Reader Deals: Travel Bargains

Seven great weekend getaways—from the mountains to the city—all at special savings.
Readers can get a free room upgrade
      and other summer specials at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville. Photograph Courtesy of Keswick Hall.
Readers can get a free room upgrade and other summer specials at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville. Photograph Courtesy of Keswick Hall.

Love Is in the Air

Where: Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast, 236
Caroline St., Orange, Va.; 888-315-3511.

What’s special: In the heart of Virginia’s
wine country, this elegant inn, built in 1860, has six guest rooms with
pillow-top mattresses, high-definition flat-screen TVs, and free wi-fi.
Some rooms have hot tubs. A concierge service makes it easy to take in
local attractions—go on a wine tour, enjoy a picnic at picturesque Lake
Orange, or soak up spectacular scenery while hiking, fishing, kayaking,
horseback riding, or skydiving. The inn is minutes from quaint shops, fine
restaurants, and art galleries.

The deal: The Rekindle the Romance package
includes two nights’ accommodations for two, a dozen long-stemmed roses,
Champagne or wine on arrival and two Chestnut Hill wineglasses to take
home, a classic French dinner at Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville, tickets
for a winetasting at nearby Barboursville Vineyards, an early-evening
social hour both nights including hors d’oeuvres and winetasting, turndown
service with rose petals strewn on your bed (the first night),
chocolate-covered strawberries or gourmet chocolates, a two-course
breakfast each morning, and a $50 gift certificate for a future visit. The
two-night package is $595, a $250 savings. You can add a one-hour couple’s
massage for the special price of $170.

When: Valid July through Labor
Day.

Jefferson Territory

Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick,
Va.; 888-778-2565.

What’s special: History and magnificent
scenery come together at this luxurious small resort. The mansion features
rooms appointed with lovely fabrics and furnishings. Guests can enjoy an
Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole golf course, a posh spa, an infinity pool,
and beautifully landscaped gardens. Nearby is historic Charlottesville,
home to Monticello, the University of Virginia, James Madison’s
Montpelier, award-winning wineries, and antiques shops.

The deal: The Celebrating Summer Package
includes a “superior” room and a $50 resort credit; book more than one
night and the credit increases to $75 on each additional night. Mention
The Washingtonian on arrival and receive a free room upgrade
based on availability. The package is $245 a night, a savings of more than
40 percent.

When: Available Sunday through Thursday,
through September 13.

By the Shore

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf
Resort, Spa and Marina
, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.;
800-633-7313.

What’s special: The 400-acre resort on the
Choptank River offers activities to keep everyone in the family happy.
There are several pools indoors and out plus evening “dive-in” movies
poolside; water-sport rentals including motorboats, jet skis, and
paddleboats; guided boat, biking, and hiking tours; tennis; the Blue Heron
Rookery, a wildlife refuge; a kids’ camp; an 18-hole championship golf
course; and a newly renovated 18,000-square-foot spa.

The deal: With the Hyatt Free Time Package,
book three nights (starting at $279 a night) and receive a fourth night
free as well as daily breakfast (normally $40 a day).
Washingtonian readers who present this article at check-in also
receive a $25 resort credit and a free s’mores kit. Use the code FRTIME
when booking online.

When: Valid July through August.

Stress-Free Bliss

Where: Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn, 25227
Chestertown Rd., Chestertown, Md.; 866-305-1860.

What’s special: Brampton combines the elegance
of a 19th-century country estate (canopy beds, wood-burning fireplaces)
with modern comforts (jetted tubs, wi-fi). Guests can enjoy freshly baked
cookies all day as well as afternoon tea. Breakfast offers three entrée
choices; many of the ingredients come from the inn’s organic garden or
from local farmers and purveyors. The B&B is close to Chestertown’s
galleries, shops, and waterfront promenade. Or you can relax in the
tastefully decorated sitting areas.

The deal: Receive 25 percent off rates
(excluding the Mulberry and Olivia’s cottages), ranging from $229 to $319
before the discount.

When: Available Monday through Thursday in
July and August.

Mountains of Fun

Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001
Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 866-344-6957.

What’s special: This upscale family
destination, on 2,000 wooded acres in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel
Highlands, offers a variety of accommodations—from the Frank Lloyd
Wright-inspired Falling Rock to a “chateau” to a lodge. Activities include
ziplining, off-road driving, mountain biking, tennis, golf, swimming, and
a spa. You can also try the shooting academy, go fly-fishing, take a
“safari tour” of Nemacolin’s animals—including lions, tigers, and black
bears—or tour the 1,000-piece art collection, valued at more than $45
million.

The deal: The Summer Vacation Package includes
accommodations for two, the daily resort fee, and a $300-a-night resort
credit good for dining and activities. Starting rates for the package:
$2,150 for three nights, $2,708 for four, $3,187 for five. Mention The
Washingtonian
to get 10 percent off.

When: Valid in July.

New York, New York

Where: Warwick New York Hotel, 65 W. 54th St.,
New York, N.Y.; 212-247-2700.

What’s special: Stay where the stars stayed—on
the walls you’ll find photographs of Cary Grant, Elvis, and the Beatles.
This recently renovated hotel is a combination of European elegance and
vintage charm. Unlike at many Manhattan hotels, the rooms are large,
ranging from 250 to more than 550 square feet. There’s a fitness center
and a restaurant/bar, and the Warwick is minutes from the Museum of Modern
Art, Broadway, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue, and Rockefeller
Center.

The deal: The Summer Road Trip Package
includes accommodations for two in a luxurious new “premier” room or
suite, a $25 gas card, free parking (a $52 savings), and two classic or
seasonal cocktails at the on-site Randolph’s Bar & Lounge (a $30
value). The deal starts at $355 a night, a 35-percent savings.

When: Valid July 1 through September
3.

Calling All Art Lovers

Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th
St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 215-563-5006.

What’s special: This eco-friendly boutique
hotel is a welcoming place, with its nightly open-bar wine party,
addictive truffled popcorn, and striking modern lobby with original
artwork. The hotel has spacious guest rooms and suites, a fitness center,
and restaurant. It’s also pet-friendly. About ten minutes away are the
recently relocated Barnes Foundation museum, the Philadelphia Museum of
Art, and the renovated Rodin Museum (opening mid-July).

The deal: Book the Philly Art Package and get
member-level access to the Barnes Foundation (free admission, advance
ticketing, and 5 percent off in the museum shop and cafe). Mention The
Washingtonian
to receive a 2 pm late checkout—a savings of $75—and
two free cocktails.

When: Valid July 1 through December
31.

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