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The winter season at ski resorts across the country is drawing to a close, while spring and summer resorts are beginning to prepare for the change in weather ahead. This time can be beneficial for travelers, as even the most expensive resorts offer decent deals that could save you a lot.
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Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, ski resorts usually offer something for everyone: a spa, other outdoor activities, and a ski lodge with a huge fireplace, perfect for sipping a drink. Irish coffee with friends. And if you’re not a fan of winter weather at all, the beach town or desert resort towns offer travelers shopping trips, hikes and sightseeing when it’s not warm enough to spend time in the Sun.
All of this makes March a great time for a low-cost adventure during the pre-season. We’ve priced four- or five-night weeknight excursions in March to some of the most expensive locations in the United States to see what values you can find now. Many of them offered a free night if you stayed multiple nights – especially on weekdays – or other extras, and when rooms cost hundreds of dollars a night, a freebie helps. Prices include taxes and resort fees, which add up quickly. Check it out.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
VisitNorthIdaho.com describes Coeur d’Alene perfectly: “The playground of the Pacific Northwest” and a place with “five-star amenities in a rugged setting.” Visit downtown or take a stroll along the Tubbs Hill Trail. Many winter activities don’t involve skiing either. The Coeur d’Alene Golf & Spa Resort is offering its Hot Winter Nights special until March.
Cost: Four nights — $1,130.
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Teton Pines in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Jackson Hole area offers a variety of late winter activities for non-skiers to do: snowmobiling, eco-tours, hiking, stargazing and more. In 2019, Forbes named it the best ski resort in North America. The Teton Pines resort offers three-bedroom units that are perfect for travel. Ask when you book a room if there would be an extra per person if you bring friends to make this more affordable.
Cost: Five Nights in a Teton Pines Townhouse – $2,179
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, north of San Diego, has budget hotels as well as charming resorts. Expensive at full price, you might get lucky in a special offer, like buy three nights and get one free. In Carlsbad, enjoy the spas, breweries, upscale boutiques or outlets and, of course, the beach.
Cost: Four-night stay at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa: $2,378
Killington Grand Resort in Killington, Vermont
If you’re a New Englander or New Yorker looking for a last ski trip of the season – or just a snowy getaway – you’ll find a deal in the resort town of Killington. Visit midweek and stay three, four, or five nights, and you’ll get a free night’s accommodation and a discount on lift tickets. If you’re not skiing, get some work done at the spa, then visit the area’s Wobbly Barn, steakhouse and nightclub.
Cost: Four nights at Killington Grand Resort — $1,127
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The Flamingo in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is the ultimate winter getaway. There will be no snow on the ground and the desert heat will not yet have set in. Spend time indoors at the shows or casino, or head outdoors for some gold or an adventure tour in a panoramic view. With around 143,000 hotel rooms in the city – and many properties with a resort feel – you’ll have a ton of options. Many hotels also offer a discount if you stay three nights or more.
Cost: Four nights at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino — $235
Radisson Hotel Miami Beach
A visit to Miami in March can net you accommodation deals at even the most expensive resorts and hotels in the area, and there’s plenty to keep you occupied during a getaway. Start at Miami’s famous beaches in the morning and end the day at some of the city’s legendary nightlife spots, from South Beach to Little Havana.
Cost: Four nights at the Radisson Hotel Miami Beach — $1,178
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Breakers Resort in Myrtle Beach
Concerts, golf, shopping, parks, day trips to Charleston. These are all things you can do in Myrtle Beach, a popular winter destination, and some hotels offer discounted packages for multi-day stays. And even if it’s too cold to swim in the ocean in March, there’s nothing quite like sipping a drink at a waterfront restaurant.
Cost: Four nights at The Breakers Resort – $695
Zoso Hotel Palm Springs
Escape the cold with a trip to Palm Springs, the ultimate cool winter resort destination. Many hotel establishments offer savings of up to 30% if you stay Monday through Thursday. Also ask about packages that offer discounts at some of the region’s destinations – there are over 110 golf courses and numerous spas, to start – or the amazing food scene.
Cost: Four nights at the downtown Zoso Hotel — $1,179
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