Romance Through Arizona | Phoenix

The desert landscapes of Arizona offer a uniquely beautiful spot for a romantic getaway. Gaze at the stars in the desert sky or explore the Southwestern sophistication of Phoenix. Nature hikes, unique museums, major-league sports, and delicious local eateries offer perfect-for-two activities. For a vacation you won’t forget, start in Phoenix and make your way up to the Grand Canyon!

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Tucked into a wilderness preserve, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa will immerse you in Arizona’s natural beauty. Stay in a spacious suite or villa specially designed to feel like a comfortable oasis. You and your special someone have a choice of six great restaurants. Enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa, play a round of golf, or spend an afternoon at the water park. Book the Romance Package for the ultimate escape and you’ll receive a free upgrade, a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, chocolate covered strawberries, and a $50 credit for breakfast. You’ll feel relaxed, pampered, and ready to explore Phoenix.

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Desert Botanical Garden

Walk together along any of five different trails that meander past trailside exhibits at Desert Botanical Garden. Explore the cactus and succulent gallery, exotic gardens, an Agave Yucca Forest, and much more. Pick one trail or do them all, and you’ll learn all about the Sonoran Desert.

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Papago Park

Surrounding the Desert Botanical Garden (and the Phoenix Zoo!) is Papago Park. Take one of the many easy hikes for a fun afternoon. The park is full of sandstone buttes formed over six million years ago – don’t miss the famous Hole-in-the-Rock. Be sure to take a picture together to remember this timeless setting.

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Sit Stay

After your hike, check out Sit Stay, a restaurant specializing in unique twists on the classic hot dog. They throw in add-ons like mac and cheese and substitute buns for naan and pretzel rolls. Try the Bear dog, which has your choice of wiener with peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, bbq sauce, and cracker jacks. If you’re feeling really adventurous, sample one of their distinctive cocktails or beer floats. The best part? All of their hot dogs are named after real dogs that the owners know.

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Heard Museum

The Heard Museum houses American Indian art, artifacts, and history. The Heard works hard to present Native art and culture accurately, and partners with tribal communities and artists. See over 40,000 pieces of beadwork, fashion, pottery, textiles, and more from various tribes in the Arizona area. Catch the We Are! Arizona’s First People exhibit, which celebrates Native American culture and features all of the 22 tribal communities in Arizona.

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 Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Driving north from Phoenix to visit Sedona, Flagstaff, or the Grand Canyon? It’s February and love is in the air! Take a detour and hit the Glendale Chocolate Affaire, an annual festival of romance and chocolate that takes place February 5-7, 2016. You’ll find chocolate makers from all over the country at this free event. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with not-so-traditional confections including sweet potato fries with chocolate, fried Snickers, and to-die-for berry chocolate kabobs.

A Spark of Romance in Sin City | Las Vegas

Though it’s commonly known as the City of Sin, Las Vegas is a great destination if you’re looking for a romantic vacation. The various hotels, restaurants, and activities are perfect for entertaining a date. We’ve created a list of things to do to spark a bit of romance during your next Vegas trip!

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The Venetian

Elegant Italian architecture and a sophisticated ambience make the Venetian Hotel & Casino the ultimate romantic getaway. There are countless delicious restaurants and even small bistros serving gourmet meats, cheeses, and gelato! The casino floor is separate from the rest of the hotel, so you’re guaranteed a quiet atmosphere during your stay. The famous gondola ride through the Grand Canal is one of the most popular attractions for couples in all of Las Vegas! Book the Romance Getaway Package for a truly unforgettable experience – a deluxe suite, breakfast delivered to your room, pre-fixe dinner for two, and a private gondola ride!

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

See Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it before when you get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon Adventure! Vegas Balloon Rides lets you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the strip and the surrounding Red Rock Mountains. Spend a peaceful hour with your loved one and celebrate with a champagne toast following your flight.

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Red Rock Canyon

The picturesque Red Rock Canyon is full of natural beauty and an excellent setting for a quiet getaway. It’s just a few miles west of Las Vegas and spans for over 195,000 acres! Go on a hike and explore the trails, pack a picnic lunch, and take in the amazing scenery. The vivid landscape is truly one of a kind.

