Winter by the Water
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.
What’s special: Enjoy serene Choptank River views and lots of activities—including a heated indoor pool with “dive in” movies, golf, tennis, miniature golf, disc golf, jogging trails, boating, a fitness center, and a renovated 18,000-square-foot spa (which is offering a new Pumpkin Latte Pedicure). In November, the resort hosts special events such as a demo of a decadent s’mores recipe by Sally McKenney (November 8), a workshop by DC’s International Spy Museum about the world of espionage (November 15), and the fourth annual Oyster Week, with oyster-inspired entertainment and entrées (November 22 through 30).
The deal: The Luxury on Sale package includes a cozy fleece blanket, yours to keep, and a complimentary s’mores kit to use at the nightly s’mores roast. Readers who show this article will also get a $25 resort credit to spend on any activity—golf, spa, dining, and more. Rates start at $149 a night midweek and $199 on weekends, up to a 40-percent savings. You must ask for the offer by name or request the offer code LUXRY4 when making a reservation. To book, call 800-633-7313.
When: Available November 2014 through March 31, 2015.
A Good Walk Not Spoiled
Where: Keswick Hall and Golf Club, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va; 434-979-3440.
What’s special: This boutique resort is in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. Inside and out, the hotel resembles a private estate, with roaring fireplaces, tennis courts, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s also fine as well as casual dining, a spa, and a newly redesigned golf course. Golf legend Pete Dye gave the course, Full Cry, a total makeover; it now features carpet-like fairways, ubiquitous bunkers, fast greens, and journeys through rolling hills. The resort is minutes from three presidential homes open for tours: Jefferson’s Monticello, Madison’s Montpelier, and Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland.
The deal: Keswick is offering several Stay-and-Play deals. The Full Cry package, starting at $299 (single occupancy), includes one round of golf with a cart and a night’s stay in a “superior” room; a guest may be added for $80. The Hunt package, beginning at $409 (single occupancy), features 18 holes upon arrival, one night in a superior room, breakfast, and an additional round on the Full Cry course the next morning. You can add a guest for $130. The savings is as much as $290. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a $50 food-and-beverage credit. To book, call 434-979-3440.
When: Valid November 2014 through March 1, 2015.
Without the Crowds
Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 877-650-4812.
What’s special: The summer crowds are gone, making it a perfect time to enjoy North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Sanderling Resort offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound—meaning both sunrises and sunsets over the water. Last year, Sanderling underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, and it now has new poolside guest rooms and a redesigned lobby with oceanfront views; the renovated Lifesaving Station restaurant boasts fireplaces and an outdoor deck. You can walk on the beach, relax at the terrific spa, play tennis and golf nearby, or go on a tour to see the wild horses of Corolla.
The deal: The Fall Getaway package lets you pick one of the following: a 50-minute spa treatment per person, one couples treatment, dinner for two in the Lifesaving Station, or lunch at the Lifesaving Station followed by a Wild Horse Tour for two. A two-night minimum stay is required. Rates start at $199 a night, a 33-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of wine, a $25 value. Call 844-207-8512.
When: November through December 30, 2014.
Where: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Col.; 855-634-7711.
What’s special: This world-famous resort, built in 1918, has hosted US Presidents, foreign royalty, and Hollywood celebrities. It’s perched 6,000 feet above sea level but still just at the base of the towering Cheyenne Mountains. The multiple buildings surround peaceful Cheyenne Lake and are connected by a bridge and landscaped walkways. There’s an indoor pool, a fitness center, a spa, three championship golf courses, and tennis. With an average high temperature in the 50s in November (and an average snowfall of less than five inches), you’ll be able to get out and play. On weekends, there are complimentary activities including guided tours of the Broadmoor’s Western art collection; wine, cocktail, and culinary demonstrations; dance classes; golf instruction; and an intro to fly-fishing. The resort has a variety of dining options, including the Penrose Room, Colorado’s only Five Star, Five Diamond restaurant, and Natural Epicurean, where meals use locally sourced ingredients. Outside of the resort, Colorado Springs offers attractions such as the not-to-be-missed Garden of the Gods, nature’s red-rock version of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
The deal: The Spectacular Winter Savings package includes accommodations at 25 percent off published suite rates; 20 percent off golf-green fees for stays in November; complimentary golf-green fees (excluding cart rental) for stays in December, January, or February; 15 percent off selected spa services; 15 percent off bowling-lane rental; and discounts on adult tickets at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Children ages ten and under eat free from the kids’ menu when accompanied by a paying adult. Prices start at $105 per adult, double occupancy. The package saves 20 to 25 percent, depending on the period booked. Mention Washingtonian when checking in to also get free chocolates and a signature Broadmoor chef apron, about a $35 value. To book, visit their website.
When: November 2014 through February 28, 2015.
Where: Sea Island, 100 Cloister Dr., Sea Island Ga.; 855-714-9201.
What’s special: Midway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, Sea Island resort, on the Atlantic coast, sits amid salt marshes, dunes, and antebellum oaks. The Mediterranean-inspired Cloister, one of the resort’s accommodation choices, features rooms with river views, exposed-beam ceilings, hardwood floors, Turkish rugs, deep soaking tubs, and separate rainhead showers. Guests can enjoy five miles of private beach, lush grounds, tennis, kayaking through the marsh, golf on one of three championship courses, a fitness center, and a luxury spa. Dining options include the casual River Bar, seasonal fare at the Flip Flop Bistro (open January through August), the Forbes five-star Georgian Room, and intimate dinners in the wine cellar.
The deal: To celebrate a current renovation that will eventually add 63 rooms at the Cloister, the Expand Your Stay package offers guests who stay three or more nights a discounted rate of $63 for their final night at the Cloister. Rates start at $395 a night. Washingtonian readers also receive a $200 resort credit good during any non-holiday stay. To book, call 888-973-7947 and mention the promo code WSH200.
When: Valid November 2014 through February 28, 2015.
Leaf-Peeping in Shenandoah National Park
Where: Skyland Resort, Luray, Va.; 877-847-1919.
What’s special: Skyland is perched 3,680 feet up, at the highest point along Skyline Drive, the scenic byway that runs the length of Shenandoah National Park. Visitors can enjoy panoramic vistas and 500 miles of hiking trails—plus, this time of year, take in a kaleidoscope of fall color.
