1. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL TO THE PAST:
The Inn at Perry Cabin
, St. Michaels, Maryland
You'll find it's easy to get here, and once you do, you'll revel in the Inn's atmosphere of sheer relaxation. It feels like
a trip to the past, where history meets luxury in a resort anchored to the edge of the Chesapeake. Spend the week lolling
in a chair gazing at the Miles River, drifting in the horizon-edge pool, playing croquet on the vast lawn, or feasting on
temptations like crab spring rolls at the Inn's top-ranked restaurant.
2. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH YOUR PET:
Santa Barbara, California
Grab your pooch and get out of L.A.--or whatever large, smog-filled city you live in. This is an ideal location from which
to explore Santa Barbara, somewhat removed from the shoreline, with tropical foliage and clusters of bungalows, each a
private retreat. Enjoy the infinity-edge pool, a pampering spa, and an elegant dining room serving California-coastal
3. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH COWBOY APPEAL:
The Resort at Paws Up
Nothing says summer like picnics, trout fishing, horseback riding, tent camping, and rounding up cattle with genuine
wranglers-this is, after all, a working ranch. Of course, the tent camping is what's known as "glamping" (glamorous
camping), and the creature comforts include marbled showers, plush towels, hot tubs, a luscious spa, and gourmet cuisine
served with exquisite wines. So this sort of "roughing it" is a far cry (thankfully) from typical summer camping.
4. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH MOTHER NATURE:
The Meridian Club
Turks & Caicos
Shoes are optional, the only guest phone is in a thatched-roof hut, and TVs and cars are unheard of. The resort's 12 rooms
and secluded Sand Dollar Cottage are "famously plain," but all face the ocean across a powder-soft two-mile-long beach.
Reading, relaxing, and rocking in a hammock rank high here, but you also can stroll along a nature trail, sail or kayak, or
snorkel amid the teeming reefs.
: July is family month! Stay 5 nights or more and get your second room at half price, or share a room with up to two
children or grandchildren (age 6-17) and pay just $175/night/child and receive: all meals, snorkel trips and some
excursions, and complimentary taxi and boat transfers between the Provo Airport and Pine Cay.
5. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH MEMORIES:
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
A standout on quiet St. Croix, this family-run resort is spur-of-the-moment summer nirvana, with a golf course, eight
tennis courts, four restaurants, tons of water sports, nature trails, a full spa, and a Kids' Camp. Accommodations are
clustered in several distinct areas, from hillside to beachfront, and each room has a balcony or terrace from which to
survey your domain.
: Stay at least a week in a Great House Oceanview room (or higher), and pay $200/person/stay ($100/child ages 2-4) to take
advantage of their "Package Full of Memories," which includes: welcome drinks, welcome basket, 2-day car rental, half-day
Buck Island snorkeling trip, evening sunset sail, one roundtrip shuttle to Christiansted, daily Kids' Camp for 4- to
12-year-olds, daily breakfast, one picnic box-lunch, one beachfront lunch at The Mermaid or Grotto, one dinner at The
Terrace, one Buccaneer Beach Party dinner, Learn-to-Scuba lessons, half-hour informal family photo session, snorkeling and
kayaking lessons, family treasure hunt, crab races, and more. Whew!
6. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH A BIG UPGRADE:
Marigot, St. Martin
This is summer camp as it should be, a luscious multi-course feast that blends French savoir-faire with Caribbean
soul and spirit. It begins with morning coffee on a private seaside terrace, continues with a deep-tissue massage in one of
the spa's outdoor treatment rooms, moves on to relaxation or recreation on the resort's secluded white-sand beach, includes
gourmet cuisine and world-class wines served with an ocean view, and ends in truly inviting accommodations. There's also
Camp La Samanna for the kids and superb nanny services.
: Introduce your family to paradise with the "Family Getaway" deal: Book a One-Bedroom Beachfront Suite and receive an
automatic upgrade to a Two-Bedroom Suite (with space for up to five guests) with access to all resort facilities.
7. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH NEPTUNE:
This Caribbean retreat, with its powder-white beaches and rustling palm trees, is a serene haven of sea-oriented delights.
You can swim, sail, snorkel, and windsurf, ride horseback along the beach, charter a sailboat excursion, and enjoy spa
treatments with enticing names like Water Lily Wrap. Even your dining options are a cornucopia of fresh fruits of the sea,
from tuna and wahoo to succulent Antiguan lobster.
: Book any Junior Suite, Luxury Suite, or One-Bedroom Hillside Villa, and your first child (age 11 or
under) stays free!
8. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH SERENITY:
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Hop a flight to Mexico and prepare to be dazzled by your villa's own secret garden-complete with private pool. Your
spacious villa has little surprises around every corner: a beach bag and sandals for your use, a comfy hammock, and a
sensuous outdoor tub. A quick call is all it takes for a ferryboat to pick you up at your waterfront villa and whisk you
away to the spa, several restaurants, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, or the Beach Club, where you can sun, swim, and
snorkel the world's second-largest barrier reef.
: Book the "Family Fun Getaway" with a 3-night-minimum stay in the 3-bedroom Townhouse and receive: daily
breakfast buffet, one private roundtrip airport transfer, one roundtrip transfer to Playa del Carmen, a complimentary
eco-boat tour, complimentary use of bicycles, complimentary recreational activities for children, 15% off food and
beverages, 15% off body massages at Banyan Tree Spa, and 5% off on tours (booked at tour office). You must book by
Oct-28-13 for travel through Oct-31-13.
9. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH OUTDOOR ADVENTURE:
Here's a European option that's just a quick jaunt from the Northeast, thanks to Azores Express offering daily flights from
Boston, June through September. This island group lies 800 miles off the coast of Portugal and offers adrenaline-inspiring
scenery and adventures like big-game fishing, diving, whale-watching, and hiking. Best yet, the Azores still are relatively
undiscovered and reasonably priced, so you can enjoy a quick break here without breaking the bank.
10. LAST-MINUTE TRAVEL WITH ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME THRILLS:
Set sail around Greenland and explore a magnificent and magical land hardly touched by man, with blue icebergs, thrilling
Northern Lights, and playful polar bears. On your own, as a couple, with friends, or with your children or grandchildren
(ages 8+), this is a perfect last-minute, once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.
: Book any of Quark's four Greenland expeditions this summer (August and September) by Jul-31-13 with Hideaways Travel Services (800-843-4433) and save 30%. PLUS, get a free trip for up to two
children (ages 8-17, one per adult) and 50% off for each additional child. Or, receive a complimentary single supplement.
"So, what are you waiting for?" asks Mike. "Before you know it, summer will be over! Call Hideaways to put
together the best spontaneous trip-with or without kids-that you've ever taken, and carpe diem!"
About Mike Thiel
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International™ Inc. in 1979. Over the last three decades, he has traveled the world
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