Travel e-Scapes: October 11, 2016


DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Reno-Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Travel e-Scapes: October 11, 2016

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$284 Reno-Lake Tahoe, or $142 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 15
Blackout dates: November 21, 26-28; December 22, 23, 26, 27; January 2-4, 7, 13
Purchase by October 14
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth or Los Angeles
Note: Compare to Delta’s rate of $374


Liberty Island Museum Planned
Plans were unveiled on Friday for a new, 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor that is projected to open to the public in 2019.
The $70 million museum is part of a Liberty Island beautification plan that calls for new landscaping and lighting.
The current Statue of Liberty Museum, located inside the Statue of Liberty monument, is only accessible to a small portion of the statue’s 4.3 million annual visitors due to security measures that were put in place following September 11, 2001.
Access to the new museum will be free with the purchase of a ferry ticket to visit Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
Liberty Island will continue to be open to visitors during construction of the new museum. Ferry tickets and boat schedules to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are available at Statue Cruises.  
The museum will have a mural at the entrance, featuring stars crafted from the original iron bars (created by engineer Gustave Eiffel) that supported the Statue of Liberty for 100 years until they were removed and preserved during the 1986 centennial restoration. Exhibits and artifacts will be on display, including the statue’s original torch. There will also be a green roof-scape.
Check out artist renditions of the new attraction. 

Making a List…
For some, it’s a bit too early to mention that it’s the gift-giving season, but soon we’ll all be traveling again during the holiday season.
Here are some unique gift ideas to give yourself now, or your favorite traveler later: 

  • The HighView iPad Hanger, $24.99 at Amazon, gives a more comfortable viewing of iPad 1, 2, 3 or 4 tablets. Hang the tablet from a car headrest, airplane seat, bus, or train seat with this flexible and lightweight device. 
  • The Bobble Water Bottle filters out chlorine and impurities from ordinary tap water. It essentially replaces up to 300 disposable bottles before a new carbon filter is needed. It can be infused with fruit and is also BPA and PVC-free. Perfect for packing empty and filling it up at the airport. $14.99.
  • A 4-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter, $25 at Flight001, features 4 color-coded plugs and 1 adapter for use in 150 countries. 
  • The HoodiePillow U-Shaped Inflatable Travel Pillow, $13.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond, is a unique U-shaped inflatable pillow, is designed to provide a convenient and cozy solution for your comfort needs on the go. Made of sweatshirt fabric and inflatable for easy storage.
  • Fresh flowers for your hotel room? Why not? Don’t pass that gorgeous flower market without taking some to your place. Pop the posies in a collapsible vase and enjoy! Most styles are completely flat and expand with water. Most under $10
  • Give the gift of a CityPASS. The coupon booklet saves up to 50% off the regular admission prices to top attractions in the U.S. and Canada. Prices vary by age and city, $30-$114.
  • Treat someone to an Airbnb gift card and they’ll think of you while exploring a far flung country. The credit is added to their account and never expires. From $25


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$112 Boston, or $56 each way
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after March 30
Finish travel on or before April 24
Valid on Jetblue, nonstop
Purchase by October 27

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$244 Portland, Maine, or $122 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday through February 15
Blackout dates: November 13, 18, 26-28; December 21-23, 26-28; January 2-4, 7, 8
Valid on American via Washington DC
Purchase by October 19

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$284 Eugene, Oregon, or $142 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 15
Blackout dates: November 13, 18, 26-28; December 21-23, 26-28; January 2-4, 7, 8
Valid on American via Los Angeles

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$299 San Francisco
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Finish travel on or before September 6
Stay at least one Saturday night
No blackout dates!
Valid westbound on flights operating between 730P-midnight
Valid eastbound between 430-530P or 1030P-midnight
Valid on Delta, nonstop

Round-trip from Houston:
$298 Houston to Belize City, Belize
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only through December 13
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase by October 27
Round-trip rates on United from Atlanta to Houston start from $136
Combine two separately purchased tickets for a $434 round-trip ATL-Belize-ATL deal
Compare to other carrier’s rates from $640


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 how-to’s.


New Belize Digs
Naia Resort and Spa in Placencia, Belize, set for a grand opening in January, is offering ‘Early Explorer’ discounted rates for stays between November 16 and December 18. During that time period, the resort is also offering 25% off all food and spa treatments. Rates start from $163 per night, double occupancy, representing a discount of 50%. Stays between December 19 and January 3 are discounted only 10% off the rates from $410.
The resort is set on 19 lush acres within a private 200-acre reserve on a one mile palm-studded beachfront. Each of the 35 beach houses features an outdoor veranda that opens directly to the beach – some have plunge pools, outdoor showers and residential-style amenities. Two- and three-bedroom beach houses offer full kitchens and seafront pool decks.
On site are two saltwater pools, three restaurants, a watersports area with a dock, kayaks and paddleboards. The 10,000-square-foot spa and wellness center offers five individual treatment rooms, a private island couples suite and a fitness center with a Yoga & Movement Studio.
Placencia is 160 miles from Belize City. The resort will assist with arranging transportation. Options range from a flight (about $117 each way), a ground shuttle (3 hours each way) or a rental car (about $75 a day). 

Upscale Charleston Resort Opens
The 92-room Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina has officially opened as the newest Leading Hotels of the World member, a distinguished collection of luxury properties. Highlights of the resort include: 
Southern-inspired architecture with unobstructed sightlines of Charleston Harbor and downtown Charleston.
Guest rooms average 535 square feet with balconies overlooking Charleston Harbor, wood floors and custom furnishings.
Two heated pools and sprawling pool deck with full-service private cabanas, fire pits, Jacuzzi and dining options.
Estuary Spa with an array of treatments.
Easy access to Charleston’s historic district via water taxi or on board the complimentary resort trolley.
Activities including golf, yachting, sailing, inshore and offshore fishing, bike trails and beach games.
Three on-site dining options including Charleston Harbor Fish House overlooking Charleston Harbor.
The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is located about 7 miles from downtown Charleston.
Introductory rates from $249 a night.

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

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