Winter ski and getaway packages blowing warm and cold

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LOS ANGELES – Where will this winter take you? Whether to warm climes or cold, here are some fun in the sun and fun in the snow deals that might feel just right.

Telluride Ski Vacation: Driven by the Deals

With 2,000+ acres of skiable terrain, Telluride is all about the snow this winter —and there is plenty of it. Flights, transfers and additional activities can be added to Telluride’s winter offerings providing guests with a custom travel experience encompassing their every need.

For a very limited time, Allegiant Air is giving out tow-for-one tickets for travel to Telluride this winter. Two-for-One airline tickets are available for flights to/from Phoenix-Mesa airport (IWA) and Los Angeles (LAX) non-stop to/from Telluride Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) for travel between Dec. 20, 2013 and March 29, 2014. However, tickets must be purchased by December 20, 2013. One roundtrip ticket purchase is required to receive complimentary ticket of identical flight/itinerary for use by a second passenger.

A variety of packages are available to visitors this winter, making it easy to visit on any budget.

The Deal: Value Stay & Ski
Details: Visitors can enjoy their Telluride winter getaway starting as little as $111 per night at more than 70 local hotels with a minimum stay of five nights. 
Validity: Throughout ski season.

The Deal: Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge Ultimate Luxury Ski Package Details: Fairmont Heritage Place provides exclusive two and three bedroom private residences guests will experience the breathtaking San Juan Mountains with personalized attention and incomparable service. The package includes two lift tickets daily, complimentary transportation to and from the Telluride or Montrose Airport or valet parking at the hotel and a minimum 3-night stay.
Validity: Throughout ski season.

Ultra Luxe

The Deal: Lumière – 3 Night Free
Details: Lumière offers guests mountain chic luxury that complements the Telluride lifestyle. Located in the heart of Mountain Village, Lumière is an exclusive boutique hotel offering ski-in ski-out access and a full suite of services and amenities catered to a personalized mountain experience. Stay for two nights, and receive a third night free.
Validity: Select dates throughout the season.

The Deal: Hotel Madeline - Winter 4th Night Free
Details: Hotel Madeline, the ski in, ski out après ski hotspot is extending a fourth free night stay for guests who book three nights. Validity This deal is available through April 7, 2014, and blackout dates apply.

Visit Telluride
(888) 605-2578


Beverly Hilton’s Christmas Celebrity Suite Package

The historic Beverly Hilton near legendary Rodeo Drive is offering the “Presidential Holiday” package that includes a VIP greeting at LAX (make that: complete with a private police motorcade to escort guests in a private SVU to their accommodations at the hotel’s Presidential Suite).

The suite, which has served as a temporary home-base for President John F. Kennedy and family, as well as countless dignitaries and figure heads, will be dressed with holiday decor inspired by the White House’s 2013 holiday design. Included:

* Private police motorcade escort from airport to The Beverly Hilton
* Family portrait session with famed celebrity photographer, John Russo
*Private gingerbread making class with renowned pastry chef, Thomas Henzi
* On-call private SUV and personalized shopping concierge including complimentary gift wrapping services
*Full service, daily breakfast buffet and Santa’s milk and cookies served each night
* Bottle of Moët & Chandon 2004 Grand Vintage Brut Champagne, the same champagne enjoyed by celebrities and dignitaries during the 2013 Golden Globes®
*Personalized stockings for each family member

The family-friendly package also includes a personalized shopping concierge, and much more. Rates start at $45,000.

For those outside the one percent searching for more affordable stays, guests can choose from “A Very Merry Beverly Hills Gingerbread Experience” focusing on culinary indulgence. The package starts at $4,800 and includes:

* Private gingerbread making class with the hotel’s renowned Pastry Chef, Thomas Henzi
* Santa’s milk and cookies welcome amenity
* Bottle of Moët & Chandon 2004 Grand Vintage Brut Champagne, the same champagne served to celebrities and dignitaries during the 2013 Golden Globes
* Daily breakfast buffet at Circa 55 Restaurant
* Complimentary high-speed Internet access

Those looking for a stress free shopping experience this holiday season can indulge in “A True Beverly Hills Holiday” package starting at $320 a night. Amenities will include:

* Complimentary parking at the nearby Century City Westfield Mall
* VIP shopping card offering discounts throughout Westfield Century City shops and restaurants
* Complimentary gift shipping up to 50 pounds
* Santa’s milk and cookies and VIP turndown service
* Complimentary breakfast buffet at Circa 55
* Complimentary high-speed Internet access

The Beverly Hilton 
(310) 285-1306


Peninsula Hotels, New York

Winters warm and cold at Peninsula Hotels Worldwide

Through March 15, 2014, a Winter Moments Package is in the offing at all Peninsula Hotels worldwide. Packages feature great room rates and daily breakfast, in addition to a guaranteed upgrade to the next room category.

