October travel deals for Pacific Northwest, Acapulco, Vietnam
Celebrate fall in the Pacific Northwest. Escape to Olympia, Washington’s state capital, to enjoy an old-time change of seasons. For as little as $79 a night, the “Falling for Oly” package includes accommodations for two at Hotel RL (by Red Lion), a pair of ales at Top Rung Brewing and your choice of either two passes for fun and games at a nearby corn maze ($40 value, available until Oct. 31) or a $20 dining credit valid at the hotel’s restaurant through November. The hotel is set on 12 wooded acres near the heart of Olympia. There’s no resort fee, and parking and Wi-Fi are free. Go to www.experienceolympia.com to check out a plethora of other seasonal activities offered in the area. Book the “Falling for Oly” package through November at www.redlion.com/olympia/packages/falling-for-oly-a-pacific-nw-getaway.
Mention the San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Scary Good Deal” and get 20 percent off best available rates through November at Hotel Modera in Portland, Ore. Without our discount, rates start at $159 a night. The U-T deal includes free parking (a $42 value), plus two coffees and pastries at the nearby Revolucion Coffee House. There’s a $24 daily resort fee; it covers Wi-Fi, daily passes to 24 Hour Fitness, use of bicycles and a $15-per-stay food and beverage credit valid for the in-room minibar and/or the hotel’s sundry shop. The hotel offers 174 newly renovated rooms in the heart of Portland’s theater district. Check it out at www.hotelmodera.com, but our deal must be booked by phone: (503) 484-1075.
Going the distance for fall color? Then consider Philadelphia, where the “Visit Philly Overnight” package offers some cool perks and discounted rates at 48 participating hotels. Along with accommodations for two, you’ll get free hotel parking, two general admission tickets good for two consecutive days at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (a $40 value), a $25 gift card valid at Reading Terminal Market (the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers market), two tickets for an 18-hole round of miniature golf at Franklin Square (an $18 value) plus a $10 Lyft credit. Rates range from about $120 a night at the Rodeway Inn Center City to about $385 nightly at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The package is available through November. Book online at www.visitphilly.com/features/visit-philly-overnight-hotel-package.
Closer to home, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is offering U-T Travel Deals readers 30 percent off regular rates through Dec. 25. Rates start at $239 at this time of year — cut to $168 with our exclusive deal. Be forewarned that there’s a $29-per-night resort fee; it covers valet parking and Wi-Fi. The hotel is ideally situated for exploring Monterey, perched on the edge of the bay, directly on iconic Cannery Row. The hotel has a rooftop spa and a popular indoor/outdoor seafood restaurant. Enjoy free use of hotel bicycles and for those who’d rather ride than bike, there’s a free shuttle around town. All Fridays and Saturdays require a two-night stay. To get the U-T deal, book online at https://montereyplazahotel.com using the code SDTFALL18.
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Copper Mountain is back with one of the best deals in the country for those 18 and older who want to learn to ski or snowboard — and are completely new to the sport. The resort’s Ski and Ride University offers three ski or snowboard lessons with lift tickets and equipment rentals. You’ll start with a half-day lesson; on days 2 and 3, you’ll get an all-day lesson and lunch. Grads get a free Copper Mountain Season Pass, a $479 value, valid through the end of the 2018/19 ski season, plus the opportunity to buy a 2019/20 pass for half price. SRU tuition is $269, less than the cost of two peak-season adult lift tickets at Copper. Availability is limited, and enrollment is required in person. Learn more at www.coppercolorado.com/plan-your-trip/lessons-rentals/lessons/adult-lessons?season=winter
Las Brisas resort in Acapulco has a sweet deal for American Express card users. Book a casita with a private pool and a balcony overlooking Acapulco Bay for as little as $133 a night. The deal, valid through early December, requires a five-night stay. It includes a light breakfast delivered daily to your casita. There’s no resort fee, and Wi-Fi is free for I Prefer Hotel Rewards members (it’s free to join). Check out the resort and book online at www.lasbrisashotels.com.mx/en/acapulco.
World Spree is offering a 7-night Exotic Vietnam tour, including round-trip air from LAX or SFO, accommodations in modern 4-star hotels, daily breakfast and sightseeing with English-speaking guides. Rates start at $999 per person, based on double occupancy. You’ll spend three nights in busy Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and four nights in graceful Hanoi. The package includes ground transportation, baggage handling and entrance fees. Pay extra for optional tours to the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay. The $999 rate is available for departures in 2019: May 5 and 9, Sept. 5, 12 and 19. Departures on other dates cost $50 to $300 more per person. Learn more at www.worldspree.com/tour/overview?TourID=2019065 or phone (866) 652-5656.
DaRosa is a freelance travel writer. Find more of her articles at www.AlisonDaRosa.com. Prices quoted here are subject to change. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply, and all deals are subject to availability.