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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)
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
TRAVEL
February 10, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Consumers continue to get dinged and, worse, surprised by "resort" fees that often aren't quoted upfront in the hotel booking process. This one lump-sum fee often covers such items as phone calls, bottled water, Internet access, access to the pool or spa or other services that guests may or may not use. In September, two On the Spot columns dealt with those fees. When I contacted three consumer advocates who were active about the issue, they had just received a reply to a letter of complaint that they had sent to the Federal Trade Commission.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Scottsdale, Ariz., is the land of vast desert resorts, a place to unwind in winter under fair skies. It's also an area where many of Major League Baseball's spring training games are played. Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale offers a package that gives baseball fans (and anyone else) a fourth night free for a three-night stay. The deal: Prices aren't cheap at this luxury resort with almost 300 rooms and within driving distance of the 10 Cactus League baseball stadiums.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Anyone taking the kids to Disneyland this spring should consider this Travelzoo hotel offer within walking distance of the Anaheim theme park. A room for four costs $119 for a night or $219 for two nights - and that includes free parking and breakfast. The deal: The Travelzoo deal really suits families with kids who don't want to spend a fortune on a hotel room but do want to stay close to the park. It's good at the Anabella Hotel (1030 W. Katella Ave.), which is within walking distance of Disneyland.
NEWS
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)
TRAVEL
December 9, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO MAMMOTH LAKES From LAX, Alaska has one nonstop flight daily (through April 14) to Mammoth Yosemite Airport. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $236. Beginning Dec. 20, United offers nonstop service from Orange County; restricted round-trip fares begin at $230. The drive to Mammoth from Los Angeles is about 300 miles, mostly on U.S. 395. WHERE TO STAY Westin Monache Resort Mammoth, 50 Hillside Drive, Mammoth Lakes; (760) 934-0400, http://www.westinmammoth.com . Some 230 rooms (all with kitchenettes)
TRAVEL
November 25, 2012
Cabazon Outlets, 48750 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; (951) 922-3000, http://www.cabazonoutlets.com . About 15 stores and a few snack spots. Desert Hills Premium Outlets, 48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; (951) 849-6641, http://www.premiumoutlets.com . About 130 retailers, including Gucci, Coach and Prada. Cabazon Dinosaurs, 50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; (951) 922-0076, http://www.cabazondinosaurs.com . Entrance to Robotic Dinosaur Exhibit and T-Rex Museum is $7.95 for adults, $6.95 for kids, but you can stand beneath the two big concrete dinosaurs for free.
NEWS
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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