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    Dallas, Texas: $99 for a One-Night Stay for Two, Murder-Mystery Performance, Five-Course Dinner, and Full Breakfast at the Rose Manor Inn in Wills Point (Up to $300 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Dallas!


    Costa Rica: $995 for 7-night/8-day Adventure Lovers Tour of Costa Rica through Banana Adventure Tours.

    Fall events and attractions

    Amarillo, Texas: $15 Two-for-One Passes to Slaughterhouse Haunted House ($30 Value) Get today’s deal in Amarillo!

    Memphis, Tennessee: $10 for Four Corn-Maze Passes at Our Family Farm ($20 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Memphis!

    Phoenix, Arizona: $15 for a Restless Spirit Pass to The Haunting Haunted House. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Phoenix!

    Washington, D.C.: $7 for One Ticket to Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear in Centreville During Columbus Day Weekend ($15 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Washington D.C.!

    Little Rock, Arkansas: $10 for Two Tickets to the Harvest! Festival in Wildwood Park on Oct. 16–17 (Up to $20 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Little Rock!

    Charleston, South Carolina: $16 for Admission for Two to a Haunted Walking Tour from Bulldog Tours ($32 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Charleston!


    Baltimore, Maryland: $12 for Admission for Two to the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum (Up to $24 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Baltimore!

    Seattle, Washington: $15 for Four General-Admission Tickets to KidsQuest Children’s Museum ($30 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Seattle!

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  • There’s a new Web site launching this month, and I believe it’s one you’ll want to join and keep an eye on. is a travel deals Web site that’s designed to bring the power of group buying to individuals.

    The Web site offers hotel packages that often include a room plus amenities such as meals or spa treatments, at deep discounts. And the more people who buy the deal, the deeper the discount becomes.

    For example, when TripAlertz launches on Oct. 19, it will offer a deal at the Royal Plaza Hotel inside Walt Disney World Resort for these prices for $285. If more than 50 people buy the deal, that price drops to just $234. What’s included?

    • Three nights at the hotel
    • Breakfast for 2 each day
    • A Royal Passport Savings Book

    That is amazing deal, especially with this hotel’s proximity to Disney World. Other hotel deals that will be offered when TripAlertz launches include stays in Beverly Hills, California, St. Pete Beach, Florida, and Riviera Maya, Cancun.

    The deals are available for a limited time, but they are not “last-minute” deals that are only good on a certain weekend. You usually have a period of several weeks or months to choose from.

    And I like that you get to book your dates when you buy the package. I have seen other deal sites where you need to buy the deal first and then hope to find open dates that work for you – with TripAlertz, you choose the dates before you buy.

    I recently spoke with TripAlertz founder Brendan Murphy about his idea for the site. He told me that his years of experience in the travel industry showed him the deep discounts available for groups. When social media became mainstream a couple of years ago, he got the idea to use social media to bring like-minded people together to buy travel in bulk, and TripAlertz was born.

    TripAlertz encourages users to share the deals they have found through Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels to try to get more people to buy, and drop the price for everyone. I love that the site also has built-in areas to discuss the trips, so that you can make and receive recommendations for dining, activities, etc. nearby. You could even plan to meet up with other folks who bought the same trip and are traveling at the same time you are.

    And then there’s Waddlz, TripAlertz’ stylish penguin mascot. Brendan told me that Waddlz was a perfect representative for the site because penguins live – and travel – in large groups, called Waddles.

    Waddlz has some special bonuses on many of the TripAlertz deals. For example, on the Royal Plaza Hotel package I mentioned above, Waddlz tells visitors that the first 50 people who book the package will also save the $8 per day resort fees.

    So how do you get in on these deals? TripAlertz is free to join. It launches on Oct. 19.

    I highly recommend signing up now, especially because they are launching with a great giveaway! The first 10,000 people to sign up for TripAlertz will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 250 trips. Those are great odds!

    And there’s one more excellent reason to sign up for now: TripAlertz is going to donate $1 to for every new member who joins the site between now and November, up to $100,000.

    After you sign up, be sure to invite your friends through the TripAlertz site. For every friend who joins, you can earn $1 to spend toward your first trip.

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    Americas Best Value Inn’s (ABVI) Value Club and Lexington Hotels’ Lexington Experience offer immediate 15% discounts on future stays, free room upgrades, late check-outs and other offers – you don’t have to wait to accumulate points.


    San Francisco, California: $40 Glow Body Scrub at Simply Gorgeous Day Spa ($85 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in San Francisco!

    Buffalo, New York: Just in Time for Fall: $25 Pumpkin Facial at Bellezza ($55 Value) Find Today’s Deal in Buffalo!

    Hartford, Connecticut: $110 for a One-Hour Massage, Mini-Facial, and Herbal Hydrotherapy Bath Treatment from Branford River Resort and Spa. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Hartford!

    Houston, Texas: $49 for a 50-minute massage or a 50-minute facial at Spa at the Waterway in the Woodlands (up to $120 value) Find today’s deal in Houston!

    San Francisco, California: $45 for a Facial at Q’Essence Holistic Skin Care. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in San Francisco!


    Omaha, Nebraska: $40 for a Wine Tasting and Tour Package for Two at Superior Estates Winery in Superior ($80 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Omaha!

    Fall events and attractions

    Cincinnati, Ohio: $7 for One Children’s Pass and Pony Ride at Keepin’ It Country Farms ($15 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Cincinnati!

    Dallas, Texas: $15 for a $32 Pair of Tickets to Slaughter House Haunted House. Find Today’s Deal in Dallas!

