Fall for Fun: Fabulous Festivals in Travelocity’s Top Hotel Destinations
Hotel rates are down in Travelocity’s top hotel destinations — New York, Los Angeles, South Florida, Orlando, and Las Vegas – just in time to take advantage of fall fairs, festivals, and fun. Check out some top picks, below:
New York –Do you like eating while you’re watching a movie, eating while you talk about a movie, or watching a movie about food? (I thought you might.) Then you won’t want to miss the NYC Food & Film Festival (thefoodfilmfestival.com) October 13 to 16, which combines food-riffic films with tastings of everything from beer to breakfast soup (and donates the proceeds to the Food Bank of New York City). To complement your film feast, take advantage of tasty savings on hotel rooms, which are down a sweet 16% (to around $209).
South Florida – Miami and Southern Florida’s hotel room rates are down 9% over last year (average room price is $136), which is music to our ears, as is the Festival Miami (www.festivalmiami.com). Starting now and continuing over a five week period, the festival presents more than 30 concerts ranging from jazz to chamber music to Jackson Brown. Many performances are free and concerts are held on the University of Miami campus in convenient Coral Gables.
Orlando – No need to be frightened by hotel rates in Orlando, prices are down 8% to an average rate of $130; instead, save your scares for the big Halloween events at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, both of which run through the end of the month. At Disney, Halloween is more spooky than scary with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, plus park-wide trick or treating (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/special-events/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/). Over at Universal, things take a decidedly more macabre turn for Halloween Horror Nights (www.halloweenhorrornights.com), with multiple haunted houses and “scare zones.” (Note: this is best for ages 13 and up).
Las Vegas – Who says chivalry is dead? In Las Vegas, where hotel room prices are down 9% to an average of $90, we’re happy to report that chivalry is alive and well and living in Sunset Park. Or at least it is if you make it to the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival (www.lvrenfair.com) October 7 to 9, where you’ll find 50 shows per day with acts from jousting to juggling, plus 100 vendors to provide giant turkey legs while you take in all the action.
Los Angeles – In LA, Pacific Standard Time (www.pacificstandardtime.org) celebrates the birth of the modern LA art scene with special art exhibits in 60 museums and galleries over a six month period in not only Los Angeles, but also throughout Southern California. With so many inspiring works of art on view, you might want to make repeat visits and take advantage of local hotel rates, down 10%, to an average of $108 per night.
Contributing editor for Travelocity.