By Paula Conway
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Guests in some of the larger rooms at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia can get more space for less money.

Deal: Book two or more nights by May 24 and save 20%. The deal runs on a limited number of rooms from June 26-Sept. 8.

Experience: The Rittenhouse Hotel is in the heart of Philly’s Center City. Enjoy some of the nation’s most historic pathways and see legendary cultural attractions like Independence Hall , the Liberty Bell , Eastern State Penitentiary , the Betsy Ross House and the U.S. Mint.

Book it! By phone at 1-800-635-1042. Or visit



Paul Gauguin Cruises has a plan to help kids discover the ecosystems of French Polynesia.

Deal: Those ages 9 to 17 get free admission to the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program on select summer voyages booked between now and April 30. Dates available are: 7 nights to Tahiti and the Society Islands, June 1 and June 8; an 11-night deal to Cook Islands and Society Islands, June 15; and the 7-night Tahiti and the Society Islands, July 6, 13, 27 and Aug. 3-10.

Experience: Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society created the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program. The initiative introduces young travelers to the natural wonders of French Polynesia through hands-on, interactive learning. Young people will explore coral reefs, hike the rainforest, visit ancient temples and learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, among many eco-excursions.

Book it! By calling 1-800-848-6172 or checking in at



The River Terrace Inn is an ideal Napa Valley spot from which to ride the wine train.

Deal: With a 14-day advance booking, take 20% off best available rates with an advanced-purchase special. That’s through Dec. 31.

Experience: Enter a wine lover’s heaven with more than 250 vineyards and wineries, spectacular tasting rooms, sample pours, art galleries, shopping and the radiant countryside of Napa Valley.

Book it! By calling 1-800-659-0143 or visiting