Transformers The Ride grand opening
Universal Orlando is marshaling troops to give visitors an epic battle to save the human race. We’re talking about Transformers The Ride-3D, which opens officially on June 20. The ride, the theme park promoters say, blurs the line between fiction and reality. It is based on the popular movie franchise and puts guests in the middle of the ultimate war zone to fight alongside Optimus. For more information, visit www.prepareforbattle.com.
Rekindle romance with a spa vacation
Need a break from your busy life? Time to rekindle romance? How about taking advantage of the “enliven Me Spa Package For Two” at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami?
With nightly rates starting at $509, the deal includes a rose-oil infused Swedish massage, rose pedal warm bath soak for couples (in their own suite), breakfast for two in 345 Restaurant and late check-out time. The package is available through the end of the year at the 313-room hotel. To book, call 800-228-9290, or visit www.JWMarriottMarquisMiami.com and click on the “Deals and Promotions” tab and use booking code ES8.
B&B notes special rates for music festival
If you’re headed to northern Florida later this month for the six-day St Augustine Music Festival (www.staugustinemusicfestival.org), consider booking a room at the Carriage Way B&B. The 15 percent room rate reductions will surely be music to your ears! The classical music performances are held in the Cathedral Basilica in the downtown historic district.
To qualify for the discount, you’ll need to book a room at the Victorian-style B&B for three nights between June 20 through June 22 or June 27 through June 29. For more information on the B&B, call 800-908-9832 or visit www.carriageway.com .
Golf getaway for dads
Father’s Day is fast-approaching and The Resort at Longboat Key Club in Sarasota suggests a golf getaway as a great gift for dads who enjoy hitting the links. With 45 holes of golf to choose from, dads can play until sundown and then enjoy $100 daily spa credit to use the Island House Spa’s signature “Just for Men” treatments — including stretches sessions, sports massages, or a gentleman’s manicure and pedicure. On the course, club rental fees are included.
Rates begin at $349 a night ($389 on weekends). When booking, use promo code SUMGOLF. For reservations or more information, call 941-383-8821 or visit www.longboatkeyclub.com.
ST. PETE BEACH
Send dad on a flight above the waves
TradeWinds Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Peach has some nifty deals this month, including Father’s Day promotions available from June 16 to June 21. Discounted room rates start at just under $100.
As a bonus, guests can score 50 percent off on Jet Lev Flights, which allow riders to fly over the Gulf or hover and walk along the water. They usually sell for $275, but this month you could ride for $137.50. For details or reservations, call 888-687-5385 and mention June Great Rates. For details about TradeWinds Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost, visit www.tradewindsresort.com.
Mary Thurwachter is a West Palm Beach freelance writer and founder/producer of INNsideFlorida.com. Email: email@example.com