Spring has sprung with an excellent array of travel deals for families. May and June are typically quiet months in Orlando, and Downtown Disney Resorts are responding with slashed hotel rates. East Coast families looking for a weekend getaway can tour a farm in the Catskills, explore seaside Newport or stay at a new hotel in the center of Portland. If you’re craving the beach, Montauk has early season discounts. A vacation or staycation in the Big Apple can be yours for a bargain price. Farther afield, consider a resort in Arizona, a dream vacation in St. Lucia and wallet-friendly flights to Iceland.
Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels Spring Into the Magic Rates are dishing discounts from May 1 to June 21, 2015. Book a room at one of seven properties, including the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton for as low as $99 per night or the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort starting at $77 nightly. Resort fees, parking, taxes and gratuities are not included, and certain blackout dates apply. If you’re a teacher or school support staff member, check out these bargain Downtown Disney Teacher Appreciation Rates, valid through July 31.
Vacation or Staycation in NYC
The Westin New York Grand Central has an offer that’s good until December 31, 2015, but you only have until May 17 to book. The hotel is covering the tax with a promotion that offers a 15 percent discount on flexible rates for stays any day of the week. Rates start at $199 per night. Use promotional code TAXBRK when booking.
Catskills Country Inn
The Arnold House is a casual, family-friendly inn located just two hours from NYC. This May, it's partnering with Apple Pond Farm to offer guests of all ages the opportunity to visit the farm for a workshop and tour each Saturday morning. Dozens of newborn lambs and goats should provide endless entertainment. The farm experience costs $25 per person. The Arnold House room rates start at $159 per room per night.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport is an easy getaway for New England and New York families. The Hotel Viking has a Family Package starting at $239 per family per night. A spacious room, breakfast for two kids when dining with their parents and special welcome treats are included. This package is available until August 31, 2015.
Like Montauk’s vibe but think the prices are out of control? Plan a preseason getaway before May 21, 2015 at the Montauk Yacht Club and your room rate starts at $159 per night. Note: This special isn't available on weekends. Call 888-692-8668 and ask for the early season special.
The Press Hotel's May opening is creating quite a buzz in hipster Portland. The upscale property is located in the former Portland Press Herald building, and journalistic references are everywhere. Antique typewriters and old-fashioned desks should appeal to budding writers. Intro rates start at $299 per night. Note: Kids ride Amtrak’s Downeaster free from Boston to Portland.
Mother’s Day in Arizona
The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is an oasis in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Book the Resort Credit Package using promo code ES7 and you’ll receive a $100 daily resort credit. Consider using it to unwind with a treatment at the spa. Stroll the botanical gardens, hike nearby Mummy Mountain or relax by one of the inviting pools. May rates start at $169 nightly.
Discount Flights to Iceland
WOW Air bills itself as Iceland’s most punctual airline. It may also be the cheapest. One-way fares from Boston to Reykjavik start at $118, including all taxes. You pay for all extras, from checking luggage to prebooking seats, so expect a no-frills experience. Low fares are also available from Washington, D.C. The airline flies to several European destinations via Reykjavik, with very competitive rates.
Cap Maison, St. Lucia
If you’re dreaming of a posh Caribbean vacation, summer is the most budget-friendly time to make it a reality. Cap Maison is a five-star resort that is a haven for families. Summer rates with the Family Time program start at $495 per night for a two-bedroom villa equipped with a full kitchen, living room and large veranda. Kids under age 12 eat free, and 12- to 16-year-olds dine at a 50% discount. The terrific Children’s Club and complimentary private babysitting for three hours weekly are included, as are loads of other extras.