Rates & Dates: Milford Plaza marks 25th with discounts


New Yorks Milford Plaza Hotel is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year by offering discounted rates, valid through February.


Clients can book rooms starting at $109, single or double. Amenities include a full-service fitness center, two restaurants and a bar and lounge.

The hotel opened July 31, 1980.

Milford Plaza Hotel

Phone: (800) 221-2690


The Muse hotel is offering incentives for clients booking travel to the Big Apple this winter with the Ask and You Shall Receive plan.

Valid on reservations booked and completed by March 31 through the hotels Web site, the plan offers 30% off room rates; 20% off dinner at the hotels restaurant, the District; and a gift box of Baudelaire soaps.

Room rates during this period start at $199 per night, double. Travel agent commission is 10% on the room rate only.

The Muse

Phone: (877) NYC-MUSE or (212) 485-2400 (for information only)


The Hershey Hotel in Hershey, Pa., is offering a midweek Spajama getaway that is valid Sundays through Thursdays through March 24.

Priced at $558 per room, double, the package covers breakfast in the Circular Dining Room, a $150 spa gift certificate per night, an evening Spajama reception in the spas lounge and admission to the Hershey Museum.

The Hotel Hershey

Phone: (800) HERSHEY


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Normally closed until mid-May, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., plans to open a portion of its rooms on March 1, more than two months earlier than ever before.

Clients will be able to book rooms in the Millennium Wing and the Masco Cottage for $119 per night between March 1 and May 5.

During that period, food service will be available at the Jockey Club at the Grand Strand, the restaurant located on the first tee of the golf course across the street from the Millennium Wing. A continental breakfast basket also will be provided en suite.

Grand Hotel

Phone: (800) 33-GRAND


Quebecs Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu created the Romantic Snowmobile package for clients to explore the surrounding wilderness trails.

The plan offers accommodations, buffet breakfast in Le Saint-Laurent restaurant and a half-day of snowmobiling with equipment and an experienced guide. Valid through April 4, the Romantic Snowmobile package is priced from about $163 per person, double. For clients bringing their own snowmobiles, rates can be arranged.

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Phone: (800) 441-1414


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With above-average snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, clients headed there for winter activities (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing) can use Wuksachi Lodge as a base camp -- with reduced rates during the week.

Through March 17, standard room rates start at $79 for Sunday- through Thursday-night stays, representing about a 50% discount off nightly rates. The rate is valid for up to two people per room, per night, plus tax. Holiday restrictions apply.

The lodge, located in Sequoia National Park, offers cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment rentals.

Wuksachi Lodge

Phone: (888) 252-5757


For skiers, Aspens Sky Hotel is offering the Powder and Panache package this season.

Available through April, the plan is priced from $399 per room, per night, double. It covers accommodations, breakfast in the hotels 39 Degrees lounge and an Altitude Adjustment evening wine hour. An upgrade to the next available room category applies on stays of at least six nights.

Also included are two daily lift tickets valid for all four Aspen peaks (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass). A three-night minimum stay and 10-day advance purchase are required. Blackout dates apply.

Sky Hotel

Phone: (800) 882-2582 or (970) 925-6760


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American Orient Express is offering its Antebellum South journey this spring on alternating routes between New Orleans and Washington with a jazz or Civil War focus.

The Civil War-themed itinerary departs Washington on March 30 and April 13 and 27 en route to New Orleans. The jazz-themed trip departs New Orleans April 6, 20 and May 4.

The rail journeys visit Charlottesville and Fredericksburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Jackson and Vicksburg, Miss.

Each six-night itinerary is priced at $3,190 per person, double, and covers accommodations, transportation, excursions, all meals and entertainment. Clients who book before Jan. 31 are entitled to a $500 discount on the package price.

American Orient Express

Phone: (800) 320-4206


Valentines Day deals abound ...

For unattached clients on Valentines Day, Planters Inn in Charleston, S.C., created the three-night Away Alone program, valid Feb. 11 to 14.

The package includes accommodations; a bouquet of flowers upon arrival; an in-room massage; a meet-and-greet cocktail at the hotels Peninsula Grill; dinner at a communal table at Hanks, an area seafood restaurant; a movie rental with a basket of munchies; and three breakfasts in bed. The plan is priced from $1,295 per person, single.

Planters Inn

Phone: (800) 845-7082


San Antonios Watermark Hotel and Spa and its sister property, Le Mansion del Rio, created the Thelma and Louise package for single gal pals looking to celebrate Valentines Day together.

The plan covers one nights accommodations at either property, two 50-minute spa treatments at the Watermark Spa and breakfast for two at either Las Canarias (La Mansion) or the Rooftop Cafe (The Watermark).

The plan is priced at $419 at La Mansion del Rio and $479 at the Watermark Hotel and Spa. Rates are per person, double.

Watermark Hotel and Spa or La Mansion del Rio

Phone: (800) 292-7300

Web:www.watermarkhotel.com or www.lamansion.com

The Atlantic hotel in Fort Lauderdale created the Penthouse Passion Valentines Day package for couples spending a night this February in its suites or penthouses.

The romance package covers accommodations in a one-bedroom suite or two- or three-bedroom penthouse; limousine transfers from the airport; butler service; a couples massage; turndown service; a private candlelight dinner at Trina, the Atlantics restaurant; and a Tiffany Floating Heart pendant.

The plan is priced from $2,999 for the one-bedroom suite, $3,999 for the two-bedroom penthouse and $4,999 for the three-bedroom penthouse.

The Atlantic

Phone: (866) 837-4274


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The Valentines Getaway at XV Beacon on Bostons Beacon Hill is available Feb. 11 through 15.

The one-night plan features studio accommodations with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on the arrival night and continental breakfast in bed in the morning.

Also included is a six-course Chefs Tasting Menu with vintage champagne at the hotels Federalist Restaurant.

The plan is priced at $825 per couple, including tax and gratuity with dinner, or $675 per couple, including tax and gratuity without dinner. Extra nights are $475, which includes continental breakfast for two.

XV Beacon

Phone: (877) 982-3226


The Phoenician is celebrating its recent AAA Five Diamond award with the Diamond Romance package, available for Valentines Day stays and longer (valid through May).

The package includes two nights accommodations, a chefs tasting menu at the hotels Mary Elaines restaurant, daily full breakfast for two, golf at the resort and the Buff & Shine spa treatment. The plan is priced at $1,500 per night, double, with a two-night minimum stay required.

The Phoenician

Phone: (800) 888-8234 or (480) 941-8200


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