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aug 29 2016

Share a Taste of Your Favorite City

Budget Travel recently had a blast celebrating the Best Foodie Cities in America, and since we never get enough of all the delicious regional delights the U.S. has to offer, we were psyched to learn about Harry & David’s “Regionally Inspired Gourmet Gift Baskets.”

aug 29 2016

Deal of the Day: A Luxe California Spa Retreat Is Well Within Your Reach

(Travelzoo)

The local residents of Arrowhead, a small village in California's San Bernadino Mountains, are used to hanging out by the private lake. When you stay at the cozy, rustic-chic Lake Arrowhead Resort, you can get a taste of local life when you take advantage of the resort's exclusive access to that same lake. Take a jaunt on the water in the hotel's private boat, while you're at it. Or golf a few rounds at the Lake Arrowhead Golf & Country Club, an historic club known for being the stomping ground of Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack. For those who take their vacations lying down, there's an in-house spa with an extensive menu of indulgent treatments. Several restaurants afford you options to suit any mood and craving.   

aug 27 2016

Numbers Don't Lie: You Can Make Out Like a Bandit When You Book Last Minute Flights

(Courtesy islandgal48/myBudgetTravel)

There are some rules of travel that we hold cardinal, like always hydrate in flight; make sure to have a scan of your passport saved in an email; always opt for the ATM over currency exchange booths in airports; always buy your plane ticket long in advance to get the best deal.  

But then we came upon a nugget of news that gave us pause. As it turns out, the seemingly best prepared travelers who book flights months out might not be snatching the best bargains. According to research performed by Skyscanner, a global travel search engine and very cool app, based on data from over 50 million users, last-minute travel is the default for most. (C'mon--everyone's so busy...what'd ya expect??) And, believe it or not, airlines aren’t punishing us travelers for our inability to plan months in advance. The research was based on travel around major holidays—specifically Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year. Consider this: judging by years past, Thanksgiving week (November 21) will be a prime time for nabbing top deals, with possible savings of 6.41%. Same goes for the week of December 5.

aug 26 2016

Great Fall Getaway: Portsmouth, NH

The Port Inn, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, in Portsmouth, NH, is a welcoming, luxe-for-less base of operations for autumn leaf-peepers.

(Robert Firpo-Cappiello)

Here in the Northeast, we’re already noticing the shadows getting longer, the nights cooler, and, of course, the kids are getting ready to head back to school. But rather than mourn summer’s end, we’re getting psyched for… you got it… leaf-peeping season!

My wife and I just got back from a weekend “escape from New York” to one of our favorite New England destinations, and I realized that Budget Travelers need to know: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, belongs on your autumn to-do list.

aug 25 2016

Deal of the Day: Retreat to a charming Berkshires B&B from $229 for two nights this fall

(Travelzoo)

There are few things we can say about Stockbridge that native son Norman Rockwell hasn’t said already. The charming town in the Berkshires looks exactly as he painted it. With this exclusive deal, which is good through the winter, you can experience it in all its small town USA glory with a stay at Seasons on Main which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

aug 25 2016

Deal of the Day: Nature meets Luxury at a Resort Just Outside Yosemite, from $159

(Travelzoo)

California's Sierra National Forest is the backdrop of Tenaya Lodge, a luxe oasis that offers a fantastic assortment of outdoor activities, from biking to rock climbing to rafting to fishing, all within two miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. This exclusive Travelzoo deal gets you access for two to one of the seasonal outdoor endeavors of your choosing, be it a guided nature hike, mountain bike rentals, or ice skating when the weather is colder. Rejuvinate with one the spa's decadent treatments or just relax in the sauna. All this can work up quite an appetite. Rest assured Tenaya has dining options galore, from the rustic-chic Sierra Restaurant to the pub-like Jackalope’s Bar & Grill to the posh Embers, an elegant, intimate affair. There's also a deli, a pizzeria and a BBQ joint. 

aug 24 2016

Deal of the Day: Two-night Escape to North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains from $129

(Travelzoo)

If you thought a golf resort with an unbelievable view of the misty Smoky Mountains was beyond your budget, think again. You can head for the hills at North Carolina’s Waynesville Inn, a posh escape set between the Smokies and Balsam Mountain and close to Asheville, and save 60% on standard rates with this exclusive Travelzoo deal.

aug 23 2016

Deal of the Day: Foliage Season in a Classic Connecticut Setting, Plus $50 Dining Credit, from $149

(Travelzoo)

The Spa at Norwich Inn sits on 42 scenic acres of gardens, ponds, fountains, and a courtyard. It offers several options for lodgings, from simple rooms to bigger suites, but this exclusive Travelzoo deal from August 28 through December 23 gets you a private villa studio condo for $149/night Sunday through Thursday, which is 50% off the standard rate. (Travelzoo rate for Friday nights is $199/night). As an added bonus, you get a $50 credit towards food and drink at the inn. Located two hours from New York City and Boston and just one hour from Providence, it’s a classic New England setting that’s a perfect getaway during foliage season. 

aug 19 2016

Deal of the Day: Oregon Wine Country, Including Tastes of the Local Bounty, Is Yours from $139

(Travelzoo)

The garden-themed Village Green Resort in Cottage Grove is exactly the kind of picturesque, peaceful hotel you’d expect to find in the Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon: a charming, rustic, pet-friendly property with 14 acres of gardens, a gorgeous pool, and happy hour specials and live music in the relaxing Fireside Lounge. It’s a hop away from 17 miles of hiking trails and historic downtown Cottage Grove, which features plenty of adorable shops. But perhaps most importantly, this being the Willamette Valley, which is known for its world-class wines, there are dozens of tasting rooms in the area to choose from.

aug 17 2016

Deal of the Day: One More Summer Beach Fix or an Off-Season Treat at the Jersey Shore, from $159

(Stephanie Diani for Travelzoo)

Let's be clear about something: Your oceanside escape opportunities do not end when September falls. The off-season might, in fact, but just the right time for you to pack up the towels and bathing suits and pay another visit to the beach. Whether you’re a faithful fan of the Jersey Shore or it’s still on your must-see list, this Deal of the Day is right up your alley. The Bentley Inn, located just one block from the beach in Bay Head, which has been called “the Hamptons of the Jersey Shore,” is offering rooms from Sunday through Thursdays through the end of October. This exclusive deal, which saves you 40% on the inn's regular prices, gets you a night’s stay is a cool $159 through September 1 and an even cooler $109 from September 5 until November.

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