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Globe Staff / June 26, 2005

I have never understood the lure of fishing, but hordes are hooked on the sport -- 44 million people in the United States alone, according to fishing.com, a website about all things piscatory. Recognizing the popularity and the abundance of opportunities in the region, the innkeepers of the New England Inns and Resorts Associations have filled a creel with Gone Fishin' Getaways. You can link to all offers ($135 to $1,000-plus) at www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com; here are some highlights:

To ease the agony of defeat, the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vt., will award a credit to the gift shop to any child who catches no fish. The resort's What's the Catch package, available to Sept. 1, includes three nights' lodging, a full breakfast daily, a dinner at the Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant, unlimited fishing in its stocked trout ponds plus use of fishing poles, and a half-day professionally guided fly-fishing tour. Prices begin at $795 plus tax for two adults and up to two children.

Call 800-626-1010 or visit www.goldeneagleresort.com.

The Cape Ann Marina Resort in Gloucester customizes fishing trips. You could, for instance, have a private boat with a captain and mate, then cook your catch waterside. Meanwhile, beginning tomorrow a weekday package featuring a half day of fishing on the Yankee Fleet, a night's lodging, and a gift certificate to the Gull Restaurant starts at $202.67 per couple. That includes rod, reel, bait, and taxes. A similar weekday package with a full day of fishing begins at $228.67 for two.

Call 800-626-7660 or visit www.capeannmarina.com.

The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, gives you lessons at L.L. Bean's Outdoor Discovery School. A half day of fly casting with the instructors along with a night's accommodation and a New England breakfast starts at $508 for a one-bedroom suite through the end of June and $608 in July or August for a double-occupancy, all-inclusive, two-bedroom cottage, with four-person occupancy starting at $895 this month and $955 in July or August.

Call 800-888-4287 or visit www.innbythesea.com.

Suppose your companion wants to go fishing but you don't. The Inn and Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith, N.H., will be glad to keep you on dry land while giving you a fish-themed body wrap with seaweed treatment and mineral salts. The package also includes a night's accommodation with a full breakfast for two people; a half day of fly-fishing for one or two people, including gear, snacks, and drinks; and a choice of a Cascade Spa Swiss facial, cinnamon sugar scrub, birch blanket wrap (that's the fish-themed one), tranquillity massage, or a pink lady slipper pedicure and spa manicure. Prices begin at $459 single or double occupancy.

Call 800-622-6455 or visit www.millfalls.com and click on Cascade Landing.

For the Fourth The Colby Hill Inn in Henniker, N.H., calls its Fourth of July weekend getaway Red, White, and You. For a starting price of $384 per couple, you get two nights' lodging, a New Hampshire welcome basket, a candlelight dinner for two, a picnic lunch for two, and breakfast each morning. During the holiday weekend, nearby New Boston will have an old-fashioned parade, a fair, and fireworks.

Call 800-531-0330 and ask for the Red, White, and You package. For information about the inn, visit www.colbyhillinn.com.

Cruise from BostonVacation Outlet's parent company has chartered Royal Caribbean's newly lengthened and refurbished Enchantment of the Seas for a five-night cruise from Boston to Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbor, Maine, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, departing Aug. 30. Look for a giant billboard at Boston's Black Falcon Terminal to promote the one-time trip. Vacation Outlet says the 105- by 28-foot billboard is the largest single advertising banner in Boston.

Call 800-TAKEOFF or visit www.vacationoutlet.com.

Sweet Montreal If you go to www.tourism-montreal.org and book a two-night Sweet Deal hotel package at a variety of hotels, with prices beginning at $145.50, you get these extras: coupons from the Casino de Montreal worth up to $32, admission discounts at La Ronde Amusement Park, two-for-one admission on a cruise aboard the Discoverers sightseeing and dinner ship, 25 percent off admission at the Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, or Planetarium; two-for-one admission to the ''Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes" exhibition at Notre-Dame Basilica; and two-for-one admission at Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History. In addition, each participating hotel will give some added values, perhaps a breakfast buffet or late checkout, and you will get a travel bag, a Montreal guide, and a chance to win a winter getaway.

Harry Potter DayAs hysteria builds toward the release of the next Harry Potter novel July 16, people who visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on that day can get a double deal. They can buy ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Levine) at 40 percent off in the Hall of Fame bookstore, and with their purchase get discount admission to the hall, with tickets costing $11.50 for adults (regularly $15.99) and $7.50 for ages 5-15 (regularly $10.99). There will also be giveaways and contests.

Call 877-4HOOPLA or visit www.hoophall.com.

'Da Vinci Code' tourSimon Cox, author of ''Cracking the Da Vinci Code" (Sterling, 2004), will lead a women's tour in Paris, London, and Edinburgh, Sept. 7-18, exploring the locations in Dan Brown's bestselling novel. The price is $5,995, excluding air fare, and includes first-class transportation between the cities and rooms in five-star hotels.

Call 888-779-6696 or visit www.sacredjourneys.com.

Another marriage benefit If you're celebrating a wedding anniversary, French Country Waterways will reward you with a discount of 5-50 percent on its luxury barge cruises. Discounts are given in sequences of five: 5 percent off for your fifth anniversary, 10 percent for the 10th, and all the way up to half off for the 50th. The cruises, which have weekly departures through Oct. 26, regularly cost $3,495 to $4,995 per person.

Call 800-222-1236 or visit www.fcwl.com.

When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at carpenter@globe.com.

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