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Swing State Savings

If you live in a swing state, you are likely counting down the hours until the polls close on Nov. 6 so you won’t have to see another TV ad or field another robo call in the middle of dinner. After casting your ballot, reward yourself for fulfilling your civic duty with a luxurious spa day, show tickets, or even a weekend getaway with your favorite voter.


  • Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam” is in Denver next month, and voters on both sides of the aisle will be in awe of these talented performers. Tickets start at $22.75 for shows at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
  • Celebrate (or commiserate) the election’s results at the Denver International Wine Festival on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Grand Hyatt downtown. Tickets are discounted to $49 (regularly $95) per person and include access to dozens of wine, beer, spirits and artisan food samples.
  • Sneak away to the Cuchara Valley of southern Colorado, deemed a "true mountain rural setting" by Fodor's, with a two-night getaway for $139 that includes daily breakfast, a savings of nearly 50%. Or, spend two nights in the red rocks to the west for $399 at Gateway Canyons.


  • Take in the same view the candidates get when flying in to campaign during a flight lesson over Pompano Beach. This $99 experience is 60% off, and you can even bring a friend along for the ride.
  • The Mayfair Hotel and Spa in Coconut Grove has a trio of enticing offers: Stay at the 4-star resort starting at $199 in an upgraded suite; spend a day at the spa with a massage, Champagne and use of the rooftop pool for $99; or dine at the on-site Spartico with three courses for two for $69, regularly $122.
  • Surprise the kids with a trip to Universal Studios and stay at the nearby Four Points by Sheraton for $79-$89 on select dates in November and December. Or skip the parks and spend a weekend at CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort for $149 for two nights.


  • Stays at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque, one of the Top 10 Best New Places to Stay according to Midwest Living Magazine, start at $99 per night through January.


  • Zagat ranks The Flying Fig in Cleveland "extraordinary to perfection" (27), and two people can celebrate a hard-fought race with brunch including cocktails for $35, regularly $64.
  • Relieve any lingering stress with an hourlong seasonal massage or facial at Revelations Salon & Spa in Lakewood for $39, regularly $80.


  • Molon Lave Vineyards are “absolutely breathtaking,” according to CBS DC; tour the grounds and have a picnic for $28 for two people.
  • Get closer to the White House in historic Alexandria, where stays at the Sheraton Suites are 60% off, starting at $99 through December.


  • Track down Aaron Rodgers and ask him who he’s voting for before spending the night at the Aloft Green Bay starting at $79.
  • The city of Milwaukee leans blue, but anyone is welcome to dine at Port of Call on the RiverWalk, where dinner for two with drinks is 55% off at $35.

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Deal Expert, Chicago
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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