I'm curious about ways to find cheap vacations around the mid-atlantic area (to avoid flying). I'm talking about both summer (beach) and winter (ski) type vacations. Do you guys use Expedia or other websites like that for booking hotels? How about the time-share sales-pitch getaways where you get a cheap rate, but have to attend a sales presentation and get pressured by a salesperson? Is it worth it to go through that annoyance just for the cheap vacation?