The hillsides of Burlington, Vt., beckon travelers to a resort setting Frommer's calls "majestic." This AAA 4-Diamond culinary resort and spa is kneading rates down to $173 (US$169) per night Sundays-Thursdays and sprinkling in some valuable extras, saving 40% on current rates.
Book this rate at The Essex Resort and Spa through May 5. In addition to a one-night stay in a Susan Sargent-designed room, guests receive:
Extend the stay for $80 (US$79) per night midweek (room only). This deal is available on weekends for $224 (US$219) per night with an additional weekend night for $101 (US$99).
Guests can explore the area or remain on the resort's 18 acres with plenty to do. The on-site cooking academy's classes enrich the mind, while the full-service spa, pool, fitness center, tennis courts and bike-borrowing center keep guests active. Fly-fishing and hot air balloon trips are other popular activities.
Note: Book spa services in advance for best availability. A resort fee of $15 (US$15) per night is additional. The fee covers use of the indoor pool and fitness center, morning coffee and newspapers in the lobby, afternoon tea and cookies, daily 4 p.m. culinary demonstration in the lobby, airport transfers, Wi-Fi, use of bike rentals and parking.
Travelzoo Tip: Take a class at the onsite Cook Academy along with a three or four-course meal with wine and save 50%.