At Travelzoo we found a hot deal for those want to escape the cold (sort of), but stay close to home. The Chula Vista Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells is offering a special $69 a night deal for accommodations in any room type up to a Junior suite. That includes four passes to the resort's 80,000 square foot indoor water park.

The offer applies only to the following dates: Dec. 9 to 11, 13-18, 20 to 21, 23 to 25 and Jan. 5 to 8, 14, 17 to 22, 24 to 25, 27 to 28. If you stay two nights, you'll also get a $25 dining voucher. Stay three or more nights and receive a $50 voucher. You must book by Dec. 18. Go to and type HOT in the promo code box, or call 1-800-388-4782.

- Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376