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Black Friday Travel Deals for Families

November 28th, 2014

Red sale tagsYou might be at the mall or a large department store today trying to score big savings on gifts for friends and relatives, but you should be home, relaxing, and planning your next family vacation. If you’re not already aware, we’ve put together a long list of early bird, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday hotel and attraction deals.

These deals offer everything from 60 percent off rates and free bike rentals to free meals for kids and complimentary nights. These deals won’t last too long, so be sure to book now in order to really save on your 2015 getaway.

See all of our 2014 Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

After you’ve booked your vacation, stock up on a few necessities that you might need on your next trip. Select stores, including CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Christmas Tree Shops and Dollar General, are offering discounts on all those travel essentials you’ll have to pack. Pick up toothbrushes, bubble gum, deodorant, cotton balls, Band-Aids, portable DVD players, headphones, luggage sets, and more, all at low prices today.

Have you already scored a great travel deal today? Tell us about your savings in the comment section below!

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Ring in the New Year at a Kalahari Resort

November 24th, 2014

For a special New Year’s Eve celebration, book a stay at a Kalahari Water Park Resort. Both the Wisconsin Dells and Sandusky, Ohio locations are offering a New Year’s Special deal for families. Splash, play and ring in 2015 at one of these water park resorts.

Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells
Boys sit in a circular raft on a waterslide at the Kalahari Resort Wisconsin DellsNot only will you be able to enjoy access to the resort’s indoor water park and indoor theme park, but the New Year’s Special offers comfortable accommodations, too. Book the package and receive a Hut or Desert Room for up to four guests, plus tickets to the New Year’s Eve Buffet for two adults and two children between 4 and 12 years. Additional tickets may be purchased upon arrival. Buffet reservations are required. The package is valid for a two-night stay starting on Dec. 30 or 31, 2014. Package rates start from $670.

Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio
Young girl bodysurfs on ride at Kalahari Resort SanduskyThis location may not have an indoor theme park, but it is home to America’s largest indoor water park. Enjoy a two-night stay in a Hut or Desert Room for up to four guests, admission to the water park for each guest, each day of your stay, and tickets for the New Year’s Eve Buffet for two adults and two children between 4 and 12 years. Additional tickets may be purchased upon arrival. Buffet reservations are required. The package is valid for a two-night stay starting on Dec. 30 or 31, 2014. Package rates start from $600.

Room upgrades available upon request for a fee. Restrictions may apply.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

How to Save at Hershey’s Christmas Candylane

November 8th, 2014

Hershey's Christmas CandylaneThe holidays really come to life in Hershey when its annual Christmas Candylane and Sweet Lights kicks off for the season in November each year. There’s so much for families to do during the event that it can add up and not seem so sweet. Rather than worry about breaking the bank before Christmas, save with these tips and tricks before your visit to Hershey with your family this holiday season.

Purchase an admission package. Rather than pay for each event and activity separately, purchase combination tickets for Christmas Candylane, dining options, games and more.

The Ride, Dine and Play package includes one Christmas Candylane ticket, one meal voucher, and one single game voucher at the Goblet Toss for just $22.80 per person. The Snack Pack package offers the same, but with a snack voucher instead of a meal voucher, for just $17 per person.

Buy the day before. Plan on seeing the Christmas Candylane the next day? Buy your ticket on that current day no more than 2.5 hours before closing and receive free admission to the park for the remainder that day. If the park closes at 8 p.m., purchase your next-day ticket and get free admission from 5:30 p.m. until closing. If the park closes at 10 or 11 p.m., purchase your next-day ticket and get free admission from 7:30 p.m. until closing. That’s at least 2.5 hours of free time in the park!

Add the Sweet Lights to your order. Purchase your admission tickets to the Hershey Sweet Lights in conjunction with your Christmas Candylane order and pay just $18 for the second attraction.

See it twice. If you’re planning a weekend in Hershey, don’t cram the Christmas Candylane into just one day. Purchase a regular price ticket for your first day and keep it. Present it at the Ticketing Services Building the next day and pay just $7 for admission to Christmas Candylane for that day.

Find a Giant Food store near you. Buy your Christmas Candylane tickets at a participating Giant Food Store and receive a discount on general admission rates. Giant Food Stores are located throughout Pennsylvania.

Go as a group. Get your friends and family all together for a big, sweet visit to Hershey and purchase your tickets as a group. You can save up to 40 percent off admission the Christmas Candylane. Offer valid for groups of 20 or more people.

Hershey’s Christmas Candylane opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Parking is $8 per car, per day. The Hershey Sweet Lights opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, and runs through Jan. 1, 2015.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

8 Not-So-Scary Packages at Haunted Hotels

October 31st, 2014

Exterior view of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, ArkansasHappy Halloween! Whether you plan to celebrate tonight by trick-or-treating with kids, watching a scary movie with your teens, or by bobbing for apples with the entire family, do something fun to celebrate this spooky holiday. When it’s over, plan ahead for your next getaway with a not-so-scary special at one of these eight hotels – all of which are on our list of haunted hotels worth a visit. Relax, rejuvenate, and hope that a ghost doesn’t appear in your room while enjoying one of these packages.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa
Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is supposedly haunted by the spirits of the patients who came to the property when it was a hospital. Visit the hotel and book the Eureka Springs Mini Vacation for a happier experience (hopefully). Package includes a three-night stay in a Premium Double or Double Room, breakfast for four daily in the Crystal Ballroom, four tickets to the Historical Museum, four tickets to the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour and the Eureka Ghost Tour, and four tickets to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Rates start from $697 for the three-night package. Package valid for stays Monday through Thursday, year-round.

