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Get out and enjoy summer with these great deals, exclusive to Washingtonian readers. By Alice Shapin
Save at the historic Greenbrier this month. Photograph by Flickr user nov2874.

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.


High Adventure

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.


Luxury Camp

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).


Romantic Interlude

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.

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Enjoy summer weather (finally) with these travel bargains—exclusive to Washingtonian readers. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Salamander Resort & Spa this month. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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.


Almost Heaven

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 reservations@excelsiorhotelny.com 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 vcastaneda@heritagegolfgroup.com and mention Washingtonian.

When: Valid for stays June 1 through July 25, 2014; not valid July 4 weekend.

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April showers brought May flowers, making it a lovely time to get out and enjoy spring. Here are getaway deals that help you do that. By Alice Shapin
Save on a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this month. Photograph via Shutterstock.

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.


Yoga Retreat

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.

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The calendar says spring, but it’s been hard to tell some days. This month’s deals have you covered no matter what the weather. By Alice Shapin
The George's Washington Nationals Package includes two tickets to a game. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.


Play Ball

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.

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Are you tired of DC weather? Get away with these exclusive reader deals. By Alice Shapin
Save at El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village in Fajardo, Puerto Rico this month. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Luxury Weekends

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.


Romantic Getaway

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.

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Sick of winter? Maybe it’s time to get away. Whether you want to spark romance, relax in the sun, or hit the slopes, we have exclusive deals for Washingtonian readers. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort in February. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Love Is in the Air

Where: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy., Leesburg; 703-729-8400.

What’s special: This resort may be close by, but it feels a million miles away. Guests can get pampered at the 12,000-square-foot spa, work out at the fitness center, swim, dine at one of four restaurants, enjoy the evening stars by the fire pit, and, weather permitting, play tennis or golf.

The deal: The Date Night package includes accommodations, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your room upon arrival, a $150 credit at any of the resort’s restaurants, buffet breakfast for two at the Riverside Hearth, and a s’mores kit to enjoy at the fire pit. The package costs $308 (the regular price is $355). In addition, Washingtonian.com readers receive a $50 credit at Spa Minérale. The package can be booked only by calling 877-261-3456 and asking for the Washingtonian Date Night Package.

When: Valid in February 2014.


Virginia Is for Lovers

Where: Smithfield Station, 415 S. Church St., Smithfield, Va.; 877-703-7701.

What’s special: This inn is in the small river-port town of Smithfield, on the Pagan River, three hours from DC. Visitors can stroll the historic district to see Victorian homes and browse in art galleries. Nearby is Windsor Castle Park, featuring more than four miles of walking trails. Smithfield Station offers 22 rooms with fireplaces, balconies with water views, and free internet. There’s also waterfront dining and an on-site boardwalk with shops and a marina.

The deal: The Washingtonian Package at Smithfield Station includes overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Lodge King room, a bottle of Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The price is $129 for one night or $249 for two nights. Also included is a $25 dining credit at the inn’s waterfront restaurant, for a total savings of more than 50 percent. To book, call 877-703-7701 or visit their website.

When: Valid February through May 15, 2014 (except February 13 through 15).


Hit the Slopes

Where: Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, W. Va.; 877-441-4386.

What’s special: This mountain playground has an elevation of 4,848 feet, a 1,500-foot vertical drop, and 251 skiable acres—offering snow lovers great skiing and snowboarding. The mountaintop village boasts a variety of things to do, including dining, shopping, two activity centers for kids and teens, and the new state-of-the-art Spa at Snowshoe. The resort was voted Best Nightlife and Best Terrain by readers at OntheSnow.com.

The deal: Book a one-bedroom condo in Snowshoe’s mountaintop village for a two-night stay in February and get a discounted rate—$204 for a deluxe room (normally $287). The offer is valid for the highly desirable Allegheny Springs, Highland House, and Rimfire properties. Plus, save 20 percent on any service at the new Spa at Snowshoe, including massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. To take advantage of this exclusive spa offer, call 304-572-4700 and mention the Washingtonian.com deal to the Spa at Snowshoe staff.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014. Not valid Sunday, February 16.


