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Just a few months before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) were set to receive their royal addition, the couple set off on a babymoon to Morocco. But for the rest of us, who may not have royal coffers, what are the options for an incredibly relaxing and fun—but affordable—babymoon? A few things to keep in mind when choosing a destination are the length of flight (shorter is better), finding a destination that’s all about relaxation (a pampering spa sounds nice) and maybe even a little romance (this could be your last trip together for a while).

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Cabo, Mexico

Grownups can play in Cabo, because it’s incredibly romantic, serene and very picturesque. Mountains meet the ocean with a desert vibe, which means less humidity or worry of mosquitoes. There’s also incredible dining (lots of farm-to-table options), and it’s super low key—exactly what an expecting mama and papa want out of a babymoon. Le Blanc Spa Resort is a beautiful, all-inclusive adults-only hotel super close to Cabo’s arts district with many on-site restaurants, pools, a standard balcony or patio and much more.

San Diego, California

With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, an amazing food scene (check out Crack Shack, Kettner Exchange and Kindred) and year-round summer weather, San Diego is a great babymoon destination. At the Paradise Point Hotel in Mission Bay, expecting parents can stay in the 44-acre California bungalow-style property amidst gardens and lagoons. The hotel’s spa even has the the “Mommy to Be” massage witch aims to eliminate any discomfort from pregnancy. There is also a couple’s massage package to stir up some romance.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas makes a great babymoon destination because it offers a little bit of everything. If you want a beachy getaway, there’s Mandalay Bay Beach, with its 2,700 tons of real sand, 1.6-million-gallon wave pool and a Lazy River. If you want a relaxing retreat, there’s plenty of spas around town that won’t break the bank. Park MGM even offers a Saturday yoga class (bookable through the spa) specializing in holistic healing of body and mind—free for Nevada residents; $20 for hotel guests. If you’re a mom-to-be who wants to escape through some exciting entertainment, Las Vegas is the place for that, too.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

With beautiful weather, affordable hotel rates and easy access from major US cities, Riviera Maya, Mexico is a pretty popular spot for babymoons. With options like all-inclusive services and amenities, expectant parents can have a worry-free getaway. For example, Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya offers beach access and three pools, but also low-key active fun, like a relaxing hike across one of the resort’s four nature trails or exploring a Mayan ruin on the resort’s grounds.

Sedona, Arizona

This destination is an easy drive from both Flagstaff (40 minutes) and Phoenix (2 hours). Babymooning couples will love Sedona for its beautiful red rocks, tranquil spas and plethora of outdoor activities for nature lovers. One of the best places to stay is Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, an affordable boutique hotel that feels like an Andalusian oasis. The hotel grounds are so relaxing you may never want to leave but if you do, the property is walking distance to some of the best restaurants and shopping in town. The hotel’s spa offers a rejuvenating prenatal massage customized to mother’s needs.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs boasts nearly 50 natural hot spring mineral pools located in Hot Springs National Park, just a short one-hour drive from Little Rock. Once you’ve had a chance to relax, babymooners can explore the tranquil and beautiful Garvan Woodland Gardens which unfold along more than four miles of wooded shoreline. Stay at Best Court, which has in-room balconies, perfect for a romantic sunset cuddle.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has something for everyone. The entire Historic District is about 2 miles wide and very walkable (i.e. flat). Most landmarks are concentrated in one area, which is nice for pregnant women who aren’t able to walk long distances but still want to sight see, though trolleys and pedicabs are also readily available. Tybee Beach is nearby (15-20 minutes by car), and quieter, more secluded beaches are also in close proximity. But of course, Savannah is known for its incredible food, so come hungry! It’s also a famously haunted city, so don’t miss a ghost tour. Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District is a great affordable option with a prime location, outdoor pool and daily breakfast buffet included.

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

For those in the mood for a city getaway without spending a ton of money, Dallas-Fort Worth combines a metropolitan atmosphere with a dose of laid-back, cowboy spirit. Fort Worth boasts activities like discovering art in the Cultural District, viewing the twice-daily cattle drive—the only one of its kind in the world—in the Stockyards, and hanging at the world’s largest honky tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas. There is an eclectic mix of cuisines to satisfy any craving along Fort Worth’s Restaurant Row at Magnolia Ave, from BBQ at Heim BBQ and Japanese at Shinjuku Station to artisan ice cream at MELT. Most hotels in the city start at under $200/night, like the Omni Fort Worth. Meanwhile, downtown Dallas touts gorgeous hotels like The Joule and The Adolphus, with world-class spas that offer a wide range of prenatal body treatments, massage, and advanced skincare. The Adolphus was specifically chosen by Buckingham Palace to host The Queen and Prince Philip back in 1991, and the hotel still serves a fantastic afternoon tea today.

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Palm Springs, California

With sun-kissed weather almost year-round, Palm Springs offers the perfect rejuvenating escape for parents-to-be. Expecting couples can visit the Palm Springs Art Museum or the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in nearby Indian Wells, soak in natural hot springs at the day spas in Desert Hot Springs, or visit Joshua Tree National Park for scenic views. Holiday House is quiet, charming and walkable to downtown (perfect for expectant mothers). A solid budget option is the Caliente Tropics Resort—we love its retro vibe.

Shoreditch, London

Celebrate your babymoon in the artsy London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Curtain Hotel & Members Club has beautiful suites with steam showers, as well as the London outpost of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, an underground club named LP, a members-only private screening room, and a pop-up tattoo studio to kick off parenthood with a bang. Squeeze wellness into your babymoon with a treatment at the underground spa, take a spin on the in-room Peloton bike and eat healthy at LIDO, the Moroccan-inspired rooftop restaurant and pool.

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San Diego is picturesque and nearly perfect, with its blue skies, warm weather and inviting sea breeze. And there’s so much to do—the seals and sea lions at La Jolla Cove, the famous San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld. There’s unforgettable food to indulge in, blending the fruits of the sea and the flavors from the nearby border. But traveling to the storied spot is a little challenging on a budget. But don’t settle. There are a bevy of cheap hotels in San Diego that are so charming you’ll never want to leave.

*Note: All hotel rates are based on a random one-night, weekday stay in September.

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West Park Inn — $47 per night

This 48-room hotel is right next to Balboa Park, home of the famed San Diego Zoo. The rooms here may be lacking a little in the decor department, but they’re clean and have all the necessities. The courtyard, however, is where it’s at. Giant plants surround the warm patio and palms climb around the area. Take your morning coffee out here, and spend a relaxing morning listening to the trickle of the fountain and smelling the sea breeze. 

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Lodge at 32nd — $79 per night

Each of this hotel’s 25 rooms have flat screen TVs and looks more like an apartment than a hotel. The decor is very contemporary, with wood panels surrounding the check-in window and wood floors covering part of each room. The white paneled ceilings make it feel clean and beachy. It’s sleek, and you can tell that from the moment you pull into your free parking spot. It’s also mercifully close to Balboa Park — it’s on the side with a golf course.

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ITH Adventure Hostel — $33 per night

This hostel sits on the edge of Little Italy just north of downtown, and it’s colorful in more ways than one. Travelers from all over the world mingle in the hostel’s garden and on its patio. Guitars hang from the walls, and bricks are painted with things to do and suggestions for adventure. There are 10 air conditioned guest rooms, Wifi is free and the owners host a complimentary reception gathering every day. But here’s the thing: That’s not all. Besides the free internet, the daily English breakfast and onsite dinner are also gloriously free. 

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California Suites Hotel — $86 per night

This 162-room hotel is north of downtown San Diego near Clairemont, making it the perfect location for those visiting the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the University of California – San Diego. It’s also pretty close to the picturesque La Jolla Cove. The hotel itself is beautiful—the grounds are bursting with flowers and shaded by palm trees. There’s a pool and a spa tub, and breakfast is complimentary. Some of the rooms have a little bit of a ‘90s vibe (cough, cough, the comforters), but who doesn’t like a little throwback every now and then?

