Seasonal distress? Look among hundreds for an antidote
If you are looking for a pleasant New England getaway, 100 may be your lucky number. The New England Inns & Resorts Association is celebrating its centennial with discounted packages whose themes touch on the number 100. Some examples:
Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt. (woodstockinn .com), is featuring a Weekend of 100s. Those who stay two nights get the third night for $100. Book any massage for $100 and receive the second massage free. Spend $100 in the Shop at the Inn and get 10 percent off. Add a four-course dinner for two for $100. Offers are valid Nov. 1-30, excluding Nov. 21-24.
Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk (jwinn.com) will give a free three-course tasting menu for two at its own Audrey's Restaurant to the first 100 reservations made for a one-night stay at a rate of $100. All guests get a list of 100 things to do within 100 miles of the hotel.
The Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, N.H. (innatellisriver.com), is offering two or more midweek nights in the best available traditional or fireplace room for $100 a night, including a full breakfast and afternoon refreshments daily. The deal is valid Sunday through Thursday, Nov. 4-15 and 26-30.
Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, Vt. (3stallioninn.com), has a rate of $100 per night any night Nov. 1-30, which is 40 percent off regular rates, plus breakfast each morning.
Glynn House Inn in Ashland, N.H. (glynnhouse.com), is cutting $100 off the cost of a three-night stay in a fireplace suite and tossing in a bottle of Chandon Brut, two French-style chocolate cup crème brûlées, breakfast each morning, and complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. A four-course dinner for two, excluding wine, is an extra $100. The offer is valid for Sunday-Thursday stays Nov. 1-30.
While the inn's websites are useful for gathering information, some offers are available only by clicking on Centennial Celebrations at newenglandinnsandresorts.com. The New England Inns & Resorts Association lays claim to being the nation's oldest multistate lodging association. Web world
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Free ski tickets
Filmgoers at three Boston area showings of Warren Miller's new ski film, "Playground," will receive complimentary ski tickets to Smugglers' Notch, Ascutney Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River and a free subscription to Skiing magazine. They will also get a 2-for-1 ticket to Waterville Valley Resort and a certificate for $25 off a purchase of $100 or more at Ski Market. The theaters showing the film are the Berklee Performance Center (Nov. 7-8), Somerville Theatre (Nov. 9-10), and Endicott College Auditorium in Beverly (Nov. 11).
Tickets ($20 or $20.50, depending on location) are available at the Woburn and Boston Ski Market stores, from Ticketmaster, and at the Berklee and Somerville Theatre box offices. Endicott's ticket office is open the night of the show only. The film will also be shown elsewhere with similar freebies. Visit warrenmiller.com.
Free meals in Tahiti
Through March, several resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea in French Polynesia are including dinner and breakfast daily at no extra charge as well as discounted airfares from New York or Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui. Specials from New York begin at $2,357 and from Los Angeles at $2,261.
Call 877-GO-TAHITI (877-468-2448) or visit tahiti-tourisme.com.
Two for one on horseback
Call 800-828-8768 or visit equestrianvacations.com.
Follow the leaders
Rich Steck and Judi Janofsky, veteran travel writers, have decided to lead trips as well as write about them. Starting in May, they will be hosting seven-day Provence Escapes for a maximum of 10 people per trip. They note that the small group size provides a more personal introduction to history, art, food, wine, and village life in the heart of the Luberon. Guests stay in one villa the entire trip. Rates are $2,675 per person and include seven nights' lodging, transfers, local ground transportation, admission to attractions, breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, local wines, and other amenities. Air fare and train fares to and from the Avignon TGV (high-speed rail) station are not included.
Visit provenceescapes.com or call 770-998-7800.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.