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Chocolate Indulgence
Spend Sunday, February 22, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or driving between inns and businesses in New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Valley and savoring chocolate treats at each during the 26th annual Chocolate Festival. Tickets are $30 per person online in advance, or they can be purchased for $35 on the day of the tour. You can even indulge guilt-free, as proceeds benefit the non-profit Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Several participating inns are offering lodging packages in conjunction with the Chocolate Festival. For more information, call 603-356-9920. posted 1/26/15

Get Free Tickets to the Boston Globe Travel Show
The Boston Globe Travel Show runs February 6-8 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets are $10, but you can get yours free when you reserve tickets online using the promo code: NEIRA15. New this year: Sample beers from more than 25 craft breweries by purchasing tickets for a tasting session at the show's Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion. These tickets are $25 in advance or $35 on-site (if tickets remain) and include show admission. posted 1/26/15

A Free Day of Winter Fun for Families
Enjoy ice fishing, ice skating, wildlife tracking, winter games, ice safety rescue demonstrations, a fish fry and roasting marshmallows by a bonfire on Saturday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) hosts its annual No Child Left Inside Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. Admission is free and open to all. posted 1/26/15

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Customers
If you're a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch customer, your credit or debit card is your free ticket to admission during the first weekend of each month at more than 150 museums nationwide including these great New England attractions: Connecticut's Wadsworth Atheneum, Maine's Farnsworth Art Museum, Massachusetts' American Textile History Museum, MIT Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Rhode Island's Newport Art Museum and RISD Museum. Upcoming free admission weekends for 2015 include: February 7-8, March 7-8 and April 4-5. posted 1/26/15

Eat for Half Price or Less at Restaurants in New England
If you plan ahead, you can save a fortune on dining in New England. Restaurant.com sells gift certificates for many New England restaurants for 50 percent or more off their face value--$25 gift certificates, for example, are priced at $10. You'll find dozens of participating restaurants throughout the New England states. Best of all, make your purchase online, print the gift certificate on your printer, and you're all set to save when you arrive at your New England destination. On January 26, use the promo code NEW at checkout to save even more and pay just $6.25 for $25 restaurant certificates or $2.50 for $10 certificates. On January 30 and 31, use code SUPER to save 50 percent and pay just $5 for $25 certificates. Read details carefully, as some restrictions may apply. posted 1/26/15

Frozen Fun on the Cape over February Break
Ready to "Let It Go" while the kids are out of school this February? Ocean Edge Resort (read my review) on Cape Cod is hosting a Frozen-themed week of activities (see complete schedule) featuring sing-a-long screenings of the beloved Disney flick, movie-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt to recover lost items from Arendelle, family karaoke nights, a cupcake bar happy hour and more. Parents can participate in cooking demonstrations with Executive Chef Phil Flath, wine and chocolate tastings, yoga, water aerobics and other fitness activities. Best of all, rates are reasonable for this family escape, available February 13-23. A one-bedroom villa is just $125 per night for a family of four. For details and reservations, call toll free: 800-343-6074. posted 1/19/15

Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Just $12 This Winter
Want to save half off admission to Old Sturbridge Village, the popular living history attraction in Sturbridge, Massachusetts? Of course you do! In January and February, adults pay just $12 for admission when they print and redeem this online coupon, which is even valid during special events such as WinterFest from February 14-22. posted 1/19/15

Spectacular Views for $89
The 1785 Inn & Restaurant in North Conway, New Hampshire, made Frommer's list of the top 15 views in the world from a hotel or inn, and now, those views are on sale. Book any available room for just $89 per night for two including breakfast if you stay two midweek nights (Sunday through Thursday) before February 12. The rate for a single night's stay is $99. For reservations, ask for the B&B Discount Package for NEIRA Inn Crowd members when you call 603-356-9025. posted 1/19/15

A Taste of Providence
Immerse yourself in Providence, Rhode Island's culinary scene with the Taste of Providence package at the Christopher Dodge House. Priced at $449 through April, the getaway includes lodging for two nights in the best available room at time of reservation, plus two $100 dining gift certificates for a choice of restaurants. To reserve your stay, call 401-351-6111. posted 1/19/15

