Rates & Dates: Summer plans and back-to-school bashes


For Labor Day weekend travel this summer, the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston is offering the Sizzle in the City overnight plan.


The package includes accommodations for two, a copy of the Eyewitness Travel Guide to Boston and a pre-arrival consultation with the concierge to assist in booking any tours or attractions.

The plan, valid Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, is priced from $199 per night. An upgrade to the Fairmont Gold floor is available for $100 additional.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Phone: (800) 441-1414


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Chicago's Sheraton Hotel & Towers created the Back-To-School Pajamarama Bash for stays over the Aug. 24 weekend.

Designed for a family of four, the package is priced from $179 for one-night stays or $159 per night for two-night stays.

The cost covers valet parking, accommodations for two adults and two children and access to the hotel's 90-minute Radio Disney Party Patrol Pajamarama Party on Aug. 25.

The Pajamarama Party includes snacks and drinks, karaoke sessions, trivia contests and a variety of prizes.

The highlight of the event is a drawing for 11 sets of tickets (four tickets per set) for a pop music concert Aug. 31 in Chicago headlined by Aly & AJ, Corbin Bleu, Drake Bell and Bianca Ryan. Hotel accommodations also are included in the prize.

When booking, ask for Disney1 (overnight accommodations) or Disney2 (a two-night stay).

Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Phone: (877) 242-2558


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Three Loews properties -- the Madison Hotel in Washington, the Loews Philadelphia and the Loews Annapolis in Annapolis, Md. -- are offering guests a head start on back-to-school shopping with the Back to School overnight plan.

The package, available July 5 through Oct. 31, includes a $25 Nordstrom gift card, a personalized bank with a presidential $1 coin, lunch for two at Cafe Nordstrom, a consultation with a fashion stylist and a Nordstrom catalog.

The plan is priced from $229 during the week or $289 on weekends at the Loews Annapolis; from $344 during the week or $244 on the weekends at the Madison; and from $329 during the week or $249 on weekends at the Loews Philadelphia.

Loews Hotels

Phone: (800) 23-LOEWS


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CoCo Key Water Resort and the Cherry Valley Lodge, both near Newark, Ohio, created the Shiver Me Timbers plan for summer visits.

Package rates start at $399 for stays Sundays through Thursdays and from $499 on weekends.

The price covers accommodations for a family of four for two nights, four passes to the water park, a family pass to the Works museum, four passes for bowling or minigolf, four movie tickets, a family photo and four $5 game cards for Key Quest Arcade.

Cherry Valley Lodge

Phone: (800) 788-8008


The Omni La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio created the Sensory Scavenger Hunt plan, available through Sept. 3.

It is priced from $199 per night, double, depending on room type.

The package includes a disposable camera and a scavenger hunt list to some of the city's most popular sites. It also comes with a coupon for an in-room movie rental and popcorn.

Similar packages are available at select U.S. Omni properties.

Omni La Mansion del Rio

Phone: (800) THE-OMNI


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The Vero Beach (Fla.) Hotel & Club is offering guests the chance to play its general manager, Peter Serena, in a golf match for their room rate.

In the Beat the GM package, valid through Sept. 29, golfers who beat Serena will be offered a "scratch rate," or a nightly rate of their own score. The rate will apply for as many consecutive nights as the guest plans to stay.

Matches will be held at the Indian River Country Club on Saturdays. Challengers pay their own greens fees.

At the end of the challenge, the player with the lowest score will win a future two-night stay at the resort.

Vero Beach Hotel & Club

Phone: (866) 602-VERO or (772) 231-5666


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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has created the Two Nation Vacation, which includes stays at the King Pacific Lodge in Canada and Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands.

The eight-night package combines three nights at the King Pacific on Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, and five nights at Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.

The plan is priced from $13,525 per couple and is valid through September. The stays at the resorts can be taken consecutively or on alternate dates.

Components of the Canada portion of the plan are roundtrip charter flights from Vancouver; accommodations in an ocean-view room; all meals and beverages; unlimited guided ocean fishing, kayaking and hiking; a wildlife viewing and cultural tour; and a 90-minute spa treatment.

The Little Dix Bay portion includes accommodations in an ocean cottage; dinner for two at the Sugar Mill and Pavilion restaurants; a torch-lit dinner on the beach; a trip to a secluded beach; and three spa treatments.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Phone: (888) ROSEWOOD


TheRitz-Carlton, Boston Common is featuring the Red Sox Nation overnight plan for fans of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox.

Priced from $2,004 (the year the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years), the plan includes overnight accommodations in the Red Sox Nation suite, a club-level, luxury suite designed with Red Sox decor.

Also covered is access to the Club Lounge; ballpark-themed food delivered to the room; a trip to Fenway Park for a VIP tour; roundtrip limousine transportation for the Fenway Park tour; and souvenirs. Tickets to a Red Sox game are not included.

The price is based on two people sharing the room. The fee for additional guests is $150 each, which includes access to the Club Lounge and the Fenway tour.

Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Phone: (800) 241-3333 or (617) 574-7100


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The Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf, a trolley ride from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, created the Home Run package.

