The Season To Go

Whether You Ski, Shop Or Play The Slots, There's A Holiday Deal To Suit Your Style

November 22, 2009|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,

This is the season to travel. But why limit yourself to Grandmother's house? Why not go over the river on a luxurious Mediterranean cruise? Or through the woods to a powder-covered slope perfect for a downhill run? As we head into the holidays, there are more travel discounts and deals than there are side dishes on the Thanksgiving table. Below is just a sampling of the seasonal goodies. Take a peek and then plan your holiday escape. And take Grandma with you.

Ski deals

Triple treat. : Here's a triple treat for season-pass holders to some area ski resorts. Unlimited Season Passholders at Wisp Resort in Western Maryland, and Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort in Pennyslvania, will each receive a free full day lift ticket and a 50 percent discount on regular priced lift tickets for any additional visit to either of the other two resorts, excluding Saturdays and holiday periods. Details at, or

Vail value. : The "Spa, Savor & Snowshoe" package at The Lodge at Vail has rates starting at $423 per night - a 25 percent discount - through April 20. The package includes a three-night minimum stay, $300 spa credit, half-day guided snowshoe excursion for two, a dinner for two and daily breakfast. Rates are based on double occupancy. Go to or call 877-528-7625.

Tree and ski. : Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vt., offers the "Night Before ..." package with rates starting at $199 per night from the day before Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. The offer includes traditional holiday amenities from hot chocolate to shopping discounts to a take-home tree or wreath from Murray Hill Tree Farm in nearby Waterbury Center. Call 800-451-8686 or go to

Get a lift. : Waterville Valley Resort & Ski Area in Waterville Valley, N.H., has a "Ski and Stay" package that includes a two-night stay and two days of lift tickets. Rates are $80 per person, per night but rooms require double occupancy. The resort, located in the White Mountains, is about a two-hour drive from Boston and also offers an indoor pool, ice skating and shuttle bus. Call 800-468-2553 or go to

Black Friday special. : Take $75 off when you book a four-night Colorado ski vacation at by Nov. 30 and travel by Dec. 31. Use promo code COLORADO75.

Hotel deals

Boston bash. : Go to a real tea party. Join Boston revelers as they mark the anniversary of the Dec. 13, 1773, Boston Tea Party. The Liberty Hotel offers a "Re-enactment Package" that includes an overnight stay, two tickets to the re-enactment and breakfast for two starting at $315, based on double occupancy. Call 617-224-4000 or go to

Virginia your way. : The Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg, Va., has a "Create Your Own" New Year's package starting at $129 per night. Guests can choose a room, choose a four-course dinner, add an "after party" and a room amenity (champagne and chocolates, a Virginia wine basket or spa products). Call 877-509-8400 or go to

Pays to stay. : Guests who stay overnight in Lancaster County in December receive a $25 cash gift card at check-in at participating hotels. Stay two or more nights and receive a $50 cash gift card. Make your lodging reservation online at or call 800-723-8824. The reservation must be for a stay between Nov. 29 and Dec. 30. Just under 100 gift cards are available.

Shop the Poconos. : Stay overnight at the Fernwood Hotels & Resort in Bushkill, Pa., and earn $50 toward holiday shopping at the nearby Crossings Premium Outlets. Stay two nights and receive $100, three nights gets you $150. Crossings Premium has more than 100 designer shops and outlets. To reserve the "Shopper Package," call 888-337-6966 or go to

Shop the mall. : Planning a shop hop to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.? Le Bourget Aero Suites, located about five miles from the mall, is offering overnight rates of $99, a 20 percent savings off standard rates, through the end of December. Go to or call 877-424-6423.

Escape to the woods. : Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania has an "Eleventh Hour Escape" package, including a one-night stay and a $200 resort credit for dining, shopping, spa services and more. The offer is valid for stays Dec. 10-13 or Jan. 7-10. The rate is $339 for the lodge and includes taxes and the daily resort fee. Call 866-344-6957 or go to

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.