Travel e-Scapes: December 8, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Bermuda

Travel e-Scapes: December 8, 2015

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$149 Bermuda ($298 round-trip)
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Add $20 per direction for travel on other days of the week
Depart by April 30
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by December 15
Compare to Delta’s round-trip rate of $734!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Lowcountry Fest
Grab your oyster shuckers and head to Charleston’s Boone Hall Plantation for the 33rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, held January 31 from 10A-5P. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival serving over 80,000 pounds of oysters. Event highlights include the legendary ‘Oyster Shucking’ and ‘Oyster Eating’ contests, complete with live music.
In addition to $12 buckets of oysters (which include approximately three dozen oysters) available for purchase, the festival will showcase food options from local restaurants and food trucks and domestic and imported beers and wine will also be available.

Kids will have a blast at the festival’s Pluff-a-Pallooza Children’s Area with photo opportunities, an interactive noise play area, an air-dancer, jump castle and much more. General admission $17.50 in advance; $25 day of the event. Children ten and under are free with paying adult. 
The festival is a rain or shine event. No pets or coolers allowed.
The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is a charity fundraiser benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. In addition, the Department of Natural Resources partners with the Coastal Conservations Association’s Topwater Action Campaign to recycle and restore the oyster shells.

Aruba Music Fest
Attend the 16th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival on the gorgeous island of Aruba, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-30. Ride the waves of the Soul Beach Music Festival, which was voted one of the ‘Top Five Caribbean Celebrations’ by USA TODAY, as well as #1 ‘Caribbean Summer Festival’ by Jetsetter Magazine.
The 16th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will offer day and night events with the hottest internationally renowned performing artists in music and comedy.
Aruba’s three Divi Resorts offer overnight specials during the fest:
Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort is nestled in a lush, tropical garden and surrounded by freshwater pools. The tiki-inspired cafe is perfect for lunch and a cocktail, and the resort is just steps from Eagle Beach and its turquoise water. Located directly across from Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort, many of this resort’s amenities are available to Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort guests. The Soul Beach Music Festival will only be a short walk away from this resort, so it’s a great place to stay for the event. Studio Suites as low as $129 a night and One-Bedroom Suites from $149 per night.
Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is located directly across from Eagle Beach and surrounded by the stunning Links at Divi Aruba golf course. The resort’s four freshwater pools feature kid-tested water slides to quiet adult areas and a lively swim-up bar. Activities and amenities include beach-side rock climbing, an on-site golf course, lighted tennis courts, a spa, a modern fitness center, four restaurants and a sports bar. This resort is also only a short walk away from the Soul Beach Music Festival. Studio Suites as low as $139 a night and One-Bedroom Suites from $159 a night.
Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort is located directly on famed Palm Beach and is backed by a private wildlife sanctuary. Relax under thatch cabanas or enjoy a bite to eat at the resort’s trendy beach-side restaurants and bars. With two freshwater pools, a great kids’ club, a luxurious spa, tennis courts, a water sports center and more, this resort offers a lively atmosphere and fun for everyone. Studio Suites from $195 a night and One-Bedroom Suites from $225 a night.


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:
$58 New York-LaGuardia
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Start travel on or after January 5
Complete travel on or before January 30
Purchase today, December 8
Valid on American, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$82 Little Rock
$92 Flint or Tulsa
$102 Hartford or Omaha
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 5
Valid on United via Chicago, Houston or Newark

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$102 Austin
$107 Boston
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 3
Valid on United via Houston or Newark

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$109 Houston-IAH
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 3
Blackout dates: January 2, 3
Valid on United, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$123 Sacramento
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Phoenix

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$128 Seattle
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Add $20 per direction for other travel days
Start trips on or after January 5
Complete travel on or before March 9
Valid on Alaska Airlines, nonstop
Purchase by December 18

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$270 Grand Junction, Colorado
$345 Durango, Colorado
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Sunday-Wednesday west; Tuesday-Friday east
Regular rates apply on other days of the week
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American (GJT only), Delta or United
One flight connection required

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 added during the flight 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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

New Orleans for History Buffs
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel offers a special package to commemorate the famous ‘Battle of New Orleans.’ The battle was fought just downriver from the city on January 8, 1815, and served to confirm an important victory against a vastly superior force for the United States in the War of 1812. It is often referred to as America’s ‘Second War of Independence.’
The ‘Andrew Jackson’ premium overnight package is available at the Bourbon Orleans and five other fine hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection. 
Guests will take a step back in time to the period of the famous battle.
The three-night package is available January 7-9 and includes:

  • Overnight premium room accommodations for three nights for two guests at a choice of six hotels of the New Orleans Hotel Collection
  • Daily breakfast, WiFi, in-room coffee and bottled artesian water, newspapers and local phone calls
  • A welcome ‘period’ cocktail from the Bourbon O Bar – Bourbon Streets Classiest Bar as created by New Orleans ‘Mixologist of the Year’
  • A period 5-course themed dinner with wine (Pakenham’s Final Supper), including open bar reception and instruction on the battle by General Sir Edward Pakenham, commander of the British Forces in America, and over 20 other officers in period costume
  • Private History Walking Tour of the French Quarter from the experts at Livery Tours, including Battle of New Orleans highlights
  • Luxury limousine transfers with entry to the reenactment ceremonies on Saturday January 9

Available at Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, Wyndham Riverfront, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and Hotel Le Marais.
Rates for two guests is $950 (14.75% tax additional).
The period dinner will be attended by actors portraying General Sir Edward Pakenham and senior officers of the British Expeditionary Forces of 1815. The period dinner recreates a meal that would have been served at an important function in the early 1800s, with research done by Chef Joey Wells with the Bourbon Orleans. The dinner will be held in the historic 1817 Orleans Ballroom, New Orleans’ oldest. The five-course candlelight dinner, served with wine and preceded by an open bar with period drinks will be held on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:30P and is open to individual guests; $139 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuities.
Period entertainment will be provided by the Hogg Family Players, a fiddle, singing and recital group specializing in historic reenactments.
Hotel and dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling Judy at 504-571-4672, weekdays 9A-4P.

Cali’s Calling
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is toasting the holiday season with a new package that caters to the 21-and-above crowd.
The ‘Stay & Sip’ package includes:
Deluxe accommodations
Two welcome cocktails at SIP Bar + Lounge, one of the hotel’s three on-site venues
Complimentary self-parking
Rates from $164 a night and offered seven days a week through December 31. Refer to promo code HO9.
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel offers an eclectic, urban vibe and an array of luxurious amenities in artfully decorated guest rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also offers a breakfast restaurant, a Starbucks Marketplace and a casual poolside eatery with views of the Southern California coast.
The Aquarium of the Pacific and the historic Queen Mary are just minutes away. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to several golf courses, hiking, kayaking, surfing and sailing. 


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


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