Jan 072012

Shop the NYC OTC Daily Deals page and release your inner cheapskate.  We’ve just added Daily Deals from PlumDistrict, Mamasource, Eversave and LivingSocial Escapes to the list of local, regional and national voucher deals.  The NYC OTC Daily Deals page is your one-stop shopping destination for nearly 200 daily deals from Groupon, Groupon Getaways, Gilt City/BuyWithMe, Juice in the City, Saveology — and now also PlumDistrict, Mamasource, Eversave and LivingSocial Escapes.  Click here or on the Daily Deals tab at the top of the page.  And check back often, since the Daily Deals are refreshed at leas 4x a day.

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Oct 272011

Groupon Getaway deals for haunted hotelsBoo! Sleep in a haunted hotel or haunted room, with discounts that won’t haunt your budget.  It’s Haunted Hotel Week at Groupon Getaways, so these voucher deals will save you enough money to afford to buy some flashlights and batteries before you check in.

You’ll recognize the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which was Stephen King’s inspiration for The Shining. Locals say it’s a hub of paranormal activity, with staff reporting hearing the distinct sounds of children playing when there aren’t any around, liquor bottles inexplicably flying off the shelves, and of piano keys moving without assistance from anything or anyone else.  If you want to stay here — probably other than on Halloween itself — buy the voucher, and save enough to buy some flashlights and batteries.  Stanley Hotel- $89 for one night stay plus one ghost tour ticket (up to $224 value)

New Orleans may be the most haunted city in the USA, filled with lurid tales of ghosts of murder and suicide victims, and even those of Civil War heroes prowling their former homes.  So stay in the historic Maison DePuy  in the historic French Quarter, and hear about the stories, in between visits to jazz and Zydeco music clubs, and enjoying the city’s world famous cuisine.  The DePuy features a saltwater pool and other amenities.  Maison Dupuy- $99 for one night Sun-Thurs stay including  full american breakfast for two (up to $171 value)

There’s also a deal for Captain Grant’s Inn in Preston, Connecticut. Built in 1754, there are guest reports of loud knocking, multiple sightings of mysterious ghostly apparitions of a woman and her two children, and, spookily enough, faint, disembodied child-like voices.  Captain Grant’s, 1754 – $139 for Two Night Stay & Ghost Hunting Lesson ($278 Value)

Also in the Northeast, you can stay at The Lucerne Inn, in the appropriately named village of Dedham, Maine. Back in the early 1800s, farmer Nathan Phillips began taking weary travelers into his home, offering them a warm bed and a stable for their horses. But when an opportunistic horseman took advantage of Phillips’s hospitality, a dispute resulted in the death of both men and the innkeeper’s philandering wife.  The spirits in Room 8— where the innkeeper apparently caught his wife with their paying guest — are said to haunt the majestic, lakeside hotel, casting shadows on the walls at night and murmuring faintly behind close doors. Lucerne Inn- $159 for Two Night Stay in a Junior Suite with Bottle of Wine for Two ($318 Value)

These deals will run through 11:59p central, Monday, October 31.  BTW — a few years ago, I slept in a haunted room in a Scottish castle.  It was the room of the daughter of the lord of the castle, who killed herself because daddy didn’t approve of her romance with the stableboy.  The story may have been the inspiration for the classic Emily Bronte novel Wuthering Heights, and the classic 1939 movie starring Sir Lawrence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as doomed Cathy.  I was told she’s a friendly ghost, but even so, I kept one light on.  She never appeared, and I slept soundly through the night.
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Oct 182011

Groupon Getaway travel deals

Got wanderlust?  Grab your lipstick and flip-flops for these warm weather travel deals, or pack your fleece and mittens for the colder climes.  These deals  from Groupon Getaways are at least half off the regular price —

Oct 122011

JW Marriott San AntonioGot wanderlust? Then pack your golf clubs, bathing suit and lipstick for this great budget deal for weekend getaways or longer vacations —

The JW Marriott in the Texas Hill Country 30 minutes from downdown San Antonio is a four-star golf resort, family resort, spa resort and just plain elegant resort.  I visited in April, after giving a speech about family and multi-generation travel to a travel industry group, and was quite impressed by the place.  So I’m delighted to find this deal on Groupon Getaway for a one-night or two-night stay for up to four, with one day of unlimited golf for two, for just $359.   That’s an $848 value, and you can combine several vouchers for up to eight nights.   The JW has a TPC course, which will challenge even serious golfers, and a top-notch golf school for us lesser mortals.  There’s also a huge swimming pool with a floating ‘river’ to ride around in inner tubes — great fun for kids and grown-ups, too.   Also important — the JW Marriott San Antonio is a LEED certified green hotel — so you’ll be saving two kinds of green with this voucher deal. There’s more than enough to do at the JW Marriott that you might not want to leave, but I recommend you take day-trips — downtown to see the world-famous Alamo, symbol of Texas independence, and the wineries around Fredericksburg.  On this trip, I also visited the tiny town of Greune, filled with historic 19th century buildings, including an old-fashioned soda fountain, and a fascinating little museum about the German immigrant founders of the town.

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