As the song says, forget your troubles, come on get happy. Summer and sunshine are here and, despite the price of gasoline and those annoying new airline fees, the urge to travel remains strong for most of us. Here is a potpourri of summery offers:
• Travelers who book a two-night stay at bedandbreakfast.com through Sept. 1 will get a $50 bonus rebate check within 4-6 weeks of their stay. Prices vary but are usually reasonable. Most include breakfast, and many inns offer free snacks and beverages, Wi-Fi, parking, and local phone calls.
Visit bedandbreakfast.com/gasrebate.aspx, and while you're there, check out the Tanks a Lot deals.
• Take a hotel barge cruise with France Cruises during July and August and pay nothing for your companion's cruise. Prices before the discount start at about $2,115 for a weeklong cruise on the 10-cabin Litote. The price includes all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, and daily excursions.
Visit francecruises.com/specials.html or call 866-498-3920. You also may want to ask about an alternative offer of up to three free nights in a Paris hotel.
• Baltimore can be a pleasant, if warm, summertime destination. For the first time, a citywide hotel promotion offers one night free with the purchase of two nights. The specials are for stays July 1-Sept. 1, and prices vary among the 40 participating hotels. In addition, train travelers can save 50 percent off the best available rail fare for one adult companion traveling coach with a paid regular adult, senior citizen, or disabled discounted ticket.
• Prince Edward Island, Canada, is celebrating the 100th birthday of the publication of "Anne of Green Gables," Lucy Maud Montgomery's book that continues to captivate young readers. The Rodd Charlottetown hotel has several packages that include tickets to "Anne of Green Gables: the Musical" at the nearby Confederation Centre of the Arts. For instance, a two-night hotel stay with a show ticket costs about $225 a person.
• To celebrate the FBI's 100th anniversary, the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington has a G-Mania package that includes two nights' accommodations, two tickets to the Newseum to see the "G-Men and Journalists" exhibit, which debuts on July 26, and a $50 credit toward food and beverages. In addition, the hotel's DVD library will be stocked with FBI- and spy-oriented films, and a custom-designed podcast walking tour, "D.C. Undercover and Under the Covers," will be available for guests to download and will take you to sites such as Monica Lewinsky's apartment, the Watergate and places featured in spy-themed movies. Prices start at $179 per night for a weekend stay, and the offer is available through Labor Day. At extra cost, guests may also book tickets to the Spy Museum and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment through the Affinia Hotels e-concierge at the time of reservation.
Visit affinia.com, click on hotels, then on Liaison Capitol Hill, and look for G-Mania on the right-hand side, or call 202-638-1616.