For those of us who shake and quake at the very thought of being outside in cold weather, it is nearly time to end our hibernation. With April in reach, outdoor activity will beckon once again, and there will be plenty of money-saving options. For example:
Visitors to Olympic National Park in Washington can save up to 33 percent at three wilderness lodges. A Trio of Treasures package for $299 per couple is available through May 24 and includes a three-night stay at any -- or each -- of three properties managed by the park concessioner
In New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, the mud season is cause for celebration, with many events and specials. For instance, the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton has a Wildlife & Birdwatching package for $295 a couple that includes two nights' lodging, two full country breakfasts for two, one three-course dinner for two, one lunch, and information and trail maps about the Hoyt, Watts, Dahl, and Lovejoy sanctuaries, all of which are owned and managed by the New Hampshire Audubon Society and are a short drive from the inn. Participants also get a gift pack with bug repellent and heavy-duty soap to scrub away that seasonal mud. Also, a small donation to the New Hampshire Audubon Society will be made in the name of each guest who books the package, available April 1-June 20 except for school vacation weeks or holidays.
Call 800-343-7336 or visit www.innatcrystallake.com.
Bet you've never considered fly-fishing in Ireland while you were staying at a castle. Ashford Castle in Cong, which has been rebuilt into a sports lodge, advises us that some of the best fishing in Ireland can be found on Lough Corrib during the mayfly hatch in May and June. The castle's Fishing in Ireland package, available through September, includes accommodations, guided fishing, all breakfasts, lunch on fishing days, and complimentary use of tennis courts, the nine-hole golf course, and walking trails throughout the 350-acre estate. All fishing gear is provided. Prices range from $785 for two nights and one day of fishing to $2,241 for five nights and four days fishing. Non-fishing companions pay less.
(The fine print: International flights, transfers to the castle, beverages, lunches except when fishing, dinners, and gratuities are not included.) Call 800-547-4322 or visit www.orvis.com.
Ocean Edge Resort & Club, an upscale resort in Brewster, features golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 700-foot private beach. Through April 30, a Let Spring Begin package gets you three nights' accommodations for the price of two in oversized guest rooms or one- to three-bedroom villas plus breakfast daily. The cost is $164 per person, per room, per night, with a two-night minimum.
Call 800-811-3457 or visit www.oceanedge.com.
Alaska's weather can be a pleasant surprise in May and June. For $189, plus tax, guests can book one room at any one of Denali Park Resort's four properties -- McKinley Chalet Resort, McKinley Village Lodge, Denali Bluffs Hotel, and Grande Denali Lodge -- and get a second night free, May 15-June 5, single or double occupancy.
Call 800-276-7234 or visit www.denaliparkresorts.com.
See a travel agent, call 877-428-2228, or visit www.ba.com/mothersdayoffer.
Call 866-320-5295 or visit www.sweetmagnoliatours.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. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.