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Travelzoo: Weekend Drive Destinations

Travelzoo: Weekend Drive Destinations


THANKS FOR BEING WITH US FROM GEORGIA TODAY. THAT WAS FUN. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BOOK A PLANE TICKET TO A FAR-OFF DESTINATION TO ENJOY A REST AND RELAXATION. THERE ARE SPOTS JUST DOWN THE ROAD TO ENJOY. KEN IS IN THE HOUSE THIS MORNING. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU. WE GOT TO HANG OUT YESTERDAY, BUYING CANDY FOR OUR KIDS. WE ARE SUCH GOOD PARENTS. AND THEN STEVE KNOCKED OVER HIS CHILD. [LAUGHTER] HE ACCIDENTALLY KNOCKED OVER MY DAUGHTER AND IT REALLY KIND OF RUINED THE REST OF THE DAY. SHE CRIED THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON. YOU CAN’T HOLD GRUDGES THAT WAY. [LAUGHTER] NO YOU CAN’T. IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE. SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION FOR A LOT OF KIDS BUT GAS PRICES ARE AT ,10. WE LIVE IN ONE OF THE PRETTIEST SPOTS IN THE WORLD SO REALLY THE IDEA OF GETTING IN THE CAR AND DRIVING A FEW MINUTES OR A FEW HOURS AWAY FOR A VACATION IS A — IS VERY APPEALING THESE DAYS SO LET’S TALK ABOUT DRIVABLE GETAWAYS. THIS IS LAKE TAHOE AND PRICES WILL GO UP AGAIN ONCE WE HEAD TOWARD THE PEAK SKI MONTHS SO THIS IS A COMPANY CALLED HL VILLAS. THEY SCOUR NORTHERN TAHOE FOR VILLAS AVAILABLE DURING THE SOFTER PERIOD OF THE FALL MONTHS. THESE ARE THREE OR FOUR BEDROOM VILLAS THAT WILL GO FOR THOUSAND THE NIGHT COME SKI SEASON BUT YOU CAN STAY THERE RIGHT NOW FOR $999 FOR THREE NIGHTS. IT’S PERFECT FOR A MULTI- GENERAL TRIP: BRING THE KIDS AND GRANDKIDS, GET THE KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL MAYBE EVEN IF THEY’VE GONE BACK AND BECAUSE THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL TRIP. THROUGH MID-DECEMBER — SO EVEN SOME EARLY SKI WEEKS HERE AS WELL. JUST A LUXURIOUS ESCAPE IN NORTHERN TAHOE. GET GRANDDAD TO STAY WITH THE KIDS AND THEN YOU IN THE WHEN YOU LOVE CAN GET AWAY WITH TO NAPA. HARVEST SEASON HAS BEGUN AND THEY’VE STARTED TO PICK THE SPARKLING WINE GRAPES NOW. THIS IS WHEN THE VINES ARE AT THEIR FULLEST SO STAY AT THE HISTORIC PROPERTY HERE, CLOSE TO HIGHWAY 29. ONE DOLLAR — $199 A NIGHT TO STAY THE NIGHT. AND A GOURMET ORGANIC FARM TO TABLE BREAKFAST EVERY MORNING. IF YOU STILL HAVE THE KIDS, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR ANIMAL LOVERS, THIS IS THE SAFARI WEST. IN SANTA ROSA. DO YOU LIKE GIRAFFES? WE LOVE DRESS. [LAUGHTER] ARE THINKING OF GOING? CHECK THIS OUT. YOU ARE ROUGHING IT OUT THERE A LITTLE BIT BUT YOU ARE REALLY STAYING IN THE SORT OF ENCLOSED ACCOMMODATIONS WITH WOOD FLOORS AND IT’S REALLY QUITE POSH AND THEN YOU WAKE UP TO THE SOUNDS OF THE 700+ ANIMALS USHERING IN A NEW DAY. IT’S $189 PER NIGHT BECAUSE AS THE KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL, IT BECOMES MUCH MORE AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER THROUGH OCTOBER. BETTER RATES THAT ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK. AND YOSEMITE — THIS IS A FOUR DIAMOND PROPERTY. THEY JUST GOT THE BEST RESORT FOR FAMILIES AND BEST RESORT FOR PETS IN THE WEST AWARDS. GREAT ACCOMMODATIONS AND YOU’VE GOT 48 BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY ACRES TO TRAVERSE ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE OR HIKE. YOU GET TO PICK AN ACTIVITY WHILE YOU ARE THERE, MAYBE A GUIDED NATURE HIKE OR ARCHERY OR A WALL CLIMBING SESSION. GREAT DEAL THERE AT THE TENAYA LODGE . AND FINALLY THIS IS THE OAKES HOTEL, $129 PER NIGHT PUTS YOU AMONG ALL THE GREAT WHINERS — WINERIES THERE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AND YOU GET A BOTTLE OF WINE WHEN YOU CHECK-IN. THIS IS WHEN WE START TO SEE THE WHOLE STATE OF CALIFORNIA GO ON SALE AFTER PRICES HAVE PEAKED DURING THE JULY AND EARLY AUGUST PERIODS. WE ARE RIGHT ON TOP OF THIS STUFF. PEOPLE COME ALL — COME FROM ALL OVER TO SEE THESE THINGS AND WE ARE JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM THEM. SO MANY GREAT SPOTS. THANKS, GABE. GOOD TO SEE YOU. NEXT TIME WEAR PANTS THOUGH. [LAUGHTER] THAT SOUNDED WORSE THAN IT WAS. [LAUGHTER] HE IS WEARING SHORTS. [LAUGHTER] HE IS WEARING SHORTS.


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