Travel e-Scapes: April 25, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Portland, Oregon

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Eclipse 2017 Alert! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$396 Portland OR
Start travel on or after August 14
Finish trips on or before August 26
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Valid west 7-11A; 9P-midnight east
No minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Oregon offers the best weather prospects anywhere along the entire eclipse path on August 21.


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

How To Get a VAT Refund
VAT is a type of tax that tourists pay in the European Union on many purchases. The tax can range from 15 to 27%. Visitors are entitled to refunds of VAT tax paid on goods (though not hotels, services and meals) and it takes a minimal amount of paperwork and a visit to a VAT desk at an EU airport before departure.
Don’t leave your refund money behind! Claim your VAT refund.
Here’s how it works:
First, carry your passport when you shop.
Shops will usually display a prominent sign in the window, advertising that it is a ‘tax-free’ or ‘VAT-free’ shop (sometimes in local language).
Ask the shop assistant what threshold applies to the purchase in order to be eligible for a refund.
At the check-out, show your passport proving your residence outside the EU.  A return flight ticket may be required to present.
The shop assistant will ask you to fill in a form with the necessary details. Add your credit card number if you want direct reimbursement.
You will receive an invoice for the goods.
Head to the airport early and seek out the customs desk, where the forms will be stamped and sent on their way. (If you are traveling throughout the E.U., do this at your last stop before returning home.)
You must show the invoice, the refund form, the goods and any other necessary documents to the customs officers of the last EU country you leave. The customs officers must stamp the form as proof of export. Without the stamp, you will not obtain the refund.
For more information, visit VAT Live.

Best Street Food Markets & Festivals in Europe
The street food craze is fast sweeping across Europe. Here’s where to find the best:
Hornstulls Market, Stockholm: Every weekend (except 24 June, Swedish Midsummer) through late summer along the northern bank of Lijeholmsviken river. hornstullsmarknad.se
Bite Club, Berlin: Every second Friday from 5-12P at Arena Berlin. biteclub.de
Le Food Market, Paris: Twice a month on Boulevard de Belleville. lefoodmarket.fr
Paper Island Market, Copenhagen: copenhagenstreetfood.dk
Streeat Food Truck Festival, Italy: At eight locations around Italy. streeatfoodtruckfestival.com
Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens, Amsterdam: One long weekend in late May in a former gasworks complex in Westerpark with an impressive 125 food trucks. rollendekeukens.amsterdam
KERB Camden, London: On Regent’s Canal. kerbfood.com
Brussels Food Truck Festival, Brussels: The biggest in Europe – May 5-7. brusselsfoodtruckfestival.be
Lausanne, Switzerland: Various summer dates. lausanneatable.ch/evenement/miam-festival
MadrEAT, Madrid: A nomadic market around the city sometimes served up by Michelin-starred chefs. madreat.org


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! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$166 Chicago-O’Hare, or $83 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday through June 14 on Delta, nonstop
Blackout dates: May 25-27, 29; June 2-4

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$138 Ft. Walton Beach FL
$138 Lexington KY
$197 Nashville
Depart 7P or after on Friday, April 28
Return Sunday, April 30; 11A-3P Monday, May 1; or 11A-midnight Tuesday, May 2
Purchase by April 29 at Delta

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$139 Providence RI
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through June 14 or August 22-November 1
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to a month
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 4

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$154 New York, LaGuardia, or $77 each way
$164 Islip NY, or $82 each way (7-day advance)
A 21-day advance purchase required to LGA
Valid daily through August 13; August 12 to ISP
Blackout dates: May 21; June 1, 11, 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30
Valid on American, nonstop to LGA; via Philadelphia to ISP

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$186 Las Vegas, or $93 each way
Start travel on or after May 25
Finish trips on or before August 13
Valid west 4P-midnight Monday-Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday
Valid east 6-9A or 3P-midnight Tuesday-Saturday
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$204 Las Vegas, or $102 each way
Valid daily starting on or after August 31
Finish trips on or before December 10
No blackout dates!
Valid on United via Denver (stops not permitted)

