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.
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.
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.
Nantucket of the South
Where: One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; 800-874-6000.
What’s special: Atlantic Beach, 35 minutes from the Jacksonville airport, is known as the Nantucket of the South, thanks to its shingled cottages along Beach Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. The boutique One Ocean Resort & Spa offers floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean and is draped in soothing sea colors such as azure, sand, and pearl. Each guest room has a refrigerator with free soda, water, and snacks. Complimentary coffee is brought to your room with your wake-up call. The spa is recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as a Top 100 US Resort Spa, and it touts views of the surf from its meditative lounge. On the beach, the resort’s Azurea restaurant provides an elegant atmosphere, and every seat has a view of the ocean. Across the street, the picturesque Beaches Town Center has brick streets and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife.
The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get 20 percent off the best available rate for a deluxe ocean-view room. The average rate is $200 a night.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday through June 30, 2013.
Swing Into Spring
Where: Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 866-561-8802.
What’s special: Sea Pines is a 5,000-acre oceanfront retreat offering views of the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound in a variety of accommodations ranging from efficiencies to eight-bedroom homes. Guests can golf, bike, play tennis, swim, kayak, fish, jet-ski, relax on the beach, dine at eateries ranging from casual to elegant, wander through the shops, or hit the spa.
The deal: The Escape Vacation Package offers 15 percent off a weekly home or villa rental, two hours of tennis-court use a day, complimentary Internet service, and a $100 resort credit that can be used for golf, dining, and other activities. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to increase that credit to $150. Plus, with the package, children under age 12 eat free at the Harbour Town Grill and Surfside Outdoor Restaurant & Bar, and they get free golf on Heron Point Golf Course by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course with each paid adult round. Prices depend on accommodations. For example, with the 15-percent discount, a one-bedroom deluxe villa starts at $981 per week in the spring; in the summer, the same discounted villa starts at $1,244.
When: March 2 through September 6, 2013.
For Lincoln Lovers
Where: Hotel Monaco, 700 F St., NW; 202-628-7177.
What’s special: This Kimpton boutique hotel is in a grand building that was once the General Post Office and offices for the Postmaster General during the Civil War. In the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter, it’s an easy walk to Chinatown, the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Verizon Center, and the International Spy Museum. The interior features soaring ceilings and eclectic, colorful furnishings. The hotel also offers in-room spa services and a fitness center, and it’s pet-friendly.
The deal: With the “Four Score” Lincoln Package, you can learn about our 16th President. The package includes accommodations, admission to Ford’s Theatre, two tickets to Madame Tussauds, and a tour for two at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Lincoln lived with his family during the height of the Civil War and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive two free cocktails at the hotel’s Poste Moderne Brasserie. Room rates start at $279; this package is about a $60 savings. Book online using the rate code Lincol or call 202-628-7177.
When: Valid through April 30, 2013.
Where: Colonnade Hotel, Boston, Mass.; 800-962-3030.
What’s special: This contemporary hotel offers an ideal location: You can walk across the street to the Prudential Building and visit the Skywalk Observatory, a bird’s-eye vantage point with 360-degree views. The informative audio tour details Boston’s historic and cultural points of interest. You can also walk to Newbury Street, known as the Rodeo Drive of the East for its dining and high-end shopping. Right outside the hotel is Boston’s subway, the “T,” which you can take to other attractions such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
The deal: The Frosty Fridays special is based on a two-night stay and allows guests to get the first night’s rate equal to the temperature outside and the second night for $309. That means if the temperature at 5 PM is 40 degrees, you pay $40 for that night. (If it’s minus-10, the room is free and you get a $10 credit at the hotel’s restaurant.) The deal includes hot chocolate for two at Brasserie Jo, overnight parking, and a choice of two tickets to the Old Town Trolley Tour or two admissions and skating rentals at the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink. Washingtonian.com readers also get a full American breakfast for two at Brasserie Jo (a $43 value) and a choice of wine and cheese (a $57 value) or hot chocolate and cookies (a $31 value) delivered to their room. You can book the package directly with the code WashFrosty.
When: Valid through March 2013.
On the Water
Where: Tides Inn, Irvington, Virginia; 800-843-3746.
What’s special: Overlooking Carter’s Creek in Virginia’s Northern Neck, this resort offers serene views. There’s lots to do on the water: learn to sail, test your crabbing skills, take a cove cruise, or borrow kayaks, paddleboats, or canoes. You can also play golf, relax at the spa, or bike around the area. Nearby, there’s the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail (including Ingleside Vineyards, Vault Field Vineyards, and Hague Winery), the Steamboat Era Museum, and the town of Kilmarnock, with galleries and antiques stores.
The deal: Stay two nights and receive a $100 resort credit and a free room upgrade (depending on availability). When reserving by phone, mention the promo code 100CR to get the credit and mention this Washingtonian article to receive the upgrade. Rates start at $175 a night.
