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

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Earn Free Vermont State Parks Admission for 2014—and 2015!
An individual Vermont State Parks season pass costs $25 for 2014, but you can enjoy unlimited free access to all 52 parks this year and next by collecting points in the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge. This statewide outdoor scavenger hunt is fun for all ages. Simply download a scorecard for each participant, complete suggested activities totaling 250 points, and submit photos to prove your participation. You will receive a VIP Gold Coin good for free state park entry for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015. Venture Vermont scorecards must be received by October 15, 2014. Questions? Call toll free, 888-409-7579. posted 4/21/14

Visit New England's National Parks Free
This year, the National Park Service is offering several fee-free opportunities to visit more than 100 national parks that usually charge admission including New England gems like Acadia National Park, the Cape Cod National Seashore and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Mark your calendar, and don't miss the chance to take your family to see these national treasures for free August 25, September 27 and November 11. posted 4/21/14

This Getaway is a Sure Bet!
Make one call, and... you're off! Spend Kentucky Derby weekend, May 2-4, at the Red Jacket Beach Resort on Cape Cod (read my review) with a two-night package, priced from $333.80 for two. You'll enjoy a Kentucky Derby viewing party complete with mint juleps and generous hors d'oeuvres, a post-race BBQ, and live music and dancing in the lounge in the evening, plus breakfast daily and late checkout on Sunday. Reservations may be made online using rate code DERBY or by calling toll free, 800-CAPECOD. posted 4/21/14

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 April 23, use the code YUM at checkout and recalculate your total to save an additional 50 percent off restaurant gift certificates--that makes most certificates valued at $25 just $5. On April 25, use code TWIRL to save 60 percent and pay just $4 for $25 gift certificates. Mobile purchasers can save 50 percent on April 22 with promo code EARTH. Read details carefully, as some restrictions may apply. posted 4/21/14

Kids Eat Free When the Red Sox Win
At 99 Restaurants (find a location), one kid under 11 eats free with the purchase of each adult entree on the day following any Red Sox victory throughout the 2014 regular season. Browse the 99's kids menu online, and visit redsox.com for the latest team results. posted 4/14/14

Students Can See the Sox for 9 Bucks
Wow! Standing Room Only tickets for any Red Sox home game are just $9 this season for high school and college students. Really don't want to stand for nine innings? Students can purchase seats for just $20 for five upcoming college-themed night games in Boston this April and May. You'll need to show your student ID, along with your ticket, which will be sent to your mobile phone. First, complete this online form to receive a special code that will allow you to buy these discounted student-rate tickets. posted 4/14/14

Steal Away from Home and See the Sox
The Inn at Longwood Medical, located a 15-minute walk away from Fenway Park, offers three different packages that include two tickets to a Boston Red Sox game, free parking, a $20 Baseball Tavern gift certificate and overnight accommodations for two people on game night. The First Base package, which includes two bleacher seats, is $379; the Second Base package, which includes two right field box tickets, is $429; and if you want to splurge, the Third Base package priced at $529 includes two tickets in Loges. Call 617-731-4700 to verify ticket availability and make reservations. Yankees vs. Red Sox games are excluded. posted 4/14/14

Try the Amtrak Downeaster for 10 Bucks
On May 17 and 18, adults can ride the Amtrak Downeaster train between Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Brunswick, Maine (or any stop in between) for just $10 each way. Up to two children ages 2 to 12 can ride along for half price on Saturday or for free on Sunday with the purchase of a $10 adult fare. Popular stops on the Downeaster route include Dover, New Hampshire, where the train station is a short walk from downtown shops and restaurants and the Children's Museum of New Hampshire; and Freeport, Maine, which is home to the L.L. Bean flagship store and dozens of outlet shops. Discounted seats are limited, and advance reservations are required. Reserve tickets online or by calling toll free: 800-USA-RAIL. Use promo code V581 for free children's fares on Sunday. posted 4/7/14

Free Tanglewood Tickets
This July and August, stay three or more nights on weekends (Friday through Sunday) or two or more nights midweek at the Berkshire 1802 House Bed & Breakfast in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and you'll receive two free Tanglewood lawn tickets. Check the schedule of concerts at Tanglewood, then call 413-229-2612 for reservations. posted 4/7/14

