A roundup of late summer and early fall packages that cover favorite indulgences like outlet shopping, pampering spa treatments, fine dining, and theater performances.
Boston, Mass., from $230 per room per night
The Baseball and Shopping package includes accommodations at the Boston Marriott Copley Place and two tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. You can find an updated list of available game dates here. The package rate also covers round-trip transportation from the hotel to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets for one day of shopping. New England's largest outlet center has more than 170 name-brand outlet stores, among them Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue - Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Discounts are anywhere from 25 to 65 percent off regular prices. You'll get a $25 gift card and a VIP coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in added savings. The 38-story Marriott is located in the historic Back Bay district close to Trinity Church, Boston Common, and Newbury Street. It has a heated indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, a game room, and panoramic city views. Rates start at $739 for a three-night package (the rate breaks down to about $246 per night) and at $919 per room for a four-night stay (about $230 per night).
When: Through Sept. 4, 2008.
Details: Based on single or double occupancy. Breakfast is included. Taxes are an additional 12.45 percent. If booking by phone, refer to the promotional code ZJL; if you're making your reservation online, make sure that the code ARN appears in the "corporate/promotional code" box.
Contact 800/834-6418, copleymarriott.com.
Lenox, Mass., from $235 per room per night
The Seven Hills Inn is located in Berkshire County, a popular retreat for the rich and famous from Boston and New York during the 1800s. The inn's package includes a 15 percent discount for two tickets to The Canterville Ghost at the Shakespeare and Company theater, with a backstage tour and a meet and greet with the actors. The Seven Hills Inn consists of three separate compounds: the 1911 Manor House, with 12 rooms eclectically furnished with antiques and overlooking 26 acres of lawns and gardens; the Carriage House, to the right of the Manor, featuring seven suites, each complete with a kitchenette, a fireplace, and a jet tub; and the Terrace County Motel, which consists of 25 garden-view rooms and a deck. The inn is next door to the Mount, an estate built by novelist Edith Wharton and up the road from Shakespeare and Company. Rates start at $235 per room per night.
When: Sept. 19-Oct. 31, 2008.
Details: Based on single or double occupancy. Breakfast is included. Add $72 for two tickets for a Friday night and Saturday day performance at Shakespeare and Company; add $82 for two tickets for a Saturday night performance. The tickets and room rates are offered at a 15 percent discount. Hotel taxes are an additional 9.7 percent.
Contact: 413/637-0060, sevenhillsinn.com.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from $249 per room per night
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau's latest promotion is Spa Chic Stays, packages that combine customized spa treatments with an overnight stay at a participating local hotel. Rates start at $249 for one night in a two-room, two-bath suite at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort and Spa, along with breakfast and a manager's reception in the afternoon. The package centerpiece is a Spa Chic treatment for one person: a 50-minute Swedish massage, a 25-minute Pevonia aromatherapy bath, and a designer Spa950 Bling custom tee and a Spa950 visor. Add $49 per room to make it a spa treatment for two. Or choose a Spa Chic Stay at another participating hotel; rates start at $370 per room per night at the Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa or the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa and at $429 per room per night at the Harbor Beach Marriott; other hotels are available. You can also enjoy the Spa Chic service minus the accommodations for $99 at any participating spa.
When: Sept. 1-30, 2008.
Details: Based on single or double occupancy. Hotel tax is an additional 11 percent.
Contact: 800/227-8669, sunny.org.
Honolulu, Hawaii, from $333 per room per night
The My Place—Waikiki Escape package includes accommodations at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, a welcome meet and greet with a bottle of Parc Chic Wine and hors d'oeuvres, breakfast daily for two at Parc a.m., and a dinner for two at Nobu Waikiki, the trendy Japanese restaurant group launched in New York by chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, producer Meir Teper, and managing partner Richie Notar. Additional package perks include admission to the Contemporary Museum, the Bishop Museum, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. As a bonus, guests will also have a choice of one of the following three activities: a 60-minute spa treatment at SpaHalekulani, a private lesson for two at Surf Waikiki, or a 24-hour GPS-guided tour of Oahu in a snazzy Lotus. The 297-room hotel is a short walk from Waikiki Beach and the shops and restaurants at Waikiki Beachwalk. And guests can also enjoy the view of the ocean while lounging by the pool on the eighth-floor deck. Rates start at $999 per room for three nights in a mountain-view room; add $150 for ocean-view accommodations. Additional nights are $250 per room for mountain-view accommodations and $305 for ocean-view rooms.
When: Through Dec. 20, 2008.
Details: A three-night minimum stay is required. Based on single or double occupancy; add up to two more guests (18 and over) for an additional $80 per person per night. Hotel taxes are an additional 12 percent.
Contact: 808/921-7272, waikikiparc.com.
Elkhart Lake, Wis., from $494 per room per night
The Girlfriends Summer Celebration package includes one night in a two-bedroom suite at the Osthoff Resort, champagne and chocolate upon arrival, breakfast daily, and $250 per person in spa credits at Aspira Spa. An exercise room, pools (two outdoor and one indoor with two whirlpools), tennis courts, and an arcade and game room are among the amenities. There are lots of on-site dining options: Lola's on the Lake, serving fresh regional cuisine; Otto's Restaurant, offering American cuisine in a laid-back setting; and the Osthoff Lake Deck, serving bar-type food and snacks along the beachfront. Set on the shores of Elkhart Lake, the resort boasts 500 feet of sandy beach. You can choose from a variety of water-based activities that range from $9 for 30 minutes on a hydro bike to $330 (per rental) for eight hours on a 12-person, 24-foot pontoon boat. Mondays through Saturdays, guests can take an hourlong morning or evening cruise ($12 and $11 per person, respectively)—provided that reservations are made by 6 p.m. the day before for the morning, or by 5 p.m. the same day for the evening cruise. Rates start at $494 per room per night.
When: Through Sept. 30, 2008.
Details: A two-night minimum stay is required for the package. Available for Sunday-Wednesday arrivals. Based on double occupancy; $211 per person for triple occupancy; $194 per person for quadruple occupancy; package is not available for solo travelers. Hotel tax is an additional 10 percent and spa services gratuity is an extra 18 percent.
Contact: 800/876-3399, osthoff.com.