For the past several weeks I have been providing tips on how you can preserve your family’s summer vacation plans despite astronomical airfares and record high gas prices. The following tidbits are aimed at helping you save on the road as well, though one is a bit more tongue-in-cheek than the other.
These days talk of a recession is on the minds and lips of practically every financial expert paraded on cable news shows; however there are some people in the world who don’t have to worry about pinching pennies during these tough economic times. And no doubt some of them are staying at the swanky new Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington.
The resort’s 18-story atrium and views of the Potomac from the Maryland side of the river are breathtaking. In addition, the guestrooms are furnished with the latest and greatest in comfort and class. Naturally, you’re not going to get all that glam for Motel 6 prices. That’s a given, but some of the prices the hotel is asking for amenities such as massages is enough to make even the least budget-conscious guest wince.
Currently, the Gaylord National is asking that guests shell out $190 for a 50-minute massage. Of course, that’s considered a bargain compared to the hour-long massage being offered at the ultra-luxe spa at the Mandarin Oriental New York. A 60-minute rubdown there will cost you $215.
Did I mention that an overnight stay is not included in the price?
Moving on… if the sky-high price of airfare has you seriously considering grounding your summer travel plans consider this next deal:
Amtrak just announced its latest round of summer travel deals. The train service is offering free passage for children ages 2-15 on the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, near Washington, and Sanford, Florida.
The train travels non-stop between the two cities and allows you to transport your car from Virginia to Florida and back. (The Auto Train also carries motorcycles, trailers and small boats.)
The special deal is valid from June 1 through September 30 in sleeping car accommodations. The promotion allows two children to ride free with each full-fare paying adult. Keep in mind, to use the offer you must book at least seven days in advance. Also, some blackout dates and seat restrictions may apply.