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Kim's New England Deal Sheet
Discounts, Offers, Deals, Packages, Free Events, Insider Tips

Kim Knox Beckius - About.com New England Travel GuideHi! I'm About.com's New England Travel Expert Kim Knox Beckius, and I'm pleased to share with you the best travel deals, discounts, bargains, special offers, packages, freebies and other tips and insider secrets as I uncover them.

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*Current New England Travel Deals*
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

Save on Go Boston Cards This Winter
The Go Boston Card offers travelers admission to more than 50 Boston attractions for one low price, and through December 18, the price is even lower! Buy your Go Boston Cards direct online and choose instant delivery, and you'll save 20% on three-, five- or seven-day cards or 10% on one- or two-day cards with promo code ZMBOSWINTER14. Cards must be activated and used by March 31, 2015, so plan ahead and order your Go Boston Card now to save during your winter visit. posted 12/16/14

Save 25% Through December 25 at the Wilburton Inn
A Winter Wonderland awaits at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont, and if you can take time out now through Christmas to enjoy Manchester Merriment holiday festivities, skiing at Stratton and Bromley Mountains and designer outlet shopping, you'll save 25 percent off any room. This offer is available through December 25 for bed and breakfast rooms in the mansion, as well as for private vacation villas with fireplaces that accommodate 6 to 34 overnight guests. Call 802-362-2500 for reservations, and mention code 25-25. posted 12/16/14

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 December 16, use the promo code JOY at checkout to save an additional almost 60 percent and pay just $4.25 for $25 restaurant certificates or $1.70 for $10 certificates. On December 17, save 30% and pay just $7 for $25 gift certificates with promo code DOUBLE. On December 19-20, pay just $6 for $25 certificates or $2.40 for $10 certificates with promo code STAR. Read details carefully, as some restrictions may apply. 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

$100 Newport Dining Gift Card Free with Your $500 Purchase
Still looking for a gift idea for business associates, friends or relatives? Newport Restaurant Group gift cards can be used at the bearer's choice of eight fine Rhode Island restaurants, and if you purchase $500 in gift cards online this holiday season, you'll receive a great gift for you: a free $100 gift card. 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 the first trek of the new year on January 3. 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

Save $3 on Bright Nights Admission
Bright Nights at Forest Park, a drive-through holiday light show, runs through January 4 in Springfield, Massachusetts (closed December 1 and 2). Admission is $18 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $21 per vehicle Friday through Sunday and holidays, but you can save $3 when you print this online coupon. posted 11/25/14

Pay Half Price for a Lake Winnipesaukee Getaway
From January 4 through 28 (excluding January 16-18 and 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

Stay 2 Nights for $250 at a 250-Year-Old Inn
The Colonel Spencer Inn in Campton, New Hampshire, was built in 1764 as a private residence by Colonel Joseph Spencer, who fought in the French and Indian Wars and went on to serve under General George Washington. Through the end of the year, in celebration of the inn's 250th anniversary, any two-night stay in a double room is just $250 for two, or reserve a queen room for two nights for $300. For details and reservations, call 603-536-1755.  posted 11/18/14

Cape Ann Charm... Cheap!
Tuck Inn Bed and Breakfast in Rockport, Massachusetts, has incredible winter rates available through January 3. Escape to Cape Ann for two nights for just $225 for two, or stay a whole week for just $549 for two (that's just $78.42 per night), breakfasts included. For details and reservations, call 978-546-7260 or toll free, 800-789-7260. posted 11/3/14

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

Ride the Polar Express
Your family can enjoy a ride aboard the Polar Express with a special package available weekends from Thanksgiving through Christmas at New Hampshire's Bartlett Inn. Priced starting at $514 for families of three to five people, the package includes lodging for two nights in a cozy cottage, a country breakfast each morning, tickets to ride the Polar Express train and a children's Christmas Movie and Cookies and Cocoa Evening. For dates, details and reservations, call 603-374-2353. 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

Stay in the Mountains for $119 After the Leaf Peepers Leave
From Groupon, as fall foliage fades, stay in New Hampshire's White Mountains at the Mountain Club on Loon for just $119 for two most nights October 19 through December 18. You'll receive a $25 credit toward any 50-minute massage at Viaggio Spa
and a $25 credit toward two dinner entrees at the Black Diamond Pub, which essentially makes your room rate an incredible $69. Stay two nights, and your room rate drops to $99 per night with the same $50 in credits. Read the fine print before purchasing your voucher, as resort fees and cancellation restrictions apply. posted 9/16/14

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

A Jane Austen Weekend Awaits
The Governor's House Inn in Hyde Park, Vermont, is hosting a series of Jane Austen Weekends featuring opportunities to immerse yourself in literature, movies, conversation and old-fashioned pleasures like afternoon tea and fly fishing. Several dates are scheduled in 2014. Jane Austen Weekend packages are priced starting at $345 for singles and $295 per person for doubles including two nights' lodging, a Friday evening talk over dessert and coffee, full breakfast on Saturday, Saturday afternoon tea, Saturday dinner and book discussion, early Sunday Continental breakfast and a chance to win prizes during the Jane Austen quiz with Sunday brunch. For reservations and more information, call 802-888-6888 or toll free, 866-800-6888. posted 1/9/12

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 three restaurants: Mill's Tavern, Cassarino's and Hemenway's. To reserve your stay, call 401-351-6111. posted 7/5/11

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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