Love Is in the Air
Where: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy., Leesburg; 703-729-8400.
What’s special: This resort may be close by, but it feels a million miles away. Guests can get pampered at the 12,000-square-foot spa, work out at the fitness center, swim, dine at one of four restaurants, enjoy the evening stars by the fire pit, and, weather permitting, play tennis or golf.
The deal: The Date Night package includes accommodations, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your room upon arrival, a $150 credit at any of the resort’s restaurants, buffet breakfast for two at the Riverside Hearth, and a s’mores kit to enjoy at the fire pit. The package costs $308 (the regular price is $355). In addition, Washingtonian.com readers receive a $50 credit at Spa Minérale. The package can be booked only by calling 877-261-3456 and asking for the Washingtonian Date Night Package.
When: Valid in February 2014.
Virginia Is for Lovers
Where: Smithfield Station, 415 S. Church St., Smithfield, Va.; 877-703-7701.
What’s special: This inn is in the small river-port town of Smithfield, on the Pagan River, three hours from DC. Visitors can stroll the historic district to see Victorian homes and browse in art galleries. Nearby is Windsor Castle Park, featuring more than four miles of walking trails. Smithfield Station offers 22 rooms with fireplaces, balconies with water views, and free internet. There’s also waterfront dining and an on-site boardwalk with shops and a marina.
The deal: The Washingtonian Package at Smithfield Station includes overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Lodge King room, a bottle of Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The price is $129 for one night or $249 for two nights. Also included is a $25 dining credit at the inn’s waterfront restaurant, for a total savings of more than 50 percent. To book, call 877-703-7701 or visit their website.
When: Valid February through May 15, 2014 (except February 13 through 15).
Hit the Slopes
Where: Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, W. Va.; 877-441-4386.
What’s special: This mountain playground has an elevation of 4,848 feet, a 1,500-foot vertical drop, and 251 skiable acres—offering snow lovers great skiing and snowboarding. The mountaintop village boasts a variety of things to do, including dining, shopping, two activity centers for kids and teens, and the new state-of-the-art Spa at Snowshoe. The resort was voted Best Nightlife and Best Terrain by readers at OntheSnow.com.
The deal: Book a one-bedroom condo in Snowshoe’s mountaintop village for a two-night stay in February and get a discounted rate—$204 for a deluxe room (normally $287). The offer is valid for the highly desirable Allegheny Springs, Highland House, and Rimfire properties. Plus, save 20 percent on any service at the new Spa at Snowshoe, including massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. To take advantage of this exclusive spa offer, call 304-572-4700 and mention the Washingtonian.com deal to the Spa at Snowshoe staff.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014. Not valid Sunday, February 16.
Where: South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva Island, Fla.; 866-565-5089.
What’s special: This resort on Captiva Island—known for its abundant seashells—offers 2½ miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico, a 330-acre wildlife sanctuary, 11 tennis courts, a nine-hole executive golf course, a sailing school, 20 swimming pools, a full-service yacht harbor and marina, a spa, restaurants, and shops. Accommodations include guest rooms, condominiums, and cottages.
The deal: The CaptivaEscape package includes a 10-percent discounted room rate plus a one-time $50 resort credit. Rates with the discounts start at $399 through April, $229 in May and June.
When: Valid through June 30, 2014. You must book by February 28, 2014, and mention the Washingtonian Great Getaways offer when calling 855-339-9383.
Luxury in Paradise
Where: Royal Isabela, 396 Ave. Noel Estrada, Isabela, Puerto Rico; 855-609-5888.
What’s special: This resort on Puerto Rico’s northwestern coast is set on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 20 casitas is perched at the highest elevation to capture the breezes and spectacular ocean views. Each also has a living room and a bedroom, wood floors and ceilings, and a private plunge pool and terrace. Spacious bathrooms feature a tub for two and a walk-in rain shower that opens onto the outdoor plunge pool. The resort’s golf course, though difficult, is a visual treat: It sits high on the rugged, ocean-hugging cliffs. There’s also an outdoor tennis court, a private beach, an open-air stone bar with sea and sunset views, and free wi-fi. The restaurant emphasizes local produce, with much of the food grown in its own gardens.
