To book an interview with Pauline, contact Adrienne Fontaine at 201-748-5626 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pauline Frommer Announces Top Budget Destinations for Summer 2008
May 7, 2008 (HOBOKEN, NJ) – At a time when fuel, food, and even the price of postage are more
expensive than ever, an affordable summer vacation may seem to be slipping out of reach. But there are
still plenty of places, both in the U.S. and abroad, where travelers can enjoy beautiful beaches, outdoor
adventures, wine tastings and spas, and unique cultural experiences—without breaking the bank. Pauline
Frommer, series editor of Pauline Frommer’s Travel Guides, has selected ten top budget destinations,
from romantic getaway spots to family faves to exotic destinations for adventurous travelers.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
America’s first spa town—even George Washington came to take the waters here!—is still a
delightful and very affordable spot to get pampered. At the historic Bath House in Berkeley
Springs State Park (tel. 304/258-2711; www.berkeleyspringssp.com), a soak in 102-degree
thermal waters and a Swedish massage starts at just $40.
Berkeley Springs offers quaint shops, horseback riding, golf, excellent hiking (in nearby Capacon
Resort State Park) and, of course, lots of history. Many travelers combine a stay here with the
Washington Heritage Trail self-guided driving tour, which follows the first President’s footsteps
through the Eastern Panhandle of the state.
Area accommodations are reasonable, starting at $70 (down to $45 in nearby Martinsburg), and
even less if you camp.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
One million acres of wilderness traversed by 1,300 miles of canoe-able waters makes this
spectacularly beautiful area a top pick for nature lovers and fisherman. The fecund waters here are
fin to fin with trout, walleye, bass, and northern pike.
Experienced outdoors people simply grab a canoe, a fishing license ($17–$24), a camping permit
(done by lottery, average $44 per group), supplies, a tent and go. For novices, local outfitters like
the Rockwood Lodge (tel. 800/942-2922 or 218/388-2242; www.rockwoodbwca.com) in Grand
Marais will supply all equipment and food for 2 to 4 adults for 5 days for $342. Other reputable
outfitters and tour companies include Wilderness Outfitters (tel. 800/777-8572 or 218/365-3211;
www.wildernessoutfitters.com) and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters (tel. 888/226-6346 or
Midcoast of Maine (Rockland, Maine)
Rough and tumble Rockland now boasts a blossoming arts scene, helmed by the superb
Farnsworth Museum (a top-notch collection of American art with works by Maine natives
Andrew Wyeth and Louise Nevelson). You’ll also find a slew of small galleries and a fine dining
scene spearheaded by an enterprising group of Culinary Institute of America grads.
Rockland is one of the two top harbors in Maine for Windjammer cruises; kayaking is terrific,
too. Since it is so centrally located, it’s a good jumping-off point for visits to pricier resort areas
like Kennebunkport, Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Camden.
Rockland offers a wealth of mom-and-pop motels and cute little inns; it’s not difficult to find places
to stay here, in the peak of high season, for as little as $85 a night.
The Wisconsin Dells
Let’s hear it for ―The Waterpark Capital of the World!‖ More than 20 waterpark resorts soak
visitors in this scenic city on the Wisconsin River. That comes to more than 200 waterslides
combined, as well as watercoasters, ocean-wave simulators, raft rides, and extreme tubing for all
ages. Day passes to the larger waterparks are usually around $30 to $35; check the Visitor &
Convention Bureau’s website at http://wisdells.com for complete listings and links to area parks.
The Dells is also a golfing, fishing, and rock-climbing hot spot.
Room rates at the big resorts can be steep but less expensive motels abound, with rates starting at
just $40 per night.
The Oregon Coast, including Willamette Valley
The choice for romantics: Inland lies Willamette Valley, a winery-laden mecca for oenephiles
and foodies (and a much cheaper vino experience than Napa). Towards the sea is a misty,
beautiful coastline dotted with lighthouses and historic towns (such as Astoria, the oldest
community west of the Mississippi River).
Highlights include the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; Yachats, an artistic
community with excellent eats and un-crowded beaches; and along the coast, spectacular fishing,
wildlife viewing, and leisurely beachcombing and kite-flying. An Oregon Pacific Coast Passport
(tel. 800/551-6949; www.oregon.gov/OPRD/PARKS/recreational_pass.shtml) grants access to all
of the state and federal parks and recreation areas for only $10 for a 5-day pass or $35 for an
Many area accommodations are moderately priced from $75 a night, cheaper if you camp.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is the king of the affordably priced, all-inclusive package destinations,
especially during the summertime when all Caribbean isles slash prices to lure visitors.
