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June 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Cars Land opens Friday at Disney California Adventure Park -- and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa is ready. The hotel offers a four-night family package that comes with two-day Disneyland Park Hopper passes to see the new "Cars" themed area (as well as both parks), bicycling, breakfast and other summer activities. The deal: The Five Best Days of Summer comes with two-day Disneyland Park Hopper passes for two adults and two children that provides access to Disneyland and California Adventure ($776)
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May 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
One of the classiest hotels on the Las Vegas strip - the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter - is offering a tempting “three nights for the price of two” offer through Sept. 5. The five-star property's Extra Fun Day Away package includes a third night free following a paid, consecutive two-night stay. The deal is subject to availability - for example, it's not offered for arrivals on July 4, Independence Day - and guests booking online need to be aware that the price quoted per night is for three nights, not two. Here's how it works out. We found the deal available for a Strip View room with a king bed for three nights arriving Monday, June 17 and checking out on Thursday, June 20. The rate quoted is $176 per night, but clicking on the “price breakdown” link reveals that the sub-total for three nights is $530.
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May 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The sprawling Hotel del Coronado near San Diego has been welcoming beach-lovers since 1888. Here's a chance to join the crowd. The resort with the landmark red tower is reducing room rates to as low as $229 a night. The rate is good for stays through December but you must book by Friday to get the deal. The deal: The 3-Day Summer Sale applies to older, smaller Victorian-style rooms that have one queen bed and no ocean view. Some find these rooms creaky; some find them quaint.
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July 24, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has a deal you've likely heard before: an extra night or two at a price determined by the year you were born. I've written about deals like this in the past, but just because it's been done before doesn't mean you won't save -- whether you go during the heat of summer or the cool of late fall. The deal: The birth-date rate is good for a second or third night, and guests must have valid proof of ID to show when they check in. Use the code "NBR" when making a reservation by phone; "PAYAGE" when booking online.
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November 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
La Quinta Resort & Club turned into Bedford Falls? That's the idea behind the 1926 resort's holiday decorations inspired by the movie "It's a Wonderful Life. " After Thanksgiving, the Palm Springs-area hotel will have decorations in place and offer free screenings of the movie, a chance to roast chestnuts -- and a special room rate for California residents. The deal: The California Residents Rate at the resort with a PGA West golf course starts at $135 a night plus tax and requires a two-night stay.
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April 26, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a vacation that can keep two generations happy: a stay in California's Napa Valley wine region combined with a daily sports program for teens and pre-teens. The 1,200-acre Silverado Resort & Spa , 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, includes two 18-hole PGA championship golf courses, 13 tennis courts, swimming pools, a spa, a restaurant, an 1870s mansion and more. In the summer, the resort offers a four-day Silverado Golf Tennis Swim Camp for ages 11 to 16, at all skill levels.
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January 24, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo., is offering deep discounts on rooms this spring for a two-night stay. The ski-in ski-out hotel takes up to 60% off room rates, which could be a good deal for those still planning their spring break. The deal: Spring on Sale rates require a two-night stay at the hotel. Use the code "vcspring1" when making a reservation online or by phone. When: The sale is good through Jan. 31 for stays Feb. 24 to April 13. Tested: I checked online and found some of the discounted rooms a bit more than the promised 60% off. I found availability for a midweek rate Feb. 25-27 for a room with a king- or two queen-sized beds for $169 a night plus tax (instead of the published $459 a night)
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November 3, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This deal from Marriott makes it easy to get a jump-start on a vacation. Stay at a JW Marriott, Renaissance or Marriott Resort through January and receive a companion airline ticket to anywhere in the continental U.S. plus a $100 resort credit. The deal: The Stay Here, Fly There package is available in California (including Sonoma, San Diego and Palm Springs), Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Florida. It requires a two-night stay, and the $100 credit may be used for golf, spa services or food.
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August 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Take a drive on U.S. Highway 395 to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and pay $395 for a three-night stay at Snowcreek Resort . This package at the 450-acre vacation rental resort is ideal for Labor Day  and good for families that want to hike, fish or just laze around the eastern Sierra site. The deal: Stay $395 includes three nights in a one-bedroom condo. Visitors have access to the resort's athletic club (indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball, exercise classes)
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July 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Wigwam east of Phoenix began life in 1918 as a resort for Goodyear Tire & Rubber executives and a decade later emerged as a full-service resort. Here's a great summer deal good for families: $99 a night for California residents. The deal: The Wigwam in Litchfield Park outside Phoenix is a historic hotel with 331 casitas and suites in more than 400 acres with golf, spa and four pools, including one with a 25-foot twisting water slide. (Don't confuse this with the funky Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook, Ariz., with tepee-shaped rooms.)
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