Chicago, Ohio, Missouri and Quebec
Our travel editor Kevin Wierzbicki finds you a nice place to stay and something to do
while you're there. This month he visits Chicago, Hocking Hills, Ohio, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and Quebec.
Destination: Hocking Hills, Ohio
Who cares what that darn groundhog says? Punxsutawney Phil may spend Feb. 2nd looking for his shadow but you can spend Groundhog Day having more fun than that. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, located in the scenic Hocking Hills area of Ohio, has a fun special lined up for Groundhog Day visitors. Guests who check in on Feb. 1st, the day before Groundhog Day, will get lodging for two in one of the cozy inn's guestrooms or cottages, dinner for two prepared by renowned chef Anthony Schulz, an invite to a private showing of the classic Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day (and popcorn!) and then a full country breakfast for two the following morning. After breakfast guests are encouraged to hike nearby trails on their own where they just might spy one of the local groundhogs. Prices begin at $159. www.innatcedarfalls.com
How would you like to stay in a fancy Chi-town hotel for just $1 per night? No, that's not a typo. Public is a new hotel brand and they opened their first location, Public Chicago, last October. Now there's a promotion going on that'll give lots of lucky folks the chance to check out the new digs for practically nothing. Here's how it works: Go to www.publichotels.com/chicago/dollarand sign up for the promotion. The hotel will then send you a special priority email letting you know when the "One Dollar Sale" goes live, and you'll have 48 hours to try and get one of three nightly rooms at the $1 rate, first come first serve. The promotion will continue for 90 days so you'll actually have lots of chances to score the unbelievable deal. And you know what to do in Chicago; go out and hear some blues, man!
Destination: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
What's that you say, Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks is too cold for you in the winter? Would a great rate on a place to stay change your mind? Here are just a few of the things you can do right now in the Lake of the Ozarks region: Get comfy next to the fireplace in your cozy cabin or bed & breakfast after an afternoon of snowshoeing. Visit a show cave. Get an invigorating massage. Want to get wet and wild and stay warm while you do it? Visit the Timber Falls Indoor Waterpark. Right now prices on lodging and everything that goes with it comes at a discounted price; find deals at www.funlake.comExtra special fun area events include the 11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl on Feb. 11th and two shows from Beatles tribute act Liverpool Legends on March 2nd and 3rd.
Le Grand Lodge in Mont-Tremblant in the magnificent Laurentians region of Quebec has a special package deal for skiers. Their ski package starts at $269 and includes a 2-night stay, 2 breakfasts, 2 days access to the slopes and trails at Mont Tremblant, shuttle service, nachos and veggies in the Whiskey Bar and, wait for itů cookies and hot chocolate! Details at www.hotelleriechampetre.com Pair up your stay at Le Grand Lodge with a visit to the Quebec City Winter Carnival (about a 4 hour ride); happening January 27th through February 12th.
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