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You're Invited to a Kentucky Derby Party
Head to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, on Saturday, May 6, for a Kentucky Derby Party in the Grand Ballroom. Admission is free, and the race will be shown on large-screen televisions. Make a $50 wager, and you'll be entitled to a complimentary buffet, a free mint julep beverage and a souvenir Kentucky Derby glass while supplies last. There'll be a hat contest with fabulous prizes, too. Reservations are not required, but arrive early (doors open at 10 a.m.) to get a seat and register for the hat contest. The first race at Churchill Downs is at 10:30 a.m., and post time for the 143rd Kentucky Derby is 6:34 p.m. For more information, call toll free, 800-369-9663. posted 5/3/17
Free Comic Book Day is the First Saturday in May
The 16th annual Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 6.
Participating comic book shops across North America, including more than 20 in New England, will treat visitors to free comic books: It's a way to foster appreciation for this original American art form. Use the online store locator to find participating shops near your New England location. posted 5/3/17
Find Bargains at Town-Wide Tag Sale in Pomfret
For the 11th year, residents and organizations in Pomfret, Connecticut, join forces on Saturday, May 6, to offer bargains galore and raise funds for local causes. The Town-Wide Tag Sale in this northeastern Connecticut town begins at 7 a.m., and maps of participating locations may be purchased for $1 at Pomfret Community School at the corner of Routes 169 and 101 or at Christ Church, 527 Pomfret Street. Proceeds support local charitable organizations. Typically, there are more than 50 sales to peruse, so plan to make a day of it! posted 5/3/17
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 May 5 and 6, use the promo code CINCO at checkout and recalculate your total to save an additional 50 percent off restaurant gift certificates--that makes certificates valued at $25 just $5. Read details carefully, as some restrictions may apply.
18 Museums for $25
Let me grab my calculator and do the math for you: That's $1.39 per museum! You'll save a bundle when you purchase the Connecticut Art Trail Art Passport 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 18 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 Art Passport. posted 5/3/17
Hike and Sip Wine by a Bonfire for 14 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 $14 per person, and advance reservations are required. Reserve your spot online for the next trek on May 13. Call toll free, 800-833-6274, for more information. posted 5/3/17
Earn Free Vermont State Parks Admission for 2017—and 2018!
An individual Vermont State Parks season pass costs $30 for 2017, 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 and earn free state park entry for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018. Venture Vermont scorecards must be received by October 15, 2017. Questions? Call toll free, 888-409-7579. posted 4/19/17
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 30 and November 11-12. posted 4/19/17
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' MIT Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Rhode Island's International Tennis Hall of Fame, Providence Children's Museum and RISD Museum. Upcoming free admission weekends for 2017 include: May 6-7, June 3-4 and July 1-2. posted 4/19/17
Kids Can See a Red Sox Game Free
It's free for kids 14 and under to join Red Sox Kid Nation, and while supplies last, kids who register will receive a free ticket to a game at Fenway Park this summer (families must purchase at least one adult ticket for the game). Other perks of membership include a passport for collecting stamps, 10% off merchandise in the Official Red Sox Store and access to exclusive Kid Nation events. posted 4/4/17
Kids Eat Free When the Red Sox Win
At 99 Restaurants in New England excluding Danbury and Stratford, Connecticut (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 2017 regular season. Browse the 99's kids menu online, and visit redsox.com for the latest team results. posted 4/4/17
Students Can See the Sox for 9 Bucks
Wow! Standing Room Only tickets for a Red Sox home game are just $9 this season for high school and college students. 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 special instructions that will allow you to buy these discounted student-rate tickets. posted 4/4/17
Chase Trout on the Cheap
Fox Carlton Pond Sporting Camps in Phillips, Maine, hosts a Fly Fishing Hang the weekend of May 5-7. It's just $10 per night to hang your hammock and $10 per day to fish their stocked trout pond. Need instruction? Reserve your spot in class from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday for just $75 per person. A fly tying clinic will also be offered from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, and the fee is $50. A free map and compass course will be offered Saturday from 1 until 4 p.m. Cabins and RV sites can be rented if hanging's not your thing. For details and class preregistration, call 207-491-5865. posted 3/21/17
Get Your Paws Muddy
