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Looking for a place in the sun? These resorts in Florida and the Caribbean are offering exclusive reader deals. By Andrea Poe
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is offering readers 20 percent off rooms, golf, and spa services.

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.

Elegant Fun

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.

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Posted at 10:08 AM/ET, 03/02/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Looking to wow that special someone this V-Day? These hotels in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are offering special packages for an oh-so-romantic weekend getaway. By Samantha Miller

With W Hotel’s Valentine’s Day Package, couples can enjoy two complimentary drinks at the POV Roof Terrace. Photograph courtesy of W Hotel.


Date Night in DC at Savory Suites Hotel

Guests receive a box of gourmet truffles from Artfully Chocolate, a $20 gift card to the Arlington shop, a bottle of bubbly, complimentary garage parking, and wi-fi access. Available through December 31. Rates from $164 on Valentine’s Day.

The Valentine’s Suite Deal Package at St. Gregory Hotel

This package includes a romantic dinner for two at M Street Bar & Grill, a complimentary bottle of Champagne, and junior suite accommodations. Available February 11 to 14. Rates from $179.

Sweet Spark Romance Package at W Hotel

Couples receive a colorful box of Dominique Ansel “mini-me” meringues, a bottle of Champagne, an in-room movie, and late checkout. Flavors of the “mini-me” collection, created exclusively for W Hotel, include Vietnamese hot cinnamon and cherry; white truffle, white rose, and lychee; and pink Champagne. Available February 9 to 20. Rates from $299 on Valentine’s Day.

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Posted at 02:12 PM/ET, 02/07/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Exclusive deals for your next weekend getaway By Alice Shapin

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.

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Posted at 12:48 PM/ET, 01/31/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()
Start the new year off right with these exclusive deals for readers of The Washingtonian. By Alice Shapin

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.


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Posted at 12:24 PM/ET, 12/28/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Traveling by bus is the cheapest public transportation option between the two cities, but which bus line should you choose? By Carrie Schedler

The four-ish-hour road trip from DC to NYC makes it easy for Washingtonians to get a taste of the Big Apple. And the plethora of low-cost bus lines between the cities makes it affordable, too.

Because there are so many competitors, each offers a range of enticing perks for a smoother trip, from luck-of-the-draw $1 tickets to free wi-fi and power outlets. Many companies even offer trips departing from Maryland and Virginia stops, perfect for people who don’t want to deal with shoving their way through Union Station on a Friday after work.

Here’s a rundown of some of the District’s busiest bus lines:

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Posted at 11:40 AM/ET, 12/23/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
From the Chesapeake to Boca Grande, Florida, these hotels are offering exclusive discounts for readers of The Washingtonian this month. By Alice Shapin

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.

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Posted at 10:47 AM/ET, 12/01/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Just as relatives are flocking home for the holidays, here are great reader deals. By Alice Shapin

November ushers in the holiday season. Why not steal away before it gets hectic? Perhaps a weekend in New York or Philadelphia? Rounds of golf by the beach? A relaxing few days in Bermuda or at a nearby B&B?

Just in case you have guests coming for the holidays, we have a Washington hotel for them to stay at, too. It’s such a good price you might want to stay there yourself.

All these deals are exclusive for readers of The Washingtonian.

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Posted at 04:46 PM/ET, 11/07/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fall is great time for a getaway. Here are some great options that come at a discount to Washingtonian readers. By Alice Shapin

Fall is a wonderful time for a getaway: The leaves are changing, the days are cool, and chefs are creating delicious seasonal dishes. Whether you want to head to the country or the city, we have exclusive reader deals.

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Posted at 05:23 PM/ET, 09/28/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
As autumn leaves fall, here are five getaways where you can enjoy falling prices—along with winetastings, spa treatments, or a walk in the woods By Andrea Poe

You can save money at the Inn at Leola Village in Amish country. Photograph courtesy of the Inn at Leola Village

Autumn may be the Mid-Atlantic’s most beautiful time of year. From enjoying fall leaves to winetasting, here are exclusive Washingtonian travel packages to help you savor the season.

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Posted at 10:21 AM/ET, 09/27/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
After a hot summer, now is a great time to get away and enjoy the cooler weather. September means fewer crowds and, in many places, lower prices. These exclusive deals for Washingtonian readers make those prices lower still. By Alice Shapin

The Clifton Inn's serene swimming area is just one of the hotel's enticing amenities. Photograph courtesy of Clifton Inn

From our November 2007 issue.

Clifton Inn

1296 Clifton Inn Dr., Charlottesville, Va.; 888-971-1800

What’s special: Located in the heart of Charlottesville, the Clifton Inn sits on 100 acres in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each of the 17 rooms features luxury linens, fresh flowers, and plush terrycloth robes. With a variety of accommodations, the inn can accommodate couples as well as families. The Collina Farmhouse, for example, which is set apart from the main house and other cottages, features five bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, and plenty of outdoor space where kids can run around. While a world of activities awaits off the property—tours of Thomas Jefferson’s historic Monticello, winetasting, shopping, and hiking—you may never want to leave. There are yard games, a swimming pool, tennis, and a private dock where kids can go fishing. At dinner, children will love sitting at the new chef’s counter, separate from the rest of the dining room, where they can watch the action in the kitchen.

The deal: The Winnie the Pooh package includes a turndown gift of Winnie the Pooh’s Bedtime Stories and a plush Pooh toy, a “hunny pot” filled with local Virginia honey, and free afternoon tea and continental breakfast daily. Mention The Washingtonian to also receive full breakfast for free (for up to four people), a value of up to $200 depending what’s ordered. Rates start at $295 midweek, $375 weekends.

When: Valid in September and October 2011.

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Posted at 09:24 AM/ET, 09/01/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()