March 2012 Travel Deals
This month, enjoy exclusive reader deals to the city that never sleeps, Florida’s white-sand beaches, and a dock by the bay.
Save big on a stay at the landmark Benjamin hotel in Manhattan. Photograph courtesy of the hotel’s website.
Sleeping in Manhattan
Where: The Benjamin
125 E. 50th St., New York, NY
What’s special: The Benjamin, a 1927 landmark hotel, is luxurious and modern. As part of its Sleep Program, a dedicated “sleep concierge” can recommend the perfect pillow from a 12-choice pillow menu. Children, too, can enjoy a good night’s sleep with kid-size robes for use in the hotel and access to a lending library of family-favorite books. Guests can relax in the Benjamin Guest Lounge, a quiet living-room-inspired space that also has computers and printers. Located in midtown Manhattan, the hotel is close to Broadway, Fifth Avenue, restaurants, shopping, and Grand Central Terminal.
The deal: The March Mattress package celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week. The deal includes a signature travel pillow and a sleep mask to take home; late checkout (3 PM); breakfast or brunch for two at the National, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant in the hotel; complimentary consultation with the sleep concierge; and a box of chocolates. Rates start at $244 a night, a savings of more than $60. For reservations, click here and use the code “pillow.” Or call 212-715-2500 and ask for the Washingtonian offer and mention the code.
When: Valid through March 31, 2012
Travel Back in Time
Where: Williamsburg Lodge
310 S. England St., Williamsburg, VA
What’s special: The Williamsburg Lodge features beautiful folk-art furnishings, comfy leather sofas, and charming lantern-lined hallways. Guest rooms are decorated in warm woods and colorful fabrics. Along with comfort, the lodge offers convenience: It’s a short walk to the historic district, museums, shopping, and restaurants. There’s a fabulous spa across the street with an indoor pool, a fitness center, and bike rentals.
The deal: The American Stories Package includes three days’ and two nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast, and a Colonial Williamsburg length-of-stay ticket for the historic areas and art museums. Prices start at $75 per person per night Sunday through Wednesday, $86.75 Thursday through Saturday. Washingtonian readers receive a free room upgrade when they mention this deal at booking. The savings is more than $50 a person.
When: Valid through March 29, 2012
Golf in the Sunshine State
Where: WaterColor Inn & Resort
34 Goldenrod Cir., Santa Rosa Beach, FL
What’s special: Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sugar-white beaches, the boutique WaterColor Inn offers fresh seafood, six swimming pools (three are heated), tennis, biking, and kayaking. Nearby, both Camp Creek Golf Club and Shark’s Tooth Golf Club are highly rated by Golf Digest. You can fly direct on Southwest Airlines from BWI to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, 30 miles from the resort. Starting March 25, US Airways has direct flights from Reagan National Airport to Northwest Florida Regional Airport, 38 miles from the resort.
The deal: The Tee-Riffic Golf Getaway includes beachfront accommodations at WaterColor Inn; one round of golf a day on your choice of the two championship courses; use of bicycles, canoes, kayaks, and the fitness center; and complimentary replay rounds of golf for those who mention The Washingtonian when booking. Prices start at $168 per person per night, a savings of $160. Call 866-426-2656 for reservations.
When: Valid through August, 2012
Relaxing on the Chesapeake Bay
Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins La., St. Michaels, MD
What’s special: Large linden trees line the brick driveway leading to this iconic Eastern Shore inn, which offers serene waterfront views. You can relax in an elegant guest room, many of which have working fireplaces; tour the garden; or enjoy the on-site fitness center and Linden Spa. Dine in or head to one of the good restaurants in St. Michaels, also home to some boutiques.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian to get suite accommodations, a free bottle of wine on arrival, access to the Linden Spa, complimentary high-speed Internet, a newspaper daily, and the second night at 50 percent off. A two-night stay is required. Prices start at $229 a night.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through March 31, 2012