Archive for the ‘Family Travel Deals’ category

Big Savings at Downtown Disney Hotels This Spring

March 30th, 2014

Late spring is a great time to visit Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort, especially with new upcoming opening of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom and Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now seven hotels at Downtown Disney are offering special rates for spring travel.

Downtown Disney is conveniently located near Epcot, and is a part of Walt Disney World Resort. Guests at Downtown Disney resorts can purchase tickets to the Disney theme parks, receive advanced tee times and discounts for golf, and book advanced dining and show reservations.

Spring Getaway rates for the hotels include:
• The new B Resort, opening this spring, with rates from $129 per night
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, starting at $99 per night
Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, starting at $89 per night
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton _ Lake Buena Vista, starting at $139 per suite
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, starting at $99 per room
• Holiday Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista, starting at from $99 per room
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, starting at $87 per room

For more deals, purchase a 2014 Downtown Disney Deals booklet for discounts on dining and shopping.

–Lissa Poirot

8 Easter Hotel Packages for Families

March 16th, 2014

Many hotels offer brunch or dinner for Easter, but these resorts go one step further to provide packages with overnight accommodations, egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, and, of course, those delicious meals, complete with kid-friendly fare.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention CenterWashington, D.C.
On April 5 and 19, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center will offer a PEEPS Easter Package, complete with a PEEPS-themed Easter Egg Hunt and craft for children age 12 and under. Other package perks include a $50 resort credit, PEEPS treat bag, $10 gift card for the PEEPS store in National Harbor and an early check-in at 1 p.m. The PEEPS Easter Package starts at $239 for a family of four, per night.

Additionally, PEEPS-themed scavenger hunts and even manicures and pedicures (yes, also PEEPS-inspired) will be offered both weekends. And, if that’s not enough, the hotel will offer an Easter Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where little ones will enjoy a special appearance by PEEP. Brunch rates start at $56 for adults and $25 for children age 3 to 11; reserve in advance.

Congress HallCape May, N.J.
At Congress Hall, Cape May’s most prominent hotel, there’s an Easter Weekend promotion with accommodations, brunch and a late check-out, along with scavenger hunts, egg hunts, and train rides. Available April 11 through 17, rates start at $283 per night for a room with two queen beds; a two-night minimum stay is required. The package cannot be booked online – call 888-994-1816 to reserve your stay.

The Westgate HotelSan Diego
Plan a luxurious, Parisian-style holiday at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego. On April 18 and 19, the hotel, located near the Gaslamp Quarter, will offer Easter Bunny Teas, complete with mini pastries and followed by an egg hunt, magic show and visit from the Easter Bunny himself; rates are $45 for adults and $30 for kids age 12 and under (plus tax). On Easter Sunday, festivities will include a champagne brunch, with live music and a separate station with kid-friendly fare. More importantly, the Easter Bunny and a face painter will be present. Rates are $65 for adults and $29 for kids 12 and under (plus tax). Weekend rates for accommodations start at $229 per night.

Red Jacket Mountain View ResortNorth Conway, N.H.
In North Conway, N.H., Red Jacket Mountain View Resort’s Easter Package is a two-night offer, April 18 through 20, with breakfast Saturday morning, brunch on Sunday (reservations required) and admission to the onsite waterpark, Kahuna Laguna, which features four high-speed tube slides, a wave pool and a 150-gallon tipping bucket! Package rates start around $331 per night. If booking online, use offer code EASTER.

Kalahari Resorts – Sandusky, Ohio and Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
Combine waterpark and holiday fun with a visit to Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio or Wisconsin Dells. Both locations are offering an Easter Sunday Buffett Special, which includes accommodations and a buffet for two adults and two children ages 4 to 12, along with admission to the waterpark. At both resorts, package rates start around $230 per night.

Woodloch PinesHawley, Pa.
Located in the Poconos, Woodloch Pines is no stranger to all-inclusive, holiday fun – that’s why it’s offering THREE promotions for Easter! First, there’s Peter Cottontail Weekend, April 11 to 13, with arts and crafts, games, scavenger hunts, egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny; rates start at $215 per adult, per night. Next, there’s Easter Passover Midweek (if you can manage to get away), which also includes arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and egg hunts, in addition to a petting zoo, party and hayrides! Midweek rates start at $190 per adult, per night. And finally, there’s Easter Weekend, which includes a children’s party, themed show and special visit from the Easter Bunny; rates start at $199 per adult, per night.

