Depending upon where you travel in the Sunshine State, you find the historical Florida, the glittering Florida, the natural Florida, the beachy Florida, and, of course, the theme park Florida. Let's hopscotch the state and look at an offering or two from each.
St. Augustine, founded in 1565, bills itself as America's Oldest City and retains much of the look given it by Spanish settlers so long ago. For those who want to add a little romance to the history, the Victorian House , a bed-and-breakfast inn, features a Romance Package that includes iced champagne in your room upon arrival, two wine glasses with Victorian House etching to keep, a dozen chocolate truffles, a horse-drawn carriage ride for two through Olde Towne St. Augustine, and an $80 gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant of your choosing. The price is $199 in addition to room costs, which range from $109-$289 a night.
Call 877-576-7742 or visit victorianhousebnb.com.
The South Beach section of Miami Beach overflows with glitz and glamour, especially for those who don't mind shelling out more than a few dollars. Loews Miami Beach Hotel , for one, has a Nip & Tuck Package starting at $599 a night for a two-night stay through Dec. 20. Designed for, but not limited to, those who have just beautified themselves with plastic surgery, the offer includes Art Deco or contemporary accommodations, a day in a poolside cabana (with cabana boy included), extra pillows for elevation and an eye pillow, access to disguises for those who want to go incognito, an in-room massage, and breakfast in bed each morning.
If that's just not you, take out your wallet again and consider the hotel's two-night Simply South Beach program, starting at $12,500 per couple through Dec. 30. From an exclusive showing at David Yurman and a full-day Ferrari rental to a private beach cabana with personal beach butler and Presidential Suite accommodations, you will certainly experience SoBe in style.
Call 877-604-1601 or visit loewshotels.com/hotels/miamibeach.
Although Key West is known for its zest and zaniness, the Florida Keys as a whole put you close to nature, with their distinct vegetation, unique animal species, and marine sanctuary. The Tarpon Flats Inn & Marina in Key Largo forsakes no creature comforts with its two-night Sweetheart of a Deal for $379. In addition to a waterfront suite, participants get a bottle of wine and a fruit- and- cheese plate in their room, breakfast at their door each morning, and a sunset champagne cruise or a morning snorkel sail aboard the Reef Roamer, a 41-foot catamaran.
Call 866-546-0000 or visit tarponflats.com.
Everyone, it seems, has a favorite beach area for coastal Florida. Among the most popular, certainly, are the beaches of Sanibel/Fort Myers. West Wind, a casual Gulf-front resort in Sanibel, is featuring through Dec. 20 a three-night Sunlovers' Special that includes a guest room with refrigerator for $423 or a kitchenette for $483.
In Daytona Beach, the Shores Resort & Spa has an offer designed to evoke memories of a younger you making S'mores by the campfire and maybe shivering to a ghost story or two. The S'mores Thing Package through Dec. 31 includes a night in a luxury room, breakfast for two in the resort's Baleen restaurant or al fresco, and a personalized S'mores kit with a souvenir tin to use at a beach campfire if you wish. Prices start at $219 per couple per night .
Call 866-934-SHORES or visit shoresresort.com.
Disney World launched its Year of a Million Dreams celebration Oct. 1, but since this is a magical place, that year will last 15 months. There will be daily giveaways, with prizes including everything from a private shopping spree to an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite . There will be new attractions, including a technologically stunning "Finding Nemo" ride at Epcot and a "Finding Nemo" musical show at the Animal Kingdom. Although a base ticket now costs $67 a day for one park, buying multi day tickets reduces the cost considerably, as do ticket-hotel and ticket-flight-hotel packages that are widely available from travel agencies -- large and small, online and off -- and from Disney World itself. For current offers, visit disneyworld.com and click on My Disney Vacation.
Call 800-367-2323 or visit maunalani.com.
Call 877-646-8336 or visit ogunquitresortmotel.com.
Call 888-868-6871 or visit untours.com.
Call 800-950-2862 or visit cunadevida.com and click on Reef Residences.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy . Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at email@example.com.