Five Cost-Cutting Tips For Inn Travel

Suppose you love everything about inn travel--the warm, knowledgeable innkeepers, the cozy guest rooms, the spacious common areas, the delicious breakfasts and afternoon snacks--but are concerned about rising costs. Here are some money-saving tips:

  • Travel off-season. In summer, visit ski areas for great hiking and lots of activities; in winter, head for beautiful, empty beaches. Rates in New England are highest during the October foliage season; visit after Labor Day but before the leaves turn for great prices, perfect weather, and no crowds
  • Visit cities on weekends, the country midweek. Country inns are most crowded on weekends, while city hotels are busiest midweek with business travelers.
  • Stay multiple nights in the same inn. Nearly all inns have weekly rates; many offer midweek promotions--stay three nights and the fourth is half-price. Find an inn you like and make it your base for area explorations.
  • Stay within an easy drive of the best-known destinations. You'll pay a premium to overnight in well-known towns. In a neighboring town, the rates may be 10-50% less.
  • Surf the 'net. Check's Hot Deals for last-minute availability. Sign up online for the "procrastinator's special" email list offered by many B&Bs. Even luxury inns have a few affordable rooms--terrific values if you don't mind slightly cramped quarters, lack of a view, or a hall bath.
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