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Outdoor Adventure Packages

Skiing, snowmobiling, surfing, fishing or biking… experience your favorite sport (or try a new one) with these exciting outdoor adventure packages! Getting active outdoors on a getaway not only helps you burn off those extra calories you tend to ingest while on vacation, it can be a great way to inspire bonding experiences with friends and family.

Consider these outdoor adventure packages in the western United States:

Ski & Snowboard Package: Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana

Enjoy lodging in a standard room, plus an adult lift ticket for skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort and transfers from the local airport (or Amtrak station or downtown Whitefish) with this package that’s ideal for avid ski and snowboard enthusiasts! Take a break from the slopes and enjoy the gorgeous mountain scenery on a snowmobile ride or snowshoe tour, or any other winter outdoor activities available near this Montana resort area.

King Salmon Fishing Adventure Package: Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge near Anchorage, Alaska

Anglers will appreciate how many services and amenities are included in this Alaska fishing package:

  • Fly-outs in float equipped aircraft to fish nearby streams
  • One guide per two clients
  • US Coast Guard and Alaska Dept. Fish & Game licensed guides
  • All necessary fishing gear, rods, and reels
  • Fully stocked fly tying bench
  • Delicious meals, beverages, beer, and wine
  • Professional vacuum sealing and preparation of salmon for shipment home.
  • National Park Service use fees
  • Use of hot tub that overlooks the river and Katmai National Park
  • Linens, comforter, private bath with hot & cold running water
  • Daily maid service for your cabin

Also included in this fishing package is airfare from Anchorage to the more remote Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge on Naknek River.

Take a Hike (or Bike!): Day’s Hotel in San Diego, California

With this two-night package, you’ll be inspired to hit the trails with a lightweight backpack filled with peanuts, granola bar, water, energy drink, sunscreen and a local map to the best hiking and biking trails around urban San Diego. Indeed, you don’t have to set out to the backcountry for adventure — enjoy city outdoor activities on vacation, too!

The Vacation Gals love to get active on vacation — from alpine skiing to ziplining.

 

Punta Mita Vacation Package

As a veteran hotel sales and marketing executive (more than half of my life) I have always pushed the value of hotel direct promotion. Long before fax machines, cell phones and the internet, I went door to door and city to city hawking my hotel products with dog and pony shows. I can’t even count the number of pastries, donuts, candy, pizzas and even some hot dogs I gave away in my quest to boost sales over the years. What I do know is that the cost on an annual basis never equaled or came close to the cost of lowering rates and selling through third parties. We hoteliers valued the old style “10 percenters” (real travel agents you could speak to). Add in their commission and the cost of sale was still lower than the cost of OTA promos and discounted rates.

This said, as co-founder of a direct-to-hotel package directory website that increases metasearch to each hotel’s proprietary booking engine via their proprietary brand and/or independent site, one would think that for my personal trips, I would steer clear of an OTA… right?

Cascade Pool at sunset, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

I wanted to book a romantic getaway package north of Puerto Vallarta for my husband and I this month, and I was intrigued by the peaceful, quiet setting of Punta Mita where the St. Regis is located. A romantic dream destination and boutique luxury resort with unrivaled room amenities, service and cuisine was just what I was looking for. I had no idea from their website that the hotel would exceed our wildest expectations. I knew however that this trip that I was booking less than 5 weeks from departure was too expensive to book for my budget on their website directly…….so, I looked at Expedia. When I found the package I was looking for priced well below my budget, I booked immediately, extended our stay by one night and felt no guilt at all! Someone was going to book that trip anyway. Where’s the parity?

My husband and I had the mostĀ  peaceful, relaxing, pampered trip of a lifetime and believe me, we have stayed in some of the finest hotels in the world. The staff of the property could not wait to smile and greet you warmly, help you in anyway with recommendations and suggestions and even decline tips stating that some were “unnecessary…” One staff member asked me “instead of a tip, please write a review on Trip Advisor so that more people like you will know about us and come and visit.”

How can I not go to Trip Advisor and tell the story of the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and my new family there? How can I not tell everyone I know about this wonderful place with magical, sincere people in a country with such a beautiful heart. Moreover, how can I convince hotels worldwide to allocate a fraction of their revenue towards pushing hotel direct sales through GetawayPackages.com and other hotel direct portals?

I thank Expedia for this booking experience. We hope to offer the same through GetawayPackages.com and we expect to return every year, once a year to refresh ourselves in true hospitality and service.

Happy Dia de la Amistad amigos! Hasta Pronto.

Click here to learn more about The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Nayarit Mexico. And if you must, go to an OTA… but do go!

P.S. No one at the hotel knew my business background and we did not handout a single business card. It would have been VERY embarrassing. And thanks so much Jorge, aka Jose, whose mother makes the best quesadillas in Puerto Vallarta!

Romantic Getaway Packages

While February is the month of romance — with Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of the month — here at Getaway Packages, we believe that romance should be a year-round state of mind. After all, a romantic getaway with your special someone doesn’t need to only take place on a certain day, weekend or week in February!

Here are some vacation packages that will help ignite romance in your life — whether you book them now or file away the ideas for trips this spring or summer.

City Chic: Boston Harbor Hotel
Explore all that the historic city of Boston has to offer fromĀ  your home base at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The romance package includes luxurious accommodations on the waterfront (on the 8th through 16th floor, for lovely water or city views), plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and a full American breakfast for two.

Coastal Getaway: Catalina Island
This marvelous little island off the coast of Southern California is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of city life with your sweetie. Retreat to the New Pavilion Hotel for this romance package that includes accommodations, in-room continental breakfast delivery, chocolate and champagne delivered to the room, a $75 dinner credit at the Avalon Grille, two tickets to the iconic Casino Theatre and 50% a zipline eco tour.

Quiet B&B: The Barn Inn
Retreat to Ohio’s Amish Country with this “Spoiled Rotten” package from The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast. Book any two-night stay and add on these extras: a 1 lb. box of assorted Coblentz fine chocolates, sparking juice and cheese basket waiting in your room; a 30-minute foot massage by a licensed reflexologist; hors d’oeuvres delivered to your room whichever evening you prefer. Each of the rooms in the big red barn are uniquely decorated, and a farm-fresh breakfast is included in the nightly rate.

Desert Delight: L’Auberge de Sedona
This luxurious property in the desert community of Sedona, Arizona, offers the Amour Package, with chilled champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries waiting in your room on arrival, plus a $170 dinner credit and $36 breakfast credit at L’Auberge Restaurant at Oak Creek.

Enjoy your vacation package, whenever you travel — a next-weekend getaway, or a longer escape later this year!

The Vacation Gals are big fans of romantic escapes, whether it’s to a quiet nearby hotel or an exciting getaway across the country.