California Weekend Bargains for August 2006

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Meadowood Resort, Napa Valley

Top off your summer with a romantic trip for two to the wine country. Confirm your stay now thru September 1, 2006 and receive a complimentary room upgrade when confirming your reservation. Customize your own getaway or choose from one of our luxurious package offerings: - Bed & Breakfast featuring a welcome bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and in-room breakfast for two starting at $1,250.00 - The Art of Romance including three nights’ lodging, welcome bottle of sparkling wine, specialty chocolates, a Couple’s Pure Relaxation Massage at The Health Spa, and breakfast daily, starting at $2,325.00. - Two-Night Spa Escape starting with a welcome basket of seasonal fruit and a bottle of sparkling wine, two-nights’ lodging, two 60-minute facial, massage or body treatments each day of your stay, starting at $1,750.00. Available all days of the week, based on availability. Phone 800-458-8080.

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Ventura

Start earning 2,000 bonus points or 500 bonus miles every 2nd qualifying night—even if they’re not consecutive nights. Keep earning all the way up to the maximum bonus of 20,000 points or 5,000 miles. Register now. WHEN: May 15–August 31, 2006 WHERE: Any InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo™, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® hotel worldwide. To Register, visit priority, or call 1-888-560-5660 and enter promo code 6275 when prompted. Terms and Conditions: Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion. Bonus points or miles will be awarded on every second qualifying night at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Express by Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels worldwide between 5/15/06 and 8/31/06. Most business and leisure rates are qualifying. Maximum bonus award is 20,000 points or 5,000 miles. You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect miles. Only one room per member will be awarded the applicable bonus points or miles. No retroactive points or miles will be awarded for nights stayed prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club Terms and conditions. ©2006 InterContinental Hotels Group. All rights reserved. Most hotels are independently owned and/or operated.

Cabrillo Inn at the Beach, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's "East Beach" Midweek Oceanview Bargains: From $129-$149 Sunday-Thursday for a Limited or No View non-smoking room with one King bed. Full Oceanview room with one King bed from $159-$179 Sunday - Thursday. Weekend rates start at $179. All rates plus tax and subject to availability. 800-648-6708.

Hotel Mar Monte, Santa Barbara

Hotel Mar Monte's "Date Night, Dinner & A Movie" Santa Barbara Romantic Getaway Package from $179 per night.* Enjoy an evening of simple romance and togetherness with this classic Santa Barbara hotel special. Treat your loved one to an enchanting dining experience at our famed Bistro Eleven Eleven restaurant, then cuddle up tight with a complimentary in-room movie. Available throughout the year, this blockbuster-favorite Santa Barbara vacation package includes: Deluxe accommodations, with view of the Pacific Ocean $40 credit for dining, at Bistro Eleven Eleven or in-room Complimentary in-room movie. Free parking, *Limited Availability. 800-643-1994.

Embassy Suites LaJolla, LaJolla

Several new lodging packages: Fun Fish Package includes 2 backpacks with fish food, a fish theme beach ball, activity coloring book, disposable camera and more; Room and a Movie Package includes a new movie release, popcorn and sodas; Romance Package includes iced sparkling wine or cider and See's chocolates upon arrival, along with comfy robes and slippers; Suite Dinner for Two Package includes diner for two daily either in our Coast Cafe Restaurant or ordered through room service -- meals include choice of two salads, two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts and two beverages including wine. 858-453-0400.

Inns by the Sea, Central Coast

Nine romantic California inns offer various specials for specific dates shown on their website. Click HERE to see current specials or phone 800-433-4732.

Greenhorn Ranch, Quincy

Weekend Getaways August 19 – December 1:  Looking for a romantic weekend or a break from it all? This great vacation package for two includes a special gift basket, Friday evening BBQ, private ride Saturday morning, picnic lunch on the lawn, group ride Saturday afternoon, candle light dinner and Sunday champagne brunch for just $957 per couple.  800-334-6939.

Pacifica Hotels, San Francisco to San Diego

$50 gas card when you stay three nights at any one of dozens of Pacifica Hotels . 800-720-0223.

San Diego Marriott, San Diego

Package includes guest room, two for breakfast, free self-parking. Save 10 to 15 percent on tickets to SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Wild Animal Park, Old Town Trolley, Maderas Golf Course, Hornblower Cruises, bicycle rentals, Seaforth Boat Rentals and Sunset Sails. Up to 25 percent off specific treatments at Spa Tiki "Islands Influenced" Day Spa. Also good at San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and Coronado Island Marriott Resort. Call 619-234-1500 for package rates.

Tributary Whitewater Tours, Gold Country

$10 off 1/2 day trips, $20 off 1 day trips and $20-$30 off 2 day trips on all rivers. Monday through Friday. July and August special: Kids raft for half-price. Phone 800-672-3846.

Costa Mesa Online, Costa Mesa

When travelers book a two-night minimum stay in a participating Costa Mesa hotel this spring and summer, they will receive a $30 reimbursement on their airfare with a copy of their e-ticket, or on the purchase of gasoline. Additionally, they will receive $30 per night in dining certificates redeemable at many fine Costa Mesa area restaurants. Costa Mesa is in Orange County and close to world-class shopping (South Coast Plaza), theme parks and beaches. Phone 800-399-5499.

Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego

The Bungalow Bed and Breakfast package:  Escape for the night and wake up to a private island paradise filled with lush palms and sparkling pools. Our Bungalow & Breakfast Vacation Package includes a night in one of our beautifully appointed bungalows overlooking lush gardens or San Diego’s Mission Bay, breakfast for two* at the Barefoot Bar & Grill restaurant and complimentary parking. Restrictions may apply. Limited room types available online. Contact reservations for additional room type availability and package rates. *Breakfast credit valued at $36 per day. $295 for Bungalow and Breakfast; $335 for SeaWorld Splash Package. Phone: 858-274-4630.

Stevenswood, Mendocino

TANK OF GAS offer: Fluctuating fuel costs can make travel planning more difficult. Stevenswood Spa Resort wants to reward our guests who book with us despite the escalated fuel costs. Until September 1st, 2006 every room booked at Stevenswood will entitle you to a tank of gas. It's our way of showing our appreciation and a great way to maximize your travel budget. Mention code TanksALot when booking your stay. 800-421-2810.

Golden Bear Lodging, Big Bear Lake

This San Bernardino Mountain getaway destination is approximately 100 miles from the greater Los Angeles area and within a three-hour drive from San Diego or Las Vegas, all less than a tank of gas away. The Free Tank of Gas offer is available to our guests booking two or more nights on the weekdays and three nights on the weekends only at Golden Bear Cottages resort through August 31, 2006 (non-holiday). $25 to $50 cash will be given to the guest at check-in, depending on the size cabin or cottage you reserve. Limit of one, cash back offer per reservation. Guest must mention this Free Gas Promotion at the time of booking. This offer may not be used in combination with any other Golden Bear Cottages Resort offer or promotion. AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED, SO CALL TODAY TO GET THE SIZE CABIN THAT IS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY. The Lake is full to the brim, just waiting for you to have fun in Southern California’s coolest summer spot. 800-461-1023.

The Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey Bay

Save over $150 with the Ultimate Monterey Experience: Guest room for one night, 2 Aquarium passes, Breakfast for Two, Bottle of Monterey County wine, Complimentary Wine Tasting, 15% off entire bill at JACKS Restaurant, Wine Tasting Guide and Map. Rates starting at $219. Call 888-222-5851

Northwoods Resort, Big Bear Lake

Mid-Week Fisherman's Package ~ $105 (Per person, based on double occupancy) Grab your favorite fishing rod & reel for this one! Package includes guestroom, breakfast in Stillwells Restaurant and fishing boat rental plus fuel .

Mid-Week Lake Tour ~ $125 (Per person, based on double occupancy) Relax and tour the lake. Package includes guestroom, breakfast in Stillwells Restaurant, and a 2 hour pontoon boat rental plus fuel.

Mid-Week Hiking ~ $75 (Per person, based on double occupancy) Hiking boots required! Enjoy mountain breezes while on the trail. Package includes guestroom, breakfast at Stillwells Restaurant and a few special hiking essentials.

MId-Week Mountain Biking ~ $85 (Per person, based on double occupancy) For the adventurer on the fast track! Over 40 miles of roads and trails, offering some of the best mountain biking in Southern California. Package includes guestroom, breakfast at Stillwells Restaurant and a 2 hour mountain bike rental.

Mid-Week Off Road Tour ~ $110 (Per person, based on double occupancy) Tour Big Bear's scenic and historic high country in a Pinskauer (open air vehicle). Package includes a guestroom, breakfast in Stillwells Restaurant and a 2 hour tour with Big Bear Off Road Adventures. Advance booking is required.

Mid-Week Pampered Guest ~ $142 (Per person, based on double occupancy) For Those seeking a more leisurely pace during their high country visit, Northwoods offers three mid-week spa packages - The Romance Package, Run Away and Play Package, and Couples Indulgence Package. Each features a guest room and a menu of spa services offered by Elevations Day Spa in Big Bear Lake.  800-866-3121

Sorensen's Resort, Lake Tahoe

Stay three nights for the price of two in this log cabin resort in the mountains a few miles from South Lake Tahoe. Valid M-Th, non-holiday, during off-season -- call for details (click on link). 800-423-9949.

Riverside Resort and Casino, Laughlin

3 days/2 nights for two people plus two show tickets for major artists. Reservations must be cancelled no less than 7 days prior to first concert date. Show/packages subject to cancellation without notice. Not valid with any other offer or promotions. Subject to availability. $88-94. 800-227-3849.

Grand Pacific Resort, San Diego North

Don´t miss out on these incredible bargains! Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel in Carlsbad is offering incredible deals on 2-night beach getaways for only $89 to $249 for up to four people! Packages include Dining Certificates, LEGOLAND California tickets, SeaWorld San Diego tickets, San Diego Zoo tickets or Wild Animal Park tickets. These packages sell out quickly, so book your getaway today. 800-365-7779.

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa Vigne, Santa Barbara

This package is a one night getaway for people who want to pamper themselves while enjoying our relaxing spa and beautiful Fess Parker’s Wine Country Inn. Includes: Deluxe Accommodations with Fireplace; Full American Breakfast; Choice of 1 Hr. Aromatherapy Facial; or 1 Hr. Therapeutic Massage per person; Wine Tasting for two at Fess Parker Winery and at the Epiphany Cellars Tasting Room; Complimentary Parking. $365 Sunday through Thursday; gift certificates available. 800-446-2455. lists monthly bargains here as a free service for advertisers. To inquire about listing your property on, please phone 760-471-7693 or write


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