Book by: July 31, 2008
Travel by: Sept 5, 2008
Hitting a ski resort in the middle of summer may smack of a “Vacation” disaster, Chevy Chase style. Of course, there’s no snow but by default these close-to-nature destinations make great escapes. You may even discover local secrets otherwise missed during days on the slopes. What’s more, we found discounts at mountain-area hotels of up to 30 percent off already-reduced summer rates. This is through Expedia’s current summer sale, which ends July 31 — so move fast.
Stowe, Vermont hotel from $94/night
For a retreat near Vermont’s Green Mountains, we like this option. Through September 5, rooms at the Golden Eagle Resort start at $94, based on a three-night stay. A half-mile from Stowe’s idyllic town center, the hotel offers standard and deluxe units; mini-suites; as well as a private cabin and a three-bedroom house on its 80 acres. Indoor and outdoor pools, and more than two miles of nature trails on the extensive grounds are among the amenities. Alternatively, guests may head to the Stowe mountain resort to ascend the 4,300-ft Mt. Mansfield. Book your three-night trip before July 31 to snag the discounts of 30 percent.
Vail Plaza Hotel and Spa from $166/night
Between the hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf and fly-fishing, it’s more than easy to fill a week in Vail. Book four nights at the Vail Plaza Hotel and Spa and nightly rates start at just $166! Located on the town’s pedestrian mail, at the base of the mountain, the property’s 100 guestrooms feature free Wi-Fi, down duvets and flat screen TVs. One- to four-bedroom suites are also available. Travel now through September 5 to take advantage of the 30 percent discount. Remember: Make your reservations by July 31. Full breakfast is included in the room rate.
All-suite Whistler Pinnacle from $118/night
Want an excuse to visit British Columbia before Whistler hosts the 2010 Winter Games? Studio suites at the Whistler Pinnacle Hotel start at a reduced $118/night. The 30 percent discount is valid for travel through September 5 when you book four nights by July 31. The 84 guestrooms include full kitchens with refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers; Jacuzzis; and wireless internet. Two blocks from the pedestrian village, the hotel is located between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains — providing ample opportunities for summer outdoor adventure, from glacier walks and mountain climbing to golf and poolside lounging.
All quotes are per person, based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Hotel taxes and fees are additional.
Expect the vibe to be different without crackling fires and the après-ski scene.
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