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What better way to enjoy summer than with a great getaway deal? By Alice Shapin
Save at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond this month. Photograph by Flickr user sean maxwell.

So Near Yet So Far

Where: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, Va.; 703-729-8400.

What’s special: About 45 minutes from DC, Lansdowne can seem a million miles away. Two challenging 18-hole courses and a family-friendly nine-hole short course mean golf takes center stage. But there are other diversions, including an aquatic complex with one indoor and four outdoor pools. At Spa Minérale—which offers massages, facials, and body treatments—you can try such summer specials as the Just Peachy Facial and the Strawberry Kiwi Fizz Pedicure.

The deal: The Girlfriend’s Spa Getaway package includes one room for two and one 50-minute spa service per adult. You can choose among a 50-minute Swedish massage or other body treatment, the European Facial, or a simple manicure and simple pedicure. Guests can add additional 50-minute spa treatments for $99 each. The package starts at $349, a 20-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com when making a reservation to get an additional 10 percent off the price. You can book this deal here.

When: Valid through August 31, 2013.


Historic Richmond

Where: The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Va.; 804-649-4750.

What’s special: Strolling through the lobby of the Beaux Arts-style Jefferson Hotel is a treat, with its stained-glass windows, mahogany paneling, marble columns and floors, and life-size Thomas Jefferson sculpture. Staying there is a treat, too. In the heart of downtown Richmond, the hotel is within minutes of the most popular attractions, including the state capitol—where many scenes in the movie Lincoln were filmed—and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Guests enjoy complimentary downtown transportation, a fitness center and indoor pool, and free high-speed internet access and evening turndown service. 

The deal: The Rise & Dine Package includes a “superior” guest room; a traditional Southern breakfast (entrée, juice, and coffee or tea) for two, including gratuity; and valet parking. Rates start at $245 a room, a savings of $180. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive a free room upgrade when available, a $40 value. Book by calling 800-424-8014 or by clicking here.

When: Valid through September 4, 2013.


“Tropical” Getaway in the Garden State

Where: Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, N.J.; 973-827-5996.

What’s special: Surrounded by mountains and dense woods, this 4,000-acre resort features several accommodations to choose from. At the luxurious Adirondack-style Grand Cascades Lodge, guests can enjoy not only a spa but the indoor Biosphere Pool Complex, with its freeform heated pool, 140-foot-long water slide, grotto-like Jacuzzi, and underground aquarium. The Biosphere’s tropical interior has an abundance of colorful flowers, lush greenery, and waterfalls. The Minerals Resort & Spa also offers guest rooms and condos, and it includes a spa and the Minerals Sports Club. Crystal Springs has 12 restaurants, seven golf courses, tennis, and a new Adventure Center with horseback riding, canoeing, and kayaking.

The deal: The Twosome Package includes accommodations at the Grand Cascades or Minerals Resort & Spa, one 18-hole round of golf for two with a cart, unlimited use of the driving range at the course played, free golf-bag storage, a spa credit of $110, and unlimited access to the Minerals Sports Club. To book, call 973-827-5996 ext. 2 and mention the Twosome Package. Rates start at $212 per person Sunday through Thursday and $269 Friday and Saturday, a savings of 10 to 15 percent depending on accommodation. Mention Washingtonian.com to get a free $50 bottle of wine from the resort’s 135,000-bottle cellar.

When: Valid through October 2013.


Cheaper Caribbean

Where: Seven Stars Resort, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; 866-570-7777.

What’s special: With its white-sand beaches and heated saltwater pool, Seven Stars Resort was on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay and the top-ranked Turks and Caicos resort on the magazine’s Readers’ Choice survey. Among the amenities included in any stay are continental breakfast; nonmotorized water sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats; fitness programs; and the use of snorkel equipment, bicycles, and lighted tennis courts.

The deal: Reserve three nights in an oceanfront junior suite, at $380 a night, and get the fourth night free. Call 866-570-777 or e-mail reservations@sevenstarsgracebay.com and mention the rate code SSR4.

When: Book by August 15 for travel July 1 through December 20, 2013.

