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5 Destinations For 'Dark Week' Travel

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St. Lucia is more of a couple's resort than a family place, especially on the island's exclusive south end. If you don't have kids in tow, it may be worth considering a three-night, $55-a-night stay at the Alize Resort Inn and Guest House with a free welcome glass of spiced rum.

The Bay Gardens Inn , meanwhile, offers $88 rooms through late March. Yes, there's still the small matter of flying down there, but prices of rooms and flights really start to take off in late February and early March.

New York's Finger Lakes

Listen, anybody who's ever trudged up to the Finger Lakes at this time of year knows why it's so cheap right now. It's cold, the weather's unpredictable and the vineyards are looking especially bare.

To adventurous souls, that just means there's plenty of wine to be drunk and rooms to be filled. The "Winter Wine Weekends" package offered by the region's various chambers of commerce offers rooms at more than a dozen hotels around the region at special rates or with the third night free. The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, for example, offers a two-night stay with the third night free and a free bottle of Glenora Wine and a welcome glass of sparkling wine. The deal also includes two-for-one attraction admissions, restaurant discounts and free wine tastings at participating wineries.

Even when those tastings aren't free, there's a way to keep their costs nice and modest. Though most wineries charge a $2 to $4 tasting fee, the $13 "Polar Passport" entitles holder to free flights of wine at more than 20 wineries. That's certainly one way to keep warm.  

Las Vegas

It's between 40 and 50 degrees, the strip is dead, the pools are quiet, restaurant waits are minimal and \ out-of-town attractions such as the Grand Canyon are snowed over.

Vegas hasn't exactly been pricey since the recession, but it's even cheaper in the cold early weeks. Locals know this and hit the tourist spots en masse while everyone's away, but a savvy traveler can get in on the action, too. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority , discounted rooms at the Excalibur start at $29 a night, while rates at the Stratosphere on the other end of the strip start at $32.

Still need some airfare? A flight out and two nights at Treasure Island between now and the end of February starts at $151 per person. A three-night deal at the Monte Carlo booked before Jan. 26 goes for $157. There's not much happening in Vegas around this time of year and there aren't many people staying there, either, so cash in while you can.

Walt Disney World

No, we're not kidding.