Trips without the kids

Published On: Sep 04 2013 10:42:27 AM CDT

It's time to consider a grown-up getaway. Now is an ideal time for adults to take advantage of sought-after destinations, since tour operators, airlines and even high-end resorts often run specials to encourage travel during the shoulder season between summer vacation and the winter holiday travel rush.

Adubon Cottages
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Courtesy Audubon Cottages

There's always a party happening in New Orleans, but you can find a peaceful European-style oasis just a block away from Bourbon Street at the Audubon Cottages. Bliss out poolside at the oldest saltwater pool in the French Quarter or relax on your private patio. A butler caters to guests in seven private cottages tastefully decorated with antiques. Naturalist John Audubon stayed here while penning his famed "Birds of America" series. Fall rates start at $499 per night, double occupancy.

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