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Get Outside with Local Deals

As we get further into April, even cooler climates are starting to feel as though spring has sprung. With the changing of the seasons comes a changing of weather-based “afflictions” as well -- many of us are transitioning right now from any latent “cabin fever” into full-fledged “spring fever.” As such, your resident Deal Experts are negotiating ways to get themselves outside for the coming months, with deals on golf, wine tours, luxury pool access, alfresco dining and more -- everything you’ll need to spend some time in the sun as well.

Take a look at some of these outdoor options around the country:

  • New York City: Get out of Manhattan and hit the road with the top-rated LongIslandWineCountry.com, offering a full day of wine tastings, lunch and wine knowledge throughout Long Island for $99. With six pickup spots on the Island, in Queens and in Nassau and Suffolk counties, it’s easy to book a tour throughout much of the summer and sample wines at three top wineries.
  • Chicago: April means it’s time to shake off the Madness of the previous month and get down to the spring’s real sporting business -- baseball. Now that opening day has come and gone and the season is underway, we’ve got multiple chances to eat, drink, and cheer the Cubs throughout the coming weeks. With multiple games still to choose from starting at $69, including unlimited food and drink, it’s hard to imagine a summer on the North Side getting off to a better start.
  • Austin: Springtime takes “dining out” to different places, including three levels of dining featuring views of downtown Austin with this deal from the Upper Decks. For $35, have an alfresco dinner for two with three courses of food plus drinks, and free parking is included as well. CultureMap Austin calls the views “amazing,” so reserve a space now through July and take in the sights. Purchase by Tuesday.
  • Miami: Even though comfortable weather exists pretty much year ‘round in Miami, deals on charter cruises like these do not. Regularly $1000, Travelzoo subscribers can hit the seas on a 45-foot yacht for just $399, making the price for a party of six passengers just $66 bucks a head. Pack the galley with food and drinks and make this a bucket-list excursion for a special event like a wedding proposal, a graduation ceremony or anything else worth celebrating.
  • Boston: Take alfresco dining to a new level with this deal, where even the restaurants themselves live outside. Sample dozens of offerings the Food Truck Festivals of New England for $15, at one of four outdoor venues. For an extra $5, skip the lines with VIP access to these gourmet food trucks like Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese and the Boston Speed Dog at two of the tours.
  • Houston: Sure, the hourlong massage and luxury facial with a glass of wine at the AAA 5-Diamond Four Seasons Hotel is nice, but for our purposes book this deal Monday-Friday and spend the rest of the day lounging at the rooftop outdoor pool, taking in views of the surrounding skyline. Pull right up to the front door with all your pool gear -- valet parking is included as well.
  • San Francisco: Cooking classes are usually stuck inside, crowded around stoves and countertops. Not so with this deal, offering a 5-hour hands on class over charcoal grill and smokers learning to master the art of barbecue. For $85, get smoky with cooking classes from Big Jim’s BBQ, where you’ll dine on your creations at the end of the class and “eat more than you eat on Thanksgiving,” which is a tall order for some of us.
  • New York City: Back to NYC we go for the opportunity to see Central Park on two wheels with this deal from Central Park Sightseeing. Spend an hour pedaling around this iconic NY destination for $10 with a bike rental for one, over half off the normal value. If that sounds like a bit too much activity for a spring or summer’s day, this deal also includes a cool, refreshing ice cream treat. If an hour doesn’t sound like enough time to explore the parks 800+ acres of land, you can choose a deal featuring more rental time, with up to three hours of pedaling available.

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Deal Expert, Chicago
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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