Save more when you stay longer this summer.
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Short of funds this summer? Before you consider curtailing your family getaway, there just might be a way to have your cake and eat it, too. These resorts make a compelling case to extend your summer vacation by giving you a bigger discount when you stay longer.
Where: Park City, Utah
Why: Because this luxury mountain resort offers spacious digs, gourmet dining, and a smorgasbord of family-friendly outdoorsy fun, with gondola rides to take you to a network of trails for hiking and mountain biking. With the Savor the Summer offer, book a one-bedroom suite or larger at the Grand Summit, Silverado Lodge, Sundial Lodge or Vintage on the Strand for one night and save 10 percent; book two or three nights and save 20 percent; book four or five nights and save 30 percent; book six or more nights saves you 40 percent. Available through Nov. 28, 2014.
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Where: San Antonio, Texas
Why: Because this plush 500-room Texas ranch-style resort is a family mecca with a five-acre water playground, 950-foot lazy river, two pools and a FlowRider surfing simulator. With the Stay More, Play More offer, families can get back a nice chunk of money and use it for dining, spa treatments, golf greens fees, kidsâ club admission or an in-room movie. Receive $100 in resort credit when you stay two nights; $200 in credit when you stay three nights; $400 in credit when you stay four nights; and $500 in resort credit if you stay five nights. Available through Jan. 27, 2015.
Where: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Why: Because this upscale SoCal resort offers plenty of wide-open space plus lots of ways to have fun, from the three pools, four hot tubs and kidsâ club to the nature trails and a small beach. Book a seven-night stay with the Stay More Save More package and receive 30 percent off plus a $250 resort credit. Available for stays through Dec. 30, 2014. Use promo code SAVEMORE.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Where: Orlando, Florida
Why: Because Loewsâs brand new retro-inspired hotel at Universal Orlando has a gorgeous pool, budget-friendly food court, and spacious family suites that sleep six. With The Longer You Stay, the More You Save offer, youâll receive a discount of up to 25 percent when you save four or more nights.
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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Where: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Why: Because this lakeside retreat offers plenty to keep families happy, with two championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, hiking trails, swiming pools and access to a 50,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. With the Stay Longer and Save offer, book one night and save 15 percent; book two nights and save 20 percent; book three nights and save 30 percent; book four nights and youâll earn a 40-percent savings.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to www.MiniTime.com.