It's mud season in the White Mountains, and through June 15 (excluding Memorial Day Weekend), the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett, New Hampshire, offers affordable hiking petcations. Bring your dog along, and you'll save 15% on lodging, plus receive guidance on where to hike in the mud. Your stay, priced as low as $99 per room per night, also includes a full breakfast with mud coffee (coffee, cocoa, half and half and whipped cream), mud fruit (a chocolate-dipped fruit plate) in the afternoon, a mud towel to wipe your boots and another for your pal's paws, a doggie welcome packet and use of the outdoor hot tub. For more information, call 603-374-2353. posted 3/21/17
Look What $109 Buys
It's an affordable time of year for an escape to Mill Falls at the Lake in Meredith, New Hampshire. Through May 11, reserve a one-night midweek stay for as little as $109, and you'll enjoy buy-one-get-one-half-price dining for three meals each day at participating restaurants, 15% off all spa services of 50 minutes or more, shopping coupons and 20% off Company Store purchases. Friday and Saturday rates start at $129 per night. Saturday night stays require a two-night minimum. For details and reservations, call toll free, 800-622-6455, and ask for the Travel NOW offer. posted 2/22/17
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 $325 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, plus a small donation to the New Hampshire Audubon Society will be made in your names. For details and reservations, call 603-447-2120. posted 1/31/17
Date Night Deal
Romantic dining in Boston just got more affordable. Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar's new Date Night Menu, available Sunday through Tuesday eves and priced at $50 for two, features a choice of one housemade spread served with warm pita, a choice of three small plates to share and Greek cookies and housemade ice cream to end the evening. Call 617-422-0008 for reservations and details. posted 1/18/17
Save on Luxury Hotel-Quality Pillows (Buy Direct)
Give the gift of good sleep! 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 20% savings on select hotel-quality pillows when you buy direct from the company. posted 11/30/16
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 2016-2017 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 $6.50 service fee is applied to each ticket. posted 10/26/16
Free Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform free community chamber concerts in Massachusetts communities including Pittsfield (4/9) and Rockland (4/30). Additional free concerts will take place at Northeastern University's Fenway Center (dates to be announced). Free tickets for all non-Fenway Center concerts may be reserved online or by calling 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 10/10/16
BOGO Maine Train Tickets
Amtrak offers a buy one get one free deal on adult train tickets for select Downeaster trains to Maine. Tickets must be purchased three days in advance using promotion code v489. Some blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Call 800-872- 7245 for reservations and information. posted 9/25/16
Book a Beercation
Priced from $214 for two, your Craft Brew Beercation package at the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont, includes six craft beers to sample when you arrive, breakfast for two, two Stowe Craft Beverage Trail self-guided tour kits, a Laughing Moon Chocolates voucher and more. Reserve this package online, or call 802-253-4811 for details. posted 9/6/16
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 through March 2017 at dozens of participating area hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops. The Mystic Pass Card, which can be purchased online, is priced at $58 for adults, $51 for seniors, $43 for children ages 13 to 17, $39 for kids ages 6 to 12 and $24 for little kids ages 3 to 5. Considering the regular cost of adult admission to the Seaport and Aquarium alone is $60.99, it's like saving $2.99 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 6/1/16
Planning to do some outlet shopping in Kittery, Maine? Print these free coupons before you leave home and enjoy extra savings. posted 3/22/16
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 2/23/16
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 2/17/16
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 $549, 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 fine restaurants. To reserve your stay, call 401-351-6111. posted 1/20/16
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
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 goodies 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
Visit the Boston Children's Museum for $1
Regular admission to the Boston Children's Museum is $16 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
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 a "Life is Good" T-shirt. Package prices start at $359 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 introduction 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
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
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