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TODAY   |  December 03, 2013

Get great deals on last-minute holiday travel

Jacqui Gifford of Travel & Leisure magazine helps you find last-minute holiday resort destinations, presenting a few options from around the country, including Chicago and California.

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>> place to celebrate the holidays? even though travel prices do go up you can still find great bargains at great spots that know how to celebrate.

>> that's right and here with five holiday travel deals is jackie gifford. good morning.

>> good morning.

>> great spots. let's start off with the resort in idaho. here you get all of that winter magic, right?

>> if you want that winter wonder land feeling this is a 33 room property along the shores of the lake and they're famous for their holiday light display. over 1.5 million shimmering lights. kids will love the boat ride. a 40 minute cruise along the lake to santa 's workshop. you get to see santa as well as one of the world's tallest chris mass trees. for new years eve they're doing two fireworks displays. one at 9:00 p.m . and one at midnight. skiing is a short ride away. they're $139 a night. you cannot believe that price.

>> that's a great price.

>> we were just talking about another spot. i was there a couple of weeks ago. the food, obviously the wine, it's just a beautiful part of the country.

>> who doesn't love good food and wine? it's french inspired rooms with three vine covered stone buildings. $150 a night. that actually indiana stacludes breakfast and a wine hour every day. they will have lights and decorating in the hobby and a special craft. you can walk to any of the restaurants as well as tour all the wineries.

>> all wineries nearby which we love. let's go to the great city of chicago . this is more for the urban holiday. somebody wants to shop too.

>> we love it. $169 a night. it's one of the most popular hotels. 687 modern guest rooms. for the holidays they'll be doing a brunch with santa . great for the kids as well as a new years eve dinner and christmas eve dinner. you'll be able to walk along the magnificent mile . the famous shopping street which will be decorated with a million lights as well as the ice skating rink .

>> one of my favorite cities.

>> one of the best. nantucket is a place a lot of people think about summertime off the coast of massachusetts but a good place for the holidays too?

>> yeah, definitely. you'll get better deals. we really love 76 main. it's on main street . a cheerful modern hotel. 20 rooms. recently renovated. for the holidays they'll be covering and doing fun mixers and eggnog and cider and be giving their guests a special stocking stuffer treat and this coming weekend is the 40th annual christmas stroll in nantucket. santa arriving by boat and carolling and more. rates start at $139 a night as well.

>> it's a special place.

>> beautiful. savannah georgia as we head south a little bit, you have a historic elegant hotel there. very reasonable for the holidays.

>> yes, we really love the planters. this is on reynolds square. they're going to be serving fresh baked cookies in the lobby as well as cider and doing a special turn down and christmas tree ornaments. you can take a carriage ride through the town. explore 275 years of savannah's history as well as the festival lights. rates start at $159 a night.

>> i've never been. it's on my list. savannah.

>> those are five of the best places in the country.

>> good job. thank you.