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New Way to Take in Fall Foliage: On a Zipline!

The Catskills Mountains are a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City, and a great place to soak in the best of fall, with picturesque hiking and horseback riding trails, quirky antique shops to explore, and gourmet restaurants and markets. But if bucolic tranquility isn’t enough to get you pumped for fall, I’ve got a suggestion for all you thrill-seekers out there.

Hunter Mountain is a popular spot in the winter with skiers and snowboarders in the northeast, but it's also home to the largest Zipline course in North America, with 4.6 miles of runs at higher than 600 feet in the air. I sought out the ultimate thrill not too long ago, with New York Zipline Adventure Tours’s Skyrider course, which includes five dual runs (so you can challenge the person opposite you to a race), a 500-foot jungle bridge, and a self-powered Zipline, where "take off" means taking a running jump into thin air on a downhill slope.

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Snow? No. Discounted Lift Tickets? Yes.

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Like migrating birds and manufacturers of snow tires, skiers start planning for winter long before snow falls (or even, in my husband’s case, well before temperatures have dropped below 80°).

Liftopia, an online source for discounted lift tickets, has been around since 2006 but now represents more than 150 ski resorts.  A visit to their newly revamped site can transform the fall fantasies into actual slope time.  At resorts from Arapahoe Basin to Zermatt, you’ll find discounted lift tickets as well as deals on equipment rentals, lessons, and multi-day passes.

While many of the available discounts are as thrilling as waking up to fresh powder (e.g., up to 40% off at Snowbird, 23% off Sun Valley, 32% off Whiteface), the lift tickets in Liftopia's inventory are date-specific and sell out quickly.   So snag some now before the deals melt away.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: All-Inclusive Resorts in the South Pacific and Caribbean

200912-b-fijijpgForget what you think you know about all-inclusive resorts. The newest batch of hotels have evolved to attract discerning travelers with top-notch food choices, state-of-the-art  amenities, and stellar off-site excursions—for no extra cost, of course. A couple choices for Vacationists to consider now: the romantic Veranda, an adults-only escape in St. Philips, Antigua, or Beqa Lagoon Resort, on 10 tropical acres in far-flung Fiji. In case you’re wondering, there won’t be a wristband in sight.

For more hotel deals, including up to 60 percent off in Costa Rica, Nevis, and Italy, click here.

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TODAY Show: The Results Are In - America's Favorite Cities Survey

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Which U.S. city is the cleanest? The most affordable? Best for hotels? T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares the results from our popular annual survey—America's Favorite Cities. For complete results—in 50 categories, go here.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: South America + Facebook Chat Today

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There’s nothing like shorter days and chilly nights to get you planning your next great escape, and thanks to Vacationist, a South American Grand Tour (in springtime!) is within reach. Spend a few days shopping your way through Buenos Aires from your base at the iconic Alvear Palace, then head to Punta del Este, to stay at Fasano’s new rustic-chic outpost, Fasano Las Piedras, in the Uruguayan countryside. Have questions on how to do it right? Log on to Vacationist's Facebook page at 2 p.m. EST for a chat with travel expert Paul Irvine, who will offer tips, strategies, and more.

For more travel deals, including New York, Boston, and Los Cabos, click here.

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Book Now: Travel + Leisure's Trip of the Month - Argentina

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New in our October issue, on stands now: Travel + Leisure’s exciting Trip of the Month feature, Argentina: from Patagonia to Buenos Aires. In association with Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, our travel club for deals on hotels, cruises, and more, the Trip of the Month offers T+L readers exclusive itineraries from the world’s top tour operators. What better way to kick off this new column than with an epic journey through Argentina?

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TODAY Show: Great Getaway Rates for Fall

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Planning to get away this fall? Check out more great seasonal hotel deals from T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Wine Meets Fall Foliage – Sonoma + Okanagan Valley

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Pack your scarves and a great digital camera: this fall, head west, to two of North America’s best wine regions. Outdoorsy types will want to unpack at Sonoma’s six-suite Chauvet, for easy access to the walking trails in Jack London State Park, while spa-goers will love the lavender-accented treatments at the rustic Farmhouse Inn, just 25 miles east in Glen Ellen. Or try something entirely unexpected with a stay at Sparkling Hill, a Swarovski-crystal-filled property in the northern corner of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What do the hotels have in common, you ask? Unexpected amenities and bottles of standout Pinot Noir—best enjoyed in the fall, against a bright landscape swathed in fire red and tangerine.

For Italy, Bali, St. Lucia, and more, click here.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Your Beach Checklist – Hawaii, Thailand + Costa Rica

201109-b-hapuna-1jpgThere’s no need to hide your Havaianas now that Vacationist has our eye on warm weather hotspots. Unroll your towel at three of the world’s best beaches, and you’ll knock a few destinations off your travel bucket list—for less.

For more travel deals, including Charleston, Okanangan Valley, and Sonoma, click here.

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Just Back: Chasing Summer on New York's Fire Island

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Its either unchecked hedonism or outright denial that led me to New Yorks Fire Island the weekend after summers unofficial demise. While most vacationers packed up their share-houses and kissed farewell to the spit of sand off Long Islands south coast over Labor Day, I was still dreaming of bike rides, summer ales, and one last coat of sun. It doesnt hurt that hotel prices fall off a cliff once beachgoers pack up their white (I paid $225 per night at Clegg's Hotel, while rates during summers apex can be double that). So I found myself at the Island Mermaid pulling on a straw filled with its signature Rocket Fuel (a dark rum piña colada with a Cruzan 151 sinker at the bottom and a pond of Amaretto floating on top) and stretching summer out as long as possible before the looming cold throws its death grip around New York City. I wasnt ready for fall, not yet.

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