sessions feature crystal ball-like advice on “How Top Travel Experts See Travel in 2023”. 
  • The Cruise Track offers expert advice on everything from “How to Choose the Right Cruise” to “How to Experience the Hottest New Expedition Cruises.” 
  • The Meet the Experts Track features recognized travel experts who really know travel covering “Exploring the World of Wellness Travel,” “Where to Honeymoon and Wed Around the World” and more. 
  • The Traveling Better Track offers valuable insights on “How to Find the Best Vacation Ownership Home,” “What You Need to Know About Flying Today,” and more. 
  • The Destinations Track will point to where to travel and how, including “Where to Go in the Caribbean,” “Where to Go Now in Europe” and “How to Discover the Middle East and Africa.” 
  • The Resorts Track offers a peek at new hotels and resorts in such sessions as “What to Look for in a Luxury Hotel” and “How to Pick the Perfect All-Inclusive.” 

The Government Resources Center, sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will also be a must-visit for consumers, with a timesaving opportunity for all attendees to enroll in the TSA PreCheck Program just by attending the International Travel Show.  

Attendee Registration for consumers is now open at the International Travel Show website at https://www.nyinternationaltravelshow.com/public 

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Take Advantage of these Black Friday Travel Deals to Lock in Luxe Escapes for 2022 

November 11, 2021
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun’s month-long offer is providing guests the opportunity to save up to 25% off their stay from now through Dec. 16, 2022. The all-suite resort located along a private beach in Puerto Morelos, just outside of Cancun, has extended the traditionally Black Friday through Cyber Monday travel offer to be available for bookings made now through December 6, 2021 © Eric Leiberman/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Take advantage of these Black Friday travel deals to lock in luxe escapes for 2022:

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cayo Espanto, a barefoot luxe private island resort off the coast of Belize, is offering guests a free airfare credit (up to $750 per person) with the booking of a seven night stay this Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Travelers looking to take advantage of this offer must complete their booking online at aprivateisland.com between Friday, November 26 – Monday, November 29, 2021. Booking code is not required, all reservations made during this timeframe will receive airfare credit with confirmation. Travel deal valid on new bookings only and may not be combined with any other offers. Blackout dates apply and reservations are based on availability.

Coco Collection, Maldives

Comprised of two different boutique island resorts, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlhu, Coco Collection creates a unique Maldivian experience ranging from luxe amenities to eco-forward initiatives for guests to indulge in during their stay. The resorts are providing an opportunity for guests to save on their getaway to the Maldives with an amazing discounted rate of 50% off on bookings made between Friday, November 26 – Monday, November 29. Offer available for stays taking place between May 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. No minimum booking necessary, blackout dates apply. Use code BLACKFRIDAY when booking this special offer on www.cococollection.com.

Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun’s month-long offer is providing guests the opportunity to save up to 25% off their stay from now through Dec. 16, 2022. The all-suite resort located along a private beach in a secluded town called Puerto Morelos, about half an hour outside of Cancun, has extended the traditionally Black Friday through Cyber Monday travel offer to be available for bookings made now through December 6, 2021. Offer valid on new bookings only with no minimum stay requirements. Available for all-inclusive stays or room only bookings. Complimentary airport transfer included on all bookings and children under the age of 12 stay free. Blackout dates apply (Dec. 26 – 31, 2021 & Feb. 19-25, 2022 & Apr 9 – 15, 2022) and reservations are subject to availability. The promotional offer can be booked here online or by calling reservations at 1.855.381.4340, use promo code ZW-2123. High-res images can be found here.

Saba Rock, North Sound, British Virgin Islands

The all-new Saba Rock is the ultimate resort destination in the British Virgin Islands with onsite amenities like snuba, diving, kiteboarding, island tours, spa and more. The one-acre island, which just reopened following a complete luxury rebuild following damage sustained from Hurricane Irma, is offering guests the opportunity to save up to 40% on a three-night stay or more stay from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.  Available for bookings made Nov. 26 to 29, 2021 for stays Nov. 30, 2021 through February 15, 2022. The offer can be booked at www.sabarock.com using promo code BLKFRI. Blackout dates apply. Photos of the resort can be accessed here.