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Hugo’s Cellar

Dine at Hugo’s Cellar, an elegant restaurant located in the Four Queens Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. The Review Journal voted it as “Best Gourmet Room” in Las Vegas 5 years in a row! They offer upscale American fare with fresh ingredients and tableside salad service. The atmosphere is intimate, the service unparalleled, and every woman is greeted with a long stemmed rose! It’s the perfect setting for a date night meal.

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Eiffel Tower Experience

The Eiffel Tower Experience at the Paris Las Vegas hotel truly takes romance to another level. Centrally located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, the tower provides stunning views from nearly 50 stories above the ground. The 460-foot observation deck has even become a popular location for weddings! Gaze upon the dazzling Las Vegas lights and make sure you catch the fountains at the Bellagio.

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Foundation Room

End your night at the Foundation Room, a chic ultra-lounge located high above the towers of Mandalay Bay. Sip and socialize in style! The elegant ambience and amazing views of the strip are unmatched. The room consists of a gorgeous common lounge as well as seven secluded chambers. Be sure to dress to impress – the dress code is strictly enforced!

Wine Tasting Through Napa

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The 3rd annual Napa Valley Film Festival returns November 13 – 17, 2013 to the picturesque communities of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. This festival celebrates film, food and wine during Napa’s most colorful season. Napa Valley, home to almost 300 premier wine makers, is often likened to Italy’s Tuscany region. Visitors can traverse the rolling hills of vineyards to tour wineries and taste the wines being created. Check out these luxury hotels and great packages for your time in Napa.

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Napa Valley Lodge

The Napa Valley Lodge, beautifully styled after a Tuscan villa, is close to Napa’s best restaurants and wine tasting. The V.I.P. Winery Tour package gives you everything you need to enjoy yourself, including an overnight stay, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, an in-room continental breakfast with champagne, and a five hour winery tour with your own private chauffeur.
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The Meritage Resort and Spa

With a spa, tasting room, multiple restaurants and bars, and even their own vineyard, The Meritage Resort and Spa is the perfect Napa hotel. With the Tastecation Package, you’ll get deluxe accommodations, sparkling wine when you arrive, dining credits, a tasting at the resort’s own Trinitas Cellars, and bowling for two at Crush Ultra Lounge, the resort’s sports bar and bowling alley.

Great Gatsby Hotel Packages

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Even though The Great Gatsby took place in New York, you can find great 1920s-inspired hotel packages all over the country. These South Carolina and Florida packages will immerse you in the glitz and glamour of another era.

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The Willcox Hotel | Aiken, South Carolina

The Willcox Hotel is famous for its lovely Southern hospitality. The Great Gatsby Food and Wine Getaway Package will have you feeling like you stepped back in time! You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations, a Gatsby-inspired cocktail, a three-course tasting menu for two, a copy of The Great Gatsby, and more. View current packages.

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Vinoy Renaissance | St. Petersburg, Florida

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club invites couples to celebrate their love with a romantic Gatsby escape. The package includes cocktails inspired by the Prohibition era, a picnic carriage ride through town, a Charleston-style dance lesson, luxurious accommodations in an upgraded bay view guestroom, and dinner for two each evening. View current packages.

Great Gatsby Hotel Packages

2013blogs_june1F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby became a huge sensation yet again when it hit theaters recently. Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is alive with bright colors, drama, glitzy costumes and upbeat music that is sure to spark a yearning for 1920s opulence in viewers. Hotels across the country are offering “Gatsby packages” that allow guests to experience a glimpse of the elegance and style of this memorable era.

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The Plaza Hotel | New York, New York

Scott Fitzgerald himself stayed at The Plaza! The newly appointed Fitzgerald Suite was created by the movie’s designer Catherine Martin and features a beautiful art deco style. Inside, you’ll find Fitzgerald’s complete works, photos of him and his wife Zelda, vintage board games, and Gramophone-shaped speakers. Your stay includes a bottle of champagne and a set of ‘His & Her’ flasks to take home.

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Vanderbilt Grace | Newport, Rhode Island

Experience “The Grace Gatsby” and recreate the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport. Enjoy a two-night stay, a five-course dinner for two with wine pairings, a sunset sailing cruise of historic sites of Newport, and daily champagne breakfast. You’ll also receive two Mansion Passports to tour any five of the Newport Mansions, the magnificent estates that were once home to Newport’s wealthiest and most famous families. View current packages.