Posted at 04:35 PM/ET, 07/01/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Summer is almost here—time to get away and play. Here are some deals to make the season even sweeter. By Alice Shapin
Save at Clifton Inn this month. Photograph via Flickr user CohenKenny.

Intimacy and Luxury

Where: Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, Va.; 434-971-1800.

What’s special: On 100 acres in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clifton offers the intimacy of a small inn and the comfort of a luxury hotel. Each of the 17 rooms features luxury linens, fresh flowers, and plush terrycloth robes. Add to that the yard games, swimming pool, and tennis court and you may never want to leave the resort. But a world of activities awaits off property, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, wineries, ballooning, shopping, and hiking.

The deal: The Summer Savor Package includes accommodations, afternoon tea with fresh pastries, a four-course dinner for two in Chef Tucker Yoder’s Americana-style restaurant one evening, continental breakfast daily, and a departure gift of the coffee-table book Private Washington. The regular package price starts at $369 a night, but mention Washingtonian.com when booking to receive an additional 20 percent off.

When: Valid June and July 2013.


Reliving History

Where: Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pa.; 717-337-2000.

What’s special: The hotel has just undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation—a new lobby, refurbished guest rooms, and a new restaurant, One Lincoln—while still retaining its historic integrity. Located on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, the hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America. There’s a fitness center and a rooftop pool, and the hotel is walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the Civil War battlefield and other attractions. This year the area celebrates the 150th anniversary of both the Battle of Gettysburg and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with special events.

The deal: The Civil War Experience Package includes two days of accommodations, breakfast daily, and a two-day pass for the Museum and Visitors Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, where you can see the film A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the Gettysburg Cyclorama, America’s largest painting, with its sound and light show. You’ll also receive a 56-page battlefield guidebook with maps, photos, and trivia; with it, you could take a self-guided driving tour. Visit the American Civil War Wax Museum and you’ll also get a free copy of the book Gods and Generals: The Paintings of Mort Künstler. Rates for this two-day package start at $370 per couple or $424 per family (two children ages 6 through 12; each additional child and those over 12 are extra), a 25-percent savings over regular rates. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive two free appetizers or one free appetizer and one dessert in the hotel restaurant.

When: Valid June through September 2013.

Posted at 09:40 AM/ET, 06/04/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
We asked ten busy jet-setters to tell us how to dress and what to bring to guarantee comfort and style on the plane. By Elizabeth Thorp
Erina Pindar (left) and Janine Cifelli (right) share their travel outfit basics.

As a founder of a busy travel startup, I travel quite a bit and have some core rules: No shorts or sandals. Ever. (It’s always freezing on planes, even if your destination is tropical. Also, who wants their bare legs on a seat that a possible bird flu carrier might have just sat in for 14 hours?)

Other rules are ballet flats or boots—for comfort, but also because you don’t want to totter around in six-inch heels if you need to evacuate quickly—with lots of layers and a cashmere wrap. Lately, I’ve found myself wondering: What are the secrets of other jet-setters? So I decided to find out.

I checked in with ten busy and fashionable travelers, who divulged their best tips and tricks for traveling in style and comfort. Check out our slideshow for their input.

Posted at 12:30 PM/ET, 05/07/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
These five exclusive travel deals can save you money on the Eastern Shore, in New York, or at the beach. By Alice Shapin
Enjoy the beaches at Grand Bahama Island. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

By the Bay

Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.; 410-745-2200.

What’s special: On the edge of the Miles River on the Eastern Shore, the Inn at Perry Cabin exudes serenity and elegance. The handsome rooms feature luxurious bedding and high-end bathrooms, and the inn has beautiful common spaces, excellent cuisine, and terrific service. Its restaurant, Sherwood’s Landing, is the only AAA four-diamond restaurant on the Eastern Shore. The Linden Spa, named for the trees lining the hotel’s driveway, offers rejuvenation and wellness treatments. The inn is pet-friendly, and you can easily stroll into the charming town of St. Michaels.

The deal: Receive a $50 resort credit per day and one room-category upgrade based on availability at check-in. No minimum stay is required. Rates start at $355 a night.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday from May 1 through July 28, 2013.