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, Providence Children's Museum and RISD Museum. Upcoming free admission weekends for 2014 include: May 3-4, June 7-8 and July 5-6. posted 4/2/14

A Spring Fling for Horse Lovers
From April 16 through June 22, the Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast with Stables in North Conway, New Hampshire, offers a three-night Spring Fling package priced from $410 for two that includes breakfast each morning and two horseback rides or a private horse-drawn carriage ride for two. Two-night packages are priced from $320 for two. For reservations and more information, call 603-356-2694 or toll free, 888-414-8353. posted 3/27/13

Save on a Whimsical Winvian Escape
Situated in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, Winvian is a Relais & Chateaux property that is exclusive, exotic and... expensive. If you book a stay before April 30 for a midweek night (Sunday through Thursday), though, you can take advantage of special rates that start at $549 per night for two including full breakfast: a savings of more than 20% off the lowest typical rate. Higher tier cottages--including the Treehouse or Library--are also discounted. For reservations and information, call 860-567-9600. posted 3/25/14

Hike and Sip Wine by a Bonfire for 10 Bucks
Each full moon night this year, 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 May 10 and June 14. For inn reservations, call 413-637-0193 or toll free, 888-243-0193. posted 3/11/14

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

Look What $99 Buys
It's an incredibly affordable time of year for an escape to Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire. Sunday through Thursday nights in April, reserve a one-night stay in a non-lakeview room for as little as $99, and you'll receive a $25 spa credit to apply toward a 50-minute massage or facial; buy-one-get-one-half-price entree pricing for lunch and dinner at participating restaurants, buy-one-get-one-half-price yoga classes and 20% off Company Store purchases. For details and reservations, call toll free, 800-622-6455, and ask for the Travel NOW offer, or use promo code TNOW when you make reservations online. posted 2/25/14

Take Your Tweety on a Bird Watching Twip, er... Trip!
The Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton, New Hampshire, has a package available to wildlife and bird watching enthusiasts this March through June (excluding holidays and school vacations). Priced from $295 for two, the getaway includes lodging for two nights, full country breakfast each morning, one lunch and one dinner for two. You'll also receive trail maps for four nearby Audubon sanctuaries and a Garden Dreams gift package, plus a small donation to the New Hampshire Audubon Society will be made in your names. For details and reservations, call 603-447-2120 or toll free, 800-343-7336. posted 2/4/14

Save 20% Off My Favorite 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! For a limited time, Pacific Coast Feather Company is offering 20 percent off select hotel-quality pillows when you buy direct from the company. Treat yourself to blissful sleep this winter. posted 1/29/14

$125 in Free Spa Treatments in Newport
Want to escape to a harborside spa in Newport, Rhode Island, without stressing your budget? Through April 30, enjoy $125 in spa treatments free when you book the Newport Marriott's one-night Spa Getaway Package, priced from $194. Use promotional code SPA when you book online or call toll free, 800-228-9290. posted 1/21/14

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 12/4/13

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 2014 travels, or order personalized, autographed books for gifts or as a souvenir. posted 11/26/13

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 2013-2014 Symphony Hall season. Tickets are normally priced from $30 to $130. 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 10/30/13

Pajama Party Package
Pack your PJs, and The Porches Inn in North Adams, Massachusetts, will do the rest! Their Pajama Party Package, priced at $170 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

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 $81.50 price: just $42 (plus a service fee). posted 12/19/12

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 including a Jane Austen Weekend in Character in August. 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

Your Private Chef Awaits
The Private Chef Gourmet Dining Package at Vermont's Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn is priced from $499.99 for two and includes accommodations for two nights, a bottle of wine, breakfast and afternoon tea daily and a candlelit, four-course dinner for two prepared and served by a private chef. For details and reservations, call 802-326-4306. 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

Free Scenic Byways Map
Complete this online form, and the Federal Highway Administration will send you a free map that shows those roads designated as All-American and National scenic byways, including several great routes in New England. posted 10/17/06

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

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 credit and $40 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 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 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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