Travel e-Scapes: October 6, 2015



Travel e-Scapes: October 6, 2015

HURRY!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$301 Cozumel
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
No minimum or max stay requirements
No blackout dates!
Complete travel on or before September 1, 2016
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth
One free stopover permitted


Butt Fines in Europe
Dispose of your cigarette butts responsibly in Paris, or pay a hefty price! Smokers caught flicking their stub on the pavement now face a €68 ($76) fine. Fines are higher in Spain and Greece.
An estimated 350 tons of cigarettes are discarded on the streets of Paris each year, city officials say.
France’s ban on smoking in public places was extended to include bars and restaurants in 2008.

Best Leaf-Peeping Roads
According to USA Today readers, the best stretch of road for fall leaf-peeping is Michigan’s M-22, a 116-mile route along Lake Michigan that is absolutely breathtaking come autumn.
The Top 10 winners in the category Best Scenic Autumn Drive
M-22 – Michigan
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway – New York
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – New Hampshire
Hocking Hills Scenic Byway – Ohio
Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive – Washington
Blue Ridge Parkway – North Carolina & Virginia
West Elk Loop – Colorado
Skyline Drive – Virginia
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – South Dakota
Scenic Route 100 Byway – Vermont
Additional nominees for the category Best Scenic Autumn Drive: 
Dutch Country Roads – Pennsylvania
Going-to-the-Sun Road – Montana
Historic Columbia River Highway – Oregon
Historic Route 1 – Maine
Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway – Massachusetts
Middlebury Gap Road – Vermont
Mohawk Trail – Massachusetts
Pig Trail Scenic Byway – Arkansas
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – North Carolina and Tennessee
Scenic 7 Byway – Arkansas


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:
$204 Toronto, Ontario
A 30-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
No blackout dates!
Complete travel on or before September 1, 2016
Valid on Delta, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$253 Caracas, Venezuala
No advance purchase required
Valid on Saturdays only
Complete travel on or before November 30
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by October 7

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$316 Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only
Regular rates apply for other days of travel
A two-night minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: November 20-22, 27-30
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by October 8

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$456 Liberia, Costa Rica
Add $10 per direction for Friday-Sunday travel
Start travel on or after November 1
Stay at least one Saturday night
Complete travel on or before September 1, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today, October 6

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$886 – $1,008 to the following destinations:
Add $30 per direction for Friday, Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Depart October 25-December 15 or December 24-March 17
A 10-night minimum stay required
Max stays range from 30 days to one year and vary by carrier
Go now!  Add $50 per round-trip for departures now through October 24 or December 16-23 (no advance purchase required!)
Valid on Air France/Delta/KLM; United/Lufthansa
American/British Airways match, but numerous blackout dates apply
Purchase by October 7


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


Last Chance Lodge
The Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park is a peaceful retreat that sits on a high shoulder of the mesa in southwest Colorado. Enjoy beautiful vistas reaching into three states and peaceful evenings to watch the sunset, or for awesome stargazing opportunities. The location is secluded, yet close enough to the park’s astounding red rock walls and ancient cliff dwellings. The lodge offers convenient access to guided tours and a range of casual to fine dining choices. Purposely, the lodge does not have in-room TV or cell phone service. All guest rooms have balconies.
Far View Lodge consists of 13 clusters of lodge buildings located 15 miles inside Mesa Verde National Park, at 8,200 feet elevation. The road to the lodge is a series of switchbacks 1500 feet through lush valleys and canyons displaying spectacular views and photo opportunities of snow capped San Juan Mountains and wildlife. Cottonwood trees, oak brush and aspens pop with color during October.
The lodge is extending its season and will stay open until October 24 (was slated to close October 17).
Rooms costs average $90-$125 during October. 

New Desert Chateau
The Chateau at Lake La Quinta, located on a 25-acre man-made lake near Palm Springs, will open October 15 following a multi-million dollar renovation. The French manor features 24 suites and bungalows, an elegant outdoor swimming pool and terrace (24-hours), massage service, lakefront dining, a lobby bar and complimentary WiFi in public areas.  
Guest accommodations offer views of Lake La Quinta and the beautiful Santa Rosa mountains, fireplaces and private patios.
This luxurious chateau is less than a 20-minute drive to downtown Palm Springs; three miles to Old Town La Quinta and Bear Creek Trail and the Indian Springs Golf Club is a 5-minute drive. Visit The Living Desert to explore plant and animal exhibits or take a hike at nearby Joshua Tree National Park
Opening rates from $179 a night. 

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

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