Warm-Weather Fun

Where: South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva Island, Fla.; 866-565-5089.

What’s special: This resort on Captiva Island—known for its abundant seashells—offers 2½ miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico, a 330-acre wildlife sanctuary, 11 tennis courts, a nine-hole executive golf course, a sailing school, 20 swimming pools, a full-service yacht harbor and marina, a spa, restaurants, and shops. Accommodations include guest rooms, condominiums, and cottages.

The deal: The CaptivaEscape package includes a 10-percent discounted room rate plus a one-time $50 resort credit. Rates with the discounts start at $399 through April, $229 in May and June.

When: Valid through June 30, 2014. You must book by February 28, 2014, and mention the Washingtonian Great Getaways offer when calling 855-339-9383.


Luxury in Paradise

Where: Royal Isabela, 396 Ave. Noel Estrada, Isabela, Puerto Rico; 855-609-5888.

What’s special: This resort on Puerto Rico’s northwestern coast is set on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 20 casitas is perched at the highest elevation to capture the breezes and spectacular ocean views. Each also has a living room and a bedroom, wood floors and ceilings, and a private plunge pool and terrace. Spacious bathrooms feature a tub for two and a walk-in rain shower that opens onto the outdoor plunge pool. The resort’s golf course, though difficult, is a visual treat: It sits high on the rugged, ocean-hugging cliffs. There’s also an outdoor tennis court, a private beach, an open-air stone bar with sea and sunset views, and free wi-fi. The restaurant emphasizes local produce, with much of the food grown in its own gardens.

The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking and pay $499 a day for weekday accommodations (a savings of $100 a day) or $699 on weekends (also a $100-a-day savings). The rate includes continental breakfast daily for two.

When: Valid in February 2014.

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to relax. Whether you prefer mountains, beach, city, or even a juice cleanse, here are getaways with exclusive discounts for Washingtonian.com readers. By Alice Shapin
Get 30 percent off at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Photograph via Shutterstock.

In the Shadow of Monticello

Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 434-979-3440.

What’s special: At this 48-room mansion on 600 acres, you’ll feel as though you’re visiting a friend’s country estate. Enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, roaring fireplaces, a spa, and, if temperatures cooperate, outdoor activities including croquet, archery, and tennis. Guests can dine at elegant Fossett’s Restaurant—at Villa Crawford, the estate’s original mansion, with its homey atmosphere—or Treble, a private wine cellar. Nearby attractions include Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia plus more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries.

The deal: Book the Keswick Winter Getaway package and get a discounted rate—$255 a night for a “superior” room (normally $495 this time of year) or $305 for a deluxe (normally $590)—plus a $50 resort credit and a free room upgrade based on availability. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to receive a free bottle of red wine on arrival, a $40 value. For reservations, call 888-778-2565 or click here; if booking online, mention the Washingtonian.com deal in the comments section.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014.



Charm City by Train

Where: Hotel Monaco Baltimore, 2 N. Charles St., Baltimore; 443-692-6170.

What’s special: This boutique Kimpton hotel is in the historic 1906 Beaux Arts B&O Railroad headquarters in downtown Baltimore and features soaring marble staircases, crystal chandeliers, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. Enjoy the living-room lobby, complimentary wi-fi, a free wine hour, and a fitness center. The hotel is close to the convention center, the Inner Harbor, restaurants, and shops.

The deal: The MARC a Night of It package includes deluxe accommodations, 15 percent off the best available rate, and a free bottle of wine (a $15 value). Guests must show a MARC Penn Line train-ticket stub at check-in to get the discount. Mention Washingtonian.com at check-in to receive two free cocktails at the hotel bar (a $20 value). Rates start at $139; the package is a savings or $60 or more.

When: Valid for stays Thursday through Sunday, through January 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, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and walking distance to Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and the subway. You’ll enjoy great restaurants and boutique shopping in the neighborhood. The hotel also has fitness and business centers.

The deal: Washingtonian.com 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. Use the promo code Washington when booking. E-mail reservations@excelsiorhotelny.com or call 212-362-9200.