The deal: Washingtonian readers receive complimentary breakfast for two, a savings of $13.95 a person, and one free slice of blackberry-ice-cream pie (enough for two) during their stay, an $8 value. Prices start at $121 for a cabin room. Use the promo code “Washington” when calling or booking online.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday through November 30, 2014.
Vermont’s Fall Glory
Where: Stowe Mountain Lodge, 7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, Vt.; 802-253-3560.
What’s special: This lodge was built using Vermont wood and stone and is decorated in vibrant reds, deep oranges, warm yellows, and soothing greens to reflect the seasons. Fall is prime time in Vermont, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby and some of the guest rooms bring the beauty of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak indoors. A huge lobby fireplace and fireplaces in some guest rooms add to the pleasure. Guests get twice-daily housekeeping plus goose-down feather beds, pillows, and duvets. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center, a luxe spa, hiking and biking, and, through October 19, golf. A 5½-mile paved walking/biking path takes you to town via a scenic route through the woods and along West Branch River. For more New England autumn glory, you can drive the historic Auto Toll Road—a narrow, zigzag route up to the summit ridge of Mount Mansfield for views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
The deal: The Washingtonian Stowe Fall Escape offers luxury accommodations at the best available rate, breakfast (a $25-per-person value), and valet parking (normally $21 a day). Prices start at $229 for two in a one-bedroom unit. To book online, visit their website; or call 802-760-4755, when calling, mention this deal.
When: Valid through November 15, 2014.
Eating and Drinking in Low Country
Where: Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, S.C.; 866-682-4672.
What’s special: Wild Dunes is on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. The oceanfront resort sits on 1,600 acres and offers championship golf, tennis, a spa, a fitness center, restaurants, and five pools. Just 30 minutes away is historic Charleston.
The deal: The Island Brews and Chews Beercation package features one night’s accommodations and admission for two adults to the Second Annual Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival on November 1, with unlimited food and drink. Sample food such as house-cured smoked ham with mascarpone mac and cheese and a local pumpkin-style brew, or try wild-mushroom ravioli with sage-and-brown-butter sauce served with an amber ale, or peanut butter ice cream and a chocolate-chip cookie paired with an espresso porter. Washingtonian readers also get a complimentary Wild Dunes Resort bucket filled with six assorted local beers, a bag of snack mix, and Charleston Trio popcorn, a $25 value. Rates start at $179, a savings of $89. Mention Washingtonian when calling to reserve.
When: Valid Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2014.
Fall and Winter Beach Getaway
Where: The Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 866-561-8802.
What’s special: The resort is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound and offers magnificent views, five miles of beach, 14 miles of biking and walking trails, 54 holes of championship golf, tennis, horseback riding, and several restaurants.
The deal: The Fall & Winter Getaway Package includes complimentary dinner entrées for two at Live Oak or Topside Waterfront Restaurant; complimentary lunch entrées for two at Live Oak, the Quarterdeck, or the Harbour Town Bakery; free bikes for two during your stay; a $50 resort credit if you stay seven nights or more; one free photo-portrait session; a 10-percent dining discount at the restaurants, excluding alcohol; two hours of tennis a day; unlimited use of the fitness center; and preferred golf rates at all courses. Readers also get an additional $25 resort credit regardless of length of stay. Rates start at $153 a night for three nights in a two-bedroom deluxe villa. To book, visit their website or call 866-561-8802 and mention Washingtonian.
When: Valid through February 28, 2015.
Red Rocks and Fall Color in Sedona
Where: Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, 90 Ridge Trail Dr., Sedona Ariz.; 928-284-4040.
What’s special: Magnificent red rock formations create a dramatic backdrop for the resort, which just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. Every room features luxurious bedding, a fireplace, a private balcony or patio, and stunning views. Visitors also can see spectacular fall foliage across the 1.8 million acres of forest surrounding the city. There’s a full-service spa and fitness center, championship golf, a Southwestern menu at the Grille at ShadowRock, and outdoor dining with great views at the Fireside Patio. The area offers fun shopping, mountain biking, Jeep tours, horseback riding, and hot-air ballooning.
The deal: The Essence of Sedona package includes suite accommodations, a bottle of Northern Arizona wine, a Sedona backpack, a guide to the area’s best hiking trails, a collapsible water bottle, and 20 percent off the Full Circle Massage at the spa, for a total savings of 25 percent. Mention Washingtonian on check-in and also get free breakfast for two the first morning, a $30 value. Rates start at $219 a night.
When: Valid through December 31, 2014.
Art and Snowshoeing in New Mexico
Where: Palacio de Marquesa Taos, 405 Cordoba Rd., Taos, N.M.; 855-846-8267.
What’s special: In the mountains of northern New Mexico, Palacio de Marquesa offers stunning scenery and natural beauty. Each room celebrates a different female artist of Taos—including Georgia O’Keeffe—through its color, design, and artwork. The newly renovated adobestyle inn mirrors the Southwestern ambience and has eight well-appointed rooms with fireplaces, fine bedding, marble bathrooms, and private entrances. Guests enjoy free high-speed wi-fi plus access to a community room with a living room, dining room, two fireplaces, and beverage centers stocked with complimentary water and sodas. The inn is a few minutes’ walk from shops, galleries, and restaurants.
The deal: The Custom Snowshoe Tour in Taos package includes two nights in a standard king room for two people (the Modernist or Illuminator room) plus made-to-order breakfast (for example, spinach-and-mushroom frittata or Belgian waffles) served in the community room or in your room. Also included are a bottle of wine, locally made chocolate truffles, and a guided snowshoe tour, including equipment, hot beverages, snacks, and a hot lunch. The package is $229 a night per room with a two-night minimum, a 30-percent savings. The snowshoe tour is available based on snow and weather conditions. If there’s no snow, a wilderness tour with a guide will be provided. When booking online, use the code WP; if calling, ask for the Washingtonian package.
When: Valid November through February, 2015, with blackout dates on holidays.
Retreat, Renew, Reconnect
Where: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Leesburg; 877-509-8400.
What’s special: The AAA Four Diamond resort, 30 miles west of DC overlooking the Potomac River, has 45 holes of championship golf by renowned designers Robert Trent Jones II and Greg Norman, a 12,000-square-foot luxury spa, a five-pool indoor/outdoor aquatic complex including the adults-only Quiet Pool (open weekends until September 28), lighted tennis courts, a fitness center, and a new CrossFit-like BOX Gym with equipment such as kettle bells and climbing ropes. The bounty from Virginia farms and seafood from the Chesapeake Bay are on the menus at the property’s eateries—Stonewalls Tavern, Riverside Hearth, Crooked Billet, and Pub 46 Lounge. Love wine? You can tour local vineyards a short drive away.
