Affordable Vacation Recommendations for Spring and Summer








I spent the weekend skiing with the family in Keystone, CO.  I have to give the resort major props for it’s “something for everyone” village.  We spent two nights in the River Run Condominiums located right at the base of the mountain, mere steps from the Gondola.  It wasn’t our first visit and it certainly won’t be our last.  What keeps us coming back for more? From the ski lessons for my three year old niece, to the ice skating, parades complete with apple cider, dancing and smiles, leprechauns (it was St. Patrick’s Day) and more…Keystone resort makes it easy for visitors to have a great vacation.

Whenever I am on one trip, regardless of its length, I always find myself planning the next one. Where can we go? What will we do? Who can come with us?  Of course, as I was riding the ski lift this weekend, I was already pondering what we will do for upcoming trips during Spring Break, Memorial Day Weekend, and our summer vacation.

Late March through early June is an ideal time to travel if you can swing it.  Travel prices for hotels, car rentals and airfare are generally lower than the peak prices of summer for many destinations. recently ranked San Diego, California, San Antonio, Texas, Portland, Maine and Charleston, South Carolina as top affordable picks for spring and early summer travel.   The rankings were based on the Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), which tracked real prices paid per room by customers during 2012.  I couldn’t agree more. Additional benefits:  temperatures will be mild, and crowds will be smaller.

Consider these destinations, too, when planning Spring Break and early summer vacations:

Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi happily entertains its guests (for less) in the spring. That is, if you don’t gamble your savings at the casinos. Stay at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino where you definitely stay and play. Rates from $79/night can’t be beat.

Phoenix, Arizona

Spring break is good timing for dude ranches in Arizona, which typically shut down during the heat of summer months.  You’ll want to saddle up for a stay at the Rancho de los Caballeros.

For a little spa and golf getaway, check into the Arizona Grand Resort has a convenient location just 15 minutes from the Phoenix airport and a full-fledged water park with waterslides, wave pool, river float, and kiddie pool. Golf is a highlight too with a golf course right at the resort and a high-tech learning center. Guests can also do beautiful hikes or mountain biking in the adjacent 16,500 acre South Mountain Park/Preserve.

San Luis Obispo, California

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo has low-cost attractions plus free fun at beaches with tide pools, or piers, or sand dunes. From wine-tasting, to biking, hiking, and even antiquing, you’ll enjoy this California central coast destination.  It’s a great spot for day trips to other pricier CA cities.

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One Response to “Affordable Vacation Recommendations for Spring and Summer”

  1. Hi Nicole,

    I read the interview you with with Amy over at LinkedIn about working moms that travel with their kids. Loved the story and I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this blog. Being a Texan, your assessment of San Antonio is absolutely correct since there are a lot of great activities and it is an affordable destination. I will be writing about Sea World San Antonio in the months to come. Have a wonderful day!

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