T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Seattle on the Weather Channel's "Wake Up With Al."
1. Nature Trip: Orcas Island Orcas Island, a three-hour drive and ferry ride from Seattle, is a rustic escape in the San Juan Islands that’s ideal for strolling farmers’ markets and spotting migrating Orca whales (from March to October).
Where to Stay: Rosario Resort, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is set on 40 acres with views of the East Sound and Cascade Bay.
A stay in a wine-region hotel doesn’t have to cost as much as a rare vintage. Here, four of our favorite finds.
France: Olivier Leflaive opened Burgundy’s La Maison et la Table d’Olivier Leflaive(doubles from $146), an inn with 13 bright rooms in the vineyards of his famous Puligny Montrachet wines.
California: The Avia Napa(doubles from $229) makes a perfect base from which to visit the area’s 17 tasting rooms. In Sonoma, Auberge on the Vineyard(doubles from $125) offers on-site workshops on pruning, blending, and barrel-tasting.
Spain: The family-run Echaurren(doubles from $112), in Rioja, houses four restaurants (one of them Michelin-starred) serving local pours from a 300-label cellar.
Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite destinations for up to 40% off.
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Riviera Palm Springs - up to 41% off Palm Springs, California A $70 million renovation of this former Rat Pack playground once again lures travelers to this historic 1959 property. Golfers love its proximity to the area's championship links; sun worshippers love the poolside scene.
Blakely New York Hotel - up to 20% off New York, New York The family-friendly property in midtown Manhattan has some of the largest hotel rooms on the island, and guests receive complimentary breakfasts every day—a rarity in a city known for top-dollar dining.
Tropicana Las Vegas - up to 35% off Las Vegas, Nevada Located on the southern end of the Strip, the classic Tropicana is once again top of mind, thanks to its tip-to-toe renovation last year.
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Attention nature lovers, the outdoor-obsessed, and fresh air freaks: This weekend marks the kick-off of National Park Week (Apr. 21-29), the one week a year (actually, it's nine days) when all of our nation's 397 parks open their gates to the public and admission is free. Yes, free! How will you explore 84 million pristine acres?
You won't want to miss this exclusive deal for members! Book a stay at the W Atlanta Downtown from May 10–13th on Vacationist, and you’ll get a three-day pass to the 2012 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Chat, eat, and drink with some of the country’s best chefs and food experts, including T+L contributing editors Matt Lee and Ted Lee. New this year: A focus on mixed drinks, which includes a special cocktail hour on Saturday evening.
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W Atlanta Downtown - up to 41% off - Atlanta, Georgia The newest W Hotel in Atlanta is set in Allen Plaza, for easy access to the city's downtown sites. Book May 10–13th and get a three-day pass to the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown!
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Palm Island Resort - up to 41% off - Palm Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Accessible only by boat, this exclusive resort occupies its own Caribbean island at the southernmost tip of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge - up to 40% off - Granada, Nicaragua This nine-casita eco-lodge is set on a tiny island in Nicaragua's Lake Granada, in the shadow of a 4,000-foot volcano.
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Poseidonion Grand Hotel - up to 40% off - Spetses Island, Greece The Poseidonion Grand Hotel, on the tiny Greek island of Spetses, is just a 90-minute ferry ride from Athens.
Hidden Pond - up to 29% off - Kennebunkport, Maine Privacy reigns at this Maine hotel, where cottages are set on 60 balsam- and birch tree-filled acres just north of Kennebunkport.
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Tides Beach Club - up to 29% off - Kennebunkport, Maine This renovated 19th-century inn on Maine's southern coast is set on one of the state's most picturesque private beaches.