When: Valid January and February, 2014.



A Breakfast to Remember

Where: Stonewall Jackson Inn, 547 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, Va.; 540-433-8233.

What’s special: Built in 1885, this inn was once the mansion of a wealthy family. The wide staircase and doorways allowed women in hoop skirts to move about the mansion. A highlight of a stay here is the complimentary breakfast made from local ham, sausages, and apples. Choose from Wayne’s Eggs Benedict, croissant French toast, and eggs Nova Scotia. A lighter menu is available on request. The innkeeper is very knowledgeable and happy to offer suggestions as to restaurants and places to see. From the inn, you can visit wineries, tour Civil War sites, enjoy live theater, explore Shenandoah National Park, and ski at Massanutten.

The deal: The Stay and Dine Experience and Foodie Package includes a $50 gift certificate to your choice of the Clementine Cafe, Hank’s Smokehouse, or Thunderbird Cafe; a bottle of wine in your room on arrival (specify red or white when making your reservation), locally made chocolates, complimentary winetastings at selected vineyards along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and a free dessert with a paid dinner at partner restaurants downtown. The package is $95, a $40 savings, plus a room rate that starts at $139 a night. Mention Washingtonian.com when you book and get a free upgrade to a king-size room, a $50 savings. Call 540-433-8233.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, January through March 2014.



Clean Start

Where: Topaz Hotel, 1733 N St., NW; 202-393-3000.

What’s special: Guests at the Topaz enjoy comfy beds as well as a convenient location close to the Dupont Circle Metro and shopping. Sign up for Kimpton’s free InTouch loyalty program to also get free wi-fi. And enjoy all of this while starting the year off right with yoga (there are yoga mats in the rooms), a free spin on the hotel’s bikes, or a juice cleanse.

The deal: The District Detox package, which starts at $254, includes accommodations for a night plus bath salts, a Purée Juice Bar cleanse, and a 30-minute consultation with a Purée health-and-wellness coach about how the cleanse works. Mention Washingtonian.com to get an exclusive in-room spa discount. To book, click here and use the rate code Puree, or call 800-546-7866 and request the Purée rate.

When: Valid Monday through Saturday, through January 2014.



New England Skiing

Where: Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vt.; 800-451-8686.

What’s special: This mountainside resort, which just underwent a $15-million renovation, has 68 rooms and 23 luxury resort homes. Enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing at Mount Mansfield as well as sleigh rides, indoor tennis, an indoor pool, a spa, and a fitness center with a host of classes from yoga to aqua aerobics to ballet-barre burn. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

The deal: The Ski Stowe package includes nightly accommodations in a deluxe room, two Stowe Mountain Resort lift tickets per room per night, Topnotch Ski Concierge services, and a free shuttle to and from the mountain. Prices start at $206 a person, a 20-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to get a free room upgrade (a $50-to-$150 value) and a complimentary upgrade from a 50-minute spa treatment to an 80-minute treatment (a $35 value).

When: Valid through January 2014.



Island Beauty

Where: Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; 800-468-4799.

What’s special: This island retreat is surrounded by 40 acres of white-sand beaches, the Sea of Abaco, and lush vegetation. Enjoy garden-view and oceanfront rooms, all with free wi-fi. Guests can take advantage of a full-service marina, a fitness center, a tennis facility, two swimming pools, and on-site dining.

The deal: The Special Bahamian Getaway, a four-day/three-night escape, includes oceanfront accommodations, dinner for two at Angler’s on the night of your arrival, a welcome bottle of wine, daily breakfast for two, a full-day boat rental to explore the area, and complimentary nonmotorized water sports (kayaks and paddleboards). Rates start at $750 a person, based on double occupancy. The savings is $630, or 30 percent. To reserve, call 877-533-4799.

When: Book by January 31, 2014, for travel through April 30, 2014.

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The holidays are fast approaching—before things get hectic, you can steal away with these getaway deals. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. this month. Photograph via Flickr user sugargliding.

Romance and Culture

Where: Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, 115 Indian Springs Dr., Chester Heights, Pa.; 610-459-3000.

