Vacation packages offer travel deals in Va., W.Va., Calif. and Toronto

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The Homestead

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, Va., 540-839-1766

The Unlimited Activities package starts at $295 per night (plus taxes and a 15 percent resort fee) for two guests and runs through Oct. 19. Deal includes such activities as fly fishing, skeet shooting, mountain biking, archery and more. Also, if you book by June 1 and stay two nights, the third night is free.

Bottom line: For $110 extra, guests receive accommodations (typically from $185) and a selection of activities. To make it a smart investment, go nuts on the activities or pick one of the more expensive diversions, such as golf (typically $125).

The Greenbrier

300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 800-453-4858

The three-night Spring Into Action package goes for $390 (including taxes) and includes accommodations, two-for-one activity voucher per day, $20 slot play, 20 percent off spa treatments, free access to spa and sauna, and resort fee. Valid Sunday-Thursday through June.

Bottom line: Even if you don't take the bunker (a.k.a. the former U.S. Government Relocation Facility) tour (ordinarily $30 per person) or watch a falcon land on a gloved arm ($89), you'll come out ahead: A room in the intermediate category typically costs $299 per night, the resort fee is $25 per day, and gambling money typically comes out of your own wages.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, Calif.


The Rejuvenation package, good year-round and for one or two people, includes guest room, daily breakfast, 60-minute spa treatment and free access to the European Bathing Ritual. From $432 double (less for solo travelers), with taxes.

Bottom Line: This package has muscle. Priced separately, breakfast is $23 per person, the treatment goes for $159 each and access to EBR is $39. Factor in the room rate of $199 to $599, and you can feel the sensation of a great deal.

Hotel/Theater/Dinner package in Toronto

800-461-3333 With the TicketKing deal, choose a hotel (Sheraton Centre Toronto, Le Meridien King Edward or the Westin Harbour Castle), show ("Rock of Ages," "Mamma Mia!," "Fiddler on the Roof" or "Legally Blonde") and three-course dinner at any of 14 restaurants. For two people, the package, with taxes, is $360 for the latter three productions, and $404 for "Rock of Ages." Good through the summer.

Bottom Line: Theater tickets alone (in the $100 range each) eat up more than half the package price. Add in the hotel room, and you've more than surpassed the vacation total. To get the most value out of your meal, dine at a higher-end restaurant, such as Toula.

-- A.S

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