The deal: The Washingtonian package, which gives 30 percent off room rates, includes one night’s accommodations, breakfast for two, the resort fee, and a $50 resort credit. Use the promo code WASHFALL.
When: Valid September 1 through November 30, 2014.
Eastern Shore Escape
Where: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, 308 Watkins La., St. Michaels; 410-745-2200.
What’s special: On the edge of the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Perry Cabin exudes serenity and elegance. The guest rooms feature luxurious bedding and high-end bathrooms. The inn has inviting common spaces, excellent cuisine, and terrific service. Linden Spa, named for the trees lining the driveway, offers rejuvenating treatments. Guests can stroll from the resort to the town of St. Michaels, with shops and waterside restaurants.
The deal: The Linden Spa Experience—midweek rates start at $512.50—includes a $125 spa credit per room, daily breakfast for two at Stars, and access to resort amenities such as the fitness center and bicycles. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of wine and a complimentary room upgrade. The package’s add-ons represent a $95 savings.
When: Valid for midweek stays through November 20, 2014.
Mountains of Fun
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 866-344-6957.
What’s special: Nemacolin, on 2,000 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, offers a variety of outdoor and indoor diversions. You can play tennis and golf, head to the shooting academy, tackle the climbing wall, enjoy miniature golf, go off-road driving in a Jeep Rubicon, take flight on a 3,000-foot-long zipline, bowl, tour the $45-million Hardy Family Art Collection, swim in the indoor pool, work out at the 2,400-square-foot fitness center, or unwind at the Woodlands Spa. Nemacolin’s Lady Luck Casino has nearly 600 slot machines and 28 table games. The newest addition is the Holistic Healing Center, which focuses on integrative methods to achieve life balance; it offers wellness classes, acupuncture, meditation, and more.
The deal: The Simply the Best Package includes one night’s accommodations, a $150 resort credit, breakfast, and the daily resort fee. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a complimentary Holistic Healing Center Welcome Amenity (a logo bag with a water bottle, small bag of granola, Holistic Healing Center T-shirt, and 15-percent-off coupon for Holistic Healing Center services). Rates start at $359 in the lodge, a 35-percent savings.
When: Valid September 1-4, 14-15, 18, 21-22, 25, and 28-30; October 5-7, 12-14, 19, 21, 26, and 30; November 1-5, 9-10, 13, 19, 20-25, and 29-30; and December 1-5, 7-11, and 14-23. (Dates subject to change.)
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, Fla.; 800-237-7600.
What’s special: The resort, on the Gulf of Mexico’s white-sand beaches, has undergone a $45-million renovation that included its rooms; the waterfront restaurant, HB’s on the Gulf; and the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill. The redo also added a beachfront complex with two pools, two whirlpools, and a pool bar. Guests can enjoy 1,000 feet of white-sand beach; an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course; a spa; a fitness center; and a tennis center. The resort is blocks from Naples’s shopping districts of 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South.
The deal: Stay two nights and get a third free. With this offer, you can also play golf for free (paying cart fees only) and get free tennis. To book, call and ask for the 3rd Night Free Promotion or visit their website. Washingtonian readers also receive a free bottle of Kendall-Jackson wine (a $50 value) with the purchase of two dinner entrées at HB’s (entrées start at $16.75). Prices per night start at $209 Sunday through Thursday, $259 Friday and Saturday.
When: Valid through September 30, 2014.
For years, the boats Spirit and Odyssey have sailed the Potomac River, offering dinner cruises. But dinner isn’t the only thing on their menus these days.
On Saturday, August 16, Spirit is hosting a lunchtime Crab Leg Feast Cruise. An all-you-can-eat buffet includes snow crab legs, herb-roasted chicken, Gouda mac and cheese, corn on the cob, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and a salad bar. The regular price is $79.67 a person, but use the promo code “August” to receive a 20 percent discount. To get the deal, call 866-404-8439 or make reservations on their website.
Is beer more your thing? On Sunday, August 17, the nighttime Odyssey DC Beer Week Cruise will offer samples of craft brews from Brewery Ommegang and Boulevard Brewing Company, along with food by New York chef Eric LeVine, the 2011 Food Network Chopped champ. While a DJ provides entertainment, passengers can munch on such fare as antipasti, Caesar salad, parmesan-crusted chicken, boneless short ribs, mustard-crusted tilapia, and black peppercorn sirloin. Desserts include tiramisu shooters, cannoli, and mini fruit tarts. The price is $95 for a standard ticket, $120 for a VIP ticket that allows boarding an hour early, at 5 PM. For reservations, go to the Odyssey Cruises website or call 866-306-2469.
The Odyssey is offering a two-hour Jazz Brunch Cruise on Sunday, August 24. The buffet features choices like scrambled eggs with aged Wisconsin cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, hash browns, Belgian waffles, smoked salmon, strawberries-and-cream French toast, penne primavera, and chocolate fondue. Live jazz will be served up by David Cole & Main Street Blues. Regular tickets are $91.48 per adult, but use the promo code “August” to receive 20 percent off. To get the deal, call 866-404-8439 or reserve online.
Can’t make any of those dates? Consider Spirit’s popular Mount Vernon Excursion, offered regularly through October. Guests board the ship in Southwest DC at 8 AM for a 90-minute, narrated cruise to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. Once there, you have three hours to explore the estate and grounds (Mount Vernon offers a discounted admission for Spirit passengers), before the return voyage. Priced at $45.95 for adults and $39.95 per child (ages 3 through 12), the Spirit of Mount Vernon Tour runs Tuesday through Sunday until August 31, then Friday through Sunday through October 26, with Monday holiday cruises on both September 1 and October 13. Kids cruise free in August (one free child per paying adult); to get this deal, you must call 866-404-8439. For other reservations, call 866-302-2469 or reserve online.
Also through the end of August, use the promo code “August” to receive 20 percent off regular dining cruises aboard Spirit or Odyssey. To get the deal, call 866-404-8439 or see the website.