Midtown, Downtown—All Around Town

Where: Library Hotel Collection (Hotel Elysée, Library Hotel, Hotel Giraffe, and Casablanca Hotel), New York, N.Y.; 212-201-1155.

What’s special: The Library Hotel Collection’s four boutique properties in Manhattan offer great locations close to shopping, restaurants, and other attractions; the Library Hotel and Hotel Giraffe also have outdoor seating so you can be part of the New York atmosphere. The Library, at 41st Street and Madison Avenue, is steps away from the New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, and Bryant Park. The Hotel Giraffe, at 26th Street and Park Avenue, is near the Empire State Building and Union Square. Hotel Elysée, on East 54th Street, is close to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Bryant Park. And the Casablanca Hotel, at 43rd Street and Broadway, is steps away from Times Square. All four offer free wi-fi, evening wine and cheese, and free continental breakfast.

The deal: The Tax Amnesty Package, a 15 percent savings on the best flexible rates (a deal normally offered during tax season), is extended for Washingtonian.com readers through the summer. Rates per night, before the discount, are as follows: Hotel Elysée starts at $279, the Library Hotel at $319, Hotel Giraffe at $329, and Casablanca Hotel at $339. All include taxes. Use the code “taxbreak” when booking.

When: Book between May 1 to 15 for stays in July and August 2013.


On the Beach

Where: Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama Island; 855-582-2926.

What’s special: An easy, direct flight away, this property offers a white-sand beach, three pools, a spa, a fitness center, horseback riding, tennis, and golf. Island activities include swimming with dolphins, exploring Gold Rock Beach at Lucayan National Parks, and water sports including boating, jetskiing, kiteboarding, and parasailing. Just steps from the resort is the Treasure Bay Casino, where you can try your luck.

The deal: Pay $99 a night for an ocean-view room, plus receive free breakfast for two each day at Willy Broadleaf—in all, a 65 percent savings. To book, visit their website.

When: Valid May 1 through 31 for travel through November 15, 2013.


Swing Into Summer

Where: Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 800-548-9904.

What’s special: In the heart of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, Barefoot Resort is a 2,300-acre complex that has four world-class golf courses (Greg Norman, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, and Davis Love III), bike trails, walking paths, and swimming pools. Dining choices include everything from California Pizza to Joe’s Crab Shack to the House of Blues. Starting May 1, there’s free shuttle service to the beach on weekends; starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the shuttle service is daily.

The deal: The Buy Three and Get the Fourth Round Free Package includes three nights’ lodging, four rounds of golf, cart fees, and taxes. Golfers can play each course only once, and the free round must be played after noon on any day during your stay. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get free daily breakfast as well. The price per person is $425, a $32-a-day savings, and is based on four golfers sharing a two-bedroom golf villa for three nights. Additional nights and accommodation upgrades are available for an extra charge. Book at their website.

When: Valid May and June 2013.


Winetasting in the Finger Lakes

Where: Radisson Corning Hotel, Corning, N.Y.; 607-962-5000.

What’s special: The Radisson Corning Hotel is in the historic downtown Gaffer District, where buildings date to the 1800s. Guests are within walking distance of the Corning Museum of Glass, which contains nearly 50,000 objects representing 3,500 years of glassmaking. You can see demonstrations and take short classes (20 to 40 minutes) in glassworking (book before you come). Just a half hour or so away are wineries, including Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, and Heron Hill Winery. There’s also biking and hiking in the area, and the hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center.

The deal: The National Wine Month Package includes accommodations, two adult tickets to the Corning Museum of Glass (ages 19 and under free), one bottle of Finger Lakes Wine (Dr. Frank’s Salmon Run Chardonnay or Pinot Noir), one $25 voucher for use in the on-site Steuben Bar or Grill 1-2-5, and two vouchers for breakfast in Grill 1-2-5. Discounted room rates start at $189, a $100 savings. Book at their website with the code CFLWC.

When: Valid May 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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Spend time with your family at the beach, in the mountains, or at a cozy lake lodge. By Elizabeth Thorp
The Lake Placid Lodge. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user rhyndman.

