Exclusive Travel Deals in April 2010

Economical explorer Alice Shapin highlights this month’s traveling deals. In April 2010: Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, California, Vermont

We’ve seen it all — blizzards, torrential rains, and finally a promise of warmer weather. So now it’s time to get away and enjoy. Whether you want the city, gardens, water views, or wineries across the country, we have great deals just for Hudson Valley readers.

From Dinosaurs to Daisies

Where: Hotel du Pont. 11th & Market St., Wilmington, DE; 302- 594-3100
What’s special: This landmark historic hotel located in the Brandywine Valley is one of the finest examples of European craftsmanship in North America. It offers sophisticated elegance and exceptional service. Built in 1913, such notables as John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindberg, and Katharine Hepburn have been guests of the hotel. It’s close to history, art, antiques, museums, beautiful mansions, and breathtaking gardens.
The deal: “Twice as Nice Double Gardens” package includes admission to Winterthur Museum and Country Estate and Longwood Gardens; overnight stay; free breakfast; and free valet parking. Enjoy the early-spring garden blooming season at two glorious DuPont gardens. The earliest flowering bulbs and blooming shrubs and trees are now appearing at Winterthur. Special seasonal conservatory displays at Longwood Gardens include the Annual Easter Display. Rates are from $179 per room per night, plus taxes. Special for our readers is a free box of their famous Hotel du Pont Almond Macaroons upon arrival. Exclusive Rate Code: “WMRTWICE.” This is a $140 savings.
When: Now through April 30th, 2010

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delaware museum of natural history dinosaurDino exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

guests at delaware museum of natural historyGuests at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Another Hotel du Pont deal: “Double Dinosaurs” includes admission to the Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Museum of Natural History; overnight stay; free breakfast; and free valet parking. Enjoy “Dinotopia: the fantastic art of James Gurney” at the Delaware Art Museum, then visit the Delaware Museum of Natural History to see real dinosaur fossils and more. Prices are from $174 per room per night, plus taxes. Special for our readers is a box of the famous Hotel du Pont Almond Macaroons upon arrival. The savings is $115. Exclusive Rate Code: “WMRDINOS.”
When: Now through May 15, 2010


hyatt newport poolHyatt Regency Newport

Swanky Newport

Where: Hyatt Regency Newport. 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI; 401-851-1234
What’s special: Located on Narragansett Bay, the resort offers excellent service, a variety of dining venues from casual to quick grab-n-go or elegant and the luxurious Stillwater Spa. A perfect place as your home base, take the shuttle and explore historic downtown. Enjoy vineyard tours, the Cliff Walk, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Gilded Age Newport Mansion tours.
The deal: The Hyatt Regency Newport is offering a special deal for Hudson Valley magazine readers. The package includes a water-view upgrade guestroom, complimentary self-parking, complimentary high-speed Internet service, and two passes to the Gilded Age Newport Mansion tours. Prices start at $139 plus tax. This is a 30 percent savings.
When: Valid April 1 – May 27, 2010


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East Side, West Side, All A-Round the Town

Where: Distrikt Hotel. 342 W. 40th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues); 888-444-5610
What’s special: Opened in February 2010, it’s walking distance to Times Square, theater district, excellent restaurants, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and shopping. The 32-story skyscraper pays homage to Manhattan’s diverse “district” with neighborhood-themed floors that go from the Financial District on the bottom of the building to Harlem at the top. Composed of more than 10,000 photos, the giant back-lit collages depict the different neighborhoods. The rooms are decorated with dark-wood furnishings, a soothing color palette of creams, browns, and grays and plush Frette bedding complete the experience.
The deal: Distrikt Hotel offers Hudson Valley magazine readers to reduce their carbon footprint with a special “Green Commute to Distrikt” package. Take the train to the Distrikt, and get a $25 discount at check-in plus a $10 metro card for the subway while in the city. And even better yet, you’ll receive $25 for every night you stay. Guests must present an Amtrak or Metro North Rail line ticket stub with date corresponding to their reservation. Rates range from $159-$359. (There are still great prices for April.) For information, visit www.AscendCollection.com or call 212-706-6100 and ask for the Hudson Valley special offer.
When: Valid through April 30, 2010