Make a Splash in Washington
Where: Donovan House, 1155 14th St., NW; 202-737-1200
What’s special: This newly renovated Kimpton hotel showcases a sleek, sophisticated design. Enjoy the rooftop pool and the DNV Rooftop Lounge, both with expansive views of DC. The hotel provides complimentary use of yoga mats, a fitness center, and bicycles; there’s also free coffee and tea every morning, and an evening wine hour. Join the hotel’s free loyalty program online and receive a $10 Raid-the-Bar credit and complimentary wi-fi. The hotel, which is pet-friendly, is within walking distance of the White House and the Washington Monument, and it’s in the 14th Street neighborhood with its many restaurants, bars, and shops.
The deal: The “Secret Agent” package includes deluxe accommodations in a newly renovated guest room, two tickets to the International Spy Museum, and a $25 credit to adjacent restaurant Zentan or the DNV Rooftop Lounge for a shaken, not stirred martini. Mention the Washingtonian when booking or upon arrival to also get an in-room spa credit of $30, which can be used toward an in-room massage. Use the code AGENT when booking. Rates start at $215. Call 202-737-1200 or visit their website.
When: While the Secret Agent package is ongoing, the Washingtonian deal is valid only through August, 2014.
Centuries of Fun
Where: Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, Va.; 757-253-1703
What’s special: This resort has something for everyone in the family. Guests can golf on two championship courses, play tennis on the clay and hard-surface courts, go biking, or take a Segway tour. Kids and adults alike can hit the water slide or float along the lazy river at the River Pool complex, or head to the marina and go jet-skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or fishing. There’s also a spa and a fitness center. Outside the resort are a host of other fun activities including Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country USA.
The deal: The “Ultimate Family Fun” package includes accommodations in a standard guest room; daily breakfast; discounted Plantation Course play ($30 a person after 2 pm, including greens and cart fees); complimentary court time at the tennis club after 11 am (racquet rental additional); complimentary use of non-motorized water sports including paddleboards, sea bikes, and kayaks; tickets for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, and Water Country USA; and complimentary shuttle service to and from Colonial Williamsburg, Water Country USA, and Busch Gardens. Mention the Washingtonian when booking to get a $25 resort credit. A three-day minimum stay starts at $1,287, a savings of over $520. Book here.
When: Valid through September 1, 2014.
A Cultural Experience
Where: Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S 17th St. Philadelphia; 215-569-8300
What’s special: Located in the ritzy Rittenhouse Square area, the Sofitel is walking distance to City Hall, shopping, and restaurants. On Saturdays there is a fabulous farmers’ market in the park. The hotel has partnered with the Barnes Foundation for a special Paul Cézanne package in honor of an exclusive exhibition, “The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.” The Barnes is the only US venue for this exhibition.
The deal: “The Barnes Package” includes accommodations, welcome cocktails at Liberté Lounge, breakfast for two at on-site Chez Colette, two-untimed VIP tickets to the Barnes which includes an audio guide and discount in the museum shop and restaurant, and hotel parking for one vehicle. Mention the Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of Comte de Bucques, a sparkling wine. Hotel rates start at $260 a night. To book, call 215-569-8300.
When: Valid for stays through September 22, 2014.
Where: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond; 804-649-4750
What’s special: Strolling through the lobby of the Beaux Arts-style Jefferson Hotel is a treat, with its stained-glass windows, grand staircase, marble floors, and life-size Thomas Jefferson sculpture. In the heart of downtown Richmond, the hotel is within minutes of the most popular attractions, including the state capitol (make sure to take a tour), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Shockoe Slip, where trendy eateries occupy century-old warehouses.
The deal: The “Summer at The Jefferson Package” features accommodations, a traditional Southern breakfast for two including gratuities, and valet parking. Washingtonian readers also receive a free room upgrade, a $50 value, for a total savings of 45 percent. Rates for a superior room are $275 Tuesday through Saturday and $255 on Sunday and Monday; a deluxe room is $315 Tuesday through Saturday, $295 on Sunday and Monday. Call 800-424-8014 and mention the Washingtonian to get the special deal, or book online and note Washingtonian in the comments section.
When: Valid through September 3, 2014.
Where: Half Moon, A RockResort, Montego Bay, Jamaica; 800-438-7241
What’s special: Located on a crescent-shaped, two-mile-long private beach, Half Moon sits on 400 lushly landscaped acres along the Caribbean Sea. The resort features the 68,000-square-foot Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, the Dolphin Lagoon where you can swim with dolphins, a fitness center, and an equestrian center. Guests can enjoy snorkeling, sailing, diving, windsurfing, and other water and beach activities.
The deal: “The Ultimate Summer Getaway” includes accommodations, three meals daily, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and round-trip transfers from the airport. Mention the Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of wine, a $60 value. A three-night stay is required. The package costs $459 a night for two, a 40 percent savings. To book, call 800-438-7241.
When: Through November 22, 2014.
Luxury at a Discount
Where: One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas; 242-363-2501
What’s special: An oasis set along a white-sand beach and turquoise waters, this resort was once a private estate. Today, it feels as though you’re visiting a grand Colonial manor. Guests can play tennis, golf on a course that hugs the water, workout at the fitness center with complimentary classes, snorkel, take scuba lessons, and go on diving excursions. The luxurious spa has two pools, one for adults ages 14 and older and a family pool complete with waterfall and aqua toys. Here you’ll find complimentary chilled water misters and sunglass cleaning services, as well as sorbets by the pool and fruit at the beach. The complimentary KidsOnly club provides fun experiences such as a culinary academy and tips from golf and tennis pros. Parents can enjoy alone time with babysitting services.
The deal: Readers of the Washingtonian can receive a fourth night free when staying three nights in a luxury beachfront room or suite. You also get fresh fruit upon arrival, Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries daily, a $100 resort credit, complimentary roundtrip airport transfers for up to three guests, and Casino Royale Martinis for two guests at the Dune Bar. The three-night price is $2,418, a savings of over $650. Book by calling 888-528-7157 and mention the code “Washingtonian.”
When: Book before September 30 for travel until December 18, 2014 (blackout dates November 25 through 29).
The Art of the Craft Cocktail
Where: The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.; 855-453-4858.
What’s special: The Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark, has been welcoming guests since 1778. In addition to traditional resort activities—three great golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, bowling, biking, tennis, and a spa and fitness center—it has falconry, an off-road driving adventure, a 103,000-square-foot underground casino, and a tour of a Cold War bunker designed to hold members of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack on Washington. For one special weekend, guests can learn the secrets of master mixologist Brendan Murphy of the Gibson in DC, who is recognized as one of the country’s leading mixologists.
