I like to take off season trips since the prices are usually low. This year, I don't find this. I tried Oahu and prices are more then double for this time of the year. The same for DC. There is no incentive to travel off season.
Because your my Insiders pal, here's an erc special; The Residence Inn Pentagon City. It's a great Cat. 4 (that's right Cat. 4) property right near Reagan National Airport. Free shuttle to airport (very efficiently run), one block away from Metro stop into DC, one block from excellent shopping at Pentagon City and the usual terrific Residence Inn breakfast. Ask for a room facing the Potomac River (I think they're numbers xx02-19, like 803, 1509 etc - but check to be sure). Many November weekend rates for three or four nights - $107 AAA, $109 pre-pay. If the weather is nice, walk a couple of blocks to the Doubletree Skydome lounge, have a relaxing beverage and take in great DC sites while rotating ever so slowly. Enjoy
Perhaps consider Seattle. As was recently mentioned on here, you can fly to SeaTac, then take the light rail into Seattle, staying at the Marriott or the Ren. If you're looking for a less expensive option, someone mentioned the FFI Seatac, and why not? If you want to enjoy the offerings of the city, you won't be spending much time in the room anyway. Baseball will be over, but how about a Seahawk's game? Maybe they'll even have some good refs! There's Pikes Market, downtown, the space needle (in that area, there's an exhibit, don't know if it's temporary or permanent, with some of the most amazing blown glass art of phenomenal size that you'll ever see in your life - the artist was trained in Murano - I saw some photos this week as a work matie just returned from a vacay in that city). There's the waterfront, and you can take a ferry to San Juan Islands and do some whale watching, and I just thought of an even better idea... you could use the FFI only for a late arrival stay or early morning departure stay. Then take light rail to the waterfront. Hop on the Victoria Clipper and head to Victoria. Stay at the Marriott in Victoria. Victoria is a fantastic city, so much to do. Museums, shopping, fishing, dining, art studios and museums, tours, pubs, parks, local history, and you have to hit Butchart Gardens... do you like Jazz? Some good jazz clubs. If I had some miles and a few sheckels to burn, that would be where my money would take me.
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Here's an inexpensive idea for San Francisco, no car required. I was actually going to do it this weekend to burn a Cat. 4 cert. (no cat. 4's in the City itself), but husband is out of town, girlfriends are busy, and National Park is free today (am headed up to Sequoia National Park in a few minutes instead. Will check back in later.)
Oakland Marriott! Fly to SFO. Take BART from SFO to the Oakland Marriott. BART station is just across the street from the hotel. The Marriott looks pretty nice, and it is only a 12 minute train ride to Union Square. Or you could walk to Oakland's Jack London Square on the water. There's also a CY across the street from the Oakland Marriott, and the Oakland Marriott has some good pricing, check out the hotel website. Great budget vacation, especially with the free flight, and who needs those SF Marriotts all the time? Why not be adventurous?
I actually have a trip to Seattle planned for next August using pts and paying for a nt at airport. Your suggestions are very helpful for that trip. However, I can fly there non-stop for under $100 each way. The miles I am using are from a canceled trip and it will cost me $150 to use them and I can't fly non-stop. So it would not be practical to use them for Seattle.
In the past I have gone to Waikiki and stayed at the Marriott for around $133/nt. The shuttle has been $11 each way and if I want to go someplace that I can't walk, the bus service is cheap and good. This would be my first choice but the Marriott Waikiki cost more and charge a resort fee of $25 that would cover things that I don't need. The CY has had bad reviews.
The reason that I don't want to rent a car is the cost.
How about heading East a little bit? Phoenix or San Antonio or New Orleans? I'm not sure what you meant when you said you can't fly non-stop? Also, what about Mexico? Tryt53 and his wife are headed there this month, and he has mentioned something about a sand dollar package, where - not sure - but you get a free night with 3 nights, and resort spending or something akin to that?
My miles are with United and they don't fly non-stop to Seattle. Alaska Air does and the flights are usually under $100 each way.
I am considering Orlando ( I would need a car) and go to the space center or Fort Lauderdale and just beach it.
