Summer travel deals
We put out the word in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, looking for summer travel deals. And we received lots of them ...
SUCH DEALS!We'd be remiss if we didn't present a couple of deals for the, er, well-heeled set.
• Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, is offering a jet-fuel rebate for private air travel.
Guests who arrive by private jet will be entitled to a rebate of as much as $1 per gallon on all purchases, up to 1,000 gallons, which then can be applied to accommodations, golf, marina rentals, spa treatments, dinner and more.
• Don't have your own jet? Well, problem solved.
Fly with Abercrombie & Kent in its own, 52-passenger Boeing 757, reconfigured for your comfort, in a trip around the world. The Emperors and Pharaohs Tour stops at Malta, Hanoi, Jaipur, Cairo and Istanbul, just to name a few cities.
It's a bargain — at $88,500 per person. Just you? There's a $8,925 single supplement.
CLOSE TO HOMEAlaska earned its statehood in Congress 50 years ago. Stanton Patty, a former Seattle Times Travel assistant editor, was born and raised there and remembers the celebrations here.
ANOTHER BUZZWORDIf you can't afford to take any kind of "vacation" far away from home this year, you are a perfect candidate for this summer's travel invention, the "Staycation." Meaning, you're spending your time off close to home.
We don't know who coined the word — no doubt some desperate public-relations person representing a desperate client wanting to find a way to capitalize on desperate travelers.
Watch for it in every travel publication near you.
Travel deals for California and Washington
Washington and California keep running lists of deals.
For Washington, go to experiencewa.com and click on "Deals."
California lists its travel deals at: www.visitcalifornia.com/summerdeals
We put out the word in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, looking for summer travel deals. And we received lots of them — sent to us from hotels, resorts, restaurants, you name it. We even have a few summer deals from farther away.
Our goal is to give you some idea of the savings you might find as you travel in a time of pricey gas, food and airlines.
As always, as you read through these, be skeptical — remember that these are not our deals, but those submitted to us by business owners, public relations offices and readers. So ask questions when you book. Double check everything. If you have the time, do your own research to see if there are other, better deals available. Remember that many of these have caveats — minimum stays, required facility tours, etc.
A much longer list of deals is online at seattletimes.com/travel, because we simply don't have the space here for all of them.
Here is just a portion of the summer deals we've received:
Tulalip Resort Casino offers midweek discounted rooms. Two nights, Sunday through Thursday, in a deluxe room for $60 per person, per night. Includes discounts on gaming, dining and shopping at Seattle Premium Outlets. 866-716-7162 or www.TulalipResort.com
Destination Hotels & Resorts, which includes Suncadia and Skamania, is offering a $25 per day gas credit for every night booked at any Destination Hotels & Resorts property this summer. Guests receive a $25 daily room credit to be applied to golf, spa, dining or other vacation pleasures through Labor Day. www.suncadia.com or www.skamania.comSnohomish County has more than a dozen packages available through its Web site at www.snohomish.org. Look for the Packages and Special Deals link. Packages include hotels, movies, shopping coupons, transportation, spas, winery tours, family getaway coupons for major attractions and golf.
The Kitsap Peninsula has two Web sites with specials. Go to www.VisitKitsap.com and click the Specials and Packages link. Also visit its boating site, www.BoatingKitsap.com and click on the Specials and Packages link. The sites are regularly updated.
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau has a number of summer travel deals at its Web site, with a Packages and Specials section for each season. www.VisitSanJuans.com
The Inn at Harbour Village in Ilwaco is offering a 20 percent discount for any two-night stay. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.innatharbourvillage.comTacoma and Pierce County are offering 44 travel deals and discounts in the "Fuel the Fun" program organized by the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau. The deals include 14 special hotel packages, $20 discounts on dinner at designated restaurants and discounts on attractions such as the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. Go to www.traveltacoma.com and click on "Fuel the Fun," then "Tip #5: Great Deals"
The Hotel Murano in Tacoma is offering 25 percent off weekend stays during July and August. www.hotelmuranotacoma.com or 253-572-3200.
In the Yakima Valley, stay at the Ledgestone Hotel on a Friday and Saturday night this summer and receive 75 percent off Sunday night's stay. www.yakimawahotel.com or 509-453-3151.
Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens is offering free tours of the cactus gardens until the end of July. Call or e-mail for reservations. 509-248-1742 or email@example.com
Milbrandt Vineyards will offer discounts all summer long on two summer wines: Traditions Chardonnay and Traditions Riesling, on sale for 10 percent off one to 11 bottles and 30 percent off a case (12 or more bottles), including mixed cases of the two. 509-788-0030 or www.milbrandtvineyards.com
Apple Country Bed & Breakfast offers a midweek special of $89 and an active Military Special midweek price of $79. Includes a full breakfast. 877-788-9963 or www.applecountryinnbb.comCowan Vineyards, mix or match 2 bottles of wine from 2004 Merlot, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon or 2004 Tartan Red for $29.50. 509-788-0200 or www.cowanvineyards.Beamers Hells Canyon Tours is a participating retailer in AAA's Show Your Card and Save Program. AAA members receive 10 percent off the price of our tours. No charge for children 8 and younger. www.hellscanyontours.com or 800-522-6966
The Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, on the Central Washington University campus, offers Advanced Chimposiums, in addition to a light dinner while viewing the chimpanzees being served their dinner via closed circuit video. Advanced Chimposium Fee $150 per person, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. www.cwu.edu or 509-963-2234
Yakima Athletic Club and YAC Fitness offers temporary summer memberships. www.yakimaathletic.com or 509-453-6521
Desert Hills Winery in Yakima offers 15 percent off their wines through summer months. 509-453-0503 or www.deserthillswinery.comKana Winery's First Friday events through the summer in Yakima feature a 15 percent discount to customers who mention The Seattle Times' Travel Deals article. 509-453-6611 or www.kanawinery.com
The Tasting Room Yakima offers a 15 discount on case purchases and a 10 percent discount on half-case purchases. 509-966-0686 or www.winesofwashington.com
The Wenatchee Valley Pass packet includes discounts on area activities and dining, and various deals The pass costs $3 and can be purchased by contacting the Wenatchee Valley Visitors Bureau at 800-572-7753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see www.wenatcheevalley.org
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art member pass. Save up to $50 on summer events, includes savings at a participating Travel Portland hotel — must be booked by Aug. 1. 503-242-1419 or www.pica.org
La Quinta Inn in Bend offers a High Desert Museum Package — one double queen kitchenette room, breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, 24-hour indoor pool & spa plus two adult tickets to the High Desert Museum, starting at $139 plus tax. 541-388-2227
Chockstone Climbing Guides at Smith Rock State Park is offering a discount for families and groups of four or more for rock climbing at Smith Rock. All ages and abilities, $70 per person, normally $85. All gear is included. 541-318-7170, email@example.com or www.chockstoneclimbing.com
The Hotel Lucia in Portland is offering a package with two free TriMet day passes and a map of local attractions. 503- 225-1717 or www.hotellucia.comLauro Kitchen in Portland has a 20 percent off coupon for lunch, good July 1-Aug. 31. 503-239-7000 or www.laurokitchen.com
Riverside Suites in Seaside has a Save in Seaside Summer Package for $599 that includes four days/three nights in a two-bedroom suite, free breakfast, $50 Dining Credit at one of two Seaside restaurants and discount coupons. Valid Sunday through Thursday, only through Sep. 30. www.rivertidesuites.com or 877-871-8433
Participating Corvallis hotels (including Best Western Grand Manor Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Harrison House Bed & Breakfast and Salbasgeon Suites & Conference Center) are offering a discount averaging 15 percent to guests driving a hybrid, an alternate-fuel or zero-emission vehicle.
Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Skating Rink in Portland is offering two-for-one Tuesdays through Aug. 26. Buy one thrill ride bracelet, hot dog or cotton candy, and get one of the same for free. 503-233-5777 or www.oakspark.com
Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast in Manzanita offers guests who stay two nights $15 per night off the regular price. Stay three nights or more and get $20 per night off the regular price. 503-368-6697 or www.neahkahnie.net/zengarden
Sunset Landing RV Park and Campground in Lincoln City is offering a summer camping special to guests who stay three nights. The fourth night is free. Not valid on holidays. 541-994-8880, firstname.lastname@example.org, or sunsetlandingrv.com
Sunriver Resort in Sunriver is offering a fourth night free to guests who stay three nights in a Lodge Village or River Lodges guest room or suite. Guests can also book four nights in a vacation home or condominium and get a fifth night free. Sunriver Resort also is offering a Destination Drive $25 gas credit for each night booked at the resort. www.sunriver-resort.com or 800-801-8765
Whale Rendezvous Ocean Front B&B in Depoe Bay is offering a $20 discount per night when guests stay more than one night — the fifth night is $100 off. 541-765-3455, email@example.com or www.whalesrendezvous.comRunning Y Ranch in Klamath Falls is offering a Visa card up to $150 for a stay of four days or more, through Oct. 2. www.runningy.comKimpton properties in Portland — the Hotel Vintage Plaza and the Hotel Monaco Portland — are offering a travel deal with AAA, a $25 gas card to guests who book rooms using the "ADS" promotion code before Sep. 30. Plaza at 503-228-1212 or www.vintageplaza.com and Monaco at 503-222-0001 or www.monaco-portland.com RE/MAX Sunset Realty Vacations offers a $50 gas card for a reservation for five nights or more in a participating Sunriver vacation rental homes and condos during the summer. www.sunriverlodging.com/free_gas_card.htm">www.sunriverlodging.com/free_gas_card.htm The Hotel deLuxe in Portland is offering It's Easy Being Green, including two sets of Tri-Met passes, valet parking, a tote bag and a gift certificate to World Cup Coffee. 866-895-2094 or www.hoteldeluxeportland.comMount Bachelor Village Resort in Bend is offering a $50 gas card, requires a two-night minimum. Based on availability. 866-572-4563 or www.mtbachelorvillage.com
Lobenhaus B&B & Vineyard in Carlton. Book two nights (Sunday through Wednesday), and third night is free, through Sept. 24. Must mention offer at time of booking. 888-339-3375 or www.lobenhaus.comTanger Outlet Center, Lincoln City, is offering Group of Friends packages. Travel together in groups of three, five or seven and receive gift cards, through July 20. 541-996-5000
Cascade Meadows RV Resort at La Pine. Pay for five nights get additional two nights free, although you must take a resort tour.
541-536-8602 or www.cascademeadowsrvresort.comNorth Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie has a two-for-one admission offer. 503-557-7873 or www.pdxsurf.comMount Hood Railroad in Hood River. Two-for-one train fare. 800-872-4661 or www.mthoodrr.com Sage Canyon River Co. in Maupin offers a summer transportation reimbursement to guests who book a raft trip for five or more people. Covers $40 worth of gas. Book six people and get the $40 worth of gas and the seventh person can go for free. 800-538-7238 or www.sagecanyonriverco.comEVOO Cannon Beach cooking is offering a 10 percent discount for any Friday night class when staying at least two nights in Cannon Beach at rentals listed at www.cannon-beach.net. Call for class availability. 503-436-8555 or www.evoo.bizTidewaterfalls Vacation Home in Waldport. Book two nights and get the third free, through Oct. 30. www.tidewaterfalls.com
RE/MAX Sunset Realty Vacations in Sunriver offers a $50 summer fuel reimbursement to guests who book a new, five-night stay in a participating vacation home through Aug. 31. 800-541-1756 or www.sunriverlodging.comSalishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden is offering a Bed & Breakfast Package — two nights lodging and one breakfast for two. 541-764-3600 or http://salishan.com/special_offers/EcoShuttle in Portland has discounted four-hour wine tours ($40/person, $75/couple) every Sunday until Sept. 14. This offer is only available to readers of The Seattle Times and ecoShuttle Newsletter readers. www.ecoshuttle.net
The O'dysius Hotel in Lincoln City is offering gas discounts of up to $160 depending upon length of stay and days of the week. 800-869-8069 or www.snohomish.org
Valley River Inn in Eugene is offering Tank Full For Your Business Package, including a Deluxe Guestroom for one night and a $50 gas card. Another package includes Deluxe Accommodations, $25 Gas Card, Complimentary Parking, a 1-year subscription to Money Magazine 541-743-1000 or www.valleyriverinn.com
Broadway Inn in Eugene is offering Seattle residents a $5 per night credit toward travel expenses. Two night minimum stay required and a $20 maximum credit. 800-876-7829 or www.eugenebroadwayinn.com The Resort at The Mountain in Welches is offering "Summer Staycation," including discounted rates on guest rooms and a $50 resort credit toward dining, golf, or recreation rental equipment. 503-622-3101 or www.TheResort.com
