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

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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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

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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

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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.

TODAY Show Video: Last-Minute Memorial Day Ideas

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Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix
Phoenix’s grande dame was built in the 1920’s by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright, and unlike many Phoenix resorts, it’s understated and elegant—a sophisticated gray stone carved with Wright’s signature angles. Rooms are small and cozy and feature earth-tone furnishings. Explore eight pools and numerous nooks and crannies among the 39 acres, including the Catalina pool; Irving Berlin reportedly wrote “White Christmas” while afloat here. This summer, it’s hosting the third annual Hollywood & Wine Festival.

Deal:From $80/night ($119/night and third night free), available through Labor Day. Use group code “ZU” when booking online or call 800-950-0086.

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JetBlue One-Day Sale: Fares to Nantucket from $39

one-day jet blue sale

JetBlue is holding one of its short-term, big-savings sales. Book today and you can fly between NYC and Nantucket for just $39. The sale covers travel between May 22 through June 21, 2012 and there are some blackout dates. The airline flies to all sorts of delightful destinations—St. Thomas, Turks and Caicos, New Orleans, Martha’s Vineyard—just looking at the list of places could launch an impromptu late spring/early summer vacation plan.

(By the way, have you signed up for our free Hot Deals newsletter?)

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

Photo courtesy of JetBlue.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: California, Italy + Arizona

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

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The Farmhouse Inn - up to 30% off - Forestville (Sonoma County), California
This country retreat in Sonoma's Russian River Valley melds rustic charms (marble bathrooms; fireside s'mores) with insider access to the best of the California wine region.

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Mezzatorre Resort & Spa - up to 29% off - Ischia Island, Italy
Located in an unspoiled maritime pinewood forest on Ischia's northern shore (just 17 miles southwest of Naples), this spa resort provides the perfect compliment to a mainland tour of Italy.

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Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain - up to 31% off - Paradise Valley, Arizona
Opt for a quiet, modern getaway just 10 minutes north of downtown Scottsdale.

Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

From top: Photos courtesy of Farmhouse Inn; Mezzatorre Resort & Spa; Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain.

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