When: Valid September 12 through December 31, 2012.
On the Beach
Where: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; 888-877-7525.
What’s special: Atlantis resort offers three beaches, more than nine pools, a water park, and access to the Dig—a fascinating “sunken ruins” marine-life exhibit on the island. You can also scuba-dive, snorkel, swim with dolphins, golf, relax at the spa, play tennis, and hit the casinos and nightclubs.
The deal: This Washingtonian deal is tailored for families: Sign up for one Atlantis Kids Adventure (excluding the Culinary Adventure) and get a second free, a value of up to $105 for a full day. You also get a free family pass, good for up to four people per room, to Crush, a nightclub for ages 13 through 17 that includes an Internet lounge, normally $25 a child. Kids under 12 also get breakfast and dinner for free—normally $17.25 and $27, respectively. Rooms start at $199 a night at the Beach Tower.
When: Book by September 30 for travel through December 25, 2012. When calling, mention
Washingtonian reader deal.
Where: Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida; 800-713-6725.
What’s special: This Donald Trump-owned resort in the heart of Miami boasts five championship golf courses, including the Blue Monster (home to a PGA Tour event), seven tennis courts, a 48,000-square-foot spa with 33 treatment rooms, four pools, and a variety of dining options.
The deal: The Family Fun Package includes daily admission to Camp Doral for kids age 12 and under (normally $80 a day), a children’s welcome gift worth $25, free use of the driving range, free golf for kids with a paying adult after 3 PM, and a $50 resort credit per stay. The package starts at $139 a night and requires a two-night minimum. Washingtonian readers can also receive a free room upgrade, a $20 value, based on availability. The total savings is more than $500. Book the deal online here.
When: Valid through September 30, 2012.
America’s Walking City
Where: The Colonnade, Boston, Massachusetts; 800-962-3030.
What’s special: This contemporary hotel offers an ideal location: You can walk across the street to the Prudential Building and visit the Skywalk Observatory, a bird’s-eye vantage point with 360-degree views. The informative audio tour details Boston’s historic and cultural points of interest. You can also walk to the Public Garden, to Newbury Street (known as the Rodeo Drive of the East for its al fresco dining and high-end shopping), and to museums and the Freedom Trail. Right outside the hotel is Boston’s subway, the MBTA—or “the T”—which you can take to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and other sights not within walking distance. A breakfast favorite is Thorton’s, only a couple of blocks away.
The deal: The Boston Escape Package includes a free American breakfast for two (a $37.38 value) and complimentary parking (a $38 value). Washingtonian readers also receive free Internet access (a $13.95 value) and a bottle of wine (a $35 value). Rates start at $299 a night. To get this deal, use the online booking code Washingtonian.
When: Valid through December 2012.
Love Is in the Air
Where: Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast, 236 Caroline St., Orange, Va.; 888-315-3511.
What’s special: In the heart of Virginia’s wine country, this elegant inn, built in 1860, has six guest rooms with pillow-top mattresses, high-definition flat-screen TVs, and free wi-fi. Some rooms have hot tubs. A concierge service makes it easy to take in local attractions—go on a wine tour, enjoy a picnic at picturesque Lake Orange, or soak up spectacular scenery while hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, or skydiving. The inn is minutes from quaint shops, fine restaurants, and art galleries.
The deal: The Rekindle the Romance package includes two nights’ accommodations for two, a dozen long-stemmed roses, Champagne or wine on arrival and two Chestnut Hill wineglasses to take home, a classic French dinner at Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville, tickets for a winetasting at nearby Barboursville Vineyards, an early-evening social hour both nights including hors d’oeuvres and winetasting, turndown service with rose petals strewn on your bed (the first night), chocolate-covered strawberries or gourmet chocolates, a two-course breakfast each morning, and a $50 gift certificate for a future visit. The two-night package is $595, a $250 savings. You can add a one-hour couple’s massage for the special price of $170.
When: Valid July through Labor
Virginia Is for Lovers
Where: The Inn at Willow Grove, 14079 Plantation Way, Orange, Virginia; 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 very good farm-to-table cuisine, exquisite gardens, and nearby vineyards—the makings of a perfect romantic interlude.
The deal: With the Weekday Getaway Package, stay any Wednesday and Thursday nights for $399, or upgrade to a suite ($100 extra) or the Master Suite or Butler’s Cottage ($150 extra). All rates include butler service, French-press coffee with hot beignets delivered every morning to your room, and a sweet treat with hot tea at turndown every night. Mention The Washingtonian to receive a free bottle of red or white wine, a complimentary gourmet cheese plate, and free passes to Barboursville Vineyards, for a total savings of at least 28 percent.
When: Valid through June 2012.
By Alice Shapin
Play Along Virginia's Chesapeake
Where: The Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, Virginia; 804-438-5000.
