Grand journey to Australia’s Red Centre, a getaway to Santa Monica, and winter fun at Lake Morey in Vermont

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By Paula Conway
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Take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Australia’s Red Centre with Swain Destinations.

Steal: The journey includes eight-day itineraries, starting at $5,120 for two people, with single person supplements beginning at $1,865. This steal includes: full-day Blue Mountains wildlife discovery off-roading tour of Blue Mountains National Park; a lunch cruise in Sydney Harbour; four nights in Sydney at the Harbour Rocks Hotel; one night in Alice Springs at the DoubleTree by Hilton; three nights in Uluru at the Kings Canyon Resort and Desert Gardens; internal coach class air in Australia and round-trip airport transfers in Australia. The offer is valid through March 31, 2015.

Experience: This journey is a cultural exploration of Australia’s famed outback and the Red Centre, which is considered sacred ground to the aboriginal people. Highlights include Alice Springs, the aboriginal community of Wallace Rockhole and the iconic Ayers Rock in Uluru. Expect other adventures, too, within the bustling city of Sydney.

Book it! Go online to or call (800) 227-9246.


The Shore Hotel’s pool is ready to welcome visitors to Santa Monica, Calif.The Shore Hotel’s pool is ready to welcome visitors to Santa Monica, Calif.

Escape the Big Apple freeze for Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel — and an enchanting Malibu wine tour.

Deal: The Shore Hotel’s “Snowscape Getaway” package starts at $549 per night and includes overnight accommodations, a picnic for two, a local hiking guidebook and a Malibu Discovery wine tour for two, including lunch and transportation. This offer is available through Feb. 28.

Experience: While staying on Ocean Avenue, guests can step outside the hotel with access to everything Santa Monica, Calif., has to offer. That includes sun and surf, along with great food and shopping. Rent a bike and ride up the Pacific Coast, take a surfing or stand-up paddleboat lesson. Or join in a game of volleyball next to Muscle Beach. Or enjoy Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier or shopping along 3rd Street Promenade.

Book it! Visit or phone (800) 599-1515.


A special weekend getaway at Lake Morey Resort in Vermont features guests racing for the puck.JIM BLOCKA special weekend getaway at Lake Morey Resort in Vermont features guests racing for the puck.

Embrace the freezing temperatures and learn what it takes to succeed as a top competing winter-sports athlete at Lake Morey Resort’s First Annual Ice Sports University (ISU) Weekend. It’s slated for Jan. 24 to 26 in Fairlee, Vermont.

Steal: During this special weekend, rates start at $299 per adult (based on double occupancy), $50 per child ages 3-12, and $60 per teen ages 13-17. Included: two nights lodging, two dinners, two breakfasts and all workshops. Bookings must be made by Friday, Jan. 17.

Experience: Learn to curl or Nordic skate, play pond hockey, ice fish, and — for those who are more snow-minded — snowshoe and Nordic ski. Lake Morey Resort has its own 600-acre lake, providing the icy playground for the weekend’s festivities. The resort will give complimentary one-hour lessons on Saturday morning and afternoon, culminating with a friendly competition. Guests can also take in classic Olympic and winter-sports-themed movies at the resort’s 120-seat indoor movie theater or enjoy live entertainment in the Steamboat Lounge.

Book it: Online at or by calling (800) 423-1211.