By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
MAKE HISTORY IN D.C.
Anyone can ride a tour bus, but only the most fun-loving tourist will want to ask a historical question — “Where’s Tommy?” — at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C.
Deal: Book the “Where’s Tommy?” summer package through Sept. 7 for 20% off the best available rate. Get a customized map of downtown D.C., highlighting locations with a connection to Thomas Jefferson. There are also historical descriptions of each destination, with a chance to win a special contest. Also on tap: seasonal frozen treats upon return from the adventure, a Thomas Jefferson bobble-head takeaway for kids (one per two children), coffee-talk with a Washington historian prior to venturing out (Saturdays only) and beverages and mini-muffins each morning in the lobby.
Experience: Explore Washington, D.C., snapping pictures of Tommy, a one-dimensional Thomas Jefferson cartoon character who is finding his way around 21st-century locations. Enjoy a list of appointed historical spots in the nation’s capital.
Book it! Visit wherestommyonvacation.com or call (202) 448-2300.
ARTSY IN PUERTO RICO
Immerse yourself in Puerto Rico’s art scene with a customized tour created by locals from the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.
Deal: Book the “Artsy San Juan” package now through Dec. 31. The package includes: city view accommodations, daily breakfast for two adults and two children, a half-day tour with a local to explore the evolving art scene of Santurce and Old San Juan, four tickets to Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and a 30-minute mixology class with a Red Coral Lounge bartender. The package starts at $329 per night. A two-night stay is required.
Experience: Explore the area’s rich artistic landscape, spanning from the Spanish colonial architecture to the gentrification of Santurce. That’s where you’ll see colorful street art by international and local artists splashed on buildings throughout Calle Cerra. Then shake things up with a bartender at the Red Coral Lounge, home of a gigantic reef-like wooden structure carved by Neftali Maldonado.
Book it! Online at marriottsanjuan.com or phone (888) 817-2033 and use promo code P91.
CRAZY FOR PUNTA CANA
There’s a special reason to visit Punta Cana in the Dominican Republican this time of year — especially at Alsol Luxury Village by Alsol Hotels & Resorts.
Steal: Book the “Luxury, Sun & Adventure” package, which includes: five nights in one of the suites, gourmet a la carte meals and an unlimited selection of domestic and imported drinks. Plus, there’s an off-road Adventure Buggies Experience Tour, with a stop at beautiful Juanillo Beach. Travelers here can explore and follow a trail, leading to a spectacular turquoise lagoon. Also included: round-trip transfers to/from the hotel and to the tours. It’s all for $1,065, based on double occupancy now through Sept. 30.
Experience: Cap Cana, a destination within Punta Cana, features 30,000 acres of ecologically immaculate beaches and oceanfront with hiking trails. An array of water sports options exist. There are a variety of nature-based excursions, such as cave expeditions, eco tours and zip-lining. Cap Cana is also home to a marina where there are daily fishing expeditions and yachting.
Book it! Use code LSA at alsolresorts.com or call (866) 465-7672