Desert Getaway | Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a desert getaway known for its beautiful hot springs, elegant resorts, and lavish spas. The downtown area features a lively shopping district and a variety of unique restaurants to try. Warm desert air and a relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect vacation destination to unwind. Treat yourself to some of our favorite places in Palm Springs!

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Riviera Palm Springs

Stay at the Riviera Palm Springs and get ready for a luxurious desert getaway. This iconic hotel has been a staple in Palm Springs since 1959. The noted architect Irwin Schuman designed the resort with inspiration from renowned Vegas hotels such as The Flamingo and The Sands. The resort became a hot spot for celebrities and sophisticates including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley. Relax in a lavish suite, sip cocktails by the pool and enjoy your retreat in paradise. Looking to pamper yourself? The SpaTerre Escape package includes deluxe accommodations and a $100 daily spa credit. Book your vacation today!

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Shop till you drop at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. The outdoor shopping center offers one of the largest collections of designer outlets in the country. Located minutes West of Palm Springs and surrounded by picturesque mountains, it’s a true shopping oasis! The outlets feature over 180 stores including high-end brands such as Gucci, Prada, and Versace. You can save up to 65% off retail prices! It’s a shopping trip that’s sure to be worth your while.

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Trio Restaurant

Palm Springs locals frequent this vibrant restaurant that combines contemporary American cuisine with modern design and fantastic service. Situated on Palm Canyon Drive in the uptown design district, Trio Restaurant the perfect place to people watch as you enjoy dinner on the dog-friendly patio. Their daily happy hour features ½ price bar bites and discounted drinks from 11 am – 7 pm! We recommend the calamari appetizer – hand breaded, lightly fried, and served with a house-made Thai dipping sauce.

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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Visit the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino for a complete destination vacation. This Vegas-style property offers exciting gambling options, golf courses, incredible dining, world-class entertainment, poolside lounging, a bowling alley and more! Whether you’re in Palm Springs for a romantic getaway or a trip with the family, Fantasy Springs Resort has something for everyone. Feeling lucky? Their award-winning casino boasts over 2,000 slots and video poker machines, 40 table games, and a massive bingo room.

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Costas Nightclub

Dress up and dance the night away at this popular Palm Springs lounge. Located inside the beautiful Desert Springs JW MarriottCostars is the perfect setting for a birthday celebration or an evening out with friends. The high-energy nightclub features live DJs and entertainment, a stylish atmosphere, and creative cocktails. Their new line of summer cocktails are inspired by the seasons high-fashion trends. Sample chic libations such as the Trendsetter, made with edible diamonds!

 

Gaslamp Quarter | San Diego

Whether you are in San Diego for a long weekend, convention or staycation, you can always find something to do in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter covers approximately 16½ blocks in downtown with 94 Victorian-era buildings that feature some of the best restaurants, shops and nightclubs in the city. The next time you are in town, check out a few of our favorites things to do downtown.

Morning on the Waterfront

It’s going to be a busy day! Start your morning off with a sunrise run or walk around the waterfront. If you are staying at the Manchester Grand Hyatt or the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel, all you have to do is walk out the back door to start your waterfront run at Seaport Village. If you are staying in the Gaslamp Quarter, the best way to reach Seaport Village is to cross along 1st Avenue and then head south to make your way to the waterfront. From Seaport Village, you can explore the waterfront all the way around to Harbor Island and beyond.

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Breakfast at Café 222

After your morning run, we always like to stop at Café 222 for a wholesome, home-cooked breakfast. We recommend the Tamales and Eggs or the 5-Grain Waffle with Granola. Café 222 also makes an assortment of fresh-baked goods daily to go with your soy latte.

Shopping in the Gaslamp

With more 130 stores, Westfield’s Horton Plaza is a must stop for savvy downtown shoppers. Get your shop on and enjoy an upscale, outside shopping experience that will get you in the mood to further explore the other boutiques in the Gaslamp Quarter. As you exit Horton Plaza on the East Side, you can stroll up and down 4th and 5th Avenues to finish up your shopping marathon. You’ll find an assortment of local boutiques offering urban-chic clothing, modern furniture and great home accessories.

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Pool Time Drinks

Not a shopper? No worries. Nothing says relaxation like fresh margaritas by the pool at the Hotel Solamar. Get away for the day, or the weekend, and enjoy the perennial San Diego sunshine. Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, call ahead and reserve your own poolside cabana. Read a book, swim, or mingle with the poolside crowd. You will have fun in the sun all day long.

