Rates & Dates: Whiteface Lodge touts gold medal background with Olympics plan


The 2006 Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin, Italy, but the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y., is capitalizing on its own gold-medal background with the Experience the Olympics package, available through April 16.

The two-night plan covers a three-day lift ticket to Whiteface Mountain and an adult group ski lesson; an afternoon cross-country-skiing trail pass; ice skating on Lake Placids Olympic Oval; $10 off a bobsled ride; admission to the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex; and admission to the Winter Olympic Museum.

The plan is priced from $1,500 per couple with accommodations in a one-bedroom residence or from $2,375 for a family of four in a two-bedroom residence. Amenities are for each person in the room.

Lake Placid was home of the Winter Games in 1932 and again in 1980.

The Whiteface Lodge

Phone: (800) 903-4045


When the guys need a getaway from it all, New Yorks Flatotel is the place to go with its Guys Getaway rate, valid through Feb. 28.

The Guys Getaway, designed for bachelor parties, father-son bonding trips or catching up with college buddies, is priced at $489 per night, based on double occupancy in its Flats accommodations, with a maximum of four people to a room.

The plan includes a Bombay Sapphire Miniature served in-room upon arrival; cheeseburgers and fries in the hotels restaurant, Moda; and unlimited pretzels to munch on throughout the stay.

The rate is valid for Friday-, Saturday- or Sunday-night stays.


Phone: (800) FLATOTEL


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Meanwhile, Rhode Island's Hotel Providence created the Girls Great Escape plan -- whether they be best friends, moms and sisters or solo -- through March.

The plan, priced from $439 per room, double, covers accommodations in a superior room with two double beds, valet parking, a welcome martini and chocolate-covered strawberries.

In addition, the package covers buffet breakfast and one treatment (up to a $120 value) at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.

Hotel Providence

Phone: (800) 861-8990; (401) 861-8000


GDSs: All systems

To encourage visitors to return to the Crescent City, the Windsor Court Hotel is offering a package to help celebrate Mardi Gras.

The two-night Beds and Beads plan is priced at $969, inclusive of taxes, for suite accommodations; breakfast each morning at the New Orleans Grill; and a tote bag filled with snacks, water, Mardi Gras beads and to-go cups with coupons redeemable for cocktails from the Polo Club Lounge.

Additional nights are priced from $350 per night, plus taxes. Room-only rates start at $300 for deluxe accommodations, with a two-night minimum stay required.

The plan and room-only rates are valid Feb. 17 through Feb. 28.

Windsor Court Hotel

Phone: (800) 262-2662


GDSs: All systems

The Buckingham Hotel New York created the Earth and Space package that includes admission to the American Museum of Natural History and the adjacent Hayden Planetarium.

The overnight Earth and Space program features accommodations for two adults and two children in a deluxe suite and admission for two adults and two children to the museum.

Museum admission covers the Imax theater, admission to all shows and exhibits and souvenir astronaut ice cream.

The plan, from $289 per family of four, is valid through March 31. When booking, use promotion code SPACE or ask for the Earth and Space promotion.

Buckingham Hotel New York

Phone: (888) 511-1900


GDSs: All systems

The Pink Beach Club & Cottages in Bermuda is hosting a three-night Culinary Weekend package March 30 designed with foodies in mind.

The package is priced from $2,600 per person, double, and covers accommodations in an oceanview junior suite; breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner daily; airport transfers; and all taxes and resort fees.

The package covers all Culinary Weekend inclusions. Those extras are an excursion with a local fisherman, a visit to a local farm and fruit market and a cooking lesson using the products of the days outings; a wine-pairing session; and a personalized Pink Beach Club chefs jacket.

Pink Beach Club & Cottages

Phone: (800) 355-6161 or (203) 655-6161


GDSs: All systems

Seattles Mayflower Park Hotel is offering the All in the Family Winter Warmer package for families of four (two adults and two children) through March 31.

The package is priced at $159 per room with two queen beds and covers valet parking, martinis for mom and dad, hot chocolate and cookies for the kids and one hour of Nintendo use.

Mayflower Park Hotel

Phone: (800) 426-5100


GDSs: All systems

The Rosario Resort & Spa, located in Washingtons San Juan Islands, is featuring a winter meetings promotion that includes a free Sunday-night stay.

With the Take Sundays Off deal, any group planning a meeting that includes an overnight stay on a Saturday or a Monday will be offered complimentary rooms on Sundays.