The deal: The Gibson Goes to the Greenbrier package includes a two-night stay, a $25 voucher for the slot machines, and a class in the art of craft cocktails led by Brendan Murphy. (Choose from either a Sunday or Monday 5 PM course.) Washingtonian readers also receive a free bottle of wine in their room, a $40 value. (When you reserve, indicate your preference of white or red.) Prices for the package start at $589. (A $35 resort fee is extra.) Call 855-897-3339 and mention the promo code Washingtonian. For more information, click here.
When: Valid for a stay Sunday, July 13, through Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Where: Snowshoe Mountain, 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, W.Va.; 877-441-4386.
What’s special: The resort offers summer adventures for the entire family including ziplining; a bike park; a lake with paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks; an indoor/outdoor swimming pool; hiking; an off-road, four-seat Polaris RZR utility vehicle that travels over creeks and hills (children must be at least 12 years old); and a championship golf course. There’s a variety of lodging options as well as several places to dine.
The deal: The Couples Mountain Adventure package includes three nights in a Deluxe Junior Studio Condo in the mountaintop village, a 60-minute massage for two, and a Mountain Adventure Pass giving two people access to the bike park, Segway tours, lake activities and rentals, golf, and more. Prices start at $999. Or book a three-night Family Mountain Adventure (two adults and one child), which includes accommodations in a mountaintop village deluxe one-bedroom and a three-day camp for children and teens (ziplining, canoeing, rock climbing, standup paddleboarding, crafts, and more). Parents can have fun golfing, mountain-biking, and enjoying other adventures. The price starts at $1,149. Add an additional adult or child for $216.67. These packages save 30 percent compared with à la carte pricing. In addition, mention Washingtonian when booking to get a $150 dining credit good at eight resort restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When: Valid for stays in July 2014.
Where: The Lodge at Glendorn, 1000 Glendorn Dr., Bradford, Pa.; 814-362-6511.
What’s special: This luxury camp for families is on 1,500 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania, adjacent to Allegheny National Forest. Built in 1927 as a family retreat, it was purchased in 2009 by Cliff Forrest, who set out to preserve the property’s history, natural surroundings, and activities. The Big House, with four elegantly appointed guest rooms and a dining room, was built in 1929 and looks much like it did then, with original furnishings, wrought-iron chandeliers, and redwood paneling. Twelve guest cabins in secluded woodlands surround the lodge, each featuring an outdoor campfire ring. All rooms have fine linens and twice-daily housekeeping. Included in your stay are chef-prepared breakfasts (fresh-baked muffins, homemade granola, local eggs); on-site fly-fishing on three trout ponds or 3½ miles of mountain streams, plus the use of Orvis fly-fishing equipment; tennis courts with racquets; kayaking and canoeing on Bondieu Lake; hiking on 18 miles of trails; the use of tandem, Cannondale mountain, and cruiser bikes; outdoor campfires; swimming; and, on Saturday evenings, a bonfire at Skipper Lake with s’mores and beer. In addition, there’s a luxury spa, dining with farm-to-table cuisine (you can even dine by the lake), and shooting sports.
The deal: Mention Washingtonian when booking to get 20 percent off lodging as well as two complimentary mini-massages at the new Forest Spa, valued at $40 each. Rates start at $425 before the discount. All on-site, non-guided activities are included.
When: Valid for stays in July 2014 (blackout dates July 3 through 6).
Virginia Is for Lovers
Where: The Inn at Willow Grove, 14079 Plantation Way, Orange, Va.; 540-317-1206.
What’s special: On 40 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 18th-century plantation house and surrounding cottages feature rooms and suites with a mix of antique and modern touches, including wi-fi and flat-screen TVs. Many rooms have wet bars, large soaking tubs, sitting rooms, and porches. Guests can enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, exquisite gardens, area vineyards, and the nearby James Madison Museum.
The deal: Stay on a Wednesday night and get Thursday night at 50 percent off. Or, with the Washingtonian Sizzler special, stay Friday and Saturday at regular rates and get Sunday night free. Washingtonian readers also receive a bottle of house red or white wine, a $40 value. Reservations by phone only; call 540-317-1206.
When: Valid July 1 through 31, 2014 (blackout dates July 4 weekend).
Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 877-219-4663.
What’s special: This luxurious inn sits on 265 acres of rolling hills and countryside in Virginia’s horse and wine country. Guests enjoy a complimentary country breakfast of eggs from the farm, baked goods, and coffee. Afternoon pastries and tea are served in the Carriage House. The farm-to-table restaurant serves French country cuisine and uses ingredients from the inn’s gardens and local farms. The wine cellar has 1,500 bottles from all over the world, and there’s an on-site bar. Guests can hike and bike on miles of trails and swim in the heated pool or relax in the hot tub. Enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa, in an elegantly renovated barn.
The deal: The Goodstone’s Midweek Summer Getaway package includes two nights in one of six guesthouses, with 50 percent off the second night and a $50 dining credit. Prices range from $537 to $987, depending on room type.
When: Valid Sunday through Wednesday (non-holidays), through August 28, 2014.
Renew Yourself in Middleburg
Where: Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3600.
What’s special: The 168-room luxury property, built by BET cofounder Sheila Johnson, wants guests to feel as though they’re visiting a posh country estate. The main floor has a library, a billiards room, and a living room. Guest rooms are large (545 to 575 square feet) and have terraces or stone balconies. The bathrooms feature pedestal tubs, large walk-in showers with body jets, and 19-inch TVs. Plush bedding and throws evoke the seasons and equestrian life. At the spa, you can choose from a variety of treatments; a ceramic steam room has delicate aromas that change with the time of year. In keeping with the “country home” theme, the resort is dog-friendly.
The deal: Washingtonian readers receive 10 percent off the Restore & Discover Path, one of the new spa packages. It includes accommodations, a heart-healthy breakfast in your room or the restaurant, access to the fitness center (including exercise classes), a 50-minute spa service of your choice each day, a $125 “wellness credit” per night per person that can be used toward any activity on the property (including winetastings and cooking classes), and complimentary car service within five miles of the resort, including to area wineries. Prices for the three- and four-night packages start at $754 a day for single occupancy, $540 a person for double occupancy. Use the promo code RDPWASH.
When: Valid in June for stays Sunday through Thursday.
Wine in Style
Where: The Inn at 400 West High, 400 W. High St., Charlottesville, Va.; 434-981-0458.