I canceled a flight and if I pay $150 change fee, I can use them to go elsewhere or I can pay $300 to get the miles back. I made the mistake of ticketing on 2 tickets.
I would consider Chicago. Weather in Nov can be iffy but bring a good coat & hat just in case. I was there in mid Nov when it was beautiful...never know. There is a Renaissance and Marriott right by Ohare and they tend to be low $100's. They are both right by the el stop so you can get anywhere. And I would check the loop area first for if they are not booked by a convention you can get some great rates. Wonderful museums, parks, and great food. If it's still running take the boat architecture tour!
I would agree about Chicago. The weekend rates at O'Hare Marriott hotels are about $100. I just looked at the Marriott Suites which is next to the Blue Line and the AAA rate for a three day weekend came in at $107. The hotel is comfortable, but does not have a concierge level and does not comp breakfast Saturday/Sunday. But there are some decent restaurants within walking distance.
Chicago is a good idea but at this time of the year I think it might just be too cold for me and of course, it could be windy that would take the wind chill down. This is a trip for the future. Thanks.
Charleston is an excellent place to come and visit. Two of the Marriotts downtown have great views of the Ashley River which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. They have a shuttle that will take you to quite a few local attractions. Also once you get in downtown market area, just about everything else is within walking distance (great food, shopping, many art galleries and historic attractions). So you don't need a personal vehicle to get around. Also if you tire of walking, there is a trolley that will take you to or pick you up from certain locations within the downtown area. The weather here is great almost all year around. So maybe bring a light jacket for late evenings out if you are just cold-natured. It is almost 80 degrees here on Christmas, so October or November should be no problem. Take a Harbor Dinner cruise. It boards right next to the historic USS Yorktown. Come early and take a tour of it while you wait on your boarding time. Visit the "Battery Park" where canons and canon balls are mounted for great pictures. Or take a carriage tour of downtown and listen to some great Charleston history. Maybe you would like a shuttle tour of the Citadel, historic parks and one of the nearby islands. So much to do and see. Enjoy!
Charleston is an excellent idea except that I have been there several times, the last for 7 nts.
As I write this, I'm looking at the downtown Wash. D.C. Ren. for $135/night, Nov. 2-4.
Erc and Pluto,
Thanks. This shows that if you keep checking back and prices can change. When I was looking earlier, the prices were close to $250-300 and now I got the Marriott Crystal Court at Reagan for $99, AAA rate, for 4 nts. I called them and they will give me breakfast vouchers for the weekend. The "my dates are flexible" helped. It was a matter of finding a small window with good prices. I changed my flights and am done.
Its been a long time since I have been to DC,the next thing is to get a list of sightseeing that I should do? Should I take a tour, one of the on - off buses, take the metro and be on my own?
I tried to mark both of your correct answer but it only would take one.
All Events in Washington, D.C. | Goldstar check this site out before you come. It has good deals on plays and other interesting activities, including the Hop on/Hop Off bus ($35 for $17). The bus is fun and a good way to start off the trip to get your bearings. You can catch the Metro to the Smithsonian stop and see all of the National Mall highlights (Smithsonian, Capitol, war memorials, monuments etc - an enjoyable day - make sure to go to Botanical Gardens and the Hirshhorn Museum - everything is free, your tax dollars at work). Plenty to do and you'll have a blast, all about town. Have fun
Thanks for that link, erc. Much appreciated. I've also had some great deals through Groupon as well as some great information from Urban Daddy.
Thanks again. I will check. I will be returning there next May and it will be nice to have a head start. DC has a lot to offer.
I am in complete agreement with the Residence Inn at Pentagon City. We recently stayed there and it was an absolutely beautiful room. There is a hotel shuttle which will take you anywhere within a one mile radius, I believe. We had them drop us off at Legal Seafood (delicious) then pick us up and drop us off at the Pentagon Memorial, and then we walked back to the hotel. The Memorial is, without a doubt, a must-see in the evening. Very beautiful and moving. You are also within walking distance of the Metro, a nice Mall, and the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, which will take you everywhere within the city, including a boat ride. We would definitely stay there again.
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