Travel e-Scapes: February 21, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Massachusetts Islands

Travel e-Scapes: 02212017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$256 Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, or $128 each way 
Start travel on or after May 21 to Nantucket; final travel October 15
Start travel on or after July 4 to Martha’s Vineyard; final travel September 17
Valid daily on JetBlue via Boston
Note: This fare must be constructed with two separate ticket purchases:
1. ATL-BOS @ $62 each way 2. BOS-ACK or MVY @ $66 each way


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Canada Celebrates 150
One U.S. dollar is currently worth about 1.30 Canadian dollars, making dining, shopping, lodging and admissions to attractions great across-the-border deals. Save big and celebrate the sesquicentennial celebrations and events surrounding Canada’s 150th birthday:
Free: Parks Canada is offering free admission for the entire year to all the national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas it operates. Including Alberta’s Banff National Park, which is Canada’s first national park.
Ottawa, Ontario: A 4-day NHL Stanley Cup 125th Tribute (March 15-18) will feature a hockey-themed concert, to La Machine – enormous mechanical creatures including a spider and a dragon that will do battle on downtown streets July 27-30, to an underground multimedia experience (Kontinuum) from the end of June through September; and, on August 27, Canada’s Table, an open-air dinner for 1,000 guests set up in front of the Parliament Buildings.
Quebec City, Quebec: Between June 29 and August 20, about forty tall ships will be visiting coastal cities in Quebec to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. The flotilla convenes in Quebec City July 18 to 23 for a celebration including ship tours and maritime activities.
Nova Scotia: Located at a National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax will be presenting an expanded version of ‘Canada: Day 1,’ an exhibition about immigrants’ experiences on their first day in the country, from April through October, 2017.
Montreal, Quebec: The city marks its 375th anniversary. Celebrations include Cité Mémoire, featuring a nightly display of characters from the city’s history projected on the walls, streets and trees of Old Montreal. Montréal Avudo, a multimedia program honoring the St. Lawrence River, includes installations and giant projections and will be performed 100 times between May 17 and September 2 in the Old Port.
Toronto, Ontario: With its To Canada with Love line-up, Toronto is marking Canada’s 150th anniversary with Doors Open Toronto (May 27 & 28), when about 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city open their doors and back rooms for tours and special events — all free. Vancouver, British Columbia: A 3-day Canada Day celebration (July 1-3) includes a fireworks show and other highlights to mark the country’s 150th year.
Victoria, British Columbia: From June 21 to July 1, Victoria will present Spirit of 150 Victoria, which will include 11 days of free outdoor events in the Inner Harbor topped off on July 1 with a grand finale main stage programming and a giant fireworks display.

A-to-B App
When traveling globally, route planning can get a bit more complicated than which bus to take and where to change on the subway. When you need to figure out how to get from A to B (when A and B are on different continents), check out Rome2Rio. With route information from over 4,800 transport operators in over 158 countries, the app will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options with estimated travel times and fares. Free for both iOS and Android. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta:
$98 Halifax, Nova Scotia
$129 Vancouver, British Columbia (21-day advance)
$135 Quebec City, Quebec
$139 Calgary, Alberta
A 14-day advance purchase required 
Valid daily through January 18, 2018
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, one flight connection required
Note: Airfares to ATL are slightly higher due to airport departure taxes

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$98 Miami, or $49 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 24
Blackout dates: March 11; April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$118 Orlando or Tampa, or $59 each way
A 10-day advance purchase required to TPA; 7 days to MCO
Finish travel on or before September 7
Valid on Spirit, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$174 Manchester NH
$186 Syracuse or Rochester NY
$206 Newburgh NY
$216 Buffalo NY
Valid daily on Delta through January 18, 2018
No blackout dates!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$194 Grand Rapids, Michigan, or $97 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid on United via Chicago through January 18, 2018
No blackout dates!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$254 Ottawa, Ontario, or $119 north; $135 south
Start travel on or after April 1
Finish trips on or before August 31
Valid on Delta via Toronto

HURRY! Round-trip from Chattanooga (one-way permitted):
$271 Chattanooga to Toronto, Ontario, or $124 north; $147 south
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through January 18, 2018
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta via Detroit

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$416 Grand Cayman Island
$448 Belize City, Belize
$475 San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica
Start travel on or after April 18
Finish trips on or before May 19
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by March 2

TODAY! London Stopovers! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$1,254 Seoul, S. Korea
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on departures through June 19
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on British Airways via London
Purchase today, February 21
Two free stopovers permitted
Compare to Delta’s round-trip rate of $3,300

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Cubbie Fan?
The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown is so caught up with the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship that it’s offering grand slam room rates of just $20.16 per night during this year’s season home-opener weekend — April 10 and 11 — when the Chicago Cubs play the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reservations are available on a first come, first-served basis, and can only be made on February 25 and February 26, the first days of spring training. Twenty rooms are will be available at this special rate and only one room per reservation is allowed. To book the rate, guest must call the hotel directly to 312-981-6600.
The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown by Marriott opened in 2015 on N. Rush in the heart of Chicago’s prime shopping, dining and entertainment district. 

Family Fun in Florida
The Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, one of Florida’s top resorts, offers a special $129 per midweek night rate on stays through April 30. The rate includes a $30 food and beverage credit. Weekend rates are just $10 more. A $20 per night resort fee is additional.
This Palm Harbor resort is a short drive from the beaches in Clearwater (a 40-minute drive from Tampa International Airport). 
The 900-acre resort features four championship courses and six pools with two sandy beach areas, a waterfall, waterslides and a huge 30-person hot tub. The full-service Indaba Spa has a menu of African-themed treatments. Activities for non-golfers include fishing, tennis, nature expeditions, and bike rentals.
Spacious all-suite accommodations have lawn or golf course views. Some larger two-bedroom suites have kitchens and balcony or patio space.
The resort shuttle takes guests to the beaches of Honeymoon Island where ferry service takes passengers to Caladesi Island State Park.
Book soon and start the reservation process at Travelzoo

More Florida Specials
Two Omni resorts in Florida offer the ‘Retreat to Romance’ package on stays through March 31.
The ‘Retreat to Romance’ package starts at $235 per night and includes luxurious accommodations, a bottle of Chandon sparkling wine room-delivered on arrival, a $100 food and beverage credit (per stay), turn-down service with robes, romantic music and lighting, concierge pre-call to assist with special romantic touches and personal requests – and a late 1PM checkout.
The AAA Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf and the Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters. On site is a European-style Mokara spa, seven restaurants, a formal pool with private cabanas, a zero-entry family pool with a 125-foot corkscrew water slide and water tower, and an 850-foot lazy river with shooting water cannons, and a waterfall. Complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation to Orlando theme parks requires a 24-hour advance reservation.
The 1,350-acre Omni Amelia Island Plantation sits on 3.5 miles of private beach and features the largest poolscape in northern Florida with an infinity edge adult swimming pool, a 10,000-square-foot family friendly pool, a children’s splash park and two hot tubs. On site are 9 dining venues, youth and family activities, 54 holes of championship golf, 23 Har-Tru tennis courts, a full-service spa and salon, a fitness center with a 20-yard indoor lap pool, a shopping village, a French-style deli and market and options to rent bikes, golf carts, kayaks and paddle boards.   


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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