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The holidays are supposed to be a season for spending time with family, giving thanks, and recharging our near-depleted batteries. Unfortunately, for all too many of us, they bring about more stress than relaxation; between the cooking and cleaning, gift-giving and hosting, we often find ourselves needing a vacation from our vacations. So why not switch up your usual holiday traditions and take a trip during the holidays this year? With these domestic hotel deals, you can swing an affordable getaway without straying too far from home, and still avoid the usual stress of the season.
December is known as one of the best months to visit San Francisco, with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s and a plethora of sunny days. At the 4.5-star Fairmont San Francisco atop upscale Nob Hill, rooms start from $139 per night from mid-November through late-December (including Thanksgiving and Christmas). That represents a fifty percent savings on rates in spring and fall at this iconic hotel, which is known for its opulent lobby, and the popular Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, which was established in 1945.
Escape to another era entirely with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. The Revolutionary City makes for a unique destination during the holidays, with traditions like the Grand Illumination on December 2, with fireworks displays, decorated historic houses, horse-drawn carriages, and marching fifes and drums. The newly renovated, 4-star Williamsburg Lodge offers a Holiday Stories Package for $130 per person, per night, which, in addition to nightly accommodations, includes daily breakfast, $100 in credit to shops, restaurants, and spas, museum tickets for the length of your stay, and more.
Those of you who find yourselves in the Midwest – whether you’re taking a trip to Chicago, or stopping there on your way to your final destination – should take advantage of incredibly low rates at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Rooms at this 4-star hotel near the airport begin from $89 per night with the Park and Fly Package, which includes free parking and shuttles to and from the airport, saving you a whopping 45 percent on booking this hotel elsewhere (enter the code PRKFLY when booking).
Or, for a Big Apple escape, choose The Bowery House in trendy downtown Manhattan, with average rates during November and December from $122 per night.
Some hotels are offering savings at their properties throughout the U.S., so you can save no matter where you choose to go. The luxury Sofitel Hotels are promoting their Winter Collection offer from November 15 through January 15, with a third night free for reservations of three nights or more at a number of hotels throughout the country, like the Sofitel Miami from $108 per night, the Sofitel San Francisco Bay from $116 per night, and the Sofitel Philadelphia from $146 per night. Or, save 20 percent when you stay three nights or more at any Howard Johnson hotel, which is valid at literally hundreds of the Howard Johnson properties throughout the country.
So while everyone else is bogged down with their hosting responsibilities, take comfort in knowing you're enjoying a relaxing trip to a destination of your choice. When January rolls around, you'll be refreshed and ready to take on the new year – and finally have the energy to deal with your extended family!
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