When the winter snow starts melting in late March, states like Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont go through what locals call mud season, and occupancy rates at inns and hotels drop to 50 percent.
In past years, its been a dirty time, but now at least 18 New England inns are trying to put a positive spin on the dirty little secret by offering special mud packages.
For example, the Wayside Inn in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is offering a special on mud packs where patrons can choose from three different types of dirt.
The Victoria Inn in Hampton, New Hampshire, is hoping to clean up on dirty money by showing guests how to make mud castles at the beach, and the Bethel Inn in Bethel, Maine, is offering a golf package that includes mud fees instead of greens fees.
Finally, the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont, is offering the most practical mud package: All guests get a free car wash.
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