Best Places to Stay in the Pacific Northwest

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A Pacific Northwest getaway is perfect for those looking for a break from everyday life. Take some time off to explore Portland, and then get closer to nature in Bend. At these Oregon hotels, you’ll be so pampered and comfortable you won’t want to leave. 2013blogs_may5RiverPlace Hotel | Portland, Oregon

You’ll find the RiverPlace Hotel right beside the Willamette River and only minutes from downtown Portland. Explore the city by day and come back to a comfortable room. Don’t miss Wine Hour every night, where you’ll mingle with the other guests over drinks and appetizers. We recommend treating yourself – order an in-room spa treatment! See the current packages and book your trip today.

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The Oxford Hotel focuses on eco-friendly sophistication. After a day full of outdoor activities, you’ll relish coming back into the luxurious indoors. Check out 10 Below, the hotel restaurant that specializes in organic food and local beer. They even offer fun amenities like complimentary bicycles and loaner iPods! View the current packages offered at this great boutique hotel.

Best Places to Stay in the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. You’ll find friendly people, more outdoor activities than you can possibly do, and picturesque trees surrounding you you. For your next vacation, take a trip to Washington or Oregon. Here are the best places to stay while you’re there.

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Four Seasons Hotel | Seattle, Washington

A Five-Star hotel with views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the perfect place to relax while you’re in the city. The hotel has a distinct style of wood and stone to help immerse you in a complete Northwest experience. You’ll enjoy amenities that include a fitness center, rooftop terrace and pool, outdoor fireplace, and even babysitting services. The hotel is minutes away from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Financial District, and more. Check out their current packages to make your stay even more special.

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Allison Inn & Spa | Newburg, Oregon

Explore Oregon wine country in the Willamette Valley. Stay at the Allison Inn & Spa, a luxury hotel with deluxe rooms, spa, indoor pool, salon, and award-winning restaurant. Relax in the fresh air and enjoy the view of sloping hills from your balcony. Take advantage of the inn’s proximity to the wineries of the Willamette Valley and go on some tasting tours. Make sure to try the Pinot Noir – it’s the area’s most famous type of wine. View their current packages for a great Oregon vacation!

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!

 

Romantic Weekend Escape

It’s no fun working day in and day out during the summer. Sometimes it feels like everyone is on vacation, except you. Well, now is the time to treat yourself.  Pack up, hop in the car and have a romantic weekend and relax with that special someone.

Here at Getaway Packages, we have plenty of romantic weekend vacation packages to choose from.  This summer, make a plan for a romantic weekend in Los Angeles. This world famous metropolis is jam-packed full of activities and sightseeing destinations. Check out the “Romance Package” and “Your Vacation, Our Vacation” packages at the Terranea Resort.

Romance Package: Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Rekindle your love with the Romance Package at the beautiful, oceanfront Terranea Resort. Just minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, the Terranea is located in the gorgeous Rancho Palos Verdes. Capture breathtaking views of California’s coast from your Ocean View room.

The romance package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in an Ocean View room
  • Sparkling wine and strawberries
  • Rose petal bath
  • Breakfast for two at Catalina Kitchen or breakfast in bed (room service), daily
  • Daily resort fee

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Romance with American Express has it’s perks! When you pay with your American Express Card, you will earn DOUBLE American Express Membership REWARDS and a complimentary room upgrade!

Promotion includes:

  • 20% off our best available rate
  • Upgrade, based on availability at check-in
  • Early check-in and late check-out, based on availability
  • Double Points, if enrolled in the Amex Membership Rewards Program for all stays through 2013!

L.A. has more to offer than being home to famous celebrities.  The city boasts some of the most world-renowned museums. Create an educational and memorable experience with your special someone by visiting museums.

The Paul J Getty Museum, originally opened in the early 1970’s, and features dozens of fascinating pieces of visual art, amazing architecture, and beautiful gardens. The Getty has two locations in the Los Angeles Area for you to explore.

The featured exhibits this summer include:

  • Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line:
    July 3–September 23, 2012
  • Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck’s “Ecce Homo” Altarpiece from Warsaw
    June 5, 2012–January 13, 2013
  • Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages
    May 29–August 12, 2012
  • In Focus: Picturing Landscape
    May 22–October 7, 2012
  • The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
    April 7–September 2, 2012
  • Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
    April 3–August 26, 2012
  • Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
    April 3–August 26, 2012
  • The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display
    February 7, 2012–Ongoing

 

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?

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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 most  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!