New Orleans, La., from $89 per room per night
Over Labor Day weekend, local Marriott hotels are sticking with their regular room rates, which are about 25 percent less than other properties in the area. The starting rates at the participating hotels are: $89 for the Marriott at the Convention Center or the Renaissance Arts Hotel; $99 for the Renaissance Pere Marquette or the New Orleans Marriott; and $109 for the JW Marriott New Orleans.
When: Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2008.
Details: Does not include tax of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.
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Denali National Park, Alaska, from $120 per room per night
The Holiday Special allows you to stay at a Denali National Park resort for two nights for the price of one and provides a $100 Visa debit card. The lowest rate is at the Denali Bluffs. These hotels are participating at higher rates: McKinley Village Lodge from $291, McKinley Chalet Resort from $313, and Grande Denali Lodge from $325. Rates start at $120 per room per night, or $240 for the required two-night stay. Note that if interested, you can also take advantage of an offer to book two tickets to the Denali Park History Tour for the normal price of one ticket; with the discount, two adult tickets would cost $90.
When: Through Sept. 17, 2008.
Details: Does not include tax of 7 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Requires a two-night stay.
Contact: 866/761-6631, denaliparkresorts.com.
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San Diego North, Calif., from $149 per room per night
La Jolla, Escondido, and Torrey Pines are a few of the communities that make up the 2,000-square-mile area dubbed San Diego North. The Convention & Visitor's Bureau is offering 25 percent off typical room rates at 10 area hotels—plus, you'll get an instant $25 cash back when you book two nights. The lowest rate is $149 per room per night at the Marriott San Diego La Jolla.
When: Through Oct. 31, 2008.
Book by: August 31, 2008.
Details: Does not include tax of 9 percent. Based on double occupancy. Online bookings only; use promo code SDNORTH25.
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Pocono Mountains, Pa., from $187 per room per night
Celebrate the Pocono Garlic Festival with the Fernwood Hotel & Resort's Garlic Golf package. Two nights' accommodations, two festival tickets (a $15 value), and 18 holes of golf for two (a $58 value) are included. The festival features 50 food stands and two stages with live music. Rates start at $187 per room per night, or $374 for the required two-night stay.
When: Aug. 29-31, 2008.
Details: Does not include tax of 9 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a two-night stay. Bookings by phone only; ask for Garlic Golf Package.
Contact: 888/337-6966, resortsusa.com/fernwood.
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Smugglers' Notch, Vt., from $276 per room per night
The End-of-Summer Celebration at the Smugglers' Notch Resort includes three nights' accommodations, a family barbecue dinner, and breakfast on Sunday morning. There are eight heated pools, four waterslides, a skate park, mini golf, and included activities such as guided hikes and children's programs. All rooms have a full kitchen. Rates start at $276 per room per night (a savings of 15 percent off regular rates), or $829 for the required three-night stay.
When: Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2008.
Details Does not include tax of 15 percent. Based on single, double, or triple occupancy. Requires a three-night stay. Rooms range from one-bedroom to three-bedroom condos.
Contact: 800/419-4615, smuggs.com.
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Irvington, Va., from $378 per room per night
The Red, White & Wine Labor Day Weekend package at the Tides Inn includes three nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, a bottle of wine upon arrival, and two tickets to the Irvington Stomp (a $20 value). The Stomp features grape-stomping events, hay rides, and live music. Plus, you'll be treated to a dinner for two at the Chesapeake Club, with regional wine pairings. Rates start at $378 per room per night, or $1,134 for the required three-night stay.
When: Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2008.
Details: Does not include tax of 7 percent. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Requires a three-night stay.
Contact: 800/843-3746, tidesinn.com.
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Zonder.com: If you'd rather book a vacation home, cabin, or condo, this site offers thousands of rentals in North and Central America—even in the Caribbean. The rentals will most likely have full kitchens, allowing you to save money by cooking; they're also good for large groups or families traveling together. Some sample rates over Labor Day weekend: Myrtle Beach, S.C. $73 per night; Palm Beach, Fla., $63 per night; and Park City, Utah $72 per night.
Hotels.com is offering a site-wide 30-percent-off sale for Labor Day weekend if you book by Aug. 29, 2008. We found rates of $139 at Chicago's Essex Inn, $166 at Minneapolis's Ramada Mall of America, and $101 at Denver's The Curtis.
AirTran has a site-wide sale; some sample one-way fares include New York City to Richmond from $49, Atlanta to Savannah from $59, and Miami to Atlanta from $89. Act fast—the book-by deadline is Aug. 26.
Is it back-to-school time for your family? Continental is offering reduced fares from its hubs in Newark, Houston, and Cleveland to selected college towns. As of press time, there were one-way fares between Houston and Austin for $49, Cleveland and St. Louis for $69, and Newark and Orlando for $114.
Expedia is having a 50-percent-off sale on hotel rooms when you book four or more nights. Plus, you can get a $75 MasterCard debit card to offset your gas costs. Some hot deals as of press time: Silverton Casino Lodge in Las Vegas from $30 per room per night, Sleep Inn Orlando from $48 per room per night, and Radisson Hotel Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco from $229 per room per night. If you book three nights, you get a $50 debit card, or a $25 card for a two-night stay.
Book by: Sept. 2 for travel through Sept. 20, 2008.
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