Some holiday travel ideas

December 10, 2006|By Richard P. Carpenter | Richard P. Carpenter,Boston Globe

Not only are radio stations already playing Christmas music, but travel providers are singing the praises of yuletide getaways and trip-related gifts. Here are some examples:

Shows, shopping, and skating are all part of the scene in Manhattan at Christmastime, and hotels are offering packages at all price levels. For instance:

Apple Core Hotels' Super 8 Hotel Times Square's Picture Perfect in the Park package starts at $159, including a horse-drawn carriage ride in Central Park, complimentary breakfast, and 20 free digital picture prints. The offer is valid Wednesday-Feb. 28 (excluding Dec. 31). Go to applecorehotels. com/promotions/park.

The century-old Mansfield Hotel has a Winter in New York package, available Dec. 17-Jan. 15 starting at $249 per night. Guests get a room and breakfast for two. Go to and click on "Promotions" or call 800-255-5167.

For the bigger spenders, the Hotel Gansevoort has two offers. The Coming In From the Cold package starts at $735 per night and includes in-room chocolate fondue, personalized robes and a choice of spa treatments. The White Winter Wonderland Escape package offers families tickets to the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (with transportation), a complimentary movie and continental breakfast. Rooms start at $625 per night. Both packages are valid Dec. 18-27 and Jan. 1-Feb. 28. Call 877-426-7386 or, for hotel information, go to hotelgan

The little town of Bethlehem, Pa., will be forever associated with Christmas. The Hotel Bethlehem starts its Bed, Breakfast, Bethlehem! package at $134 per night for a room with a view of Main Street or the 93-foot steel Moravian Star on South Mountain. Also included are breakfast for two, airport shuttle and parking. Go to hotel or call 800-607-BETH. For Bethlehem information, go to historicbeth or call 800-360-TOUR.

For penguin fans, more than 100 Doubletree hotels across the country have a Happy Feet package through Dec. 31. Guests will receive two complimentary adult and two children's ticket vouchers for the animated movie Happy Feet that can be redeemed between the date of the hotel stay and Jan. 29 at participating theaters. Room prices vary. Go to happyfeet or call 800-222-TREE.

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