'Tis the Season for Holiday Getaways

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While it may not be time to hang up your holiday wreath or buy your Thanksgiving turkey just yet, we’re sure a holiday vacation is already on your client’s mind. So whether they’re thinking about Thanksgiving in the Caribbean or a traditional white Christmas with all the trimmings, great packages are available for any type of vacation.

Thanksgiving Day Escapes In northern Florida, families are invited to give thanks at the Hilton Sandestin Beach with a couple of new weekend packages, complete with a Santa’s Workshop for kids, holiday movies and even a Football Lounge at its Sandcastle Restaurant, which will feature a special game day menu.

The Thanksgiving Getaway package includes complimentary breakfast and 2-hour access to Santa’s Workshop for arts and crafts, cookie decorating and more, as well as an array of other family-friendly activities. Rates start at $265 per night (mention promo code: TW). Or, recommend the Thanksgiving Shopper’s package, which includes a $50 gift card and value coupons to Silver Sands Factory Stores, daily breakfast and a $15 credit towards any daytime or evening children’s program. Rates start from $169 per night (mention promo code: TD). Both packages are available for stays Nov. 23-27. For more information, visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com.

If spending Thanksgiving in the Caribbean sounds like more of a holiday, Queen’s Garden Resort on the island of Saba is offering a Thanks-Diving package that’s ideal for scuba enthusiasts.

Starting at $392 dbl per night, this package includes seven nights in a Superior Suite (spanning a full floor with ocean or mountain views and private jacuzzi), four days of diving, transfers, dive gear, and taxes. The Thanks-Diving package is available through May 2012. For more information, visit queensaba.com.

A Little Christmas Cheer Travelers can celebrate a cowboy-style Christmas at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang, CA, complete with crafts, carriage rides, and even a Christmas caroler or two.

Available for stays in December and January, the property’s Holiday package includes 2-night Studio accommodations, all meals and unlimited horseback riding, golf greens fees, tennis and fishing. Rates run $550 for two adults, $125 per child ages 6-18 and $66.43 for kids 3-5 years old. For more information, visit alisal.com.

Over on the East Coast, The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA, is ringing in the season with plenty of new offerings, including Saturday night skiing, its annual tree lighting ceremony and a festive gingerbread village.

With the Holiday Lights Ice Unlimited Activities package, guests can enjoy passes for ice-skating at the property’s indoor rink, a hayride through the hotel’s decorated areas and unlimited bowling, skeet and rifle range (weather permitting) and golf, as well as 50 percent off the kids’ club, 15 percent off spa services and 10 percent off ski/snowboard lessons. Rates start at $295 dbl per night. Or recommend the Holiday Escape package, which includes breakfast for two, a collectible holiday ornament and 25 percent off outdoor activities. Rates start at $225 dbl per night. For more information, visit thehomestead.com.

Meanwhile, Ocean Key Resort & Spa, located in Key West, FL, is putting its own spin on the traditional Christmas vacation with its Ho, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum package. Available from Dec. 15, 2011 through Jan. 15, 2012, this package includes accommodations in an oceanfront Boutique Suite, a Merry Mojito Medley experience for two at Spa Terre, a holiday-themed welcome basket upon arrival and daily breakfast at the onsite Hot Tin Roof restaurant. Rates start at $971 per night. For more information, visit oceankey.com.