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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 ()
Whether you’re looking to get away or say in town, we have some great last-minute deals on travel and hotels By Melissa Romero

Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia offers a Labor Day special getaway to the mountains. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user richreed


By Air
Travelzoo has $41 to $99 one-way flights over Labor Day weekend from September 3 to 6. Airlines include American, Delta, JetBlue, Airtran, United, Spirit and more. Click here for more details and to see a sample list of some of the flight deals the travel site found.

By Bus
If you’re traveling by Megabus this weekend, check out customer Megadeals. Once you purchase your tickets, look for the instructions in the Special Announcements section of your confirmation page. If you’re traveling to New York, deals include up to $55 off tickets to the Broadway musical Chicago, 15 percent off some of NYC’s sightseeing bus tours, and more. In DC, Megabus riders can save $5 off admission to Madame Tussaud’s. Philly visitors can get discounts to the city’s sightseeing tour via double decker bus, trolley, or house-drawn carriage. Click here for more details.

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Posted at 09:38 AM/ET, 08/30/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge whisks drivers nearly 200 feet into the air—a paralyzing thought for some travelers. By Mary Clare Glover
For some beachgoers, crossing this is scarier than a shark. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Gary Hymes.

For most Washingtonians, the biggest worry about driving to the beach is Bay Bridge traffic. But Terri Robinson has gotten to know a different type of beachgoer—one who is paralyzed with fear by the sight of the bridge’s sweeping twin spans.

A driver for Kent Island Express, Robinson has shuttled thousands of drivers over the four-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which whisks cars 186 feet into the air as they cross the Chesapeake to get to and from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The bridge was named one of the ten scariest in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine.

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Posted at 12:46 PM/ET, 08/05/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
What’s better than a cool getaway by the bay or in the mountains? One that comes with free golf, spa treatments, or hotel nights. Here are seven exclusive travel deals By Alice Shapin

Readers can save 10 percent off plus free cocktails at 70 Park Avenue Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

Washington slows down in August—making it a good time to get away. These are special travel deals just for Washingtonian readers. Unless noted, all are for stays in August.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234

What’s special: On 400 acres along the Choptank River, the resort offers beautiful vistas, relaxation, and lots of activities including four swimming pools and a spa.

Golfers will be challenged on the River Marsh course. The 17th hole, a par three over Shoal Creek, and the 18th, which runs along the Choptank, make a scenic ending.

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Posted at 04:19 PM/ET, 07/21/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Great travel deals in July for Washingtonian readers By Alice Shapin

Appreciate the great outdoors at Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, which is set on 2,200 acres in the Allegheny Mountains. Washingtonian readers can receive a free room upgrade. Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want to stay close to home and explore Washington, get away to a luxury resort or a B&B, or go cycling, we’ve got great deals just for Washingtonian readers.

Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, 2138 Business Route 220, Bedford, Pa.; 814-623-8100

What’s special: The resort, set on more than 2,200 acres in the Allegheny Mountains, has served as a meeting place for numerous US Presidents and dignitaries over the past 200 years. Stroll the halls and see many artifacts and memorabilia that reveal the resort’s rich history. Guests can enjoy a wide range of family activities on- and off-site, including the Anderson Explorers Kids’ Day Camp, hiking, biking, fishing, geocaching, and scavenger hunts. The outdoor aquatic complex includes an expansive sun deck, an oversize Jacuzzi, and private cabanas. Guests can also play tennis, golf on a championship course, take a dip in the heated indoor spring-fed swimming pool, and relax at the luxurious spa with its menu of treatments.

The deal:
The Family Glamping Getaway—“glamping” is short for “glamorous camping”—offers lots of luxuries and creature comforts without the hassles of traditional camping. The package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast for up to two adults and two children, a choice of two hours of geocaching or two hours of fishing at Red Oak Lake (pole and worms included ), and a s’mores kit to roast at the fire pit. Also included is an REI Camp Dome Tent that you can set up on the resort’s front lawn or in your room or simply take home after your getaway. Package rates start at $409 a night on weekdays and $439 on weekends, a 30 percent savings. Washingtonian readers also receive a free room upgrade, depending on availability.

When: Valid now through Labor Day weekend, September 6, 2011.

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Posted at 11:50 AM/ET, 07/06/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Red, white, and blue may be the Fourth of July’s conventional hues, but you can save some serious green with these hotel specials By Samantha Miller

Guests of last year's Boom with a View at W Hotel celebrated Independence Day in style. Photograph by Abby Greenawalt, courtesy of W Hotel

W Hotel
This hotel, conveniently located next to the White House, is offering a Boom With a View package, featuring an unrivaled view of the National Fireworks display from the Roof Terrace, access to an open bar with hors d’oeurves, and an evening of melodies spun by DJ Sky Nellor. The package costs $899 a night and includes two tickets to the rooftop party. Individual tickets can be purchased for $250. Call 202-661-2400 for reservations.

Hay-Adams Hotel
With the 4th of July Dinner and Fireworks Event Package, you can enjoy a 3-course dinner for two, dessert, and libations from an open bar, and access to the Top of the Hay dining hall to watch the fireworks. Rates for July 4 start at $1,079 and require a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Call 202-639-2716.

Churchill Hotel
This hotel near Dupont Circle is offering a 4th of July Picnic on the Mall package, which includes a pre-packed picnic for two and two all-day Metro passes. Rates start at $169; Call 202-797-2000.

Omni Hotel
Save up to 30 percent with the hotel’s Fourth of July special rate. The package starts at $111 a night, and is good from June 30 to July 7. Call 202-234-0700

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Posted at 12:55 PM/ET, 06/21/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()