The overnight package, priced from $229 per night, single or double, includes two all-day MUNI passes, good for rides on the city's trolleys and cable cars; hotel self-parking; accommodations in a newly renovated room; choice of a domestic beer or root beer and peanuts; and a 50% discount on any appetizer at the hotel's Knuckles Historic Sports Bar & Grill.

A similar plan is available at Chicago's Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, with rates starting at $159 per night, single or double.

The Game Day Getaway plan includes hotel self-parking and shuttle service to U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox) or to the Red Line train, which takes guests to Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs).

Game tickets are not included in the packages.

Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf or Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Phone: (800) 223-1234


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Universal Studios Florida is celebrating Halloween every weekend from Sept. 28 through Nov. 3 with the Halloween Horror Nights event and Gory Getaway package.

The package is priced from $199 per person, double, and covers two nights at a Universal Partner Hotel; a one-night admission ticket to the Halloween Horror Nights celebration; a two-park, unlimited admission ticket valid for seven days; one souvenir photo; and transfers between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort.

For more details about the event, visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com.

Universal Orlando

Phone: (800) 331-3134


The Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott Beach Resort is inviting couples trying to conceive to stay during sea turtle mating season (through Oct. 31).

The Fertile Turtle package, priced from $399 per night, per couple, covers deluxe accommodations in a gulfview room, a couple's massage, red clover and raspberry teas (which are said to promote fertility) and a commemorative photo album.

The resort is offering couples who conceive during their stay a free three-night stay after the baby is born. Parents need to provide a birth certificate and proof of a stay at the hotel within eight to 10 months of baby's arrival.

A portion of revenue from each booked Fertile Turtle package will be donated to local sea turtle conservation efforts.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort

Phone: (800) GET HERE


The Grace Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, has created the Grace Bay Club Conch package, valid through Oct. 31.

The three-night plan is priced from $3,990 per room, double, and includes junior suite accommodations, a visit to the island's Conch Farm, lunch at Da Conch Shack and a private conch-cooking lesson with the Grace Bay Club's executive chef, Gerry Gnassi.

Grace Bay Club

Phone: (800) 946-57857


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The W Honolulu Diamond Head is offering the Wonder Women package as a girlfriends' getaway special.

Created in conjunction with Bobbi Brown cosmetics, the package includes a gift pack of beauty aids and a zip-top makeup case; a copy of Brown's "Living Beauty"; and two cocktails at the W Honolulu's Diamond Head Grill.

Valid through Nov. 18, the plan is priced from $335 per room, per night, single or double.

W Honolulu Diamond Head

Phone: (866) 716-8112


GDSs: All systems

The 25-room Pink Sands, on Harbour Island, Bahamas, is paying travel agents 13% commission for all bookings for travel through Dec. 18.

In addition, the hotel is offering guests a free night on stays of four nights or more.

Nightly rates start at $600 per room, double, and cover breakfast, dinner, taxes and service charges.

The plan is not valid during the Thanksgiving holiday. The hotel will be closed from Oct. 1 to 25. Starting Oct. 26, meals will no longer be included in the nightly rate.

Pink Sands

Phone: (800) 407-4776


For families that enjoyed the movie "Night at the Museum," the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park and the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park are offering a package inspired by the film.

The Day at the Museum plan is priced from $846 at the Battery Park property and from $1,120 at the Central Park hotel. The rate is based on double occupancy. Kids 12 and under stay free. For additional guests over 12 years old, there is a surcharge of $100 per person, per day.

The package covers overnight accommodations in a deluxe room at either hotel, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, luxury car service one-way to the American Museum of Natural History, a VIP Museum Experience and a take-home bag containing museum souvenirs.


Phone: (800) 241-3333


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The Lodge at Tiburon (Calif.) is offering the Family Adventure package with overnight accommodations and a chance to "meet" the horse and town that was said to inspire the book, "Blackie, the Horse Who Stood Still."

The package, priced from $360.50 for a family of four, includes accommodations in a double-double room, a copy of the book, breakfast for four at the hotel's Three Degrees Restaurant, admission to the Railroad Museum, ferry tickets to Angel Island State Park, a picnic lunch and a bike rental for four.

The bike path near the hotel takes guests to Blackie's Pasture, one of the locations described in the book.

The Lodge at Tiburon

Phone: (800) 762-7770


The Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square has created a series of packages, each themed around one of the seven deadly sins: decadence, envy, gluttony, lust, revenge, sloth and vanity.

For example, the Gluttony package includes a welcome cocktail and chocolates upon arrival; drinks and canapes at the Pastel Lounge; a Chinese dinner with set menu at Lok Wah Hin; dessert at Divine Buffet Desserts at the Square; a cheese platter delivered to the room; and a buffet breakfast the following morning.

In addition, guests have access to the fitness center, sauna and steam room. A farewell gift of goodies is offered with a late checkout. The plan is priced from about $274 per night, double, for a superior room.

Novotel Bangkok

Phone: (011) 66-2 209-8888

The 12-room Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant in Midway, Utah, created the Bed, Balloon and Breakfast plan for couples.

The overnight package, priced from $375 per couple, features a 20-minute hot-air balloon or helicopter tour of the Rocky Mountains and a three-course European breakfast.

In addition, guests will receive a basket of pastries and sparkling cider for the ride.

Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant

Phone: (888) 650-1400


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