By Maryann Hammers
Photo courtesy Purity Springs
We found military offers at resorts, lodges, and cabins from the High Sierra to Shenandoah and from the Rockies to the Adirondacks.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite offers active duty military personnel and veterans a year-round 10-percent discount on room rates. The four-diamond, all-season lodge is surrounded by evergreen forest and is adjacent to Yosemite National Park. The resort offers 302 rooms, suites, and cottage accommodations; a spa; several dining options (casual to candlelit); and seasonal High Sierra activities, including ice-skating, snow shoeing, and sledding in winter and archery, mountain biking, and guided hikes in summer. You also receive a free national parks pass — just show your identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The offer is valid on leisure travel only and blackout dates might apply. Book online or call (866) 771-9629.
Resort Management Group, a vacation rental management company with more than 100 condos and homes in the Winter Park and Granby ski resort areas, offers a 15-percent military discount on nightly rates. Both are located within two hours of Denver and three hours from Colorado Springs. Call (800) 926-4386.
Purity Spring Resort and King Pine ski area in East Madison offer a Military Appreciation Ski & Stay Special through March. Active duty and retired military personnel and veterans get 25 percent off room rates plus a free upgrade based on availability. The rate includes a full country breakfast, discounted lift tickets, use of an indoor pool and fitness room, hiking/snowshoe trails, ice-skating, and Nordic skiing. Upon check in, show proof of service (Common Access Card, DD Form 2ACT, DD Form 214, or DD Form 2RET are accepted). Call (800) 373-3754.
High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid offers a 15-percent discount to active duty servicemembers and veterans (regular rates start at $189). The resort overlooks Mirror Lake and is surrounded by the Adirondack wilderness with thousands of miles of trails for hiking and biking. Enjoy lake and mountain views, waterfront access, three restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a spa, and a salon. Complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and watercraft are available in summer. Use booking code MIL if reserving online, or call (518) 523-4411.
Massanutten Resort in the Shenandoah Valley has something for everyone: an indoor/outdoor waterpark, mountain biking, zip lines, summer tubing, a day spa, and two 18-hole golf courses. Military members (active, inactive, and retired) get a 10-percent discount on lodging, including king and queen hotel rooms or one- to four-bedroom condos when you show military ID upon check-in. (Regular rates start at $85 for rooms or $125 for condos.) You’ll also get military discounts on greens and cart fees, snow tubing, snow sports, and waterpark admission. Call (540) 289-9441.
Shadow Mountain Escape, a romantic couple’s getaway bordering Shenandoah National Park, offers a year-round 10-percent discount to military couples (veteran, retired, and active duty). “My husband is retired Army after 22 years,” says owner Karen Riddle. “We treasure the military.” You’ll stay in a charming timber-frame cabin in a woodsy setting with a mountain stream, minutes from the Shenandoah National Park entrance, Luray Caverns, and Lake Arrowhead. Call (540) 843-0584.
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, a classic family-friendly ski lodge (call 855-318-6669), and Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, a stylish boutique hotel (call 855-318-8707), both offer a 10-percent military discount. The luxury slope-side hotels are in Jackson Hole near Grand Teton National Park in the heart of Teton Village, steps from Jackson Hole’s renowned skiing and snowboarding.