Travel e-Scapes: October 14, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Maine

Travel e-Scapes: 10142016

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$209 Bangor, Maine
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Stay at least one Saturday night
Finish travel on or before April 24
Valid on American via Philadelphia
Purchase by October 27


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Winter Park Express
It’s back! Amtrak’s Winter Park Express, known as the ‘Ski Train,’ linking Denver’s Union Station and the Winter Park Resort will resume service on January 7 and through March 26. The service began in 1912 but ceased operation in 2009.
The 500+ passenger Winter Park Express will depart from Union Station at 7A and arrive at the resort, 67 miles from Denver, at approximately 9A. The return trip leaves the resort at 4:30P and arrives at Denver at 6:40P.
Book a day trip, weekend stay or longer. Book early before the one-way $39 discount tickets are sold out. Tickets will then be available at $49 and then $59 respectively, as each lower-priced seat sells out. Two children ages 2-12 can ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult.

Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort that features the Seven Territories over 3,081 acres of terrain for every type of skier — from groomers to black diamonds and panoramic bowl skiing.
Purchase lift tickets 7 days in advance to get a discount from every day rates. Also look for limited quantities of midweek tickets available for as much as 38% off.
With the recent addition of a rail link between the Denver airport and downtown Union Station, the Winter Park Express will allow skiers to travel to Denver and hit the slopes while avoiding traveling the congested I-70 corridor with a car rental. Trains depart to and from the Denver International Airport every 15 minutes throughout the day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Early morning and late evening trips depart every 30 minutes. The rail service provides direct access to airline check-in, baggage check, security screening, and baggage claim. One-way tickets average $9.   

The Rink is Open!
The world’s most famous ice rink, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is open for the season.
The attraction first opened in 1936 and is celebrating its 80th anniversary.
Always the first ice rink in New York to open each year, The Rink is an international cultural landmark and one of the most visited sites in the world, with more than a quarter of a million annual skaters.
This season, The Rink offers experiences including Afternoon Tea and Skating, late night Starlight Skate, and classic traditions such as Breakfast with Santa, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Engagement on Ice, First Skate, and VIP Skating.
The gilded statue of the Greek legend Prometheus, sculpted by Paul Manship looks over The Rink.
Rink-side dining is a quintessential New York experience, at The Sea Grill and Rock Center Cafe restaurants. To commemorate the 80th Anniversary, The Rink and its surrounding restaurants will harken back to its opening year with nostalgic touches from menu offerings to decor and music. The Rink will play Billboard #1 songs from the last 80 years.
Throughout the season, all packages can be booked in advance and reservations made online. 


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!

Did you know that you can book air travel on most major airlines for travel through September 8? Labor Day 2017 is September 4.

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$144 Boston, or $72 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before September 8, 2017 with no blackout dates!
Valid on northbound flights operating before 8A, 945-1030A, 1215-1P, 4-8P or before 11A Sunday 
Valid on southbound flights operating before 630A, 8-9A, 1-2P, 345-445P or 6P-midnight
This rate is valid on any Saturday flight
Valid on Delta, nonstop

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$206 San Francisco, or $103 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Add $10 per direction for other travel days
Finish travel on or before March 1
Blackout dates: November 23, 26-28; December 16-23; December 25-January 4; January 7, 8, 16; February 18, 20, 21
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, October 14

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way travel permitted):
$286 to Reno-Lake Tahoe, or $143 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through June 14
Blackout dates: November 21, 26-28; December 22, 23, 26, 27; January 2-4, 7, 13
Valid on United via Denver
Note: Compare to Delta’s rate of $374

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$465 Montego Bay, Jamaica
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday or add $30 each way for other days
Finish trips on or before December 13
No blackout dates
Or depart on or after January 10 and finish travel on or before March 2
Purchase by October 27
Valid on Delta, nonstop

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 easy-to-follow tips.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Fall for the Caribbean
Some of the year’s best values are now offered at popular resorts and hotel properties in several Caribbean destinations:

  • Pineapple Beach Club Antigua recently reopened as an Elite Island Resort. On 30 acres overlooking Long Bay on the Caribbean coast, the adults-only all-inclusive resort is adjacent to the Devil’s Bridge National Park. Guest rooms come in five categories varying in size and price. On site is a trio of bars, five restaurants and two freshwater pools. Don’t miss lunch at The Outhouse, a casual picnic spot on the top of a hill overlooking Long Bay serving Miss Mary’s chicken and ribs. Resort activities include Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, water aerobics and beach volleyball. Courtyard rooms from $149 a night.  
  • The Wyndham Reef Resort, on the east end of Grand Cayman, is offering two specials with savings of up to 40%. The ‘Fall Only in Cayman’ all-Inclusive special starts at $213 per person, per night and includes beachfront accommodations, three daily meals, non-alcoholic drinks and house-brand liquor, beer and wine by the glass, daily one-hour use of kayaks, pedal boats and paddle boards, and use of snorkel gear. Also included are taxes, tips and resort fees. Room-only rates start from $125 a night. Book by October 31 for travel through December 23.  
  • Celebrate the November 15 opening of Kimpton’s newest resort in the Caribbean, the Seafire Resort and Spa on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. The new 10-story Kimpton Seafire will feature rooms, suites and free-standing two-, three-, and four-bedroom ocean-view bungalows. Other amenities include three restaurants, two pools, and the Camp Seafire kids’ club. This stunning resort will have an 8,500-square-foot spa with a hammam (the traditional Turkish bath). Get in on special room rates from $339 for studio and junior suites on stays through December 19. Included is a $100 dining credit and a $100 spa credit when staying a minimum of two nights. Book by October 31. Nightly peak winter rates will average $679 (yikes!). 
  • Autumn savings at the luxury Tryall Club are ideal for multi-gen families with rates as low as $72 per person, per day. The 2,200-acre Jamaican retreat on Sandy Bay has 75 oceanfront and mountainside estates each with a private staff of personal chefs, gardeners, housekeepers and butlers. The lowest rates are available for bookings made by November 30. 
  • St. Lucia‘s all-inclusive Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is offering ‘Fall into Savings’ packages offering 40% off published rates on all room categories for bookings made by November 30 for travel through December 20. Guests will also receive one free night’s stay for every four nights booked. Nightly rates in an oceanview room start at $412. The resort features five restaurants, four bars, six swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center and Jacquot Fun Club which offers supervised, age-specific activities for children and teens. 

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


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