Sun & Pink Sand

What’s better than a room with a view? Two rooms with views! The Family Getaway package at Bermuda’s Fairmont Southampton is the perfect retreat to make your spring break one to remember. With currency on par with the US dollar, Bermuda offers an exotic locale at a great value, and it’s a mere two hours from the Washington area with direct flights from BWI on AirTran.

This package includes an adult room and a second connecting room for children. From riding the waves on a jet ski to exploring historic forts and pink-sand beaches, every member of your family is sure to have a good time. Available for families with children 18 years and under only, the package includes complimentary access to the Explorer’s Camp and a family welcome amenity. Available through March 31, 2013; rates start at $269 (the second room is free).


Head to the Mountains!


Spend spring break in Jackson Hole and experience Teton Mountain Lodge’s S-6 package for 25 percent off. This fun family package will ensure an adventure-filled vacation and will guarantee you won’t hear anyone say, “Mom, I’m bored!”
 
Valid for stay dates: March 3 through April 7, 2013. Rates are based on prices for two adults and two children. 
The package includes four nights lodging in a one- or two-bedroom suite
, a wildlife safari (sunrise or sunset tour) for two adults and two kids
, an Elk Refuge sleigh ride for two adults and two kids, sleds delivered to the room
, turndown service, hot cocoa and cookies for kids
, and a $30 breakfast credit at Spur. Rates start at $591 a night.


Get Cozy in Lake Placid

Lake Placid Lodge is balanced on the edge of the village of Lake Placid, New York, a gorgeous five-hour drive north of Manhattan. The lodge is a celebration of all that was—and remains—best in the Adirondacks. Its 30 rooms are embellished with beams hewn by hand, filled with art and antiques, and warmed by stone fireplaces. The lodge is a member of Relais & Châteaux, and guests can experience culinary perfection prepared by Chef Nathan Rich at its Artisans restaurant.

Stay two nights midweek (Sunday through Thursday) during the month of March and the third night and dinner for two at Maggie’s Pub is on the lodge. Guests of all ages are welcome throughout the month of March (during the rest of the year, only guests 12 and up are able to stay). Call 518-523-2700 to reserve. The offer is available for reservations made from January 31 through March 26.


Eureka! Head West to the Golden State

Rancho Valencia is a Mediterranean-inspired, all-suite property offering the finest accommodations and service San Diego has to offer. Its grounds span 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, and casitas. Recent updates made to the property include a renovation of all 49 luxe guest casitas with private patios. There are endless on-property activities, including tennis, spa services, afternoon playtime for kids, a pool, arts and crafts, croquet, yoga, biking, and board games.

Rancho Valencia is offering the Hello, Sunshine! package to celebrate the arrival of the sunny spring season. Book three nights at Rancho Valencia and the fourth night is complimentary. Package rates start at $675 a night. The offer is valid March 1 through April 15, 2013.


Chesapeake Bay Bliss

The Tides Inn is a serene Chesapeake Bay resort that includes a marina, the 18-hole Golden Eagle golf course, and a luxurious spa, creating the perfect luxury retreat for relaxation in Virginia's countryside.

Guests will enjoy sailing, riding bikes, crabbing, a marina tour, board games, evening s’mores, movie nights, and lawn games. There is also the CrabNet Kids program for guests ages 4 to 12, allowing mom and dad to hit the spa or have some alone time. As a bonus, the Tides Inn is close to Busch Gardens and Williamsburg.

The Inn is offering a Family Vacation Package that includes deluxe accommodations with two queen beds, full breakfast daily for up to four poeple at the inn's restaurant or from room service, a one-hour water cruise, and tickets to the Steamboat Museum. Prices start at $379 per night, based on two adults and two children.


Elizabeth Thorp is the founder of Poshbrood, a curated catalog of mom-tested, upscale family-friendly properties.

Posted at 11:20 AM/ET, 03/13/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Sun, rain, wind—March hands us a little of everything. But we have you covered with special travel deals for every type of weather. By Alice Shapin
Hotel Monaco. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user NCinDC.

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.


Boston Uncommon

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.

Posted at 10:50 AM/ET, 03/04/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Love is in the air. Why not enjoy a romantic getaway, with discounted rates just for Washingtonian readers? By Alice Shapin
Get 25 percent off rooms at Hotel Belleclaire. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user vonlampard.