The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking and pay $499 a day for weekday accommodations (a savings of $100 a day) or $699 on weekends (also a $100-a-day savings). The rate includes continental breakfast daily for two.
When: Valid in February 2014.
This is an update from this original article.
Best Overall Ski Resort: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
With 57 trails, Snowshoe is not only the largest ski resort in the region; it also has the highest vertical drop (1,500 feet) and the most natural snow (an average of 180 inches annually), although all 251 acres are covered by snow-making if necessary. Four terrain parks and an Olympic-size Superpipe make the West Virginia retreat a top pick for snowboarders and freestyle skiers, too. An abundance of blue runs on the main face and in the Silver Creek area make Snowshoe a great choice for intermediate skiers as well. Lodging ranges from inexpensive, comfortable hotels in the valley to slope-side condos. The mountaintop village also includes an array of shops and restaurants as well as swimming pools and a 15,000-square-foot arcade. 877-441-4386; snowshoemtn.com.
Best for Families: Wisp Resort
Adjacent to Deep Creek Lake, Wisp—Maryland’s only ski resort—is ideal for families, with plenty of discounted ski-and-stay packages. Thirty percent of the terrain is rated easy, so children and other beginners will have a fine time. Off-slope family fun includes snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and riding the Mountain Coaster—whose cars zoom along 3,500 feet of downhill steel track snaking through the woods. 301-387-4000; wispresort.com.
Most Romantic: Wintergreen Resort
Wintergreen offers a mountaintop spa with outdoor hot tubs as well as nicely appointed condos along a ridgeline facing east over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia wine country. Couples can ski, get a massage, snuggle in front of their fireplace, and wake to a spectacular sunrise. 434-325-2200; wintergreenresort.com.
Best for Expert Skiers: Blue Knob
There’s nothing fancy about Blue Knob, in Claysburg, Pennsylvania. It’s a skier’s mountain, with five beginner slopes, 15 intermediate, and a whopping 14 expert runs on the steepest terrain in the region, including the Extrovert and the Lower Shortway, two of the toughest slopes in the Mid-Atlantic. The resort also features expert glade skiing through the trees, tight chutes, and an open bowl area. 800-458-3403; blueknob.com.
Best Ski School: Seven Springs
There’s a learning program for everyone at Seven Springs in Pennsylvania. Amost all instructors are certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America or the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Group lessons are limited to eight students and based on skill level. The resort also offers private lessons, the Burton Snowboards Learn to Ride program, a Tiny Tots School, a Youth Academy, telemark skiing classes, and a 55-plus program for older skiers of intermediate ability who wish to take it to the next level. After a lesson, you can enjoy the best nightlife of any regional resort, including live music on weekends, bowling, swimming, roller-skating, and indoor mini-golf. 800-452-2223; 7springs.com.
Best Night Skiing: Liberty Mountain Resort
Only an hour and a half’s drive north of DC, Liberty in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania, is the most convenient resort for Washingtonians. All 16 trails are well lit for night skiing: You can leave work at 4 and be on the slopes for the 5-to-10-pm ticket. Want a bite to eat? McKee’s Tavern serves great burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of beers on tap and in bottles. 717-642-8282; libertymountainresort.com.
Best Day Trip: Whitetail Resort
Also 90 minutes from DC, Whitetail in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, is a lot bigger than Liberty. There are 22 trails (six more than at Liberty) and 935 feet of vertical drop (compared with Liberty’s 620). All of the slopes are wide open, and the east-facing mountain helps keep the snow from turning to ice. There are two terrain parks, a halfpipe, and the area’s best mogul run. The bumps on the Bold Decision expert slope are big and relentless but generally soft. Don’t miss the beginner Sidewinder Trail, where the pitch is constant from top to bottom. 717-328-9400; skiwhitetail.com.