What’s special: Located in the Brandywine Valley, this B&B is nine miles north of Longwood Gardens and close to Winterthur Museum, Hagley Museum, and the Brandywine River Museum. Among Hamanassett’s charms are a complimentary full breakfast including a fruit dish (such as praline bananas) and a savory main course (eggs Florentine with hollandaise, for example) served on a table set with antique silver, crystal, and china. Breakfast is next to a fire or, weather permitting, on the terrace. Also included: free wi-fi, fresh-baked cookies, a refrigerator filled with juices and soft drinks, and a basket of snacks. You can even bring your dog.

The deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and, thanks to an exclusive fall/winter Washingtonian.com offer, get the third night free, a savings of $199 to $269 depending on accommodations.

When: Valid through April 15, 2014. Not valid on November 28; December 24, 25, and 31; or January 1.

Suite Life

Where: Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, Va.; 757-253-1703.

What’s special: This sprawling property offers a full menu of activities. Guests can golf on one of three championship courses, play tennis, go bicycling, be pampered at the spa, work out at the health club featuring more than 30 cardiovascular machines, swim indoors, or take a 90-minute Segway tour of the resort. (All except the health club and swimming have fees.) Colonial Williamsburg is minutes away.

The deal: The Suite & Breakfast Escape package includes a river-view suite (with a fireplace, patio, kitchen, in-room washer and dryer, and free wi-fi) plus daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, full access to the health club, and 30 percent off any spa service. The package starts at $219 a night for two and is valid for arrivals Sunday through Wednesday—a savings of 25 percent.

When: Valid through January 29, 2014. Blackout dates are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and select other dates*. Click here to book.

Unwinding by the Ocean

Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 877-650-4812

What’s special: North Carolina’s Outer Banks without the summer traffic? Hard to resist. This resort offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, offering a chance to see sunrises and sunsets over the water. Sanderling just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and now has new poolside guest rooms and a newly designed lobby with oceanfront views; the Lifesaving Station restaurant has fireplaces and an outdoor deck. You can walk on the beach, relax at the spa, and experience activities such as tennis, golf nearby, and seeing the wild horses of Corolla.

The deal: With the Fall Getaway Package, you can choose from a 50-minute spa treatment per person or one 50-minute couple’s treatment, or dinner or lunch for two at the Lifesaving Station. Every package includes a wild-horse tour for two. Rates start at $319 a night, a 28-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive two free desserts as well, a $20 value. There’s a two-night minimum stay.

When: Valid through December 31, 2013.

Golf and More Golf

Where: Old South Golf Links, 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Bluffton, S.C.; 843-785-5353.

What’s special: Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Old South Golf Links club showcases a course with towering oaks, rolling terrain, and island greens with views of the intracoastal marshes. You’ll see plenty of wildlife, including wood storks, soaring hawks, deer, and alligators in lagoons.

The deal: The Fall Fling Package includes two nights at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and three rounds of golf (two at Old South Golf Links and one at Hampton Hall) plus one breakfast or lunch per person at Old South. Washingtonian.com readers also get free range balls, 50 percent off golf-club rentals (dropping the price to $22.50), and a 20-percent discount on merchandise and restaurant purchases (excluding alcohol). The package starts at $325 a person including tax, a savings of $200 per person. To get this deal, go online or call Bonnie at 843-837-2610.

When: Valid during November 2013.

*This post has been updated from a previous version. 

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In August, it seems like everyone wants to leave town. These exclusive reader deals will give you even more of a reason to get away. By Alice Shapin
Relax at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

On the Waterfront

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234

What’s special: At this four-diamond resort on the Eastern Shore, guests can be pampered at the spa, play a round of golf on a course that journeys along the Choptank River, and swim in a beautiful infinity pool with the river as a backdrop while the kids enjoy the winding waterslide. Nearby Cambridge, St. Michaels, Easton, and other quaint towns offer antique shopping and a maritime museum. Come during Crab Week (August 16 through 30) and learn to catch and crack your own crustaceans.

