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Travel Deals: San Francisco For Less and “Dirty Dancing” Deals

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As the holidays near, it’s time to start planning your getaway. Whether it’s finding a hotel to escape from the family madness or a tropical beach vacation to leave everyone else behind, we’ve got the deals for you. Plus, you don’t want to miss the hotel that’s commemorating the 25th anniversary of a special film, complete with your own personal dirty dancing lesson!

Slip Away to ‘Frisco Bay

Holiday travel is almost always stressful and sometimes staying at a hotel can make all the difference.  But the trick is finding a holiday rate that’s actually affordable. In the Bay Area, Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton hotel,  is offering rates from $229 a night with its Recipe for Comfort & Joy package which includes overnight accommodations, a Bumble’s Branch Cocktail, homemade cookies from Pastry Chef Francis Ang, and de-stressing treats like an eye mask, lavender pillow spray, and ear plugs.

Book between November 17 and January 5, 2012 for rate that start at $229. Use code “JOY” when you book online  or by calling 866-373-4941.

Get Jolly in the Caribbean

You might not be ready to ring in 2013, but  start planning  to score a great Caribbean deal. In Antigua, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has holiday rates that start are $244 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. Rates include taxes and service charges. Need to book a flight too? Air-inclusive packages through Cheap Caribbean start at $1,799.00 per person for a 7-night stay for travel Dec. 20, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013.

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has an all-inclusive rate plan as well as a room-only option for budget-friendly accommodations. You have until November 9 to book the offer and can travel until Dec. 20, 2012. Use booking code EBB2013-DR. Click here to visit the website.

Avoid the Crowds in Kauai

Looking for some off-season savings? Head to Hawaii after the summer crowds have left and before the holiday crowds descend.

From October 15 through December 15, the Hanalei Colony on Kauai’s north shore is offering 30 percent off rates in all categories. Rates range from $270 to $415 per night. The property does not charge a resort fee, but offers guests free parking, barbecue and picnic areas, an expanded swimming and pool facility with whirlpool spa, twice-weekly maid service, complimentary continental breakfast and an afternoon mai tai. Keep in mind, the Colony is known for unplugging so units do not have televisions, stereos, or phones, but free Wi-Fi is available.

A two-night minimum stay is required. To book, call 1-800-628-3004 or go online and use code HCR.

New Hampshire’s Foliage Beckons Bicyclists

New Hampshire is aglow with fall foliage, so get out of the car and into nature.  The 1785 Inn, the Brass Heart Inn, and Inn at Crystal Lake are enticing leaf lovers to come out with a package deal that includes a bike tour, daily breakfast and dinner, and overnight accommodations. Packages start at $299 and are based on a 4-day, 3-night stay at a participating inn.

To book call 603-356-9025 or visit the 1785 Inn, the Brass Heart Inn or Inn at Crystal Lake online.

Dirty Dancing Deal

If your heart thrills whenever you hear the words, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” this might be the travel deal of a lifetime for you. Mountain Lake Conservancy and Hotel in Pembroke, Virginia–the location used in the film Dirty Dancing– is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film by offering packages starting at $460 based on a 2-night stay and double occupancy. The package includes daily breakfast and dinner for two, a tour of the filming locations, dance lessons with professional dance instructor and Dirty Dancing trivia games.

This deal is available the weekend of November 16, 2012 and can be booked by calling 540-626-7121 or visiting online.

By Braden Holly for