California dreamin? I think everyone is with the current triple digit weather forecasts. Even with money a little tight these days, your dreams can become a reality with So-Cal’s summer bargains, because even in a recession everyone needs a vacation.
Santa Monica’s “Sun, Sea, Save” Vacation Special
No need to book flights, LA is an easy 5 and a half hour drive, and now travelers can book two nights at 25 different hotels in Santa Monica and receive a third night free with the new “Sun, Sea, Save” promotion. Not to mention, guests will be given passes for two to ride the famous carousel and Ferris wheel, free beach-bike rentals and free Big Blue Bus passes! Be sure to check out the Web site’s massive list of Santa Monica happy hour spots to save even more while you vaca.
800.544.5319 or www.santamonica.com.
Hotel Del Coronado’s Free Nightly Stays
Travel to beach town San Diego this summer and stay in one of its most classic hotels, the Hotel Del Coronado because starting July 5 and running through Sept. 6 guests who book three nights starting on a Sunday will receive an additional two nights free (a minimum stay of five consecutive nights is required)! Or guests can receive 40 percent off their second night if they book a room at the best available rate. This offer is only valid with a Sunday through Wednesday arrival and with a minimum of a two night consecutive stay. The offers are based on availability.
800.468.3533 or www.hoteldel.com/summer.
Padres Baseball and Stay Deals
For all you baseball fans, The Omni San Diego Hotel, neighbor to the Padres’ Petco Park, has created three perfect packages just for you! Choose from either The Take Me Out to the Ballpark Level 1 package for the deluxe headquarters starting at $249 per room per night and includes two general-admission tickets, breakfast for two free valet parking for one car, peanuts and Crackerjack. The Level 2 package includes a premium room, two field box-seat tickets ($55-$60 value per person) and the other bonuses starting at $279. The Level 3 package includes a junior suite, tickets to two field-box seats and the other perks starting at $400 a night. These special packages are available through Oct. 4.
800.THE.OMNI or www.omnihotels.com.
If you plan on taking the little ones, check out the Southern California CityPass as it includes a three-day Park Hopper pass to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, plus one-day admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo! This key to Califonia’s dream world lasts 14 days from day of purchase and costs $259 for adults (normally $365) and $219 for ages 3-9 (normally $259). If this is a birthday trip you are planning, get ready for even more fun-filled bonuses. Head to Disneyland on the special day and use your CityPass to qualify for the Free on Your Birthday deal, including a choice of a Birthday Fun Card, worth $69, valid for purchases at the park; a FastPass ticket, which allows four FastPass entrances at select attractions for up to six people; or a Disneyland one-day/one-park ticket good any time within the next 12 months. The offer is good through Dec. 31.