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  • 30% Off at Bonaventure Resort & Spa
  • Paris Pass Adds Big-Screen Glamour
  • Pleasant Holidays' Fall Travel Sale
  • Affinia Salute & Stay Discounts
  • Grand Beach Hotel Surfside Packages
  • Martinique Summer Sale
  • Book 2015 Trip and Save 10%
  • Summer Discounts on High-Speed Rail
  • Turks and Caicos Collection Getaway Deal
  • Conrad Miami Public Servants Summer Special
  • Financial Tips for Travelers
  • Avis Great Jubilee Money-Saving Offer
  • Special Rates from Pelican Reef Villas Resort
  • $1,500 Resort Credit at Palace Resorts in Mexico
  • Unlimited Flights for a Monthly Fee
  • 4 Philadelphia Marriotts Offer Art Package
  • Magical Dining Celebrates 10th Anniversary
  • See Northern Lights or Travel Again for Free
  • Free Fun Vancouver
  • Carlson Rezidor Summer Promotion

  • 30% Off Summer Special at Bonaventure Resort & Spa

    The Summer Break Special at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL offers an attractive rate.

    The Summer Break Special offers rates at 30 percent off standard pricing. With this offer, room rates begin at $111 per night when pre-paid. The offer can be booked online. Room rates are non-refundable and the offer ends on Sep. 30, 2015. The rate is based on availability, cannot be combined with other offers, is non-refundable and blackout dates apply.

    The 500-room Bonaventure Resort & Spa is in Weston, west of Fort Lauderdale, sits among 23-acres of tropical gardens. Rooms and suites feature down comforters, marble baths in many rooms and contemporary design features. The hotel offers four culinary options, 24-hour fitness center and a spa.

    Bonaventure Resort & Spa or 800/327-8090.

    Paris Pass Adds Big-Screen Glamour

    Visitors to Paris can enjoy big-screen glamour with two new movie-themed tours to the Paris Pass sightseeing card.

    Following world-famous stars and going behind the scenes at Europe's largest movie theatre, Paris Pass tours immerse you in the world of French and international cinema.

    'Set In Paris' Movie Tour - Starting in the Latin Quarter, this two-hour walking tour visits the real Paris locations that inspired French stories such as the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Three Musketeers, and modern blockbusters like the Devil Wears Prada.

    Normally €20 per person, the Set In Paris walking tour is free with the Paris Pass.

    'Les Etoiles du Rex' - Take a backstage tour of the Grand Rex with its 2,800-seater auditorium and 252 square-metre screen, this is Europe's biggest movie theatre and a French National Monument. The tour begins inside a transparent, panoramic elevator that takes you behind the screen. You will discover a recreated classic projection room, a director's office and an editing suite in which you can try doing a voiceover for a film clip. Normally €11 per person, Les Etoiles du Rex is included in the Paris Pass.

    The new tours join more than 60 of the city's top attractions, which includes a Metro pass with unlimited travel on the Metro, buses and RER express trains within central Paris, discounts on meals and shopping and priority access to avoid lines plus a free guidebook.

    A two-day Paris Pass is €122 for adults, €73 for teens (between 12 and 17 years) and €42 for a child (between four and 11 years). Four-day passes are €182 for adults, with six-day passes at €219.

    The Metro Travelcard (worth €9 per day), included with each Paris Pass, provides free transport around the capital for the duration of the pass, while the handy Paris Pass Guidebook explains how to get to each attraction, when it's open and where it is - so there's no wasted time trying to plan each day.

    To buy a Paris Pass go online. The Pass can be shipped to you prior to travel or collected on arrival in the city.

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    Pleasant Holidays' Fall Travel Sale

    Pleasant Holidays' Fall travel sale delivers savings for 2015 fall vacation travel with deals to destinations worldwide that save $500 or more per booking.

