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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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September 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, Utah, offers a package for skiers and snowboarders that comes with two-day lift tickets at Canyons Resort and a $50 food credit. Make a reservation before the end of October and save 25% off the package price. The deal: The Ski and Dine Package provides two two-day adult lift tickets and a $50 credit per stay at the resort's restaurants and bars. The deal requires a three-night minimum stay. The sprawling lodge has 150 rooms, from one- to four-bedroom suites, with fireplaces, kitchenettes and ski in-ski out access to one of the chairlifts at Canyons . When: The offer is good through Oct. 31. Tested: I found availability for the package for three nights starting Dec. 6. The cost came to $255 a night plus fees and tax for a room with two queen- or one king-size beds.
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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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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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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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