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Top Holiday Travel Deals

As seen on The Around Town Show on Dec 7, 2008.

Christmas is a busy time of year. With all your shopping done, perhaps you’re looking for a last-minute getaway? Not only is this a busy time, but many people are hitting the roads and taking to the skies. The holidays can be a time to leave town and visit family, but a few people will choose to get AWAY from family! What should you expect when traveling during the holidays? Be prepared for delays, long lines and break out the patience. There is a higher level of stress while traveling this time of year, so if you plan ahead, you can better prepare yourself and your family for anything that might come your way.

This is also a great time of year to get a travel deal. If you are flexible when booking and wisely research for the best prices, then you can stretch your travel dollars further. Give your family the gift of travel this holiday season. Below you’ll see many of the places that have contact us to let you know they have deals waiting just for you.

Sunny and Warm

Jamaica is offering some fantastic golf and winter luxury deals at visitjamaica.com. Turtle Beach Resort in Barbados is advertising family package deals with the parents and kids in mind. If you’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii, then take advantage of all the deals they’re offering at GoHawaii.com/deals. Orlando area hotels are offering fantastic deals for visitors. Rosen Hotels and Resorts Group is offering an Orlan-dough Mega Pack that starts at $39.99 per night and includes coupons with a combined value of more than $3,000. The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is offering specials, such as $89 per night Dec 24-28 at DaytonaHilton.com.

Winter Wonderlands

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is offering a Ski for Free package for visitors at Fairmont.com. The Smoky Mountains National Park area is always a favorite, with cabin and hotel deals that include snuggling by the fireplace. SkiUtah.com is your one stop site for tips and ski tips, including how to ski for free in Utah.

Closer to Home

Myrtle Beach has numerous lodging deals, and if you are looking for a way to get around, Thrifty Car Rental is offering Traveling Mamas readers a “rent 2 get 1 free” deal. Call 866.674.8703 to book using code: WINTER GETAWAY. Houston is a great last minute getaway, and its CityPass is a value at $34 per adult, which includes admission to many area attractions. The Ritz-Carlton Dallas rated #1 in hotel dining in a recent Zagat survey. In celebration, the hotel is offering package stays that include lodging, meals, and spa treatments. Nashville, also known as Music City, lights up visitor’s hearts with the Gaylord Opryland’s light attraction and ICE! New Orleans hotels are celebrating with Papa Noel packages at the W Hotels and Loews.

IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTICE: All travelers flying between the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean will now be required to carry passports as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security. For questions regarding the new U.S. passport requirements, please go to http://travel.state.gov.

If you know of a great holiday deal that we missed, feel free to leave a comment telling our readers. Be sure to list the destination at the top of your comment.

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  1. Caribbean – St. Lucia – Below are some all-inclusive family deals and holiday packages perfect for travelers looking to celebrate the holidays in the warm Caribbean sun. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia offers holiday deals into the New Year. Daily direct flights via Miami, New York City, Atlanta and Charlotte.

    • Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa’s Fall Romance Getaway for $115 a day in December: $115 per person for a deluxe ocean view room. Rates are based on double occupancy and are all-inclusive. Added value amenities include a Champagne Arrival Reception, complimentary Bubbles-in-Bed (champagne turndown service), 1/2 hour couples’ massage, introduction to kitesurfing and windsurfing class. Rates valid December 1-20, 2008, based on double occupancy.

    • Kids Stay Free with Coconut Bay’s all-inclusive Family Frenzy from $99. Added value amenities include a free round of paintball for the entire family, an introduction to kitesurfing or windsurfing class for everyone over age 12, a CocoPack for each child under 12 (with backpack, water bottle, hat and t-shirt) and a ½ hour couple’s massage for mom and dad. $99 Rates valid December 1-20, 2008, based on double occupancy, deluxe garden view room, kids under 18 stay free (max. 2 kids per room).

    • Coconut Bay’s Inaugural Premium Package for $149 per day all-inclusive. Added value amenities include complimentary Continental breakfast room service daily, bottle of preferred drink in room, couples’ private beach picnic, Couples’ oceanfront dinner and preferred dinner reservations at specialty restaurants. Rates valid December 1-20, 2008, based on double occupancy in a premium ocean view room.

    • Christmas at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for $199 a day: $199 per person for a deluxe garden view room (these are 30% savings off the regular nightly room rate). Rates valid December 21-31, 2008, based on double occupancy.

    • Bring in the New Year at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa for $157 a day in January: $157 per person, per day, for a deluxe garden view room (these are 45% savings off the regular nightly room rate). Rates valid January 1-21, 2009, based on double occupancy.

    • All-inclusive amenities: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, unlimited juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, fully supervised children’s center with daily schedule of activities, daily entertainment program, water park attraction, airport transfers from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport, all hotel taxes and gratuities

    • To reserve: Call or book online – http://www.cbayresort.com, 866-978-6226

    St. Lucia’s exotic southern coast is home to Coconut Bay Beach Resort, an all-inclusive resort catering to families, couples and honeymooners alike. Mirrored after the island’s most famous landmarks, the twin Piton Mountains, Coconut Bay has its own set of twins, Harmony and Splash. “Harmony” is a tranquil adult-only oasis offering the perfect setting for those seeking a romantic escape with a coconut palm-fringed pool, braided hammocks, intimate cabana beds and the oceanfront Kai-Mer Spa. At the opposite side of the resort, the young at heart are drawn to “Splash,” the resort’s tropical playground featuring CocoLand Kidz Klub, a paintball facility and the island’s largest water park. This casually Caribbean resort has 254-rooms on 85 acres, and it’s all just a short transfer from the Hewanorra International Airport. For more information about Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa visit http://www.cbayresort.com or call 866-978-6226 to reach the resort directly.



    Visitors to Baltimore this Holiday Season are cashing in on free offers at area hotels. Book your overnight stay and receive free perks ranging from chocolates and roses to parking to an extra free night! Some hotels and free offers are listed below. For a full list of offers visit http://baltimore.org/holiday-hotel-packages

    Hilton Baltimore
    401 West Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    FREE: In-room movie, Room service appetizers (1 night only), Soft drinks (room service) – 1 night only. Code: DINMOV

    Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
    301 West Lombard Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    FREE: Parking, $20 food voucher (per day)
    Code: IKHD1

    Hyatt Regency Baltimore
    300 Light Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    FREE: Nightly self-parking, One $25 gas card, per stay
    Code: PKG5

    Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
    110 South Eutaw Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    FREE: Buy Saturday night at our special leisure rate and stay Sunday night free.
    Code: P54


    Explore Baltimore Inner Harbor’s top attractions! The Baltimore Harbor Pass and Harbor Pass+ gets you into some of Baltimore’s most popular attractions and saves you up to 25% over single ticket purchases.

    Harbor Pass includes:

    Maryland Science Center
    National Aquarium in Baltimore
    Top of the World Observation Level
    Choice of Port Discovery Children’s Museum or American Visionary Art Museum

    Harbor Pass+ includes:

    3 more great attractions, another day, and a savings 25% over single ticket purchases.

    Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
    Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
    Sports Legends Museum

    Visit http://www.baltimore.org for details.

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  5. Some cool deals that you have dug out here..!.. Even though I work for a paintballing company it would’nt have crossed my mind to go paintballing on holiday..seems counterintuitive to a relaxing holiday, but then again lounging by the pool can get a bit boring at times.


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