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Four New England leaf-peeping deals you won't want to miss
Fall is right around the corner, and in New England, this means the leaves are getting ready to change. If you're planning to be part of the influx of leaf-peepers to the northeast corner of the United States, New England Inns & Resorts has put together some great deals to help you make the most of your experience – without draining your pockets.
Whether this is your first trip to New England for this annual ritual or you're already there and just want to get away for the weekend, there are some absolute bargains on the market right now. In addition to fantastic room rates, you can take advantage of discounts at plenty of local attractions.
After the jump, check out four great packages that will give you some good reasons to go to New England this fall.
1. Wander the corn maze
At Nordic Village Resort in Jackson, New Hampshire, you can get two weekend nights and two adult passes to the Maze at Sherman's Farm (I went a few years ago and got horribly lost) for $220 a night. You'll also get a coupon for $10 off at Yesterday's restaurant.
2. Attend a scarecrow wedding
At the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, you can spend two nights in a water view room at the Carriage House Inn and pick up a $25 dining credit (per person) at 95 Ocean, the resort's restaurant. For $359 a night mid-week ($519 a night on weekends), you'll also receive bike rentals, one-day tickets for the InTown Trolley and breakfast every day. The most interesting perk, however, is the build your own scarecrow kit. All scarecrows constructed will be present at the "scarecrow wedding" at Nonantum Resort on October 11, 2009, the kickoff for Kennebunkport's Gathering of the Scarecrows Festival.
3. Soak in waterfalls, lakes and covered bridges
At Centennial Inn in Farmington, Connecticut, the "Get Up and GO for Fall" package includes a night in a Studio Suite and a map of the most interesting local attractions. Use the complementary $10 gas card to fuel the travels guided by that map, and be sure to check out the cider mill, gourmet cheese shop and vineyard. The first night starts at $165, and you can get another for only $99.
4. Do you need a reason to go to Newport?
Well, if you do, the "Tranquil Autumn Getaway" package offered by Castle Hill Inn & Resort has one. In addition to two tickets to tour one of Newport's Historic Preservation Society's mansions, you'll receive a romantic three-course dinner, afternoon tea every day and breakfast each morning. The package starts at $1,520 in September and $1,112 in October – a bit pricey ... but c'mon, it's Newport.