It’s time for golf on Marco Island in Florida, a winter break at Aspen Meadows in Colorado, and a wine-centric water holiday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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By Paula Conway
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Tee up for a laid-back escape to Marco Island, Fla., with a stay at the Marco Island Marriott.

Deal: Book the “Unlimited Golf” package and enjoy the game for one or two at the resort course. Also included: golf cart rental, a complimentary replay, complimentary bag storage and range balls and a free play for kids. And daily breakfast for two. Rates start at $399 per night, with a minimum two-night stay required. Offer valid through March 30.

Experience: The Balinese-inspired Marco Island Marriott is planted on wide stretches of powder-white sand, complete with unbeatable sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can spend their days on the environmentally-friendly championship golf courses, unwind at the spa and private pool and enjoy the fire-dancer ritual held at sunset four nights a week on the resort’s beach.

Book it! Online at and enter promo code GOF, or call (239) 394-2511.


Inviting fire pit at the Aspen Meadows ResortInviting fire pit at the Aspen Meadows Resort

Call it what you want — late-winter or spring break — since the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colo., has great savings for both seasons.

Deal: Book the “Winter Getaway” and save the longer you stay. Stay one night and save 10%; stay two nights, save 20%; stay three nights or more and save 30%. This offer is available through April 16. Rates start at $140 per night, for those who stay at least three nights.

Experience: The breathtaking Rocky Mountains are the perfect backdrop for adventurous outdoor activities. Or just walking through the charming boutiques in downtown Aspen. There’s also a lively nightlife and music scene, and many cultural events to choose from. Visitors can also enjoy the town’s outdoor ice rink, along with horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides..

Book It! On the web at or phone (800) 452-4240.


At the Fess Parker, a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, paddleboarding is on the agenda.At the Fess Parker, a Doubletree by Hilton Resort, paddleboarding is on the agenda.

Wine, water and world-class lodging create a trifecta of adventure at The Fess Parker, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Steal: Book the “Sip & Sup” package and stay in a newly renovated guestroom and receive a two-for-one stand-up paddle board ($17-$37 an hour) or kayak rental ($10 an hour) at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Also included: two-for-one tastings at seven different venues. Rates start at $169 per night, and this deal is available now through May 31.

Experience: The hotel is an homage to American actor Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the late 1950s. Your adventure starts at sea with your paddleboard or kayak, followed by a stroll of the Funk Zone, an eclectic subculture of artisan shops, art galleries, hip eateries, microbreweries and 14-plus wine venues. It’s all in an industrial area two blocks from the beach.

Book it! Online at or by calling (800) 879.2929.