seacrestMost savvy travelers know that traveling during the offseason is a great way to get a reduced price on your trip.  Want to save on that amazing coastal Florida spa?  Stay during hurricane season, when the rates plummet. But, traveling during the offseason does include some risks – you may save money on that hurricane-season trip, but it’s also entirely possible that you’ll actually have to deal with a hurricane during your trip.

One secret of traveling is to look for that slim window between peak season and low season.  Typically referred to as the “shoulder season”, booking during that sweet spot can often result in low prices and fabulous weather.

Here in Massachusetts, hotels on the popular Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket tourist destinations are very expensive during our short summer season.  But, after Labor Day passes and the kids return to school, rates plummet to more reasonable rates.  Last September, during the long weekend for Rosh Hashana, we visited the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA.  Although our stay was complimentary for review, I noted that the rates were significantly lower than the high-season rates.  We also enjoyed a relatively quiet beach, almost empty pool, and virtually no traffic on the way to our destination (something that’s almost unheard of in the summer). The weather, although cooler than average July temperatures, was still excellent and perfect for a day at the beach.

Have you ever booked a stay during shoulder season?