Spring travel packages

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For those of us who shake and quake at the thought of being outside in cold weather, it is nearly time to end our hibernation. With April in bloom, outdoor activity will beckon again, and there will be plenty of money-saving options. Here are a few that have cropped up already.

Fish tales in Ireland

Bet you have never considered fly-fishing in Ireland while you were staying at a castle. Representatives for Ashford Castle in Cong, which has been rebuilt into a sports lodge, advise us that some of the best fishing in Ireland can be found on Lough Corrib during the mayfly hatch in May and June. The castle's Fishing in Ireland package, available through September, includes accommodations, guided fishing, all breakfasts, lunch on fishing days, and complimentary use of tennis courts, the nine-hole golf course, and walking trails throughout the 350-acre estate. All fishing gear is provided. Prices range from $785 for two nights and one day of fishing to $2,241 for five nights and four days of fishing. Non-fishing companions pay less. International flights, transfers to the castle, beverages, lunches except when fishing, dinners and gratuities are not included. Call 800-547-4322 or go to orvis.com.

Let spring begin

Ocean Edge Resort & Club, an upscale resort in Brewster, Mass., features golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 700-foot private beach. Through April 30, a Let Spring Begin package gets three nights' accommodations for the price of two in oversized guest rooms or one- to three-bedroom villas plus breakfast daily. The cost is $164 per person, per room, per night, with a two-night minimum. Call 800-811-3457 or go to oceanedge.com.

Throw some mud

In New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, the mud season is cause for celebration, with many events and specials. For instance, the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton has a Wildlife & Birdwatching package for $295 per couple that includes two nights' lodging, two full country breakfasts for two, one three-course dinner for two, one lunch, and information and trail maps about the Hoyt, Watts, Dahl and Lovejoy sanctuaries, all of which are owned and managed by the New Hampshire Audubon Society and are a short drive from the inn. A small donation to the society will be made in the name of each guest who books the package, available through June 20 except for school vacation weeks and holidays. Call 800-343-7336 or go to innatcrystallake.com.

Free for military families

Free admission to Anheuser-Busch theme parks for more than 900,000 members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through this year. The Here's to the Heroes program provides one-day admission to any one SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA for the service member and up to three direct dependents. Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve service member or National Guardsman is eligible. The serviceperson should first register, either at herosalute.com or at the entrance plaza to the park being visited and show a Department of Defense photo ID. The offer is also open to members of foreign military forces serving in the coalitions in Iraq or Afghanistan or attached to U.S. units in the States for training.

From wire reports

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