Of course, you've thought of getting away from it all. But that's usually where it ends. Just the sheer thought of breaking your daily routine seems preposterous.
While taking a last-minute trip may sound like a mere fantasy, December is the perfect time to make it into a reality, whether you're dreaming of white snow or warm sand.
Hit the slopes in no time
Ski enthusiasts can hit the world-class slopes in Park City, Utah, by hopping on a plane. It's easy to catch a last minute flight to Salt Lake City International Airport. More than 900 daily flights are scheduled to arrive there each day. Major carriers, including Delta, Continental and American, fly to Salt Lake City. Once you're there, take a shuttle or rent a car to get to Park City, which is about 36 miles away.
The city offers a deal for those who fly in. With the Park City Chamber Bureau's Quickstart program, you can exchange your airline boarding pass and a voucher from the city's Web site for one lift ticket to one of the city's three resorts. Deer Valley Resort, The Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort participate in the Quickstart program. If you're staying at Canyons Resort, you'll receive two free lift tickets for every night that you stay.
Park City is best known as the location of the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place there every January. Even when the town isn't packed with Hollywood's elite, though, there's still plenty to do.
In addition to skiing, Park City has a number of dining and shopping options. When it comes to culinary choices in this quaint town, you cannot go wrong. Restaurants include the Silver Fissure Dining Hall, Wahso Asian Grill and Taco Maker and Jake's Burgers and Shakes. After a meal, stroll Park City's main street for great deals on clothes, home furnishings and books.
in Florida's Panhandle
If you'd prefer to relax at the beach, take a quick trip to the Florida Panhandle. The area is home not only to beaches, but also golf and shopping.
The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is located in the heart of the Emerald Coast about eight miles east of Destin. Sandestin is a coastal community located on 2,400 acres of beach and bayfront property. The resort features 1,700 accommodations in its 30 distinctive neighborhoods. It is home to four championship golf courses, as well as 15 tennis courts and a fitness center. You can also arrange to go sailing or fishing or enjoy other water sports at the resort.
Use of the resort's fitness center, tennis courts and bicycles are also included in the visit. If the weather is mild - and most likely it will be - take advantage of a free one-hour rental of a canoe, boogie board or kayak.
The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Baytown Wharf features both dining and shopping. The Seagrapes Wine Bar and Gifts, Island Clothiers and the Trading Company at Baytowne Wharf are the standout shops in the village.
You cannot go hungry at the Baytown Wharf. The Acme Oyster House is chock full of fun with affordable, delicious New Orleans-style cuisine. Elegance and Cajun cuisine go hand-in-hand at the Bistro Bijoux.
The rates at the resort's accommodations vary. Room rates at the Bayside Inn start at $99 a night, while rooms at the hotel at the Village of Baytown Wharf start at $118. At the new Luau tower, prices begin at $136 a night. Winter package deals are being offered through March 1, 2007.
If you need help planning your last-minute getaway, look for resources on the Internet. LastMinute Travel and Site 59 are dedicated Web sites where you can book every aspect of a quick trip.