What's special: The inn, with its magnificent water views, is a place where you can enjoy lots of activities--or relax. At the recently renovated marina, you can learn to sail; rent a kayak, paddleboat, or canoe; take a cove cruise; or go crabbing. You can play golf at the Golden Eagle, a course carved from the wooded landscape around a 50-acre lake, or take a bike ride, be pampered at the spa, or tour area wineries.
The deal: Receive a $125 resort credit for a two-night stay Sunday through Thursday. Rates start at $225 a night. This is a 28 percent savings off two nights. The booking code is Wash12.
When: Offer bookable now through April 30 for travel through June 30, 2012.
Charm City Fun
Where: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland; 410-547-1200.
What's special: Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor, this hotel puts you within walking distance of shops, restaurants, the National Aquarium Baltimore, and the Maryland Science Center. The hotel has a fitness center with an indoor pool and whirlpool. Its Watertable restaurant serves fresh local seafood and produce. At the Watertable Lounge, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor while having a cocktail.
The deal: Your weekend stay includes deluxe accommodations, a $20 food-and-beverage credit for on-site dining, and two tickets to the National Aquarium. The package rate is $269 to $399 a night, depending on the room, a savings of at least $50 a night. Click here and enter the promotional code P54.
When: Valid April 1 through December 30, 2012. Book by May 25, 2012.
Richmond in Bloom
Where: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia; 804-649-4750.
What's special: Richmond's grandest hotel since 1895, the Jefferson showcases beautiful architecture and elegant decor, including magnificent Tiffany stained glass in the Palm Court lobby, a marble statue of Thomas Jefferson, and a grand staircase. The hotel has hosted presidents, writers, and Hollywood stars. Guests enjoy a free fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, evening turndown service, and wireless high-speed Internet access. You can savor spring at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with its dazzling display of orchids plus, this time of year, tulips, irises, roses, and peonies. Beginning April 21, put a spring in your step at the 79th Historic Garden Week. Other Richmond attractions include Monument Avenue, historic Maymont Mansion, the Virginia State Capitol, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The deal: The Bed and Breakfast Package includes a "superior" room, breakfast for two, and valet parking. Mention The Washingtonian and receive a free room upgrade based on availability when you arrive. The package price is $255, a 40 percent savings.
When: Available April 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, and 22 and May 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27.
No matter what your dream spring-break vacation looks like—be it for romance or family or adventure—The Washingtonian has negotiated special reader rates on getaways that will warm the soul.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando (407-597-5500), the closest luxury resort to the gates of Disney’s theme parks, is in a 482-acre nature preserve. Many guest rooms and suites feature sweeping vistas of the parks.
The hotel is offering a Washingtonian Orlando Break-Away package: Rooms start at $324 a night—a 20-percent savings off regular rates—and guests also receive breakfast for two daily, 20 percent off treatments at the Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain, and 20 percent off rates at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. The package is available in April, May, and June. When reserving, use the code MWA04.
Chateau Lafayette at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Photograph courtesy of the resort.
This winter’s weather has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride: One day it feels like spring, the next like winter. So it’s hard to know what’s in store for February. But whatever Mother Nature throws at us, we have you covered with these exclusive travel deals.
Washingtonian readers can score a free upgrade at the PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens this month. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.
Usher in the new year with some great travel deals. January is a perfect time to head to the Big Apple to see a show, visit a museum, and enjoy great dining. Or perhaps you’d rather stay close to home. You could check into a DC hotel and take in the museums and monuments when they’re quiet. For those who prefer a warmer climate, head down south with our Florida deal.
Big Apple Fun
Where: Hyatt 48 Lex
517 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y.; 212-838-1234
What’s special: The Hyatt 48 Lex opened in the fall with 116 rooms. The boutique hotel is close to Grand Central Terminal, Fifth Avenue shopping, Radio City Music Hall, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, theaters, and restaurants. The on-site Lexicon Lounge offers a place to relax as well as complimentary beverages and snacks, including daily selections by the pastry chef plus cheese each evening. Guests can use iPads; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at the on-site restaurant, Lexington Brass; and there’s a gym.
The deal: The Washingtonian Winter Weekend Special starts at $269 for a Studio King room and includes a Suite Spa gift bag (with lotion and a candle), free wi-fi, and fresh fruit, for a savings of 28 percent. Plus, Washingtonianreaders can take 15 percent off on any spa services booked in advance. Reserve a room by calling 800-233-1234 and asking for the Washingtonian Winter Weekend Special.
When: Available January 1 through 31, 2012.
Washingtonian readers can save up to 40 percent at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay this month. Photograph courtesy of the hotel
December dazzles at this time of year—trees glitter, figurines dance in store windows, and aromas of pine, cinnamon, and gingerbread float through the air. New York may be the ultimate holiday city, but Washington and Philadelphia put on great holiday displays, too. Celebrate the season in one of these cities or, for a more relaxing time, consider a getaway to a nearby resort or sunny Florida.
All of this month’s travel deals are exclusive for readers of The Washingtonian.