Hotel at a Glance: Mission Inn Golf & Spa Resort
The magnolia-lined El Campeón course has welcomed golfers for nearly a century, making it one of the southern United State’s oldest courses. You can still tee off at the original course (plus another championship 18-hole course) at the Mission Inn Golf & Spa Resort. In addition to great golf, it has four restaurants and an onsite spa, where you can redeem this deal’s resort credit.
- Stylish accommodations: Guest rooms feature balconies or bay windows that look out onto the resort’s grounds. Choose a club suite for more space.
- Upscale dining options: Savor dishes such as roasted duck and broiled lobster tail by candlelight at El Conquistador, or fill up with the breakfast or lunch buffet at La Hacienda.
- Tee off on two 18-hole golf courses, including the Los Colinas course, which picked up a “Best New Course” award from Golf Digest when it opened.
- Spa Marbella: Aestheticians refresh skin with lavender-infused sea salt wraps at the onsite spa.
- Recent awards: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida: Lakeside Town near Orlando
The rural town of Howey-in-the-Hills isn’t located along any of Florida’s coastlines, but there’s still plenty of shoreline. That’s because the town is dotted with sparkling lakes and is bordered by Little Lake Harris, which is one of the state’s best spots for bass fishing. The area is also known for its decadent art-deco buildings, including the Howey Mansion, built by William J. Howey, the town’s founder and namesake. Take a guided tour to see gleaming marble floors made from Florence and a hidden passage that’s concealed behind a bookshelf.
It takes less than an hour by car to reach Orlando–the city which may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—SeaWorld, and Gatorland.