Romantic Interlude

Where: The Inn at Willow Grove, 14079 Plantation Way, Orange, Va.; 540-317-1206.

What’s special: Unwind with a midweek getaway at the Inn at Willow Grove. The boutique property is a historic 18th-century plantation house with exquisitely appointed cottages. From the lamps and bedding to the antiques and beautifully framed paintings, each piece was selected by a knowledgeable collector/decorator—who happens to be one of the owners. There are fireplaces to snuggle by and a staff offering Southern hospitality. Stop by the pub for a casual dinner or enjoy fine dining in the restaurant. The inn’s butler service delivers warm house-made beignets and French-press coffee to your door in the morning and tea with a sweet treat at evening turndown.

The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking a two-night weekday stay and receive a complimentary in-room bottle of Prosecco and a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries. Readers will also enjoy a free lunch at nearby Early Mountain Vineyards. Rates for the two-night weekday Love & Luxury Romantic Getaway are $450 to $600, depending on accommodations chosen. The total savings is 30 percent. Or take advantage of a 20-percent discount on the room rate for a one-night stay on Valentine’s Day. A five-course, prix fixe dinner is available that evening for $75 a person.

When: Midweek during February 2013.


Sex and the City

Where: Hotel Belleclaire, 250 W. 77th St.; New York, N.Y.; 212-362-7700.

What’s special: This 1901 landmark, combining Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau styles, was one of Manhattan’s first luxury buildings. Guests can enjoy New York’s West Side, with its museums, gourmet dining, and designer shopping. It’s also an easy walk to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, and the Beacon Theatre.

The deal: During February, rooms are 25 percent off. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking and also receive a bottle of wine and a late checkout. Rates start at $119 a night after the discount. Use the online code “vacation.”

When: Valid during February 2013.


Virginia Is for Lovers

Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3333.

What’s special: Goodstone Inn is a luxurious, romantic country inn on 265 acres of pastures and woodlands in Northern Virginia horse and wine country. The 18 elegant guest rooms and suites are in six individual residences that have been restored in English- and French-country styles. The inn offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as personalized service and attention to detail. The restaurant features a farm-to-table menu, and a spa is available for massages and facials.

The deal: The February Is for Lovers package gives Washingtonian.com readers 15, 25, or 35 percent off one, two, or three nights. All guests get a complimentary full country breakfast for two. Midweek rates start at $191.75 a night for a three-night stay, $221.25 a night for two nights, and $250.75 for one. Weekend rates are $230.75 a night for three nights $266.25 a night for two nights, and $301.75 for one. All guests have the option to preorder a half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of Perrier Jouët Champagne, and a half dozen roses for an additional $140, a $55 savings.

When: Valid in February 2013.


Skiing Around

Where: Windham Hill Inn, 311 Lawrence Dr., West Townshend, Vt.; 802-874-4080.

What’s special: This southern Vermont inn is a member of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection of fine hotels and restaurants. The inn’s public spaces offer nooks and wood-burning fireplaces perfect for snuggling with a book, listening to music, or savoring a cocktail. The spa is an ideal place to be pampered after a day on the slopes.

The deal: The Washingtonian Ski & Stay at Windham Hill Inn package includes two nights in a traditional room, afternoon tea and house-made cookies, complimentary Vermont cheese nightly at 5:30, daily three-course breakfast, one four-course dinner for two, free snowshoeing on 160 acres of private trails, a full-day lift ticket for two at Stratton Mountain, and an après-ski cocktail (a glass of German glüwein) for each person. The package starts at $689 midweek and $714 on weekends, a 20-percent savings.

When: Valid in February 2013 except for Presidents Day weekend (Friday through Sunday), February 15 through 17.


Playing a Round

Where: PGA National, 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 800-863-2819.

