Spring bargains beckoning

Deal Of The Week

April 02, 2006|By RICHARD P. CARPENTER | RICHARD P. CARPENTER,BOSTON GLOBE

"Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants." - Dorothy Parker

I would rather think of spring as a time of beauty and bargains for the traveler. Here are some spring-oriented offers:

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a $339 Shenandoah National Park package that starts this month represents a savings of 22 percent. The Blue Ridge Package includes a two-night stay (Sunday-Thursday) at either Big Meadows Lodge or the historic Skyland Resort, dinner for two both nights in the main dining room of either facility, and breakfast for two both mornings in the dining rooms. Call 800-778-2872 or go to visitshenandoah.com.

Cancun is bouncing back from the impact of Hurricane Wilma in the fall. Almost all of the big resorts will be open soon, with more than 60 percent of 27,822 hotel rooms available. A $20 million beach recovery project is expected to be completed by April 30, using a process that will not interfere with beach visitors' relaxation or swimming. Go to cancun.info.

For world travelers, Sofitel Getaway Invitations are packages offering savings of up to 40 percent at more than 140 four- and five-star resorts and hotels worldwide. Packages include accommodations and breakfast and are valid through April 30 every day, including holidays, with no minimum stay required. Call 800-SOFITEL (800- 763-4835) or go to sofitel.com.

TourCrafters has a French Riviera Springtime offer with prices starting at $527 from Washington, D.C. The packages include round-trip airfare to Nice, three- to seven-night stays at the selected hotel, daily breakfast and hotel service charges and taxes. Prices and dates depend on the hotel chosen. Call 800-482-5995 or go to tourcrafters.com.

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