Compete in the National Toboggan Championships
Your friends will really be impressed when you tell them you were a contender in the 25th Annual National Toboggan Championships! Maine's Camden Harbour Inn makes it easy for you to compete against racers from throughout the U.S. this year with a special getaway package that includes a two-night stay, champagne breakfast daily and a three-course dinner at the inn's restaurant, plus a toboggan and racing slot for two will be arranged so that you can compete in the February 6-8 event. You'll also be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and enjoy a 30-minute massage. This is no ordinary toboggan ride: Sleds reach speeds of 40-50 miles per hour as they careen down the 400-foot toboggan chute at the Camden Snow Bowl. Dressing in costume is part of the fun! Just a few National Toboggan Championships packages are available, starting at $393 per person double occupancy excluding taxes, gratuities and alcoholic beverages, so call 207-236-4200 or toll free, 800-236-4266, to reserve your spot. posted 1/13/15

Ski Free When You Stay at the Woodstock Inn Midweek
A family ski vacation can be costly, but when you stay at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in picturesque Woodstock, Vermont, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are free for adults Monday through Friday and free for kids seven days a week (holiday weeks are excluded). Overnight stays for two adults are priced from about $263 per night including taxes and resort fee. A free shuttle provides access to the inn-owned Suicide Six Ski Area, as well as to the resort's Nordic Center, where cross-country skis and snowshoes may be rented for a fee for use on 30 km of groomed trails. Reserve your winter getaway online or by calling toll free, 888-338-2745. posted 1/13/15

The Ultimate Dog Sledding Adventure
The Governor's House in Hyde Park, Vermont, offers a spectacular three-night getaway for adventurous couples who want to dog sled and enjoy a luxurious winter camping experience. Spend the first night at the inn in a room with a fireplace, then set out on a dog sledding ride through the Vermont woods to a private tent furnished with a wood stove, cots and winter sleeping bags. You'll enjoy dinner with wine and a hearty, warm breakfast the next morning. Return via dog sled for hot mulled cider and a final night at the inn. The package is $1,179 for two and can be booked by calling 802-888-6888 or toll free, 866-800-6888. posted 1/13/15

Forever Young Mondays at Mohegan Sun
If you're age 60+, head to Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Mondays through February 23 to take advantage of special deals and free gifts. The Forever Young Mondays promotion features discounts at select retail outlets, restaurant deals including two-for-one buffet dining and a free gift for the first 1,000 guests with a Momentum card starting at 9 a.m. at the Summer Coat Check. There's a new free gift each week. Momentum Card registration is free, and guests 60+ who sign up for a new card on Mondays receive $10 in free slot play. For more information, call toll free, 888-226-7711. posted 1/6/15

Try Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing or Snowboarding on the Cheap
During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January, 20 participating alpine and nordic ski areas in New Hampshire are offering affordable learn-to-ski packages including lessons, equipment rentals and trail lift tickets or trail passes. Beginners can try downhill skiing or snowboarding for $29 or cross-country skiing for $19. Participants must register in advance with a participating ski area via the links provided by Ski NH. Space is limited, so register early beginning on January 2. For more information, call 603-745-9396. posted 12/29/14

Recover from the Holidays for Just $99 Per Night
The January Recovery Special at Connecticut's Inn at Harbor Hill Marina (read my review) discounts main inn rooms--even rooms with fireplaces--to just $99 per night Sunday through Thursday including breakfast. Weekend guests save 50 percent off their second night in January. The Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 16-18, is excluded. For details and reservations, call 860-739-0331. posted 12/29/14

Learn to Ski or Snowboard for $29
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, and Ski Vermont participating resorts offer $29 beginners-only packages that include a lesson, equipment rental and a beginner-area lift ticket. Hurry and reserve your space online for this affordable chance to learn a new sport during the first month of the new year. posted 12/16/14

Stay Any 2 Nights for $222
Enjoy a two-night escape for two at the Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont, this winter for just $222. The package, available through January 31, includes full country breakfast each morning, afternoon cheese and cider socials and free access to snowshoe and cross-country ski trails at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Some blackout dates apply. For reservations, call toll free: 800-843-1801. posted 12/8/14

Hike and Sip Wine by a Bonfire for 10 Bucks
Each full moon night, join a 60- to 90-minute guided hike at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, Massachusetts, then warm up by a bonfire and sample up to six of the orchard's Furnace Brook wines. Participants must be 21 and up. The cost is $10 per person (or free if you stay the night at the Garden Gables Inn in Lenox), and advance reservations are required. Call toll free, 800-833-6274, to reserve a spot for upcoming treks on January 31, March 7 and April 4. For inn reservations, call 413-637-0193 or toll free, 888-243-0193. posted 12/8/14

