Best travel bargains: Deep Creek Lake, U.S. Virgin Islands, European cruises

Sunday, March 28, 2010


-- Carmel Cove Inn, on Western Maryland's Deep Creek Lake, is offering 25 percent off weekend rates (two-night minimum) and 35 percent off weekdays. With the Spring Getaway Special, deluxe double rooms are $146 on weekends and $114 on weekdays; rate is usually $175. Add 11 percent in taxes. Valid through April. The lodge-style inn has a fishing and swimming dock, canoes, tennis, billiards and bicycles. Guest rooms come with fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Info: 301-387-0067, http://www.carmelcoveinn.com.

-- BnBFinder.com, a bed-and-breakfast booking site, is offering tax-day specials at several inns nationwide. For example, book two nights at the Inn at Riverbend near Blacksburg, Va., check in on April 15 and receive a $75 refund. After the refund, nightly rate is $137, plus $14 in taxes per night. Book at http://www.innatriverbend.com. At the Mason Cottage in Cape May, N.J., book by April 15 for stays through 2010 and receive $20 off your bill. Rooms from $129, plus $18 in taxes. Info: 609-884-3358, http://www.themasoncottage.com. For both inns, mention BnBFinder Tax Special. Find more deals at http://www.bnbfinder.com; click Advanced Search, then Packages & Specials (under Categories), then General.

-- With Caradonna Worldwide Dive Adventures' Dive in Five promotion, book at least five nights at any of 10 participating hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands and get a $300 dive credit, plus five days of two-tank boat diving. At Cane Bay Cottages on St. Croix, for example, a seven-night stay in a one-bedroom cottage costs $1,040 per person double in early June, including taxes and service charges. Book by Sept. 30 for travel June 1-Oct. 31. Info: http://www.caradonna.com/go/USVI.


-- Azamara Club Cruises is offering discounts on its 2010 European sailings, including two-for-one offers, free cabin upgrades and a $500 onboard credit per stateroom. For example, an interior cabin on the seven-night Mediterranean cruise aboard the Azamara Journey starts at $1,749 per person double, plus $84 taxes; brochure rate is $3,498. To get a veranda cabin for the price of an oceanview ($2,299 per person double), use the code FREEUP. The ship sails from Athens on May 9. Book by March 31 for departures April 25 to Nov. 20. Info: 877-999-9553, http://www.azamaraclubcruises.com.

-- With Cruise Specialists, book Holland America's 14-day Alaska cruise-tour on the MS Volendam, departing Vancouver, B.C., on Aug. 18, and receive a $150 shipboard credit and two bottles of wine. Cruise features three nights on the Inside Passage, two nights in Denali National Park and Preserve, two nights in Dawson City and two nights in Whitehorse, both in Yukon Territory, and one night each in the Alaskan cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Skagway. Fares start at $2,099 per person double, plus $84 taxes. Info: 800-544-2469, http://www.cruisespecialists.com.


-- Virgin America has extended its Fares to Fly By booking deadline through March 29. For instance, fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to San Francisco or Los Angeles for $249 round trip, including taxes. Travel April 6-June 20 and Aug. 24-Nov. 17; 14-day advance purchase required. Prices are higher for Friday and Sunday flights. Save $15 by booking online. Other airlines are matching, but nonsale fares typically start at $500. Info: 877-359-8474, http://www.virginamerica.com.


-- With Dooley Vacations, spend four nights in Florence for $959 per person double. The Florence Fling package includes round-trip air on British Airways from New York's JFK, a stay at the Hotel Delle Nazioni in the city center and daily breakfast. For D.C. area departures, pay an additional $160. Travel April 1-May 15. Add about $143 taxes. Purchased separately, airfare is about $900 and four nights' hotel about $492. Info: 877-331-9301, http://www.dooleyvacations.com.

-- K.C. Summers

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