Rates & Dates: Denver property designs package for shopping enthusiasts

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Because of a rise in women-only bookings, the Loews Denver Hotel created the Cherry Creek Chic shopping package.

The overnight plan, based on Friday- or Saturday-night stays, includes shuttle service to the Cherry Creek Shopping Center or valet parking at the mall; a cosmopolitan in the hotels lounge; a monogrammed hotel robe; and continental breakfast. Also covered is cosmetics and perfume samples from Neiman Marcus, a $10 gift certificate off any spa service of $50 or more at the Bella Fiore Day Spa, a Passport to Shopping with discounts to the Cherry Creek mall and a Cherry Creek tote bag.

Loews Denver Hotel

Phone: (800) 235-6397

Web:www.loewshotels.com/hotels/denver

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Porches Inn in North Adams, Mass., created the two-night Berkshire GeoCaching Vacation, designed to get clients out of the hotel to explore the landscape.

Geocaching is an activity using a Global Positioning System  (GPS) device. Participants track down hidden items in the surrounding areas by using GPS coordinates.

The Berkshire GeoCaching Vacation covers breakfast each morning, instruction and use of a GPS device for the day, trail maps and box lunches for two. The two-night plan, valid through Sept. 23, is priced at $309 per couple for Sunday through Thursday stays and $429 per couple for Friday and Saturday stays.

Porches Inn

Phone: (413) 664-0400

Web:www.porches.com

Circa39 Hotel in Miami Beach is cutting rates for stays through Sept. 30. The Summer on Sale package offers guests a 25% discount on stays of three nights or longer.

With the discount, nightly rates start at $99 per room, double. Also covered in the rate are two cocktails at the Play Bar each night.

Circa39 Hotel

Phone: (877)8-CIRCA-39

Web:www.circa39.com

E-mail:[email protected]

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The XV Beacon Hotel created the Art Deco Getaway to coincide with Bostons Museum of Fine Arts exhibition, Art Deco: 1910-1939.

The Art Deco Getaway, valid Aug. 22 through Jan. 2, offers overnight accommodations in a classic room, breakfast for two, two VIP tickets to the exhibit and transportation to the museum in one of the hotels Mercedes sedans. The package is priced at $500 per room, double, which includes tax and gratuity. Additional nights are $365 per room, double, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

XV Beacon Hotel

Phone: (877) 982-3226 or (617) 670-1500

Web:www.xvbeacon.com

Equestrian enthusiasts are invited to take advantage of Mountain Top Inn & Resorts new Equestrian Center, which opened in Chittenden, Vt. in May, with the Horseback Riding Retreat, valid through Sept. 23.

The three-night package starts at $695 per room, double, and covers accommodations in a Standard Lodging Room; breakfast for two each morning; and all taxes, resort fees and dining room gratuities. Also covered are two three-hour guided trail rides and use of the resorts facilities, which include hiking trails, kayaks, canoes, tennis courts and a game room. Additional rides can be added at an extra charge.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Phone: (800) 445-2100

Web:www.mountaintopinn.com

Aspen, Colo.s Hotel Jerome is getting ready for falls arrival with the Autumn in Aspen plan. Autumn in Aspen, valid from Sept. 26 to Nov. 24, is priced at $125 per night, representing a savings of up to $300 per night.

Hotel Jerome

Phone: (800) 331-7213 or (970) 920-1000

Fax: (970) 920-2050

Web:www.hoteljerome.com

E-mail:[email protected]

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The Amalfi Hotel in Chicago is celebrating romance with the Hercules & Amalfi package. Legend has it that Hercules, the Roman god of strength, and a nymph named Amalfi were in love. Upon Amalfis death, Hercules searched for the most beautiful place on Earth to name after her -- the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

The Hercules & Amalfi plan, priced from $299 per couple, covers accommodations in a deluxe room, continental breakfast delivered to the room, a CD of Italian music, a bottle of Italian wine and cheese, his and hers robes and late checkout. An upgrade to a Great King room is $50 additional. The plan is valid through Oct. 31.

Amalfi Hotel

Phone: (312) 395-9000

Web:www.amalfihotelchicago.com

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Clients can rough it in Vancouver Islands wilderness this summer with a plan designed by Sea Kayak Adventures. Trips depart Aug. 23 and 30 and Sept. 3 and 7 from Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. The minimum age for the trip is 12.

The plan, a two- or three-night beach camp-out near Johnstone Strait, a top spot to see killer whales, features guided kayak excursions, hikes into the forest and opportunities to fish and kayak. The package ranges in price from $595 to $750 per person, double, and covers use of kayaks and safety equipment, cam-ping equipment, basic kayak instruction, all meals and use of hydrophones to hear the whales underwater.

Sea Kayak Adventures

Phone: (800) 616-1943

Web:www.seakayakadventures.com

Washingtons The Jefferson is celebrating its 82nd birthday this year with a discount for clients. Guests booking weekend stays through Sept. 6 will be upgraded to one of the hotels 32 suites for an additional $82 per night, representing a savings of more than 50%.

The Jefferson, a Loews Hotel

Phone: (800) 235-6397

Web:www.loewshotels.com/hotels/washington_jefferson/

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The Holiday Inn in the Walt Disney World Resort is combining two summer traditions -- family vacations and summer cookouts -- with its Sizzlin Summer special.

The package, valid through Sept. 30, offers over- night accommodations, a breakfast buffet, the managers afternoon reception with wine and beer and a barbecue with chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. The nightly rate is $99 per room, double.

Holiday Inn in the Walt Disney World Resort

Phone: (800) 223-9930 or (407) 828-8888

Web:www.holidayinnwdw.com

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The Pan Pacific Whistler (B.C.) is inviting families to stay at the property this summer while on vacation.

The Family package, valid through Sept. 18, is priced at $170 per night and includes accommodations in a one-bedroom, valley-view suite and breakfast for four (two adults, two children). An upgrade to a two-bedroom suite is an additional $37 per night.

Also, the concierge will make arrangements for families to purchase activities. See the Web site for a list of operators and activities.

Pan Pacific Whistler

Phone: (800) 327-8586

Web:www.panpacific.com

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The Avalon Hotel in Los Angeles created a package that enables clients to cruise around town in style.

The Dream and Drive package includes overnight accommodations in a premium room, use of a Ford Thunderbird convertible during the stay, parking, continental or spa breakfast for two, an insiders guide to Los Angeles and two bottles of water for the road.

The plan is priced at $410 per night, double, and is valid through Aug. 31.

Dream and Drive also is available at other Kor Hotel Group properties in the Los Angeles area, including Maison 140 in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy in Santa Monica.

Kor Hotel Group

Phone: (888) 622-4KOR

Already home to suites designed or inspired by rock stars Jerry Garcia, Graham Nash and Carlos Santana, the Hotel Triton in San Francisco is taking its hip quotient one step further by offering Zen Den rooms for single travelers.

The Zen Dens are designed to appeal to the five senses. Sight is represented by framed Zen quotes and a bamboo plant; smell, by a fragrant ceramic ring; taste, with a mini tea set featuring caffeine-free green tea; sound, with wind chimes and relaxing music; and touch, by buckwheat hull pillows on the bed. Each room also has the Book of Buddha; yoga mats and an instructional pamphlet; and an in-room yoga channel.

Rates for the Zen Den rooms start at $129 per night, single occupancy.

Hotel Triton

Phone: (800) 433-6611

Web:www.hoteltriton.com

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To contact Managing Editor Kimberly Scholz, send e-mail to [email protected].

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