Gas card with N.C. mountain stay

GAS CARD WITH N.C. MOUNTAIN STAY: The Apple Dumplin's Getaway country cottage, near Cullowhee, provides a free $10 gas card to guests staying two or more nights through the end of 2008. The two-bedroom, one-bath cottage can accommodate up to six people. It is fully equipped with central air and heat, kitchen, plus satellite TV. The cottage overlooks the Tuckasegee River, with mountain views. Apples are plentiful this fall from the tree off the back deck. Details: 828-293-7030; www.appledumplingetaway .com.

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TWOFERS IN SEVIERVILLE, TENN.: Next Sunday through Sept. 28, women traveling to Sevierville, Tenn., can find lodging specials offering everything from spa packages to shopping discounts, as well as special rates and packages to popular area attractions. The promotion is pegged to National Women's Friendship Day.

Among the deals: Pick up two tickets to the acrobatic spectacular, Cirque de Chine, for $30 (regular price $29.95 per ticket) or buy one ticket to Rainforest Adventures, a rainforest discovery zoo, and get the second one free.

Groups of four or more can enjoy a private guided tour of Rosewood Gardens, a traditional English garden with themed “garden rooms”; groups of five or more can cowboy-up at Douglas Lake View Riding Stables for a discounted ride with complimentary cowboy hat and photo.

Details: www.sevierville friendshome.htm.

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ONBOARD CREDITS, UPGRADE ON CRUISE: Norwegian Cruise Line is offering up to $400 in onboard credits and a three-category cabin upgrade for select sailings now through April 2010. Prices vary. Details: 866-234-7350;

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