Top 10 Winter Break Tips for Seniors
Island FL can get frosty in winter, so stay and play at off-season
rates. Seniors 55 and over and AARP members ages 50 and over
get a double room with continental breakfast, refrigerator,
microwave, and coffeemaker at the Best Western Fernandina Beach
for $59.46. Walk deserted beaches, fly a kite, play tennis or
golf, and shop and dine the old city.
Bethel ME offers Silver Strides, Golden Glides vacation ski
packages any Sunday through Thursday for those 50 and better.
For $199 per person, double occupancy, get three nights with
breakfast at a choice of inns, a three-day trail pass, use of
snowshoes and the latest X-C ski equipment, and a daily lesson
or guided ski tour. Tel. 800-442-5826.
Cruise West, known for small ships that nudge into harbors that
cruise liners can't visit, goes winter whale watching in Baja.
For under $5,000 per couple per week get meals, programs, exploring
in zippy Zodiacs with professional naturalists, taxes and port
fees. Sign now for early booking discounts; AARP members also
get a $100 per person shipboard credit. Tel. 888-851-8133.
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park, Winter Haven FL, had a near-death
experience with hurricanes and financial woes but is open again
with gardens that have been awesome since 1938. New are rides,
a killer coaster, and concerts. The butterfly conservatory and
glass-bottom boats are still here. Seniors pay $5 less than
the $34.95 admission and get a second day free within six days.
Fort Myers FL is so eager to show how well it survived the 2004
hurricanes, motel rooms go to seniors for as little as $47.50.
(That's the Quality Hotel Historic District.) Other senior discounts
are found at the ultra-classy Hyatt Regency Coconut Point (from
$132.50), Admiral Lehigh Golf Resort ($67.50) and Holiday Inn
Riverwalk (from $72). Tel. 800-237-6444.
Homewood Mountain Resort, Homewood, CA on the west shore of Lake
Tahoe offers Senior Moment Mondays when guests over 62 get a
lift ticket, lunch and a group lesson for $25. Buy lift tickets
for two days in a row for $10 a day. Tel. 877-525-7669. If you're
75 or over, lift tickets are always free at Squaw Valley USA, 530-583-6985.
7. Juneau AK is a hushed wonderland in winter after cruise crowds
leave. See nightly aurora borealis spectacles and Native American
events. Hike snowy woods, go dog mushing, and dine in snug restaurants
and pubs. Seniors 55 and better and AARP members 50 and over
get a double room with full breakfast at the Best Western Grandma's
Feather Bed for $107.96 nightly. Tel. 800-982-3785.
8. Norway is the "old country" to thousands of Americans
who love visiting their ancestors' homeland. With Norwegian
Coastal Voyage, sail the fjords in a snug cabin with private
bath. Attend winter festivals in fishing villages, feast on
Norwegian specialties, and be hilariously initiated when you
cross the Arctic Circle. Only in winter can you see Northern
Lights at their best. Seniors ages 67 and up get $115 off per
person; AARP members ages get $100 off per cabin. Discounts
can be combined. NCL is one of the few cruise lines that does
not charge a single supplement. 800-666-2374.
9. Seattle WA is a vibrant city to walk, shop and sightsee in winter
yet socko skiing is just a stone's throw from downtown. Visit
museums, hang out in coffee shops, dine at the waterfront and
save on AAA Four-Diamond luxury by booking the Glam-Ma package
at Hotel Monaco, 206-621-1770 or the Grandparent Package at
Hotel Vintage Park., 206-624-8000.
10. Steamboat up a lazy river on board the paddlewheeler American
Queen. Unlike "loveboat" cruising, steamboating is
laidback and folksy. For one price (from $695 per person for
a three-night cruise), enjoy a spacious cabin decorated in Victoriana,
New Orleans-inspired cuisine, shows, ice cream on the "front
porch", plantation visits, and exciting Mississippi River
scenery around the clock. Visit Cruises.com and click on the Over 55 box or call 800-288-6006.
courtesy of Janet Groene, author Fantastic Discounts & Deals
for Anyone Over 50