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Dinner & Theatre

No day is complete in the Gaslamp Quarter without some great food and memorable entertainment. San Diego has not always been known for its upscale eats and culture… but do we have a surprise for you! Bring your dressy casual threads and take your special someone out on the town for an evening you will remember.

Start at Bice restaurant on 4th Avenue. You will enjoy true Italian hospitality, an outstanding wine list, and an enticing world of complex entrée combinations – true Italian cuisine. And be sure to ask about the gourmet cheese bar. Bice was named Open Table’s Diners Choice Winner for 2015. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Westside

After a relaxing dinner at Bice, you can enjoy a vibrant and intimate production of West Side Story, America’s favorite love story, at the Grand Horton Theatre. Enjoy Bernstein & Sondheim’s musical masterpiece filled with great songs like Tonight, Somewhere, When You’re a Jet, I Want to Be in America, and Maria. This ‘don’t miss’ production is directed by Deborah Gilmour Smith with musical direction by Partick Marion and choreography by Colleen Kollar Smith. Get tickets today.

 

Who Plans the Vacations in Your House?

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According to a recent report in Travel Media Daily, 75% of women said they are the travel planners in their household and one-third of men believed their partner found the best deals and enjoyed planning trips. Curiously, a contradictory poll by USA Today found that 61% of households reported that the father planned the family vacations.

No matter who does the planning, it can be a tough job with seemingly endless factors to consider. Vacation consumers in numerous focus groups report that they are primarily looking for the following things when planning trips:

  1. More value | Travel can be very expensive, and people want to get the most for their money. Hotels and resorts are reacting to this trend by offering more packages with amenities and value-adds.
  2. Quick and easy travel research | Consumers are looking to make decisions quickly. Leisurely trips to a local travel agent have been replaced by fast Internet research.
  3. Clear communication with hotels | Consumers want to clearly outline their needs at the start of the reservation process. While sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Hotels.com may offer lower rates in some cases, booking through a “middle-man” can result in difficult cancellation policies, challenges with special requests, and more. This is because most hotels generally set aside the least desirable rooms for those reservations, due to low profitability.

 

With Getaway Packages, planning a trip is stress-free and exciting. Whether you are looking for a family trip, a golf getaway with the guys, a girls weekend, a spa retreat, a romantic escape, an outdoor adventure, or a culinary expedition, we have a package for you. You can search easily by location or type and see exactly what each package offers. When you find one you like, you’ll book directly with the hotel, which means no hidden fees, complicated cancellation policies, interfering middle-men, or bad rooms.

Our packages include great add-ons such as such as tickets to famous attractions, restaurant gift certificates, meals, hotel credits, spa treatments and more that give you both value and activities to look forward to!

 

Girlfriend Getaways

Break away from every day life and unwind with your girlfriends. There’s no better way to escape the stress of life than to plan a weekend of relaxation at the spa with the girls. Rejuvenate when you schedule some much-needed head-to-toe pampering.

The Southwest is a fantastic destination for your girls getaway. The region is home to a variety of luxurious resorts and spas. Let Getaway Packages help you plan the perfect wellness vacation to reconnect with your girlfriends. Read more about our packages:

Inspired Serenity Retreat: Red Mountain Resort, St. George, UT

You and your girlfriends will absolutely love Red Mountain Resort. Located in beautiful, Southern Utah, the architecture of Red Mountain Resort blends into the natural landscape. It will literally take your breath away.

Living healthy isn’t always easy. The Inspired Serenity Retreat package can improve your lifestyle and wellness. Along with the outstanding spa amenities, you can learn more about healthy living through the resort’s wellness lecture series. Feel rejuvenated with your friends as you enjoy the wonderful, relaxing activities at Red Mountain Resort.

This package includes:
  • One 50-minute Beautiful Feet Pedicure
  • Choice of one 50-minute Clarins Facial
  • One 50-minute Sagestone Customized Massage
  • Choice of one 50-minute Beautiful Hands Manicure or Shampoo/Style
  • Three healthy meals daily
  • Daily guided morning hikes
  • Unlimited fitness classes
  • Healthy life classes & events
  • Personal discovery activities
  • Eat Well, Feel Well cooking demonstrations

The Santa Fe Spa Package: Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Feel refreshed after a weekend in Santa Fe with the girls. Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, is a great resort in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. The resort displays the amazing artwork of more than 70 Chimayo artists. Hotel Chimayo is located just one block from the historic plaza in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.

After a morning of shopping with the girls, unwind with a massage or spa treatment at the Ten Thousand Waves Spa. This luxurious spa is just minutes away from the resort. With all of the spa treatment options available, all of the girls will leave the spa feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and ready for a night on the town.

