15 Last-Minute Winter Travel Deals to Book for 2019
If you’re looking for the best last-minute travel deals, we’ve got great news—it’s definitely not too late to book a winter escape! The most difficult part will be choosing between country, city, beach, or mountains.
This city definitely rocks
This may surprise you, but if you’re into serious gastronomy and charming locals, Cleveland, Ohio is the place to head this year, and flights from around the country are inexpensive, met by even more affordable hotel rates. You’ll be treated to savory meals from celebrity chef Michael Symon, beautiful local scenery, and luxury accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton. Their “Be A Rock Star” package offers the ultimate experience, pairing a stay at the plush Ritz-Carlton with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, turndown service, and complimentary cocktails at TURN Bar + Kitchen starting at $339 per night. Don’t miss these vacations for people who love winter activities.
Even Midtown Manhattan is on sale
If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to check out New York City and enjoy the lights; shopping; Broadway theater experiences; and world-class dining at locally famous eateries like Mastro’s, Reserve Cut steakhouse, and the Instagram-famous Dough Doughnuts, January will be a dream come true. Pod Hotels is offering a major savings deal, one of our best last-minute travel deals, that is perfect for city lovers. Rates at Pod 39 and Pod 51, both in Midtown, will have rates starting at $79 per night through January and February.
There are palm trees in your future
Through December 21, 2018, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering guests a fourth night free plus a $300 resort credit. The “fourth night free” deal will be available again from January 5 through April 23, 2019 with a $100 resort credit. We can already hear the birds chirping and feel the sand between our toes. This is a good excuse to go bathing suit shopping, obviously. Here are some more great warm-weather destinations to escape the cold.
Ski the best part of Vermont at a discount
Local New Englanders and New York-area vacationers will revel in a discounted midweek stay at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont, where top-of-the-line ultra-luxe accommodations will be discounted to rates as low as $249 per night in January and February. If you’re not already an avid snow bunny, a stay at this Stowe resort will turn you into one, but they also boast a top-notch spa and dining scene, too. Stowe also made our list of destinations that are even better in winter.
This adults-only resort in Cancun is calling your name
If you’re looking for an especially quiet (read: no kids allowed) tropical resort with that new-hotel scent, Haven Riviera Cancun is what you’re looking for—and because they just opened, they’re offering 45% off their regular rates. The offer is redeemable for travel dates from December 22, 2018 thru December 30, 2019, which means you can basically have a nearly-half price vacation any time in the coming year. This is one of our favorite last-minute travel deals because you’ve got so much time to use it. Pack your things, darling, you’re about to see some sunshine.
Trendy Austin will be on sale, too
If you’ve been meaning to hit up the ever-trendy Austin, Texas area, this winter will be the right time. Lakeway Resort and Spa will be offering weekday rates starting at $99 per night with upgrades to lake view rooms. It’s the perfect blend of outdoors access, offering boating, fishing, and miles of lake shoreline, with nearby bustling Austin.
Orlando is within everyone’s reach right now
If hitting major theme parks is high on your list this winter, the Orlando-area last-minute travel deals we found will be especially exciting to you. The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is offering rates from $159 per night on one, two, and three-bedroom suites, and up to two kids ages 12 and under eat free at the resort’s main restaurant, Valencia, with each adult dinner that is purchased. The deal is bookable from December 5, 2018 through March 5, 2019, and is valid for stays between December 5, 2018 and December 22, 2019. You might even want to piggy-bank this one for summer vacation when Orlando rates are sky-high. The resort even offers a free shuttle back and forth to Disney grounds. Check out some more great winter getaways for families that won’t break the bank.
The Ozarks are an under-appreciated affordable treasure
If you’re a nature-lover and can’t get enough of that woodsy scent, you’ll want to head straight to Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. The area boasts an Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, the 18,000-square-foot Cedar Creek Spa, and a nature-based heritage preserve perched on a majestic cliff top, Top of the Rock. From January 2, 2019 through February 28, 2019, Big Cedar Lodge is offering their Falls Lodge rooms as low as $99 per night, and private log cabins starting at $149 per night.
A deal for American heroes
If you love a good patriotic, all-American holiday gift, you’ll be eager to know Sanderling Resort on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is offering a “Heroes Welcome” discount package for all hardworking servicemen and women. When you present military ID you’ll be treated to 20% off all food, spa, and retail at Sanderling, and can take advantage of room rates starting at $119 per night until March 14, 2019. Just bring your camera, because you’ll definitely want to capture your own images of the local wild beach horses.
The Caribbean is calling
Pack your swim and snorkel gear, because the very-chic Oyster Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten is offering rates as low as $169 per night all winter long. You’ll be treated to their especially Instagram-worthy pool with ocean views, delicious dining, sea breezes, and a quietly trendy international scene. We’re pretty sure this one will be your go-to year after year. Find out all the best Caribbean islands to beat your winter blues.
Whale watching in Hawaii will make lifetime memories
You can dodge cold American mainland temperatures by escaping to Maui for a glorious whale watching escape at the popular Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Sure, they offer surfing, swimming, world-class dining, and all the expected trimmings of a Hawaiian vacation, but they’re also offering a steeply discounted whale watching package. From December 15, 2018 through April 15, 2019, guests can get up close and personal with whales thanks to four nights in partial ocean view rooms, a breakfast buffet for two, whale watching for two on the morning of your choice, a guided snorkel tour, and two beach towels—all for $1,154 plus taxes. Here are 15 under-the-radar places to visit in 2019.
Three-night cruises to the Bahamas are under $300 right now
If you need a quick warm-weather trip, booking a getaway on the Carnival Victory from Miami to the Bahamas is one of the best last-minute travel deals you can find. Not that you really need an excuse for a Bahamian weekend, but the ship offers endless all-you-can-eat buffet options, fun cocktails, swimming, activities, and more.
Under the Tuscan sun for $129 per night
If Italy is your ultimate destination, we suggest finding your most elastic pants immediately, because Florence—that’s Firenze to a worldly person like you—is steeply discounted during the cooler months of January and February. You’ll still be treated to the best food of your life, world-class museums, art galore, and enough things to photograph to make your friends jealous for a lifetime. The Orto de’ Medici Hotel, one of the area’s better-renovated properties, is offering rates starting at $129 per night the entire season. Find out the 15 hottest places to visit in 2019, as recommended by experts.
Denver is calling
Head west this year and see the best of Denver, Colorado by booking one of the city’s hippest hotels, The Ramble. It’s got an industrial-chic allure that’s right at the heart of great eating, surreal nature, crisp air, and access to all sorts of nearby outdoor Colorado activities.
Whisk yourself away to Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
San Francisco’s undeniable flair, art scene, and architectural marvels are enough to draw anyone in—but for those still wondering if they really need to head to northern California this winter, let us present you with some especially compelling facts: The weather is delightful throughout the winter months, the sea life abounds, the seafood is even more plentiful, and rates at the normally very expensive Hotel Zoe Fisherman’s Wharf start at just $225 per night in January. Get ready to get all the Ghirardelli and see the sights—you won’t regret it. Read on to find out the best budget travel destinations for 2019.
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