WATERFRONT GETAWAYS

Ocean Club Resorts, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Ocean Club Resorts , two all-suite resorts located along the pristine Grace Bay Beach, provide the spacious accommodations, comforts of home such as a full kitchen or kitchenette, screened in patio, and onsite range of activities to enjoy including complimentary bikes, tennis, kayaks, SUP boards, beach/pool loungers, and more that makes for the ideal 2022 getaway. Travelers who book a seven night stay or more at Ocean Club (the East location) this Black Friday through Cyber Monday will receive 10% off the total stay. Available for new bookings only made between Friday, Nov. 26 – Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 for stays March 5 – 31, 2022. Valid on accommodations at Ocean Club ranging from Studio Suite to One Bedroom Ocean View. Offer not valid on bookings made for Ocean Club West. Reservations are based on availability. The promotional offer must be booked here online, use promo code BFCM21. See here for a few images of the resorts.

Mount Cinnamon Resort – Grenada

Tucked away on the hillside atop Grand Anse Beach, Mount Cinnamon is an eco-luxe hideaway with an enclave of 37 luxury villas and suites, each with their own veranda of sweeping views of natural unspoiled beauty. Book from November 26 – 29 to receive a 20% discount on stays between April 1 and December 20, 2022 of 5 or more nights. In addition, the booking will include one complimentary Cinnamon Signature Massage and a complimentary Grenada rum tasting session. All room categories apply with the exception of Cinnamon Heights. Daily breakfast is included as well as access to our Beach Cabana, non-motorized water sports, tennis, yoga and fitness facilities. Complimentary WiFi. Offer may not be combined with other resort promotions and is subject to availability. To book, visit www.mountcinnamongrenadahotel.com and use booking code MC-CYBER21 – blackout dates apply. Hi-res resort images can be found here.

Fairmont Mayakoba – Riveria Maya, Mexico

Nestled in the gated Mayakoba community in the heart of Riviera Maya, Mexico, Fairmont Mayakoba will be offering up to 30% off daily rates from November 22-29 for travel dates through March 31, 2022 (blackout dates may apply). Accor ALL members will receive an additional 10% discount. The AAA-Five Diamond resort is situated on 45 acres along the Mexican Caribbean, surrounded by a lush mangrove forest. With the option for all inclusive, the resort is the perfect getaway for families, couples, and friends. The deal can be booked here: https://www.fairmont.com/mayakoba-riviera-maya/offers/blackfriday/. Hi res images can be found here.

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida Keys

Hawks Cay Resort is offering a full week for travelers to save big on their next Florida Keys vacation. From November 22 to 30, receive a 30 percent discount on two nights or more in the hotel or three nights or more in a villa with promo code CYBERW. Reservations are valid on stays from November 28, 2021, through October 31, 2022. Known for its family-friendly amenities and programming, Hawks Cay is the premier destination in all of the Florida Keys for outdoor fun. Alongside the emerald water of the Atlantic Ocean, guests enjoy offshore, flats and backcountry fishing; diving; kayaking; kiteboarding and standup paddleboarding programs; Cliff Drysdale tennis program; and the only resort-based Dolphin Connection program nationwide. The 60-acre resort boasts 177 guestrooms and 250 two- and three-bedroom villas, a full-service marina, six restaurants, saltwater lagoon, five swimming pools, kid and teen clubs, and spa. To book, visit www.hawkscay.com and  high-res images can be found here.

Royal Uno® All Inclusive Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

One of the newest family-friendly resorts to open in Cancun 2022, the 540 all-suite Royal Uno® All Inclusive Resort & Spa is offering guests 30% off its all-inclusive accommodations AND USD $500 in resort credit and airport transportation! Set to open in February 2022, the promotion is valid for any 4-night minimum stay from February 28, 2022 to January 06, 2023.  Royal Uno® promises an “Authentic Cancun” experience with a blend of classic hospitality, contemporary chic, signature dining, and activities for all ages. To deliver on its promise, the elevated all-inclusive resort will also be home to eight other restaurants and bars serving international, Italian and Asian cuisine, a café, and a Grab & Go counter. It will feature an impressive array of amenities including two oversized pools, a children’s pool with a water play area, Alea® Spa, watersports, swim-up bar and beach bar, Uno Kids Club and a Family Room for video games and movies, and more. To book the promotion, visit https://royalunoresort.com/special-deals/black-friday-cyber-week.  High-res images and renderings can be found here.