SuperClubs’ Breezes Puerto Plata Resort, Spa & Casino (www.superclubs.com) offers
package deals that include accommodations, all meals and premium brand cocktails, unlimited use
of sports facilities, and hotel taxes, with no tipping allowed. A recent price check yielded rates of
$70 per night per person from June to August. Also, CheapCaribbean.com has a selection of all-
inclusive packages starting from as low as $499 per person for 5 nights.
Newfoundland remains an almost criminally overlooked destination in Canada. This craggy
island, known as “The Rock,” offers some of the country’s best views in the summertime, when
you can spot icebergs, puffins, and whales off the Bonavista Peninsula.
St. John’s is a small, bustling city makes a good jumping-off point for exploring the foggy
Avalon Peninsula, home to puffin colonies and caribou herds. And Gros Morne National Park (a
World Heritage Site) offers excellent bird-watching, fishing, and hiking. Campground fees range
from $18 to $30; call 877/737-3783 or 514/335-4813 or visit www.pccamping.ca to reserve a site.
To save the most, avoid conventional hotels and stay instead in the tiny B&Bs that dot the region and
sometimes charge as little as $50 a night.
The Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Sparkling white sand beaches, cerulean waters, Mayan ruins, and dozens of water sport
opportunities have long made the Mayan Riviera a “go to” place for fun in the sun. In the past
several years, a Hurricane Wilma–driven makeover has turned it into a playground for chic, luxury
seekers as well.
The sheer volume of hotels and condos on this coast keeps competition stiff. But the air/hotel
packagers are getting deals individuals can rarely match. Vacation Travel Mart
(www.vacmart.com) is selling a full 5 nights/6 days at the Grand Oasis, including all food and
drink, most activities and airfare from the U.S. from just $724. In certain lesser known areas, like
the beautifully preserved Colonial city of Campeche, hotel prices drop to just $45 a night.
Peru is a country with a surplus of great adventures, many of them an excellent value for the
money. From Cusco, a scenic train journey can take you to Puno and Lake Titicaca, where you
can visit the floating islands of Uros on a day trip ($12) or enjoy a true cultural immersion by
staying overnight with a family ($15).
The most elegant city in the county is perhaps Arequipa, known for its white volcanic stone
buildings and a worthwhile jumping-off point for an excursion to the Colca Valley to observe
giant condors. Southern Peru is a top surfing destination, and the Peruvian jungle is not to be
missed—enter in the north via Iquitos, near some of the Amazon’s best lodges. For those
interested in the famed Machu Picchu, local companies such as Peru Treks (www.perutreks.com)
will take you on an all-inclusive 4-day trek for as little as $300; American-based companies such
as Adventure Center (www.adventurecenter.com) offer 7-day Cuzco and Machu Picchu tours for
Accommodations across Peru are largely budget priced ($30 a night on average), thanks to the
The strength of the euro has made much of Europe a budget-buster for American travelers, but it’s
also an opportunity to explore less heavily touristed areas of the continent—such as Bulgaria.
Bulgaria, Europe’s oldest state (established in 681), doesn’t yet have much of a tourism
infrastructure, but it’s quite safe and boasts ancient monasteries and beautifully preserved
medieval villages along with affordable spas and Black Sea beach resorts. Visit the country’s
tourism agency at www.bulgariatravel.org.
Accommodations usually range from $50 to $100 for budget B&Bs and guesthouses and full
Mediterranean meals can be had for just $6 or $7.
Pauline Frommer is the creator of the Pauline Frommer’s Guides, an award-winning guidebook series
aimed at adult budget travelers. Pauline’s byline has appeared on hundreds of articles for such
publications as Budget Travel Magazine, Marie Claire, Nick Jr., the Dallas Morning News, MSN.com,
and MSNBC.com. Currently, along with her writing work, Pauline co-hosts The Travel Show with her
father, travel legend Arthur Frommer and every Wednesday, she appears on CNNOnline to talk about the
latest travel trends. She’s also made appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, The O’Reilly Factor,
20/20, The Early Show, The CBS Evening News, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, NPR’s
Talk of the Nation and just about every local news station you can name.
The market leader in travel guides, Frommer’s has a guide for every type of traveler—from the sophisticated world traveler to the first-time
student traveler on a tight budget. Frommer’s publishes more than 300 guides and sells 2.5 million guides annually, reaching 7 million travelers
who count on Frommer’s for exact prices, savvy trip-planning, sightseeing advice, dozens of detailed maps, and candid reviews of hotels and
restaurants in every price range. Frommer’s—the best trips start here. Frommers.com is a comprehensive, opinionated travel resource featuring
more than 3,500 world destinations. For more information, visit frommers.com. Frommer’s is a registered trademark of Arthur Frommer.
Frommer’s is a branded imprint of Wiley.