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Family Ice SkatingYou can’t put a price on quality time, can you? Well, you can if you get it for a steal. January is the prime time to book family vacations at a discount. Plan ahead for a summer Alaskan cruise (right now is the coveted Wave Season).  Or, score a last-minute ski or ice-skating trip and surprise your family with a long weekend. Whatever your choice, now is the time to book your first family vacation of 2014.

Skate Providence

Take a closer look at Providence, Rhode Island. Not only is it one of Peter’s top under-the-radar destinations for 2014, it’s also a great family vacation option. This winter, the iconic Providence Biltmore Hotel has put together a family “Skate & Stay” package, and it’s affordable. Rates start at only $189 a night! Included in the package is an overnight stay in a junior suite (two king beds), admission and skate rentals for four at the Bank of America Skating Center (across from the Biltmore), and $20 to spend at the onsite Starbucks. Travel before March 7, 2014. Click here to book.

the-st-regis-aspen-resortSki Aspen

Prefer to ski rather than skate? Head to Aspen, where a current flash sale is offering rates up to 50 percent off for travel between February 8-14. Hotel stays are starting at $214. An additional three-day lift ticket for use at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass is available for $214 per person. Options include the four-star Hotel Aspen, the intimate Molly Gibson Lodge, pet-friendly Limelight Lodge, the Bauhaus-inspired Aspen Meadows, and the Sky Hotel. Book before February 7, 2014 by calling 888-649-5982 or visiting Stay Aspen Snowmass.

Colonial Williamsburg cybe week dealExplore Williamburg

You can travel back in time this spring. Colonial Williamsburg has put together the Revolutionary Experience Package. The two-night stay has rates starting at $79 per person, per night and includes nightly accommodations at a Colonial Williamsburg hotel, daily breakfast at the hotel, and admission tickets to the Revolutionary City and art museums. This offer is available through April 10, 2014. Book online or call 855-296-6627.

Cruise Alaska

Plan ahead to cruise Alaska. has put together a 9-night package for cruise travel on the Norwegian Pearl. You’ll cruise for 7 nights (with two additional nights in a hotel) for $889 for an inside cabin. The Pearl sails from Seattle to Vancouver on September 19, 2014 and stops at Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan. Book through at 800-879-5478.

Get More for Less Across the U.S.

You know the old adage “less is more?”  Turns out, it doesn’t apply to travel. This spring, Marriott Resorts is promoting “More is Less,” which translates into added savings the longer you travel. With the “More is Less” offer, you can save between 10 to 20 percent, depending on the length of your stay. Rates start at just $110 per night. You’ll find savings at participating properties across the U.S.

Save 15 percent on two-night stays & 20 percent on three nights or more at:

  • Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Beach Resort & Spa, Florida
  • JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Hawaii
  • Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, South Carolina

Save 15 percent on three-night stays & 20 percent on four nights or more at:

  • JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Nevada
  • JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Arizona
  • JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, Texas
  • JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live, California

The deal is valid for travel through March 31, 2014. Book by February 28, 2014. To book visit and enter promotional code D3Q or call (800) 228-9290.

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By Lily J. Kosner for