Be a VIP at the Boston Tea Party
The Boston Tea Party package at the Intercontinental Boston is available year-round. Priced from $299 for two, it includes deluxe overnight accommodations with a waterfront view, two adult combo tickets for admission to the Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, two tea-infused cocktails or hot cups of tea, and a mini chest of Boston Tea Company tea bags to take home. To steep yourselves in history, make reservations by calling 617-747-1000. posted 12/3/14

Ski Wildcat or Attitash and Stay for $4
The Royalty Inn in Gorham, New Hampshire, is advertising this ski getaway deal as a "no brainer," and they're absolutely right. Your room costs just $4 per person double occupancy midweek when you calculate that each overnight guest receives a Wildcat Mountain or Attitash Mountain Resort lift ticket from the inn, valued at $75. Teen and junior rates including lift tickets are available when kids share a room with at least one parent. This special offer is not available during prime vacation weeks: December 26–January 1, January 17–19 and February 14–22. Friday and Saturday stays are priced slightly higher. For details and reservations, call 603-466-3312 or toll free, 800-437-3529. posted 12/3/14

Pay Half Price for a Lake Winnipesaukee Getaway
From January 4 through 28 (excluding January 23), you can knock 50% off your stay at Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire, when you reserve a two-night getaway Sunday through Friday. The deal is available for all rooms at this multi-inn property on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, but cottages are excluded. Use code TNOW when you book online, or ask for the Travel NOW special rate when you call toll free, 800-622-6455. posted 11/25/14

Save on Luxury Hotel-Quality Pillows (Buy Direct)
I had such a blissful night's sleep during my visit to the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa in New Hampshire a few years ago that I outfitted my bed at home with the same DownAround pillows the hotel uses from Pacific Coast Feather Company (read my pillow review). Now, I dream that I'm sleeping in an elegant grand hotel every night, and you can, too! Pacific Coast Feather Company is offering savings on select hotel-quality pillows when you buy direct from the company, plus free shipping on $99+ orders. Treat yourself to blissful sleep this winter, or give the gift of getaway-quality slumber. posted 11/25/14

Save Almost Half Off Tickets to See Blue Man Group in Boston
BosTix has half-price tickets for Blue Man Group at the Charles Playouse in Boston, Massachusetts, on select dates. Purchase tickets online for pickup at the venue, and you'll pay about half the regular $77.50 price: just $40 (plus a service fee). posted 11/25/14

Under 40? Score $20 Symphony Tickets
The Boston Symphony Orchestra will offer $20 concert tickets to patrons under the age of 40 during the remainder of the 2014-2015 Symphony Hall season. Tickets are normally priced from $30 to $145. A schedule of performances is available at the BSO Web site: Some blackout dates apply. Discounted tickets may be purchased online using Promotion Code 20under40. Eligible patrons may purchase up to two tickets per show and must provide proof of age when picking up tickets at the box office in order to receive the discount. A $6.25 service fee is applied to each ticket. posted 10/29/14

Free Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform free community chamber concerts in Massachusetts communities including Roxbury (2/15), Framingham (3/1), Quincy (3/22) and Pittsfield (3/29). Additional free concerts will take place at Northeastern University's Fenway Center (2/13, 3/6 and 3/20). Free tickets for all non-Fenway Center concerts may be reserved online or by calling 617-266-1200 or toll free, 888-266-1200. Tickets for the Fenway Center performances are available via Northeastern's online box office. Reservations are required for all concerts. posted 10/14/14

Save on My Latest Book, Backroads of New England
The all-updated second edition of Backroads of New England retails for $22.99, but you can order an autographed copy at the special price of just $14 (plus $4 shipping). This driving tour guide book features 30 of New England's most colorful and scenic itineraries with directions and full-color images by acclaimed New England photographer William H. Johnson. Use it to plan your fall travels, or order personalized, autographed books for gifts or as a souvenir. posted 9/30/14

Visit 6 Portland Attractions for the Price of 3
Visiting Portland, Maine? Purchase a Local Excursion Pass online, and you'll save more than 40% off admission to six of the coastal city's top attractions. Priced at $36 for adults and $17 for children, the pass includes a Casco Bay Lines boat tour, plus admission to Victoria Mansion, the Portland Observatory, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow House and Garden and your choice of either the Portland Museum of Art or the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. The pass pays for itself after you've visited as few as three attractions. posted 8/27/14