    Valid on new bookings made in August 2015, deals include buy one/get one (BOGO) activity offers in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize and Panama; $100 discount per booking on Mexico beach destinations and U.S. vacations; and a $100 resort credit and free one-category room upgrade in Tahiti and Fiji. Europe Fall travel sale vacations include reduced hotel rates, offers for free nights or airport transfers. Pleasant Holidays' biggest promotion of the year, the Fall travel sale, is valid on vacation packages featuring participating hotels, resorts or cruise lines for select travel Aug. 15 to Dec. 18, 2015. Many participating hotels and resorts are offering exclusive reduced rates and added values for this sale.

    Pleasant Holidays' 2015 and 2016 Cruise Vacations sale features a $500 air credit per booking for select Europe and French Polynesia cruise packages. The $500 air credit is valid on Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises Tahiti vacations and AmaWaterways and Windstar Cruises Europe packages that include roundtrip First or Business class airfare when booked by Aug. 31, 2015 for sailings in 2015 and 2016.

    For all destinations and cruise bookings, Pleasant Holidays' Fall travel sale vacations also include two days of free self-parking at any of the 21 nationwide airport locations of the Parking Spot (TPS). Pleasant Holidays offers exclusive savings of up to 25 percent at all TPS locations year-round, which may be applied to parking fees for additional days.

    Fall Travel Sale vacation packages require a minimum-night stay; some offers also require the inclusion of roundtrip airfare. Booking windows, travel dates and minimum stays vary by destination; certain restrictions apply.

    Pleasant Holidays Vacation or 877/744-1622.

    Affinia Salute & Stay Discounts

    For the second year, Affinia Hotel Collection, with five locations in New York City and one in Washington, D.C., honors United States service men and women with Stay and Salute. The summer offer includes up to 20 percent off accommodations for all summer travel and free Stars & Stripes Social Sips, a daily one-hour cocktail reception, hosted during Labor Day.

    Affinia Hotel Collection will also donate $10 per reservation to the Wounded Warrior Family Support, an organization that supports families of those injured or killed during combat operations.

    This hotel deal also rewards all active service men and women who show their military ID upon check-in. Exclusive perks include free breakfast daily for two, free Wi-Fi, and dedicated concierge service.

    Through Sep. 7, 2015, Stay and Salute offers rates from $190 per night in New York City and Washington, D.C. Mention SALUTE when booking. The offer is based on availability and blackout dates may apply.

    Affinia Hotel Collection or 866/233-4642.

    Grand Beach Hotel Surfside Packages

    The oceanfront Grand Beach Hotel Surfside in Surfside, FL, offers two packages for local residents or out-of-town visitors.

    The "Weekend Escape" includes a 10 percent rate discount, free valet parking and $52 credit toward the hotel's daily breakfast. Each of the hotel's 265 rooms features a balcony, and most have two full bathrooms. Standard rooms are 400 square feet or more. Select suites include a balcony hot tub.

    For families staying three nights, the "Family Suite package" offers a 20 percent discount on suites. Every family suite features two king beds and two sleeper sofas and room to spread out, watch TV or feel the sea breezes from the private balcony. Family Suite packages includes $104 in daily breakfast credit.

    Outside of the suites, you have direct access to the beach, with beach chairs and umbrellas. The hotel also offers two beachfront pools and an adults-only rooftop pool.

    Minutes north of Miami Beach, the hotel is adjacent to the Bal Harbour shopping district.

    Grand Beach Hotel Surfside or 855/652-8666.

    Health to Happiness

    Martinique Summer Sale

    Due to the Euro’s decrease in value, traveling to Martinique is much cheaper with the Euro and Dollar at an almost equal value.

    Here are some summer deals.

    La Pagerie Hotel – Travel till Sep. 30, 2015. Five to seven night stays from $130 per night. Located in Pointe du Bout, 96 rooms are in a tropical garden around the swimming pool. All rooms offer air conditioning, WiFi, and satellite television. Most have kitchenettes.

    Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa – Travel till Aug. 15, 2015. From $1,440 per person for a seven night stay. Book seven nights and get one night free. Free upgrade to the deluxe suite with private pool and outdoor shower. Buffet breakfast included. Use promo code FREEUS.

    Bakoua Hotel - Travel till Sep. 30, 2015. From $141 per night for a five to seven night stay. The hotel has 137 rooms and suites all with balconies or patios, two restaurants, a cocktail bar, two tennis courts, a swimming pool, beach and water sport facilities.

    Book 2015 Trip and Save 10%

    Exotic Journeys International, the Chicago based operator of trips to Bhutan, Egypt, India, South Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Tibet offers 10 percent savings on all published fixed departure tours in 2015.

    Exotic Journeys International operates pre-designed tour packages with guaranteed fixed departures and custom designed tours around the globe.

    Classical India is a 15-day tour visiting Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ranakpur and Mumbai. Accommodations will be in Oberoi and Taj hotels. The land price is $7,430 per person double occupancy and roundtrip Business Class airfare from New York is from $3,529.

    The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a new luxury train that travels from Delhi (India) to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Agra before returning to Delhi. The all-inclusive land price is $4,995 per person double occupancy in private deluxe cabins. The super deluxe suite is available for $6,795 per person double occupancy.

    Book your space by Sep. 30, 2015 and EJI will guarantee the current published land price with 10 percent savings. The departure dates are up to Apr. 30, 2016.

    Exotic Journeys International or 800/554-6342.

    Summer Discounts on High-Speed Rail

    Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, offers discounted train tickets on various high-speed routes between top destinations in France and beyond. You can travel between Paris, Lyon, Nice, Milan, Frankfurt and Brussels with Rail Europe's sale on first class TGV & Intercites train tickets, through Aug. 21, 2015. This offer is valid for travel through Aug. 31, 2015. Prices start at $42 and are subject to change and availability.

    TGV first class tickets provide high-speed comfort and convenience including large reclining seats while traveling across the French countryside and beyond. The TGV high-speed rail network connects more than 200 cities within France, zipping from city to city at up to 186 mph.

    E-tickets are available for many trains in Europe making ticket delivery a breeze.

    Rail Europe or 888/382-7245.


    Turks and Caicos Collection Getaway Deal

    Providenciales, in the Turks & Caicos’ recently won TripAdvisor “#1 Travelers' Choice Island in the World.” To celebrate, the Turks and Caicos Collection, consisting of Alexandra Resort, Beach House, and Blue Haven Resort and Marina offers a travel deal that when combined with other specials may constitute an up to 40 percent discount on regular rates.

    Through summer and fall of 2015, each of these waterfront resorts has a “Prepay and Save” offer. Choose any special offered on the Collection’s web site, then book and prepay in full at least 21 days prior to arrival, and save an additional 10 percent off discounted rates. This prepay offer extends savings of up to 40 percent off regularly published rates. The offer is valid for travel until Oct. 31, 2015, at Alexandra Resort and Beach House, and until Dec. 18, 2015, at Blue Haven Resort.

    Each property provides a distinctive oasis. Alexandra Resort, one of the larger hotels on the island with 91 suites, occupies a section of Grace Bay beach and is a choice for families or couples.

    Beach House is a 21-room boutique resort with a relax-and-rejuvenate policy and an exclusive beach for couples in search of a romantic escape.

    Blue Haven Resort and Marina is in the quiet community of Leeward close to watersports. Blue Haven also offers an Island Global Yachting (IGY) marina, one of 10 in the Caribbean and the Americas.

    The Collection has partnered with Stash Hotel Rewards, the largest point-based loyalty program for independent hotels across the U.S.

    Guests of the Turks and Caicos Collection can join Stash for free. Stash members earn five points for each dollar spent on eligible room rates and can redeem them at independent hotels across the U.S. and in Turks and Caicos and U.S. Virgin Islands. Stash points never expire and redemption is simple, without blackout dates or category restrictions found in many chain programs. Stash partner hotels also provide members with exclusive travel deals.