    Sacramento, California: $25 for Four Cornival Wrist Bands and Two Children’s Pony Rides at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Sacramento!

    Atlanta, Georgia: $12 for Two Value Access Passes to Jaemor Farms ($24 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Atlanta!

    San Antonio, Texas: $7 for a 90-Minute Walking Ghost Tour from Ghost Hunts of San Antonio Texas Tour. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in San Antonio

    Denver, Colorado: $15 for a VIP Fastpass to 13th Floor Haunted House and Blood Shed Haunted House ($30 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Denver!


    Orange County, California: $37 for a Segway Beach Tour and Photo CD from GW Tours. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Orange County!

    San Diego, California: $20 for a Two-Hour Kayak, Canoe, Aqua Cycle, or Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental at Carlsbad Lagoon. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in San Diego!

    Richland, Washington: $35 for a Full Day Tandem Bike or Kayak Rental from Greenie’s ($70 Value) Find today’s deal in Tri-Cities!

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  • Is your family looking for a place to get away from it all and still enjoy family time with their children? Do you want vacation where you can enjoy the beach, stay active and enjoy local attractions?

    Ocean Isle Inn on Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina has been named one of the Top Atlantic Coastal Destinations.  Children love it.  Families love it.  The location is great and the property keeps calling guests back again and again. 

    “Ocean Isle is the way beaches use to be. Uncrowded, Unhurried, and Unforgettable. All this and more await you at the Ocean Isle Inn. Ideally situated a short distance from the historic riverfront town of Wilmington, North Carolina, Southport NC, Holden Beach NC, Sunset Beach NC, and North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach South Carolina, the Ocean Isle Inn provides the perfect accommodations for a vacationer, business traveler, family reunion or wedding.”

    Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

    Ocean Isle Inn is a beautiful ocean front property on the quiet Southern beaches of North Carolina.  Enjoy the quiet of the beaches where you can get away from it all.  Yet,  you can drive an hour to the trendy and popular Myrtle Beaches of South Carolina where wonderful restaurants, shopping and local activities abound.

    Enjoy the local attractions:

    1)  Ocean front beaches for families;

    2)  Ten minutes from the wonders of South Carolina like  Myrtle Beach and famous Callabash Seafood;

    3) Ingram Planetarium – where the Stars Always Shine!

    4) Museum of Coastal Carolina

    Enjoy this view each morning – after a complimentary breakfast and gourmet coffee, step out poolside and enjoy the ocean views.  When it’s breezy or it rains, take in the indoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi!  Life is good in North Carolina.

    Are you ready to get away from it all?  Take your children on a vacation they will always remember! Book your trip to Ocean Isle Inn today!  Ocean Isle Inn is offering Traveling Mamas Readers a 15% Discount if you Book with the Discount Code: CarolinaMama. Book your trip and enjoy the anticipation until you experience the pure delight of the ocean at Ocean Isle Inn.

    *CarolinaMama is an Ocean Isle Inn Ambassador.

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    Deal of the Day has extended its 90 percent off sale through midnight tonight. You can get $25 gift certificates to thousands of restaurants for just $1 with this deal! It’s easy to search by ZIP code to see what restaurants are available in your area or in areas where you will be traveling. These certificates have NO expiration dates, so you can buy now for any travels you have planned in the future. Please be sure to read the fine print on the certificates – some of them have restrictions on how much money you have to spend or what days and/or times you can use the certificate, so make sure the deal will work for you.
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    Brooklyn, New York: $70 for a One Night Stay and Breakfast at Lefferts Manor Bed and Breakfast (Up to $179 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Brooklyn!

    Chatham, Massachusetts: $299 for the Escape Package at Chatham Gables Inn: 2 nights (Sun-Thur), champagne, home cooked breakfasts and more. Get today’s deal in Chatham!

    Fall events and attractions

    San Francisco, California: $12 for Haunted-House Admission for Two, Plus $15 Worth of Halloween Goodies at Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch ($25 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in San Francisco!

    Albany, New York: $16 for $46 of Fall Family Fun at Fair Weather Farms. Get today’s deal in Albany!

    Lincoln, Nebraska: $6 for Two Admissions to Corn Maze at Camp Fontanelle (Up to $12 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Lincoln!

    Jefferson, Texas: $12 for Two Tickets to the Creepy Screamin’ Corn Maze ($24 Value) Get today’s deal in Jefferson!

    Charlotte, North Carolina: $7 Admission to the “Beyond the Grave” Tour from Carolina History & Haunts. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Charlotte!

    San Diego, California: $15 gets you 10 rides and free admission at Pumpkin Station’s 5 locations, plus free admission at their 2 pumpkin farms. Get today’s deal in San Diego!


    Fort Lauderdale, Florida: $75 for a Two-Hour Boat Rental for Up to 12 Passengers with Duffy Electric Boat Company. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Fort Lauderdale!

    Boston, Massachusetts: $10 for Three Ghoul-Infused Rounds of Monster Mini Golf. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Boston!

    Raleigh, North Carolina: Half Off Horseback Riding at Dead Broke Farm. Choose from Two Options. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Raleigh/Durham!

    Boise, Idaho: $98 for a Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Boise Hot Air Company ($200 Value) Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Boise!


    Miami, Florida: $99 for a Boat or Jet-Ski Tour from American WaterSports. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Miami!

    Raleigh, North Carolina: $19 One-Hour Segway Experience Tour from Triangle Segway. Find Today’s Daily Deal on the Best in Raleigh/Durham!

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