What’s special: The resort just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation; guest rooms are redone with stylish bedding, carpeting, and furnishings. PGA National boasts five championship golf courses designed by such greats as Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. Since 2007, the resort has hosted the Honda Classic on its famous Champion course. The Fazio, its original 18-hole course—formerly called the Haig—has increased yardage, reconfigured tee boxes and bunkering, and upgraded turf. In addition, there’s a new swimming pool with a renovated poolside cafe as well as a new look for its European spa, which offers more than 100 treatments. The resort also has nine restaurants and a 33,000-square-foot Health & Racquet Center with 19 Har-Tru clay tennis courts.

The deal: The Gold Golf Package includes accommodations, full breakfast each day in the Palm Terrace restaurant, one round of golf daily (there’s a surcharge for play on the Champion course), and unlimited range balls and golf-bag storage. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get a free room upgrade. Rates start at $289 a person, a $231 savings.

When: Valid February through April 2013.

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With the holidays over, it’s a good time to luxuriate on a beach, see some city sights, or relax at an elegant old resort. These travel deals are just for Washingtonian.com readers. By Alice Shapin
Get a $50 credit at the Hotel Hershey. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user pquan.

New York on Sale
Where: New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y.; 800-804-7035.
What’s special: Just steps from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, this luxury hotel offers exceptional city views. A 19th-century drawing room, the Madison Room & Bar, features marble columns, vaulted ceilings, and classic artwork; designed by Stanford White, it also has its original painted wall panels from 1891. For those who’d rather not walk to dinner, shopping, or a show, there’s complimentary car service (up to 20 blocks) and a free theater shuttle. The hotel also has a fitness center and spa.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers get 20 percent off the best available rate plus two free glasses of wine in the Madison Room & Bar when booking the Washingtonian Winter Promotion. Rates typically start at $199 a night per room. You can reserve a room online or by calling 800-804-7035; use the code PRWASH.
When: Valid through February 28, 2012.


Close to Home
Where: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St., Alexandria; 703-894-3434.
What’s special: This boutique hotel in the heart of Old Town, part of the Kimpton group, combines Old World charm with modern style. The rooms are done up in soothing blues and grays, and the Lorien offers a calming spa. Guests are treated to a complimentary daily newspaper as well as free morning coffee and tea. The hotel is an easy walk to restaurants, boutiques, and historic homes and churches, and it’s pet-friendly.
The deal: The Tap the Local Brewery package includes accommodations, transportation to and from the Port City Brewing Company (a $22 value), a brewery tour (a $14 value), and two beers (a $10 value). Washingtonian.com readers also get 20 percent off spa treatments with the package.* Rates start at $169 a night.
When: Valid Friday through Sunday, through April 2013.


In the Land of Chocolate
Where: The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, Pa.; 800-437-7439.
What’s special: The elegant Hotel Hershey, built in 1933 in the chocolate-mad town, combines modern amenities with historic charm: Guest rooms feature original artwork, historic photos, and Hershey Kisses at turndown. In addition to recently refurbished suites, the hotel now has four- and six-bedroom Woodside Cottages with fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and antique wood floors. Activities include an indoor pool, a fitness center, year-round ice skating, hiking trails, and a spa with such treatments as a Whipped Cocoa Bath and Chocolate Fondue Wrap. Close by is Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can see the transformation from bean to milk chocolate. Or enjoy a Hershey Bears hockey game.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive a free $50 resort credit. Rates start at $249 a night per room. Mention the code Washingtonian to redeem this offer.
When: Available January 1 through February 28, 2013. Blackout dates during Presidents Day weekend, February 15 through 18.


A Grand Estate
Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 888-778-2565.
What’s special: Stay at Keswick and you’ll feel as if you’re visiting a rich friend’s country home. Rooms feature luxurious bedding, exquisite furnishings, and grand views. You can sit by the fire in one of the many common areas, enjoy a treatment at the spa, eat on-site at the elegant Fossett’s restaurant, or enjoy casual dining at the Palmer Room. At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick is near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia, and the town of Charlottesville.
The deal: The Keswick Winter Getaway Package includes a free room upgrade, a $50 value. Rates start at $275 per room a night.
When: Valid through March 28, 2013.