    Conrad Miami Public Servants Summer Special

    Conrad Miami honors the country’s public servants with a special promotion and travel perks. Military personnel, teachers, fire-fighters, and their colleagues can escape to Miami, FL for a summer getaway at the Conrad Miami.

    Conrad Miami salutes all the men and women across America who work to better our nation. Through Sep. 30, 2015, Conrad Miami offers public sector employees a discounted room rate of $109 per night; 50 percent off all regular-priced spa treatments, 20 percent off all meals at the restaurant and 50 percent off valet parking.

    When booking, ask for code P5. A Military or Public Servant ID card is required upon check-in at the hotel.

    Conrad Miami Summer Special or 800-CONRADS.

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    Financial Tips for Travelers

    The Independent Community Bankers of America and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks provide information to help keep your money secure before you plan a holiday weekend or vacation.

    Financial professionals agree that the safest and most convenient way to travel with your money is to take a small amount of cash with you. Another good idea is to bring a debit and/or credit card as well. These cards are convenient while traveling because they are easy to carry, easy to use and often offer the lowest fees and the best exchange rates.

    Additionally, in the event that your debit and/or credit card is lost or stolen, you can easily have it deactivated to prevent further spending by calling your bank’s customer service number for added security as opposed to lost or stolen cash, which cannot be tracked.

      ICBA offers these tips on what you need to take care of before taking off:
    • Let your community bank know when and where you will be traveling so that you will avoid potential denials or fraud alerts when out-of-the-ordinary transactions are presented.
    • Ask your community bank about daily spending and withdrawal limits to help avoid a card denial when traveling.
    • Find out which ATM or debit card fees you may be subject to while traveling or at your travel destination.
    • Be sure to know your community bank’s customer service phone number. Add the number to your mobile contacts in case you have to report the card lost or stolen.
    • Have a backup card stored in a different place when you travel in case other cards get lost or stolen.
    • Make sure your card brands are accepted at the locations or countries you are traveling.
    • Avoid logging onto your online or mobile banking account via public WiFi networks. Instead, use cellular data networks, or call the bank directly. If using cellular data, use virus protection to protect your accounts and phone.
    • Do not give financial information to callers who contact you and claim to be from your bank or credit card company, especially if they ask you to provide private information. If you are concerned about your bank account, credit card information or other personal financial data, contact your local community bank directly.

    To find a community bank in your area visit ICBA's community bank locator.

    Avis Great Jubilee Money-Saving Offer

    This year marks Singapore's 50th year of independence. In celebration of the jubilee, Avis Car Rental gives you the opportunity to save up to 50 percent on rentals in August and September.

    To take advantage of this offer, you must reserve a vehicle for a minimum of five days for pick up/drop off at Avis' downtown Singapore locations (#01-07 Waterfront Plaza at 390A Havelock Road, Unit 1-226 Marina Square Mall at 6 Raffles Blvd, 895 Bukit Timah Road and at Orchard Hotel Business Center located at 442 Orchard Rd) during August and September.

    Reservations must be made by phone 800/737-1668 or online.

    Avis Singapore offers vehicles with automatic transmissions and amenities such as Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation devices, child safety seats, vehicle damage coverage options and personal property protection packages.

    Avis or 800/737-1668.

    Special Rates from Pelican Reef Villas Resort

    Have an island beach getaway with reduced rates at the Pelican Reef Villas Resort in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Summer rates at the 23 villas have been reduced an additional 15 percent off low season rates for a total discount of 40 percent. All rates include free breakfast.

    Sample Rates
    Two bedroom beachfront villas are $239.40 per night for one to two guests and $329.40 per night for three to four guests.
    Three bedroom beachfront villas are $419.40 per night for up to six guests.

    Two bedroom ocean view villas are $191.40 per night for one to two guests and $281.40 per night for three or four guests.
    Three bedroom ocean view villas are $359.40 per night for up to six guests.