Oh, Snap!
Want to snap better pictures? Book the Adventure Photography Tour package at the Mount Washington B&B. Priced starting at $350 for one or $500 for two, your adventure includes lodging for two nights, breakfast each morning, afternoon baked goods and a three-hour guided photography tour in New Hampshire's immensely photogenic White Mountains with photographer Ernie Mills. Tours are available every Friday and on other days by advance request. Choose a sunrise, daytime or sunset tour. For details and reservations, call 603-466-2669 or toll free, 877-466-2399. posted 7/29/14

Boston to Mohegan Sun for Just 13-15 Bucks
Sunshine Travel offers daily bus departures from the Boston area to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino, and tickets will only cost you $13-15 round-trip. All passengers over 21 receive a $20 meal voucher and $30 in match play coupons. Buy your ticket online, or call 617-695-1989 for more information. Wondering what it's like to ride the Sunshine Travel bus to the casino? Read this account from The Boston Globe. posted 7/29/14

Free Moose Tour When You Stay Two Nights
Stay two nights Sunday through Friday at the Top Notch Inn in Gorham, New Hampshire, and you'll receive one adult ticket for an outing with Gorham Moose Tours: They have a 95% success rate. It's a $25 value, and spotting a moose is priceless! For details and reservations, call 603-466-5496 or toll free, 800-228-5496. posted 7/15/14

Sea Everything
A visit to Mystic, Connecticut, can be more affordable when you purchase the Mystic Pass Card, which includes not only admission to this coastal destination's top two attractions--Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium--but a free fountain drink at the aquarium, a free planetarium show at Mystic Seaport and discounts at dozens of participating area hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops. The Mystic Pass Card, which can be purchased online, is priced at $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $33 for children ages 6 to 17 and $20 for little kids ages 3 to 5. Considering the regular cost of adult admission to the Seaport and Aquarium alone is $53.95, it's like saving $3.95 and getting a soda and a show free, plus dining, lodging and shopping savings to boot. There is also a Mystic Pass Plus Card option, which includes Mashantucket Pequot Museum admission and a fountain drink while you're there. posted 5/27/14

17 Museums for $25
Let me grab my calculator and do the math for you: That's $1.47 per museum! You'll save a bundle when you purchase the Connecticut Art Trail ArtPass online. The only catch? You need to select a one-year period during which your pass will be valid for one admission at each of the 17 participating sites. Simply select your dates, pay with a credit card, print your voucher and hit the trail to visit some of Connecticut's finest art repositories including Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum--America's oldest public art museum. Children 12 and under are admitted to the museums free and do not require an ArtPass. posted 3/4/14

Pajama Party Package
Pack your PJs, and The Porches Inn in North Adams, Massachusetts, will do the rest! Their Pajama Party Package, priced at $234 for a room with two queen beds, includes an extra large pizza or four sub sandwiches, sodas, freshly popped popcorn, access to the inn's DVD library and continental breakfast. For reservations, call 413-664-0400. posted 10/7/13

Plan Ahead and Save Up to 30 Percent at IHG Hotels
Book your stay at a Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites or other Intercontinental Hotels Group property in New England at least 14 days in advance, and take advantage of savings of up to 30 percent. The Book Early & Save Rate is limited and subject to availability, so hurry and book ahead for fall and winter stays. posted 7/17/12

Free App Will Help You Find Fine Lodging in New England
Download the free mobile app from the New England Inns & Resorts Association, and wherever you roam in the region, you'll be able to easily find and book nearby accommodations. The app, which is available in both iPhone/iPod Touch and Android versions, also provides access to last-minute deals at member lodging properties. posted 7/6/12

Free Golf on Your Birthday
Register for the free Blue Fox Run eClub, and you'll receive a free round of golf at this Avon, Connecticut, course for your birthday, valid up to one week prior and one week after your birthday. posted 6/12/12

Tour the Berkshires in a Model A Ford
Here's an experience you'll always remember: Book a stay at the Devonfield Inn in Lee, Massachusetts, and for an additional fee of $125, two people can enjoy a one-hour tour of the Berkshires in a 1931 Model A Ford. For reservations and more information, call 413-243-3298 or toll free, 800-664-0880. posted 1/17/12

