Q: Are there any getaway deals to hot sunny places available at the moment?
— M. Stitt, Toronto
A: If you were to put your finger on a map of the U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, you are bound to find many interesting deals. Here are a few examples:
— In September, Miami’s Townhouse Hotel on South Beach has nightly rates from $115 (weekdays) and $145 (weekends). The deal includes a free Parisian breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary two-hour bike rental, so plan to take a spin along the famous South Beach boardwalk. This cool 69-room property was built in 1939, and has hip minimalist furnishings. For details, visit the website or call toll-free 1-877-534-3800.
— Las Vegas has some incredible deals. The iconic Las Vegas Hotel and Casino resort has rooms from $29-$99 through October. The deal includes a $10 free slot play and $100 in dining coupons. For reservations, phone toll-free 1-800-732-7117 and ask for PSUM12.
— In exotic Costa Rica, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens (rated No. 1 resort in Central and South America by Travel + Leisure) currently has a suite special for $149 per person, per night. Available through October, the deal includes breakfast and dinner. The romantic resort is located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano about 2.5 hours from both the San Jose and Liberia airports. To book , call toll-free 1-866-311-1197 or 1-888-332-2961, email email@example.com; or see your travel agent.
— Sunwing Vacations has a Winter Grand Slam Sale on winter vacation packages to all southern destinations, Florida, and Las Vegas, as well as cruise packages. Sunwing spokesman Daryl McWilliams says travellers will receive some great discounts.
"(There’s) a tax savings of $100 per couple as well as a lower deposit requirement, reduced from $250 per person to $50 per person," which McWilliams says will allow travellers to lock in savings early while saving up for their holiday.
Bookings must be made by Aug. 31 for departures on or after Dec. 19 through Oct. 31, 2013. For details, see your travel agent.
Q: What Massachusetts town is known for its antique fair?
— B. Flores, Ajax
A: Brimfield, Mass., has hosted New England’s largest outdoor antique fair for more than 50 years. It started in 1959, when Gordon Reid opened the large field behind his home to 67 dealers. Now more than 5,000 dealers from across the U.S. partcipate in the popular Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show, which takes place three times a year. For information on the next one, Sept. 4-9, see brimfield.com.Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.