The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining,” so you can bet it has an interesting environment. Book 30 or more days in advance and enjoy a discount with the Advanced Purchase Special. Enjoy up to 20 percent off your nightly stay. Rates start from $151 per night. Offer valid year-round.

Hyatt French Quarter
Formerly the Chateau Bourbon hotel in New Orleans, the Hyatt French Quarter has the same haunted history. Once a girls’ school, the property is supposedly haunted by ghosts of those girls. Instead of being scared on your next visit, book the French Quarter Rendezvous package and enjoy breakfast for two adults and two children each morning, plus up to 25 percent off your third night. Rates start from $179 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014. Minimum two-night stay required.

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Built in honor of his love, Lucinda, who passed away before its completion, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, is said to be haunted by her spirit. Book the Third Nights a Charm package and enjoy the hotel for its other great details. Book three or more nights and enjoy 20 percent off your stay. Rates start from $242 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 30, 2014.

Omni Grove Park Inn
Rumor is that the “Pink Lady” passed away in room 545, but the story is always changing. Now the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, this property offers families a comfortable stay – especially with packages like the Gingerbread Holiday Package. Enjoy a breakfast buffet daily for each guest, one Gingerbread Cookie Voucher per guest and complimentary overnight parking. Rates start from $325 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014.

Gettysburg Hotel
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is known to be haunted by the soldiers of the Civil War. Book the Memories of Lincoln package at the Gettysburg Hotel for a historical stay. Package includes a historical tour, dinner for two in the One Lincoln restaurant and a breakfast for each guest the next morning. Plus, enjoy a souvenir to take home. Rates start from $300 per night. Package valid now through Dec. 31, 2015.

Omni Mount Washington
Located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is said to be haunted by the original builder’s wife. Book the Go Discover package and enjoy 20 percent off stays of two or more nights. Rates start from $160 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 30, 2014.

Hotel Galvez & Spa
The 1911 hotel in Galveston, Texas, has seen strange unexplainable occurrences in its ladies room in the lobby. If you want to see for yourself, book two or more nights at the Hotel Galvez & Spa and enjoy up to 20 percent off. Rates start from $111 per night. Offer valid now through Dec. 31, 2014.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

How to Save at Universal Studios Orlando

October 22nd, 2014

View of rides at Universal's Islands of AdventureTheme park admission can really break the bank. But for a limited time Universal Studios Orlando is offering a deal that families shouldn’t pass on. Play and ride all of the games and thrills at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in three days, while paying only for two.

Book the Park-To-Park Admission promotion now and you’ll receive park admission good for three days, while only paying for two. Original one-day, one-park tickets for Universal Studios Orlando or Universal’s Islands of Adventure are $96 per adult and $90 per child. And the price of original two-day, two-park tickets cost $175.99 per adult, and $165.99 per child. But with this promotion, receive a third day free with your two-day, two-park ticket price.

The three-day tickets must be used within a 14-day period, but are valid for visits now through June 20, 2015. Black out dates apply during the holiday season and tickets must be purchased by June 7, 2015.

Plus, you can save even more in the Orlando area with these four packages and deals:

Family Room Package at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

From $149 per night at the Villas of Grand Cypress

From $71 per night at the Tuscana Resort Orlando

Up to 30 percent off at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Top Dog Weekend Package in Vermont

October 18th, 2014

Exterior view of The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & SpaLeaving your pet behind while going away for a family vacation can be heart wrenching. Rather than worry about your puppy this fall, bring them along for a truly relaxing trip that the entire family can enjoy. The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is hosting a Top Dog Weekend event and is offering its R & Arf Package for families with dogs who want to give their four-legged friend a chance to relax, too.

Top Dog Weekend will be held Friday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, and aims to bring owners and furry friends closer together. The weekend package includes a two-night stay in a Traditional room, a dog treat cooking class on Saturday morning, an afternoon self-guided walk and off-leash play time at the Mills Riverside Park and passes to the Indian Brook Reservoir for a self-guided hike. Plus, guests receive room service one evening (for the dog, too!) and a custom dog toy and bowl to take home. Package rates start from $499 and include all taxes and fees.

After all of the fun with Fido, be sure to enjoy the plethora of onsite activities, like golf, tennis, biking (rentals available), indoor pool, hiking trails, adventure course (with zip lines and rock climbing!), hot air ballooning, bonfires (think S’mores!) and more. And that’s all without leaving the resort!

For more information, see our review of The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. And to book, visit the resort’s website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz