Sept. 26,2012, 2012 -- I've said it before but that won't stop me from saying it again: Shoulder season is one of the best times of the year to travel. We're in shoulder season right now, the time of year following the peak summer travel season when airfare is cheap, crowds are few and the weather is still great in many popular destinations.
If you saw my first article this season on fall travel deals but didn't find one to suit you, not to worry – I've negotiated four more deals you won't find anywhere but ABC News. From New England leaf peeping to Caribbean beaches, I've got you covered.
All deals are a minimum of 50 percent off and some include extras. Enjoy and happy travels!
Luxury Leaf Peeping in New England
The Omni Mount Washington in New Hampshire offers the ABC Tower Suite Package at a 71 percent savings. Room accommodations are in the Tower King Suites, comprised of two of the hotel's iconic red-roofed towers located at each end of the National Historic Landmark, serving as separate living areas and sleeping rooms. From their room, guests will have mountain views of the Presidential Range, Crawford Notch and the Bretton Woods Ski area.
Rates start at $177 per night (usually from $689 per night), based on double occupancy. A three-night minimum stay is required. Booking Information: To book call reservations at 800-843-6664 and mention "ABC Tower Suite Package" or book online with promo code: PROABC.
Blackout dates: November 23-26, 2012.
Validity dates: Valid for travel through Dec. 20, 2012. Must book by Dec. 18.
City Stays in Sunny San Diego
The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, nestled at the edge of the San Diego Bay offers the A Stay on the Bay package. Included: rates from $119 per night, a two-hour bike rental for two, a two-hour kayak rental for two, a complimentary in-room movie. The savings is 62 percent off the typical package price.
The hotel is located just minutes from renowned attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, Old Town and Balboa Park. It has three tropical pools, a new spa and fitness center, tennis courts, a water sports provider, bike rentals, jogging trails, children's programs and more.
Booking information: Call 866-716-8134 and ask for rate plan ABCFALL or visit the hotel web site.
Validity dates: Valid for booking and travel through Dec. 30, 2012. A two-night minimum stay is required.
Beach Paradise in Aruba
Located amidst the white sands of Palm Beach, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba offers travelers a nightly rate of $159, 52 percent off rack rates. Included are accommodations in an ocean view room, with views of the Caribbean. Stay five nights and you'll also get a $100 food and beverage resort credit redeemable at any of the resort's eight restaurants and lounges.
Booking information: Viewers can visit www.westinaruba.com/oceanvw or call (877) 782-0149 and mention promo code OCEANVW.
Blackout dates: Nov. 25-30, 2012.
Validity dates: Valid for booking and travel through Dec. 20, 2012.
Bonus Deal: Travelocity Hotel Gift Card 50 Percent Off
Get a $100 Travelocity hotel gift card for just $50. The $100 value expires Feb. 28, 2013. After this date, gift card will only be worth $50. There's a two-night minimum stay and a minimum $250 purchase. There are no date restrictions.
Booking information: Purchase online at www.TravelocityIncentives.com by October 1, 2012 and use your card at over 70,000 hotels around the world. Redeem at www.TravelocityIncentives.com.