    Two bedroom garden view villas are $173.40 per night for one or two guests and $257.40 per night for three or four guests.
    Three bedroom garden view villas are $299.40 per night for up to six guests.

    Rates are valid any day of the week until Dec. 19, 2015. The promotion is subject to change and cannot be used with existing reservations or in with any other offers or specials. All rates are in US dollars and do not include a nine percent Belize Hotel tax. There is no additional service charge. Additional restrictions may apply.

    Each villa features fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV, free WiFi, queen-size beds with pillow-top mattresses, washer and dryer, Eco Fresh bath products and central air conditioning.

    The resort offers an outdoor bar, an on-site restaurant, beach spa services, room service including personal in-villa chefs, an infinity pool with waterfall and wet-bar access, an on-site activities center, bikes and kayaks, golf cart rentals, a snorkeling reef underneath a private pier, loungers with umbrellas and hammocks.

    Pelican Reef is steps from the beach, walking distance to several restaurants and a short drive to San Pedro town.

    Pelican Reef Villas Resort or 281/394-3739.


    Summer Special Deals. Book Now and Get $15 Off with coupon code TLSUMMER15

    $1,500 Resort Credit at Palace Resorts in Mexico

    On top of all-inclusive amenities and services, Palace Resorts offers guests staying five to eight nights a $1,500 resort credit that can be used for services and amenities such as golf, spa, or tours. To receive the resort credit, book by Sep. 30, 2015 for travel through Dec. 23, 2015.

    The amount of the resort credit depends on the length of your vacation and is applied per room/per stay. The resort credit is accessible via a branded card. If you do not use your entire resort credit, you can roll the cash value over to subsequent stays at any of Palace Resorts’ eight oceanfront properties.

    You can now gift the accrued cash value of the resort credit to friends or family that plan on visiting Palace Resorts in the future. Resort credits become exchangeable two weeks following the transferring parties stay at any Palace Resorts property, and the resort credit cash value balance is redeemable for up to 12 months after the original stay. The offer is subject to additional terms.

    Palace Resorts.

    Unlimited Flights for a Monthly Fee

    A new company called OneGo may be a money saver for business travelers or frequent flyers. In OneGo’s own words, travelers would enjoy unlimited direct flying on major airline carriers such as American, Delta, United and Virgin America, for just one monthly cost.

    The OneGo Monthly Base package is $1,500 per month for unlimited non-stop flights booked at least seven days in advance. You must reserve four flight segments at a time. As soon as you take or cancel one of those flights, your booking ability is refreshed and you are able to place another reservation. There is a $100 per flight change fee if you change more than seven days out; $200 per flight change less than seven days out. All flights are booked as discounted economy class fares.

    That $1,500 fee includes Gogo Wi-Fi, TSA PreCheck and one free checked bag on every flight.

    Add-On options will be added at a later date.
    Last minute booking up to six hours before a flight costs $1,000/month
    Unlimited free flight changes will cost $750/month
    More open reservations where you can reserve eight flight segments at a time $500/month.

      OneGo’s inaugural West Coast region offers 32 non-stop flight routes. Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • Spokane, WA (GEG)
    • Portland, OR (PDX)
    • Reno, NV (RNO)
    • Sacramento, CA (SMF)
    • Oakland, CA (OAK)
    • San Francisco, CA (SFO)
    • San Jose, CA (SJC)
    • Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
    • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
    • Orange County, CA (SNA)
    • Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    • San Diego, CA (SAN)
    • Tucson, AZ (TUS)

    All routes are serviced by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Virgin America and other major airline carriers.

    OneGo 855/ONEGO-88.

    4 Philadelphia Marriotts Offer Art Package

    To celebrate the debut "Discovering the Impressionists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, four Marriott hotels in Philadelphia offer a package to help art lovers make the most of their time in the city.

    The exhibit offers a survey of great moments in Impressionism framed by the untold story of the dealer who discovered and sustained them.

