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East Coast city escapes this winter

/ Source: Sherman's Travel

The deal
The East Coast winters may bring harsh weather and cold temperatures but who cares when the travel prices plummet, too? Case in point: We found city getaways in D.C., New York and Boston for a fraction of the high-season cost. These value packages, all including airfare and hotels, now start from just $524.

D.C. getaway from just $521
For a winter escape to the capital, Expedia has an unbeatable offer for February 7 departure from Boston to Washington D.C. This three-night package covers roundtrip airfare as well as lodging at Hotel Palomar in bustling Dupont Circle. According to Travel + Leisure, this stylish boutique hotel “attracts sophisticated, creative types rather than buttoned-up politicos”. Just one mile from the White House, it comes with artfully designed rooms, beds topped with Frette Italian linens and tech touches such as flat-panel TVs and MP3 alarm clocks.

Escape to New York for $724
For West Coasters seeking a Big Apple fix, we recommend the United Vacations special we found. The two-night getaway in question, available for February 20 departures from LA, costs $724 with airfare and four-star accommodation. In fact, you’ll land right into the action of Midtown Manhattan and stay at the trendy W Times Square, of which Fodor’swrites, “Times Square finally goes hip on a grand scale with the opening of this super-sleek 57-floor monolith, the flagship of the white-hot W line.” Note that you must book this deal by February 14.

Boston getaway now for $619
If you’re craving a touch of New England flavor, we suggest a quick trip to Boston. Expedia offers fantastic discounts on a three-night holiday from Seattle to Boston departing on February 14. Priced at $619 with the flight and lodging, this deal covers a sojourn at upscale Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. writes, “This boutique hotel offers bold hues, modern architecture and lots of amenities. The style is upbeat and whimsical — think bold prints and colors in the guestrooms, then add a hip, young crowd hanging out in Bambara, the hotel's restaurant and bar.”

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. Airfare taxes and fees incur an additional cost. As for the savings ... At Hotel Palomar in D.C., average rates run around $336/night, so this three-night package saves you a bundle. At W Times Square, an overnight can easily cost you north of $390 and airfare from LA to New York rarely drops below $400. Hotel Marlowe is normally priced upward of $340/night for a double, while the flights from Seattle to Boston run around $450.

The catch
Brace yourself for cold temperatures.

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