Enjoy some New England luxury in Newport, R.I., go on expertly guided tour with fellows of the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and discover the biodiversity of the Galapagos

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By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com


Give winter a playful spin — by heading to Newport, R.I., and staying at Forty 1° North.

Steal: Book the “Game Plan for Winter” package, which includes: accommodations in a LEED-certified guestroom or suite with a fireplace and a wet bar; 15 in-room board games; exclusive bath butler to draw your aromatherapy bath in the two-person soaking tub, with waterproof playing cards and Champagne; a seafood tower for sharing and two themed cocktails at The Oval Bar; a dessert flight as part of the in-room dining menu, or to be enjoyed at the hotel’s waterfront Grill restaurant; a DVD copy of the mystery thriller “The Game”; and complimentary parking. This package is available through March 31. Rates start at $499 per night.

Experience: Three hours from Manhattan, Newport is a great off-season destination for enjoying a playground for the rich and famous, but without the long lines and jam-packed streets. Explore the beauty of the mansions on Bellevue Ave., dating from the early 1900s. The opulence of the Marble House is not to be missed. Enjoy Ocean Drive. And make reservations for dinner at The Black Pearl restaurant in Bannister’s Wharf. That’s where you’ll find the best New England clam chowder in New England.

Book it! Online at 41north.com or by calling (401) 846-8018.


The Grill Dining Room at Forty 1° NorthThe Grill Dining Room at Forty 1° North

Here’s an exclusive deal for Daily News readers. Grab a group of friends or family members for the adventure of a lifetime — and save with Kensington Tours.

Deal: Save $500 per person on exclusive small group tours (6 to 16 travelers) with the “Explorers-In-Residence Series.” It’s guided by celebrated fellows of the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, including renowned researchers, television personalities and other leading adventurers. Book before March 15.

Experience: Travel with the 21st-century’s most accomplished explorers on a thrilling in-depth expedition to the most fascinating places in the world. Destinations include: Kenya, Galapagos, Madagascar, China, Iceland, South Africa — and many more. There is a multitude of tours to choose among, including elite expeditions of Madagascar’s incredible biodiversity, safaris to uncover the mysteries of the Masai and following the Northern Lights.

Book it! On the web at kensingtontours.com or phone (888) 903-2001.


“Explorer in Residence” Travis Steffens of Kensington Tours — at work in Madagascar“Explorer in Residence” Travis Steffens of Kensington Tours — at work in Madagascar

Explore the Northern and Central Islands of the Galapagos with G Adventures.

Deal: Save 15% on a 10-day trip that starts and ends in Quito, departing on March 16. With this deal, the price drops from $4,749 per person to $4,037 per person. All tours include meals, transportation between destinations and hotel stays. Flights are not included.

Experience: The seven-night cruise and exploration of the Galapagos National Park aboard the Queen of the Galapagos (G8) includes opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, find colonies of frigate birds on the cliffs of Genovesa, and gain deeper insight into the ecology of the area.

Book it! Online at GAdventures.com or call 877.277.9851.