the roger hotelThe Roger

Where: The Roger. 131 Madison Ave., NY; 888-448-7788
What’s special: The hotel has nice-sized rooms, a friendly, helpful staff and a location — 31st and Madison — that’s ideal (blocks from Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, the subway, and a short stroll to SoHo, Union Square, and the West Village). This cosmopolitan-yet-colorful hotel dares to be different with a vibrant blend of bold architecture, brilliant color palettes of orange, green, pinks, and blues, and lit candles. Enjoy a nightcap under the stars on the private terrace.
The deal: Mention the New York Experience and Hudson Valley magazine online and stay Friday or Saturday for a rate of $169 plus tax. This includes a welcome amenity (wine and chocolate) and upgrade upon check-in to the next room category. This rate is subject to availability. The savings is over $80. Can only be booked online here.
When: Valid through April 2010

Where: The Michelangelo Hotel. 152 West 51st St.; 212-765-1900
What’s special: It has been named “One of the 500 Best Places to Stay” and is winner of “World’s Best Values Award” by Travel & Leisure. And its restaurant, Insieme, is one of the “Top 10 Gayot-rated Italian Restaurants in NYC.” The elegant rooms are spacious, beautifully appointed, and feature Italian marble bathrooms. And the hotel has a fitness center. It’s close to Central Park, Times Square, Broadway, restaurants, shopping, and Rockefeller Center.
The deal: “The Best of the Season” offers 10 percent off the best available rate and 10 percent off at Insieme. Included in this package is a morning coffee service with croissant; 24-hour complimentary fitness center; and shoe-shine service. Mention Hudson Valley magazine online and receive a complimentary upgrade to the next level of room. Rates start at $238. The savings is 10 percent plus the upgrade of at least $50.
When: Valid through April 30, 2010


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Where: Taj Boston. 15 Arlington St., Boston, MA; 877-482-5267 or 617-536-5700; email reservations.boston@tajhotels.com
What’s special: Beautifully appointed rooms, great service, a fitness center, an incredible roof-top terrace now open for Sunday brunch; a great location overlooking Boston Common and Public Gardens; close to the Theater District, historic sites, and shopping at Copley Place.
The deal: Stay two nights and get the third night free. And if you want to bring the kids — children ages 12 and under may eat for free in the Café; plus those 17 and under stay for free in the room of an accompanying adult. Request the special Hudson Valley magazine welcome, and you’ll also receive a complimentary half-bottle of wine. Rates start at $249 per night. The savings is at least $333 for a three-night stay.
When: Valid through April 30, 2010


Wine Lovers

Where: Milliken Creek Inn & Spa. 1815 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA; 707-255-1197
What’s special: Hidden away, step through the door and it’s as if you walked through the looking glass. Stretched before you is the Napa River, lush foliage, flowers, waterfalls and bubbling fountains. Sumptuous accommodations (12 rooms) are bathed in serene colors and there are beautiful wood floors, flickering fireplaces, the finest linens, rain showers, and balconies overlooking the river. The spa offers indoor and outdoor massages. The service is superb and each evening there’s wine tasting from a local winery with gourmet cheese and crackers. Breakfast is served in your room, balcony or outside deck. Just minutes away are endless wineries offering the best wines and sparkling wines. You’ll sample wines only available in the Napa valley. And with the wine are breathtaking views. (Also, nearby are fine restaurants and shopping.) One hour drive time from San Francisco.
The deal: Book two consecutive nights and receive a complimentary third night. (Subject to availability and change; taxes and service charge not included.) Savings mid-week: $275-$450 for a three-night stay; weekend savings: $450-$650 for a three-night stay. Exclusive for Hudson Valley readers get 10 percent off spa treatments. Must book online using promo code EXCLUSIVE.
When: Valid through August 31, 2010

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