Summer Travel Deals

May 15, 2013 10:14:31 AM PDT
When it comes to getting the best travel deal, those who book early save the most.

Gabe Saglie, with has a look at some of the biggest deals from Chicago. More deals can be found at

The Deals: Local Thrills

The Chicago Skyline
Private Helicopter Tour
Soar in a climate-controlled Robinson R66 helicopter some 800 feet in the air: a sunrise flight along the lakefront, wave to people in the Willis Tower Skydeck or head out over Lake Michigan for a view of the full city Flights last approximately 35 minutes and depart Thursday-Saturday from Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling
Travel + Leisure readers named the famous Chicago skyline the country's best in 2010
$199 for 2 people (reg. $360)
Travel through the summer; through Chicago Helicopter Express

The Deals: The Road Trip

French Broad Dude Ranch
Del Rio, TN (600 mi. south)
Quintessential dude ranch nestled in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
Calling itself the "best Western experience in the East," this resort offers a full range of activities including horseback riding, cattle drives, square dancing, fishing and bonfires
Guests rooms feature rustic, all-wood design and Western themes
$419/pp for 3-night All-Inclusive stay
Inc. full Dude Ranch experience: lodging, 3 meals a day, nightly entertainment and activities such as cattle drives, horseback riding and fishing
Travel May 26-Sep. 1; deal is for adults 20 and up (teens and kids discounted further)

Gunflint Lodge
Grand Marais, MN (600 mi. north)

Family-friendly lakeside retreat set in the wilderness of the Minnesota Northwoods and blue waters of Lake Superior
The true draw of this remote region is the Boundary Waters, an area of the Superior National Forest known for scenic wilderness canoe trips, and other activities, inc. horseback riding, fishing, hiking and boating
Each private cabin is along the lakeshore and features a kitchen and wood-burning fireplace
$249 for a 2-night stay (50% off)
Deal inc. a half-day boat rental Travel through summer

The Deals: Beachy

Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa Grand Cayman

Deluxe 4-Star resort hotel on the white sands of renowned Seven Mile Beach
Property boasts the largest freshwater pool on the island, and is across from Governor's Reef -- a popular scuba and snorkeling destination
Resort recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation that includes upgrades to guest rooms as well as public spaces and the fitness center and pool
$175/nt. (40% off)
Deal features a $75 resort credit Travel July-August
Tip: r/t airfare Chicago-Grand Cayman starting at $416 r/t

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Luxe AAA 4-Diamond beachfront resort
Property features three swimming pools, an expansive spa and is adjacent to a local 18-hole golf course
Resort is a short drive from the restaurants, nightlife and oceanside promenade in downtown Puerto Vallarta
$99/nt. (70% off)
Deal inc. a 50-minute spa treatment per person DAILY
Travel through September
Tip: r/t airfare Chicago-Puerto Vallarta this weekend from $475

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess
Luxurious AAA 4-Diamond resort set on a pink sand beach Dubbed by Fodor's as "the reigning royalty of Bermuda lodging," property features 2 harborfront pools and is a 5- minute walk to downtown Hamilton's shops, restaurants and nightlife
Guests can take a complimentary ferry service to the sister resort, The Fairmont Southampton, home to a provate beach club, spa, restaurants and 2 golf courses
$199/nt. (reg. $449)
Deal inc. breakfast for 2 daily
Travel through September
Tip: r/t airfare Chicago-Bermuda from $403 r/t

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort
Lihue, Kauai, HI
Lush, plantation-style property set on 25 acres along a secluded beach
Resort amenities include 4 pools, a 75-foot lava tube waterslide and two whirlpool spas located in a secluded grotto
Guests get complimentary shuttle service to and from Lihue airport, as well as area golf courses, and there's a complimentary mai tai reception every Tuesday
$759 for a 5-night stay for a family of 4 (reg. $1185)
Deal inc. free Oceanview room upgrade, free parking and a $25 activity credit
Travel peak July-August dates; price drops approx. $100 for travel through June
Tip: r/t airfare Chicago-Kauai from $887

The Deals: Orlando

WorldQuest Orlando Resort

Sprawling resort dubbed by TripAdvisor's 2013 Travelers' Choice Awards "one of the country's best family properties"
Resort is less than two miles from Walt Disney World and the Disney ESPN Sports Complex
Suites feature a full kitchen with granite counters, two full bathrooms, washer/dryer and a private balcony
$99/nt. for a 2-Bedroom Suite (55% off)
Deal inc. free breakfast and FREE shuttle service to Disney parks
Travel through June and Aug.-Nov.
Tip: r/t airfare Chicago-Orlando from $188

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