Inn at Spanish Head Resort Hotel in Lincoln City is offering savings of up to $109.50 on oceanfront rooms on select dates through July 15. 800-452-8127 or www.spanishhead.comHotel Fifty in Portland is offering two free adult tickets to the Oregon Zoo and a disposable camera, good through Sept. 15. www.HotelFifty.com or 503-221-0711
In Mount Hood Territory, various hotels are participating in "Tanks for Coming," through Sept. 7. Guests will receive a gift card for gas or other items at Fred Meyer. A two-night visitor receives a gift card for $30, three-night $60, four night $90. www.tanksforcoming.com
Courtyard by Marriott Portland Southeast in Clackamas is offering a $25 gas card with select weekend and holiday stays. www.marriott.com/pdxck">www.marriott.com/pdxck or 503-652-2900
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego will provide a pizza and soda when a room is booked. Or the In-Hotel Dinner Package, which includes room and dinner in Basil's Kitchen. 800-2CROWNE or www.crowneplaza.com/lakeoswegoorDays Inn in Clackamas offers Get Away today, including several free offerings and a discount rate. 503-794-8022 or www.daysinn.comKeizer Renaissance Inn in Keizer offers Stay, Shop & Play, including one night's lodging and discounts and tickets locally. 800-299-7221 or www.keizerrenaissanceinn.comIndependence House Bed & Breakfast in Independence has a $15 per day gas discount through August. Two night stay during the week only. 503-838-0612 or www.independencehousebb.comSilver Spur RV Park in Silverton will be offering half price camping to guests who book a minimum of two nights stay. 866-854-7785 or www.silverspurrvpark.com
The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., offers a 2-for-1 adult or senior admission through Aug. 31. 877-674-2733 or www.oregongarden.orgEnterprise Rent-A-Car in Salem has a 3-day, 50 percent weekend special. Or pay for 5 days, get the 6th & 7th free. 503-364-1911
Seventh Mountain Resort in Bend has "Tanks" for staying. Stay three or more nights and get $75 worth of gas. 800-452-6810 or www.SeventhMountain.comOcean House Inn & Tyee Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Newport has a $100 gas card through Sept. 30. Stay two nights. 888-553-8933 or www.oceanhouse.com or www.tyeelodge.com
Sutton Place Hotel is offering valet parking and a $10 dinner credit at Fleuri restaurant with some reservations. www.suttonplace.com/ or 604-682-5511
Vancouver's Opus Hotel is offering guests who arrive in hybrid cars complimentary valet parking. Through Aug. 31. www.opushotel.com or 604-642-6787
Pacific Palisades Hotel in Vancouver has a number of deals, including dining, upgrades and coupons. Also, "cash-strapped Washingtonians" can qualify for a special package if they're AAA members and can have free parking if they stay two or more nights. www.pacificpalisadeshotel.comor 604-662-8111
Le Soleil Hotel in Vancouver is offering a deluxe bedroom suite, with complimentary full American breakfast for two and valet parking. Book by July 6. www.lesoleilhotel.comor 604-632-3000
The Westin Grand Vancouver offers guests a special rate by mentioning "Seattle" as the rate code. 604-602-1999 or www.westin.comVancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown offers free overnight parking and a $25 Petro Canada gas card. 800-207-4150 or www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrdt-vancouver-marriott-pinnacle-downtown-hotel/ Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is offering a Family Getaway Package starting at $310 (CD) for the adult room and 50 percent off for the kids' room. Kids under 12 eat for free at YEW restaurant. There's also a one-night accommodation and a $100 Holt Renfrew gift card package, starting at $370 (CD). Through Sept. 1, the hotel offers a Stay Longer package, a fourth night free when staying three nights. 604-689-9333 or www.fourseasons.com/vancouver
Victoria, B.C., presents Festival 150, four days of free, family-oriented activities in and around Victoria's Inner Harbour — honoring B.C.'s 150th anniversary. www.bcfestival150.ca
The city also celebrates Canada Day July 1 with Celebration Victoria on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings and at the Inner Harbour. The event will include free historic walking tours, trolley tours and street entertainment www.downtownvictoria.ca
Whistler in British Columbia has rooms available starting from $99 all summer long. www.whistler.com/summerThe Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., is offering "Drive Yourself KRAZY!" The package includes valet parking, Deluxe Guestroom, breakfast at Fleuri Restaurant, two express-entry admission tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery and 15 percent off at the Gallery Store. Package starts at $300 (Canadian). 800-961-7555
Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. Book a minimum five-night Rocky Mountaineer vacation package and receive a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts gift card valued at up to $600 per couple. Valid until July 15. 877-460-3200 or www.rockymountaineer.com/fairmont/default.aspxThe Rail Deal. Book a two-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in GoldLeaf Service on selected departure dates, and receive a bonus of 1 or 2 free hotel nights in the Canadian Rockies in either Banff or Jasper, Alberta.
