Mon Dieu, how I would kill to be in Paris right now. Walks along the Seine, lounging in Montmartre cafes, ducking into Musee d’Orsay in the heat of the day — these are the ingredients for my dream getaway.
That dream is closer to reality than usual these days, mes chers, considering that Apartmentparis.fr is offering a 10 percent reduction for stays in any one of the company’s (already rather affordable) 65 rental apartments over three nights, until August 30. It’s a great, often cheaper, alternative to a hotel, as the apartments start at about 60 euros a night, and are fully equipped with furniture, linens, TVs and Internet, and kitchens where one can occasionally bring home one’s baguette and Brie (and macaroons, perhaps, for indulgence’s sake) rather than dining out, and save a few bucks.
Already indulged? Maybe, then, a trip to New Life Hiking Spa in the lush Green Mountains of Vermont, where you’ll get a $175 discount for weight-loss retreats from July 20-31, August 1-12, August 12-23 and September 1-12 (price after discount: $213.10 per night). That $213.10 buys you a charming room, three gourmet prepared meals (plus snacks) each day, nationally renowned hiking, access to all exercise classes on premises, as well as cooking demos and lectures and three massages over the course of your stay. (Bet most of your friends won’t come back skinnier after their vacations.) Apartmentparis.fr, 01-53-38-84-00; New Life Hiking Spa, 2617 Killington Road, Killington, VT, 1-866-298-5433, newlifehikingspa.com