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.
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SALE ENDS IN 3 DAYS! Nolitan 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.
Last 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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.