Will this winter ever quit? It seems like we've been sloshing through snow mounds for months - oh wait we have! It's time to get out and play in the spring sunshine. You may not realize that April and May are some of the most affordable months to travel in New England. With gardens beginning to bloom, warming weather and the start of community festivals, spring is a great time to treat yourself to a New England mini-vacation. Here are five great reasons and promotional deals from the New England Inns & Resorts to tempt you into a spring fling. (http://www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com)
Freshen Up Your Winter Palate
Foodies looking for some fresh inspiration for their tired winter diets need look no further than the upcoming Newport Restaurant Week in Newport Rhode Island from April 4-13, 2014. Treat your taste buds like royalty while visiting Newport's famous mansions and strolling the picturesque streets without the summer crowds. The Newport Harbor Hotel is offering a discounted rate for midweek stays that include dinner for two at Pier 49 Seafood & Spirits starting at $179 per night. The Castle Hill Inn offers seaside rooms starting at $299 in April (compared to $799 per night in peak season!)
Turn Up The Excitement at Tuckerman's Ravine
A spring visit to Mt. Washington's Tuckerman's Ravine has been a right of passage for generations of spring skiing devotees. Tuckerman's steep bowl holds snowpack longer than any other ski terrain in the East. On April 12th, the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine sponsor The Inferno, a pentathlon race that sees teams of five and solo participants compete in five endurance races; 8.3-mile run, 6-mile kayak race down the Saco River, 18-mile bike race, 3-mile hike up Tuckerman Trail and end with a 1-mile slalom race down the ravine. Mt. Washington Valley's Bernerhof Inn offers competitors nightly rates o $129 per night that inclues a free Rattlesnake Pasta dinner.
Honor The Hard-Working Fishing Fleet with Boothbay's Annual Fisherman's Festival
Maine is known for their gala seafood festivals and the large crowds who gather to sample local lobsters, fried clams and fresh-caught fish. The 40th annual Fisherman's Festival in Boothbay Harbor is scheduled for April 25-27 and promises non-frilly events to honor the local fishing fleet. Here you'll meet locals and enjoy seafood feasts without the congested summer crowds. The Harbour Towne Inn offers accommotion for $149 per night (compared with $225/nigh in peak summer season).
Time To Dig in The Dirt
As winter releases its hold on the land, we all get the itch to go dig in the garden and to plant something beautiful to delight our senses all summer long. The Snowvillage Inn in Eaton, New Hampshire invites you to come Work, Stay and Play for the weekend of May 9-10, 2014. Guests will spend four hours in their award winning perennial beds with professional gardeners. You'll learn the best techniques for splitting and potting perennials and guests will leave with three perennial plans for their own gardens. The package includes 2 night's lodging, Friday night light bites in Max's Tavern, and a full country breakfast each morning with rates starting at $199 per night.
Get Sweet on Maple Sugaring
The treasured sap from New England maple trees that is boiled down to make the golden syrup we all crave on our breakfast treats is a spring tradition throughout northern New England. Come discover what maple sugaring is all about during a two-hour Maple Experience offered through April 6, 2014 at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. Go for a horse-drawn wagon ride, learn to drill and tap maple trees and sample plenty of fresh maple treats. The Wayside Inn offers a Maple Sugaring Weekend 4/4-6 that includes two nights lodging, tour tickets, and three-course dinner from $290 (tax and gratuity included). The Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Wakefield, NH offers a Maple Experience package from $149 per night that includes tour tickets and breakfast.