Travel e-Scapes: May 27, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Michigan

Travel e-Scapes: May 27, 2016

HURRY! GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$73 Grand Rapids
$75 Roanoke
$95 Charleston, W. Virginia
$100 Colorado Springs
$120 Burlington, Vermont
$140 Rapid City
$160 San Diego
No advance purchase required – go as soon as this weekend!
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before September 27
Valid on United via Chicago, Denver, Newark or Washington DC
Photo: Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Wine Museum
The French city of Bourdeaux has a new attraction, La Cité du Vin or City of Wine.
Following seven years of construction, this 10-story, $91 million wine theme park for adults will open June 1 with 20 themed areas and exhibits. Parisian architects XTU created the exterior of the building to resemble wine being poured into a golden champagne flute that stands over 180-feet.
The museum will have a simulated boat ride that reimagines the maritime journey of a merchant’s galley across the globe.

Visitors can partake in expert-led tasting sessions, or imbibe on the two top floors which feature Belvedere – a multi-sensory wine tasting bar with panoramic views, and Latitude20 – a wine bar, snack bar and global wine cellar.
Admission tickets (20€, $22.40) are time-stamped.
The museum is located on the banks of the Garonne River in the Bassins à Flot district of Bordeaux wine country.
The historic center of Bordeaux is UNESCO World Heritage-listed.
Flights from Paris are about an hour in duration; about six hours by car. 

Airport Food Delivery
Philadelphia International Airport is installing more than 1,000 Apple iPads at seats in 15 gate areas and eight new upscale restaurants in Terminal B (mostly American Airlines flights).
Passengers can use the iPads to play games, browse the web, get flight updates, and order food and drinks to be delivered.
The $30 million redesign over the next 18 months will transform 60,000 square feet inside the security perimeter to include expanded retail offerings, a food hall, and menus designed by nine local chefs.
Every single seat in every restaurant, and 75-80% of gate seating and lounges, will have a 110 outlet, a USB port and an iPad. Gate lounges will have plush seats with tables.
The same concept is already in place at eight airports, including New York’s LaGuardia and JFK, Newark, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Toronto, and Reagan National.
Passengers often forgo a stop at a restaurant to eat because they want to be close to their gate in case there’s a gate or departure time change. But designing new comfortable and relaxing seating at gate areas has seen an uptick as much as 50% in food and drink sales.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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, each way:
$136 Key West, Florida
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 23, 2017
Blackout dates: June 30; July 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 31; August 7, 14; October 16; November 27, 28; December 17, 22, 23, 26; January 2, 3; March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17-19, 23-26
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$146 Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles or Baltimore
$192 New York-LaGuardia or JFK
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 23
Complete travel on or before December 17
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by June 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$184 Boston
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Valid on northbound flights operating before 10A or 7P-midnight
Valid on southbound flights operating before 9A or 5P-midnight or on Saturdays before 9A or 5P-midnight
Start travel on or after August 23
Complete travel on or before December 17
Blackout dates: September 2, 5; November 22, 23, 26-28
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by June 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$378 San Jose, Costa Rica
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after September 9
Complete travel on or before November 16
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on United via Houston
Purchase by May 29

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$490 Belize
Travel any available day of the week
Start travel on or after September 9
Complete travel on or before November 16
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by May 29

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 added during the flight 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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Ready, set, click!
On Summer Cyber Tuesday, May 31, take to cyberspace for travel values from Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. The travel values must be booked within a 24-hour period, beginning at 12:00 a.m. EST on May 31, the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The promotion ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on the same day.
Prior to Summer Cyber Tuesday, sign up for an email alert the moment the summer travel values and packages go live. 
All bookings must be made on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, before 11:59 p.m. EST and must be booked directly online.
Here’s a sampling of the deals.  Check each website for more properties.

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels

  • Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Vero Beach: Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s luxury beachfront resort in Vero Beach, on central Florida’s Treasure Coast, offers guests exceptional savings of 40% off its Best Available Rate when booking a stay on Summer Cyber Tuesday.
  • The Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando: Save up to 50% off stays from June to December at this luxury retreat located in the heart of Orlando. Golfers play on 45 holes of the Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed course and get top-notch instruction at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf. The Villas of Grand Cypress offers fine dining and numerous recreational options both at the resort and at local theme parks.

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels

  • Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao: Home to one of the Caribbean’s most acclaimed golf courses, designed by Pete Dye and overlooking the Carribean Sea. The resort offers savings of 40% on Summer Cyber Tuesday only.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs: The ‘Passport to Summer’ family package includes overnight accommodations with a patio or balcony, access to resort amenities and on-property summer activities, and welcome gifts. From $229.
  • Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz: Summer Cyber Tuesday gives guests SUNsational Savings of 40% off the quintessential California beach vacation in the Santa Cruz Wine Country. The resort offers a pool, day spa, two onsite restaurants and hiking trails throughout the property.
  • Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago: Chicagoland’s best music fills the nights at the resort’s Sounds Of Summer weekend concert series. Great Summer Cyber Tuesday values are offered with 25% off weekend stays of one and two nights. Prices start at $150 and include deluxe accommodations, two beverage vouchers, an appetizer, preferred seating at a concert, $25 resort credit and breakfast buffet for two.
  • Hotel Contessa, San Antonio: Rates start at just $139 at this all-suite hotel, located directly on city’s famed Riverwalk.  The hotel is within walking distance to museums, theaters, historical sites, including The Alamo, and a short drive to area attractions. The hotel boasts spacious suites, a rooftop pool, fitness center, spa, restaurant and concierge.

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


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