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Winter Travel Deals for Washingtonian Readers
Save at cool ski lodges, sunny beach resorts, and pretty country inns. By Andrea Poe
Comments () | Published November 29, 2011

Readers can save 20 percent off rooms at the Reefs in Bermuda. Photograph courtesy of the Reefs

Travel Back in Time: Robert Morris Inn
Oxford, Md.; 410-226-5111

Robert Morris, financier of the American Revolution, built a stately house in 1710 along the Tred Avon River in Oxford, Maryland. Now called the Robert Morris Inn, it features four-poster beds, wood paneling, and decorative fireplaces in some of the guest rooms in the main house, while more modern rooms in the Bottle Cottage have water views.

Readers who mention The Washingtonian when booking receive 20 percent off rates (which start at $120 and include a full breakfast), excluding packages, now through February 28. This offer is valid Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays.


Dine in the Country: Mendenhall Inn
Mendenhall, Pa.; 610-388-1181

At the Mendenhall Inn—set amid the Brandywine Valley’s winding lanes, stone farmhouses, and brick-red barns—readers can receive a 20-percent discount on rooms. The package includes a free bottle of house red wine and one dessert—try one of the tableside flambés—with the purchase of a dinner entrée at inn’s restaurant, located in a historic barn on the property. A hot buffet breakfast is included in the rates, which start at $115 a night before the discount. Offer valid now through April 1.


Go Winter Winetasting: Keswick Hall
Keswick, Va.; 888-778-2565

Keswick Hall, a historic estate on 600 acres, is in the heart of Virginia wine country. Couples who book the Washingtonian Package receive a complimentary room upgrade on check-in (a $76 value); a free bottle of wine; a $45 daily credit toward breakfast and a $130 credit toward dinner one night at the hotel’s restaurant, Fossett’s; and a free winetasting for two during the stay. Package rates begin at $390 a night, a 20-percent savings. The offer is valid now through December 30; no online booking.


Follow in Lee’s Footsteps: Fairfield Inn 1757
Fairfield, Pa.; 717-642-5410

You can sip spiced cider beside one of the nine fireplaces at the Fairfield Inn 1757, one of America’s oldest inns. Each guest room has a story, including some rich with Civil War legend.

For $345 (normally $435), readers can get a deluxe guest room for two nights, hot cocoa and cookies on check-in, breakfast both mornings, and dinner for two at the inn’s restaurant—which serves classic hearty fare, just as it did when Robert E. Lee stopped in. Readers will also take home a coffee-table book, City in Time—Washington, D.C. This offer excludes holidays and expires March 15.


Relive Gettysburg: Lightner Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
Gettysburg, Pa.; 866-337-9508

The Lightner Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg is offering an exclusive package to readers: a two-night stay in a queen room with breakfast, a $50 gift certificate to J’s at the Village in Gettysburg, and tickets to a Paranormal Investigation, a type of short walk, all for $330 (a $403 value).

The brick farmhouse, which was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers following the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, offers wi-fi, a full breakfast, and nature trails on its 19-acre property.


Stargaze in the Mountains: Primland
Meadows of Dan, Va.; 866-960-7746

In the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, six hours from DC, Primland resort is rustic on the outside, sophisticated on the inside. Kids will like the horseback riding, geocaching, and tree climbing, while adults will enjoy an 18-hole golf course (open in winter, weather permitting), tennis, the eco-conscious spa, and stargazing from the resort’s Observatory Dome.

Mention The Washingtonian for a 20-percent discount on rates that normally start at $259 this time of year. The offer is good now through December 31, excluding holidays.


Escape to the Wilderness: Savage River Lodge

Frostburg, Md.; 301-689-3200

For a real escape, try one of the 18 log cabins at Savage River Lodge, on 43 acres amid more than 700 acres of Western Maryland’s Savage River State Forest.

You can spend the day hiking or cross-country skiing in the state forest before heading back to the wood-timber lodge for drinks in front of the fireplace. The Washingtonian deal includes a one-night stay for two, a gift certificate for dinner in the lodge’s restaurant (a $75 value), and a cheese plate and bottle of wine in your cabin on arrival ($50 value). The total cost is $300, which represents a 20-percent savings. Valid for stays through December 22, with the blackout dates of November 23 through 26.

Go Dogsledding: Carmel Cove Inn
Swanton, Md.; 301-387-0067

Set in the woods alongside Deep Creek Lake, Carmel Cove Inn was once a monastery. These days, it provides guests with the free use of cross-country-ski and snowshoe equipment, evening hors d’oeuvres, and nightly bonfires with s’mores. Some rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool baths.

Readers who stay in November or December can get a 20-percent discount (excluding December 30 and 31), a free bottle of wine (worth $15), and 20 percent off a dogsled ride at nearby Husky Power Dogsledding, where Siberian Husky teams dash through fields of snow.


Soak up the Sun: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
Jupiter, Fla.; 866-943-0950

The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is a classic Florida resort with a tennis court, heated outdoor pool, and full-service spa. Readers can get 20 percent off the best available rate (normally starting at $219), free breakfast for two, a $25-a-day resort credit, 10 percent off one 50-minute spa treatment, and, when booking a bike rental, a second rental free.

To book this Washingtonian package, visit the Web site, click on “Book Now,” and enter the code WAMAG. Valid now through December 20, with the blackout dates November 24 through 27.

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