getaways http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/18338/all en-US 5 Cheap, Fun Fall Getaways http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_winery_000018263850.jpg" alt="Woman taking cheap, fun fall getaway" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Autumn is in the air, and a three-word tautogram comes to mind: frugal fall fun. Here are five spectacular and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">affordable fall getaways</a> suitable for a romantic weekend or the whole family. (Each trip was calculated for parties of two or more; travel may be extra.)</p> <h2>1. Sonoma and Napa Valley Wine Country Tours</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Under $250</p> <p>It's peak fall harvest season in wine country, which makes it an ideal time to go. Most of the Napa and Sonoma Valley tours are less than $250 (for two), offer free transport from San Francisco, come with a free meal, and include a visit to two or three wineries with food and wine pairings. <a href="http://www.napavalleywinetrolley.com/reservations/">Napa Valley Wine Trolley</a>, <a href="http://www.dynamicnapawinetours.com/napa-wine-tours/?gclid=CJqZxNKtucgCFZOGaQodo7sHIw">Dynamic Napa Wine Tours</a>, and <a href="http://www.winecountrytourshuttle.com/">Wine Country Tours Shuttle</a> all come in under your $250 budget.</p> <h2>2. Big Bear Lake, California</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Under $500</p> <p>Snag yourself a lakeview room at an area resort in <a href="http://www.bigbear.com/places-to-stay/resort-cabins/">Big Bear Lake</a> for $89 to $150 per night. While many of the area lodging accommodations don't have on-site dining, some offer suites with full kitchens, living, and dining areas. Fun area activities include mining, aerial and segway tours, water sports, fishing, ziplining, and &quot;funplexes.&quot; For a two-day getaway, you'll stay well within your budget.</p> <h2>3. Coast Starlight; Los Angeles to Seattle</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Under $500&ndash;$1,000</p> <p>Amtrak offers a scenic West Coast shoreline getaway; the <a href="http://www.amtrak.com/coast-starlight-train">Coast Starlight</a>. This train runs daily from Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA, SVF) and passes through the majestic coastal towns of Santa Barbara, the Bay Area, and Portland. Travel time for the entire trip is roughly 35 hours. Tickets cost under $150 per person and include sleeping car cabins, or roomettes, which are a part of service. Business class can accommodate two for around $600, while a family room that sleeps four is under $1,000. Business class travelers receive free Wi-Fi, complimentary bottles of water, and a $6 coupon redeemable towards the purchase of food and beverages. And if you reserve a sleeping car, all dining car meals are on the house. I can tell you, the food is catered and quite good; it's well worth the extra cost!</p> <h2>4. Epcot International Food &amp; Wine Festival</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $500&ndash;$1,000</p> <p>From September 25th through November 26th, Walt Disney World is hosting its <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/">International Food &amp; Wine Festival</a> at Epcot World Showcase in Florida. Tickets are $96 per person for an all day pass. A stay at nearby resorts ranges from $162 for a moderate resort to $284 or more for a deluxe resort. Budget accommodations start at $85 per night. <a href="http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/lake-buena-vista.html">Lake Buena Vista</a> is also home to stretches of white sand beaches and world-class golf courses.</p> <h2>5. Twin Farms Resort, Vermont</h2> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $2,500&ndash;$5,000</p> <p>Okay, this one isn't frugal at all. But if you have fine taste and a budget to match, for $2,000-$2,500 per night, <a href="http://www.twinfarms.com/">Twin Farms</a> in Royalton, Vermont is the ideal fall destination. This five-star, all-inclusive bed and breakfast situated on 300 acres overlooks Silver Lake and has 20 guest accommodations. The amenities include a gym, pool, and luxury spa, as well as kayaking, yoga classes, fishing, hiking, biking, games, tennis, and daily farm-fresh meals prepared by Chef Nathan Rich.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite fall getaways? </em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Cheap%2C%20Fun%20Fall%20Getaways_0.jpg&amp;description=%205%20Cheap%2C%20Fun%20Fall%20Getaways" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Cheap%2C%20Fun%20Fall%20Getaways_0.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 More Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel autumn big bear cheap trips disney world fall vacation getaways napa valley Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:15:25 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1599208 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5469224-small.jpg" alt="ferris wheel" title="ferris wheel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people feel that they have to travel far or spend a lot to enjoy a nice vacation. If this is how you think, you may never get away. Don't assume that a little relaxation and adventure is out of your budget. You might be surprised by the number of inexpensive things you can do and see &mdash; in just one weekend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Go Camping</h2> <p>Camping is not only easy on your pocketbook, it offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family. There is no television, no computer &mdash; and depending on how deep you venture into the woods, maybe even no cell service. Take in the fresh air, talk, or simply chill. There is no better way to clear your mind and recharge your body.