Hope and Glory is one of the region’s most whimsical and romantic inns.
The historic 1890 building, once a schoolhouse, has seven guest rooms and six garden cottages. Seven vineyard “tents”—two-story cottages each with three bedrooms and three baths, living and dining areas, a kitchen and screened porch—are set within White Fences Vineyard.
Where the inn shines is in its English garden. There are butterfly bushes and walls of wisteria; a moon garden features plants that bloom at night. A clawfoot tub and shower in the garden offer an unusual but private bathing experience.
Guests can while away the day on a bike ride—bicycles are free—or by the pool. On Friday nights, you can enjoy crabs, shrimp, beer, and wine on an evening cruise offered by the inn for $85 a person. Most Saturday nights, innkeepers Peggy and Dudley Patteson host a chef’s table; on other nights, guests can choose from a tapas menu as well as other good restaurants nearby.
Rooms are $195 to $395 a night with breakfast. Mention The Washingtonian to get a 15-percent discount. This offer is good through August except on holiday weekends.
Hope and Glory Inn, Irvington, Va; 804-438-6053; hopeandglory.com.
Wine and Williamsburg
Wedmore Place was built in 2007, but you wouldn’t know it: In the inn’s lobby, a reproduction 18th-century painting of Venice hangs over a number of antiques, including a reception desk of carved mahogany.
Each of the 28 rooms and suites is decorated in the style of a different European province and a different period in history. Every room has a fireplace, luxurious linens, antiques, and original art. Outside are an Italian-style tiled courtyard, a stream, beautiful gardens, biking and walking trails, and a pool. The inn is a five-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg and next door to the Williamsburg Winery.
Mention The Washingtonian to take advantage of a special offer through August: The exclusive package includes a room for a Friday and Saturday night, a bottle of Champagne, a tour and winetasting for two at Williamsburg Winery, and a three-course dinner for two at Café Provencal, with a bottle of Williamsburg Winery wine, for $493—a savings of about 25 percent. Taxes and gratuity are extra. Breakfast in Café Provencal, adorned with antique farm tools, is included with every room.
Wedmore Place, Williamsburg, Va.; 757-941-0310; wedmoreplace.com.
Out on the Water
What makes the Tides Inn special is the setting—on its own peninsula overlooking Carters Creek, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east, the Potomac River to the north, and the Rappahannock River to the south. You can take advantage of its proximity to the water by borrowing a kayak, canoe, or paddleboat or renting a small motorized boat. A sailing school offers a variety of courses.
For golfers, the highly rated Golden Eagle course is challenging, while a free par-3 course is ideal for honing short-game skills. Guests can relax by the pool overlooking the water or at the spa. In the dining rooms, Chesapeake Bay and Northern Neck cuisine comes with a water view.
From May through August, mention The Washingtonian to get a special deal on the inn’s weekend Bed & Breakfast Package: Waterfront accommodations, a full American breakfast for two including tip, and half-price motorized-boat rentals cost $236 a night a room. The deal is one-third off the normal rate of $362 a night.
Tides Inn, Irvington, Va.; 804-438-5000; tidesinn.com.
New York State of Mind
The best way to see New York City is on foot, and the AKA Central Park hotel puts you within walking distance of the park, the theater district, museums, restaurants, and Fifth Avenue with its shopping at FAO Schwarz, Bergdorf Goodman, and Tiffany.
At the AKA, guests get a studio suite with a kitchen. An exclusive package for Washingtonian readers includes a suite, a light continental breakfast, wireless Internet, use of the fitness center, a welcome fruit basket, and mineral water for $199 a night—a savings of about $100 a night. If you prefer another location, the same deal applies at the Times Square AKA hotel. This offer is good May through August.
AKA Central Park, 42 W. 58th St.; 646-744-3100; hotelaka.com.