This package includes:
  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • $100 Hotel Rebate Per Person
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to Ten Thousand Waves Spa

The Joya Journey Package: Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

Escape to scenic Scottsdale, Arizona. This southwestern, desert city is home to an abundance of entertainment, shopping, and some of the best day spas in the country. The Montelucia Resort & Spa is located in the foothills of Camelback Mountain. It’s the perfect destination for your girls weekend. Treat yourselves to fabulous makeovers in the salon and dinner in the bistro. It’s patio and pool area are wonderful places to catch up with the girls.

Detox the next day in the resort’s plush day spa. After an afternoon of pampering in the Joya Spa you will leave feeling revitalized. The spa’s invigorating massages will help you relax and enhance your state of mind. This luxurious spa is one of the best in Scottsdale. You and your girlfriends won’t want to leave.

This package includes:
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • $50 Joya Spa Credit
  • $50 Joya Terrace Dining Credit
  • Complimentary $25 Daily Resort Charge

Don’t miss out on a chance to relax and unwind, book a wellness vacation package today!

San Diego | Summer Getaways

Who says summer has to come to an end? San Diego is famous for its endless summer with its sunny, temperate weather year round. Whichever way you are looking to relax, San Diego’s distinct neighborhoods have so many fun holiday options to choose from. Check out some of the more popular districts including Old Town, Gaslamp, Carlsbad/Encinitas, Mission Valley, and Shelter Island. No matter which favorite neighborhood you pick, Getaway Packages has the perfect Endless Summer holiday package for you.

See San Diego Getaway: Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego

The Town and Country hotel has long been a landmark for tourism since its doors opened in the early 1950s. The tropical landscape and friendly staff provide a truly memorable experience. The award-winning resort is centrally located in the heart of San Diego and ideal for sightseeing. Balboa Park, Old Town, Downtown, and the beach are all minutes away!

Package Includes:
  • One night stay at the Town and Country Resort Hotel
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Reduced parking
  • 2 adult tickets to the Old Town Trolley
  • Value-pack with discounts to the spa, outlets and San Diego attractions.

Legoland Hopper Package: Hilton Garden Inn, Carlsbad 

Pack up the car and travel up the San Diego coast to Carlsbad. Carlsbad is home to kid-friendly entertainment park, Legoland. The park is every Lego builders dream and is packed full of rides and attractions for guests of all ages. Explore Minliand USA and travel the country.  Visit Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC, to name a few.  And don’t forget to pack your bathing suits because the water park is now open!

Package Includes:
  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Two Adults & two Children two-day Legoland Hopper Tickets (Admissions to Legoland Park and Sealife Aquarium)
  • Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children
  • Complimentary transportation to and from Legoland

San Diego Balance Girls Getaway Package: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

Get your friends together for a memorable girls getaway weekend. The Manchester Grand   Hyatt in Downtown San Diego is just steps away from the vibrant Gaslamp District. After a day power shopping, all the girls will be ready for a little rest and relaxation. Plan a recovery day of pampering at the resort’s spa.

Package Includes:
  • Two 60 minute massages for the price of one

Drive To Hawaii Package: Shelter Island, San Diego

Experience San Diego and Hawaii in the same vacation when you book one of our Drive to Hawaii vacation packages. Skip the long flight and the jet lag, while still enjoying an island holiday. Shelter Island offers a variety of water sports and summer activities. Starting at just $139, select from four resorts on Shelter Island as your vacation designation. Fridays during the summer, the Kona Kai Resort celebrates the Polynesian culture with authentic, beachside luaus.

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Stay and Play Golf Getaway Package: Best Western PLUS Hacienda Hotel Old Town, San Diego

Experience the history and Mexican culture of San Diego in Historic Old Town. As you explore you will find dozens of restaurants and shops. The nearby trolley station allows you to travel easily throughout San Diego without the hassle of parking.

The Stay and Play Golf Getaway Package features one of the most beautiful golf courses in San Diego county. Salt Creek Golf Club is a links style course with a tranquil setting. It’s located adjacent to a State Wildlife preserve and at the foothills of Mt. Miguel.

Package Includes:
  • Hotel Accommodations with your choice of 1 or 2 Beds
  • Breakfast for 2 at Acapulco Restaurant
  • Green Fees for 2 with Cart at Salt Creek Golf Club
  • Bucket of Range Balls
  • Transportation for 2 to the Golf Course

You can have an endless summer in San Diego, but these vacation packages will be coming to an end soon. Book a vacation today!

