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Affordable Luxury: The New Travel Norm

by Roger Sands

As the travel industry slowly but surely bounces back from months upon months of restrictions and shutdowns, upscale hotels and resorts have created never-before-offered discounted packages designed to attract guests. These include such deals as “stay longer, save more” rates along with all inclusive specials. Iconic hotels such as The Hermitage Hotel are offering affordable rates that won’t max out your credit card. With prices starting at $260 per night, this cherished Nashville landmark, provides the ultimate in southern hospitality. Discerning travelers who are looking for an affordable luxury experience can take advantage of the following deals.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona 

A lauded luxury resort, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is a striking boutique property in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Indulge in a candlelit dinner for two at elements, the resort’s signature restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. This past November, the hotel welcomed the appointment of two industry powerhouses to the F&B team, Chef de Cuisine Samantha Sanz and Bar Chef Christiaan Röllich, who are steering the evolution of the resort’s signature Elements Restaurant and Jade Bar. Low season rates starting at $329 per night.

Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho  

Located in one of the country’s best ski towns, Shore Lodge is perfect for an affordable vacation laced with off-the-beaten-path luxury. A four-season destination offering outdoor enthusiasts and families an incredible backdrop for both adrenaline-inducing activity and leisure pursuits, the resort is a lakefront escape just 2.5 hours outside of Boise. A McCall landmark since 1948, Shore Lodge is situated on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States. The historic 77-room lakefront resort is set in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains on the southern waters of Payette Lake, a 5,330-acre expanse of clean, glacial waters. Rates starting from $189.

Waldorf Astoria Park City, Utah   

Tucked away in Canyons Village in Park City with endless mountaintop views, Waldorf Astoria Park City is an exhilarating vacation or tranquil mountain retreat. The perfect home base for alpine adventurers, the resort property offers slope-side access to Park City Mountain, the largest ski and snowboarding resort in the country. Guests booking a suite have access to kitchenettes stocked with ingredients for dishes like shrimp and vegetable quesadillas or filet mignon along with a detailed recipe card written by the hotel’s executive chef. The property offers 160 accommodations and hot tubs are available in many of the guest rooms plus two larger hot tubs for all guests on the pool deck. Rates starting from $306.

Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois 

Located just outside of Chicago, the 57-room Deer Path Inn is renowned for its truly luxurious amenities and offerings, such as traditional Afternoon Tea service (developed in partnership with a Master of Tea from England) and exceptional dining and cocktail offerings across three restaurants. Spacious accommodations create an unparalleled guest experience. The inn offers its beloved Afternoon Tea program in-suite along with private wine and bourbon tasting in the inn’s “hidden” wine cellar. Also, one-on-one cocktail classes are offered with chief spirits officer, Jorge Centeno, where guests can learn how to make a series of delectable drinks. Rates starting from $329.

HarbourView Inn, Charleston, South Carolina    

Boasting some of the best views in town, Charleston’s 52-room waterfront hotel in the Historic District offers guests the intimate approach of a bed and breakfast with the features of a luxurious boutique hotel. Guests can also enjoy an impressive list of free amenities including artisanal breakfast in bed, afternoon wine and cheese, warm milk and cookies before bed and nightly turndown. The property also features a private rooftop flanked by 360-degree views of the historic harbor, famed Pineapple Fountain and church steeples. Rates starting from $329.

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