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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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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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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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February 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., has cut the price on hotel packages that come with credit for spa services and golf or dining options. Prices start at $199 a night for a stay during the five-day flash sale. The deal: The La Costa Experience package for $199 a night comes with breakfast for two, a $90 golf credit and a $45 spa credit for each person each day of your stay. The Family Experience package starting at $299 comes with a $90 dining credit for each adult and $45 spa credit for each adult each day of their stay.
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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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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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February 11, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Ever heard of China Peak Mountain Resort in the Sierra? Well, it depends on how old you are and how long you've been skiing. The resort opened in 1958 , changed its name to Sierra Summit in 1982 and reverted to China Peak two years ago when new owners took over. Whatever the name, it's an out-of-the-way small resort in Lakeshore, Calif., about 70 miles north of Fresno between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon national parks. Southern Californians can take advantage of a midweek package that's good through mid-March: $89 a night for a room at the inn plus a free lift ticket.
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December 13, 2010 | By Casey Chan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Surrounded by desert, director Frank Capra once lounged in a cozy casita near Palm Springs and penned the 1946 snowy holiday classic “ It’s a Wonderful Life .” Who knew? The La Quinta Resort & Club wants to make sure you do by offering a special holiday deal. The deal: The offer, called " It’s Always a Wonderful Life at La Quinta ,” gives you a third night free when you stay two nights. Decorations at the resort, through Christmas, will honor the snowy fictional town of Bedford Falls, and the film will be screened for free on Saturday nights in the resort’s theater.
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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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