Beach It
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach, Fla.; 800-622-1038.
What’s special: This resort on the northwest Florida Gulf Coast features seven miles of sugar-white-sand beach, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, water sports, a fitness center, a spa, lively bars, and both casual and fine dining. There are direct flights from BWI and Reagan National airports.
The deal: The Washingtonian Winter Package includes three nights for the price of two, a 20-percent spa discount on 50- and 80-minute massages (normally $100 and $145), free use of the fitness center (normally $15 a day) and tennis courts (usually $17 an hour), free bike rentals (normally $20 for four hours), and free use of kayaks and canoes (usually $25 an hour). Use the promo code FREE3 when booking. Rates start at $149.
When: Valid through February 28, 2013.


Tropical Paradise
Where: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic; 866-469-1148.
What’s special: This 7,000-acre resort offers lots of options for play and relaxation—four Pete Dye-designed golf courses, including the famed Teeth of the Dog, beach, tennis, a spa, horseback riding, a 245-acre shooting center, a marina, biking, sailing, snorkeling, cave exploration, off-road ATV riding, and deep-sea and river fishing.
The deal: Book four nights and get the fifth free with the Washingtonian 5th Night Free special. Rates start at $300 a night for the Elite Patio guest rooms.
When: Valid through January 2013.

*This post has been updated from a previous version.

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This time of year is so hectic—why not take a little time to relax at a nearby inn or on a warm beach? With these exclusive reader deals, you can get away before, during, or after the holidays. By Alice Shapin
You'll see plenty of these in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

Into the Woods

Where: Swiss Woods, 500 Blantz Rd., Lititz, Pa.; 717-627-3358.

What’s special: Warm and welcoming, Swiss Woods is a forested 35-acre retreat. Breakfast is delicious—think pumpkin French toast with lemon brandied apples or eggs Florentine with shoofly muffins and fresh fruit. The innkeepers use local ingredients such as free-range eggs, double-hickory-smoked bacon, country sausage, and the inn’s own honey. You’ll always find sodas and water in the refrigerator and cookies or something else sweet set out in the common area. Lancaster Central Market, the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market—about 13 miles away in Lancaster—is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. And in December, you can see the stage musical Singin’ in the Rain at Lancaster’s historic Fulton Theatre. For a list of all the holiday events, see lancastercountychristmas.com.

The deal: The inn is offering 20 percent off rooms, with a two-night minimum; rates typically start at $175. Guests will also receive coupons for two free specialty drinks at S. Clyde Weaver, a cafe and gourmet shop; discount coupons to the local shopping outlets; and 10 percent off dinner at Lily’s on Main and at Olde Lincoln House.

When: Valid in December. The inn is closed December 24 through 26.


Worth a Trip to Palm Beach

Where: The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, Fla.; 561-655-7740.

What’s special: This landmark boutique hotel offers 80 renovated studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. The luxury accommodations feature mahogany cabinetry, limestone floors, and luxurious imported fabrics. Dine al fresco (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the casually elegant Café Boulud. Swim in the newly renovated pool. Enjoy spa services at the spa or in your suite. The hotel offers a convenient in-town location, within walking distance to famed Worth Avenue, with its array of upscale stores and restaurants, and two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The deal: TheOne More Night package offers three nights for the price of two (a 33-percent discount) or four nights for the price of three (a 25-percent discount). Rates start at $289 a night. Mention The Washingtonian at the time of reservations and also receive free truffles or a sweet treat when you arrive.

When: Valid through December 25, 2012.


Jamaican Holiday

Where: Rose Hill, Jamaica.

What’s special: Live the good life in a five-bedroom, five-bath luxury Rose Hall villa at the award-winning Half Moon Resort in Jamaica. The house, just steps from the beach, sleeps ten and has a private pool, a butler, a cook, and a housekeeper. The resort features a golf course, two miles of private beach, and an equestrian center.

The deal: Vacation like a member of Portico—a collection of exclusive rentals—without paying the initiation fee of $2,500 and the annual membership of $2,500. Readers can book the Rose Hill villa for $850 a night, a 25-percent savings off regular rates. (There’s also a daily gratuity of $200 a day charged by the resort.) Washingtonian readers will also receive a free bottle of wine on arrival by mentioning the Great Getaways blog.

When: Valid through March 15, 2013.

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