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The Mandarin Oriental's Luxury & Style with Barneys package in San Francisco, Calif., starts at $460 per room per night.
updated 10/2/2008 9:46:06 AM ET 2008-10-02T13:46:06

Tampa, Fla., from $159 per room per night
The Intercontinental Hotel Tampa is offering a chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping. The Black Friday Break Away package includes a savings coupon book for the International Plaza, a mile away, and a $25 American Express gift card. The hotel also has an "In the Know" concierge service that, among other things, can call you a cab for the $10-$12 ride to the mall. Rates start at $159, a savings of $24 per room per night.

When: Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2008, excluding Dec. 5 and 6.

Details: Does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use code IKSH1.

Contact: 866/915-1557, intercontampa.com.

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Vancouver, B.C., from $318 per room per night
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's PMS (pralines, martinis, and shopping) package includes accommodations, chocolate pralines, martinis in Herons Lounge, and a $100 gift card for the Pacific Centre Mall. Rates start at Can$329 per room per night (about $318 at press time).

When: Nov. 1, 2008-Jan. 31, 2009; add $100 per room per night through Oct. 31, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 17 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code PRPMS1.

Contact: 866/540-4452, fairmont.com/hotelvancouver.

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Beverly Hills, Calif., from $379 per room per night
Feeling indulgent? The Ready for the Paparazzi package at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive pampers you with accommodations, a welcome gift, dinner for two at Café Rodeo, a glass of wine or a cappuccino at Bar 360, four passes to Sports Club/LA, a makeup application per person at Saks Fifth Avenue, a mini facial at Jurlique, and a hair consultation with celebrity hairstylist Jose Eber (a $275 value) are included. Rates start at $379 per room per night, or $758 for the required two-night stay.

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When: Through Dec. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a two-night stay. Hair consultations are not available on Mondays or Saturdays. Use promo code PAPA.

Contact: 800/468-354, luxehotelrodeodrive.com.

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San Francisco, Calif., from $460 per room per night
The Mandarin Oriental's Luxury & Style With Barneys package includes accommodations in a Bayview King room (with views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges), a $100 gift card (per reservation) good at Barneys New York in San Francisco, an appointment with a personal shopper, and a glass of champagne in the hotel's MO bar. The store is less than a mile from the hotel, but you can arrange for a ride with the hotel's complimentary town car, based on availability. Rates start at $460 per room per night. Consider that the weekend rate for Bayview King rooms typically starts at $495 per room per night.

When: Through Dec. 30, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Weekend bookings only (Fridays-Sundays).

Contact: 800/622-0404, mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco.

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Sarasota, Fla., from $500 per room per night
Here's a chance to shop and donate to a good cause. Forty Carrots Family Center, a nonprofit organization and educational resource for families, is hosting a Wine, Women & Shoes event this November. The Hyatt Regency Sarasota is offering a package to coincide with the event: Accommodations, one ticket to the luncheon (normally $175), breakfast, valet parking, a $100 Sarasota Saks Fifth Avenue gift card (per reservation), a makeover, and welcome champagne are included. Female vintners and shoe designers will attend the Friday luncheon, which also features a fashion show. Rates start at $500 per room per night.

When: Nov. 7-8, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 10 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Additional luncheon tickets are $175 per person. Note that $100 of your room rate will be tax deductible, as it will be donated to Forty Carrots.

Contact: 941/365-7716, fortycarrots.org.

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  1. City view

    The Transamerica Pyramid building is seen through the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on June 20, 2007. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Cable cars

    A cable car makes its way up a steep hill on California Street in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2008. The California cable car line is the least-crowded of the three working lines and is the one most often used by locals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Alcatraz

    Seagulls fly over San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz Island in the background on April 24, 2007. The former federal penitentiary is a popular San Francisco tourist attraction. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Cell block walk

    Visitors tour a cell block on Alcatraz Island. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The scenic route

    A car makes its way along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive on March 25, 2005, in San Francisco. San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive was opened in 1939 as a guide for visitors to The City's 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The route includes most of San Francisco's major sights as well as winding through many of the city's colorful neighborhoods, giving visitors a look into the diversity and beauty of the area. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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    A pedestrian walks by the Ma-Tsu temple in San Francisco's Chinatown district on February 3, 2011. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. California Academy of Sciences

    The flooded rain forest exhibit is shown at the new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2008. On the ground floor of the exhibit, tropical fish swim in the flooded roots of trees. Then an elevator takes visitors up into the canopy where birds fly free in a giant glass dome. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Sea lions

    A group of sea lions rest on a dock at Pier 39 on December 12, 2007, in San Francisco. The boisterous and playful mammals are a huge hit with tourists. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Victorian architecture

    The famous row of homes known as the "Painted Ladies" are seen from Alamo Square Park on Feb. 2, 2009, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Surf's up

    A surfer walks out of the water at Ocean Beach on December 5, 2006, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Palace of Fine Arts

    Birds fly in front of the Palace of Fine Arts. The building is one of many sites on San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Lombard Street

    A single car drives down Lombard Street, San Francisco's most crooked street, on April 29, 2003. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Golden Gate Park

    A family rows a boat on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park on June 21, 2011, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fisherman's Wharf

    Pedestrians walk through the typically crowded Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco’s most popular tourist attraction, known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, unique shopping and more. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Choose your dinner

    Tourists pick out their dinner at a local restaurant. San Francisco salutes the Dungeness Crab with its annual Crab Festival in February. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ghirardelli Square

    San Francisco's landmark Ghirardelli Square is seen on May 12, 2003. The square was originally a chocolate factory but now houses retail shops and restaurants. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Angel Island

    A group of visitors take a segway tour on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay on June 3, 2009. Once known as the "Ellis Island of the West," the Angel Island immigration station, a historic site, was designed to control the flow of Chinese immigrants to the United States. (Jeff Chiu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Japanese Tea House and Garden

    The Japanese Tea House and Garden is an attraction in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Today, 75,000 people visit the park on an average weekend. (Philip H. Coblentz / SFCVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Coit Tower

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