Get the most out of your end-of-summer travel with these envy-inducing trips
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Courtesy of Sunriver Resort
Attention athletes: Here’s an opportunity to squeeze in a family vacation and an epic run in one fell swoop. Oregon’s Sunriver Half Marathon, started by the 50-year-old Sunriver Resort to benefit the St. Charles Cancer Center, takes you along a scenic trail with meadows, shady stretches, rolling hills, and bridges. Among other perks, the resort’s marathon package lends you a discounted race entry fee, 20 percent off at the spa, and a late check-out of 1 p.m. (because you’ll definitely want to sleep in!). Keep the momentum going all weekend long with art classes, outdoor concerts, 1960s-inspired food and drink at Carson’s American Kitchen, and a bevy of other activities that fill this 3,300-acre adventure camp.
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Courtesy of Morro Bay
There’s just something so soothing about the laid-back cool of San Luis Obispo County beaches. Even in the high season, rates and crowds remain tame in Central Coast towns like Morro Bay, where fishing boats, seafood dives, and quaint inns reign. During the holiday weekend, school teacher-turned innkeeper Claudia Foster serves up a craft beer-and-brats cookout each evening, as well as daily breakfast, and plush accommodations for $170 a night at her Marina Street Inn. Or, you can check into the 16-room Bayfront Inn for a 13-percent discount off the nightly rate from Thursday through Sunday, along with striking views of the 576-foot-tall Morro Rock. Use the extra pocket change for slurping oysters on the boardwalk and kayaking across the town’s wildlife-rich, saltwater marsh.
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The retro-cool Anvil Hotel stands six minutes from Grand Teton National Park and about an hour from Yellowstone. Stay here and you can easily visit two national parks in one long weekend. You’re sure to catch the park bug, so go ahead and book the Pioneer the Parks combo (from $306.75) to walk away with an America the Beautiful annual pass. The membership card gains you access to more than 2,000 federally protected sites in the country. This is the trip that keeps on giving.
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Courtesy of Thompson Seattle
Seattle couldn’t be more perfect this time of year when the weather is just-right and Bumbershoot music festival fills the city with bands, like Fleet Foxes and J.Cole. These factors can add up to elevated rates at area hotels, but fortunately for Westerners, the hospitable and uber stylish Thompson Seattle extends a 20-percent discount to its neighbors from Montana, Oregon, California, and Idaho. The hotel is close to many of the venues that host big Bumbershoot acts, right across the street from Pike Place Market, and it hosts one of the best restaurants in town, Nest. Say it with us: Location, location, location.
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Courtesy of The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
With its artful decor, bungalow-style suites, and lively programming, The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is Arizona’s newest destination hotel (you know, the kind of place you never want to leave). Book the Summerscapes deal and dream about this sample itinerary: Linger over chilaquiles and chorizo scones at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen (breakfast for two is included); lounge by pool with a Sun Valley Saint cachaca and cantaloupe cocktail (you get four drinks daily); and book an over-the-top treatment, like the Geneo DNA Facial (don’t worry, it’ll be 20 percent off). This is five-star living at a humble rate of $169 (use code “EXTRA” when booking).
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Courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up
Home on the Range
Maximize every last ray of summer fun with The Resort at Paws Up Family Vacation package (from $743.50 nightly, per person). Each day brings a new adventure of your choice—from rafting to rappelling to downhill mountain biking—as well as three locavore meals (with wine). Choose from 28 handsome homes that dot the 37,000-acre property, or opt for a glamped-up safari tent pitched along the Blackfoot River.
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Courtesy of The Art, a hotel
A mix of creative restaurants, stylish hotels, and community events make Denver one of the most exciting cities for a Western getaway. Experience the best of it during Taste of Colorado—a festival with live music and a lineup of 50-plus culinary stars. Complete the trip at The Art, a hotel, five minutes from the fest. Your stay can include tickets to other local gems like the Denver Museum of Art and the Clyfford Still Museum, as well as breakfast and welcome drinks. Ask for the Downtown Denver Cultural Package (from $399) to live it up like a Denverite.
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Courtesy of Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
Nature lovers gravitate toward Kauai’s wild beauty. Waterfalls, canyons, cliffs, jungles—Hawaii’s smallest island has it all, plus a fast-emerging food scene to boot. Check yourself into the Ko’a Kea on Poipu Beach, a sunset- and sunrise-rich enclave on the southern end of the island. The hotel’s Touches of Gold package (from $480) knocks 15 percent off the room rate (so you won’t feel guilty about upgrading to a swank, oceanview suite), plus daily breakfast, a dinner for two, and a bottle of bubbly. Paradise calls.
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Courtesy of Hotel Encanto
Southwestern New Mexico is ablaze with art, authentic eats, and magical scenery. Hotel Encanto—a Spanish Colonial-inspired hideaway in Las Cruces—takes advantage of its position 40 minutes away from White Sands National Monument with its Escape to White Sands package (from $154 per night). In addition to freebies at the hotel and a slashed room rate, the package also sends you off with sleds to ride the park’s sandy waves and an adventure pack with water and sunscreen. While you’re out on the town, benefit from 15-percent off New Mexico-proud businesses that partner with the hotel, like Luna Rossa Winery and Coas Books.
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Courtesy of Hotel Erwin
Explore the coast as it was meant to be seen—from a convertible. Venice’s Hotel Erwin’s Topless experience (from $549) hooks you up with a sleek cruiser (something along the lines of a Mustang GT or Camaro SS), free valet for your own wheels, and hotel-branded shades to complete the look. It’s right in line with the free-spirited vibe that shines through the recently renovated, iconic hotel’s muraled walls and congenial fixtures (hello, sunglass honor bar, Solé bikes, and Whole Foods mini bar).