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$212 Bangor ME (round-trip required)
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through June 14 or August 22-November 1
Also valid May 28 and September 3
No minimum stay required
Valid on American via Philadelphia
Purchase by May 4

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$328 Salt Lake City UT
Valid through June 14 or August 22-November 1
Travel west 6P-midnight Monday-Friday; before noon Sunday; or anytime Saturday
Travel east before 5A or 6P-midnight Monday-Friday; before noon Sunday; or anytime Saturday
Blackout dates: May 25-27, 29; June 2-4, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30; July 9, 10
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by May 4

Round-trip from Boston, Philadelphia, New York-JFK or Washington DC-Dulles:
$398 to Reykjavik, Iceland
Start travel on or after May 30
Finish trips on or before September 20
A 1-night minimum stay required
Valid on Icelandair, nonstop
Purchase by May 5

GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$428 Mexico City
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Stay at least one Saturday night
Finish trips on or before June 12
Valid on United via Houston
Purchase by April 27

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$506 Mexico City
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through July 31
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today, April 25

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 search and booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Hotel Sales
Sonesta is swinging into spring, offering travelers the chance to get away with Spring Stay Rates. Book by May 15 to enjoy rates starting at $99 a night for travel through June 30. Sonesta Travel Pass members will also earn free nights faster with double points.
Sample nightly rates:
From $99 at Sonesta ES Suites Baltimore, Cleveland, and South Brunswick NJ
From $159 at Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square and Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
From $179 at Sonesta Bee Cave Austin, Sonesta Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Royal Sonesta New Orleans
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Through April 27, book a Dusit Hotel & Resort at 50% discounts. Stay through May 24 at these discounted per night rates:
Thailand:
DusitD2 Khao Yai THB 1,500, or $44 USD
Dusit Thani Bangkok THB 2,200, or $64
Dusit Princess Srinakarin, Bangkok THB 1,250, or $36
DusitD2 Chiang Mai dusit THB 1,500, or $44
Dusit Princess Chiang Mai THB 950, or $28
Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai THB 1,600, or $46
Dusit Thani Hua Hin THB 1,955, or $57
Dusit Princess Korat THB 1,050, or $31
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort THB 2,000, or $58
Dusit Thani Pattaya THB 1,650, or $48
Asia:
Dusit Thani Maldives Dusit Thani Maldives $400 USD
Dusit Thani Manila Dusit Thani Manila PHP 3,000, or $60
Middle East:
Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo $90 USD
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi AED 188, or $51
Dusit Thani Dubai AED 586, or $159
China:
Dusit Thani Dongtai Jiangsu CNY 279, or $40
These rates are offered to Dusit Gold Members. Not already a Dusit Gold Member? Join now.

Historic SE Florida Stay
The new Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens in St. Augustine, Florida encompasses nine historic buildings dating back to 1790 that formerly comprised the Dow Museum of Historic Houses.
Visitors can stay in one of 30 rooms in seven Spain-meets-the-South homes built with ocean-harvested limestone bearing the imprint of shells. Rooms and suites include kitchenettes, and several have balconies, porches and fireplaces.
The village-like setting occupies an entire city block with walled gardens, a courtyard and pool, along with a guests-only bar in an early-20th-century garage.
Rates from $199.
The “Celebrate with a Toast” Grand Opening Offer is valid on minimum stays of two or more nights through December 31 (blackout dates may apply). Included is a chilled bottle of Prosecco and complimentary valet parking. Rates from $189. Rates start from $289 for the Emerson Veranda King Suite that offers indoor and outdoor living. Suites feature a king bed, kitchenette, separate sitting room and tiled bath with walk-in shower. The adjoining veranda affords views of the courtyard gardens and surrounding grounds.
All stays include these guest amenities:
European continental breakfast
Afternoon treats
Heated outdoor pool
Outdoor fire pits
Onsite history tours
Evening Garden Reception


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


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