updated 9/18/2009 12:12:36 PM ET 2009-09-18T16:12:36

The Real Deal: Go leaf peeping in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, with perks like a Mustang car rental, a moose-watching safari and spa discounts.

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Hart's Location, N.H., from $28 per tent site per night
For unspoiled wilderness, head to the White Mountains and stay overnight at the family-owned Crawford Notch Campground on the banks of the Saco River — for as little as $28 a night. That fee covers the use of a standard tent site (which can fit up to two medium-size tents) for two adults and two youths ages 6 through 15 and parking for one car. If you prefer to stay in a cabin, you can choose one from $64 a night for two adults and two youths. Browse the complete list of campgrounds in New Hampshire.

When: Through Oct. 18, excluding Columbus Day.

The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 9 percent. Based on single through quadruple occupancy.

Contact: 603-374-2779, crawfordnotchcamping.com.

North Conway, N.H., from $69 per room per night
Stay in a room with a double bed at the 22-room White Trellis Motel, a few minutes' drive from the shops and cafés of North Conway and also near Story Land theme park.

When: Midweek stays through Oct. 31, except during Fryeburg Fair week from Oct. 4–11 and Columbus weekend Oct. 10–12; add $10 per room per night on weekends.

The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 9 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 603-356-2492, whitetrellismotel.com.

Greenville, Maine, from $119 per room per night
The Moose Watching Tour and Lodging package includes one night at the Moose Mountain Inn, continental breakfast and a guided moose-watching safari by canoe, kayak, or van. Located near Moosehead Lake, the hotel has 15 rooms with either two double beds or one king-size bed, along with basic amenities, a microwave oven and a refrigerator.

When: Through Oct. 17.

The fine print: Based on a minimum two-night stay. Taxes are an additional 7 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800-792-1858, moosemountaininn.com for more information; but note that this package can only be booked through visitmaine.com.

Plymouth, Mass., from $150 per room per night
Hop in a Mustang convertible and spend the weekend exploring Cape Cod, with Plymouth as your base. The Zoom and Boom package includes the Mustang convertible rental car for two days from Verc with unlimited mileage, a driving map, two nights at the 122-room Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth and breakfast daily. You'll save about $50 with this package.

When: Through Nov. 15.

The fine print: Rental-car taxes are included, but hotel taxes are an additional 11 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 508-747-5000, plymouthsuites.hamptoninn.com.

Newport, R.I., from $159 per room per night
The Fall Foliage/Fall Into Savings package includes one night in a room with a view of the water at the Hyatt Regency Newport on Goat Island, a $25 food and beverage credit valid for lunch or dinner at the Windward Restaurant or Five33, 20 percent off a pumpkin facial at the Stillwater Spa and two Fireside Kiss cocktails. Guests also get in-room Internet service and a Rhode Island fall foliage map, and will have access to an outdoor saltwater pool. Rates start at $159 per room per night — savings of about 30 percent.

When: Nov. 1–30; add $20 for Oct. 1–31; $80 through Sept. 30.

The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Taxes are an additional 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 401-851-1234, newport.hyatt.com.

Kennebunkport, Maine, from $180 per room per night
The Scarecrow Building package includes accommodations in a water-view room at the Nonantum Resort; breakfast daily; a kit to build your own scarecrow; a $25 dining credit per guest for the restaurant, 95 Ocean; bicycle rentals; trolley tour tickets; and all gratuities. Take your handmade scarecrow home or leave it at the resort to be part of the ceremonial scarecrow wedding that kicks off Kennebunkport's Gathering of the Scarecrows festival, Oct. 11–17. If you don't take yours, the resort will enter the scarecrow into a contest with a chance to win a one- to three-night stay at Nonantum and a dining credit at 95 Ocean. Package savings amount to 48 percent for midweek stays and 35 percent on weekends.

When: Sundays through Thursdays through Oct. 11; add $160 for weekend stays.

The fine print: A minimum two-night stay is required. Taxes are an additional 7 percent. Based on double occupancy; solo guests pay $150 per room per night Sunday through Thursday; add $70 per night on weekends.

Contact: 800-552-5651, nonantumresort.com.

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