By Tiffany Melanis
The crisp cool weather of fall is in the air, and we know just the spots ready to dive right into the new season. Here are a few places showing their Southern hospitality by offering great deals you simply can’t pass up.
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Deals This Month
“Fall into Flavor” Package at Barnsley Gardens Resort
Adairsville, GA – Now-October (exclusive to Friday night guests)
Wine and dine away your fall Fridays like a wine snob. Barnsley Gardens will be hosting the King of wine snobbery, Greg Teague at its “Fall into Flavor” event. The package starts at $299 and includes a stay at the Barnsley Gardens Resort, wine tasting with Greg Teague and a $100 credit towards dinner that night. Just want to stick around for a sip or two? Barnsley is extending the event to vino lovers not staying at the hotel. For $20 per person, you can enjoy a casual talk and taste six of Teague’s favorite bottles.
To book, visit www.barnsleyresort.com or call 770.773.7480 and ask for the “Fall into Flavor” Package.
“Jazz Lovers in Savannah” Package at Mansion on Forsyth Park
Savannah, GA – September 18-25
The folks at Forsyth Park are here to make sure you won’t miss a beat of the 30th annual Savannah Jazz Festival. From groovin’ to the classics to diggin’ the new sounds, this event has something for every jazz lover. Guests booking the package for two starting at $459 per night will enjoy two-night accommodations, bebop inspired Poseidon Spa treatments, drinks at the Casimir’s Lounge, a personalized Kessler music collection CD keepsake, and Savannah trolley tickets to all events. This package is sure to be fun, relaxing, and all that jazz.
To book, visit www.mansiononforsythpark.com or call 912.238.5158 or toll-free 888.213.3671.
Chapel Hill, NC – Month of September
Everyone needs a good scare every now and then. Experience the haunted history hidden inside The Carolina Inn. Guests will spend an evening with the hotel’s resident ghost, Dr. William Jacocks. Beware Room 256: Jacocks enjoys playing practical jokes on those staying in his room. This ghost isn’t alone. Be prepared to experience the chills of up to 20 other ghosts that are said to roam the hotel halls. This daring package starts at $409 per night and includes overnight accommodations for two, dinner at award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, a biography of Dr. Jacocks, and a sign copy of A History of The Carolina Inn by author Dr. Ken Kogry. Do you dare to disturb these haunted rooms?
Book online at www.carolinainn.com/packages/room-with-a-boo or call 800.962.8519.
New Orleans, LA – October 6-9
Sometimes you just need to get away with the girls for a pampering and relaxing weekend. Leave your work and responsibilities behind for four days of events. “Festigals Weekend” activity package is $225 plus $159 per night and includes:
- Lunch with CNN Special Correspondent, Soledad O’Brien
- A block party featuring the (calendar worthy) firemen of New Orleans
- The “Stiletto Stroll” parade
- A chocolate and wine event
- A gospel brunch full of singing and dancing
Other optional activities and tours will also be available for participants. Don’t forget that you’ll have two award-winning restaurants, a heated rooftop pool, and Spa Aria right at your fingertips. Reward yourself for all you do! Did we mention the firemen and chocolate?
Hotel Monteleone is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a Facebook giveaway. To enter for a grand prize including two round-trip tickets to New Orleans from any location in the continental United States, a two-night stay in a Hotel Monteleone suite, a signed copy of the hotel’s history book, and a set of limited edition cocktail glasses, visit the Hotel Monteleone Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thehotelmonteleone and “Like” the page. Next, click “Contest” on the left sidebar. Contestants must enter their full names, state, and email address. The contest is open now through November 4, and the winner will be announced November 9 through Facebook.
To make reservations, visit www.hotelmonteleone.com or call 504.523.3341.
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Now-September 30
The Riverside Hotel doesn’t want you checking out any time soon, and to better convince you to stay just a bit longer, they’re offering up to 30 percent off your stay. Savings include:
- Stay one night save and 10%
- Stay two nights and save 20%
- Stay three nights and save 30%
The deal doesn’t stop there! Guests will also be able to enjoy these perks:
- Save 25% off Echo Salon
- Save 20% off dinner at Indigo restaurant
- Buy 1 ice cream at Kilwin’s and get 1 free
- 50% off beer, wine, or cocktails at Golden Lyon Pub
- 50% off valet parking
Celebrating 75 years of service, the Riverside Hotel knows what its customer needs in a stay on the luxurious Las Olas Boulevard. To take advantage of these deals, call 800.325.3280 and ask for the “Stay More, Save More” package or visit www.riversidehotel.com.
“Sandestin Santa Tuck-In” Program at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin, FL – November 25 –December 18 (weekends only from 6-10 p.m.)
We’re already dreaming of a white sand Christmas, and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is right there with us wanting to celebrate the holidays right. The “Sandestin Santa Tuck-In” program has teamed up with the jolly man himself and Toys for Tots to make this holiday season special for not only children staying at the resort but for those in need.
The Santa Tuck-In provides parents the opportunity to schedule a personal visit from Santa to your Sandestin villa or condo. Since the folks at Sandestin understand that Santa is a very busy man, they’ve arranged for Santa Skypes from his workshop to talk about his upcoming trip to the South. Tuck-Ins start at $65 for one child and $10 for each additional child. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
The holiday fun doesn’t stop there. Make sure to check out these holiday activities:
- Ice Skating Rink (November- January)
- 12 Nights of Lights (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in December)
- Village Tree Lighting and Santa Claus’s Arrival (11/26)
- Wednesday Night Concert Series Holiday edition (all of December)
- Holiday Lantern Parade (12/27)
- Baytowne Countdown (12/31)
To schedule your Santa Tuck-In and get more information on Skype with Santa call 866.91.BEACH.