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‘Summer Waterpark’ package at Sheraton on the Falls, Hotel Valencia Santana Row, and bargains at

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As summer winds down, the Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada, heats up with end-of-summer savings.

Deal: Book the “Summer Waterpark” package, which includes: one night hotel accommodation, four two-day Fallsview Indoor Waterpark passes, a kids-eat-free dinner ($65 value) and the “passport to fun.” That passport means four tickets to each of these: the 4D Motion Theatre, Wild Safari Mini Putt, Traffic Slam Bumper Cars, Tour Bus SWAT Team Interactive Dark Ride and the Pink Panther Balloon Ride. Also, guests receive a Hershey Chocolate World gift and a free handprint tile at Crock A Doodle. This offer is good for stays through Sept. 1.

Experience: The hotel is in the heart of the tourist district on the Falls Avenue Resort, Canada’s largest entertainment complex. In addition to providing stunning views of the Falls through floor-to-ceiling windows, the Sheraton has an internal walkway connecting the hotel to the 24-hour excitement of Casino Niagara, the three-acre year-round Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (voted the No. 1 amusement park and waterpark in Canada on TripAdvisor for the second straight year), a selection of a dozen restaurants and exclusive retail shops.

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There is no need to make the trek to Napa when Silicon Valley offers many amazing wineries. Appreciate them while staying at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row.

Deal: Book the “Wine Weekend Getaway” in San Jose, Calif., for rates starting at $269 per room, per night. This offer includes: luxurious accommodations for two, a bottle of local wine and artisan cheese plate upon arrival, a prepared picnic lunch basket for the day of wine tasting and exclusive discounts at select wineries. Available Fridays and Saturdays only. Must be 21 to book.

Experience: Some of the best wineries on the West Coast are easily accessible from the hotel and offer pristine scenery with flavorful wines. The hotel is also just 25 minutes from beautiful Palo Alto and 15 minutes from historic Old Town Los Gatos. Both cities offer amazing shopping, architecture and fantastic restaurants.

A visit to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is part of the fun of a visit to Niagara Falls.A visit to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is part of the fun of a visit to Niagara Falls.

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Looking for that one last summer getaway? has deals from less than $150 per night.

Steal: Book a vacation home with properties listed at 15% to 50% less than most hotels or resorts. Here are four current deals listed for less than $150 per night:

Miami Beach, Fla. — $119/night for a one-bedroom cottage-style home that sleeps 4.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — $185/night for a three-bedroom condo with ocean views of Kailua-Kona.

The pool at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row.The pool at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row.

Tucson, Ariz. – $120 a night for a three-bedroom home that sleeps 10.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — $96 a night for a two-bedroom condo that sleeps eight with oceanfront views of Myrtle Beach.

Experience: There are more than 14,000 properties worldwide, which allows travelers to pick exactly the right getaway.

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