If you haven't made any plans yet for the 4th of July, Resort Quest (tel. 800/GO-RELAX; www.resortquest.com) has two separate promotions that will save you some money. The company is offering a $50 gas credit as an incentive to get you to book a stay next week at any one of 11 of its more popular mountain resorts. You'll also receive a road atlas and a small, travel-sized cooler for the car, perfect for bottled water and snacks. You just need to stay four nights or longer. Based on availability, the promotion runs through November 1.
Independent of the gas credit special, a handful of Resort Quest properties have promotions. For example, in Aspen, the three-day getaway includes three nights of lodging, and three rounds of 18-hole golf at the Aspen Golf Course, starting at $687 per person for the Inn at Aspen, which is located just outside downtown, or from $867 for a ResortQuest condo. This offer is valid now through September 1. In addition to golfing in the summer, you can fly fish, kayak, whitewater raft, hike or mountain bike.
Other properties are offering a book three nights, get one free special, such as Breckenridge, Keystone, and Telluride in Colorado, and Park City, Utah. For Park City, Breckenridge and Keystone properties, you can either choose the book three get one free promo, or book a seven-night stay and receive 20 percent off your entire bill. For Breckenridge and Keystone, summer pricing ranges from $84 per night for a hotel room or $354 per night for a three-bedroom luxury condo. For Telluride, the three-night get one free deal is valid July 2-5; lodging choices range from condos and hotel rooms to more exclusive luxury properties. Prices range $109-$199 per night for hotel rooms and $125-$759 for one, two, three or four bedroom condos; the low end reflects one bedroom condos and the upper end reflects the higher priced four-bedroom condos. In Telluride, your stay also gives you the chance to watch fireworks, a parade and take part in a barbecue. For Park City, many of those same activities are possible, along with hot air balloon rides and horseback riding. For early July, Park City looks good especially if you want something large enough to hold a group; a search shows condos that sleep anywhere between four and 15 people range in price $109-$849, depending on the property style, size, location, exact travel dates, and amenities.
Sun Valley, Idaho was established as America's first European-style ski resort, and the promotion running at Resort Quest properties there entitles guests to 20 percent off all accommodations with a three-night minimum stay over July 4; it is valid June 29-July 14. Rates for available properties range from $89 per night for a double occupancy hotel room up to $299 per night for a mountainview condo that sleeps six for the Christophe Condos. There are several dozen properties in Sun Valley showing availability. Here, you can take advantage of the Wood River valley's 30 miles of paved routes for mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, and yes, whitewater rafting.
There's a caveat, though: The gas credit special and the resort specials cannot be combined for use at the same resort. However, summer is the time of road trips, so you can start off in Aspen and then go to Breckenridge and engage in outdoor activities to your heart's content. If you're driving (or renting) an average-size car, a company representative assures us that you can travel from Breckenridge or Keystone to Aspen and back on one tank of gas. Or if you fly into Denver and rent a car from the airport, you can get to Breckenridge or Keystone and back on one tank of gas. Other journeys require more than one fill-up, unless you're behind the wheel of a hybrid. For more information, click on "see all promotions" on the right-hand side of the Resort Quest home page.
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