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Still looking to get away this weekend? You don’t have to spend a fortune to book a last-minute getaway. These five deals, from a luxury resort in the Pacific Northwest to a dude ranch in the Southwest, will let you enjoy your last bit of summer.

Pronghorn, an Auberge Resort, OR

Set in the high plains of central Oregon, Pronghorn is the latest addition to Auberge Resort’s luxurious properties. Its two award-winning golf courses and access to some of the country’s best hiking, biking, fishing, and rafting makes it an incredible all-season destination and a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Deal: Pronghorn Adventures Package
The package includes three nights in a Junior Suite, complimentary transportation to/from the airport, and a choice of any two outdoor adventures (for two people), including golf on the award-winning Nicklaus Course, rafting on the Deschutes River, a microbrew and craft beer tour, a guided half-day mountain biking tour, a spelunking lava cave tour, a Brews & Views canoe tour, or standup paddleboarding on the Deschutes River. Doubles from $199 per night.

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Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA

This newly re-imagined 444-room resort’s new offerings include stylish new guest rooms, the signature bluEmber restaurant, the R Bar lounge, and Splashtopia, an exciting water playground complete with water slides, lazy river, and a sandy beach. The resort also features a 20,000-square-foot spa, a 27-hole Ted Robinson–designed golf course, a 25-court Peter Burwash International tennis center, and four pools.

The Deal: The Family Summer Getaway
Good through September 3, the package includes accommodations, a Summer Passport with more than $500 in extra value, two Splashtopia inner tubes (which you can keep), a $50 breakfast credit to bluEmber or Palms Café, and a $28 daily resort charge. An added Labor Day perk includes the all-new “Picnic & Movie on the Fairway” program, with dinners for four from the Palms Café and a golf cart rental to catch a movie on the green, drive-in style. Rates from $179 per night.

Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA

Designed as an ode to Palm Springs in its Golden Age, when celebrities like Humphrey Bogart visited, this Hollywood Regency-style hotel underwent a full renovation in 2003. The 67 guest rooms are decorated in black, white, and yellow, and include Italian designer linens and bath products by Aromatherapy Associates. There are varied services available at Estrella Spa and three outdoor heated pools. As a fun perk, the hotel provides bicycles with attached mobile phones that connect directly to the concierge.

The Deal: The Twilight Romance Package
In addition to accommodations, this romantic package includes a 30-minute spa service for couples under the stars in a private al fresco spa cabana between 9 p.m. and midnight and a complimentary bottle of Moet Ice, followed by breakfast for two. Doubles from $200 per night.

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ

This is a great family getaway before the kids go back to school. The surrounding Sonoran Desert landscape, strewn with saguaro and prickly pear cacti, is a world away from your typical Rocky Mountain ranch, but horseback riding reigns equally supreme. Other activities include guided mountain bike and hiking tours, nature walks, fishing lessons, and cookouts under the stars. Children ages 4–12 can enjoy horse grooming, riding lessons, and arts and crafts.

The Deal: All-Inclusive Stays
Over Labor Day weekend, get 30 percent off regular all-inclusive rates, which include accommodations, three daily meals, and free access to the entire list of ranch activities listed above, including the kids program. Resort rates from $175 per person, per night.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC

Located on a beautiful barrier island just a few miles from historic Charleston, these 500 vacation villas share the same amenities as the Sanctuary Hotel. During the day, take part in a variety of activities including kayaking, nature tours, and bicycling. At night, enjoy the outstanding dining options.

The Deal: Labor Day Weekend Beach and Breakfast Package
From August 28 to September 3, book this deal and get daily breakfast for two and a one-bedroom deluxe villa, just a short walk from the beach with full kitchen and screened-in porch. Doubles from $175 per night (two-night minimum), plus tax and resort fee.

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Berlin's Quirky (and Affordable) Huettenpalast Hotel

Huettenpalast Hotel, Berlin

Sometimes when you live checking in and out of hotel rooms, it can all become a blur, so when you stumble upon one that not only offers something innovative and fun, but also stays with you long after you leave, you take note. During a recent backpacking trip through Europe I checked into a quirky Berlin stay called Huettenpalast Hotel (Hobrechtstrasse 66; 49-030/3730-5806; from $59 per night). Those looking for something completely different and charming will definitely find it here as the place can only be described as an indoor campsite. Six wooden cabins and vintage caravans just large enough to fit a double bed are scattered inside an old vacuum cleaner factory for a "room within a room" experience. The sunny campsite contains various seating options, shared bathrooms and showers (don't worry, they're incredibly clean), and a center dining area where little baggies of croissants, apples, and drinks are hung on a painted tree for breakfast each morning.

