Deals: Great Getaways, Good Prices

Three special packages for Washingtonian readers—with discounted travel to Baltimore, New York, and a Virginia golf resort—plus an Atlantic City hotel offering lower opening rates.

By: Alice Shapin

New Playground by the Sea

The Chelsea, Atlantic City’s only nongaming hotel, hopes to offer a taste of the city’s glory days—when this seaside town was known as “America’s playground.”

The hotel features fireplace lounges and bars and two restaurants from Philadelphia’s Stephen Starr, including Chelsea Prime, with a 1940s supper-club feel and ocean views. There’s a sea-inspired spa, twice-daily maid service, triple-sheeted beds, and shuttle service to the casinos.

A Luxe room would normally cost $395 to $495 a night; the “A Lot of Living to Do” package offers a two-night stay and dinner for two at Chelsea Prime (up to $125, alcohol not included) starting at $475. The package is available through December 29 if booked by September 30.

The Chelsea, Atlantic City; 866-393-3285; thechelsea-ac.com.

Reader Exclusive: Baltimore Bargains

There’s lots to do in our neighbor to the north—much of it free or cheap. Stroll along the Inner Harbor or through a lively neighborhood like Fells Point. Visit the Walters Art Museum or Baltimore Museum of Art, both with free admission to the permanent exhibits. Or take advantage of free events like the Baltimore Book Festival (September 26 through 28) or Free Fall Baltimore, an arts festival that offers entertainment, lectures, and more throughout October.

Want to stay the night? The Pier 5 Hotel and the Admiral Fell Inn are both offering Washingtonian readers a special deal. Their Harbor Magic Arts Lover Package, which includes a room, breakfast for two, and a Harbor Pass, is normally $279 a night for Pier 5 and $199 for Admiral Fell Inn. Mention The Washingtonian and get 10 percent off. The deal is valid September 15 through November 15; call 866-583-4162 or visit harbormagic.com/washingtonian.

You can save gas and leave your car at home. A MARC train to Baltimore costs $7 each way. Or take advantage of 50-percent-off Amtrak companion fares. Visit amtrak.com or call 800-usa-rail and press 0 for an agent. Promotional code: V828.

If you plan to hit a number of Baltimore attractions—such as the Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, and American Visionary Art Museum—visit baltimore.org to buy a Harbor Pass that bundles admissions into one ticket, saving at least 20 percent off single-ticket prices.

A golf special at the Westfields Marriott includes swing analysis and play on its Fred Couples–designed course. Photograph courtesy of Westfields Marriott

Saving a Lot of Green on the Greens

Fall in Washington is the perfect time for 18 holes. Westfields Marriott’s “Tee for Two” package includes not only a room and breakfast for two but swing analysis and a club-fitting session for both guests, two rounds of golf at the nearby Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, and transportation to and from the course. Rates start at $379 a night—nearly half off regular rates.

Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly; 703-818-0300; westfieldsmarriott.com. If booking online, use promotional code GOF. If by phone, ask for the Tee for Two special.

For Readers Only: Park Avenue on Sale

Manhattan’s 70 Park Avenue Hotel offers a great location: The boutique hotel is walking distance to Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway theaters, and shops and restaurants.

Now it’s offering an exclusive deal for readers of The Washingtonian.

Its “Fall in Love With New York” package includes deluxe accommodation for two, hot spiced cider at the hotel’s Silverleaf Tavern, a guide to fall foliage including a map of dazzling sites in Central Park, a disposable camera, and a choice of breakfast in bed or free parking and a $20 gas card.

Rates start at $299 a night Thursday through Sunday—a savings of more than 40 percent—and are good through November 30. Use code PNYC.

70 Park Avenue Hotel, 70 Park Ave. at 38th St., New York; 877-707-2752; 70parkave.com.

This article first appeared in the September 2008 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles like it, click here.