What’s special: Located in the heart of Charlottesville, five miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn—a member of Select Registry—features bright spaces and whimsical decor and art, much of it by local artists. Each morning in the sun-filled Gathering Room, guests enjoy a breakfast featuring such choices as Belgian waffles, omelets, quiches, fresh fruit, and locally roasted coffee. Afterward, you can step outside and take in the flower-filled garden terrace before spending the day visiting Monticello, hiking or biking, or shopping.
The deal: Mention the Luxury Wine Tour package and get, exclusively for Washingtonian readers, two nights’ accommodations for two, a bottle of Virginia wine with two monogrammed wineglasses, and a five-hour tour of three wineries with a custom-designed itinerary, a tour guide, and a gourmet snack featuring local fare (cheese, olives, and crackers). The cost of the two-night package is $880, a $120 savings.
When: Valid for stays in June and July 2014.
Where: North Fork Mountain Inn, 235 Canyon View La., Cabins, W. Va.; 304-257-1108.
What’s special: In the Monongahela National Forest, this inn offers wonderful views. Co-owner Ed Fischer is a chef and sommelier; his wife, Carol, is a baker. Gourmet breakfasts feature such choices as eggs florentine and Sleep Late French Toast. If you wish, they’ll create a gourmet picnic lunch ($25 for two). Saturdays, they prepare a fine-dining dinner ($40 a person); casual dining is offered all other evenings ($25). Between meals, you can relax on the wraparound porch, enjoy the outdoor hot tub, or go hiking, bird watching, golfing, rock climbing, fishing, and ziplining, all nearby. Other local attractions include Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, Dolly Sods Wilderness, and Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.
The deal: With a two-night minimum stay, Washingtonian readers get 20 percent off rooms Sunday through Thursday and 10 percent off Friday and Saturday nights. They also receive a free bottle of wine. Rates before the discount are $150 to $245 a night. Mention Washingtonian when making a reservation. The special applies to new reservations only.
When: Book by June 30 for stays June through August 31, 2014.
New York Experience
Where: Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St., New York, N.Y.; 212-362-9200.
What’s special: This renovated Upper West Side landmark is perfectly situated near Central Park, where you can stretch out on a blanket and enjoy concerts by the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Counting Crows, and more. The hotel overlooks the American Museum of Natural History and is walking distance to Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and the subway. You’ll find great restaurants and boutique shopping in the neighborhood, and the hotel offers a fitness center.
The deal: Washingtonian readers receive 15 percent off the best available rate and a free upgrade (a value of $80 to $100), based on availability at check-in. Rooms start at $179. Mention the promo code “Washington” when booking; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-362-9200.
When: Valid for stays June through September 1, 2014.
Downtown Fun in Miami
Where: B2 Miami Downtown, 146 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Fla.; 855-336-2594.
What’s special: This hotel in downtown Miami features chic guest rooms, some with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to American Airlines Arena for concerts and Bayside Marketplace shops and restaurants, and it’s minutes from South Beach and Miami International Airport.
The deal: The B in the Center of It All package for two includes accommodations in a B Enhanced Junior Suite, free full breakfast, two drink vouchers at the hotel’s Biscayne Tavern, and free parking. Also included is a cruise on Biscayne Bay, by Island Queen Cruises, past homes of the rich and famous. Prices start at $275 a room, a savings of more than $100. Use the code “Miami” when making your reservation.
When: Valid for stays in June 2014, Sunday through Thursday.
Play Where the Pros Play
Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 843-681-4000.
What’s special: This oceanfront resort just underwent a $30-million renovation. Guests can enjoy gorgeous sandy beaches, dip into three swimming pools, bike and explore the area, be pampered at the Heavenly Spa by Westin, golf on three spectacular 18-hole courses, or play tennis at the Port Royal Golf and Racquet Club along the Atlantic coastline. The area also offers fishing, sailing, boat tours, kayaking, and a zipline.
The deal: The exclusive Heritage Collection Washingtonian Stay-and-Play Package includes three nights’ accommodations, three rounds of golf at any of the seven Heritage Golf Collection courses on Hilton Head, complimentary resort drinks for two with a welcome appetizer, a discount card worth 20 percent off at the Heritage Golf Shops, and complimentary golf-range balls. The package is $225 a person a night, based on double occupancy, a $400 savings per person. The package includes all taxes and fees. To book, call Vanessa at 843-681-1706 or e-mail email@example.com and mention Washingtonian.
When: Valid for stays June 1 through July 25, 2014; not valid July 4 weekend.
Play Along Virginia’s Chesapeake
Where: The Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, Va.; 804-438-5000.
What’s special: Overlooking Carter’s Creek in Virginia’s Northern Neck, this resort offers serene views along with lots of things to do on the water: You can learn to sail, test your crabbing skills, take a cove cruise, or go paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing. You can also golf, relax at the spa, or bike around the area. Nearby, there’s the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail (including Ingleside Vineyards and Jacey Vineyards), the Steamboat Era Museum, and the town of Kilmarnock, with its galleries and antiques stores.
The deal: Book two consecutive nights and get a third free. Rates begin at $195 a night. Use the promotion code WASH when booking or click here to make a reservation and you’ll also get a free fruit-and-cheese platter with two chocolate-covered strawberries, a $50 value.
When: Valid May 1 through August 29, 2014.
Relax and Rewind
Where: Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, N.Y.; 877-647-2328.
What’s special: The 12-acre Mirbeau Inn feels like a private French country estate. Guests enjoy health-and-wellness classes, a fitness center, bicycles, turndown service including bottled water and chocolate, and free wi-fi. The 14,000-square-foot spa—the centerpiece of Mirbeau—has 18 treatment rooms with fireplaces, a resting area with a stone fireplace and heated foot pool, and an outdoor terrace featuring a heated pool with massage jets, a waterfall, an oversize fireplace, and a cafe and bar.
The deal: Exclusive for Washingtonian.com readers, the Merci Beaucoup package includes accommodations, a European continental breakfast, a $50 credit to use toward dining or the spa, and a bottle of Riesling. Rates start at $234 for the main inn or cottage rooms, a savings of 30 percent or more. To get the discount, use the booking code WA2014.
When: Valid for stays in May 2014, Sunday through Thursday (blackout dates May 11 and May 25).
Romantic Mountain Retreat
Where: The French Manor Inn and Spa, 50 Huntingdon Dr., South Sterling, Pa.; 570-676-3244.
