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With the Fall Back in Time package, stay in one of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America — get three-nights at the Sofia Hotel in San Diego, from $317.
updated 10/18/2007 12:14:37 PM ET 2007-10-18T16:14:37

The SofiaHotel in San Diego, a three-night stay from $317 (or about $106 a night
The Sofia is an updating of the former Pickwick Hotel, built in 1926 at the corner of Front Street and Broadway, near the Gaslamp Quarter. It is one of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. The Fall Back in Time package includes a third night at this property for $19.26 when you stay two consecutive nights for $149 per night and above. Use any American Express card to book this package and receive a free one-year membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, booking through the Fall Back in Time Web site.

When: Nov. 8, 2007, to Jan. 31, 2008. By availability.

Details: No single supplement. Taxes of 10.5 percent are not included. No breakfast included. No parking included, which is a $15 to $25 per day cost in the area.

Contact: 800/826-0009,

Related link:San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter

White Water Inn, in Cambria, a two-night stay for $218
Near Hearst Castle, the estate of the late, eponymous newspaper tycoon is about halfway between L.A. and San Francisco, and the White Water Inn offers local lodging. Its Midweek Vacation Special package includes a two-night stay, daily breakfast, an evening turndown, a 2008 calendar, and overnight valet parking for $118.81 per night, include a $50 gift certificate valid at one of three Cambria restaurants (The Sow's Ear, Robin's, and Old Stone Station), and a $15 gift certificate for a local tea shop, gourmet cheese shop or Linn's Fruit Bin farm stand.

Sundays through Thursdays, through Dec. 15, 2007; based on availability.

Details: Based on double occupancy; no single supplement. Rates vary by date. Taxes of $15 per stay not included.

Contact: 800/995-1715,

Related link:Road Trip: Pacific Coast Highway

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, in Riverside, from $210 a night
During the winter holidays, the owners of the Mission Inn celebrate by decorating its walls with three million lights and hosting musical and dance acts, including the requisite carolers and horse-drawn carriages. Taking up a city block in the heart of Southern California's Riverside, the hotel offers 239 brightly painted rooms that evoke the Mission-style with their domed ceilings and, occasionally, stained-glass windows. During your stay, valet parking is included, which is a $15 a night value.

When: Through Jan. 1, 2008. By availability.

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Details: No single supplement. Taxes are an additional 11 percent. No breakfasts included.

Contact: 800/995-1715,

Related link:Growing Up in San Francisco Was a Treat, But Visiting Is Better

The fine print: Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Background: For more info on California tourism, see the official Web site For a listing of other historic hotels nationwide, visit the Web site of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America.

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