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    >>> time to pack it up for today's travel and ways to escape the winter blues.

    >> whether you're on a budget or live in luxury, there's something for everybody. nice to see you again.

    >> nice to see you.

    >> we're all needing it right now, baby. we've got the winter blues.

    >> the big question is whether to splurge or steal and i have both options.

    >> you do not have the right to steal! go ahead.

    >> we're start ng the caribbean. it's $368 a night. it's everything you would expect from a w resort. there is bicycling, tennis, the rooms are spectacular. but if you want a steal, consider jake's in jamaica, $115 a night. that casual, high hooeeels, flip-flops all the way, $115.

    >> those are cute.

    >> next we're going to one of your favorite cities, paris.

    >> yes. my home town .

    >> everybody thinks about an extravagant weekend in pair ris. the shang ri la hotel. half of the rooms have views of the eiffel tower . it was built in honor of napoleon's grand nephew, so so much history.

    >> what's so great about him?

    >> then if you want a steal, there is the citizen hotel, $228 a night. that's a very bohemian area, but a new hotel at $228.

    >>> take us to santa fe .

    >> santa fe is great in the springtime, a little hotter than you expect because of high altitude . it's $660 a night, but it's beautiful. you can hike, relax, a beautiful spa, all contemporary interiors, no dream catchers in sight. it's 20 minutes north of the city , but if you want to be in the city, consider the spa at loredo. it's $170 a night, the architecture very recognizable, t terra cotta reds.

    >> the art galleries and funky little boboutiques.

    >> there are 250 art galleries located in santa fe .

    >> park city , utah.

    >> this is what you would expect for park city . it's a norwegian chalet halfway up the mountain. $550, and i hear they throw in two lift tickets plus breakfast for two. they have a ski concierge welcome you upon arrival. they take your skis so you don't have to worry about schlepping them around. and for something less expensive, consider the cascade at vail, colorado. $270 a night, which is 50% off the normal rate. that's run by travel and leisure and luxury link, and we're running it special today for the vacation viewer.

    >> we had a home out there for years, and we just loved it. it's a fantastic place.

    >> a beautiful renovation. the patio overlooks an infinity pool .

    >> family vacation, if people want to go to florida?

    >> the ritz-carlton. beautiful hotel. everything you can imagine. from a 400-plus room resort. great deal. close to two amusement parks and national parks and of course the beach. if you're looking for something different, consider the green turtle club in the bahamas. very quiet and relaxing. less than $200 a night there as well, so something for the entire family.

    >> boy, that looks good. with the kind of winter we've had, you say i'll take anything. you're unbelievable.

    >> you don't look at anything, you have everything memorized and she was like this, the galleries.

    >> you know your stuff, sweet

updated 2/17/2011 12:26:22 PM ET 2011-02-17T17:26:22

All 31 chairlifts are open this week at Vail Mountain, where more than 26 feet of powder covers 5,000 rugged acres. And staying there costs less than you might think: you can get a room at Vail Cascade, a luxury ski-in/ski-out resort and spa, for just $209 a night in March — an impressive 63 percent off the standard rack rate.

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You can lock in that rate today by joining Vacationist, a members-only flash sale travel site, which offers great hotel deals every week.

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Private flash sale sites, which present tempting sales to a limited group of exclusive members, grew in popularity during the recession and continue to provide deals to savvy shoppers. In fact, in a recent newsletter, eMarketer predicted that the leading flash sites generated more than $900 million in revenue last year alone.

The trend may have started in the fashion sector, but travel consumers have flocked to the service. And now that the U.S. Travel Association predicts travel spending will increase by $1.3 million from 2009 to 2012, private travel flash sale sites are gearing up for big business.

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What’s on sale now? Vacationist is offering top winter hotel deals at award-winning properties. Besides the deal at Vail Cascade, you can grab a great discount at the 582-room Terranea, just south of L.A. It has all the trappings of an exclusive resort (Pacific Ocean views, eight restaurants, a 50,000-square-foot spa), but thanks to Vacationist, the price, at $213 a night, is 40 percent off the advertised rate.

Of course, there are lots of other great travel deals out there. Some of our current favorites:

  • Caribbean Getaway from $95 a night: Jake’s, Jamaica (800-688-7677; islandoutpost.com; April 20 through December 2011).
  • Weekend in Paris from $240 a night: Le Citizen, Paris (011-33-1-83-62-55-50; lecitizenhotel.com; year-round).
  • Santa Fe Spa Escape from $179 a night: Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe (505-988-5531; innatloretto.com; year-round).
  • Family Beach Vacation from $189 a night: Green Turtle Club and Marina, Bahamas Out Islands (800-370-4468; greenturtleclub.com; March through July 2011).

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