Casa Kimberly, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Casa Kimberly, one of Mexico’s premier hideaways and the former secret love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is offering a special rate to experience a lavish escape in Puerto Vallarta overlooking Banderas Bay. For a limited time, travelers will enjoy significant savings on new bookings made between Black Friday, November 26 through Cyber Monday, November 29 for stays betweenDecember 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 in one of Casa Kimberly’s elegant suites.  Guests can use code CYBERCK to unlock 50% in savings on stays booked during the hotel’s Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale. Blackout dates apply from December 24, 2021 through January 3, 2022. A one-night nonrefundable deposit will be charged at the time of booking. A selection of images of Casa Kimberly can be found here.

CITY ESCAPES

Swissotel Chicago – Chicago IL

Overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile, Swissotel Chicago is offering 30% off daily rate, and an additional 10% additional discount for Accor ALL members. Book the sale between November 22 – November 29, 2021 and enjoy the spectacular views from November 22-March 31, 2022. Book here. Downloadable high-res images are available here


Fairmont Chicago – Chicago, IL

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers sophisticated, modern luxury in the heart of downtown Chicago. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Grant and Millennium Parks, and the legendary skyline, the Fairmont Chicago is the perfect backdrop for an urban escape. Book between November 22 and November 29 for 30% off the daily rate for stays between November 22, 2021 and March 31, 2022, and an additional 10% discount for Accor ALL members. Book here. Downloadable high-res images are available here.

Sofitel Chicago – Chicago, IL

Discover Chicago from a wholly unique perspective at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile. Centrally located, in the heart of the Gold Coast Historic District, this Mag Mile hotel provides a dynamic vantage point for exploring the Windy City. Stay mere steps from it all, with the city’s vibrant attractions, outstanding restaurants, and prestigious corporations immediately at your disposal. Book a staycation or urban getaway from November 22-29 for 30% off daily rate, and an additional 10% discount for Accor ALL members for visits between November 22, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Book here. Downloadable high-res images are available here.

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort – Riviera Pacifica, Panama

This Black Friday, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and renowned for its family-friendly amenities, is offering a savings of 30% on room rates to guests who book its new Stay Longer, Save More offer. The promotion includes a savings of 20 percent on 60-minute spa treatments that parents can enjoy, along with daily breakfast for (two adults and two children under 12 years) that the whole family can indulge in. The offer also extends complimentary use of bicycles, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, tennis and volleyball courts; wireless internet and free parking, for the family..  Guests can let The Buenaventura become a home-away-from-home as they enjoy the resort’s 118 renovated rooms and suites. Aside from upgraded accommodations, the resort is home to a world-famous Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole championship golf course (the only course of its kind in Central America), an on-site conservationist’s zoo, seven internationally-inspired dining options, ten pools, and a sports club, among other amenities. Rates for the Stay Longer, Save More promotion start at $199/night. To book the special, visit https://hotel-deals.marriott.com/stay-longer-save-more/ on a three-night minimum stay at check-out. 

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Timely Couponsforfun Savings at Family and Cultural Attractions for Presidents Day Weekend, Spring Break

February 12, 2018

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Visit The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee to walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home with Couponsforfun discount © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Presidents Day is a time to remember past Presidents and also kicks off Spring Break around the country. Couponsforfun.com is a family and cultural attractions website, where you can take advantage of timely savings at Presidential libraries, historic homes and museums to thrilling theme parks, zoos and sport adventures.

Though new attractions are added all the time, especially in time for Presidents Day weekend, visitors will find savings at many Presidential libraries and homes.  For May’s Memorial Day weekend there are savings at many other patriotic sites including historic battleships, aviation museums, war museums and sites that played a part in America’s freedom. And visitors will find historic homes from many of America’s movers and shakers of their time.

Couponsforfun.com has savings coupons for attractions in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. No registration, or prepayment, is required. Simply choose the state or theme, then print out the coupon—some allow coupons to be shown on smartphones (noted on coupons).

Many of of the attractions included in Couponsforfun.com are not found on other discount websites, which take commission. Participating family and cultural attractions do not pay to participate, but are encouraged to supply good offers.

Find savings for youngsters at many children’s museums, zoos and aquariums; for school age kids at science and discovery museums, caverns, Indian villages, dinosaur museums, historic ships, air museums and theme parks; adventurers will find zip lines, white water rafting, whale watching,  kayaking and Everglade rides; and those more culturally inclined will find many museums, gardens, historic homes and sites. And many more types of family and cultural attractions.