Spa and Wellness Getaways

Getting away with gal pals is one of the best ways any woman can recharge and regroup and return to “real life” feeling relaxed and refreshed. Add in some spa treatments and perhaps some fitness classes, yoga or outdoor hikes, and you’ve got the makings for a brilliant girlfriend getaway!

Consider these spa vacation packages with wellness components for your next trip with just the girls:

Girlfriend Getaway Package at Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colorado

This hip hotel in Denver’s LoDo district has a bunch of great inclusions for the ladies:

  • Overnight accommodation in a Queen/Queen or Parlour Suite
  • Chocolate Truffles and Bubbly
  • Choice of a 50-minute Papaya Pineapple Facial or 50-minute Swedish Massage
  • A Signature Martini in the iconic Cruise Room Bar to start your evening
  • 24-hour Town Car Service within a two-mile radius downtown

Balance Package at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California

With this convenient package you’ll receive a full breakfast buffet for two, access to the resort’s health club, $100 to spend at the Kin Spa (or on-site restaurants) and a late 2 p.m. checkout — so you can stay up late gabbing with friends and sleep in the next day!

Girlfriend Getaway Package at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana

Book two nights at the famous Hotel Monteleone in the Big Easy and add on this themed package that includes a cocktail in the lovely Carousel Bar, a cocktail-themed walking tour of New Orleans and a 60-minute massage.

Girlfriend Getaway Package at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts

This package would also make a great mother-daughter getaway! It includes the following:

  • One night Classic Resort accommodations
  • $125 spa credit
  • 10% discount on spa treatments
  • $70 dining credit at any Cranwell restaurant
  • Unlimited fitness classes
  • Full use of the Spa at Cranwell with heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center
  • Welcome chocolates
  • Discount coupons for the nearby Lee Premium Outlets

The Vacation Gals adore girls’ getaways, and have enjoyed them with one another in Park City, Utah as well as Maui and Puerto Rico.

San Diego Girls’ Getaway

San Diego, California, for a girlfriend getaway? Sign us up! We adore the thought of spending few days in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States with exquisite sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, oodles of shopping, historical sites and attractions. In fact, San Diego’s Old Town (“The Birthplace of California”) is one of our favorite places to sightsee, and its Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel has a fun package for a bunch of gal pals to enjoy.

With this Girls Getaway Package you can enjoy:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Welcome margarita
  • Full American Breakfast each morning
  • Late check-out

The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel also offers romance, “bed and breakfast” and a clever “park and cruise” packages, where guests get accommodations before or after any cruise departing from the nearby San Diego Cruise Terminal, as well as round-trip transportation to the departure port and $6/day parking for their cars. Such a deal!

This pretty property has an Old Spanish Mission style that fits right in with historic Old Town; grounds feature lush landscaping, colorful mosaic tile and pretty courtyards. Perched on a hill, the hotel offers view of the coast and the city skyline. It makes a fabulous home base for exploring the entire San Diego area, including Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Monument, the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the Wild Animal Park.

The Vacation Gals are fans of San Diego, whether its for a girls getaway, romantic escape or family trip. They cover all sorts of travel — plus travel tips and travel gear — at TheVacationGals.com.

Eat Pray Love Packages

The latest craze in hotel packages pairs movie releases with hotel accommodations. Last year Kimpton Hotels cashed in on the release of Night at the Museum and featured their Washington D.C. hotel in a package including tickets to the Smithsonian. This year’s entertainment marketing machine has Miami’s Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove partnered with a local movie theater to offer a creative weekend-getaway package. This package coincided with the release of the new film based on the best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love.

The story takes place in Indonesia, India and Rome, and to honor the theme, guests watch the film in a private theater while enjoying an Italian “picnic dinner,” complete with wine or champagne. The package also includes a meditation session at the local Dharma Studio, followed by an Indian dinner.

Way to go Sonesta Bay Coconut Grove! Since the package is no longer available on their site, we recommend you choose any one of their other great hotel packages and sneak in the movie on your own.

Drive to Hawaii REALLY

So the December holidays are over, you’re bank account is empty, you really want to experience a tropical paradise but flying this month is out of the question. What to do? If you live in Southern California, Arizona or Nevada…get set, ready, drive to San Diego. Once you arrive in San Diego program your GPS for Shelter Island and prepare to enter the land of Aloha.

Never heard of Shelter Island? This intimate, man-made island in the blue waters of San Diego’s big bay is home to four Hawaiian style resort hotels, each of which overlooks the bay, downtown San Diego, Coronado and did I say San Diego’s beautiful, calm bay? With the temperature this week hovering around 78 degrees….this is it. Paradise found. Rates as low as $119 per night.