Least Crowded: Montage Mountain
Right off of Interstate 81 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Montage—formerly Sno Mountain—is an easy drive, at less than four hours from DC, but never overrun. Even on holiday weekends, lift lines are usually short to nonexistent. The mountain offers 26 trails with a 1,000-foot vertical drop, and all are lit for night skiing. For a fun getaway, head to Montage for a Saturday-afternoon/evening ticket, book a cheap hotel room near the interstate in Scranton that night, then on Sunday continue about 50 minutes north to ski Elk Mountain (elkskier.com), a bit of Vermont in Pennsylvania. 855-754-7946; montageisback.com.
Best Bargain: Canaan Valley
A high-season, adult weekend lift ticket at Canaan Valley in Davis, West Virginia, is only $52—compared with $62 and up at most other regional resorts. That’s just the start of the bargains: A weekend pass runs $85, and a midweek lodging/ski/breakfast package is $84 per person per night (based on double occupancy). If you crave more than Canaan’s 43 trails—and don’t mind spending more money—visit adjacent Timberline Resort (timberlineresort.com), home of the two-mile Salamander Trail, the longest run in the Mid-Atlantic. 304-866-4121; canaanresort.com.
Best Adaptive Skiing: Wintergreen Resort
Founded in 1984, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports, which works with the Wounded Warrior Project, brings skiing and snowboarding to the physically and mentally challenged. Each skier is provided with customized equipment, such as a sit-down ski sled, and specialized assistance from some 100 volunteer instructors. 434-325-2007; wintergreenresort.com.
Best Snow Tubing: Massanutten Resort
The 900-foot-long, 125-foot-high tubing hill at Massanutten in Harrisonburg, Virginia, thrills riders with three whoop-de-doo jumps, high-walled individual lanes, and one magic-carpet lift that makes it an easy trip back up for multiple runs on a two-hour lift ticket. 540-289-4954; massresort.com.
This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
Hone Your Sport
Boar’s Head, a resort in Charlottesville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is offering Everything for Your Sport. This couples package includes two 60-minute lessons in the sport of your choice (golf, tennis, or squash), two 60-minute sport-specific personal-training sessions, and two 60-minute yoga classes tailored to your sport, along with accommodations, breakfast for two, resort fees, tax, and tip. Rates start at $725 a couple. 434-296-2181.
Cook Like a Pro
Hole up at the historic Robert Morris Inn in Oxford, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, and learn to cook with co-owner and chef Mark Salter, whose most recent stint was helming the kitchen at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Throughout the winter, Salter will share his culinary prowess with small groups in his Chesapeake Seasons Cooking Demonstrations, which include a two-hour demo, recipe cards, a two-course lunch, and a glass of wine. A cooking package—encompassing the demo, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner for two plus one night in a Captain’s Suite—runs $210 a person. 410-226-5111.
Get Well and Relax
The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia offers guests a way to double down on efforts to improve their health, thanks to an on-site medical clinic. There, nine physicians—from cardiologists to endocrinologists—conduct preventive plans and diagnostics reviews. A 60-to-90-minute introductory interview about your health history sets the tone for the individualized attention you’ll receive. Combine doctor visits with massages and detoxifying hydrotherapies at the spa and you have a recipe for a healthy start to 2014. Packages, which include clinic services and accommodations, start at $2,250. 800-362-7798.
Find Some Peace
It’s hard to imagine a more tranquil slice of land on which to restore your soul and perfect your downward dog than Fox Haven Learning Center’s 620-acre organic farm along the Catoctin Creek in Jefferson, Maryland. On January 24 and 25, mini-retreats feature yoga, wholesome food, and meditation. Stay in one of three historic farmhouses with porches offering views of the property, which is teeming with bald eagles, beavers, great blue herons, and foxes. Rates start at $199 if you register by December 15; after that, they begin at $229. 301-695-8646.
This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
Romance in Hunt Country
Middleburg’s Goodstone Inn & Restaurant has long been a go-to for Washingtonians seeking a little romance in Virginia’s Hunt Country. Eighteen differently decorated rooms and suites in six cottages allow couples to pick an experience from French countryside to rustic chic. (To really get away from it all, book the standalone Bull Barn, with its wood-burning fireplace and king-size sleigh bed.)
