Recently, I introduced “B&Bs Kick Gas!”, a program where nearly 300 inns and B&Bs are offering gas cards, gas credits (special offers on lodging where savings can go right into the gas tank), and rewards for eco-friendly driving via the Better Way To Stay campaign. Bringing it a little closer to Boston, today I’ll introduce seven Thrifty Nifty Carpool Packages from Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE for short). Grab another couple and travel to any of these inns to receive a special bonus for carpooling. Best of all, they’re each a “one tankation” from Boston, with none more than a few hours up Route 93 or on the Mass Pike.
“Take the Prius to see us,” says Brian Mulcahy of the Rabbit Hill Inn, as he encourages couples to travel together while celebrating the 11th birthday of the Prius on Earth Day. Members of the Distinctive Inns of New England have created seven different “Nifty Thrifty Carpooling Packages” to reward with discounts that can be used to fuel the tank and delicious complimentary breakfasts and afternoon treats to fuel the guest.
The packages designed for two couples traveling together and staying for two nights are all offered through June 15, 2011 (note some holiday and blackout dates) and some throughout the summer. Choose from any of these packages, but be sure to mention the Nifty Thrifty Carpool Package when booking.
Nifty Thrifty Carpool Package at Captain’s House Inn, Chatham, MA: Grab your favorite travel mates and book any two rooms for two nights now through June 15th. You’ll unwind and refuel and the Captain’s House Inn will fill your tank! Simply bring your gas receipt (up to $75 max) and the amount you spent on gas to get to the inn will be deducted from your bill. Each room will also receive a Captains House Inn reusable tote goody bag. Please note that some weekends require a three night minimum in which case an additional night per room must be added.Call 800-315-0728 for reservations.
A Special “Tank” you Nifty Thrifty Carpooling Package Package from Deerfield Inn, Deerfield, MA:When two couples travel in one car and stay for two nights in two rooms through August 31, this inn will take $50 off the cost of your stay to put toward the cost of gas. To top it off, each couple will also receive a $25 Deerfield Inn gift card good toward a future stay. All guests are treated to a lavish continental breakfast each morning and tea and cookies in the afternoons. Driving a Smart Car or hybrid? Take an additional 10 percent off the lodging costs and if you carpool together in an electric car, the second night will be free as a special “tank you” for being eco-friendly travelers. Mention “tank” when booking this package valid through August 31, 2011. For reservations call 800-926-3865.
“We Pay You To Carpool Here” Package at Gateways Inn, Lenox, MA: Travel together with friends or family to the Berkshire Mountains and receive a $35 credit toward lodging costs as a reason to get “pumped up” for carpooling. Simply book two rooms for two nights Sunday through Thursday and enjoy a two night mid-week stay, full breakfast for everyone daily (breakfast here features cake too!), all service gratuities, and a credit $35 on lodging per couple to help fuel the tank. Room rates start at $215 nightly; this package is offered through June 15, 2011. For reservations call 888-492-9466.
“Kick Gas” Nifty Thrifty Carpool Package at Chesterfield Inn, Chesterfield, NH: Double the pleasure, double the fun. Carpool with another couple to the Chesterfield Inn. Book two rooms for two nights (one room per couple), enjoy a full country breakfast each morning and afternoon refreshments each day, along with free wi-fi connections, spacious guest rooms and fine dining available. You will receive 10% off your room rate and a $25 gas card for the trip home from now through June 15, 2011. Call 800-365-5515 for reservations.
Carpooling on the Road Less Traveled at Inn at Thorn Hill, Jackson, NH: When two couples arrive together in one car and stay in two of the Luxury Main Inn rooms or suites for two nights, each couple will be rewarded with a special rate of $199 to $246 per room per night. These rooms normally cost $300 to $ 400 per night, so by driving green each couple saves some green too. In addition, the special rate for carpoolers also includes one three-course candlelit dinner, full country breakfast daily and afternoon tea and cookies daily for each person. But that’s not all! To reward two couples for driving together, there is also an eco-friendly $25 credit on the bill that can be used toward gas for the car. Stay two nights in two rooms, and you’ll save and be rewarded for your sustainable travel too (or should we say two!) through June 15, 2011. For reservations call 800-289-8990.
“Couples Fuel the Tank” Nifty Thrifty Carpool Package at Manor on Golden Pond, Holderness, NH: Who said fuel was only for cars, houses and trucks? It’s time for you to refuel your mind, body and soul with a couples retreat at the Manor On Golden Pond. Grab another couple and drive together to the inn for your “refueling” stay including dinner in the Van Horn Dining Room and spa treatments at the Seasons Spa. The “Couple’s Fuel the Tank” package includes two night accommodations in two luxury Jacuzzi chambers ( one per couple per room) , full country breakfast each morning, afternoon tea each day, dinner one night for four, 50-minute Manor Signature massage for each guest (total 4), gratuity on dinner and a $25 gas gift card per couple(2 total). The package price for four is $1740, or $870 per couple (2 couple minimum) from April 15 – June 15, 2011. For reservations call 800-545-2141.
Nifty Thrifty Carpool Package from Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, VT: From now until June 30, grab your best pals, hit the road and you’ll be rewarded with a special package saving $75 per couple when two couples carpool together and stay two nights in two rooms. The package includes accommodations for two nights (one couple per room), afternoon tea and pastries daily, candlelit dinner on both evenings for each person, signature turndown service nightly, full country breakfast served fireside daily, plus a $75 carpool credit toward the bill for the gas tank! Rates vary depending on room from $559-$879 per couple for the two-night package through June 30, excluding Memorial Day weekend. For reservations, call 800-76-BUNNY (800-762-8669).
All packages are subject to availability. Remember, both couples must arrive together and stay two consecutive nights in two rooms to take advantage of these great deals.
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