The Real Deal: The Appalachian Mountain Club is offering a fifth-night-free special at all 10 of its New Hampshire huts and lodges in the White Mountains: Guests pay for a minimum of four nights and stay the fifth night free of charge. Packages include shared lodge and hut accommodations (with shared bathrooms), complimentary breakfast, home-cooked dinners, guided nature walks, and natural history lectures.
The package is valid at the club's eight huts (Lonesome Lake Hut, Greenleaf Hut, Galehead Hut, Zealand Falls Hut, Mizpah Spring Hut, Lakes of the Clouds Hut, Madison Spring Hut, Carter Notch Hut) and two roadside lodges (Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch and Highland Lodge at Crawford Notch). Rates start at $341 per person for three nights in a hut and two nights at the Joe Dodge Lodge—plus estimated taxes from $17.
When: June 3–Oct. 16, 2010.
The fine print: Estimated taxes starting from $17 are extra. Slightly higher rates apply for the Highland Lodge. Appalachian Mountain Club members receive a 10 percent to 20 percent discount on these rates. Offer does not apply on Saturday nights. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: 603/466-2727, outdoors.org.
Why it's a deal: When booking with this deal, you'll save about $88, not including taxes, on a five-night stay. Plus, you'll get complimentary breakfast, dinner, and guided tours of the surrounding area.