What’s special: This charming inn is in Fell’s Point, a historic waterfront community. Some of the inn’s seven rooms feature harbor views, balconies, whirlpool tubs, and private decks. Guests enjoy a hearty continental breakfast. The inn is centrally located and close to everything—the Inner Harbor and National Aquarium, restaurants and shops, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In August the O’s host the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers. Visitors can also take advantage of Baltimore’s many August events including Summer Restaurant Week (August 13 through 22) and Films on the Pier every Wednesday at sundown.
The deal: Stay two nights and receive a free bottle of wine and a gourmet cheese platter (an $80 value). Valid Sunday through Thursday. Average cost of a two-night stay is $450 with tax. Use code “Washingtonian” to get the discount.
When: Valid through August 31, 2010.
Where: Lansdowne Resort, Lansdowne.
What’s special: It’s close to home, but you’ll feel like you are very far away. Enjoy the five-pool complex, 45 holes of championship golf, and a luxe spa.
The deal: $129 a night per room, a $60 savings.
When: Reservation must be made before August 20 and travel must be completed by August 31, 2010. Based on availability and double occupancy. Does not include tax or $20 resort fee. Other restrictions may apply. Ask for The Washingtonian package or go here.
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pa.
What’s special: Situated on 2,000 wooded acres, Nemacolin offers lots of activities. You can golf on two championship courses, play tennis, relax at the luxurious spa, swim in its indoor or outdoor pools, or hit the Adventure Center with its new 1,060-foot-long Fatbird Flyer Zip Line that reaches speeds of up to 60 mph. Also new this season is the Little Tykes Ropes Course: While parents and older kids take to the main ropes course, so now can the little ones. Play miniature golf, mountain bike, go fly-fishing, or sign up for the Off-Road Driving Academy featuring Jeep Rubicons. There’s an art collection and antique cars to admire. And plenty of restaurants, from casual to fine dining.
The deal: The Family Escape Package includes two nights’ accommodation, a $400 amenity credit (per package), and a $15 daily resort fee. The $400 credit can be applied to dining, spa services, golf, and other activities. Mention The Washingtonian magazine and receive one free Adventure Pass per guest, normally $15 a person (offer valid for up to four people per reservation) as well as 25 percent off the Off-Road Driving Academy instruction series, normally $300 per vehicle. Packages start at $1,050. This package, including the Washingtonian deal, represents a $388 savings.
When: Valid through September, 2010.
Where: Glade Springs, Daniels, WV; The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV.
What’s special: With this deal you get to play at two great resorts in West Virginia. Glade Springs offers the perfect place to explore the state’s wild and wonderful mountains. There’s golfing, swimming, hiking, bowling, rafting, tennis, and a spa. The Greenbrier, a National Historic landmark—which just bought Glade Springs—offers guests more than 50 recreational activities including three championship golf courses, a spa, and indoor and outdoor tennis. Add in terrific service, exquisitely landscaped gardens, bold interiors, and a history dating back to 1778. New this year is an elegant casino, described as Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind. There are new restaurants, too.
The deal: With the Casino Club Package, book a two-night minimum stay at Glade Springs—room rates range from $194 to $259 a night—and you can book a pre- or a post-stay night at the Greenbrier (50 miles southwest of Glade Springs) at a special rate of $200 a night single or double occupancy. (Prices usually range from $259 to $425.) The night at the Greenbrier includes $40 of free slot play per room (no substitutions, and no credits or cash reimbursements for unused slot play) and $25 match play coupons per room for table games (match play coupons can be used to double an individual bet; no substitution, no credits or cash reimbursements for unused coupons). Resort fees and taxes are included in the $200 room rate. Mention The Washingtonian magazine and also receive an amenity package with retail items worth $25.
When: Valid through August, 2010.
Where: Loews Hotel Le Concorde, Quebec City.
What’s special: Washingtonians can now fly directly to Quebec from Dulles on United Airlines. The Loews hotel is in the heart of the city and has an outdoor heated pool, exercise room, and revolving rooftop restaurant. Four-century-old Quebec City has the distinct feel of a walled European city. Walk down cobblestone streets, shop the boutiques, visit the open-air art gallery, stroll along Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River, visit museums, dine at great restaurants, enjoy festivals, see Cirque du Soleil, and visit Montmorency Falls Park featuring falls higher than Niagara Falls.
The deal: Whoopie Weekends at Loews include luxury accommodations for two, free breakfast in bed or in the hotel restaurant, two Whoopie T-shirts, late checkout, and a welcome amenity—a create-your own Whoopie Pie. Prices start at $267.60 a room. Mention The Washingtonian and receive a free room upgrade with your reservation, a $30 value. Based on availability. Use code WW to get the deal.
When: Valid through August, 2010.
Where: Birchwood Inn, Lenox, Mass.
What’s special: This comfortably elegant 1766 mansion is in the historic village of Lenox, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. Many of the inn’s 11 guestrooms and suites have four-poster beds, fireplaces, large sitting areas, and scenic views. Voted “Best Breakfast in New England” by Arrington’s Inn Traveler Magazine, their breakfast is a multi-course feast of seasonal fruit dishes, homemade breads, and hot entrées served in the 19th-century dining room overlooking the front garden. In the afternoon there’s tea and freshly baked pastries. Birchwood Inn is also dog-friendly. It’s a member of Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America.
Lenox is one of America’s premier cultural destinations. You can take in exhibits at the Norman Rockwell Museum or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the country’s largest center for contemporary art. Catch a concert at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra through September 5. Or, savor a fine dinner at one of the area’s many awarding-winning restaurants.
The deal: Stay on Monday and Tuesday and receive 50 percent off your Wednesday-night stay. Mention the Great Escape Special when making your reservation. Prices range from $220 to $335 a night.
When: Valid August and September, 2010.