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Cool Travel Bargains
Whether your idea of a great weekend is to ski or to read by a fire, these 28 nearby places have a deal for you By Andrea Poe
Comments () | Published December 1, 2009

Winter may be the best time to explore the Mid-Atlantic region: Whether you’re interested in a weekend ski trip in Pennsylvania, a romantic retreat to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, or a holiday getaway in Virginia, good deals abound this time of year. And we’ve negotiated even better deals for Washingtonian readers.

Downhill Deals

The Homestead resort, on 3,000 acres in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, offers every snow sport—skiing to tubing to snowmobiling. Kids will love the skating and hot cocoa while adults may be drawn to the spa. Readers can stay between January 3 and March 14 for $199 a night, and the entire family skis free—a savings of more than $150.

The Homestead, Hot Springs; 540-839-1766;

Hidden Valley is one of the East Coast’s friendliest ski resorts. It’s offering the Washingtonian Winter Escape, which includes one night’s accommodation; unlimited skiing, snowboarding, and tubing; and one sports or Swedish massage—all for $140 a person midweek or $180 on weekends (based on double occupancy) through March 1.

Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania; 814-443-8000;

Set on more than 3,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a winter wonderland with downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, and even dog-sledding. Indoors, there are two spas—one for adults and one for kids—a game room with more than 65 arcade games, a pool, and a large art collection. With the Washingtonian Skis Free package, readers who book two nights—winter rates start at $279—will get four free lift tickets (an $84 value) to Mystic Mountain from December 24 through February 26.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania; 866-344-6957;

Eastern Shore Specials

One of the region’s most interesting new getaways is Bartlett Pear Inn, which opened in September. Chef Jordan Lloyd, who did stints at Citronelle in DC and Per Se in New York City, has revived the former Inn at Easton with his wife, Alice. Book the Washingtonian Getaway Weekend and get a suite on a Friday or Saturday night, dinner for two in the inn’s restaurant, a tour of historic downtown Easton, tickets to the Academy Art Museum, and a private cooking demo for $395—a savings of more than $300. The offer is good December through March.

Bartlett Pear Inn, Easton; 410-770-3300;

Five Gables Inn & Spa, a charming Victorian bed-and-breakfast in the heart of St. Michaels, is known for its Aveda spa. In December and January, Washingtonian readers who book two nights—rates start at $130 a night in winter—will get half off their second night, a welcome mug of hot cocoa, and a free herbal bath when they book a hot-stone massage or Caribbean treatment.

Five Gables Inn & Spa, St. Michaels; 877-466-0100;

The elegant Inn at 202 Dover, a Beaux Arts mansion in Easton, is offering readers who book one night from December through February (except holidays) half off a second night in one of its suites. Winter rates start at $279. Guests who have dinner at the inn will receive a free appetizer with each entrée.

Inn at 202 Dover, Easton; 800-450-7600;

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge offers plenty of off-season activities, including an indoor pool, a fitness center and spa, and three restaurants. Book the Luxury on Sale package to get a room for $99 (Sunday through Thursday) or $149 (Friday and Saturday) as well as a s’mores kit to use at the outdoor fireplace. Readers will also receive 20 percent off any spa treatments Sunday through Friday and a free amenity such as a bottle of wine or chocolate crabs. The package is good now through March 28. Readers must show this article at check-in to get the Washingtonian deal.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge; 410-901-1234;

Hole up along the bay in the waterman’s village of Tilghman. At the Tilghman Island Inn, which has a very good restaurant and rooms with fireplaces, readers who book two nights—rates start at $125 a night in winter—get a third free through February.

Tilghman Island Inn, Tilghman Island; 800-866-2141;

Virginia Resorts on Sale

The Boar’s Head resort, in the Piedmont countryside, has four restaurants, a spa, indoor tennis, a fitness center with more than 50 classes a week, and winter golf that costs as little as $20. Book the Washingtonian Winter Getaway Fireside Package to get a room with a fireplace, a room-service dinner, and breakfast for two—either room service or in the Old Mill Room—starting at $339 a night through March; that’s a savings of $175.

The Boar’s Head, Charlottesville; 800-476-1988;

Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg is a local favorite for its spa, heated indoor pool, and big health club. Newly renovated guest rooms feature marble baths. The Home for the Holidays readers package features deluxe accommodations, breakfast, and a welcome tray of milk and cookies for $129—a savings of 20 percent. The offer is good December 13 through January 10; resort fee ($18) and tax not included.

Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne; call 888-541-7948 for the Washingtonian Rate; 

Holidays in Annapolis

Annapolis is never more a picture postcard of early America than in winter, when the brick sidewalks and streets are aglow with the flicker of gas lamps. Gibson’s Lodgings, next to the US Naval Academy, is quintessential Annapolis. The 21 guest rooms are in three historic buildings, one dating to the 1770s. December 1 through March 15, readers who book any two nights get a third free. Rooms start at $119 a night.

Gibson’s Lodgings, Annapolis; 877-330-0057;

The Inn at Horn Point—tucked away in the neighborhood of Eastport, across a small bridge from downtown Annapolis—is offering the Washingtonian package December 1 through April 1. Book two nights ($339 a night during the week, $379 on a weekend) and receive a $75 dinner credit at O’Leary’s, a bottle of wine, and a one-hour couples massage. That’s a savings of about $100.

Inn at Horn Point, Annapolis; 410-268-1126;

Four Baltimore Bargains

A lobby decked out for the holidays, with life-size toy soldiers, as well as a heated indoor pool make the Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor ideal for kids. The hotel is offering readers a family package that includes a room with two queen-size beds, breakfast for four, valet parking, four tickets to Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey at the Maryland Science Center’s Imax-3D theater, and a film-inspired souvenir. Rates start at $193 through January 3.

Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore; 410-539-7888;

Explore Baltimore from the Tremont Plaza Hotel, an all-suites hotel with spacious rooms. Its Washingtonian package offers a one-bedroom suite with a king-size bed, living room, and kitchenette plus a split of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two at Tug’s Bar and Grille in the hotel, and two tickets to the National Aquarium for $250—a savings of about 35 percent.

Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore; 410-727-2222;

Inn at 2920 is a boutique hotel nestled among Canton rowhouses, a few miles from the Inner Harbor. Book the Weekend Inn Baltimore deal before March 1, for a stay prior to April 1, and get two nights, full breakfast, a bottle of wine, and a $75 voucher to use at an area restaurant. Rates start at $450 (promo code wkendwash), a savings of about 25 percent. Or stay midweek and get full breakfast and a bottle of wine starting at $160 (promo code wkdaywash).

Inn at 2920, Baltimore; 410-342-4450;

Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast is one of the oldest buildings in the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill. Readers can book the Explore the Harbor and Federal Hill package for $595—a 15-percent savings off typical room rates—until March 31. This includes two nights’ accommodation; a full breakfast; passes that allow entry to the American Visionary Art Museum, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, and other sites; a $15 gift card to use at either Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant or Taverna Corvino; and discounts at Federal Hill boutiques.

Scarborough Fair B&B, Baltimore; 877-954-2747;


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