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Small ship cruising deals, the Northern Lights of Iceland, visit La Jolla

Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons
Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons

Today’s travel deals include specials on small ship Windstar cruises, a winter escape to Iceland, and discounts on bungalows in La Jolla, California.

Small ship cruise deals

The Fourth of July is bringing out the travel sales and Windstar Cruises is offering it’s best deals this weekend. With only 148 to 310 passengers on any ship, Windstar offers the best in small ship cruising. One of their best deals is seven days on the Wind Surf, setting sail fro

Airfare deals from Southwest, Half Moon Bay getaway, road trip in Tuscany

travel, Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, by Aaron Logan, LightMatters, Creative Commons

This week’s travel deals include great airfare discounts from Southwest Airlines, an adventure in Tuscany, and 40% off rooms at Half Moon Bay, California.

Southwest Airlines is having a three-day sale on flights out of Denver. One-way airfare from Denver to Salt Lake City, Omaha, and Oklahoma City starts at $49. For $99 one-way from Denver fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and many others. Visit Southwest.com by June 4 for more details and to book your flights. Southwest is also offering discounts on hotel and vacation packages.

Grab those cheap flights to San Francisco, rent a car and visit the Oceano Hotel and Spa at Half Moon Bay, about 26 miles from the San Francisco (SFO) airport. Groupon.com has partnered with this hotel to offer a King Suite for two for $175 per night – a $313 per night value. The stay includes a bottle of wine. Bring the kids and stay in a Princeton Double Suite for the same price, with dates available into August. The suites include private balconies, fireplaces, and 42-inch flatscreen TVs. Browse the shops, boutiques, and galleries in historic Half Moon Bay. Many restaurants source locally, inviting you to sample the wine and produce from the area. Visit Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, watching the life in the tidal pools. For the sun worshipper, spend the day on Half Moon Beach. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your getaway.

For those who like road trips, check out Gate 1 Travel’s excursion to Tuscany and Milan, Italy. Discounted to $799 per person, this six day road trip through Tuscan countryside starts with roundtrip airfare from New York to Milan, five nights at a 4-star hotel in Tuscany, and one night in Milan, daily breakfast, seven day car rental (manual transmission), unlimited mileage, insurance, theft protection, taxes and airport fees. Departures from other U.S. gateways are available. Talk with the Gate 1 Travel representative. Personally, I’d ask about an extension! Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to arrange your Tuscan treat. Book your vacation by June 17.

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Getaway to Prescott, vist San Clemente, airfare deals to Spain

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

This week’s travel deals include a two-night stay in Prescott, Arizona, airfare deals to the Spanish coast and a great deal on rooms in San Clemente, California.

For those who are interested in a beach getaway, the San Clemente Inn in San Clemente, California is offering a great deal on rooms into mid-June. Two guests stay in a studio starting at $67 per night, a room for four in the Breaker Suite starts at $79 per night, or six guests stay in the Crest Suite starting at $85 per night. The San Clemente Inn is located less than a mile from the beach and has an on-site restaurant that specializes in hearty breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Each guest room has a kitchenette including a microwave and dishwasher and the property includes a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Activities in the area include miles of biking trails, swimming, fishing, and surfing. There are plenty of great restaurants along the coast to have a meal and people-watch. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your getaway.

A trip to Spain is never a bad idea, and the Norwegian Air Shuttle is offering great deals on airfare to some of Spain’s most popular destinations. Currently Norwegian Air Shuttle is flying out of five markets: Fort Lauderdale, NYC, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Oakland. From Los Angeles, fly to Malaga in April, May, and October starting at $662. Fly to Barcelona April, May, September, and October starting at $696. Norwegian Air Shuttle was named the Best Low Cost Airline in Europe by Skytrax. The sale fares are their LowFare class which includes fees for checked baggage, seat reservations, and meals. To include these extras, check the LowFare+ class for pricing. Visit Travelzoo.com by March 31 for more information, including links to the reservation system. Book soon for the best selection.

