Travel e-Scapes: July 23, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Costa Rica

Travel e-Scapes: July 23, 2015

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$188 San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica
Travel any available day of the week starting on or after November 1
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Houston
Purchase today, July 23

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$215 Liberia, Costa Rica
Travel any available day of the week starting on or after November 1
No minimum stay required
Complete travel on or before December 16
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase today, July 23


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Boston Tea Party Reenactment
The Boston Tea Party comes alive this December! It’s December 16th, 1773 and trouble is brewing in Boston. Presented by Boston’s famed Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the 242nd Boston Tea Party Anniversary Reenactment is an opportunity to experience one of America’s most iconic public protests. Wednesday, December 16 events will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with the public invited to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver and destroy chest after chest of East India tea, just as colonists did 242 years before. In this fully narrated program, the Sons of Liberty open the hold and hoist tea chests on deck. Tea chests are broken open and actual tea from the East India Tea Company (still in existence) is spilled into Boston’s historic waters. Viewers are encouraged to cheer ‘Huzzah’ as they witness the dramatic conclusion of this single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
Early bird tickets are $15 per person. Starting September 1, tickets are $20 and $25 starting November 1.  This event takes place rain, sleet, snow or shine.

Both Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will be free and open to the public on Wednesday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opened in 2012, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, owned and operated by Historic Tours of America, is dedicated to accurately reliving and representing a key time in history (1773 to 1775). Through actors, tea throwing reenactments, high-tech interactive exhibits, authentic replica ships: the Beaver and the Eleanor and an award-winning multisensory film, Let it Begin Here.   
Famed as the place where the Boston Tea Party began, the 1729 Old South Meeting House is one of the nation’s most important colonial landmarks and was the center for Boston’s protests against British rule in the years leading to the American Revolution. Saved from demolition in 1876, the 1729 Old South Meeting House (now a National Historic Landmark) offers year-round programs and events.  
Need a room? The luxurious Intercontinental Boston, located adjacent to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, is offering its ‘Revolutionary History’ package at rates from $299 (valid year-round). Here’s what’s included:
Deluxe accommodations overlooking Boston’s historic waterfront and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Two adult combo tickets with access to both the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and Old South Meeting House
Two tea infused beverages – choice of RumBa’s hard tea rum cocktails (Life & LiberTea or The Tea Act) or hot tea
Tea Amenity – Boston Tea Company Connoisseur’s Mini Wooden Tea Chest which includes 20 tea bags in five gourmet blends
Tickets for two to the 242nd Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment (December 16 only) with VIP waterfront viewing
To book, call the hotel directly at 617-217-5033 or 877-747-BOSTON.


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!

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$96 Boston
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 18, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Philadelphia
Note: One-way rates from $126 on nonstop Southwest(+Fees $) flights (blackout periods apply)

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


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

End of Summer Disney Deals
Take advantage of the special ‘End of Summer Value’ rates that are being offered by the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels on stays from August 1-October 4. In addition to the hotels having an ideal location within an easy walk to more than 75 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney area, the seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Downtown Disney area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the ‘Downtown Disney Deals’ booklet that features exclusive discounts and special offers from over 30 merchants in the Downtown Disney area for dining, entertainment and shopping.
The Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ ‘End of Summer Value’ rates:
B Resort & Spa, from $99
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, from $69
Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, from $89
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, from $99
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, from $89
Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, from $99
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, from $77
Special rates also include these guest benefits:
Disney tickets available to purchase at each hotel
Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World golf courses
Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World Resort.  
Special events at the Walt Disney World Resort include:
Frozen Summer Fun – through September 7 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
|Night of Joy – September 11-12 at Magic Kingdom Park
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – select nights September 15-November 1 at Magic Kingdom Park
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – September 25-November 16 at Epcot
Purchase theme park admission online through the DowntownDisneyHotels.com website, then visit StartYourDisneyExperience.com or download the MyDisneyExperience app on your mobile device or tablet to begin reserving your must do attractions. With valid park admission and online registration, you will be able to choose from more than double the previous number of experiences and skip the standby queue at the attractions that you selected in advance. Now the Fastpass+ service includes select Character Greetings, shows, parades and fireworks. You also now have the ability to make changes anytime.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica
BookIt.com offers deep discounts for for two at the All-Inclusive Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  It’s the newest beach getaway for couples, families and singles. Located on an expansive palm-studded beach and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungles on Playa El Jobo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, guests enjoy an action–packed vacation featuring watersports, land activities, and swimming pools while sunbathing or laying under a thatched palapa.
Per person, per night rates of $184 (a $248 savings per night) include:
Junior Suite Tropical View accommodations (sleeps up to 4)
Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
Unlimited international and domestic top-shelf spirits
Mini-bar refreshed daily with soft drinks, bottled water and beer
24-Hour room service
Pool and beach wait service
Endless daytime activities and live nightly entertainment
Theme parties and entertainment venues
Oceanfront bars
No reservations at specialty restaurants
No wristbands required
Explorer`s Club for kids with supervised activities for ages 3-12
Core Zone for teens with activities for ages 13-17
All taxes and gratuities
Stays of five or more nights include a $50 resort credit
Book this travel deal at Bookit.com by July 24 for travel through December 22. 


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


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