Kimpton Hotels' Sizzlin' Summer Sale offers nightly rates starting at $99, $129 or $179 for stays at participating locations. The offer is valid for travel June 26-July 13 and Aug. 21-Sept. 7. Locations include Alexandria and Arlington, Va.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Los Angeles; New York; Portland; Salt Lake City; San Diego; San Francisco; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Blackout dates may apply. Contact: 800-546-7866 www.kimptonhotels.com/promo_summersale_2008.aspx
Also, Kimpton is offering "We Got Your Bag." Through Sept. 9, guests who show proof of an additional airline baggage charge upon check-in will be issued room credit up to $25.
Travelers can save 20 percent on weekend rates with Omni Hotels' American Express Family Package when they stay two nights or longer. The offer is valid for stays through Aug. 31. Rates must be prepaid at least seven days in advance with an American Express card. The package includes accommodations, milk and cookies each night and a goody bag for kids. 888-444-6664 or www.omnihotels.com.
Stay at Sofitel this summer for three nights or longer and get a late checkout plus a picnic basket filled with appetizers, a main course, dessert and drinks with the Chic Picnic promotion. The offer is valid for stays through Aug. 31 at participating properties worldwide. If you book before June 15, you'll also receive your fourth night free. 800-763-4835 or www.sofitel.com Click on Offers & Packages.
Marriott is offering a Texas Hotel Gas Card package. Travelers will receive a $25 gasoline card for each night they stay. The offer is valid for Thursday-through-Sunday stays through Sept. 15. A Friday or Saturday night stay is required. Use Promotional Code ZZ1 when booking. Rates start at $84 and are available at 39 participating Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites locations. Marriott is offering other gasoline deals at some locations. 800-228-9290 or www.marriott.com
Hyatt's Mid-America Summer Getaway Promo offers a $20 food-and-beverage credit per room per night for guests who stay at participating locations in Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The promotion is valid for stays through Sept. 1. Hyatt also has a Mid-Atlantic Summer Getaway that offers 50 percent off food and beverage during your stay. That offer is available at participating locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., through Sept. 4. Use Group/Corporate 82365 when booking either offer. 800-233-1234 or www.hyatt.com(Click on Specials & Packages, then click on Hyatt Special Offers.)
The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach, just 30 minutes from Tampa, Fla., is offering a three-night Barrel of Fun package. At checkout, guests booking the package will receive a room credit equal to the exact price of a barrel of crude oil on that day. Check for details. The package is available through Aug. 28 for midweek stays only and must be asked for by name when booking. 866-587-8538. Package cannot be booked online.
The Santa Barbara Car Free Project. Through Dec.3, visitors can show their current Amtrak train ticket or airplane ticket to receive special offers from 10 hotels. In addition, seven recreational activities offer Take a Vacation from the Gas Pump rewardsThe project has a 20 percent savings offer on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquins (and linked buses) travel to/from Santa Barbara for visitors who register at www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org See that Web site for more information, or call 805-696-1100.
Seattle Times staff and Seattle Times wire services.
Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company
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