5 don't-miss hotel deals this fall

‘Tis the season for cooling temperatures and white-hot hotel deals. For many destinations in North America, fall is the slowest travel season, which is excellent news for families looking for a getaway at a bargain price. What does a real bargain look like these days? Here are five special offers at kid-friendly hotels that deliver savings of at least 25 percent. Carpe diem.

1. Four Seasons Resort: Santa Barbara, CA


(Four Seasons Resort)

Landing a free night in a nice hotel is awesome enough, but landing one at a luxury resort translates to a much bigger win. Nestled next to Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara, the plush Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore offers horseback riding, tennis, croquet, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, and a Kids For All Seasons program for children ages 5 to 12.

The Deal: Stay two nights and you’ll get your third for free with the Stay Longer offer, available through March 31, 2014.

2. Loews Hotels: Nationwide

Luxury hotel resort at twilight

Long exposure of a luxury hotel resort. A golf course and pond is in the foreground and foothill mountians in the background. (Loews Hotels)

The only thing better than a fabulous hotel deal is a fab deal with a lo-o-ong booking window. The mid-priced Loews Hotels chain has long wooed families with its spacious guest rooms, Fisher-Price lending library, Loews Loves Kids activity program for ages 4 to 12, and killer locations, such as Loews Coronado Bay Resort near San Diego, Loews Hotel Philadelphia, and Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson.

The Deal: Save up to 30 percent off the best rate when you select the Third Night’s the Charm promo and stay three or more nights at any Loews property, with the exception of the three Loews properties at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Available through December 30, 2014.

3. Fontainebleau Resort: Miami Beach, FL


(Fontainebleau Resort)

The oh-so-glamorous Fontainebleau Resort commands a stunning stretch of Miami Beach waterfront and offers 12 restaurants, 10 pools, and an activities program for kids ages 4 to 12.

The Deal: The resort’s Fall for Bleau package includes a third free night—a straight 33-percent discount—plus a $50 food and beverage credit. Book by October 31 for travel through November 3, 2013; use promo code FFB.

4. Smugglers’ Notch: Jeffersonville, VT


(Smugglers’ Notch)

One of the best kid-friendly ski resorts in the country, Smugglers’ Notch also rolls out a brilliant gold-and-red carpet for families during Vermont’s fall foliage season with nature hikes, mini golf, swimming, and an award-winning kid’s program.

The Deal: Book the AutumnFest Package for a fall getaway and get your fourth night free. Book and stay by October 14, 2013.

5. Sheraton Vistana Villages: Orlando, FL


(Sheraton Vistana Villages)

The all-villa Sheraton Vistana Villages offers roomy digs with kitchenettes, four swimming pools, and a central location on Orlando’s I-Drive near major theme parks.

The Deal: Book the resort’s Sunsational Savings offer and snag a free fourth night (a 25-percent savings) plus a $100 food and beverage credit and a complimentary upgrade at check-in. Available for travel through December 31, 2013. Use promo code ZS4.

More from MiniTime

10 Dinosaur Attractions Kids Will Dig

Fall's Most Amazing Corn Mazes

6 Big Game Safari Parks in the US

6 Fab Fall Weekend Festivals for Families

6 Perfect Fall Getaways for the Preschool Set