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HI San Diego Downtown — $107 per night

San Diego is on point with its hostel game. The eco-friendly and eclectic HI San Diego Downtown is right in the heart of downtown, offering comfy and colorful couches, built-in bookshelves and loads of art just steps from some of the city’s best sights. Breakfast is complimentary, and the communal kitchen is gorgeous with its high ceilings and pots hanging overhead. Choose shared or private bathrooms.

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Hotel Iris — $89 per night

The decor truly defines this 79-room hotel. The art is striking: In one room, a larger-than-life portrait of a girl stares down at the guest with fierce eyes, and in another, a running zebra explodes into a trail of purple. Most of the rooms are arranged so the beds face the window, flooding the space with natural, California light. The hotel also has a pool and hot tub, although breakfast is, sadly, not complimentary here. It’s a ways out from downtown, but close to Sea World.

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The Big Easy might be “it” when it comes to Mardi Gras. But it definitely isn’t the only. Colorful celebrations happen across the U.S. — and they come with a lot of the same bells and whistles you get in the French Quarter. We’re talking Zydeco bands, great Cajun food and parades that seem to go on for days. Oh, yes, and beads. Lots of ’em. If you can’t hop a flight to New Orleans, save some cash and hit a party near you. Here are six of our top picks.

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MOBILE, ALABAMA
NOLA’s southern neighbor hosts a dizzying 39 parades over 19 days. Standing idly byisn’t an option; onlookers clamor for beads or go for the ultimate catch: moon pies (chocolate-coated graham cracker cookies with marshmallow in the center). Apart from parade mania, touring the local Carnival Museum is a must and puts the partying in perspective by showcasing the history of Mardi Gras and how it originated in Mobile. For a real insider feel, grab a ticket to a Mardi Gras ball. It’s not uncommon for Mobillians to have a closet full of ball gowns and for men to own a set of tails. Most balls are invite-only, but some bigger groups, like Mystics of Time and Stripers, may open ticket sales to the general public. Mardi Gras celebrations are held through Feb. 17.

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT – ORLANDO, FLORIDA
If you’re traveling with kids, this tamer celebration is the one to hit. After all, it takes place on Universal Studios property — home to the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The spirit of N’awlins sweeps in from February 7-April 18, when days in the theme parks are capped off with Cajun food, a parade and live concerts. Every week there’s a major headliner, and this year’s lineup includes Jessie J, Kelly Clarkson and Trey Songz. On a smaller stage, New Orleans bands bring Bayou sound to the scene.

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SOULARD – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
On any given day, jazz and blues music steams from the many nightclubs in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood. It gets especially happening during Mardi Gras, which the historic French district actually turns into a month-long affair (January 6-February 17). Parades wend past the Anhauser Busch Brewery, Cajun cook-offs add sizzle, and even dogs get involved; on the second Sunday before Mardi Gras there is a pet parade (yep, the pups get dressed up, sparkly boas and all). Anyone is free to have a float in the parade, as long as you register your “krewe” (organizations, clubs or groups of friends). That said, it’s just as fun standing on the sidelines, cheering on the drag racers, musicians and costumed merry-makers.

MAGIC HAT – BURLINGTON, VERMONT
For 20 years, local brewery Magic Hat has thrown a Mardi Gras shindig, which is known for its parade down Main Street. Trumpets blare, jugglers wow, floats roll by and drums keep the beat as hundreds of people look (and drink) on. The parade is followed by after-parties on Church Street and throughout downtown Burlington. For true local flavor, venture a few minutes from downtown to Magic Hat’s Brewery and Artifactory, where tours are led and revelry is at a peak. Not only is this Mardi Gras a fantastic party, but it’s one with a purpose: This year’s proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Held Feb. 27-Mar. 1.

