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Weekend festivals in Florida, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia are a neat way to enjoy autumn and sample regional products.
updated 9/11/2008 9:33:57 AM ET 2008-09-11T13:33:57

Pensacola Beach, Fla., from $80 per room per night
In early October, Pensacola Beach in northwestern Florida is hosting its first-annual Art & Wine Weekend. Several area hotels are offering special rates: from $80 per room per night at the Paradise Inn, from $99 per room per night at the Days Inn Pensacola Beachfront and the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front (use promo code MSR), from $129 per room per night at the Holiday Inn Express (including breakfast), and from $186 per room per night at the Portofino Island Resort & Spa (with a three-night minimum). In addition to free wine tastings, the festival lineup calls for belly dancers, tiki carvers, art vendors, and a kids' kiosk. Keep in mind that 69 degrees is the average temperature in October.

When: Oct. 4-5, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on double occupancy; fees for solo travelers vary by hotel.

Contact: 800/635-4803, visitpensacolabeach.com.

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Alexandria, Va., from $199 per room per night
Get into the "spirit" at the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour, held on George Washington's venerable estate. You'll enjoy an evening candlelit tour of Mount Vernon as well as a picnic dinner of fruit, cheese, and wine (taste selections from 16 area wineries). The Hotel Monacoin nearby Alexandria is offering a special $199 room rate that includes a night's accommodations and two tickets to the festival (a $60 value). The hotel also offers free parking and a shuttle to Reagan National Airport.

When: Oct. 3-5, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code PMVF.

Contact: 800/368-5047, monaco-alexandria.com. Virginia's official tourism sitehas more information on wine festivals throughout the state.

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Horseshoe Bay, Tex., from $403 per room per night
Join the fun at the Texas Fall Fest & Wine Auctionat the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas Hill Country (about 45 minutes from Austin). The resort's special packageincludes two nights' accommodations and tickets to all the festival's events (a $270 value per person). Among the highlights: a cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Grady Spearsand a wine-and-food-pairing seminar, plus tickets to the dinner and auction. You'll also gain entrance to a special VIP event, with cordials and petits fours at The Yacht Club. This is the fourth-annual fest and wine auction, which spotlights local products and raises money for wine research. The 7,000-acre resort (a sponsor of the festival) has lake views, three golf courses, and tennis courts. Rates start at $403 per room per night, or $806 for the required two-night stay.

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When: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 6 percent and a resort fee of $15 per day. Based on double occupancy; single bookings start at $546 for two nights.

Contact: 877/611-0112, hsbresort.com.

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Willamette Valley, Oregon's Wine Country Thanksgiving
Oregon's Willamette Valley is hosting its annual Wine Country Thanksgiving. More than 100 wineries will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; for many, it is the only public opening all year. You can sign up for a free map on the Web site. There are a few ways to find a hotel of your choice: Traveloregon.com, Oregon's tourism commission site, has a good search engine, and the Willamette Valley wines sitealso has some lodging recommendations. We previously reportedon the 42-room Hotel Oregonin McMinnville, which has starting room rates as low as $50.

When: November 28-30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 1 percent.

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