If you love Arizona but the heat of Phoenix and Tucson is problematic, then visit Prescott, one of Arizona’s best preserved 19th-century towns. For fans of the Old West, Prescott boasts more than 800 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo. Stay at the Hotel Vendome, right in the center of town. The hotel includes oak furnishings, patchwork quilts, wireless internet, off-street parking, and an on-site pub. Prescott is about a mile above sea level and a short drive from five mountain lakes. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 28 for more information and to buy your voucher.

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Roadtrip to Los Angeles

Utah mountains
Utah mountains
Utah vista
Utah vista

Packing the car to the roof, stashing the pretzels and the water, and putting the maps on the floor, my son and I were ready for a road trip to the Los Angeles area.

M was moving to Glendale, California. He had rented an apartment with a friend and didn’t yet have a job. He had been working for about a year, saving his money and spending mine. Finally it was time for the big move. We were driving from our home near Denver to California via I-70 and I-15.

We left early on a Wednesday, only getting stuck once in rush hour traffic. Our trip over the Continental Divide was uneventful – though we did see the half-pipe and cross-country ski course at Vail from the highway. I can’t imagine snowboarding on that crazy thing!

After lunch in Grand Junction, we headed out across Utah. As we headed south past the National Parks, it started getting warmer and the snow disappeared. About St. George, M said he was ready to go straight through to Las Vegas to spend the night.

Pulling out the trusty smartphone, I download Hotels.com and started searching for a place to stay the night. This was a Wednesday night which is less pricey than the weekend. Hotels.com doesn’t sponsor this blog, but I got a great deal on a nice hotel on Flamingo Road. We ended up paying 29.00 for the two of us to stay at the Tuscan Suites, just down the road from the Westin. The room was large and lovely. Thanks Hotels.com!

The beach at Santa Monica
The beach at Santa Monica.

The next day, we headed into the north Los Angeles area. Our four hour drive took us through the desert, past the San Bernadino Mountains and into the Hollywood Hills. Compared to Colorado, this place was green and shiny!
We found the apartment, and with the roomate’s help, moved him in. The attraction of Southern California over the Front Range of Colorado is evident in the beautiful and warm sunny days.  We did hit some of the tourist sites before I had to fly home and return to work – the Warner’s Studio Tour and the Santa Monica Pier. What a great feeling to walk on the beach in January.

On the
On the “Friends” sofa at the Warner Brothers Studio

Since he didn’t have any furniture, I rented with AirBnB – Mama don’t sleep on the floor any more. My host was very gracious and we had a great time during the few minutes we had in the mornings and in the evenings. Thanks to AirBnB and Grace for a comfortable stay.

Now that I’m back home and cleaning out the room he left behind, I’m hoping to get back to a regular blogging schedule. Stay tuned for more tips on how to plan your vacations!

Airfare deals for Black Friday, La Fondue in Denver, rail car resort

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Today’s deals include Black Friday airfare sales, half price on dinner for two at a popular restaurant in the Denver area, and a great deal on lodging with the Featherbed Railroad.

Southwest Airlines is having an airfare sale to celebrate Black Friday, with one way airfares from Denver as low as $87 one way to Las Vegas and $124 one way to New York (LaGuardia). Book these deals by November 27 for travel between December 6 through December 16, 2014 and January 6 through February 11, 2015. Visit Southwest.com for more information and to book your warm weather vacation.

For those staying in town, La Fondue is partnering with Travelzoo.com to offer a four-course dinner for two with wine for $59. This is a 45% discount from the regular price. La Fondue is within easy walking distance to the Colorado Convention Center as well as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Dinner includes two salads and any cheese fondue with veggies and bread, a main course and chocolate fondue for dessert. The meal also comes with two glasses of beer or wine. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

For those who like to getaway to unique destinations, the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast in Nice, California might fit the bill. This resort is about 120 miles north of San Francisco near Clear Lake and is comprised of nine renovated railcars. For $99 per night, the accommodations for two include the Wild Wild West Caboose, with western décor and a claw foot tub. If you prefer the tropical atmosphere of the Florida Keys, check out the TropiCaboose with its white wicker furniture and hardwood floors. The cars are air-conditioned and feature queen-size featherbeds and flat-screen TVs. Visit Livingsocial.com by December 9 for more information and to buy your voucher.

