updated 6/6/2008 11:24:04 AM ET 2008-06-06T15:24:04

Athens, Ga., from $114 per room per night
The historic downtown—where R.E.M. got its start—will be abuzz with concerts during the 12th annual five-day AthFest. More than 175 bands are slated to perform at the festival, which also will feature a juried artisan market, the Flagpole Athens Music Awards, and KidsFest. In light of the festivities, the Holiday Inn Express is offering an Athfest hotel package, which includes two nights' accommodations for two in a room with either a king-size bed or two doubles as well as continental breakfast daily, two AthFest wristbands, two AthFest 2008 CDs, two AthFest T-shirt vouchers, two tickets for a two-hour guided bus tour of the historic music sites in Athens, and a $10 downtown Athens gift certificate. You'll also receive AthFest stickers, coupons for local restaurants, and an AthFest tote/backpack to store all the goodies. The hotel is located two blocks from the University of Georgia in downtown. Rates start from $149 for the first night and $79 for the second night, or an average of $114 per night. Additional hotels are available, including Courtyard By Marriott, Foundry Park Inn & Spa, and Georgia Gameday Center.

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When: June 18-22, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 14 percent (7 percent sales tax and 7 percent hotel tax). Based on double occupancy.

Contact: 706/546-8122, hi-athens.com.

Nashville, Tenn., from $114 per room per night
The Homewood Suites Loves Kids package includes a one-night stay for two adults and two children at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville-Brentwood in a two-room suite. You'll also enjoy a hot breakfast (called Suite Start), an in-room movie, a guide to family-friendly local attractions, and a bag stuffed with coloring books, crayons, and animal cookies. The front desk keeps a variety of board games that guests can check out for a night, and you can also take advantage of the "welcome home" reception: a light meal and drinks offered Monday through Thursday evenings. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, and the hotel offers a fitness center, a pool, an on-site convenience store, and a newsstand. The all-suite property is located a few miles from some of Nashville's most popular attractions, such as the Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville Zoo, CoolSprings Galleria, Belmont Mansion, and Tennessee State Capitol. Downtown Nashville "Music City" is 15 miles north of the hotel. Rates start at $114 per night.

When: Through Dec. 31, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 17.25 percent. (There are no additional fees or service charges.) Based on one to four occupants.

Contact: 615/377-3332, nashvillebrentwood.homewoodsuites.com.

Berea, Ky., from $160 per room per night
The Historic Package includes two nights at the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, continental breakfast daily, dinner for two at the hotel—noted for its spoon bread—a historical tour guided by a Berea College student, and a Boone Tavern souvenir. The hotel, named after American pioneer Daniel Boone, has been in continuous operation since 1909 and is situated on College Square in Berea. The 58 rooms are furnished with handcrafted furniture made by Berea College Student Crafts. Local attractions within walking distance include the Log House Craft Gallery, the historic Berea College, and Churchill Weavers. Rates start at $319 per room for two nights.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Taxes are an additional 10 percent for the guest room and 9 percent for dining. A 20 percent service charge is added to groups over 12. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/366-9358, boonetavernhotel.com.

Charleston, S.C., from $210 per room per night
The Family Fun package includes two nights at Kings Courtyard Inn, continental breakfast daily, tickets to either the South Carolina Aquarium or the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, a carriage tour through historic Charleston, and a "ghost hunt" walking tour. Guests will also be treated to complimentary wine and sherry in the lobby, an afternoon wine tasting, and a daily newspaper. The inn is one of Charleston's most historic bed-and-breakfasts, dating back to 1853. Architect Francis D. Lee designed the Greek revival-style structure, accented with Egyptian detail. Each of the 41 rooms is unique, with an oversize bed (some are canopied) and view of the courtyard or the back garden and spa. The centrally located three-story building is a block away from the City Market and still within a short walk of the Shops of Charleston Place and historic homes, churches and gardens. Rates start at $420 per room for two nights, based on double occupancy.

When: Through Sept. 4, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 12.5 percent (no service charge). Based on single or double occupancy. Add $70 for each additional adult; add $40 for each child under 12.

Contact: 866/720-2949, kingscourtyardinn.com.

Savannah, Ga., from $250 per room per night
The Land and Sea package includes two nights at the Mulberry Inn, breakfast daily, afternoon tea, tickets for the Savannah—Then & Now tour with Oglethorpe Trolley Tours, admission to the Owens-Thomas House, and a one-hour narrated sightseeing riverboat cruise along the Savannah River. The Mulberry Inn, in the heart of downtown, was built in the 1860s as a cotton warehouse and livery stable before being turned into the second Coca-Cola bottling company in the early 1900s. These days, it has 145 spacious guest rooms, a beautiful courtyard, a hot tub, and an outdoor heated pool. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed DSL Internet service. Rates start from $499 for two nights in a room with a double or king-size bed; add $100 for a suite with a king-size bed.

When: Through Aug. 31, 2008.

Details: A 13 percent tax, a nightly $1 occupancy charge, gratuities and parking are all included. Based on double occupancy; add $105 for a third adult; add $55 for a child (anyone under 18). Singles pay $450 a night.

Contact: 877/468-1200, savannahhotel.com.

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