What’s special: A stone chateau atop Huckleberry Mountain is home to this bed-and-breakfast in the northern Pocono Mountains. It was built during the Depression by mining magnate Joseph Hirshhorn, who brought German and Italian artisans in to erect a “summer retreat.” The roof is made of Spanish slate, the windows are leaded glass, and much of the interior wood is cypress and cedar. An elegant Romanesque arched entranceway and massive stone fireplaces welcome you to the dining room. Most recently, the owners constructed the La Maisonneuve building, which houses six romantic suites, each with a fireplace, Jacuzzi, and private balcony. Le Spa Foret, a “green spa,” offers five additional fireplaces and Jacuzzi suites, all with private balconies.
The deal: The Couples Mountain Spa Retreat includes accommodations and all activities plus afternoon tea, gourmet breakfast for two, a daily $100-per-person spa credit, and a welcome fruit-and-cheese plate and a decanter of sherry in your room upon arrival. Rates start at $398 a couple. Mention Washingtonian.com to also receive a $50 dining credit each night.
When: Valid for stays May through August 2014.
Grab the Family and Go
Where: Destination Hotels & Resorts.
What’s special: Destination Hotels & Resorts offers hotel rooms and condos in the Washington area as well as Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, California, Vermont, and elsewhere. Because the chain has properties in the mountains, at the beach, and in cities, you can choose site-specific activities ranging from painting classes and museum tours to kayaking and ziplining.
The deal: Listed on the Destination Family Escapes website are a variety of family-friendly itineraries. Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, for example, has an Education Package that includes accommodations in adjoining rooms, dinner on-site, a geocaching adventure on the hotel’s grounds, and a shuttle to the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Rates begin at $174 a night. Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont offers a Get Out and Go deal: Families enjoy two nights’ accommodations, a furniture-making class, a guided hike or snowshoe adventure, dinner, and a welcome amenity of milk and cookies. Rates begin at $1,254 for two nights for a family of four. For all the Destination Family Escapes, mention Washingtonian.com to receive a $50 credit good for dining, the spa, or golf.
When: Valid for stays through June 30, 2014.
Where: Avista Resort, 300 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 888-506-9253.
What’s special: This high-rise condo features one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with kitchens, internet service, and private balconies with expansive ocean views. There are one indoor and two outdoor pools, three hot tubs, two “lazy rivers,” and three dining options.
The deal: The Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Yoga Beach Retreat package includes two nights’ accommodation, unlimited yoga on the beach, unlimited fitness classes, a healthy breakfast delivered to your room, lunch delivered daily to the yoga studio or resort, dinner nightly, a beach bag with spa gifts (an eye pillow and T-shirt), a beach asana portrait, and a journal with meditation, pranayama, and asana guidelines. The price is $660 a person based on double occupancy in an oceanview one-bedroom, a 20-percent savings. Washingtonian.com readers get a free health-boost smoothie from Avista’s Just Off Main onsite restaurant and complimentary daily yoga-mat and towel rental, a $25 savings.
When: Valid for stays in May 2014.
On the Ocean
Where: B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 954-564-1000.
What’s special: This oceanfront hotel is steps from the beach and minutes from the airport and the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, which offers concerts, galleries, boutiques, and fine dining. The area has a wide range of activities, including boating, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing. The guest rooms and suites feature white leather furnishings and ocean views. There’s a heated infinity pool, a spa, a fitness center, and two restaurants.
The deal: Exclusive to Washingtonian.com readers, the B Indulged at B Ocean package includes two nights’ accommodations, breakfast for two daily, one dinner for two at the hotel’s sushi restaurant, two cocktails at the Lobby Bar, a couples hot-stone massage, and two passes to the nearby historic Stranahan House Museum. The package for two costs $589, a 30-percent savings. To book, click here or call 954-389-1919 and use the promo code Indulge.
When: Valid for stays May 1 through 30, 2014.
Playing a Round
Where: PGA Golf Club at PGA Village, 1916 Perfect Dr., Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 800-800-4653.
What’s special: PGA Village boasts 54 championship holes at the PGA Golf Club, designed by legendary architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. The 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance offers more than 100 swing stations and nine bunker types simulating play from around the world. Also on-site, the PGA Museum of Golf traces the history of the game and displays the four major championship trophies of golf.
The deal: The three-night, four-day Stay-and-Play package starts at $462 a person. Rates per golfer are based on four people sharing a two-bedroom villa. The package features three nights’ accommodations at nearby Perfect Drive Villas, three rounds of golf at the PGA Golf Club, a $25 food-and-beverage coupon for each golfer, and free admission to the PGA Museum of Golf. Mention Washingtonian.com to also receive a 60-minute TrackMan club analysis and a $25 food-and-beverage gift card.
When: Valid for stays in May 2014.
Where: The George, 15 E St., NW; 202-347-4200.
What’s special: This newly renovated boutique hotel features a bold, bright style with marble bathrooms, luxury bedding, and plenty of references to American history—such as wallpaper printed with George Washington’s inaugural address and custom accent pillows inspired by his uniform. The hotel is ideal for locals who want to spend a night in DC or for guests arriving at Union Station. It’s within walking distance of the Capitol, one block from Union Station and its Metro stop, and close to the Mall and the Smithsonian museums. Enjoy the free evening wine hour and complimentary internet access for Kimpton InTouch guest-loyalty members (it’s free to sign up online).
The deal: The Washington Nationals Package includes accommodations, two tickets to that night’s baseball game at Nationals Park (section 109, row RR, seats 25 and 26—a $62 value), and transportation in a private car to the game (a $20 value). Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive a free six-pack of locally brewed DC Brau beer upon check-in. Package rates start at $159 a night. The reservation must be prepaid and is nonrefundable. Only one package available per home game. Book using the rate code PNATS on The George's website or calling 800-546-7866.
When: Valid through June 2014.
Nature Done Right
Where: Skyland Resort, Skyline Dr., Luray, Va.; 540-999-2211.
What’s special: On the highest point of Skyline Drive—3,680 feet up—sits Skyland Resort with its magnificent views. Forget about wi-fi and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the area. Accommodations range from small, rustic cabins to traditional rooms. With so many hiking trails, you can choose the difficulty level that’s right for you. Other activities include driving 105-mile Skyline Drive, stargazing, and ranger talks and guided walks.
The deal: The Early Bird Package includes a traditional room for two, dinner for two, and gratuities. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive breakfast for two, a $25 value. Package prices start at $171 a night.
