Anticipating a new year is like scratching an instant lottery ticket: Chances are slim that anything life-changing will happen, but for a little while, hope glows brightly. Why not celebrate in style while holding on to that hope? Here are some possibilities:
You will not be surprised that Las Vegas whoops it up mightily on New Year's Eve. Don't expect the amazing bargains available most of the year, but vegas.com lists these three-night deals for two adults sharing a room Dec. 29-Jan. 1, with all taxes and fees included: Golden Nugget $445 , Stratosphere $800 , Paris Las Vegas $1,251 , Hard Rock Hotel $1,462, Caesars Palace $1,972 , and Bellagio $2,165.
Check out the New Year's Eve Weekend section at vegas.com .
Not planning to travel that far? Boston's cruise vessel Odyssey has three options. For $185 a person, a New Year's Eve cruise from 9 p.m.-1 a.m includes a champagne toast, hats and horns, hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a great view of First Night fireworks. For those who want to celebrate in daylight, an 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. sailing includes those hats and horns, a brunch buffet, a countdown at noon, and a champagne toast. The price is $61 per adult and $13 per child ages 3-11. Combine the nighttime cruise with a night's stay at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers starting at $489 for two, including parking, transportation to the Odyssey, and other amenities.
If you have $1,490 to spare, consider skipping the throng in Times Square and instead having an elegant but quiet celebration at the Pierre on Manhattan's East Side. A champagne reception and hors d'oeuvres in the Rotunda will be followed by a six-course dinner at the Café Pierre that includes everything from lobster bisque, a beef duo of filet mignon and short rib to a white chocolate champagne Napoleon, and a bottle of champagne per couple. Call 866-969-1825 or visit tajhotels.com.
How often have you thought about celebrating the arrival of 2007 at a dude ranch in the Adirondacks ? The 1000 Acres Ranch Resort in Stony Creek, N.Y., offers horseback riding, ice skating, snowmobiling, sledding, and bonfires. Its New Year's gala package, offered Dec. 29-Jan. 1, adds three meals a day. The price is $139 per adult per night; $89 per child ages 13-17; and $75 per child 7-12.
Call 518-696-2444 or visit 1000acres.com.
For the adventurous, mountain biking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, and a tequila tasting are part of Black Sheep Adventures' New Year's Baja trip in Los Cabos, Mexico, Dec. 28-Jan. 2. The five-night trip includes lodging, 11 meals, all activities, all rental equipment, services of a professional US trip leader plus local guides, transportation during the trip, porterage service , and shuttle service from and to Los Cabos International Airport. The price is $1,995 a person.
Visit blacksheepadventures.com or call 866-647-4337.
The iconic movie "Casablanca" will be re-created at the Place d'Armes Hôtel & Suites in Montreal on New Year's Eve. Decor has been imported from Morocco, and "Sam" will be at the piano -- with a DJ on hand. There will be belly dancers, strolling violinists, and men in jalabas. The menu, inspired by both Quebec and Morocco, will include foie gras torchon; caviar and lemongrass sauce; lamb loin with roasted lobster tail, saffron beurre blanc, coriander, and mint couscous; chocolate and mint soufflé, and orange ice. At the stroke of midnight, one lucky raffle winner will win a week for two in Morocco. Tickets, including the meal and an open bar, are about $175 . A hotel room with breakfast and wine and cheese is about $197.
Call 888-450-1887 or visit hotelplacedarmes.com.
Visit disneyworld.com/gift or call 407-W-DISNEY (934-7639).
Call 508-349-9769 or visit spanishjourneys.com.
Visit globalscavengerhunt.com or call 310-281-7809.
Call 877-505-0423 or visit icehotel-canada.com.
For the rules, including for first-time applicants 16 and older, visit travel.state.gov/passport.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at email@example.com.