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

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

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screen_shot_2012-07-13_at_21927_pmpngRed Mountain Resort
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!

A TRIO OF WEEKEND ESCAPES

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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Viewfinder: See Madrid (and the World) with PHotoEspaña

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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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Vacationist Hotel Deals: London, Big Sur, Vermont + Las Vegas

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201206-b-vacationist-landmark-londonjpgThe Landmark London -  up to 48% off  -  London, United Kingdom
White-gloved service, champagne cocktails, and marble, marble everywhere: the historic Landmark London has all the trappings of Victorian-era luxury.


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201206-b-vacationist-ventana-innjpgVentana Inn  -  up to 34% off  -  Big Sur, California
This iconic, adults-only hideaway in California's dramatic Big Sur is home to 55 rooms and three cozy cedar villas, surrounded by 243 acres that front the rugged coast.

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa  - up to 50% off  -  Essex, Vermont
Just a short drive from the thriving cultural scene in Burlington, VT, guests at The Essex soak in private hot tubs, hike the property's winding trails, and nourish their foodie aspirations with on-site culinary classes.

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The Signature at MGM Grand  -  up to 60% off  -  Las Vegas, Nevada
Pamper yourself at this tranquil Las Vegas resort, on a side street tucked away from the noise of the Strip.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Landmark London; Ventana Inn.


 

How to Plan a Trip on a Whim—and Save

Maroma Resort

When it comes to trip-planning, I tend to get serious: My husband E. would tell you that I sometimes spend too much time on pre-trip research and packing deliberations, but recently, I tried a different approach: I used a travel auction site to book a trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya 12 days out and left the planning to chance. While E. and I briefly entertained Istanbul and Rome, one of our favorite cities, we quickly agreed that what we really needed was four or five days of sleeping, eating, reading, a little walking, a lot of unplugging, and a beach—without our three kids.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Caribbean, Upstate N.Y., California + Miami Beach Spa

Book now on Vacationist, T+L's flash sale site, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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201206-vacationist-sivory-punta-canajpgSivory Punta Cana - up to 27% off - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
An all-suite boutique hotel, complete with a stretch of private beach, that’s a romantic alternative to Punta Cana's large all-inclusive resorts.

Bedford Post Inn - up to 41% off - Bedford, New York
This eight-room, eco-friendly inn (owned by Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell) feels remote, but it's located just an hour's drive north of Manhattan.

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TODAY Show Video: Father's Day Getaways on Sale

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Stumped about what to get dad for Father’s Day? Why not treat him to one of these sports- or food-themed getaways.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
If your dad is the family chef, opt for the John Besh Package at this recently reopened hotel within walking distance of the French Quarter. The deal includes nightly accommodations, an autographed copy of Besh’s new cookbook My Family Table, a $50 gift card for Borgne, Besh’s coastal Louisiana seafood restaurant at the hotel, and breakfast buffet for two at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar. Doubles from $189.

Related: America’s Best Affordable City Hotels

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Manhattan, Scottsdale, Bali + a Destination Spa

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

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201205-b-vacationist-nolitanjpgNolitan Hotel - up to 35% off - New York City, New York
The first boutique hotel to open in Manhattan's Nolita (North of Little Italy) neighborhood, the Nolitan exudes both low-key hipness and local charm.

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Last Dash to London! Essential Booking Tips for the Olympic-Bound

201205-b-london-cityscape95605583jpgLast Saturday, the Olympic Torch relay set off in Great Britain and began a 70-day journey through the United Kingdom that will end on July 27 at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The countdown has begun.

Set on making it across the pond this summer? It’s not too late—but you must act now! To inspire you procrastinators to begin booking, we present our last-minute get-to-London guide.

The good news: flights to the city’s hub airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, London City) are still available. Right now, a search of round-trip fares from major U.S. cities range from $1,100 to $1,500. Departing from Chicago, you’ll fork over about $1,200 for a round-trip economy ticket on Virgin Atlantic Airways (a seat in the carrier’s newly revamped Upper Class cabin will cost you $2,800).

These fares are steep—and getting steeper—but they aren’t higher than this time last year. “I don’t think airlines are price gauging,” says George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com, a site that monitors ticket prices. “It’s still the summer season and we’re seeing reasonable fares for this time of year.”

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TODAY Show Video: Affordable Beach Vacations

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Looking to plan a seaside getaway—with hotel rates under $200 a night? Hear Travel + Leisure's deputy editor, Laura Begley Bloom's, best tips for an affordable beach vacation right now.

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