Gas prices are $1 higher per gallon than they were at this time last year, according to a recent news update, and travelers are getting increasingly frustrated with high gas prices. Yesterday we introduced the new Thrifty Nifty Carpool Packages from Distinctive Inns of New England, offering up examples of great packages for couples from Captain’s House Inn, Gateways Inn and Deerfield Inn. As we mentioned yesterday, DINE members have created seven different carpool packages offering two couples who carpool together special savings on spa services and dinners to feed the body and soul and gas cards to feed the gas tank. Today, we’ll explore the Thrifty Nifty Carpool packages offered in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Surprisingly, this time around, we haven’t seen hotels and motels offering the gas savings packages they did when gas prices last spiked in 2008. Yet, the B&B industry has come to the rescue of travelers with their B&Bs Kick Gas! promotion where more than 150 inns and B&Bs, including DINE members have come to the rescue of travelers sidelined by high gas prices. Add gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea and/or refreshments and wonderful amenities like on-site spas, in-room fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, and it’s clear that DINE member properties are the better way to stay.
For travelers seeking an eco-friendly travel option, why not double the pleasure and double the fun by traveling together with friends and family. Take advantage of these carpool specials when traveling to New Hampshire or Vermont.
“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 and be sure to mention this Thrifty Nifty Carpool package before booking!