Best new deals for exploring the great outdoors
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Lake Placid)
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Courtesy of the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort)
Enjoy some last-minute outdoor activities before the snow season on the shores of Mirror Lake in downtown Lake Placid. The family-friendly resort is a platinum-certified property in Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program and is a leader in eco-initiatives and green programs. Families will enjoy the private beach as well as beautiful lake and mountain views. Guests can save up to 70 percent with rates starting at $79 per night for Deluxe Village Side rooms and at $95 per night for Deluxe Lakefront rooms (the deal is available for Sunday to Thursday stays). Call 800-582-5540, quoting ‘Shoulder Season Savings’ to book.
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The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (South Carolina)
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (Westin)
Fancy some glamping – a camping experience with all the luxury trimmings? Head to this resort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that offers a Glamping Package enabling families to stay in spacious and comfortable beachside cabanas and receive a $40 resort credit on food and beverage. Private poolside glamping cabanas featuring two ultra-luxe lounges and fire pit for s’mores making are also available. With year-round warm temperatures, a glamping survival kit including s’mores ingredients, telescope to enjoy stargazing experiences, and flashlights for safe beach walks, this will be a memorable treat for the whole family.
JUCY Campervan Rentals
JUCY Campervan (JUCY Rentals)
If you want to take the family on campervan adventures and want to a road trip in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas areas, you might be tempted by this retrofitted minivans exported from New Zealand. You can benefit from a 15 percent discount off regular rates that start at $40 per night (based on a five night minimum). The campervans sleep up to four and include everything a family might need on the road — even a DVD player. The offer is valid through January 31, 2015. Call 1-800-650-4180 or visit www.jucyrentals.com quoting the promo code JUCYChamp.
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Arizona)
The Boulders (The Boulders)
If your family comprises keen golfers, spa addicts and lovers of spectacular landscapes, make Scottsdale, Arizona your next vacation destination. As part of the New Holiday Traditions at The Boulders package, guests receive accommodation in a private casita, $100 food and beverage credit, and 20 per cent off the spa and golf club. Expect to be welcomed at the resort with a hot cup of apple cider or a cocktail and s’mores. The offer is for a minimum of two-night stay from November 30, 2014 to January 3, 2015.
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Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Ohio)
Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Photo: Group Tour Magazine)
And for those who prefer indoors adventures, here is the chance to book a family getaway at America’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Waterpark Resort. Guests staying two nights in a Hut or Desert Room (accommodating up to four people) will receive admission to the park, breakfast for two adults and two children (ages 4-12), $50 credit for dinner at any resort restaurant, one 14 inches single-topping pizza, four fountain sodas, and 50-token card for the Big Game Room. Call 877 525 2427 quoting Booking Code: FFG. The offer ends on October 31, 2014.
Sonia Esther Soltani contributed this to MiniTime.