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THE GASLAMP QUARTER – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
The second largest Fat Tuesday celebration in the U.S. is more street party than cultural immersion — but it’s alluring all the same. The GasLamp Quarter, with blocks of bars, clubs and restaurants, is San Diego’s major entertainment district. On February 17, it kicks into overdrive with five outdoor stages, DJs and a night parade with bands, floats, classic cars, belly dancers and Brazilian entertainment that could rival that of Carnival. Snoopadelic headlines the event, so crowds are expected to be thicker than a bowl of gumbo.

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BRECKENRIDGE MOUNTAIN  – BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO
More than 15 years ago, a group ofNew Orleanians moved to this mountain paradise and brought a little bit of NOLA with them. Their modest celebration has expanded to the whole town of Breckenridge and includes live music, fire dancers and snow play. On Fat Tuesday, several blocks of Main Street shut down for a street party featuring Chris Daniels & the Kings, a jazz and swing act that’s performed with B.B. King. Larger-than-life puppets and harlequin-masked bon vivants light up the night as the sun sets behind the peaks of Breckenridge Ski Resort. New Orleans-themed food and drink specials are available at restaurants throughout town. Held Feb. 17.

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San Diego -- with its gorgeous harbor and kid-friendly scene -- lures last-minute travelers. Credit: peasap.

By Nina Gass

When planning last-minute vacations, it may seem like there would be limitations on the destinations available. Unlike the clearance racks at your local shopping mall that only offer what no one really wants, the online travel world actually offers some pretty enticing last-minute travel deals. In fact, many of the places found during a recent search revealed that the most popular places are all on offer. This is because these favorite vacation spots are often prepared for high volume. Essentially, when there are too many seats or rooms available, they become prime last-minute destinations. That said, these go-to cities are good places to start when you’ve procrastinated or simply enjoy the thrill of a spontaneous trip: Continue reading

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Swap the winter chill for an ocean breeze at San Diego's Bahia Resort Hotel.

By Vince Font

The winter season is a great time to find deals on family vacations. Why not take a break from the snow shoveling and icy breezes to take your family to one of the most temperate cities on Earth: San Diego? It’s not impossible to find cheap San Diego hotels that venture into upscale territory while keeping the whole family happy.

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Cheack out the San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 17-21. Credit: Fast Forward Event Productions.

By Nina Gass

Known for its animal parks, Lego bricks, museums, and water sports, San Diego is also becoming a top spot for enjoying regional flavors, sights and sounds through its jam-packed schedule of festivals throughout the year. The fall season is a great time to head to San Diego. During the season, the city has a great festival line-up, including California wine festivals and craft fairs, not to mention its mild weather and extensive offering of cheap California hotels.

If you’re visiting San Diego this fall, be sure to check out these three October events bound to tempt your taste buds and delight your senses:

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Book one of your favorite San Diego hotels between January 11-16 to enjoy great deals on fabulous meals.

San Diego Restaurant Week is back, with well over 100 restaurants offering discounted three-course meals for $20, $30 or $40.

Nobu, in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, lists Ribeye with wasabi, and Alaskan Black Cod in miso sauce among it’s entree selections. At 1500 Ocean in the Hotel del Coronado, you could start with seared Kobe beef carpaccio, continue with roasted pork tenderloin with polenta and mushrooms, and enjoy warm chocolate chipotle cake for dessert.

Speaking of sweets, dessert lovers will appreciate this new Restaurant Week twist: Select eateries are incorporating Girl Scout cookies in their recipes.

