See Amsterdam’s canals and tulip festival; go canoeing and fishing in Maine; visit cellblocks of the famous in Philly

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By Paula Conway
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You can save up to 25% at The Dylan Amsterdam while exploring the city’s canals.

Deal: The “Pamper, Paddle and Petals” package includes two nights in a luxurious double room with daily breakfast and lunch plate for two in the new Brasserie OCCO , including glass of wine and coffee. Plus, use a custom paddleboat to explore historic waterways once during your stay and receive a Dutch keepsake tulip vase. Prices start at approximately $1,017 for two nights. Through June 30.

Experience: With spring in bloom, explore the city’s canal ring and experience pampering courtesy of the dedicated staff at The Dylan Amsterdam. The tulip festival runs through May 20.

Book it! Call +31(0)20 530 2010 or go to



Bring your bait to AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins in Greenville, Maine, and enjoy a private cabin, plus a steep discount on meals.

Steal: Book two nights Sunday through Friday and save 20%, including a private cabin, family-style breakfast and dinner daily, free use of canoes and trail lunches. Cabins start at $98 a night, May 16-June 14. Just book by May and mention promo code FISH13.

Experience: During peak season, fly-fishing aficionados and anglers will appreciate one of the best brook trout habitats in the U.S. Anglers will have plenty of options for pond and stream fishing. And they’ll appreciate the setting, which is within 66,000 acres of the Appalachian Mountain Club conservation.

Book it! Call (603) 466-2727 or visit



Check out the cellblocks in one of the most famous prisons in the world — and get a Best Western hotel deal too.

Steal: “Bed, Breakfast & Prison” includes one overnight stay for two people at $159 a night, including continental breakfast, two tickets to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary (just a four-block walk from the hotel), plus free parking. Through Oct. 1.

Experience: The prison held notorious criminals like bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. Behold the grand architecture of this haunted ruin, complete with empty guard towers.

Book it! Phone (215) 568-8300 or go to