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Cruise the Panama Canal, visit sunny Palm Springs, adventure in the Maldives

The Panama Canal
Exiting the Panama Canal on the Atlantic side

This week’s deals include a trip through the Panama Canal, a great hotel deal in Palm Springs, and exotic adventure in the Maldives.

For those with flexible schedules, Princess Cruises is offering a great deal on 11-night cruises through the Panama Canal, starting at $649 per person. Set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, visiting Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, and then a partial transit through the Panama Canal to Colon. From Colon, sail to Limon, Costa Rica and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before docking back in Ft. Lauderdale. This deal is available on the December 7, 2014 sailing on the Island Princess and the December 12 sailing on the Coral Princess. Princess Cruises offers such amenities as wine bars, live entertainment, and Movies under the Stars with 300-square foot open-air screens. There is an additional $331 fee per person the covers the cost of passing through the Panama Canal. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and the book your holiday cruise.

As the holiday travel season approaches, the Palm Mountain Resort in Palm Springs, CA is offering a deal on room rates through January. Two people stay in Garden King Room for $60 per night. Select the two-night package and get a $25 dining credit at the Matchbox Restaurant. The hotel is within walking distance to downtown Palm Springs, with its restaurants, shopping, and delightful art museum. The sun shines 300 days per year here, allowing visitors to golf, hike, or just enjoy time around the pool nearly every day. Palm Springs is also the birthplace of desert modernism, and there is a self-guided tour of the midcentury modern architecture available at the Palm Springs Official Visitors Center. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your winter getaway.

The Maldives are found several hundred miles off the southern tip of India. Indus Travels is offering a seven-day trip to these exotic islands, starting at $2239 per person. This package includes round-trip airfare between New York City or Los Angeles and Malé, double-occupancy accommodations for five nights at the Fihalhohi Island Resort, five breakfasts, lunches and dinners, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and resort fees. The Maldives have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the reef is a snorkeler’s paradise. Visit Livingsocial.com by November 13 for more information and to buy your exotic island vacation.

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Beauty on the California coast, adventure in Costa Rica, getaway to Summit County

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano

Today’s deals include the lovely Asilomar hotel in Monterey, California, the Arenal Lodge near Fortuna Costa Rica, and deals at the Frisco Hotel in Summit County.

For anyone that loves the California coast, Monterey Bay is a favorite destination. Groupon Getaways has partnered with the Asilomar to offer discounted room rates through July, starting at $125 per night. This property is run by the California State Park system and several buildings were designed by Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle. The lodge hugs the coastline, within easy walking distance to the beach. The town of Pacific Grove is close by, where guests can hike the beach trails. For a bit more activity, head into Monterey and visit Cannery Row or the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your California beach vacation.

With direct flights between Denver and J Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica, Frontier has opened up this beautiful country to more visitors. Costa Rica offers jungle, beaches, cloud forests  and for folks who enjoy volcano watching, Arenal is the place to be. The Arenal Lodge is offering a discount on escapes, starting at $200 for three nights for two adults and up to two children in a garden room. Stay seven nights for $467. The Arenal Lodge has incredible views of the volcano, which still belches smoke occasionally. The grounds are lovely, and the food and service is delightful. Visit the town of La Fortuna, a short taxi ride away, go boating on Arenal Lake, and hike the jungle trails on the property. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 28 for more information and to book your Costa Rican getaway.