</p> <h2>2. Hit the Beach</h2> <p>Other than paying for parking, going to the beach is practically free. Sure, you'll have to book a hotel for one or two nights and grab a couple of meals, but you don't have to pay a dime for activities. Bring your bike or skates and hit the boardwalk, or challenge your travel mate to a game of volleyball or Frisbee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-weekend">40+ Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend</a>)</p> <h2>3. City Sightseeing</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wkdget-5045300-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Staying in the city is anything but cheap, and don't get me started on parking fees. But if you book a hotel in a neighboring suburban city and then take the train or bus, you can enjoy a cheap weekend in the city. Book a hotel in New Jersey if you're headed to Manhattan, or stay in Alexandria, Virginia if you're planning a weekend in the nation's capital.</p> <h2>4. Bed and Breakfast</h2> <p>Looking for a new experience? If so, book a weekend stay at a bed and breakfast. It's the perfect romantic getaway. Enjoy a private room and personal service. And since many B&amp;Bs are located off the beaten path, they typically offer a quieter, more peaceful atmosphere.</p> <h2>5. State Fair</h2> <p>Carnival rides, food, animals, music and other live entertainment &mdash; there is no shortage of things to see and do at a state fair. And the best part, admission won't break the bank &mdash; $8 to $12 depending on your location. Yes, you have to pay extra for rides and activities. But you have control over how much you spend on extras.</p> <h2>6. Mountain Getaway</h2> <p>Spending a weekend in the mountains might be the prescription if you're looking for a little peace of mind. There is just about something for everyone, and many activities won't cost a cent. Enjoy a scenic drive, rock climb, hike, canoe, or mountain bike. Plus, this is the perfect location to glimpse natural scenery, such as natural bridges, waterfalls and caverns. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-go-for-inspiration">10 Places to Go for Inspiration</a>)</p> <h2>7. Amusement Park</h2> <p>Amusement park admission prices have definitely skyrocketed in recent years, with many general admission prices around $60. But there are ways to get in for less. Go online and search for discounts or coupon codes, and check the newspaper and grocery bags for coupons. A watchful eye helped me score buy-one-get-one-free tickets to both Six Flags and Busch Gardens.</p> <h2>8. Book a Last-Minute Cruise</h2> <p>If you're within driving distance of a cruise port, you might be able to save big on a last-minute cruise. For example, a four-day, three-night Bahamas cruise from Miami, Florida starts at $179 per person. Not a bad deal considering that this price includes food, entertainment, activities, plus a weekend in the tropics. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>9. National Park</h2> <p>If you're the outdoorsy type, visit one of many national parks throughout the United States. In all likelihood, you're within driving distance of at least one park. Lace up your boots and enjoy some day hiking, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars. There's also wildlife viewing, bicycling, fishing, boating, and winter activities.</p> <h2>10. Road Trip to Nowhere</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/wkdget-692042-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Pack the car, choose a highway and hit the open road with no destination in sight. Pretty risky, but so much fun, as you don't know where the road will take you. Check out different cities along the way and tour landmarks. And when you're tired of driving, stop at a nearby hotel and continue your adventure in the morning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-travel-off-the-beaten-path">Reasons to Travel Off the Beaten Path</a>)</p> <h2>11. Timeshare Weekend</h2> <p>I know &mdash; sitting through a 90-minute presentation for a timeshare that you're not buying is painful at best. But if you're looking for an inexpensive getaway, this might be your ticket. Sit through a presentation, and the resort will comp your weekend visit or discount the regular room rate. And sometimes, they'll toss in dinner vouchers and free tickets to local attractions.</p> <h2>12. Bus Tour</h2> <p>Why drive when you can sit back and let someone else do the work? Bus trips are an inexpensive way to break your boring weekend routine. Plus, some tours include the cost of a hotel for one or two nights. For example, you can take a three-day bus trip from Norfolk, Virginia to Atlantic City, New Jersey for just $238 per person. This includes roundtrip transportation plus accommodations.</p> <h2>13. Tourist in Your Own Town</h2> <p>You don't have to go far to enjoy an inexpensive weekend getaway. Drive 20 or 30 minutes to a neighboring area, book a hotel room and spend the weekend exploring your own city. Maybe there are local museums, festivals, outdoor entertainment, and other activities that you've overlooked. Then again, you may prefer sitting in your hotel room all weekend, enjoying a break from cooking and cleaning.</p> <h2>14. House Swap</h2> <p>Maybe you live in the city and you're looking to spend your weekend at the beach. And maybe your friend by the beach wants to liven things up over the weekend. Why waste cash on a hotel when you can swap houses? Driving to the house will be your largest expense, as there's always the option of preparing your own meals.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ideas for inexpensive getaways? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fmake-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FMake%20Your%20Escape%20With%20These%2014%20Affordable%20Weekend%20Getaways_0.jpg&amp;description=Make%20Your%20Escape%20With%20These%2014%20Affordable%20Weekend%20Getaways" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Make%20Your%20Escape%20With%20These%2014%20Affordable%20Weekend%20Getaways_0.jpg" alt="Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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