Travel e-Scapes: October 2, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Ireland

Travel e-Scapes: October 2, 2015

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$790 Shannon, Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 17
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one month
Valid on United via Newark
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, October 2


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Top Haunted Houses in America
HauntedHouses.com has unveiled its list of the best haunted houses in the country. Those recognized represent some of the most frightening, elaborate, and technology- and detail-oriented haunted attractions. Production crews and set designers work all year to create the most compelling, advanced haunts imaginable. 
HauntedHouses.com’s 2015 Top Haunted Houses in America​:
Spookywoods: Archdale, North Carolina
The Haunted Hotel: San Diego
Spookyworld – Nightmare New England: Litchfield, New Hampshire
The Dent Schoolhouse: Cincinnati
Cutting Edge Haunted House: Fort Worth
Bennett’s Curse: Baltimore
The Beast: Kansas City
The House of Torment: Austin
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses: Ulster Park, N.Y.

13th Floor Haunted House: Chicago
The Asylum: Denver
Nightmare On The Bayou: Houston
Erebus: Pontiac, Michigan
HauntedHouses.com is a leading resource for all things haunted: information about haunted houses and ghost towns, paranormal sites, haunted attractions, scary movie reviews, and everything Halloween. 
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Gogobot helps us get ready for the year’s scariest weekend with a ‘killer’ list of haunted places to stay this month!  Gogobot is the go-to place to discover where to stay, eat and play on your adventures — and to share your experiences with like minded people.

  • Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, Tampa: Before it became a hotel in 1980, Tampa’s boutique Don Vincente Inn was a hospital for nearly a century. That means hundreds of people died on the site, many of whom have stuck around in spirit form. We hear room 305 is a favorite for the long-departed.
  • Hotel Indigo San Antonio At The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas: Located across from the Alamo, it should come as no surprise that the Hotel Indigo has some haunted history. The basement, where conference rooms and the gym are now located, was where a number of Alamo-era cannons were found during construction – and where, it is said, many ghosts still lurk.
  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles: The Hollywood Roosevelt is known for hosting many of LA’s most glamorous celebrities… both living and dead. Room 928 was where actor Montgomery Clift stayed while filming a movie in 1952, and where he still hangs his ghostly hat today. It’s also said Marilyn Monroe’s reflection can be seen in a mirror near the lower level elevator – perfect for an epic selfie if you can catch her in your shot.
  • The Horton Grand Hotel, San Diego: The hotel is actually comprised of two former buildings that were once located in different parts of town, dismantled, and rebuilt as one hotel on the current site in the 1980s. The ghostly inhabitants include the (purportedly) friendly Ida Bailey, the owner of a brothel that once occupied the site, and Roger Whitaker, the ghost of room 309, who was reportedly shot – either by the father of his lover or by a creditor who had bankrolled his gambling habit – and killed in room 309 of one of the old buildings, and simply moved to the new location with the rest of the bricks and furniture.
  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas: This creepy building has been, at times, a resort for the rich and famous, a college, a hospital run by Norman Baker, a man named with no medical training, and, since the 1990s, a hotel. The ghosts at the self-proclaimed ‘Most Haunted Hotel’ in America include a man who died during the building’s construction, a cancer patient who roams the halls looking for her room key, two men in top hats, and a cat. You might also find yourself face to (ghostly) face with Baker himself.
  • The Drake, Chicago: The ‘Woman in Red’ is the ghost you should be on the lookout for at the Drake Hotel. According to legend, she ended her life here while attending a gala on New Year’s Eve 1920 after discovering her fiance in the arms of another woman. Her ghost is said to haunt all of the places she passed through that night: the Gold Coast Room where the gala was taking place, the Palm Court parlor where she discovered her fiance’s affair, and the roof from which she made her final jump.