Winter Moments room benefits include:

  • Special rates in each hotel
  • Upgrade to the next room category
  • Daily American breakfast for two
  • Complimentary local calls
  • In-room wired and wireless broadband Internet access

Winter Moments suite stay benefits at all hotels include:

  • Great value rates
  • Up to $200 hotel credit (or local currency equivalent) per stay for use in the hotel’s facilities including restaurants, bars or The Peninsula Spa and Peninsula Academy programs
  • Daily American breakfast for two
  • Complimentary local calls
  • In-room wired and wireless broadband Internet access

Contact: Peninsula Hotels (866) 382-8388


California Dreamin’ in Mendocino County
With an internationally acclaimed wine country, towering redwoods and picturesque seaside villages, Mendocino County is a superb getaway with all the right inclusions. Meandering roads wind through deep valleys, rolling vineyards and awe-inspiring forests. This big, undeveloped county offers solitude and tranquility with a base in world class luxury.  Two properties: The Madrones and the Brewery Gulch Inn — have teamed up to offer visitors a “Land & Sea” package that highlights the best of both worlds.

The Land & Sea package includes two nights at The Madrones in the Anderson Valley and two nights at Brewery Gulch Inn

along the rugged Mendocino coast (five days and four nights total), and is priced at $1,425 (not inclusive of taxes).


Casa Madrones, Mendocino, CA

At The Madrones

  • Two nights in Estate guest quarters
  • Three-course dinner for two at Stone and Embers located on the property
  • A fireside chat and demonstration with Chef Meany while enjoying a local glass of wines (by reservation only)
  • Complimentary bottle of wine from one of the esteemed Vintners at The Madrones
  • Tasting Passes for two at all four tasting rooms located on The Madrones property
  • Winery tour and barrel tasting at Balo Vineyards
  • Keepsake gift from The Madrones’ Sun & Cricket store
  • Added workshops for an additional fee:
    wine sensory classes
    olive oil tasting and lecture
    wood fire bread making

At Brewery Gulch Inn:

Two nights in an ocean-view corner king featuring a two-person tub, private deck, fireplace and a flat panel television/DVD player

  • Full breakfast each morning
  • Buffet dinner with local wines and beers each evening
  • $50.00 credit at the ocean-view restaurant Wild Fish
  • Choice of: Outrigger canoeing on the Big River for 3 hours; ~ or ~
    two-hour whale watching trip aboard a local charter boat
  • Memento of stay at the Brewery Gulch Inn
  • Added activities for an additional fee:
    Mushroom foraging
    Artist studio tour
    Bird watching

Package is available through April. Blackout periods are December 1-5; December 22-January 2; January 17-20; February 14-17.

The Madrones
(707) 895-2955

Brewery Gulch
(800) 578-4454

Crazy about Traveling to Spain? Ritz Madrid Temptations
The legendary Ritz Madrid, sitting in the center of the city’s museum district, has “Mad Packages” this season for those in love with Spain.

“Mad for Spain”
This package focuses on Madrid’s cultural highlights, including world-famous art, historical architecture and traditional cuisine. The ‘Mad for Spain’ package includes:

  • Guided tour of the Prado Museum, Spain’s principal art gallery
  • VIP tour of Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid Football Club
  • Walking tour of Hapsburg Madrid, the city’s historical center
  • Afternoon tea at the hotel
  • Tickets to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Tasting of Dalí-Tini, the hotel’s signature cocktail inspired by notable guest and famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí
  • Five-course degustation menu with wine at the hotel’s Goya Restaurant
  • Dinner at Botín, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest working restaurant
  • Tapas cookery class with wine at the hotel
  • Spanish hand fan class
  • Optional Iberian ham course with tasting, carving and history (additional cost)
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Round-trip limousine airport transfers

Priced from $4,307, based on two people sharing a Classic Room for five nights with breakfast.

“Mad for my Family”

This package offers family fun at a range of theme parks and child-friendly attractions. Back at the hotel, kids can enjoy in-room entertainment and even design their own dinner menu. The ‘Mad for my Family’ package includes:

  • Luxury accommodation with 50% off an optional second room
  • Guided tour of the Prado Museum
  • Dinner with wine at Goya Restaurant, where children can design their own menu with the chef and enjoy complimentary ice-cream
  • Two tickets with round-trip transfers to Faunia animal park, Warner Bros. Park or Micropolix, a child-sized town where children can try adult jobs
  • In-room games console, family DVDs and children’s amenities
  • Treats at evening turndown
  • Round-trip limousine airport transfers

Priced from $2,638*, based on two adults and one child sharing a Deluxe Room for two nights with breakfast.

“Mad for Tapas”

“Mad for Tapas”Food enthusiasts can hone their culinary skills with a tapas cookery class with the hotel chef, during which they’ll learn to create authentic Spanish cuisine. The ‘Mad for Tapas’ package includes:

  • Tapas cookery class at the hotel
  • Lunch and wine
  • Iberian ham course
  • Apron, professional knife, chef’s hat and book

Priced from $675 for two people (accommodation not included).

“Mad for Shopping”Guests can hit Madrid’s shops in style with a personal shopper and chauffeur-driven limousine, before winding-down with a relaxing spa treatment. The ‘Mad for Shopping’ package includes:

  • Personal shopper for two hours
  • Chauffeur-driven limousine
  • 30-minute head, shoulder or foot massage at Bodyna Wellness

Priced from $853 for two people (accommodation not included).
* Prices subject to change without prior notice. No refunds given for unused services.

(800) 237-1236 
Hotel Ritz Madrid

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