Rates & Dates: Vail Cascade hosts its own Oktoberfest


Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is hosting the Mountain Microbrew Festival on Oct. 30, and is featuring a package rate throughout the weekend. The festival, slated for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature beer tastings, seminars, live music and food. Several of Colorados microbreweries will participate.


The package rate, valid Oct. 29 to 31, is $129 per night, double, and covers one admission ticket and a German beer stein. Additional advance tickets can be purchased for $25 through reservations or $30 at the gate.

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Phone: (800) 420-2424


Austins Barton Creek Resort & Spa is inviting fans of the University of Texas football team to stay at the resort on weekends when the Longhorns are playing at home.

The UT package, a two-night plan, is priced from $168 per person, per night, and covers accommodations, daily breakfast buffet in the Hill Country Dining Room, a golf shootout one day and transportation to and from Darrell Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on game day.

The Longhorns home football games include Oct. 16 vs. Missouri, Nov. 6 vs. Oklahoma State and Nov. 26 vs. Texas A&M.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Phone: (800) 366-6158 or (512) 329-4000


The Westin New York at Times Square, which marks its second year of business Oct. 18, is inviting guests to celebrate.

In the tradition of the two-year anniversary gift of cotton, guests who bring new or gently used sheets or clothing to the hotel can take advantage of anniversary weekend rates for travel Jan. 1 through March 31 when booked by Oct. 31. When booking, ask for the book rate, starting at $179 per night, valid Thursdays through Sundays.

The Westin New York at Times Square

Phone: (888) 627-7149


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The Resort at Squaw Creek in Squaw Valley, Calif., is offering the Spa and Golf plan through the end of the golf season, around Oct. 30.

The plan, priced from $135, covers deluxe accommodations and either a round of golf with use of cart and warm-up facilities or a spa treatment at the Spa at Squaw Creek. Treatment options include a Swedish massage, a pore-cleansing facial or a manicure and pedicure. The package is priced per person, based on double occupancy.

Resort at Squaw creek

Phone: (800) 401-9501


Mackinac Island, Mich.s The Grand Hotel is offering a fall special where clients booking three nights only pay for two nights through Oct. 31.

The rate is $175 per room and covers full breakfast and a five-course dinner. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

The Grand Hotel

Phone: (800) 33-GRAND or (906) 847-3331


Miamis Wave Hotel is offering the Straight Shot package for fans of the NBAs Miami Heat who want to check out Shaquille ONeal with his new basketball team.

The package is priced at $125 per room for the first night, Sundays through Thursdays, and $79 for additional nights. The cost covers accommodations, Towncar transportation to and from the game (tickets not included) and an upgrade from continental breakfast to hot breakfast with a ticket stub from a game during the stay.

The rate is valid through Dec. 20. The Heats preseason home games start Oct. 10 and regular season home games start Nov. 3. Reservations must be made online using booking code WAVESHOT.

Wave Hotel


With the Presidential nominees officially on the ballots now, all thats left is the voting ... and the Inaugural Ball for one high-end client. Washingtons Mandarin Oriental created the Presidential Privilege package for one couple to celebrate the 2005 Presidential Inauguration in style, at the price of $200,500.

The cost covers accommodations between Jan. 17 and 21 in the Presidential Suite; breakfast each day; private jet service to and from Washington; designer clothes for the Inaugural events from Neiman Marcus; personal chauffeur for five days; an exclusive dinner for eight guests at the hotels CityZen; and daily spa treatments at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental.

The package is commissionable at 10%, based on the room portion -- $8,000 per night.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington

Phone: (888) 888-1778 or (202) 554-8588


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Through March 31, Londons Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments is cutting rates for clients crossing the Atlantic.

Under the Pound for Dollar promotion, a 40% savings on standard rates, an executive guest room, normally priced at $573, is $315; a Parkview room, normally $618, is $340; and suites and apartments, normally starting at $755, are $415.

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

Phone: (800) 335-3300

Fax: (800) 335-3200


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The Hotel Viking, in Newport, R.I., is offering the Tea for Two package through Dec. 31. Tea for Two includes overnight accommodations, parking and Classic Afternoon Tea for Two.

At the afternoon tea service, an assortment of tea sandwiches, petit fours, scones, pastries and teas are served. Tea for Two is held Mondays through Sundays, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hotel Viking

Phone: (800) 556-7126


The Mayflower Park Hotel teamed with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) to offer the Taste of Spain in Seattle package in conjunction with SAMs Age of Exploration exhibit, which will be on display Oct. 16 through Jan. 2.

The hotels package, priced at $179 for a classic guest room or $199 for a deluxe room, offers overnight accommodations, two tickets to the exhibit, valet parking and an appetizer of lamb skewers and Spanish Rioja wine in the hotels Andaluca restaurant.

Mayflower Park Hotel

Phone: (800) 426-5100 or (206) 382-6990


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Encouraging stays through Nov. 18, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., is offering overnight weekday packages.

The Wake Up Smiling plan, priced at $149, includes double accommodations and buffet breakfast. The Up All Night package, priced at $169, includes accommodations in a Classic room, admission to the Borgata Comedy Club and cocktails at either the Gypsy Bar or the B-Bar.

Meanwhile, the Do Not Disturb plan, priced at $269, features accommodations in a Fiore Suite, full breakfast in bed and admission to Spa Tocare.

The plans are valid from Sept. 6 to Nov. 18 for weekday stays and are priced per night for two people.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Phone: (877) MY-BORGATA


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The Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif., created a two-night plan for girlfriends to get away and have an adventure.

Luck Be a Lady features one 50-minute facial per person; an amenity card per person entitling guests to a personal shopping program; and the choice of one activity per person from a list of activities -- including horseback riding; spa treatments; hiking; kayaking; lessons for surfing, tennis or dance; or cooking classes.

The two-night plan is priced at $1,400 per couple, which covers tax, spa gratuity and a $50 breakfast voucher per person.

Bacara Resort & Spa

Phone: (877) 422-4245 or (805) 968-0100


Doormen at the Fairmont San Francisco have welcomed many people, from world leaders to Hollywood celebrities. Now, with the Family Fun package, kids can do the same.

The three-night plan, valid through Dec. 30, is priced at $189 per night, with a $100 credit toward activities at the hotel. Also included is afternoon tea for two in the hotels Laurel Court -- known for its childrens tea service -- and a chance for kids to play doorman for a day.

As a doorman, kids don a doormans whistle and cap and parents get a Fairmont camera to capture the moment (the whistle and camera are the kids to keep).

Fairmont San Francisco

Phone: (800) 441-1414


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