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Budget Travelexternal link -- Get the real deal with this guide to hotel packages, happenings, and resources for making the most of fall foliage season across the U.S.

East

Baltimore, Maryland

Happening: The "Free Fall Baltimore" promotion offers free admission to the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, and more than 175 free cultural events, such as a performance by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra at the National Aquarium, an African dance performance and workshop at the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, and a performance of Angels in America at the Wheeler Auditorium When: Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2006; museum admission is free on an ongoing basis Cost: Free Contact: freefallbaltimore.com

Boston, Massachusetts

Deal: The recently renovated Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers has a Fall Foliage package that includes a one-night stay, breakfast for two in Swan's Café, a disposable camera, a sachet of the hotel's fall tea, Autumn Leaves, and free parking When: Through Nov. 30, 2006 Cost: Rates start at $239 per room Contact: 800/225-2008, bostonparkplaza.com

Lake George, New York

Deal: A one-night stay on the island's historic Sagamore Resort, surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, with full breakfast When: Oct. 9-Nov. 16, 2006 Cost: $99 per person, Mon.-Thurs.; $109 per person, Fri.-Sat. Contact: 800/358-3585, thesagamore.com

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Deal: The "Cranberry Comfort" package includes a one-night stay at The Wauwinet, cranberry cooking demos with Executive Chef David Daniels, a lobstering cruise and a Nantucket Bay cruise aboard The Wauwinet Lady, a surf-casting expedition with Captain Rob McMullen at Great Point, an excursion to the woods and cranberry bogs of Siasconset in the Inn's 1946 Ford Woody Wagon, complimentary use of bicycles, and full breakfast When: Sept. 5-Oct. 19, 2006 Cost: $260 per room per night, based on double occupancy Contact: 800/426-8718, wauwinet.com

New York City Foliage Cruise

Happening: Spirit Cruises makes a three-and-a-half-hour afternoon cruise from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan up the Hudson River, passing the New Jersey Palisades for gorgeous views of the colorful countryside. A lunch buffet and live entertainment are included When: Oct. 21, 26 Cost: $45 per adult Contact: 866/211-3809, spiritcitycruises.com

Rockport, Massachusetts

Deal: For guests aged 55 and over, a two-night stay at Emerson Inn by the Sea, with a two-hour whale-watching boat ride, buffet breakfast, complimentary desserts, and a $10 gift certificate for the on-site gift shop When: Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 2006 Cost: $280 per couple; upgrade to a queen ocean-view room for an extra $35 per couple Contact: 800/964-5550, emersoninnbythesea.com

Vermont's Maple Syrup Farms

Happening: Tour any of Vermont's 48 year-round working maple sugar farms for a peek at where syrup is canned and prepared for sale (the syrup itself is made in springtime). Maple products of all sorts--syrup, candy, mustard, and covered nuts--are for sale. Five of the farms double as B&Bs: The West Mountain Inn, Couture's Maple Shop and B&B, Cortina Inn and Resort, Kedron Valley Stables, and the Trapp Family Lodge When: Ongoing Cost: Tours free; B&B rates start at $90 per night Contact: vermontmaple.org

SOUTH

Asheville, North Carolina

Resource: On the hunt for the brightest local leaves? Check exploreasheville.com weekly for fall color reports, plus tips from Blue Ridge Parkway and U.S. Forest Service officials on the most scenic drives, video clips, and a blog detailing a local photographer's pursuit of foliage photo ops. When: mid-Sept-Nov. 2006 Cost: Free Contact: 800/921-9698, exploreasheville.com

Charleston, South Carolina

Deal: A two-night stay at the John Rutledge House Inn, with continental breakfast; brandy and chocolates; wine and sherry; a carriage ride; admission to the Nathaniel Russell house; and one of the following: a Fort Sumter boat tour, admission to Middleton Place Gardens, or admission to Drayton Hall Plantation When: Through Nov. 30, 2006; Sun.-Thurs. nights only Cost: Rates start at $524 per couple Contact: 843/723-7999, johnrutledgehouseinn.com

Williamsburg, Virginia

Deal: A one-night stay at the Williamsburg Inn & Colonial Houses, breakfast daily, and an admission pass for Colonial Williamsburg When: Through Dec. 31, 2006 Cost: $140 for the colonial houses; $177 for the Providence Hall wing; $232 for the Williamsburg Inn. Rates are per person per night based on double occupancy; two-night minimum Contact: 800/678-8946, colonialwilliamsburg.com

MIDWEST

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Deal: A two-night stay at the Island House Hotel, with full breakfast, a five-course dinner daily, round-trip ferry tickets, a welcome reception, a festive hayride, half a pound of Ryba's island fudge, discount coupons for island shops, and a commemorative Island House poster When: Oct. 6-8, 20-22 Cost: $496-$1,176 per couple Contact: 800/626-6304, theislandhouse.com

WEST

Ashland, Oregon

Deal: A one-night stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel, with tickets for a performance at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, breakfast, complimentary parking, a $30 voucher at Lark's Restaurant, and an in-room Shakespearean gift When: Oct. 1-31, 2006 Contact: 541/488-1700, ashlandspringshotel.com


© 2006. Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.


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