Get a Deal Now, Find Out Where You're Staying Later
Deals on accommodations can be hard to come by in New England, but here's a strategy that may help you save up to 50 percent on your stay. Expedia's Unpublished Rate Hotels program (Book Direct) allows travelers to find discounted room rates and to roll the dice: You'll only learn the name of your hotel after you book. I just checked Unpublished Rate Hotels in the Boston area for the first weekend in October and found a 3.5-star Lexington, Massachusetts-area hotel for $55 per night and a 3.5-star Harvard-area hotel for $69 per night. posted 9/7/10

Visit the Boston Children's Museum for $1
Regular admission to the Boston Children's Museum is $12 for guests ages 1 and up, but you'll pay just $1 per person if you visit on Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. These $1 Friday Nights are made possible by Target. For more information about the museum, call 617-426-6500. posted 7/19/10

Bed, Bet & a Bite
Connecticut's Mohegan Sun offers an overnight package priced from $302 for two that includes a $100 food and beverage credit at Bar Americain or Todd English's Tuscany, a cookbook by either Bobby Flay or Todd English (depending on your restaurant choice) and one $10 free bet per person. For reservations, ask for code PTFBV when you call toll free, 888-777-7922. posted 2/17/10

Spoil Your Guy with the Pail Ale Male Mancation
Want to reconnect with your special guy? Surprise him with a getaway that's all about him. The Cabernet Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire, is offering an all-inclusive Pail Ale Male Mancation that includes lodging for two nights, a gourmet breakfast each morning, a $50 Moat Mountain Brewery gift certificate, a $10 Village Cigar Emporium gift certificate and a pail filled with a six-pack of his favorite beer, pretzels, peanuts and your choice of a "Life is Good" or "Life is Crap" T-shirt (to suit his mood). Package prices start at $339 per couple including taxes. For details and reservations, call 603-356-4704 or toll free, 800-866-4704. posted 5/5/09

Exchange Your Money for Berkshares and Save
Planning to visit the Berkshires in western Massachusetts? Then you really should exchange your U.S. currency for Berkshares. Yes, the region is printing its own money--accepted at many shops, restaurants and businesses (full list)--and you'll receive a ten percent bonus when you exchange your money for Berkshares at participating banks. This FAQ explains how this unique local currency works. Essentially, you can buy 100 Berkshares for $90, so your vacation dollars will go further. Questions? Call 413-528-1737. posted 3/21/07

Escape NYC with Metro-North One-Day Getaways
Depart from Grand Central Station for a day in Connecticut at Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium, the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in Greenwich or Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods casino. For more information or to request a free "One-Day Getaways" booklet, call 212-532-4900 or toll free, 800 METRO-INFO outside of New York. posted 7/26/05

Kittery Coupons
Planning to do some outlet shopping in Kittery, Maine? Print these free coupons before you leave home and enjoy extra savings. posted 5/31/05

Save on Train Fare for New England Campus Visits
Visiting New England college campuses with your high school student? Here's an online offer from Campus Visit that will allow you to buy one Amtrak ticket and get one for half price. posted 7/27/04

Women Only Weekends in the Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region of New York State makes it easy to reconnect with friends with its collection of "Women Only" weekend getaway packages. Inns and hotels have designed weekend escapes just for groups of women friends and featuring special add-ons such as massages, dinners, museum admissions, wine tastings and more. Follow the link above to peruse more than two dozen available packages, then call individual lodging properties to check availability and reserve your weekend with the girls. posted 11/25/03

Special Offers from Mystic Merchants
The Mystic & More! Convention & Visitors Bureau makes it easy to find special offers on accommodations, dining, shopping and more in the Mystic, Connecticut, area. posted 5/20/02

Friends of Harpoon Get Special Deals
Sign up online to be a member of Harpoon Brewery's "Friends of Harpoon," and you'll be entitled to a variety of special offers such as invitations to exclusive special events and savings at New England retail establishments. Membership is free. posted 4/10/02

Request Free Mount Washington Brochures Online
Use this online form to request free travel literature and maps for New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. posted 10/9/01

A Maritime Experience for Two
The GalenThe Galen C. Moses House, a Victorian bed & breakfast in Bath, Maine, offers a weekend getaway package that will allow you to immerse yourself in Midcoast Maine's maritime history. The getaway weekend includes lodging for two nights, a romantic dinner for two, two gourmet breakfasts and two passes to the Maine Maritime Museum. The price is $345 per couple including taxes, $445 June through October. For more information and reservations, call 207-442-8771 or toll free, 888-442-8771. posted 7/2/01

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