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September 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain covers 850 desert acres of saguaro cactus in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson. The resort, which includes a spa and pool area, has some nice packages with breakfast or resort credits to enhance a fall or winter desert getaway. The deal: The Ritz Carlton's website features lots of packages and special offers, but these two turned out to be good values when I tested them. The Bed and Breakfast rate serves up daily breakfast for two at the hotel's CORE Kitchen or by room service for just $10 more than the standard room rate.
October 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The rocky cliffs, hard-sand beaches and swirling ocean current along the curvy Palos Verdes Peninsula can easily be mistaken for Northern California. There are suited-up surfers off shore, but the land follows steep ups and downs as it hugs (and sometimes falls into) the Pacific. It's a good place for a close-to-home getaway, particularly for those who haven't yet explored what must be among the least touristy parts of Southern California. The bed: Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes opened three years ago on the site of what once was the Marineland aquarium that opened in the 1950s.
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)
June 20, 2010
Golf until you drop? OK, it's not the same as shopping, but a summer package at La Quinta Resort & Club allows you to spend as much time as you like on the resort's five golf courses. The deal: The "Desert Links" play-and-stay package includes a room and unlimited golfing for two starting at $229 per night at the 45-acre resort near Palm Springs. You also get a $25 credit for dining or other expenses, and the resort waives its usual $27-a-night resort fee. The more golf you play, the better the deal, given that a single round ranges from $59 to $109.
March 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
The Omni San Diego Hotel attached to Petco Park offers savings on a spring stay that includes valet parking and other extras. For those who want to unwind on a weekend getaway, the 511-room hotel has a heated pool and jacuzzi and a stone fireplace -- with no resort fee tacked on to the bill. The deal: The Sun Diego package starts at $281 a night plus tax and includes valet parking, two Sea Breeze cocktails at McCormick & Schmick's and a bottle of sunscreen. When: The offer is good through May 31. Tested: I found availability for a room on Mother's Day weekend (May 10-12)
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)
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.
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.
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.)
November 8, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Winter is a beautiful thing in the Arizona desert, with no shortage of sun and mild temperatures. For a kick-back holiday getaway this season, Loews Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson has rooms on sale starting at $89 a night -- but only until Wednesday.  The deal: The resort teamed up with Travelzoo for the limited-time offer . Temps in Tucson are nice and cool in late fall and early winter and great for hiking, golfing or...
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