What's the Deal With 'All-Inclusive' Fall Travel Deals?
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's that time of the year when hotels and resorts in the Northeast one-up each other with their fall getaway packages. Although some refer to their destination resorts as "all-inclusive," others simply advertise special rates that "include" more amenities than usual. So which of the two is the better deal?
Andrew Young, Travelzoo's (TZOO) editorial director for North America, says it depends on the activities each traveler enjoys. Rates at all-inclusive destination resorts, which are growing in popularity among families and group travelers, would typically include accommodations, meals and most resort activities.
Woodloch Pines in the Poconos, for example, offers fall weekend getaways starting at $199 per adult, per night. The price includes meals, activities on the property such as boating and wall climbing, and evening entertainment."The all-inclusive concept is the best value for the consumer who comes to the resort and stays on the resort," Young says. A place such as Woodloch, which spans more than 1,200 acres, can offer an entire family plenty of activities within the property. "It's an attractive fall destination, not only for the amenities, but also the opportunities to see fall colors in the Pocono Mountains," Young adds. Another all-inclusive resort in the Poconos is Skytop Lodge. For the fall, rates start at $399 per night for double occupancy. The price includes three meals and access to resort activities such as tennis, mini-golf, archery and waterfall hikes. Travelers who are used to the Caribbean all-inclusive experience, however, should know that not everything is included in the "all-inclusive" resorts in the Northeast. Alcoholic beverages, activities such as golf and spa treatments will usually incur additional charges. Depending on the resort, taxes and gratuity may already be included in the advertised rate. To avoid confusion, some destination resorts do not use the term "all-inclusive," even though overnight rates include meals and resort activities. Mohonk Mountain House near the Catskill Mountains is referred to as a Hudson Valley "inclusive" resort. It offers a "leaf-peeper package" starting at $248 per person, per night, which includes three meals, afternoon tea and cookies and activities such as hiking, boating and lawn games. The resort charges extra for carriage rides, mountain biking and rock climbing. Even in-room televisions will incur a "rental" fee.
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