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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Lake Tahoe + St. Lucia

201201-b-vacationist-plump-jack-innjpgThis winter may be Lake Tahoe’s best yet, thanks to a slew of new restaurants, just-opened trails, and adventurous snowcat tours to back-country skiing. A bonus? You can access all 6,000 mountain acres from the 56-room PlumpJack, at the base of Squaw Valley, for less than $130 a night when you book with Vacationist. Or, for those who want to leave the snow behind, there's up to 33 percent off stays at St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, where the weather is so warm that suites are built without a fourth wall—for unobstructed views of the sea.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: New York, Los Angeles + San Diego

201201-b-la-valenciajpgWe’re starting 2012 with Vacationist deals in some of our favorite cities in the U.S. In New York, the Sherry-Netherland is a classic property located directly across from Central Park; the hotel restaurant, Harry Cipriani, is a Manhattan icon. Looking for warmer weather? The Huntley Hotel is also set on prime U.S. real estate—a tree-lined street just steps from the Santa Monica boardwalk. But if true surf culture is on the brain, head further south to La Jolla, where the pink-tinged La Valencia has been delivering oceanfront views since 1925.

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Airfare Sales May Stave Off Winter Blues

CNN |  Never mind that you're probably still recovering from holiday travel and may have no interest in heading to another airport. Faced with a traditional post-holiday lull in travel, several airlines are hoping their New Year's sales will lure travelers back into the air at a discount.

"These deals have a lot to do with people not traveling after the holidays," says Anne Banas, executive editor of Smarter Travel. "They just spent a lot of money, they're tired and they're not thinking about going anywhere. So it's a very quiet time."

The best deals are on JetBlue, says Banas, noting that some of the airline's sale flights are to peak-season destinations in the Caribbean and Florida. The best fares are for midweek flights, so you'll need some flexibility.

JetBlue launched its "Holiday Recovery Sale" on Tuesday morning….

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Hotel Deals: TODAY Show + Vacationist

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If your New Year's resolution is to travel more, T+L Digital Projects Editor Sarah Spagnolo shares a handful of hotel deals—so you can get there for less.

PLUS Thanks to this week’s Vacationist hotel deals, you can also explore a Scottish castle or the majestic glaciers in Chile's Lake District. Don't miss out on the great discounts here.

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Third Night Free at Top NYC Hotels

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg recently announced that New York City played host to a record 50 million visitors this past year. Seems like we can expect a few more in 2012: NYC & Company, the official tourism board for our fair Gotham, has rallied some extraordinary big-name luxury hotels to participate in their wintertime Third Night Promotion, where you get one free night for every three-night stay.

The list of  ‘signature collection’ properties hosting this winter sale includes both elegant, storied hotels and see-and-be-seen hip newcomers. Choosing just one may be the biggest challenge of your stay:

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
The Chatwal New York
Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York
Jumeirah Essex House
Loews Regency Hotel
The London NYC
Mandarin Oriental, New York
The New York Palace
The Peninsula New York
The Pierre
The Plaza Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
The St. Regis New York
The Setai Fifth Avenue
The Sherry-Netherland
The Surrey
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trump SoHo New York
The Waldorf Towers

As one who regularly watches these hotels for affordable offers, I can tell you that an opportunity to save 33% doesn’t come along very often. I can also guarantee that a visit to NYC this winter will be a memorable one. Whether you take the budget route of window-shopping, people-watching, and street food, or use those savings to indulge in some of the thrilling culture, cuisine, and commerce of the city—either way, you’ll leave already planning your next visit.

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Top photo courtesy of Trump Soho; bottom photo of the Ritz-Carlton, Central Park © Kelly Kollar.

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

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Gifts for you—St. Lucia, Costa Rica + Barbados

201112-b-bodyholiday-stlucia-2jpgIn honor of the holiday season, Vacationist is offering members even deeper discounts on hotels we’re featuring this week. From an all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia to a six-bedroom Costa Rica villa and a recently-renovated escape in Barbados, these are warm-weather deals you won’t want to pass up. But book now! The deals are only good through 2011.

Happy holidays to you, from Vacationist!

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: New York, New York + Costa Rica

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Rates of under $200 for prime holiday season in New York City? Unheard of! And yet, Vacationist has rooms at the Ace Hotel, one of the city’s buzziest hotels, right in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Or escape the hustle and bustle at Richard Gere and wife Carey Lowell’s cozy winter hideaway, 45 minutes north in Bedford New York. Another option: leave the States behind in favor of Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Hotel, Costa Rica, where 28 rooms open onto private decks with hammocks, and the ocean is warm enough for swimming all year long.

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TODAY Show: Warm Weather Getaways

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As temps start to dip, it's time to start thinking about sunny spots to escape to this winter. But why wait? T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares the best warm weather deals right now.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Bermuda, Costa Rica + California

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Travel towards sunny weather this winter: now’s the time to book your January, February, and early March trips—and you can secure great deals thanks to Vacationist. Take a nonstop flight straight to Bermuda for pink-sand bays, golf, and tennis at Newstead Belmont Hills, or head to Costa Rica’s Hotel Punta Islita, where you’ll spend your days overlooking the Pacific. Lucky Californians don’t even have to board a flight for a stay at Oceana Santa Barbara, where the surf is just a few steps away.

For more hotel deals, including stays in Orlando, San Francisco, and Utah, click here.

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TODAY Show: (More!) Cyber Monday Deals

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Travel + Leisure's features director, Nilou Motamed, reveals some great cyber Monday travel hotel deals in this morning's discount round-robin. (It's the last segment.)

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