      To complement the experience, Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard, Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City offer a "Discovering the Impressionists: Philadelphia Museum of Art" package featuring:
    • Guest room accommodations
    • Two adult tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    • 20 percent savings in select museum stores
    • Free dessert (with a chef's table meal) at the museum restaurant
    • 2 p.m. late check-out, based upon availability

    The package is available through Sep. 13, 2015. Rates are per room, per night, exclusive of tax and start at $219 at Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown and $229 at Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City. When booking, use promo code NCL.

    Marriott or 800/834-6418

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    Magical Dining Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining, Central Florida's official tourism association has lined up more newly-opened fine dining restaurants than ever before.

    Starting with a preview week Aug. 24 and running through Sept. 30, you can select from more than 70 participating restaurants including seven recently-opened venues to enjoy three-course dinners for $33.

      Several recently-opened restaurants are part of this year's line-up:
    • Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market, a neighborhood market and food hub, takes inspiration from the cuisine of Northern Spain
    • Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort focuses on authentic Italian recipes
    • Southern classics get a contemporary spin at Soco in Thornton Park
    • American Q at the B Resort brings barbeque styles from the Carolinas, Kansas City and Latin America

    More information on these new additions, along with a full list of all participating restaurants, go online.

    Visit Orlando's Magical Dining will benefit ELEVATE Orlando in 2015, with $1 from every meal donated to the local charity. ELEVATE Orlando meets the needs of urban youth by providing character education and life skills training to help to move students from poverty to self–sufficiency.

    Orlando Magicial Dining.

    See Northern Lights or Travel Again for Free

    Green and purple lights dancing across the clear Arctic skies. This display, known as the Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon you have an excellent chance of seeing aboard Hurtigruten’s Classic Coastal winter voyage as the ship sails above the Arctic Circle. Hurtigruten is confident that their cruises are the best way to experience the Aurora Borealis, the company offers a Northern Lights Promise: if the lights don’t make an appearance during your Hurtigruten Norway Coastal Voyage, they’ll give you another voyage free of charge.

    The guarantee is open to passengers booking a 12-day Classic Round Trip Voyage departing Oct. 2015 to Feb. 2016. Staff on-board Hurtigruten’s 11 coastal ships will scour the night skies and announce any sightings of the lights. Occurrences can last from a few minutes to hours. If the lights don’t appear during the voyage, Hurtigruten will offer you a free seven-day Classic Voyage North, or six-day Classic Voyage South departing between October 2016 and March 2017.

    The Classic Round Trip Voyage hugs the Norwegian coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes. Visiting 34 ports in each direction and covering more than 2,500 nautical miles, the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage allows you to explore one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world while enjoying an authentic Norwegian adventure. Excursions on the winter voyages include dog sledding in Tromso, a snowmobile trip in Lapland, a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral and visiting the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. On board, you get authentic Norwegian cuisine with ingredients sourced at each port.

    Hurtigruten’s fleet of ships, which carry 100 to 646 guests, allows travelers to enjoy the scenery and culture of the destination in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Hurtigruten or 877/301-3117.

    Free Fun Vancouver

    Canada's third largest city has plenty to see and do. A visit doesn't mean you have to empty your pocket of dollars or loonies. Here’s your checklist for year-round activities - all free of charge. Some are indoor, some outdoor. Some are exciting, others relaxing. Take your pick. There’s plenty to choose from and they are all free.

    1. Visit Granville Island - Once home to some serious industry (hence its former name, Industrial Island), Granville Island has an open air public market, live entertainment nearly every night of the week, street performers outside of the public market, crafts and shopping.

    2. Hang out in Stanley Park - Stroll along the sea wall, picnic on the greens, smell the roses.

    3. People-watch in Vancouver neighborhoods - Hang out in neighborhoods and soak in the vibes.

    4. Hike the Grouse Grind - A must-do for outdoor enthusiasts. Your legs might hate you afterward, but the views at the top are incredible. Walking is free. It’s $10 for the gondola ride down.

