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In Search of Value: The Waiting Game


One of my seven year old daughter's favorite books is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr Seuss. And her favorite pages in the book are the “waiting pages,” which depict loads of perfectly placid folk in various getups who are
    Waiting for a train to go
    or a bus to come, or a plane to go


    These are my favorite pages in the book as well – they’re amusing but also all too provocative. And as summer draws to a close, they remind me of just how many people have been waiting around to take a break, be it a vacation, a weekend getaway, or just a day off. These are tough times.
    But this September is already shaping up as a great time for a break. There are an extraordinary number of very affordable deals and offers out there, too many, in fact, to mention. So here are some from New York City, Jamaica, Berkeley, Montana, Philadelphia, Tucson, and Denver.
     Waiting time is over.


    The new Marrakech Hotel is a Moroccan-themed boutique hotel on the upper West Side of Manhattan. The 127 guest rooms have Moroccan-decor (think ceramic tile as well as Moroccan lamps and colorful ottomans). There’s complimentary Wi-Fi and high speed Internet access in the lobby and lounge area. You’re near Columbia, so there are bevy of eateries within walking distance, not to mention the subway. Rates this fall from $169. Contact Marrakech Hotel.

    The Half Moon resort is offering a 'Fall Break' package, starting at $159. Valid from September 1 to October 31st, includes accommodations, unlimited use of tennis courts, gym, paddle-boats and kayaks. Children ages 3-12 sharing a room with two adults stay for free (maximum of two children per room). Minimum stay is three nights. Contact Half Moon.

    The legendary Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa has been renovated and is offering a "Get Reacquainted" package, with accommodations starting at $129 per night and 50% off parking. You’ll also get  access to The Club at The Claremont, the hotel's 20,000 square foot health and wellness facility. There’s tennis,  three pools, and classes in Pilates, yoga and cycling. Contact The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa.


    Fall is not only a great time to visit Montana, it’s one of the most affordable. At the Resort at Paws, prices are 30% off summer rates during September and October. If you reserve by August 31, 2009, you’ll get a free wilderness adventure, which might be horseback riding, fly fishing on the Blackfoot River, clay shooting, or rappelling. Contact The Resort at Paws Up.

Loews Hotels is offering "Date Night at Loews," one night getaways that include Loews Best Available Rate, a $50 dining credit and complimentary parking. It’s available Thursday or Friday nights through December 31, 2009 and is subject to availability. Additional nights at Loews Best Rate are also available. Dining credit can be used at hotel restaurants or for room-service and must be used during a single day stay. Taxes and gratuities are not included, and there are blackout restrictions. Sample rates include Loews Denver for $119, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for $139 and Loews Philadelphia for $179. These rates are based on double occupancy. Contact Loews Hotels.

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