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8 Good Summer Getaways
Comments () | Published May 1, 2009

Roughing It in Style

Smoke Hole, West Virginia, is a terrific destination for anyone who loves the outdoors. The area is packed with activities such as rock climbing and rafting as well as tamer adventures such as hiking, fishing, and scenic train rides.

North Fork Mountain Inn is described by its innkeepers, Ed and Carol Fischer, as an “outpost of luxury in the wilderness.” The rooms and suites as well as a cabin have quilts and mountain views. Some have fireplaces, others whirlpool tubs; some have both.

On the deck are a hot tub and a telescope for stargazing. Ed, a master sommelier, prepares a hot breakfast daily, while Carol bakes cookies and breads. For $25 for two people, they’ll prepare a picnic lunch. Dinner on Saturday includes winetasting, appetizer, soup/salad, entrée, and dessert for $40 a person.

Rooms are $130 to $245 a night for two, including breakfast. May through August, mention The Washingtonian to receive a 15-percent discount on a room plus a free bottle of wine (minimum two-night stay).

North Fork Mountain Inn, Smoke Hole, W. Va.; 304-257-1108;

Historic Charlottesville

Silver Thatch Inn is a great base for exploring Charlottesville, an area offering everything from wineries to tours of three presidential homes: Monticello, Montpelier, and Ashlawn.

The inn itself is historic—parts of it date back to 1780. Each of the seven guest rooms is named for a US President born in Virginia.

Many of the rooms are done up with antiques; several have a canopy bed and a fireplace. Guests can have a hot breakfast in the sunroom and a drink in the English Pub. There are four dining rooms—one dates back to 1780—where innkeepers Terri and Jim Petrovits, who are trained chefs, always try to use local produce. A swimming pool provides a spot to cool off.

Rooms range from $175 to $210, including breakfast and a free glass of wine or beer. Washingtonian readers can receive 20 percent off regular rates for stays in June, July, and August.

Silver Thatch Inn, Charlottesville, Va.; 800-261-0720;

Cooking Up a Deal

The Inns at Montpelier, a group of eight B&Bs near Orange, Virginia, are offering Washingtonian readers a Stimulus Package: Book two nights at the standard room rate and get a third at half price.

They’re also throwing in some extras: free winetastings for two at Barboursville Vineyard and Sweely Estate Winery, a buy-one-get-one-free five-course dinner at the Inn at Meander Plantation (normally $65 a person), and two tickets to James Madison’s Montpelier. Taxes are included.

The inns include the antebellum Mayhurst, where rates are $155 a night and up, and foodie favorite Inn at Meander Plantation, where rooms start at $175 a night and monthly two-day cooking classes are a popular activity.

To book, visit, select an inn, and give it a call—just be sure to mention The Washingtonian to get the deal. This offer is good through May.

Shore Thing

Once a sleepy Virginia shore town, Onancock is now a charming Chesapeake Bay destination for travelers who like nice inns and restaurants as well as artist studios and funky shops.

Among the places to stay is the Inn at Onancock, which is offering a two-night package for Washingtonian readers that includes accommodations, a couple’s massage, a bottle of wine, and two spa robes for $550—a discount of more than 20 percent.

The inn features spa-style bathrooms, 1,000-thread-count sheets, full gourmet breakfasts, and a Wine Down Hour each evening with hors d’oeuvres. Guests can spend the day touring local vineyards, kayaking, relaxing at the beach, or curled up with a book on the wraparound porch.

Inn at Onancock, Onancock, Va.; 866-792-7466; Be sure to mention The Washingtonian to get the discount, which is good May 4 through June 30.

This article first appeared in the May 2009 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.   


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