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sep 29 2016

Deal of the Day: A Texas Lakeside Retreat that Feels Like the West Coast, from $99

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Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? That principal holds especially true for the nature scenes, particularly just outside downtown Austin. It’s sort of hard to believe, but just 30 minutes from the vibrant urban cityscape Lake Travis sits amid sprawling rolling landscape of Texas’s Hill Country. It’s tranquility that’s ideally experienced from a bluff overlooking the gorgeous vista. Vintage Villas sits on just such a location. The boutique hotel, accented with antique furniture, offers spacious rooms, some of which feature balconies that make a perfect perch for the jaw-dropping sunsets.

sep 28 2016

The Local Life: Trinity Repertory Company's Artistic Director has the inside take on Providence

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When Curt Columbus moved to Providence from Chicago to become artistic director at the renowned Trinity Repertory Company, he wasn’t sure what to expect, coming from one of the cultural capitals of the country and all. What he found, however, was a place that's "rich with cool, funky, fun hangout places,” he says. With an abundance of creative and exciting cultural, historical, and dining options, some neighborhoods have enough to do to fill an entire afternoon without having to get in a car. And some of these places are spots locals tend to keep to themselves. Despite its small size, it’s a huge destination.

sep 27 2016

Deal of the Day: See Why Vancouver Island Defines Serenity, from $95

The spacious, posh suites at Water's Edge on Ucluelet, a district on Vancouver Island's west coast, are each equipped with a modern television and the hotel has abundant DVDs to choose from, but chances are you won't be watching much on the screen. There are far more dramatic sights to behold, after all, out the window of this seaside resort. As winter months approach, it's easy to think of the warm shores of the South or the Caribbean or LA for your waterside escape, but Vancouver Island is a perfect late-year destination, especially if you're into water sports and hiking. (Surfers, take note: this time of year the water around the Pacific Rim consistently stays around 50 degrees, so suit up and meet the waves.) 

sep 22 2016

Deal of the Day: A California Island Escape Well Within Your Reach, from $199

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California isn't necessarily the first place to come to mind when we talk about island getaways, but Avalon, which is about an hour's ride on a ferry from Los Angeles, is likely to remind you more of St. Thomas than Sunset Strip. With this exclusive Travelzoo deal, the Hotel Metropole is offering its suites for $199/night for arrivals Sunday through Thursday through December 29. That's 50% off the standard rate. The newly renovated minimalist suites overlook the water. There's free wifi and a rooftop jacuzzi; a continental breakfast is included for each guest.

sep 20 2016

Deal of the Day: Chill Out on the Tampa Bay Waterfront, from $79/night

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If the words “private beach” or “tropical” make your ears perk up, then you’ve come to the right webpage. As fall’s chill starts to set in, this exclusive Travelzoo deal offers just the kind of sunny antidote you’ll soon need. This deal gets you a suite overlooking the water in the posh, relaxing, Caribbean-style Tampa Bay Resort for just $89/night Friday and Saturday and a cool $79/night Sunday through Thursday. It's good all the way through January, with the exception of October 7 and 8 and December 31. The resort fee is waived with this deal, so all the amenities, wireless service, and parking is free.

sep 13 2016

Deal of the Day: Relaxing Old-World Luxury in Quaint Bucks County, PA, from $149

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As you might guess by the name, Peddler’s Village is one of those too-quaint-to-believe throwback towns that make you forget about Facebook, self-driving cars, and fiber optics. The old Quaker spirit is alive and well in this Bucks County, Pennsylvania destination with about 65 boutiques, fantastic restaurants that make the most of the abundant local bounty, and proximity to the many galleries and antique shops throughout the rest of Buck County. And lest we forget to mention two special words: apple picking. The Golden Plough Inn is right in sync with the ambiance of the town, what with its handsome mahogany furniture, fireplaces in each room, Colonial era design touches, and maple-filled chocolates on your pillow each night. It’s only 45 minutes from downtown Philly and 90 minutes from New York City, but it feels a world away.

sep 12 2016

Take a Tour Through American History Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

August 2, 2007 was a historic day in America. On that day, the bitter partisanship that pretty much defines American politics was cast aside to pass a bill that declared bourbon to be our “National Spirit” and established September as National Bourbon Heritage Month. And here’s the best part: They passed the bill unanimously. Yes, unanimously.   

sep 09 2016

Deal of the Day: An Antiques-Lover's Dream Getaway Near Lancaster, PA, plus Spa Credits, from $149

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If you head to Amish country, a throwback to simpler times, it’s only fitting that you should stay in a quaint inn where you’ll be surrounded by antiques and quiet. The Inn at Leola Village, which sits on acres of garden-filled property, is just that. The rooms are not only appointed with antique furniture, the inn actually consists of six barns and buildings, all part of an early 19th century farm, that were remodeled and gussied up and now stand as a luxury destination.  

sep 07 2016

Deal of the Day: Prime Leaf-peeping at a Mountaintop Vermont Resort from $99

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Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont is a huge destination for skiers, what with over 120 trails. In the summertime, hikers come en masse. But in the fall, throngs flock here for some of the most stunning views of New England foliage. The Okemo Mountain Resort at the base of the mountain offers plenty to do when you get tired of staring at leaves—from zipline tours to tree-top activities challenge to golf at the nationally known Okemo Valley Golf Club. On the weekends through Columbus Day, guests can ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain, which has a summit of 3,344 feet and has the highest vertical drop in southern Vermont.

sep 02 2016

Portland, Oregon's Year-Round Dining Deals Make for a Heckuva Happy Hour

It's not enough that Portland, Oregon is a major player on the world's dining stage. Apparently, the chefs and restaurant owners there are pretty committed to making sure everyone in the city--including tourists--have an opportunity to indulge in their delicious handiwork. Every weekday, restaurants around town, from unassuming neighborhood joints to highly regarded, award-winning dining destinations, offer their fare for a fraction of the standard menu prices. Locals refer to it as “happy hour,” but that’s hardly factual. More like “ecstatic hours” (with an “s”!) Some spots reprise the after-work specials late-night each night. Others insist on drawing it out for the entire afternoon and evening. Consider, for instance, the hip lounge-like Gold Dust Meridian: from 2PM to 8PM Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday they offer bites like deviled eggs and BBQ meatballs for $5 and crab cakes and calamari for just $6. There are also $4 to $6 drinks. At the Observatory, an airy neighborhood institution, Happy Hour runs daily from 2-6PM then Sunday through Thursday again from 10PM to close. During that time, treats like oregano fry bread are $3, drafts top off at $3.75 and cocktails, which this place is known for, are just $5. In fact, during these designated hours, terrific cocktails and excellent wine and beer are sold throughout the city at prices that make you think they're going out of style.

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