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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Easy Escapes from U.S. Cities

201104-v-plumpjackjpgMay is just around the corner, so we’re thinking about easy weekend getaways that are perfect for the warm weather months. First up is PlumpJack, a mountainside retreat at the base of Squaw Valley, well-situated for hikers and cyclists looking for outdoor adventure a few hours outside San Francisco. Sybarites will love the Riviera Palm Springs, a newly-renovated resort 100 miles from L.A. with a grand spa and expansive gardens.

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PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn - up to 25% off
Olympic Valley (Lake Tahoe), California

At PlumpJack, a 56-room hotel at the base of Squaw Valley, there's no request too large for the enthusiastic staff, who perk up to help you find the best biking trail, choose the right Californian wine, or carry your bags up the stairs. But the hotel's history is what sets it apart: The inn was built for the 1960 Winter Olympics, and after a recent renovation, the property is refreshed; it now offers three new suites, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and in-room Keurig coffee machines. However, you didn't come to this area just north of Lake Tahoe to sit in your room. The hotel is located a few steps from the resort's gondolas, which whisk you to the slopes in winter and biking trails in summer. There's a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck, year-round hot tubs, and an on-site café. (Sale ends in 4 days.)

Riviera Palm Springs – up to 40% off
Palm Springs, California

An ideal weekend spot, the “Riv” offers 406 guest rooms and suites in the country's first hotel to be built in a spokes-of-a-wheel design, which maximizes views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the property's 24-acre gardens. There is a fine-dining restaurant, Circa 59, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; two cocktail lounges; and two pools with cabanas and outdoor living spaces that offer food and drinks from bikini-clad servers. The lavishly appointed SpaTerre specializes in Thai and Indonesian treatments with 18 treatment rooms and a Watsu pool. (Sale ends in 6 days.)


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From top: Photo courtesy of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

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