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In the world of deals: one New York City getaway and one Chicago staycation

There’s nothing more summer in New York City than leaving New York City. When the city gets hot and bustling with tourists, New Yorkers get going. While the Hamptons have always been a mainstay of NYC summer-culture, traveling upstate for a nice, relaxed weekend at a much more reasonable price point has become a popular alternative.

While knowing someone with a quaint cabin and host-like personality would be nice, the reality is that we can’t all have a friend with a second property upstate. So, that’s where our friends at Travelzoo steps in.

This week, Travelzoo wants to help you and get in the summer spirit with the upstate getaway of your dreams. For $249, you and a guest can enjoy Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George, New York, for a two-night stay. Perched in the woods, only two miles from Lake George Beach State Park and eight miles from Prospect Mountain, it’s the perfect way to stretch your legs and enjoy a breath of fresh air after a year inside a stuffy NYC apartment.

The Roaring Brook Ranch has been recently renovated for a cabin-chic feel, and each stay comes with a complimentary bottle of wine at check-in as well as a three-course dinner at the on-site Paddock Restaurant. One night at this resort will cost you only $129 (and comes with all the mentioned perks), but for that extra night, guests will also enjoy a complimentary, daily breakfast for two.

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This trip is ideal for easing you into that summer mindset, redeemable anytime through May 15. But, if you are unable to find a time that works for you (you New Yorkers stay busy!), Travelzoo is offering a 100% refund.

Now, if upstate is out of the picture because you’re in the Midwest and not making that trek, well, that’s understandable and we’ve still got you covered. For Chicago natives wanting a staycation, or Midwesterners looking to explore the city post-vaccine, enjoy a seriously discounted stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago overlooking the Chicago River.

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This hotel is located in the heart of downtown just off Miracle Mile, meaning easy access to shopping, great eats, and world-renowned museums. Head down to Michigan Avenue to shop everything from Uniqlo to Louis Vuitton, and then head south down the street to explore Millenium Park and the Art Institute. And, with a prime spot on the Chicago River, consider an afternoon strolling the Riverwalk or renting a kayak for a new look at Chicago’s downtown.  

For those looking for a more immediate getaway, trips scheduled through May 27 are $99 a night. And those needing a little more time to plan can schedule a stay between May 28-September 12 for $139 a night (a 51% discount). Travelzoo members will also get the added perk of $20 a day in food and drink credit to be used at the on-site BIG Bar.

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And, if something comes up, cancel your stay as close to 24 hours before and receive a 100% refund. Otherwise, lay back in your King and take in the stunning views of downtown.

As a heads up, although Fodor’s fully endorses this deal, we receive a small commission on this transaction.