Summer is almost over and the forecast for fall travel becomes bleaker by the day, making now the perfect time to plan a last-minute getaway. To avoid inflated room rates, seek out end-of-summer sales across the country, combining accommodations with added bonuses and amenities to glow-up your getaway without blowing the budget. Here are 4 common package themes to look out for anywhere, along with a top recommendation for where to find each.
Spa pampering is welcome year-round, but take advantage of end of summer sales to score some free treatments and spa swag. Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in coastal Massachusetts is currently offering a “Cape Calm & Carry On” package for a minimum two-night stay that includes a 50-minute massage at its Beach House Spa, along with a pre-spa welcome gift of hydrating eye patches, bath bomb and herbal tea to prepare for your ultimate unwind. Book this package and you’ll also receive access to a zen playlist, including relaxing tracks from local and national artists, curated by the spa team for serious serenity. After your supreme dose of self-care, catch the sunset with drinks and dinner at Ocean Terrace. Slip into this one by September 6.
Road tripping remains a popular pastime since the pandemic took a serious swing at air travel more than a year ago, and savvy hotels are still offering packages geared toward road warriors arriving with a packed vehicle. Wherever you’re headed, keep an eye out for packages like “Memphis or Bust” from Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis, the first and only hotel with a Beale Street address. Guests booking this package receive valet parking, a welcome bottle of wine and a complimentary “Put it in Park” cocktail when the driving is done for the day. There’s also a pair of playlists curated for travel to nearby cities, covering arrival and departure with 3-hour and 5-hour compilations, and including plenty of Memphis and Blues artists to keep the destination on your mind. Book this one by September 30th to stay by December 31st and, in this particular case, you’ll need a driver’s license from a border state to take advantage.
More hotels than ever are welcoming furry family members, so look out for packages for both you and your pup, like “Dogs are a Girl’s Best Friend” at W Fort Lauderdale. Reserve a stay for you and a dog up to 45 pounds and you’ll each receive a celebratory bottle on arrival—prosecco for you, and dog-friendly champagne from Pet Winery for your little one (rosé or dög pawrignon). You’ll also snag a sweet “doggy” bag of gummy bears, Jelly Belly jelly beans, chocolate covered pretzels and more, and your puppy will receive Barking Bacon dog ice cream. This package is available with Spectacular and Mega room categories, and no minimum stay is required, so make it a girls’ getaway with all your besties or just pop in for a staycation night with your number one. This package is always available.
Focusing your getaway on the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and luxury on your vacation. When you want to play outside all day but eat like royalty and sleep like a baby, look for packages like “Seize the Summer” at properties like Barnsley Resort, in the Georgia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Book this and you’ll earn a $150 daily activity credit to be used at nearly all resort offerings, from the Jim Fazio golf course and guided horseback rides to archery and axe throwing. You’ll also snag a canvas tote for gathering all your daily needs as you explore the 3,000-acre property combining nature, history and hospitality in one swanky stay. This package is available through September 3rd.