Travel e-Scapes: November 1, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New Hampshire

Travel e-Scapes: November 1, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$184 Manchester, New Hampshire
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on daily nonstop flights through September 28, 2017 on Delta
No blackout dates


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

TripAdvisor Selling Cuba
TripAdvisor has received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to sell travel services to Cuba for both U.S. and international users. Travelers can now compare prices of hotels in major Cuban cities including Havana, Varadero and Santiago de Cuba along with flights, cultural tours, attractions, and short-term rentals.
TripAdvisor, like all other travel sellers in the U.S., can only facilitate Cuba travel that falls under one 12 approved reasons, which include educational activities, family visits and humanitarian projects. TripAdvisor said it expects to start selling Cuba within the next couple of months. 

Retailer Branded Hotels
The home-design retailer West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, is taking its brand into the hotel industry, with plans for hotels in five cities: Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Charlotte and Savannah. Another 10 hotels are on the drawing board.

Each property will be designed to compliment its neighborhood and surroundings. Also, each location will have either an adjacent store or a smaller retail shop onsite. Each will also feature a grab-and-go cafe bistro or a restaurant that will be open to both locals and hotel guests.
The brand will offer locals a free, 10-week ‘West Elm Academy’ in each city – a hospitality training course with a goal of hiring as many academy grads as possible to work in the hotel.
An app will help guests to check-in, to order room service, or to purchase items seen in the hotel or even the bed they’re relaxing on.
The first hotel is slated to open in late 2018 in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, home of Wayne State University, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the luxury watch-and-bicycle brand Shinola and an up-and-coming hipster scene.
The Indianapolis hotel is planned for a former Coca-Cola bottling plant in a beautiful 1930s art deco building with a striking white terracotta facade. It’s in a busy shopping and cultural district, amid bars, restaurants and small shops, near the popular Indy Reads bookstore and the Old National Centre concert venue. Next year, that same neighborhood will see the opening of a new location for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, a museum honoring the late writer and Indy native. 


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!

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$86 Chicago-O’Hare
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday through February 14
Blackout dates: November 18-20, 22-29; December 20-January 8
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, November 1

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$96 Denver
$146 Phoenix
$166 Salt Lake City
$206 San Francisco
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday-Saturday west; Monday-Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday east
Finish travel on or before April 19 (April 18 SLC)
Blackout dates: December 22, 23; December 26-January 4; January 7, 8, 16; February 18, 20, 21; March 10-12, 17-19, 24-26; April 13, 14, 16
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by November 2

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Washington DC-Dulles
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 15
Blackout dates: November 18, 19, 22, 23, 26-28; December 17, 22, 23, 26; January 2, 3
Valid on United, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$234 Portland, Maine
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on daily nonstop flights on Delta through April 24
Rates are $296 from April 25-September 28
No blackout dates

HURRY! Ticket Hack to Costa Rica for $301 round-trip!
Ticket #1: $86 round-trip Atlanta to Miami (one-way permitted):
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 15 on American, nonstop
Blackout dates: November 26, 27; December 22, 23, 26, 27
Ticket #2: $215 round-trip Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica (one-way permitted)
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through December 10 on American, nonstop
Round-trip MIA-SJO rates of $235 valid on or after January 1 with final travel on February 28
Note: Compare to Delta’s $633 round-trip ATL-San Jose rate

HURRY! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$850 Copenhagen, Denmark or Oslo, Norway
$868 Stockholm, Sweden
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week or depart through May 18 or August 18-September 20
Valid Thursday-Saturday outbound; Friday-Sunday returns
Regular rates apply on other travel days
Stay at least one weekend or up to a year
Valid on SAS/United via Newark or Washington DC

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 steps.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Culinary Charleston Package
Experience the best of both worlds in Charleston with an island getaway at nearby Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms. The Low Country Culinary package for romantics and foodies lets guests immerse into Charleston’s world-renowned culinary scene at both downtown and at the resort’s brand-new nautical-themed restaurant, Coastal Provisions.
Book a stay for two or more nights in the AAA Four-Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn or the Village at Wild Dunes guestrooms.
Rates from $345 per night include: 
A Hudson’s Market gift basket with gourmet goodies upon arrival
Downtown Charleston culinary tour for two
Downtown horse-drawn carriage tour for two
A three-course dinner for two at the resort’s new restaurant Coastal Provisions with two complimentary cocktails
Amenities at Wild Dunes include:
Priority golf tee times and preferred rates on the Links Course and Harbor Course
One hour of complimentary tennis court time per room, per day (based on availability from noon-6 p.m.) and preferred pricing on court time
Access to the Resort Fitness Centers, outdoor Swim Center lap pool, the Palm Cove pool and Grand Pavilion oceanfront pools
Dedicated concierge service
Complimentary transportation throughout the Resort
Access to Island Adventures, a family recreation program with special activity pricing (some activities are complimentary; fees apply for eco-tours)

January Mushing Adventure
Plan a Sled Dog weekend in New Hampshire on January 27-29. Join Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and the family-run East Hill Farm for a weekend adventure. Activities include meeting the dogs and checking out the sleds, and talking with the mushers. Sled tours are priced separately (advance reservations required).
Other weekend activities include sleigh rides, cow milking, egg collecting, children’s activities, and more.
Rates include three meals daily and the use of all facilities including the indoor pool, and activities.
Per night rates start at $135 per adult, $92 age 5-17, $46 age 2-4, plus tax and tip.
Here’s what’s included: Three home cooked meals for each overnight stay
Complete children’s program and nightly activities for the whole family
Use of facilities: farm animals, tennis, indoor/outdoor pools & whirlpools, hiking trails, cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, sledding, ice skating, game room and supervised sledding
A two-night minimum stay required.
The East Hill Farm is located in Troy, New Hampshire, located 53 miles from Manchester, NH (see above for a fab airfare offer).


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


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