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Ikea To Open 100 Boutique Hotels in Europe

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Inter Ikea, the parent company of the Swedish budget furniture store, is planning to enter the boutique hotel market. The group is currently scouting out locations in Europe and plans to open 100 budget design hotels over the next few years, starting with two in Germany in 2014. While the hotels won't carry the brand's furniture or name, they will maintain the brand's populist appeal, selling high-concept design at a low cost. Read more about the venture here.

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Marguerite A. Suozzi is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.

Weather Channel Video: Affordable European Hotels

This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Nilou Motamed presented affordable European getaways. From our No. 3 ranking World's Best hotel to the best-kept secret revealed in our July issue, there's still time left to plan a fall getaway across the Atlantic—without breaking the bank. Read on for some inspiration!

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Lake Tahoe, Todos Santos + Moorea

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

Sale ends today!
Resort at Squaw Creek - up to 40% off
Lake Tahoe, California
This newly renovated hotel offers access to Lake Tahoe's alpine runs in winter, and in the summer, golf courses, fly-fishing holes—even waterslides.

Sale ends in 2 days!
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Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa - up to 40% off
Todos Santos, Mexico
A newly renovated, 19th-century stone villa will be your home base in Mexico's beach town of Todos Santos.

Sale ends in 3 days!


201208-b-vacationist-legends-resort-mooreajpgLegends Resort Moorea - up to 41% off
Moorea, French Polynesia
Staying here is like owning your own Polynesian villa by the sea.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Guaycyra Boutique Hotel; Legends Resort Moorea.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Northern Michigan, Antigua, Belize + NYC

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off. Plus: Only Vacationist has T+L picks of what to see and do in every destination.

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201207-b-vacationist-crystal-mountainjpgCrystal Mountain Resort & Spa - up to 52% off
Thompsonville, Michigan
This cottage-style resort in northwest Michigan is ideal for active types. In the summer months, check out the one-acre outdoor water park.

201207-b-vacationist-cocos-hoteljpgCocos Hotel - up to 40% off
Saint John's, Antigua
White-sand beaches flank the cliff-side cottages at the couples-only Cocos Hotel on Antigua's southwest coast.

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Victoria House Resort - up to 30% off
Ambergris Caye, Belize
The 42-room Victoria House is polished, intimate, and within striking distance of town (but still far enough to feel like a retreat).

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New York, New York
This edgy hotel conceived by Seattle-based hipsters celebrates the downtown scene in midtown Manhattan.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Cocos Hotel, Ace Hotel New York.
 

TODAY Show: Affordable "Olympic" Vacations

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Want to experience the 2012 Summer Olympic Games without traveling to London? T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares five fun sports-themed vacations that are also easy on the wallet.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: A World’s Best Awards winner, Caribbean, Sonoma + More!

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Saint George, Utah
This just in! The Red Mountain Resort is No. 1 Destination Spa in the T+L 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey! Book now and save on this 130-room resort and health spa in Utah's Grand Circle, near Zion and Bryce Canyon.


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Lighthouse Bay - up to 25% off
Barbuda, West Indies
This nine-suite waterfront gem offers total serenity on Barbuda, a quiet Caribbean island beloved by solitude seekers.

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Hotel Les Mars - up to 35% off
Healdsburg (Sonoma County), California
Looking for an elegant home base while touring Sonoma’s wine country? Try this downtown Healdsburg mainstay.

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Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe - up to 29% off
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Authentic New Mexican touches are on display at this 56-room Santa Fe hotel, which takes its inspiration from a tiny town 30 minutes north.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Lighthouse Bay; Hotel Les Mars.

Weather Channel Video: Weekend Getaways From Charleston

This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!

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1.  Downtown Charleston
Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted.  PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW

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Those of you traveling to Madrid this summer are doubly lucky because until July 22nd you will find PHotoEspaña in full swing. The photography festival, a long-standing highlight on the city's summer cultural calendar, brings more than 70 exhibits to town displaying work by history’s and today’s greatest lensmen.

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