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Great Travel Deals
Comments () | Published October 6, 2009
Fall is here, and so are the great travel deals. And there’s an added bonus: The crowds are gone, and so is the humidity. From the mountains to the bay to the cities, hotels and resorts are offering prices that’ll make you want to pack your bags. At some places, mention The Washingtonian and you’ll receive something extra. Make sure to keep checking back here for new breaking deals.

The best way to experience New York City is by walking. The following hotels offer a central location, great savings, and some added fun.

The 70 Park Avenue Hotel, at 38th Street and Park Avenue, is an easy walk to theater, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, great restaurants, and shopping, and it’s close to public transportation. During October, the hotel is celebrating Halloween with its Drop Dead Rate. The offer includes a bucket of candy and two free cocktails at Silverleaf Tavern. On Halloween, the hotel will host a pumpkin-carving competition with the staff, and entries will be displayed during a complimentary wine hour. Rates start at $199 per night—a 20-percent savings for this Kimpton property. Mention The Washingtonian to receive a free bottle of wine. 70 Park Ave.; 212-973-2400;
The Muse New York, on 46th Street, is in the heart of the theater district and ideal for those who love hustle and bustle. It’s just steps away from Broadway shows and close to Radio City, restaurants, and shopping. For the month of October, this boutique hotel is encouraging guests to turn in their wheels and experience the city like a local with its Deals for Wheels. The package includes accommodations, complimentary continental breakfast and valet parking, a $10 MTA Metrocard, and evening wine receptions. Available on weekends. Prices start at $259 per night, which is a 20-percent discount. To book, call 212-485-2400 or visit and use rate code PCAR. 130 W. 46th St.; 212-485-2400.

Affinia 50 gives guests a quieter taste of New York but is still within walking distance of attractions—Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and the United Nations—and has easy access to the subway and buses. Affinia just launched Comforthon, a package that includes Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, one pair of Lands’ End pajamas, in-room breakfast for two or breakfast in bed, and late checkout. Guests also receive warm cookies at check-in. For every Comfort Package booked, Affinia will donate $10 to the nonprofit organization Common Ground. The package starts at $279 per night and is available at other New York Affinia hotels as well. This is about a $60 savings. Offer good from October through March 31, 2010. 155 E. 50th St.; 212-751-5710;

Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg is a short drive, yet it offers everything for a perfect getaway, including mountain views. Guests can enjoy all the activities—two championship golf courses, a luxury spa, a fitness center, tennis, and a host of dining experiences. Enjoy the resort’s Autumn Rendezvous: Hit the Road With Jack—a variety of buffet dinners and a private concert with dancing to the Jack Diamond and Jim Steel Band, highlighting dance music from the ’70s to today. The package includes a one-night stay, two drinks, and the themed buffet dinner for two. The package is available October 9 (Savor the Chesapeake), October 23 (Oktoberfest), and November 13 (A Taste of New Orleans). Packages starts at $239, which is a $40 dollar savings. Mention The Washingtonian and receive an extra $20 off the package. 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg; 877-509-8400;

The Homestead resort in Hot Springs combines a grand history with Southern hospitality and an array of activities. Now it’s offering the Homestead Unlimited Activities Package. You can do it all—golfing, fly fishing, kayaking, canoeing, falconry, paintball, skeet, sporting clays, mountain biking, tennis, a Cascades Gorge hike, horseback riding, carriage rides, and bowling without any additional fees. The Homestead, on 3,000 acres in the Allegheny Mountains, is known as the grande dame of resorts, having played host to notables from all over the world. Afternoon tea is served in the grand foyer, and there are rocking chairs on the veranda and dancing to live music in the main dining room. Although it’s a historic building, all the rooms the spa have been beautifully brought into the 21st century, and there’s a new outdoor pool. Rates start at $275 for two per night. Additional adults and children over afge six can share the room for an extra $50 per person per night. Activities must be booked in advance. Package runs through December 22. The Homestead offers many dining options from the more formal to the informal. 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs; 800-838-1766;


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