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Get a free round of golf with a night’s stay in Richmond, say Happy 75th Birthday to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and explore one the top ten beach destinations this Memorial Day.
Snag a deal at a Blue Ridge hotel in honor of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th anniversary.
Snag a deal at a Blue Ridge hotel in honor of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th anniversary.

What better time of year to play a round of golf? Even better—what if it’s free? Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel in Richmond is offering a Stay & Play Golf Package, which includes a night’s stay and a free round of golf at the Crossings Golf Course, plus greens fees, cart rental, and range balls are on the house. Rates are $169 per couple per night plus tax; available through October 1.

In celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary, Virginia.org is promoting 16 deals at hotels on the scenic route. The packages range from picnics along the parkway to post-hike massages in the Shenandoah Valley. The Mountain Rose Inn in Woolwine, Virginia, is featuring a package that includes four-course breakfasts, a wine-and-cheese basket, gift cards to local restaurants, tickets to wine tours and tastings, and a gift card to a fudge shop; rate starts at $460 for two nights. Or for a unique view of the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out the Best Western Waynesboro Inn & Suite’s package ($139.99 a night), which includes a night’s stay, buffet breakfast, and a 30-minute aerial tour of the parkway and Shenandoah Valley. All deals run through the end of the year. For a full listing of these travel deals, visit the state tourism site.

It might be easier to cash in on a destination hotel deal this Memorial Day. According to Travelocity.com, Memorial Day travelers, eager to get a start on summer, are hitting beaches in abundance. Airfare might be higher, but hotel deals are actually better than last Memorial Day. Check out the top ten beach destinations for ideas on a Memorial Day getaway.

Here’s some good news in response to this month’s controversial announcement by Spirit Airlines to start charging for carry-ons: Five airlines have announced that they will not follow in Spirit’s footsteps, at least for now. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways, and JetBlue Airways have all promised to keep carry-on bags free.

Getaways to Florida can be painless through Fly.com. The site is featuring flights out of Washington to destinations all over the Sunshine State, starting at $62 one way. Travelers can get to Fort Lauderdale for $145 roundtrip and to Orlando or West Palm Beach for about $165 roundtrip. The discounted rates apply to travel through July.

Remember those premium and direct Washington-to-Paris flights that just started with OpenSkies Airlines? Well, they’re now offering a “companion fare” deal that puts travelers on superior flights to Paris during peak summer season for $675 each way. The catch is, you have to travel with a friend. This deal for two applies for either the Biz seat (reclines 140 degrees) or Biz bed (reclines flat). The promotion runs for trips from May 3 through September 10, but you must book by May 22.

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