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‘Tis the season for holiday travel. And while that may bring visions of flight delays and long security lines, don’t despair. CheapTickets wants to spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of free holiday events in a selection of cities across the country, and we’re sharing them here in a two-part series. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

If you’ve got airline tickets and hotel reservations for one of these warm-weather destinations, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate:

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LOS ANGELES

  • The Light of the Angels: This seven-minute multimedia light display runs nightly December 4-31 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. at NOKIA Plaza. A key feature of the program is a 37,500-pound tree with 11,000 lights.
  • Marina del Ray Holiday Boat Parade: A fireworks show kicks off the event just before 6 p.m.; then boats decorated with lights circle through the harbor. December 13.
  • DWP Light Festival: From Thanksgiving weekend to the end of December, this mile-long Crystal Springs Drive route in Griffith Park turns into L.A.’s most awesome display of holiday lighting. Open 5 -10 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego has a ready list of 25 free activities for holiday travelers to enjoy. Here are a few highlights:

  • Coronado Christmas Open House and Parade: Santa arrives by ferry, and a concert follows the parade.
  • Balboa Park: Free organ concerts with holiday music. Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. And don’t miss the "Whoville" decorations outside the Old Globe Theater in honor of the production "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
  • La Jolla Christmas Parade and Festival: December 7
  • Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: Over 100 brightly lit boats parade along Mission Bay. December 13
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides: In Escondido. December 1, 8, 15, and 22; 5-9 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS

  • Cathedral Christmas Concerts: Local choirs perform holiday music in the historic St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Select evenings at 6 p.m. from December 1-22.
  • Cooking Demonstrations: Celebrated local chefs share their secrets for making delicious recipes. Select days at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. December 2-20.

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By Kate Schwartz

With fall in full swing and winter around the corner, there has never been a better time for a cheap vacation. And the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale can help. Until November 23, 2008, CheapTickets is offering $100 off flight + hotel vacation packages of four nights or more to beach hot spots. So you can travel to the Caribbean,Florida, California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Hawaii and save.

Looking for cheap hotels in Hawaii? Surf’s up at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel in fabulous Honolulu. Known for being one of the most “Hawaiian” hotels on Waikiki Beach, this hotel offers the best in Hawaiian travel. During the CheapTickets Fall Beach Sale, in addition to saving $100 instantly, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel is offering a 4th night free!

Or maybe you’re looking for cheap flights to Mexico and cheap hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Take in the sights, sounds and sun of this vacation hot spot as you lounge by the pool at the Villa Las Estancia Los Cabos, one of the premier resorts in the area. For a limited time only, save up to 45% on yourstay in addition to CheapTickets $100 instant savings.

Or, stay closer to home with cheap flights to California and Florida. Choose from many cheap hotels in these states’ hot beach destinations. Visit sunny Orlando and take advantage of up to 40% off your vacation and a $50 resort credit when you stay at the Regal Sun Resort. Or explore the beaches of San Diego with 25% off your stay at the Ocean Park Inn.

You can choose from hundreds of hotels in great beach destinations, but you have to book soon. The Fall Beach Sale ends November 23.

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she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

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Cheap hotels There may be no such thing as a free lunch, butwhen you travel and stay at Marriott hotels, there is free breakfast.

Marriott hotels across the U.S. are offering free breakfast for up to two adults and children ages 12 and under staying in the same room. That’s free food, plus CheapTickets’ low rates on hotels. Consider these participating hotels for your next vacation:

Scottsdale:
Marriott Scottsdale McDowell Mountain
Marriott Scottsdale Suites Old Town

Denver:
Marriott Denver City Center
JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek

San Diego:
Marriott San Diego Del Mar
Marriott San Diego Mission Valley


Los Angeles:
Marriott Marina del Ray

Los Angeles Marriott Downtown

Florida:
Marriott South Beach
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (Fort Lauderdale)
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
Marriott Orlando Airport
Marriott Orlando Downtown

Las Vegas:
JW Marriott Las Vegas Reort &Spa

Marriott Las Vegas Suites

Washington, D.C.:
JW Marriott Washington Pennsylvania Avenue
Marriott Washington
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

You can have a cheap vacation, with cheap flights from CheapTickets and free breakfast at Marriott hotels. The free breakfast offer is good for travel through December 27, 2008.

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