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Travel Q&A: Short Honeymoon B&B Options; How to Avoid Parking in New York

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By K.C. Summers
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, August 16, 2009

Q. My fiancee and I are planning a short three-day honeymoon following our January wedding in Philadelphia. We're planning a larger trip to Europe later, so are just looking for something local and charming (preferably with our own fireplace). We're thinking of a New England bed-and-breakfast. Any suggestions?

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Tim Schmidt, Washington

A. For a winter trip, you can't get much more romantic than a snug B&B with your own fireplace. Online directories such as BnBFinder.com (http://www.bnbfinder.com) and BedandBreakfast.com are a good place to start your search. Marti Mayne, a spokeswoman for BedandBreakfast.com, said that most innkeepers will put together romantic getaways if asked, with such perks as champagne baskets and candlelit dinners. A few of her favorite New England inns, all with in-room fireplaces:

-- Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, Maine (800-522-3141, http://www.captainlord.com; rooms from $189 per night for a three-night stay), with antiques-furnished rooms and spacious bathrooms featuring heated marble floors and Jacuzzi tubs for two.

-- Sugar Hill Inn in Sugar Hill, N.H. (800-548-4748, http://www.sugarhillinn.com; from $125), featuring a Dream Cottage with a cathedral ceiling, French doors, stone fireplace and 19th-century library.

-- Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vt. (800-762-8669, http://www.rabbithillinn.com; from $199), offering candlelit breakfasts and a loft room accessed from a concealed door and a hidden stairway.

We will travel to New York City for a cruise to New England and Canada. Other than driving to New York and parking the car there for $30 a day, are there other alternatives?

M. Chien, Potomac

If you're set on driving, parking at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at 12th Avenue and West 55th Street in Midtown is the most convenient way to go. But it's expensive, at $30 a day ($300 for 10- to 30-day cruises). Info: 212-641-4454, http://www.nycruise.com/parkNYC.html.

Commercial lots near the pier may be cheaper. According to the Web site for Icon Parking (http://www.iconparking.com), 815 Tenth Parking, a few blocks away, would charge $246 for 10 days in September.

Another option: Rent a car in Washington, drop it off in Manhattan and take a cab or the subway to the port. Avis, for example, charges about $150 to pick up a car in Washington and return it in Manhattan the same day.

Finally, you could take the train or bus to Manhattan, then a cab or subway to the port. Amtrak has a promotional fare of $49 each way from Washington to New York's Penn Station, with restrictions, valid for travel through Dec. 16. Discount buses such as Bolt Bus (http://www.boltbus.com) and Megabus (http://www.megabus.com) offer one-way fares for as low as $1 if you book early enough; regular fares are about $20 to $25 each way.

Send queries by e-mail (travelqa@washpost.com) or U.S. mail (Travel Q&A, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071). Please include your name and town.


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