    5. Go Celeb-spotting - When not filming, stars frequent places such as Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, CinCin Ristorante and Tojo's Restaurant. Stars have to sleep somewhere. Here are some of the hotels that celebrities love: Four Seasons, Opus Hotel, Pan Pacific Hotel, Sutton Place Hotel and Wedgewood Hotel.

    6. Visit the Christ Church Cathedral - Designed in Gothic Revival style, the church features ceiling beams of Douglas fir, intricately designed interior arches and a number of stained glass windows.

    7. Mountain biking in the North Shore - Get air and get dirty to experience Vancouver's North Shore. There are plenty of intro trails to get you started such as Stupid Grouse Trail for beginners. Check here for beginner trails or the Vancouver Mountain Biking Meetup.

    8. Walk around Canada Place - Relax and watch the cruise ships glide into the city.

    9. Tour Vancouver's Art - Art galleries showcase cutting-edge art.

    10. Visit the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Staying the night is expensive, but it doesn't cost a cent to check out "the Grand Lady," for its distinctive history and architecture.

    11. Window shop at Vancouver's best shopping areas - Robson Street, Yaletown, Commercial Drive.

    12. Hang out at UBC - Take a tour of the University of British Columbia - one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

    13. Gaze at the stars at MacMillan Observatory - next to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the observatory is admission by donation and offers public viewings on Friday and Saturday evenings (July 1 to Labor Day), and Saturday evenings (Labor Day to July 1).

    14. Take a Scenic Drive - Take the legendary Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler and experience turquoise inlets, old-growth rainforests and craggy cliffs.

    15. Explore Athletes Village - Vancouver's newest neighborhood is at the Southeast corner of False Creek, steps from Science World. Grab a snack, explore the nearby habitat island, and check out the public art installations.

    16. Richmond Night Market - During the summer, this Chinese night market is free and worth the trip to find fried squid, fish balls and Chinese knick-knacks.

    17. Play disc golf at Queen Elizabeth Park - play a round of disc golf, free at Queen Elizabeth Park, one of Vancouver's most popular recreation areas. The course is near the Pitch & Putt Golf Course. Or play tennis at any of the 18 free courts.

    18. Visit Capilano Salmon Hatchery - Learn about the life-cycle of salmon at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery in Capilano River Regional Park. Free self-guided tour explains the life cycle of salmon. Trails and footbridges in the park provide views of Capilano River

    19. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park - Not to be confused with the adjacent Gardens, which charge admission, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park provides the elements of a traditional Chinese garden.

    20. Visit Vancouver's free museums - BC Golf Museum and Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.

    21. Watch the water at Lonsdale Quay - Perfect for a relaxing afternoon, and a perfect picnic spot.

    22. Wander around Lynn Canyon - Hit the hiking trail and brave the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge for epic views.

    23. Visit Wreck Beach - Vancouver's beach experience presents views of the mountain, water, downtown core and forest. If you're up for it, wear your birthday suit at Wreck Beach, the city's official nude beach.

    24. Watch the cruise ships go by at Dundarave Pier - Prime spot to views Lion's Gate and Stanley Park.

    Tourism Vancouver.


    Carlson Rezidor Summer Promotion

    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group offers its "Cool Deals, Dip In!" promotion across its hotel brands in Asia Pacific. Through Sep. 30, 2015, book and stay two consecutive nights or more at participating Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels and receive 15 percent off the best available rates. You will also earn up to quadruple Gold Points in Carlson Rezidor's Club Carlson global rewards program, plus dining privileges for children, with three free meals a day.

    Club Carlson members who book "Cool Deals, Dip In!" and stay two or three nights will earn Double Club Carlson points. For stays of four nights and longer, Club Carlson members will receive quadruple Club Carlson points. No registration is required and members can earn up to a maximum of 100,000 points for every stay.

    Several participating hotels offer a kids’ free option. Children 12 years and younger receive three free meals a day during every qualifying stay.

    Carlson Rezidor "Cool Deals, Dip In!"

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