NYC Early Bird Deals
The holidays are a magical time of year in New York City when the city is transformed into a winter wonderland.
Check out these early-bird offers from Travelzoo that save up to 50% on iconic city sights and shows:
See Radio City’s Rockettes from Orchestra seats for $42 (regularly $86), including weekend and Christmas performances.
Find nightly hotel rates from $171 a night with exclusive perks.
See bright holiday decor at Washington Square Park. Before your visit, stop by nearby Peanut Butter & Co. and get a lunch and hot chocolate to go for 50% off. 


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$157 Cancun
Start travel on or after December 30
Complete travel on or before January 10
Travel to Cancun on flights operating between 9:30-11:29am; on return flights operating between 2:29-4:31pm
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by October 7

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$450 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos, Mexico
A 3-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 18
No blackout dates!
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by October 9

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$807 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 17
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one month
Valid on United via Newark
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, October 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$826 Dublin, Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 24
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one month
Valid on Delta via New York-JFK
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, October 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$840 Cork, Ireland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 24
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to one month
Valid on KLM via Amsterdam
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, October 2

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$844 Beijing, China
Depart October 20-December 10
Add $50 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
A 10-night minimum stay required; six months max
Valid on Delta via Detroit (to) and Seattle (return)
Purchase by October 15

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Hollywood by the Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea’s iconic Cypress Inn, a 1929 landmark property co- owned by legendary Hollywood actress Doris Day, fans the flames this winter with a new package available for November 1-December 30 stays. The two-night stay plays off the classic 1959 film pairing a careful career girl with a carefree Mr. Hudson.
The ‘Pillow Talk’ package includes:
Deluxe accommodations with daily breakfast
Classic cocktail flight for two including three Signature Drinks: Between the Sheets, Hanky Panky, Sex on the Beach
DIY beach bonfire kit (firewood, starter, matches) with two lounge chairs, towels, mini-cooler, cheese board, wine opener
A half-dozen Fanny Bay oysters on the half shell
Nightly turndown with Lulu’s Dark Chocolate Truffle Bonbons
Rates start from $265.  A two-night minimum stay required.
The inn is within walking distance to 100+ art galleries – and – six blocks from pristine Carmel Beach, nestled along Monterey National Marine Sanctuary with views of iconic Pebble Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. The beach has a calm surf and porcelain sand (fires are restricted to areas south of 10th Avenue). Renovated in 2014, the 44 signature guest rooms feature contemporary fusing Hollywood glam with custom Moroccan-inspired window treatments, Casablanca shutters, mosaic tiles, limestone bathrooms, contemporary calf-skin studded chairs and alabaster Moroccan-themed lanterns. Amenities include iPod docking stations, filtered water, fresh florals, Gilchrist & Soames amenities, and complimentary WiFi.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a one square mile city located 120 miles south of San Francisco.  

St. Augustine Getaway
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the new ‘Revitalize and Rejuvenate’ package offered by The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village in Jacksonville/St. Augustine in Northeast Florida.
Package rates start from $309 per night (no minimum stay required!), including a $200 credit for use at the sophisticated The Spa at World Golf Village! Also, the resort does not charge resort fees and self-parking and shuttle transportation to The Spa, and to historic downtown St. Augustine is complimentary. Valid seven days a week through January 7. Refer to promo code SPA. Advance purchase room-only rates from $139.
The 9,500-square-foot spa is an ultra-modern facility that is one of the most luxurious destination spas in the country. The Spa features 11 treatment rooms (including two couple’s retreats), a circulation relaxation lounge with a rain shower feature, an outdoor garden sanctuary with a Jacuzzi and lounge areas, and a full-service beauty salon. Treatments range from $25 (mani) to $180 (50-minute Couples Massage).
The resort, situated adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame, also features two championship golf courses, the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort) and the renowned King & Bear (the only course co-designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus). On site is a fitness center, pool, hot tub, an Italian Grill, a resort shop serving Starbuck’s coffees, a gazebo, a dramatic nine-story atrium lobby, and concierge services. 
Visit the sites of St. Augustine, founded in 1565 and celebrating its 450th anniversary this year.


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


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