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March Reader Travel Deals
This winter brought record-breaking snowfall to Washington, resulting in downed trees, leaky roofs, and clogged traffic. What we all could use is an escape. If you mention The Washingtonian when booking one of the following getaways, you’ll get an exclusi By Alice Shapin
Comments () | Published March 5, 2010
Quick Escape
Where: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne, Va.; 703-729-8400 or 877-509-8400.
What’s special: It’s close by but feels very far away. The resort features beautiful accommodations, mountain and golf-course views, a luxurious spa with a terrific menu of treatments, a sauna, a health club with an indoor pool, and a choice of dining options.
The deal: Mention “PR” for the special $129 room rate (down from between $150 and $185) when you call 888-541-7947. The deal includes use of the fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, and spa. Mention The Washingtonian and also receive a free bottle of wine and two wineglasses. This rate can also be used during one of Lansdowne’s wine-and-food events, comedy nights, or mystery dinner theater.
When: Through March.

For Wine Lovers
Where: Wedmore Place, 5810 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, Va.; 866-933-6673.
What’s special: The 28 European-inspired guest rooms feature period antiques and luxe linens. Each room has a fireplace as well as distinct floor designs, from Spanish tile to walnut parquet. Wedmore Place is a member of the Select Registry and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and the atmosphere is elegant but relaxed. The hotel is on the grounds of the Williamsburg Winery, which released its first wine in 1988 and has grown from a modest 2,000 cases that year to 60,000 today. It’s now the largest winery in Virginia.
The deal: An exclusive Washingtonian package features a one-night stay for two, a three-course dinner for two at Café Provençal with a bottle of Williamsburg Winery wine, and a tour of the winery followed by a tasting of nine wines held in the reserve cellar. The price for Washingtonian readers is $350, a 22-percent savings.
When: Tuesday through Saturday in May.

Romantic Interlude
Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin, 308 Watkins La., St. Michaels, Md.; 410-745-2200.
What’s special: Nestled along the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Perry Cabin exudes serenity and elegance. It offers luxe accommodations, beautiful common spaces, excellent cuisine, and terrific service. The resort’s restaurant, Sherwood Landing, is the only AAA four-diamond restaurant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Linden Spa, named for the magnificent trees that line the hotel’s driveway, offers rejuvenation and wellness. The inn is pet-friendly.
The deal: The Gourmet Package includes accommodations, daily breakfast for two at Sherwood’s Landing (a $45 value), one dinner for two per stay at Sherwood’s Landing (a $130 value), and free wi-fi. Rates start at $385 a night per room. Mention The Washingtonian to get free afternoon tea for two (a $30 value) and a room upgrade (subject to availability).
When: Through March.

New York State of Mind
Where: The Kitano, 66 Park Ave. at E. 38th St., New York, NY; 800-548-2666.
What’s special: The hotel is close to Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, the theater district, Fifth Avenue, and restaurants and shops—and yet it’s in a quiet location. From the stunning lobby done in marble and warm mahogany to its well-appointed guest rooms, sunlit cafe, Japanese restaurant, and welcoming Bar Lounge, the Kitano’s ambience is inviting and elegant. Service is top-notch.
The deal: Washingtonian readers can get two free tickets to a jazz performance in the Bar Lounge Friday and Saturday (a $50 value) plus 5 percent off the best available room rate. Rates typically start at $249. To book online, use the promo code “magazine.”
When: Weekends through March.

Richmond Retreat
Where: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va.; 804-788-8000.
What’s special: This historic hotel opened in 1895, and guests have included 12 US Presidents as well as entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. In 1969, the Jefferson—considered one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the nation—was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1986, it was restored to its original glory—stained-glass windows were retrieved, gold-leaf ornamentation was restored, mahogany trim was uncovered, and famous paintings were taken from storage and put on display. Today, the rotunda lobby, with its grand staircase, reminds guests of a bygone era. Elegant guest rooms, a fitness center and indoor pool, impeccable service, and both fine and casual dining have helped earn it a Mobil five-star award.
The deal: The hotel’s Winter Bed and Breakfast Package includes an overnight room, traditional Southern breakfast for two (including tip), and valet parking. Rates start at $205 for a superior room and $225 for a deluxe room, a savings of more than 50 percent. Washingtonian readers who book this package receive a complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through April 5.

Almost Heaven
Where: North Fork Mountain Inn, Smoke Hole Rd., Cabins, W.Va.; 304-257-1108.
What’s special: A member of Select Registry, the premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada, the inn has been called “an outpost of luxury in the wilderness.” By day, you can take in majestic views of Smoke Hole Valley from the front porch; at night, you can stargaze—a telescope is available for guests. The three-story log-cabin inn has ten rooms, including private cabins. Some rooms have fireplaces, others have whirlpool tubs, and some have both. Innkeepers Ed and Carol Fischer are good cooks and have a jar of homemade cookies waiting for guests at the door.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian and receive 20 percent off a minimum two-night stay and a complimentary bottle of wine. Rates range from $130 to $245 a night.
When: Through April.

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