Getting away before the hectic routines of the school year start is an excellent way to end summer. If a Labor Day or late summer vacation is in your plans, there are deals to be had. Orlando and its theme parks are relatively quiet this time of year and visitors benefit with lower prices. Consider a trip that will immerse your family with small town charm in Cooperstown or Vermont. If you prefer the action of a big city, there are discount hotel deals in New York City and Washington, D.C. If you are craving a beach getaway, consider Hilton Head, Turks and Caicos and Fort Lauderdale.
Staying in Downtown Disney is a fine choice for Orlando bound families. Seven downtown hotels offer convenient locations and loads of recreational amenities. If you are visiting without a car, the complimentary shuttle goes to all the Disney theme and water parks. You can walk to restaurants and shopping as well. With the End-of-Summer Savings value rates, Downtown Disney hotels are offering rates starting at $75 per night, through September 30. Participating properties include the Hilton, Holiday Inn and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. For more information, click here.
Mermaids in Fort Lauderdale
Did you know mermaids have been spotted off the coast of Fort Lauderdale? Just steps from the private beach at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, an entertaining mermaid show runs every Friday evening at 6:30. For those who want to make their mermaid dreams become a reality, the resort is offering a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to learn mermaid skills from the show’s lead mermaid, Marina Duran-Anderson. The mermaid lesson is recommended for children who are proficient swimmers. The Mermaid Package includes hotel accommodations, a one-hour Mermaid lesson, reserved seats at the Mermaid show, a $25 credit and more. The package starts at $139 nightly, valid for stays Aug.23-Sept. 28, excluding Labor Day weekend. For more information or to book, please call 1-800-325-3535 and mention the Mermaid Package.
Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, NY
With the Baseball Hall of Fame, Farmers’ Museum and all-American vibe, Cooperstown is a quintessential getaway for the whole family. The lakeside Otesaga Resort Hotel is a bona fide Grande Dame. The resort is offering a Labor Day Weekend Family Resort Package for $415 per family, per night, from Friday, August 30-Monday, September 2. The rate includes accommodations and daily breakfast and dinner for the family. Activities such as cooking and cocktail demonstrations, live music and dancing, lawn games, bingo and classic movie screenings are also included. Enjoy a swim in the pool or a canoe ride on the lake before you head home.
The Woodstock Inn has a Family Second Room package, valid for Sunday-Thursday night stays, until September 12. Book one room at the regular rate and get a second room for the kids at 25% off. The hotel is nestled in a quaint Vermont village. It has rustic charm, but is still luxurious and full of creature comforts. Families have lots of activities to choose from including hiking, biking and golf.
Summer in DC Savings is offering bargain rates and discounts through September 8. Hotels are offering 20% discount on 2-night stays, and a 25% discount on 3-night stays. Consider staying in kid-friendly Georgetown at the Georgetown Suites, an all-suites hotel with plenty of room to spread out, with rates staring at $135 nightly. My family loves the whimsical amenities like in-room goldfish and pint-sized animal print robes at The George, a Kimpton Hotel, with rates starting at $88.61 per night. When you book your room on the official Washington, DC website, you will receive a DC VIP Pass that gives you special discounts all around town.
New York City
The Signature Collection is offering a special deal at their luxury NYC hotels. Book a suite and pay for two nights and get the third night free. This offer is valid through September 2 and is only for suites, not rooms. For more information and to see the participating hotels, click here.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is a perfect vacation for water-loving families. The swimming complex contains three pools, including a renovated adult pool, a Kid’s Splash Zone and a 3,600-square-foot family pool, all just steps away from private beach access. The Summer Splash Family Package rate starts at $260 per room per night, dropping down to $196 after Labor Day. The rate includes complimentary meals for children 10 and under, luxury suite accommodations, and unlimited access to all resort amenities. All children receive an Omni Sensational Kids backpack filled with games and goodies to keep them busy.
Turks and Caicos
Seven Stars Resort encourages families to plan ahead for their next getaway offering those who book early savings of up to 20%. Seven Stars Resort boasts all-suites accommodations, a variety of amenities and tons of recreational options for guests of all ages. The resort offers a complimentary kid’s club, free water sports and stunning location on Grace Bay. With rates starting at $384 per room those who book in advance for travel between August 1 and October 15, 2013 can take advantage of the resort’s Early Booking Bonus and save 20% off all Ocean Front rooms and 10% off all Garden View rooms. Those who book a stay of four nights or more will also receive a $200 resort credit to use at one of the resort’s restaurants or the Spa. For more information call 866-570-7777 or visit the website.