When: Valid through June 19, 2014.
By the Bay
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.
What’s special: This 400-acre resort on the Choptank River offers enough activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Enjoy the indoor pool, boating, biking, tennis, the Blue Heron Rookery, a kids’ camp, and an 18-hole championship course that winds along the water. Relax at the renovated 18,000-square-foot spa, where many of the treatments use products—such as lavender and extract of white pine—that reflect the rich ecosystems of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The newly renovated Blue Point restaurant serves local seafood; other dining choices include the Water’s Edge Grill. Starting April 11, the heated outdoor pool will be open along with the indoor heated pool, which hosts nightly “dive-in” movies. Other events, through April 27, include deejay-hosted pool-deck parties, magic shows, Easter-egg hunts, a family Iron Chef competition, family four-hole golf, cooking demos, golf clinics, yoga classes, and winetastings.
The deal: The Spring Fever Package includes accommodations and a s’mores kit. Rates start at $169 a night Sunday through Thursday and $199 a night Friday and Saturday, a discount of up to 30 percent. Show a printout of this article at check-in and receive a $20 resort credit to use for golf, dining, or the spa or marina. The package reservation must be made in advance. To book or for more information, call 410-901-1234 and request the offer code SFEVER, or visit their website.
When: Valid April 1 through May 30, 2014.
The Windy City
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Ill.; 312-565-5258.
What’s special: Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Michigan and some of Chicago’s landmarks from this hotel. The soaring skyscraper is walking distance to the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the lakefront (we recommend an architectural boat tour), Navy Pier, and great restaurants, bars, and music venues. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools and a health club. There’s on-site parking, free internet access, and complimentary use of an iPad.
The deal: Rates usually start at $199, but stay at least two nights to get a standard city-view room for $139 or a business-class room for $177. The business-class accommodations, on the 17th and 18th floors, include access to the 24-hour business lounge, which offers free continental breakfast, beverages, evening cocktails, and concierge service. In addition, mention Washingtonian.com to also receive one complimentary glass of wine per person at the hotel bar.
When: Valid through April 2014.
Where: The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.; 855-453-4858.
What’s special: The Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark, has been welcoming guests since 1778. In addition to traditional resort activities—three great golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bowling, biking, tennis, and a spa and fitness center—it has falconry, an off-road driving adventure, a canopy zipline, a tour of the Cold War-era bunker designed to hold members of Congress in the event of an attack, and, the resort’s newest addition, a 103,000-square-foot underground casino.
The deal: The Greenbrier is hosting a series of theme weekends in March, including Wellness Weekend (March 7 through 9), Antique Treasures Weekend (March 14 through 16), Art Enthusiasts Weekend (March 21 through 23), and Women’s Weekend (March 27 through 30). Visit their website for more information. Rates start at $219 a night (room only) for all weekends except Women’s, which is a three-night package starting at $1,640 for two guests sharing a room and includes a long list of activities (welcome reception, demonstrations, lectures, and meals). Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get a two-for-one deal at the wine-tasting held Friday evenings at 5, a $40 savings. Those who can’t make the tasting receive a free bottle of wine. To book, call 855-897-3339.
When: Valid through March 2014.
Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3333.
What’s special: This luxurious inn sits on 265 acres of pastures and woodlands in Northern Virginia’s horse and wine country. The 18 elegant guest rooms and suites are done up in English and French country styles. The inn offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the restaurant features a farm-to-table menu, and a spa is available for massages and facials.
The deal: The Romantic Getaway Package includes overnight accommodations, choice of Champagne or wine upon arrival, chocolate-covered strawberries, a four-course dinner for two in the restaurant, candlelit turn-down service, and late checkout (1 PM). Rates start at $455 midweek, $505 weekends—at least a 15-percent savings off regular rates. Mention Washingtonian.com (both when booking and again at check-in) to get a free room upgrade (a $30 value), subject to availability.
When: Valid through March 31, 2014.
Fifth Avenue Luxury
Where: The Peninsula, 700 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.; 212-956-2888.
What’s special: The Peninsula, on New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue, is known for its exceptional service, posh rooms, and restaurants. A rooftop oasis with spectacular views houses a fitness facility, yoga studio, indoor pool, and a Forbes five-star-rated spa. For more great views, you can have a drink at Salon de Ning, a beautiful rooftop bar. The Peninsula is close to shopping, restaurants, Central Park, and the theater district.
The deal: The Manhattan 25th Anniversary Retreat includes overnight accommodations; daily continental breakfast for two (juice, pastries, and coffee or tea) via room service or in Clement restaurant; a $75 dining credit in Clement; use of the fitness center, sun terrace, and swimming pool; 30-percent off any treatment at the Peninsula Spa; 4 PM late checkout; free in-room wired and wireless high-speed internet access; and a daily local newspaper. Rates start at $545 for a minimum of two nights, a savings of more than $200. Washingtonian.com readers also receive a free bottle of wine. In addition, everyone who books online gets to draw for a gift upon check-in; these include cocktails, room upgrades, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Book here or, if you call, use the booking code WASH14.
When: Valid through March 31, 2014.
Fun in the Sun
Where: El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, 1000 El Conquistador Ave., Fajardo, Puerto Rico; 888-543-1282.
What’s special: Guests at this luxury resort—a Waldorf Astoria property—can swim in one of seven pools (including a water park), play tennis (on four clay and three hard courts) or golf (on a challenging hilly course), hit the fitness center, or be pampered at the Waldorf Astoria spa. Take a short catamaran ride to the resort’s private 100-acre Palomino Island, where you can relax in a lounge chair on the white-sand beach, snorkel, scuba-dive, or go windsurfing, sailing, or horseback riding. The resort offers 23 restaurants, bars, and lounges, from gourmet to casual, many with ocean views, including the sultry Chops Steakhouse.
The deal: The Family Escape Package includes accommodations, complimentary kids’ meals, a $50 nightly resort credit, and daily buffet breakfast for four. Nightly rates start at $259 at El Conquistador Resort and $309 at Las Casitas Village, a savings of more than 30 percent. Mention Washingtonian.com when checking in to receive two free tickets to the Coqui Water Park, a state-of-the-art aquatic playground with an 8,500-square-foot pool, a speed slide, a tube slide, a body slide, a rope bridge, and a lazy river—a $40 value.
When: Valid through April 10, 2014.