Here are details of timely offers at Presidential Libraries and homes currently on couponsforfun.com:

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM – Springfield, IL – A visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the heart of the Lincoln legacy, is an inspiring experience for all ages. In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum immerses you in Lincoln’s world and time. From a rustic Indiana cabin to the White House, follow the fate of America’s 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family – and a nation.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIBRARY & MUSEUM – Harrogate, TN – The Library and Museum is situated in the area’s First Frontier region and houses one of the finest Lincoln and Civil War collections in the world. Over 30,000 items rotate in displays telling the life story of our revered 16th President, his personal rendezvous with history, and the devastation of war. Lincoln helped shape our nation during this country’s Civil War. This story of tragedy and triumph is included in exhibit areas and Museum programming.

THE LINCOLN MUSEUM – Hodgenville, KY – Kentucky’s official Lincoln Museum, the main exhibit includes twelve dioramas (life-size wax figures set in three dimensional displays) showing pivotal times in Abraham Lincoln’s life-from his boyhood in Kentucky to his assassination. Other exhibits include rare newspaper clippings, campaign posters and Lincoln memorabilia. An art gallery on the second floor features original paintings, drawings and other artwork portraying Lincoln.

MARY TODD LINCOLN HOUSE – Lexington, KY – The family home of Mrs. Lincoln opened to the public in 1977. Mary Todd, born in December 1818, resided at the house until she moved to Springfield, Illinois in 1839 to live with her elder sister. There she met and married Abraham Lincoln, whom she brought to visit this home in the fall of 1847. Today, the 14-room house contains period furniture, family portraits, and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns.

ANDREW JACKSON

ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGE – Nashville, TN – Visit The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee to walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home. Explore a beautiful, vintage Tennessee farm and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation. Rated the third best Presidential Site in the nation by USA TODAY, this is a must see for any visitor to Music City! Don’t miss “Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm,” the all new visitor experience and exhibit.

HARRY S. TRUMAN 

HARRY S. TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM – Independence, MO – One of 13 U.S. Presidential libraries administered by the National Archives & Records Administration, the Library & Museum features interactive exhibits on the life and times of Harry S. Truman and his presidency. Among the exhibits, find a replica of the White House Oval Office and Truman’s working office in the Library. See the grave sites of Harry and Bess Truman, a Thomas Hart Benton mural, and a 45-minute documentary.

RONALD REAGAN

RONALD REAGAN BOYHOOD HOME – Dixon, IL – Tour the home where our 40th president grew up, a 4 room presidential timeline of photos, quotes and trivia and a 10 minute video (includes footage of Ronald Reagan talking about his youth here). More than 8,000 visitors a year – from across the country and around the world come to explore and to learn more about the roots of one of America’s most beloved leaders. Seasonal: April – December.

GEORGE W. BUSH 

GEORGE W. BUSH CHILDHOOD HOME – Midland, TX – Listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and restored to the 1950s period when the Bush family lived in the home, this home is a unique landmark as the home of two future American presidents. You’ll see a 1950s restoration with period furnishings, learn about Midland in the 1950s and hear about the Bush family and their impact on Midland and the country. Visit our gift shop for interesting souvenirs, gifts, books and clothing.

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Miami Beach Welcomes Beach Lovers with Special Travel Offers this Winter Season

October 21, 2017

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Miami Beach is rolling out the welcome mat this winter with special discounts and deals © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Miami Beach is helping sun seekers find their seasonal beach escape with exclusive travel deals and offers this fall and winter. Discounts of up to 25 percent off are being offered at several area hotels including Dream South Beach, Loews Miami Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Gale South Beach and W South Beach.

“This beach-wide initiative to offer specialty discounts and deals this upcoming season is a testament to how our local Miami Beach hotel community is rolling out the welcome mat and working to help tourists de-stress with that coveted warm weather vacation to escape the cold,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and General Manager of Dream South Beach. “We are preparing for a very strong season and look forward to welcoming vacationers and making it easier for them to escape to our beautiful city, Miami Beach, that is truly like no other place in the world.”

