I usually think of L.L. Bean around the holidays when I want to buy my husband or son a nice flannel shirt, so imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail promotion from them for their Outdoor Discovery School, which offers courses and private lessons in kayaking (from basic to more advanced) as well as kayaking tours, and build-your-own adventure outings, starting at just $20!
They supply the lessons and equipment. Check out your local L.L. Bean store for details or click here. And while you're on the site, hit the sale section, with reductions of up to 60-percent off, plus a daily markdown item. When I last checked the daily deal was a really nice $45 Bean's Comfort Cycling Jersey marked down to $16.99. And there's always free shipping.
Eastern Mountain Sports is another favorite shopping haunt in my house. They're also having a 15-percent-off sale on kayak packages (the boat and paddles), plus free shipping on orders over $48. Also check out the 20- to 30-percent-off close-out deals on Northface outerwear and other items. If you run across any good deals on outdoor gear and getaways, share it with us!