Spring Away with a Groupon Getaway!

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Want to escape for Spring Break? Looking for a bargain on a quick getaway? Then you need Groupon Getaway!

What’s Groupon Getaway? It’s a partnership with Expedia.com to bring consumers the best possible deals on a wide variety of vacations for nearly every vacation budget. Find travel deals around your town, or around the world.

How do you get access to Groupon Getaways? Simply sign up for their free membership so you don’t miss the latest escape plan. Here’s how: Click on this link to Groupon Getaways, then follow these three steps:

  1. Choose a city that is closest to you.
  2. Enter your e-mail address.
  3. You’re in!

That’s all it takes to get the latest and greatest travel deals. Best of all: you can access deals from anywhere within the Groupon Getaways system. Simply change the city and you might find deals that are not posted under your chosen city. You can purchase a Getaway from any city offering, not just your own.

Here’s a selection of six hot deals you can buy right now, and escape as early as next month:

Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, Newport Oregon: Who doesn’t like a beach getaway, and this one’s a great escape for the whole family. Watch the kids hunt for agates and jump the surf while you sit back and sip your glass of Oregon merlot. Then wander back to your ocean view room at this family-friendly hotel Now that’s relaxing! What you get:

  • The Deal: Rooms for $110. That’s a 50% savings off the regular rate of $221.
  • Includes: One night in an ocean view room for up to two adults and three kids; an insulated canvas tote bag with a bottle of Oregon merlot, two wine glasses, a glass-blown wine stopper, bottle opener, and the DVD, Yaquina Bay.
  • Fine Print: Must travel between March 1st and June 30, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Two vouchers per visit. May purchase two for self, and one as a gift.

Banner Elk Winery and Villa, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina: Got wine? Banner Elk Winery sure does, and it can be yours for a weekend with this wine-lover’s special deal. Feel like you have just been transported to Tuscany when you take advantage of this offer. What you get:

  • The Deal: A two night package starting at $159. That’s a whopping 64% savings off the regular rate of $436!
  • Includes: Two nights for two in a Blueberry, Bordeaux, or Pinot Grigio suite with winery tour for two and a bottle of wine.
  • Fine Print: Book by July 15 for travel between now and July 31, 2012. Or, book by February 12, 2013 for travel from August to February, 2013.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: One voucher per visit. May purchase one for self, and one as a gift.

Sheraton At The Falls, Niagara Falls, NY: Looking for action? Then check out this package, walking distance to the Senaca Niagra Casino and a mile from Niagara Falls. Just don’t take a barrel over the falls, please! What you get:

  • The Deal: Rooms for $79 or $109. That’s as much as 59% savings off the regular rate of $179.
  • Includes: $20 dining credit at TGI Fridays, $30 of free slot play and $30 spa credit at the Senaca Niagara Casino, making this package valued at $229 per night. Now that’s worth a gamble!
  • Fine Print: Must book by May 31 and complete travel by June 1, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Up to three vouchers per visit. May purchase up to five vouchers.

13-Day China Tour, including Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai: Fascinated by the famous TerraCotta Horses and Warriors? Always dreamed of walking along the Great Wall of China? Want to know how an olympic athlete might feel walking into the Beijing National Stadium? If you answered yes to any of these question, then Groupon has a deal for you! What you get:

  • The Deal: From $1369 for package prices starting at $2299. That’s a 40% savings. Don’t want the hassle of booking your own air from the U.S.? Then choose the “U.S. air included” option at $2329. Final price varies on which package you choose, but the savings are still Olympic-sized.
  • Includes: Luxury accommodations, all ground and “in-China” air, English speaking guides, most meals, dinner shows, and entrance fees. If you chose the “U.S. air” option, then practically everything.
  • Fine Print: Must book by March 31 and complete travel by December 31, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Up to two vouchers per trip. May purchase two for self, two as gifts.

Hotel Villas Playa Samara, Costa Rica: Winter blues getting you down? Then you need a sunny deal to brighten your day. Escape to a jungle paradise and rejuvenate your sunny side with this escape to Costa Rica. What you get:

  • The Deal: $459 or $749 for packages worth $925 or $1511. That’s a bright sun-shiny savings of 50%!
  • Includes: A four or seven night stay for two in a deluxe room with $100 resort credit for four days, $150 credit for seven days, a kayak tour, and breakfast every day.
  • Fine Print: Must complete travel by December 20, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Act fast for this one. The Groupon offer expires in 5 days, February 23rd.
  • Limit: Up to two vouchers per trip. May purchase two for self, two as gifts.

Culinary Tour of Abruzzo, Italy: Fancy yourself a chef? Want to learn more about Italian cooking? Then channel your inner chef with this foodie-delicious trip. What you get:

  • The Deal: $1797 for “one traveler with friend,” original price of $2995; or $3475 for two travelers, original price of $5990. That’s a mouth-watering 40% savings you can sink your teeth into!
  • Includes: A seven day, six night stay at the Palazzo Tour d’Eau hotel, four cooking classes, one pastry class, a day trip to the Adriatic Coast, tours of a salami plant, olive mill, and cheese producer, ground transport to and from the local airport, and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • Fine Print: Must book by August 31, and travel by October 31, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Only one voucher per trip. May purchase one for self, two as gifts.

Ready to book: So you have now made that big decision to book a Groupon Getaway travel deal. How do you purchase it? How do you claim it? Groupon makes it easy. Just follow these directions and you will soon be ready to take that escape you have been waiting for:

  1. Purchase your Groupon Getaway Deal using the BUY button on the deal’s home page.
  2. Call the travel provider before the deal expiration date. The number will be provided in your Groupon purchase.
  3. Book your dates within the allowable travel voucher dates.
  4. Mention your Groupon Getaway purchase and provide your credit card number.

To help expedite your booking, have your travel dates ready, including a back-up date just in case your preferred date is already booked. Also have on hand the credit card you purchased your Groupon with, and the Groupon deal itself.

Want to know more about Groupon? Then read Are You a Groupon Groupie?

Want to get an even better deal? Click to Groupon through Mr. Rebates. Right now there is a 6% cash back rebate on Groupon purchases. Learn more about Mr. Rebates here: Save More With Mr. Rebates.

Are you planning a Spring getaway? Where are you going? What’s your favorite Groupon Getaway? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

Little Miss Cupcake

1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

Gilt Taste

2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

Gilt City

3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

Gifting Grace

4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • Hotels.com: A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any Hotels.com booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

Groupon Getaway

Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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