Beach lovers can select from a variety of Miami Beach hotel discounts (subject to availability and blackout dates) that will be sure to warm them up this season, including:

  • Dream South Beach:Travelers can book the Beach Lovers promotion and receive a 25 percent discount on room rates with a complimentary resort fee that includes luxury lounge chairs, beach towels and in-room Wi-Fi.
  • Loews Miami BeachExperience an enhanced oceanfront escape and book three nights to receive a $75 resort credit per stay and daily buffet breakfast for two.
  • AC Hotel Miami BeachGet away to warm weather and enjoy up to 20 percent off on advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
  • Courtyard Miami Beach/South Beach:Go art deco this winter season at a historical landmark, just minutes from the beautiful beaches and premier shopping on South Beach, with up to 20 percent off advance bookings for stays now through December 22.
  • Mondrian South BeachSoak up the sun in the heart of Miami Beach and experience the iconic Ocean Drive, Espanola Way and Lincoln Road with up to 15% off the best available rate.
  • Gale South BeachLuxury service, hospitality perks and complimentary food and beverage offerings await travelers with up to 15 percent off the best available rate.

Renowned for its culinary offerings, extravagant nightlife, rich culture, luxe shopping and plush hotels, Miami Beach is home to world-class museums, the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach Convention Center, international festivals and art exhibitions, boat and auto shows, over 187 boutique and resort hotels and 12 public parks. Boasting seven miles of white sand beaches, Miami Beach is easily accessible from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. The City of Miami Beach has been named one of the top cities worldwide for ‘walkability’ and is equally easy to navigate by bike or boat. Known for its year-round sunny skies, the vibrant destination has been ranked by TripAdvisor as a Top Winter Sun Vacation Rental Getaway Destinations, Top Romantic Destinations, Top 25 Beaches in the World and Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.

For more information and updates on additional Miami Beach hotel offers and discounts this winter season, download the Miami Beach Information App at www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

 

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Vail Resorts Offers Up to 45% Vacation Savings During Week-Long Sale for Cyber Monday

November 22, 2016

The Keystone Lodge, the Inn at Keystone and several Keystone Resort condominiums are available at up to 40 percent off through Vail Resorts’ Cyber Monday sale. And with Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program for families who book two or more nights at Keystone Resort accommodations, kids 12 and under will ski or snowboard for free. © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Keystone Lodge, the Inn at Keystone and several Keystone Resort condominiums are available at up to 40 percent off through Vail Resorts’ Cyber Monday sale. And with Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program for families who book two or more nights at Keystone Resort accommodations, kids 12 and under will ski or snowboard for free. © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23, skiers, snowboarders and national park explorers can make the most of their vacation spending this year with savings of up to 45 percent with Vail Resorts and RockResorts. Guests can book their entire vacation through Vail Resorts – from lodging and transportation to equipment rentals, and even time- and money-saving advance purchase tickets and ski school – which leaves more time for what’s important this time of year. Vail Resorts’ annual Cyber Monday sale begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 and lasts through Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood; transportation provider Colorado Mountain Express (CME); and RentSkis.com are offering vacation values of up to 45 percent off for winter mountain vacations during this year’s Cyber Monday sale. Grand Teton Lodge Company is also offering savings of more than 30 percent, which means this is the perfect time for adventure seekers to book next summer’s getaway.

COLORADO

Values in Vail Include Rates Up to 45 Percent Off

Some of Vail’s most iconic properties in prime Lionshead and Vail Village locations – The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort; The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort; The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and Austria Haus – can be enjoyed for up to 45 percent off when booked during the Cyber Monday sale. Rates start at $195 per night.

Experience Beaver Creek’s Legendary Attention to Detail and Save Up to 45 Percent

Beaver Creek boasts the ideal intimate mountain escape and a lodging option to suit any need. Signature properties including The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, which will debut significant room renovations for the winter season; The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort and a selection of one- to four-bedroom condominiums, townhomes and private homes. Guests who book during the Cyber Monday sale can lock in rates as low as $199 per night or up to 45 percent off.

Enjoy an Adventure for the Entire Family at Up to 40 Percent Off

The Keystone Lodge, the Inn at Keystone and a number of Keystone Resort condominiums are available at up to 40 percent off through Vail Resorts’ Cyber Monday sale. With rates starting at just $109 per night, this is an offer fit for the entire family to enjoy winter getaways and celebrations all season long. The values don’t end there, though. With Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program for families who book two or more nights at Keystone Resort accommodations, kids 12 and under will ski or snowboard for free!

