The cure for summer’s end? Florida. At Mission Inn Resort about a half hour from Orlando, slip into the historic elegance of the resort’s Spanish Colonial-inspired architecture. The property’s El Campéon golf course was designed by golf pro and architect George O’Neil, and has hosted celebrated players including Babe Zaharias, Ben Hogan, Patty Berg, Arnold Palmer and trick-shot legend Joe Kirkwood. Built in 1917 and originally called the Floridian, it ranks as the first course in Florida to offer grass greens rather than the standard oiled-sand greens of the day. The name was changed to El Campéon (The Champion) after its sale in 1964. Fully modernized, the course has 85-foot elevation changes on six holes on a stretch of land once covered with hardwoods and citrus groves, and was rated second nationally in the most recent GolfAdvisor.com player survey. From Oct. 1, 2016–Jan. 15, 2017, enjoy the 100th Anniversary Golfer’s Getaway with play on historic El Campéon golf course: With a two-night minimum stay, golfing guests stay in deluxe accommodations and enjoy daily golf with a shared cart, unlimited use of all practice facilities, a lavish daily buffet breakfast at La Hacienda restaurant, a four-course wine dinner for two on arrival night at El Conquistador lakeside restaurant, a commemorative 100th anniversary merchandise gift set, on-site anniversary savings coupons for merchandise and spa services, club storage and cleaning and late check-out on departure day so that you can fit in a last round beneath the sun. Prices begin at $194.50 per person, based on double occupancy and excluding resort fee and taxes. Add on a third or fourth night for $155 per person.
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Nestled between mountains and the Mediterranean on the island of Corsica, La Signoria Calvi is an elegant refuge made up of 29 air-conditioned rooms, suites and casettas. Back in the day, the villa and surrounding vineyards were made a gift to Murat de la Serpière by King Louis XV. Today, the property includes a detached Travel House for extended stays, beautifully surrounded by parkland and gardens. Five separate casetta bungalows offer seclusion and privacy with their own gardens and swimming pools. There’s complimentary WiFi throughout, and guest spaces include beautiful antique furnishings, local art and either a terrace or balcony. The on-site gourmet restaurant specializes in traditional Corsican dishes that feature freshly caught seafood and luscious local produce, jams, honeys and handcrafted products.