The promotion is valid through March 31 with rates starting at $69 per night, excluding holiday weekends.

Rosario Resort & Spa

Phone: (877) 562-8821 (group sales office)

The Cocoa Beach (Fla.) Hilton Oceanfront is laying the cards on the table with the Beaches and Bets poker-themed package, available through March 31.

Rates for the plan start at $179 per night and cover Full House accommodations; a gambling cruise via SunCruz Casino, with transportation to the port; breakfast the next morning; use of a cabana on the beach; and late checkout.

Cocoa Beach Hilton Oceanfront

Phone: (800) 526-2609


GDSs: All systems

With two anniversaries in 2006 -- the 100th anniversary of the corn flake and the 60th birthday of the first baby boomers -- the Loews Annapolis (Md.) Hotel is celebrating both milestones with the Commodores and Cornflakes package.

The plan, valid through March 31 and priced at $159 per night during the week and $179 per night on the weekends, includes Commodore Class accommodations; access to a library of 1950s and 60s films; and a Cornflakes Only room service menu, which includes items from Kelloggs Corn Flakes to corn flake-encrusted rockfish.

In a nod to the mail-in offers popular in the 50s and 60s, the hotel is asking guests to redeem three corn-flake boxtops at check-in to receive the rate. The rate applies to all guests, not just boomers.

Loews Annapolis Hotel

Phone: (800) 526-2593


GDSs: All systems

Clients headed to Sequoia National Park for winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing can use the Wuksachi Lodge as a base camp.

Through March 31, standard room rates start at $79 for Sunday- through Thursday-night stays and $99 for Friday- and Saturday-night stays. The rates, priced per room, double, represent about a 50% discount off peak-season nightly rates.

For an additional $20, the rate can include use of snowshoes or cross-country ski equipment for two people.

Wuksachi Lodge

Phone: (888) 252-5757


Designed around the Feb. 10 premiere of the movie Curious George, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate created the Monkey See, Monkey Do plan, valid for overnight stays through April 30.

The plan is priced at $724 per room, per night for a family of four (two adults and two children), based on a two-night stay.

The cost covers in-room amenities such as a Barrel of Monkeys game; Curious George hats; banana bread and milk at turndown; unlimited rounds of golf on the Champions 9 nine-hole golf course; a hot-air balloon ride; and a pizza-making dinner at the resorts Trevi restaurant.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Phone: (800) THE-OMNI or (407) 390-6664

GDS: All systems

The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Mont., is paying 15% commission on reservations of three nights or longer booked and taken by April 30.

As an added incentive, when agents book a five-night or longer stay through April 30, in addition to the bonus commission, they are entitled to a complimentary two-night stay in May or September.

Through April 30, nightly rates start at $248 per night, double.

The Resort at Paws Up

Phone: (800) 473-0601


Similarly, Apple Vacations is paying New York-area travel agents 15% commission on reservations booked by June 30 for travel anytime.

Bookings for Apples Exclusive Vacation Flight, Scheduled Air and Land Only packages out of Newark, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Islip Airports apply.

The promotion is not valid on Square Deals or Air Only packages.

In addition, agents can keep the 15% commission throughout 2006 if they have 100 passengers on the books by June 30.

Apple Vacations


To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe, N.M., is offering the Turning Twenty package through June 29.

Guests who book two nights at regular rates will get the third night at the rate of $19.86 (the inn opened in 1986), regardless of room type. For a traditional room, rates start at $120; for a deluxe room, rates are from $175; and for suites, rates start at $255. All rates are per room, per night, single or double.

Inn on the Alameda

Phone: (888) 984-2122 or (505) 984-2121


GDSs: All systems

Imperial River Cruises is offering a 23-day itinerary from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Tulcea, Romania, aboard the Shevchenko.

The trip departs Los Angeles, New York or Washington (Dulles) May 30 or July 11 and is priced from $5,450 from New York or Washington or $5,650 from Los Angeles. The cruise-only rate is from $4,350. All rates are per-person, double occupancy.

The itinerary takes in 15 stops along the Volga River in Russia, including Kizhi, Yaroslavl and Volograd. On the Black Sea, cruisers visit Yalta and Odessa in the Ukraine.

Imperial River Cruises pays from 12% commission on FITs, based on volume, and from 18% on groups.

Imperial River Cruises

Phone: (866) 922-4640


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