The restaurant has a new chef, Benjamin Lambert, who honed his culinary chops under a Food Network-like cast of mentors ranging from Rocco DiSpirito to Geoffrey Zakarian to Michael Mina. Lambert’s French-inspired menu meanders from brioche-crusted sweetbreads in truffle sauce to Châteaubriand, prepared tableside. Check the website for cool-weather packages. 540-687-3333.
Butlers and Beignets
At the Inn at Willow Grove, you don’t have to leave your room for breakfast. Just ring for your butler, who will deliver a tray of complimentary French-press coffee and a paper bag of hot sugared beignets. Service is the name of the game at this inn, which includes a restored 18th-century manor house and cozy private cottages with fireplaces, set in the Blue Ridge foothills of Orange, Virginia.
The butler will come in handy if you want to book a massage at the inn’s Smokehouse Spa or dinner at Vintage Restaurant, where executive chef Jason Daniels hosts the “Three on Thursday” tasting, a three-course, farm-to-table meal for $29.95. Just be sure to save room: Your butler will be back at turndown, bearing a pot of hot tea and a tray of sweets. 540-317-1206.
The Cat’s Meow
When you stay at the Inn at Montchanin Village in Wilmington, Delaware, you don’t just get a room; you get a small town. Montchanin Village, in the Brandywine Valley, is made up of 11 restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910; most once housed workers at the nearby DuPont gunpowder mill (now the Hagley Museum and Library). Today the old homes accommodate 28 luxe rooms and suites, many with soaking tubs and gas fireplaces.
The village’s stone-covered lanes remain, as do the outdoor privies (now gardeners’ sheds). A sprawling 19th-century barn holds a lobby with wooden beams and cushy chairs as well as a full-service spa. Cat lovers will cozy up to Krazy Kat’s restaurant, decorated in an over-the-top animal theme, complete with tiger-print chairs and portraits of military-garbed felines. The Modern American cuisine includes stout-braised short ribs, scallop gratin, and seared antelope with a cherry-Cabernet reduction. 302-888-2133.
Organic Style in Baltimore
Open just two years, the Inn at the Black Olive has already leaped to the top of Baltimore’s hotel heap on TripAdvisor. Every suite in the 12-room inn promises Inner Harbor views, a soaking tub, and enough eco-friendly amenities to please the pickiest green guests—from organic mattresses to furniture made with sustainably grown wood.
The inn is run by Demitris Spiliadis, who, with his family, also operates the Black Olive, a Greek restaurant specializing in seafood, around the corner in Fells Point. You can stroll over there for dinner or head up to the inn’s swank rooftop restaurant, the Olive Room, for a decidedly lamb-centric take on classic Greek cuisine, complemented by a mostly organic wine list. 443-681-6316.
Eating Well in Easton
Choosing a room at Easton’s Inn at 202 Dover is like picking a travel itinerary—should you go Asian, English, French, or African? Each of the four suites at this restored 1874 mansion features decor inspired by a different country, and all are tastefully done. (There’s also a queen-size bedroom.)
And while we love the French fare at the neighboring Bartlett Pear Inn, the Inn at 202 Dover boasts the equally sublime Peacock Restaurant & Lounge, where chef Douglas Potts prepares contemporary Eastern Shore cuisine—oyster bisque, seared duck breast, or whatever comes in fresh that morning. He calls it Potts Luck. 866-450-7600.
This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
In the Shadow of Monticello
Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 434-979-3440.
What’s special: At this 48-room mansion on 600 acres, you’ll feel as though you’re visiting a friend’s country estate. Enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, roaring fireplaces, a spa, and, if temperatures cooperate, outdoor activities including croquet, archery, and tennis. Guests can dine at elegant Fossett’s Restaurant—at Villa Crawford, the estate’s original mansion, with its homey atmosphere—or Treble, a private wine cellar. Nearby attractions include Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia plus more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries.
