This Week's Top 20: 2015 Hot Spots at 2005 Prices
Here is a list of the themes I’m seeing this week in travel.
Continued Low Europe PricesA European vacation. For two people. For less than $1000. FOR A WEEK.
Here’s the deal with this one: The Azores Islands deal only flies out of Boston BUT (wait! don’t move on yet!) it’s one of the only nonstop flights from the U.S., meaning that no matter where you came from you’d have a layover. It’s 100% worth it (and hundreds of dollars cheaper) to get your own flight to Boston to take advantage of this. This just screams zero-effort jetsetter: It’s off the beaten path for Americans and, at 4.5 hours from Boston, a shorter distance than some domestic flights.
Norwegian Shuttle really never ceases to amaze me.
Their fares are mindblowing. Scandinavia from across the country starting at $318 -- that’s including taxes, a seat, and a ticket home. While the terms "low cost carrier" and "overseas flight" may cause pause, this won "Best Low Cost Airline in Europe" (2015 World Airline Awards) and flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It’s for winter travel, but Elsa made the snow work.
Coast to Coast RomanceI LOVE charming hotels that make me feel like I’m the first person to ever discover them. Think: scents of burning firewood, freshly baked scones, uniquely decorated rooms that effortlessly look flea market chic.
- Coastal California – if it doesn’t sell out in the next five minutes. I’ve never seen our members go quite as nuts for a deal as they do for this one. Over 3900 members who have stayed here gave it a 97% approval rating. $209 -- Cambria 2-Night Escape w/Dinner & Tastings, 50% Off
- Berkshires: The Berkshires has a well-worn road straight from NYC -- it’s country filled with savvy urbanites. $349 -- Berkshires 2-Night Stay w/Fireside Dinner, Reg. $882 Call me biased, I got married right next door to this adorable inn and gave our guests fresh baked chocolate chip cookies from the Southfield Store -- where guests staying at the Old Inn on the Green get lunch. They are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. And I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed expert.
- Montecito: This may be your only chance to say you "lived" next to Oprah ... even if it’s for a night. $135 -- Santa Barbara Inn on Swankiest Road, 50% Off