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Travel Deals: Historic Trips and Military Discounts

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Think of this week’s travel deals as inspiration for some great trips. Write your own history with a stay at a turn-of-the-century mansion, take to the sea with cruise deals, thank your military servicemen with special hotel deals, or jetset to the continent on a whim.

Life imitates art, when art is highbrow period drama. For fans of the TV hit Downtown Abbey, Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island offers an Edwardian-style aristocratic getaway. The turn-of-the century estate invites Lords and Ladies to enjoy overnight accommodations in a chateau room, a 3-course dinner for two and a bottle of wine, afternoon tea, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a copy of Downtown Abbey Season 1 DVD Collection, and breakfast. Rates start at $595 for 2 guests. Click here to book the package.

While some history buffs are seeking re-enactments of the Titanic, savvy travelers know this is the time to take advantage of cruise deals to the Bahamas, where there’s no chance of icebergs ahead. Royal Caribbean, Norweigan Cruise Line, and Carnival are all offering four-night cruises at less than $50 a night with added bonuses including spa treatments, free upgrades, and special discounts. Available for a limited time through JetBlue cruise deals.

If you want to immerse yourself in history, Windstar Cruises’ “Greek Isles and Turkish Delights” trips set sail from Athens. The trip sails from Minoan ruins on Santorini to the Celsus Library at Ephesus, and the 7-day sailings from Athens to Istanbul departing throughout the summer and fall. Two-for-one cruise fares on select sailings starting from $2,499 per person, double occupancy, plus two free hotel nights. Click here to book your trip.

For those of you making modern history, Red Roof Inn is welcoming U.S. military troops home and showing their appreciation with a “Welcome Home Vets” promotion through March 31, 2012. Red Roof is giving veterans, active or retired military and their families 15 percent off their entire stay at participating locations. Book using VP+ code 608084. Veterans must have a valid military ID and family members of veterans will be required to name their veteran’s unit. Visit their website  for more information on the promotion.

Want a few days of down time just to catch your breath? Between February 1 and March 31, 2012,  Allison Inn and Spa in Oregon is offering a spa getaway package, ideal for a girlfriend getaway or romantic escape. The Grape Escape package includes a 2-night retreat with wine-themed spa treatments, daily vintner breakfasts, chef-catered guided tastings, and special events that  honor local women winemakers. Click here for more information.

What better way to experience the Rocky Mountains then with a luxury train ride? With Rocky Mountaineer‘s Stay and Play package, guests who book by March 31, 2012 receive a free Vancouver hotel night and activities valued up to $600 (choice of either free dinner or sightseeing tour). This offer is valid on bookings of 6 nights or more throughout 2012. Wine and dining while observing breathtaking wildlife never sounded better! Click here for more information.

By Lauren Herstik and Tara Ekmekci for

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