The deal: Book the Keswick Winter Getaway package and get a discounted rate—$255 a night for a “superior” room (normally $495 this time of year) or $305 for a deluxe (normally $590)—plus a $50 resort credit and a free room upgrade based on availability. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to receive a free bottle of red wine on arrival, a $40 value. For reservations, call 888-778-2565 or click here; if booking online, mention the Washingtonian.com deal in the comments section.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014.
Charm City by Train
Where: Hotel Monaco Baltimore, 2 N. Charles St., Baltimore; 443-692-6170.
What’s special: This boutique Kimpton hotel is in the historic 1906 Beaux Arts B&O Railroad headquarters in downtown Baltimore and features soaring marble staircases, crystal chandeliers, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. Enjoy the living-room lobby, complimentary wi-fi, a free wine hour, and a fitness center. The hotel is close to the convention center, the Inner Harbor, restaurants, and shops.
The deal: The MARC a Night of It package includes deluxe accommodations, 15 percent off the best available rate, and a free bottle of wine (a $15 value). Guests must show a MARC Penn Line train-ticket stub at check-in to get the discount. Mention Washingtonian.com at check-in to receive two free cocktails at the hotel bar (a $20 value). Rates start at $139; the package is a savings or $60 or more.
When: Valid for stays Thursday through Sunday, through January 2014.
New York Experience
Where: Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St., New York, N.Y.; 212-362-9200.
What’s special: This renovated Upper West Side landmark is perfectly situated near Central Park, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and walking distance to Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and the subway. You’ll enjoy great restaurants and boutique shopping in the neighborhood. The hotel also has fitness and business centers.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive 15 percent off the best available rate and a free upgrade (a value of $80 to $100) based on availability at check-in. Rooms start at $179. Use the promo code Washington when booking. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-362-9200.
When: Valid January and February, 2014.
A Breakfast to Remember
Where: Stonewall Jackson Inn, 547 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, Va.; 540-433-8233.
What’s special: Built in 1885, this inn was once the mansion of a wealthy family. The wide staircase and doorways allowed women in hoop skirts to move about the mansion. A highlight of a stay here is the complimentary breakfast made from local ham, sausages, and apples. Choose from Wayne’s Eggs Benedict, croissant French toast, and eggs Nova Scotia. A lighter menu is available on request. The innkeeper is very knowledgeable and happy to offer suggestions as to restaurants and places to see. From the inn, you can visit wineries, tour Civil War sites, enjoy live theater, explore Shenandoah National Park, and ski at Massanutten.
The deal: The Stay and Dine Experience and Foodie Package includes a $50 gift certificate to your choice of the Clementine Cafe, Hank’s Smokehouse, or Thunderbird Cafe; a bottle of wine in your room on arrival (specify red or white when making your reservation), locally made chocolates, complimentary winetastings at selected vineyards along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and a free dessert with a paid dinner at partner restaurants downtown. The package is $95, a $40 savings, plus a room rate that starts at $139 a night. Mention Washingtonian.com when you book and get a free upgrade to a king-size room, a $50 savings. Call 540-433-8233.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, January through March 2014.
Where: Topaz Hotel, 1733 N St., NW; 202-393-3000.
What’s special: Guests at the Topaz enjoy comfy beds as well as a convenient location close to the Dupont Circle Metro and shopping. Sign up for Kimpton’s free InTouch loyalty program to also get free wi-fi. And enjoy all of this while starting the year off right with yoga (there are yoga mats in the rooms), a free spin on the hotel’s bikes, or a juice cleanse.
The deal: The District Detox package, which starts at $254, includes accommodations for a night plus bath salts, a Purée Juice Bar cleanse, and a 30-minute consultation with a Purée health-and-wellness coach about how the cleanse works. Mention Washingtonian.com to get an exclusive in-room spa discount. To book, click here and use the rate code Puree, or call 800-546-7866 and request the Purée rate.
When: Valid Monday through Saturday, through January 2014.
New England Skiing
Where: Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vt.; 800-451-8686.