Experience the Classic Mountain Town of Breckenridge for Up to 25 Percent Off

With convenient access to both historic Main Street and the lifts of Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Village Hotel and the Village at Breckenridge are the epitome of “location, location, location!” Value-oriented skiers and snowboarders can enjoy one of the world’s most popular ski resorts this winter with lodging up to 25 percent off and rates starting at $127 per night. Guests of these properties, and other official Breckenridge lodging, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge, Mountain Thunder Lodge and One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort, can also access the mountain one hour before it opens to the general public on select “First Tracks” mornings from mid-December through the end of March.

Sit Back, Enjoy the Ride and Save 20 Percent on Colorado Mountain Express

With 20 percent off shared door-to-door shuttle services from Denver International Airport and Eagle Airport, there’s no better way to get to Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail or Beaver Creek this winter. Prices start at $41 one way. Let the experienced professionals take care of the mountain driving and enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi on board.

UTAH

Save Up to 40 Percent on Lodging at Park City, the Nation’s Largest Ski Resort

This winter, guests can experience more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain with the recent linking of Park City and Canyons to form the largest ski resort in the United States. Save up to 40 percent when booking a stay at Grand Summit Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City, Sundial Lodge and Silverado Lodge this winter. Rates start at just $121 per night.

CALIFORNIA/NEVADA

The Best of Lake Tahoe at the Best Prices

Get the best of Lake Tahoe with the best prices on lodging during the Cyber Monday sale with savings of up to 45 percent in Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Rates start at just $95 at Kirkwood, $125 at Northstar and $139 at Heavenly.

RENTSKIS.COM

With more than 90 retail shops at the country’s premier ski resorts, RentSkis.com is North America’s largest rental equipment provider. With Cyber Monday savings of up to 20 percent on ski and snowboard rentals, there’s no better time to reserve rental equipment. All locations are slopeside or located within many lodging properties, so equipment pickup is easy. Even easier is RentSkis.com’s complimentary rental delivery service to your hotel or condo.

WYOMING

Enjoy Summer at Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park

Experience summer in spectacular Grand Teton National Park with a stay through Grand Teton Lodge Company at Jackson Lake Lodge or Jenny Lake Lodge. Rates on Classic Cottages at Jackson Lake Lodge start at $221 per night for select nights throughout the summer.

Visit www.snow.com/CyberMonday to book now or learn more. These deals can be booked beginning at 12:01 a.m. MST on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 and will expire at 11:59 p.m. MST on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.  Other restrictions may apply. Advance purchase lift tickets and lessons are also available through www.snow.com, saving time at the resorts and offering the guaranteed best price.

 

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Tickets Now Available for New York Times Travel Show, Jan. 23-25

January 3, 2015

The New York Times Travel Show features cultural performances, such as these dancers from Malaysia © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The New York Times Travel Show features cultural performances, such as these dancers from Malaysia © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The New York Times Travel Show taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Jan. 23-25, will feature 40 travel seminars, cultural presentations and features exclusive to the show, including,

  • Taste of the World, a global culinary showcase where attendees may sample cuisines from around the world;
  • Book Signings by world-renowned travel writers; and
  • Meet the Experts, where travel experts meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on destinations from Paris and the Baltic Sea to Latin America and Atlantic City.

Experts at the 2015 Travel Show include journalist and TV travel personality Julia Dimon; immediate past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Doug Duda; Yahoo Travel editor in chief Paula Froelich; acclaimed travel professionals and radio hosts Arthur and Pauline Frommer; travel editor and radio host Peter Greenberg; travel influencer Brian “The Points Guy” Kelly; award-winning travel journalist, broadcaster and TV personality Joseph Rosendo; and budget travel expert and author Matthew Kepnes.

Experts will also present specialty sessions on travel interests including destination weddings and honeymoons, New York state tourism, medical health and wellness journeys, and LGBT travel.

The show will open Friday, Jan. 23, with a Trade Day exclusively for travel industry professionals. The Trade Day, featuring the Travel Industry Conference, will include 18 “Focus” conferences covering major travel categories, destinations, destination information and trends in travel on topics ranging from Cruising and Culinary Travel to Young Travel Professionals and Travel Bloggers.

The show, the largest and longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America, will continue Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25 for travel consumers and enthusiasts, featuring an interactive Exhibition including more than 500 exhibitors from Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States featuring cultural performances and “tastes” of exotic destinations. In addition to discounts and special offers, the show provides educational seminars and live entertainment for families, individuals, couples and seniors.

New York Times Travel Show Trade Day and general consumer tickets are now available at www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow.