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin HotelOrlando
If you’re lucky enough to be a guest at Disney World‘s Swan and Dolphin Hotel between April 16 and 23, you’ll enjoy a special PEEPS celebration, complete with complimentary treats, visits from the Easter Bunny, and PEEPS-inspired menu items, such as as milkshakes and S’mores! Coolest of all, the hotel hosts an annual glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, with arts and crafts and bunny hop relays. Overnight rates start at $189 per night.

– Amanda Geronikos

Rail Europe Offering Summer Discounts

March 11th, 2014

If your family will be heading to Europe this summer, now is a great time to purchase rail tickets to save on travel.

Rail Europe is currently offering 20 percent off of select Standard Premier tickets on Eurostar’s high-speed trains, with routes between London, Paris and Brussels, among others. Prices begin at $150 and are good through April 2 bookings for travel through August 31, 2014. They are also providing 20 percent off of British Train Tickets for travel throughout England, Scotland and Wales, if purchased by March 25, with no travel restrictions.

Rail Europe is also offering 10 percent off city passes in London and Paris. These passes provide discounted admission to attractions, tours, theater and some restaurants, and eliminate waiting in lines. The discounted price is available through April 2 and is good for six month from the date of issue.

Visit Rail Europe’s web site for more information and bookings.

–Lissa Poirot

National Play Hooky & Ski Week

February 26th, 2014

What better reason to hit the slopes when there is a National Play Hooky & Ski Week?

For the third year, is encouraging skiers and boarders to skip school and work and hit the slopes. Special deals for skiers and snowboarders are being offered by from Monday, March 3 to Friday, March 7, to help them hit the slopes in celebration.

Liftopia deals can be found across the nation, with savings as much as 78 percent off of regular ski lift tickets. Ready to play hooky? Check out the deals near you!

Find ski resorts and vacation ideas for hooky week or any time in our Family Ski Vacations section.

–Lissa Poirot

Baltimore Offering Multiple Savings with 3-in-1 Week Deals

February 4th, 2014

Baltimore is offering its “Absolutely FEBulous” week-long promotion that features savings at restaurants, hotels and museums. Between Valentine’s Day Weekend and Presidents Day Weekend, Restaurant Week, Hotel Week and Museum Week will be combined into one big week of discounts.

For diners, more than 75 restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe dinner, lunch and brunch menus priced between $15 to $30. Attractions across the city are getting in on the deal by offering buy one, get one free admission offers. The BOGO deals are good at more than 15 attractions and museums, including the B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Making it easier to stay in town to enjoy these deals, more than 16 hotels are offering packages starting at $109 per night. If you book through Visit Baltimore’s site, you’ll receive a $25 Visa gift card with a one-night stay or $50 Visa gift card with a two-night stay. Hotels participating include Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Monaco Baltimore, a Kimpton Hotel, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Convention Center, and Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.

Absolutely FEBulous is running February 14 through 23, and is presented by Visit Baltimore, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

–Lissa Poirot

Visit National Parks and Forests for Free

January 16th, 2014

Did you know every family is within 100 miles of a U.S. National Park? And did you know that on select dates throughout the year, including this coming Monday, your group can visit one of the parks at no cost? In 2014, the National Park Service will waive entrance, commercial tour and transportation fees on these dates:

January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15-17
Presidents Day Weekend
April 19-20
Opening Weekend of National Parks Week
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 27
National Public Lands Day
November 11
Veterans Day

Many parks will offer other perks on these days, as well. Mammoth Cave National Park, for example, will provide complimentary guided walking tours (limit of 40 people per tour) at 10 and 11 a.m., and at 1, 2:30 and 3 p.m.

Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service will offer fee-free days (many of them take place on the NPS’s Free Entrance Days), which include free camping opportunities at non-reserved sites:

January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15-17
Presidents Day Weekend
April 19-20
Opening Weekend of National Parks Week
June 14
National Get Outdoors Day
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 27
National Public Lands Day
October 12
National Wildlife Refuge Day
November 8-11
Veterans Day Weekend

Learn about National Park Family Vacations, find hotels in National Park Hotels, see Deals for hotels, and see our list of Best National Parks.

–Amanda Geronikos