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Escape to Carmel with this Steal of a Deal

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You're broke just like the next person. So are we. But that doesn't mean any of us should go depriving ourselves of an occasional treat (and simultaneously pumping a little money back into the economy while we're at it) by taking advantage of one of the many amazingly affordable travel offers aimed just at people like us.

So why not escape your stress by a coastal jaunt to Carmel-by-the-Sea where life moves slowly and effortlessly, and all your worries drift away with the tide (we apologize for sounding like a cheesy Hallmark card, but it's true!). Gems like Highlands Inn, a Park Hyatt property situated high among the Carmel Highlands comprising glowing redwood and soaring glass, offer killer views of the surroundings, with abundant opportunities for whale-watching from your very own balcony (rooms are even equipped with your own binoculars).

In the main lodge, a skylit promenade leading up to glass-walled salons is the perfect setting for taking in the sunset. The lobby was custom-made to curl up with a book and cup of coffee in the deep leather settees in front of the granite fireplace. Outside, flower-lined walkways connect the cottagelike collection of accommodations. The 142 guest rooms are furnished with jewel-toned accents and fabrics and carpeting with earth tones. Most rooms have fireplaces, TVs and DVD players, private decks, and fabulous views. Every suite and townhouse unit comes with a full parlor, kitchen, and bath with a massive spa tub.

Available through April 30 and good every day of the week, the Highlands Inn-vitation package includes overnight accommodations in a deluxe ocean view king room, 25 percent off dinner at the accompanying Pacific's Edge restaurants and complimentary valet parking. Rates begin at just $199--that's a 40 percent discount off the normal price, for those of you playing at home. So what are you waiting for? Contact Highlands inn at 831-620-1234 or visit the website to book your stay while the offer's still good!