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Look back at 23 years worth of Getaway's from Mike O'Brian in this hilarious recap.

As promised... a favorite hotel stay in Palm Springs. Actually less of a hotel and more of a hideaway!  I first discovered The Willows on a Getaway Guy shoot about 6 years ago. Originally a millionaire’s private luxury getaway, The Willows is a property of peace and serenity brought to life by skilled craftsmen ,who nearly a century ago, magically transformed a rugged and barren hillside into a oasis of rare beauty! There are only 8 guest rooms and a wonderful pool.
The 3-course gourmet breakfast each morning is a part of your nightly rate. So is their early evening wine gathering which I have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world!  
Some of today's big Hollywood names have spent the night here but more importantly, historical people from yesterday give this Getaway Guy Top Pick its real character. My favorite guest room is The Einstein Room, complete with private stone patio, as both he and his wife were frequent guests. I always feel more intelligent in the morning!  The months of March and April command high-season rates. By time mid-May and June come around, rates go down but the heat in Palm Springs can be intense!  A quiet stay in a very classy place!  I love it!  Travel Tip: The Willows makes for a perfect honeymoon stay! www.TheWillowsPalmSprings.com
A Getaway to Palm Springs, California is something I look forward to this time of year! The weather is wonderful!  80 degrees during the day, cool nights. Hiking in Palm Canyon just outside of town is one of my favorite things to do but you have to watch for rattlesnakes. Just keep your eyes open and careful where you walk. They like to soak up the morning sun too!  I have yet to see any snakes so far. There are many designated areas to hike in the mountains, some more rugged than others but all outstanding ways to spend a few early-morning hours. I recommend setting out at 8am to beat the hot sun and big crowds. March and April are great times for this Getaway but you will pay premium rates for air and hotel. Escaping upstate, New York for a week during winter is worth it for me. Coming up...Some of my favorite hot spots to spend the night and my go to Mexican restaurant, when in Palm Springs!  Happy Travels!
For all of you island hoppers, check this one out! Absolutely beautiful. More...
What's your idea of a perfect hotel room? This is Marriott's. More...
 
Check out this 17-photo slideshow of architechtural wonders of the world rendered in Lego! More...
 
New way to... Steal a Deal!
 
There's a new travel company that scours the internet to find you big price airfare drops and fare mistakes (stemming from computer glitches or data-entry errors), that you get to take advantage of!  For $9.99 per month, with your first month free, DealRay sends you a text message whenever it detects hard-to-resist deals on flights! www.DealRay.com
New way to... Steal a Deal!
 
There's a new travel company that scours the internet to find you big price airfare drops and fare mistakes (stemming from computer glitches or data-entry errors), that you get to take advantage of!  For $9.99 per month, with your first month free, DealRay sends you a text message whenever it detects hard-to-resist deals on flights! www.DealRay.com
 
Stay in this hotel for a week...for free! You just need a lot of friends to tell.

This article from Distractify details how having 2,000 Facebook friends can actually get you into this $360/night hotel for free.

Hopefully this will start happening somewhere a little closer to home!


Yes to Pets!
Getting away with your pets just got a little easier!  Some area and regional hotels, motels and B&B's are saying 'Yes' to pets!  Be sure to call ahead first to get full details as each accommodation differs in pet policy. Here are some area properties that allow pets...
 
- Best Western Vineyard Inn & Suites, Penn Yan, N.Y. (315) 536-8473
 
- Farmhouse at Fulkerson Winery, Dundee, N.Y. (607) 243-7883
 
- Radison Hotel Corning, N.Y. (607) 962-5000
 
- Savannah House Inn & Cottages on Seneca Lake (607) 243-7787
 
In most states...
Red Roof Inn
Motel 6
Super 8
Quality Inn & Suites

Extra Fees = Airline's Glee!

From pillows to snacks and everything in between, airlines new fees have created a revenue stream that in 2012 brought U.S. airlines $3.5 billion in checked-baggage fees alone! USA Today says, "United and Southwest were the most recent carriers to report that they'd made money during the second quarter. United said it saw a profit of $469 million, a 38% increase over that period last year. It was a significant comeback from the start of 2013 when the airline reported a $417 million loss in the first three months." Southwest, which flies more domestic passengers than any other airline, posted a second-quarter profit of $224 million!