As anyone living on the Front Range knows, going to the mountains on the weekends is popular. So popular that getting home often takes extra hours. Why not just stay up in Frisco an extra night and leave in the morning? The Frisco Hotel is offering room rates for $89 Sunday through Thursday through June, and $139 in July and August. The package is for two adults, and includes a $25 credit to spend at the hotel. Frisco is a neat little town with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Rent bikes or hike the local trails. Or take the short drive to Lake Dillon and spend the day on the water. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

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Palm Springs, California roadtrip

Palm Springs sign
Palm Springs sign

Earlier this month, my husband and I jumped in the car and hit the road for Palm Springs. From Denver, the drive is about 15 hours straight through. We had decided we wanted to do a getaway, and after adding up the numbers to fly and rent a car in Palm Springs, California, we decided to drive. Our intent was to find some warm weather, and get in a few rounds of golf.

It was a blast. We spent the first night at our friends in Prescott, Arizona. From there we headed out to the Coachella Valley and the Southern California desert. We learned a few things along the way.

Arizona has some beautiful landscapes. We cut across southwestern Arizona on our way from Prescott to I-10. There were some pretty desolate areas we passed through on our way.

Coming into the Coachella Valley is a beautiful drive. Quite frankly, I-10 through the desert is not all that interesting. But once over the ridge on the way into the valley, the views are spectacular. I wish there had been somewhere safe to stop the car and take a few photos!

Palm Springs seems to have a golf course on every corner. It seemed like quite a dichotomy that this city in the desert had all these green golf courses. I’m sure that’s a discussion the residents are having as we speak.

The Tahquitz Golf Course - Legend Course. Hole 4
The Tahquitz Golf Course – Legend Course. Hole 4

The Palm Springs Follies, an institution in town, is closing this year for good. This show has been going on for 25 years. The performers are all over the age of 55 and do a great show. The Master of Ceremonies, who always manages the show, was happy that the shows were sold out through the end of the run but he wondered where everyone was the past few years!

The drive through Utah on I-15 and on to I-70 is still stunning. This drive passes two national parks, Capital Reef and Canyonlands, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-LaSalle National Forests. You’ve got to stay alert as you drive through the passes. Luckily, there are plenty of overlooks to rest and enjoy the views. If you haven’t made this drive, put it on your list.

I’ll be posting additional posts on this trip over the next few weeks, but these are my first impressions.

Roadrunner at the Living Desert Zoo
Roadrunner at the Living Desert Zoo

Adventure in Dubai and the Maldives, a saloon tour in Breckenridge, a getaway on Catalina Island

Vaavu Atoll - Fulidhoo
Vaavu Atoll – Fulidhoo

This week’s deals include an adventure in the Maldives, a getaway on Catalina Island, and a saloon tour in Breckenridge.

Enjoy five-star opulence in the Middle East with an adventure to Dubai and the Maldives. Globotours has partnered with Livingsocial.com to offer a nine-day vacation, starting in Dubai and ending in the Maldives starting at $3,399 per person. This trip includes round-trip flights via Emirates from New York, Boston, or Seattle and Dubai, as well as the domestic flight between Dubai and the Maldives. The package also includes ground transportation to and from the hotels in Dubai and the Maldives, double occupancy for two nights in a deluxe room in the Media Rotana in Dubai and five nights in a Charm Beach villa, welcome bottle of wine, and spa treatment discounts at the Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef in the Maldives. Seven breakfasts are included as well as a half-day Dubai City Tour and a Sunset Cruise in the Maldives. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 11 for more information and to buy your voucher. Book your vacation by May 23, 2014 for travel in 2014.

A mere two hour flight away, the Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa on Catalina Island, California is offering a double-queen room starting at $77 per night for nights into September 2014. The resort overlooks the town of Avalon, and is within walking distance. Catalina Island has many hiking and biking trails throughout the island as well as beaches and great snorkeling. The island is 23 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Take the Catalina Express from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point. Visit Groupon.com by May 14, 2014 for more information on available dates and the fine print.

A great weekend getaway, Travelzoo.com and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is offering the Behind Swinging Doors Saloon tour for two for $15.00. Start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and museum, and then continue down Main Street to visit several historic saloons. End your tour at the Breckenridge Distillery sampling spirits. Visit Travelzoo.com soon to buy your voucher. Take your tour between now and June 13, 2014.

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