The annual Christmas Prelude takes place in Kennebunkport, ME, this year from Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Complete with a lobster trap tree lighting, Firehouse lobster bake and Santa's arrival on a lobster boat, Kennebunkport takes a twist on the traditional Christmas parade and offers residents and a guests a new way to usher in the spirited holiday.
To help commemorate the start of the holiday season, The White Barn Inn is offering a special package for both weekends during the Prelude that includes accommodations in a Superior Queen room, breakfast and afternoon tea, 4 course dinner at the White Barn Inn restaurant, cocktail reception on the Friday night of your arrival and a welcome gift from the hotel. Rates start at $690 a night.
Millennium Hotel & Resorts: Choose from one of two holiday packages at this luxury hotel. Get in the holiday spirit with the Boston Holiday Stroll package, which includes two tickets for a guided holiday stroll of the historic Freedom Trail. Or, take some of the stress away from buying gifts with the Holiday Shopping package that includes special offers to the shops at Faneuil Hall. Both packages include a minimum $50 credit to North 26 Restaurant & Bar. Rates start at $179.
Turkey Time-Out Package at the Renaissance Hotel: This package promises relaxation and will allow a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Package includes an aromatherapy bath salts or relaxing face mask, two calming “In-Law Equalizer” cocktails, and a complimentary movie. Book now through Dec. 30, 2012 starting at $189 a night.
Winter Wishes at XV Beacon: Help ease the harsh bite of winter with this heartwarming and spirit lifting deal in one of Boston’s most chic boutique hotels. The package includes two tickets to the Boston Common Frog Pond ice skating rink, two hot toddies from the hotel lounge, late check-out at 2 p.m., and a food credit of $40 in Mooo. Available December 1, 2012 through March 19, 2013. Rates start at $340.
Quarterdeck Inn by the Sea: This inviting little inn is tucked along the Rockport shoreline, steps away from boutique shops and some of the best seafood on the North Shore. Indulge in a little time away this year and stay for more than one night...seasonal discounts include half off of the second night, or a three-night stay with the third night free. Rates start at $129.
Coco Key Water Park Package: Although Massachusetts is one of the best places to embrace the snowy winter, the appeal of a tropical getaway is undeniable and with Coco Key Indoor Water Park in Danvers, it is a lot closer. The Ultimate Water Park Package includes two $20 arcade cards, breakfast buffet for four, and access to the park from 4 p.m. on the day of your arrival and all day the following day for a party of four. Rates start at $259 for a family of four.
Holiday Festival of Lights Package at John Carver Inn: Light up your season at the Edaville Festival of Lights and an overnight stay in nearby Plymouth. Enjoy costumed carolers and partake in the Edaville train ride, a tradition that has lasted for five generations. The package includes a night in a superior room, two tickets to Edaville Railroad’s Festival of Lights, and $100 in dining, lodging, and shopping certificates. Rates start at $139.
1896 House Sleigh Ride & Supper Package: Enjoy a 45-minute scenic ride through an alpaca farm with a team of Belgian Horses with the 1896 House Sleigh Ride & Supper Package. Look for Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts before reaching a cabin in the woods where you will receive hot cocoa! The package also includes a $35 gift card to the Inn’s Pub. Rates start at $129.
Deerfield Inn Gift Night Special: Get a jump on your holiday shopping while enjoying a quiet weekend away at the Deerfield Inn with the Gift Night Special. Book three nights and receive the third night free, enjoy a Continental breakfast basket delivered to your room each morning, receive a free three-month membership to the Historic Deerfield museum, and a ten percent discount to the gift shop and the Old Country store. The package is good through Dec. 20. Rates start at $125.
Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Codder Resort & Spa Enchanted Lights Package: Start the holiday season at the Enchanted Village in Hyannis, which boasts more than 100,000 lights. The package includes one night in a deluxe room, half off of a second night, and $100 in dining, lodging, and shopping certificates to Catania Hospitality Group venues. A visit to the Enchanted Village includes quality time with Santa, costumed carolers, and a winter night bonfire. The light displays last until January 2, 2013. Rates start at $129 per night.
The Nantucket Hotel Winter Getaway Package: Relax with a peaceful December weekend away in Nantucket. Enjoy the island’s boutique shops and restaurants, colorful lights, and holiday decorations. The Winter Getaway package includes a daily full breakfast for two, two tickets to the Whaling Museum or two tickets to the movies, and pick up and drop service to the ferry terminal. Guests staying two or more nights in a suite will receive one additional night free. Rates start at $215 per night.
Bayside Resort North Pole Express Package: A fun-filled event for the entire family, read along with the story of "The Polar Express" as the train makes its journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat, and a special gift for each child. The package includes two nights of deluxe queen accommodations, two tickets aboard the North Pole Express with additional tickets available ($24/child, $29/adult), and a 6 p.m. late checkout on Sunday. The package starts at $249.95 and is available on weekends through Dec. 23.
For the ultimate luxury escape, join the New Year’s Celebration at Blantyre: Celebrate the coming of a New Year at one of the most romantic properties in the United States. The package includes tea upon arrival and a three-course dinner with wine chosen by the Blantyre’s sommelier on Dec. 30; a seven-course New Year’s Eve dinner with wine; entertainment provided by the Sultans of Swing; champagne, caviar, and canapés; early morning soup and sandwiches; brunch on New Year’s Day; and a horse drawn sleigh ride. The Blantyre’s New Year’s Eve Celebration package is $1,000 per person.
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