Learn more about The New York Times Travel Show exhibitors, speakers and sponsorship opportunities at www.NYTimes.com/TravelShow.  Join the conversation and follow @NYTTravelShow for the latest Travel Show news.

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LAST- MINUTE DEAL: Holiday Week in Paris from $1,269 with Air

August 20, 2014

Plunk your money (or credit card) down by August 28 and you can spend Thanksgiving or Christmas in Paris starting at $1,269 from New York or $1,377 from Chicago. This phenomenal deal includes round-trip air fare to Paris, 6 nights accommodation in the 3-star Comfort Hotel Mouffetard, and daily breakfast. Departures are every day from November 1 to December 27, but the package must be booked and paid in full by August 28.

Now that you can get an authentic turkey dinner in many Paris restaurants, Thanksgiving is a great time to enjoy the city. You can zoom to the top of the Eiffel Tower, see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, visit the Palace of Versailles, or even relish a cup of the world’s best hot chocolate at Angelina on the rue de Rivoli—all without the summer crowds. (TourCrafters offers optional tours of many Paris attractions.)

Christmastime, when the City of Light lives up to its name, is magical. There are Christmas illuminations on the Champs-Elysées and Place Vendôme, window displays at Printemps and other department stores, Christmas markets and ice skating rinks in several squares and wonderfully festive meals in many hotels and restaurants. Most impressive of all, there are Christmas services in the beautiful Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.

The cozy, contemporary Comfort Hotel Mouffetard is on one of the most interesting old streets in Paris, close to the Latin Quarter, the famous Mouffetard Market and a metro stop, and surrounded by charming little shops, cafés and restaurants. Those who want something grander can upgrade to a 4-star hotel in Montparnasse, from $1,607.

TourCrafters has a similar last-minute deal to Vienna and Prague that includes some extras. The price starts at $1,539 from New York, $1,595 from Chicago.

All prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability. Fuel charges are included, but are subject to change by the airline. Airport taxes of $109 per person are not included and must be paid prior to departure. A supplement will be charged for weekend departures.

For more information, visit www.tourcrafters.com, click “Special Offers” and then “Deal of the Week.” For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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Eurail ‘Free Roaming’ Summer Promotion Provides Free Roaming SIM Card

July 17, 2014

The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card© 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on http://www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card© 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Eurail launches the “Free Roaming” summer promotion and makes it easier for pass holders to stay connected with friends and family while traveling in Europe. The first 2,500 Eurail Select and Global Pass customers who register their pass purchase on www.eurail-roaming.com can apply for a Eurail Free Roaming SIM Card. This offer is valid on all categories and classes of the passes purchased from July 7 to September 30, 2014 or as long as supplies last.

“Eurail is committed to adding value to its’ Eurail Pass products. The free Eurail SIM Card offer is one more customer cost-saving initiative to help pass holders stay connected while traveling in Europe. This promotion offers our customers the unique opportunity to avoid costly Wi-Fi or roaming charges,” explains Silvia Goerlach, Eurail Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

The Eurail Free Roaming offer includes a prepaid, pre-activated +44 (United Kingdom) and +1 (United States) SIM Card which provides free incoming calls(a surcharge of € 0.20 per minute is charged for US numbers) and 200 minutes of free Wi-Fi at selected Premium Hotspots. Additionally, the customer can freely combine up to 100 minutes of international calls, 300 text messages or up to 100 MB of data as long as the prepaid credit lasts.

Once the prepaid credit has expired, the customer can recharge the Eurail SIM Card, and take advantage of the same attractive Eurail Roaming conditions. These are offered via telecommunications partner Global Roaming, which works with 67 operators in Europe and is one of the worldwide leading providers in mobile communication services. The Eurail Roaming SIM Card has coverage in 30 European countries, including all those participating in the Eurail Pass program.

The Free Roaming Summer Promotion is valid for holders of a Eurail Global Pass, valid in 24 member countries or a Eurail Select Pass valid in four Countries. The Eurail Global Pass continues to be the most popular pass in the Eurail portfolio. It covers nearly the entire European continent and offers travelers the largest variety of countries to choose from.

Eurail Passes are available from a worldwide network of Authorized General Sales Agents. Visit www.eurailgroup.org/eurail-vendors.

Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, is wholly owned by over thirty participating railways and shipping companies. Eurail Group has many benefit partners, including hotels, transport companies and museums, which offer their services either at a reduced rate or free of charge to rail pass holders.

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