The deal: Book two nights at regular rates through the Sunshine on Sale package and receive a third night free, as well as a complimentary daily breakfast for two. During an August visit, Washingtonian readers will also receive $20 off any facial of 60 minutes or more at the on-site Sago Spa & Salon when they show a printout of this article. All Sunshine on Sale package guests through September will receive, at check-in, coupons toward dining, spa, golf, and other activities, valued at about $75. Summer room rates start at $259. Reservations must be made in advance; to book, call 800-633-7313 or visit their website.

When: Valid through December 30, 2013.


Charm City

Where: Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown, 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore; 410-727-2222 

What’s special: This Embassy Suites, formerly the Tremont Plaza Hotel, just underwent a $14 million renovation. The luxurious hotel provides amenities such as free wireless internet, free cooked-to-order breakfast, and complimentary cocktails. In addition to upgrading all guest-room kitchens and baths, the renovations include a new restaurant and bar, B’More Bistro and Lounge, and a fitness center. The hotel is about a half-mile walk to the Inner Harbor.

The deal: The Discover Baltimore package includes two nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, valet parking, four tickets to the Baltimore Zoo, four tickets to the National Aquarium, and four tickets to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Mention Washingtonian to also receive two free appetizers at the hotel restaurant, a $20 value. A two-night package is $399, a $300 savings.

When: Valid August through September 8, 2013.


New York, New York

Where: Milburn Hotel, 242 W. 76th St., New York, NY; 212-362-1006

What’s special: At this New York City hotel, guests enjoy comfortable beds and good-size rooms and suites, all with kitchenettes (microwave, refrigerator, dishes, and flatware). Breakfast is included—with yogurt, bagels, cereals, fruit, and waffles on weekends—as is free wi-fi. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a lounge off the lobby is an ideal spot to meet with friends. There’s a small gym and free use of a fitness center one block away with a 25-meter pool. The hotel is near Lincoln Center, Central Park, shops including Zabar’s famous gourmet and housewares emporium, and the American Museum of Natural History. And the price is always right—the “New York With Kids” guide ranked it second among “top ten family-friendly hotels,” and Fodor’s and Zagat both consider it one of New York’s hotel finds.

The deal: When you book at 212-362-1006 or e-mail reservation@milburnhotel.com, mention Washingtonian to receive a free room upgrade. Room rates start at $199.

When: Valid through August 2013.


City of Brotherly Love

Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia; 215-563-5006

What’s special: This eco-friendly boutique hotel is a welcoming place, with its nightly open-bar wine party, addictive truffled popcorn, and a striking modern lobby with original artwork. The hotel has spacious rooms and suites, a fitness center, and a restaurant. It’s also pet-friendly. About ten minutes away are the Barnes Foundation museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The deal: The Perfect Picnic package includes customized picnic baskets for families, couples, and leisure travelers with gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and beverages; you’ll also receive an insulated tote and blanket to take home—all told, about a $45 value. As for where to eat your picnic? You can walk or take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and head about one block to Rittenhouse Square. Mention Washingtonian to also receive two free cocktails, a $20 value, at the hotel bar. Room rates start at $219.

When: Valid through September 2, 2013.


Mountaintop Escape

Where: Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi, 2137 Route 940, Pocono Pines, Pa.; 570-646-6636

What’s special: The newly renovated lodge offers guest rooms in a main house as well as four cabins, all nestled amid towering pines. First opened in 1928, the lodge has luxury bed linens and free wi-fi. Mornings begin with a free gourmet country breakfast. Guests can relax at the lodge or enjoy the amenities at nearby Lake Naomi, a quarter-mile walk, where they can kayak across the 277-acre lake, relax on the sand beach, hike and bike, golf on a nine-hole course, and play tennis on outdoor or indoor courts.

The deal: The lodge is running a summer deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and get 25 percent off a stay. Mention Washingtonian to receive an additional 10 percent off. Rates start at $160 a night before any discount.

When: Valid through September 30, 2013.


Play Ball!

Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY; 607-544-2502

What’s special: A member of the Historic Hotels of America, this 133-room hotel offers guests natural beauty and the feel of a bygone era. The Federal-style edifice features an imposing front portico supported by 30-foot columns. Guests can swim in the heated outdoor pool, canoe on beautiful Lake Otsego, golf on the challenging Leatherstocking course, and play tennis. Nearby, explore the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum.

The deal: The End of Summer Getaway includes a traditional guest room and breakfast, for a weekend rate of $249 a night. Mention Washingtonian to receive a choice of two tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, or the Farmers’ Museum. (Tickets to Baseball Hall of Fame normally cost $19.50.) For reservations, call 800-348-6222 or e-mail Reservation1@Otesaga.com.

When: Valid through mid-September 2013.

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Time for a spring getaway? Whether you want to stay close to home or head to the Sunshine State, we’ve got an exclusive reader deal for you. By Alice Shapin
Enjoy the beautiful beaches in Vero Beach, Fla. this month. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

By the Bay

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.

What’s special: At this four-diamond resort on the Eastern Shore, guests can be pampered at the spa, swim in the heated indoor pool, work out in the fitness center, and play a round of golf. Nearby Cambridge, St. Michaels, Easton, and other quaint towns offer antiques shopping and a maritime museum.

The deal: The Spring Fever package includes accommodations and a s’mores kit to use by the outdoor fire pit. In April and May, special prices start at $179 a night Sunday through Thursday and $219 Friday and Saturday. That’s 20 to 40 percent off regular rates in April, and in May it’s a 25-percent savings. Washingtonian.com readers also receive a $20 resort credit to use for any activity or for dinner if they show a copy of this article at check-in. To book, call 800-633-7313 and request the offer code SFEVER or visit their website.

When: Valid through May 23, 2013.


Lincoln at Gettysburg

Where: Federal Pointe Inn, Gettysburg, Pa; 717-334-7800.

What’s special: This hotel is in a former 1896 brick schoolhouse with 12-foot ceilings and hallways adorned with brass chandeliers and Civil War art. The inn has 18 guest rooms—with such touches as mahogany furnishings, pillow-top mattresses, and free wi-fi—plus a fitness center. Besides history, guests can enjoy hiking and biking trails as well as antiques shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

The deal: The Lincoln at Gettysburg Package includes one night in the luxurious Lincoln Suite (or a similar suite), a two-hour guided tour that takes in major sites of the Gettysburg battlefield plus the Lincoln Train Station; the Wills House, where Lincoln slept and finished the Gettysburg Address; the church where he attended services; and the cemetery where he delivered his address. Guests who recite the opening sentence of the Gettysburg Address when checking in receive a signed copy of Lincoln the War President by Gabor S. Boritt. The package costs $224, a 25-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to also receive two gourmet cupcakes, a $10 value.

When: Valid through May 16, 2013.


Ocean Breezes

Where: Kimpton’s Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Vero Beach, Fla.; 772-231-5666.

What’s special: This beachfront hotel on Florida’s Treasure Coast offers breathtaking ocean views and outstanding beaches. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool, have a drink at the open-air bar, and be pampered at the full-service spa. There’s also a free daily wine hour. The rooms have luxurious bedding, a rain shower, and a microwave.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive 15 (weekends) or 20 percent (weekdays) off the best available rate plus two glasses of Champagne and free parking. Rooms start at $239 a night.

When: Valid through April 2013.


Monster Deal

Where: Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Harbor, Fla.; 727-942-2000.

What’s special: Close to Tampa, this 900-acre resort offers something for everyone. You can golf on the Copperhead course, which the PGA Tour just played, or on one of the other three championship courses. Play on one of the 11 Har-Tru clay tennis courts—lessons and a ball machine are available. Bike, work out at the fitness center, or relax at the spa. Swim in one of five pools or the Loch Ness Monster Pool with its two sand-beach areas, two water slides, water volleyball, and a 15-foot waterfall.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers get 30 percent off the standard rate when staying two nights or more. Prices start at $159 a night. To book, call 855-876-8911 and mention the code “Washingtonian” or visit the resort’s website.

When: Valid through September 30, 2013.

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