What’s special: This mountainside resort, which just underwent a $15-million renovation, has 68 rooms and 23 luxury resort homes. Enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing at Mount Mansfield as well as sleigh rides, indoor tennis, an indoor pool, a spa, and a fitness center with a host of classes from yoga to aqua aerobics to ballet-barre burn. The hotel is also pet-friendly.
The deal: The Ski Stowe package includes nightly accommodations in a deluxe room, two Stowe Mountain Resort lift tickets per room per night, Topnotch Ski Concierge services, and a free shuttle to and from the mountain. Prices start at $206 a person, a 20-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to get a free room upgrade (a $50-to-$150 value) and a complimentary upgrade from a 50-minute spa treatment to an 80-minute treatment (a $35 value).
When: Valid through January 2014.
Where: Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; 800-468-4799.
What’s special: This island retreat is surrounded by 40 acres of white-sand beaches, the Sea of Abaco, and lush vegetation. Enjoy garden-view and oceanfront rooms, all with free wi-fi. Guests can take advantage of a full-service marina, a fitness center, a tennis facility, two swimming pools, and on-site dining.
The deal: The Special Bahamian Getaway, a four-day/three-night escape, includes oceanfront accommodations, dinner for two at Angler’s on the night of your arrival, a welcome bottle of wine, daily breakfast for two, a full-day boat rental to explore the area, and complimentary nonmotorized water sports (kayaks and paddleboards). Rates start at $750 a person, based on double occupancy. The savings is $630, or 30 percent. To reserve, call 877-533-4799.
When: Book by January 31, 2014, for travel through April 30, 2014.
Where: Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW; 202-462-9001.
What’s special: Helix offers large rooms, a complimentary wine hour, and a great location. Guests can walk to the White House, the Mall, and other attractions. A quick bus or cab ride gets you to the Newseum, where “Anchorman: The Exhibit” has costumes and props from the Will Ferrell movie of the same name.
The deal: The “Stay Classy, D.C.” package includes two Glenlivet 12 scotches at the bar; a pair of tickets to the Newseum, including “Anchorman: The Exhibit”; and a felt moustache and comb to keep aspiring newscasters’ hair camera-ready. Mention Washingtonian.com at check-in to receive complimentary breakfast for two, for a total savings of $62. Rates start at $139 a night. This package can be booked online using the rate code CLASSY or by calling 202-462-9001.
When: Valid through August 2014.
Christmas on the Potomac
Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor; 301-965-4000.
What’s special: During the holidays, the Gaylord is transformed into a winter wonderland. In its 19-story glass atrium, you can take in 2 million twinkling lights, a nightly snowfall, fountain shows, and a 60-foot-tall, suspended synthetic glass tree. During “Christmas on the Potomac,” you can also enjoy gingerbread-decorating sessions, a Santa Brunch, a Gourmet Holiday Cake Pop Experience (at which the hotel’s pastry chefs demonstrate how to make cake pops and participants can test their own skills), rides on a Peeps-decorated Potomac Express Train, photos with Santa, and more. There are shops to stroll through, restaurants, and a spa as well. Also on the property is “Ice!,” an exhibit of ice sculptures that bring to life both the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas”—a.k.a. “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas”—and scenes of Christmas in New York City. Tickets for “Ice!” start at $19 for kids (ages 3 through 11) and $27 for adults (ages 12 and up); ages two and under are free.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers can book a holiday getaway at Gaylord National Resort, Sunday through Friday, and get 15 percent off the regular rate (rooms start at $152) plus complimentary strawberries and Champagne and an Atrium Room upgrade based on availability—for a total savings of $87. Call 301-965-4000 and use the booking code Washingtonian Magazine.
When: Valid through January 5, 2014.
Where: The Muse Hotel, 130 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y.; 212-485-2400.
What’s special: The Muse, a Kimpton hotel, is right in the middle of Manhattan’s action: You can walk to the theater, Times Square, shopping, and restaurants or enjoy the complimentary wine hour, fitness center, wi-fi, and pet-friendly policies.
The deal: Cyber Monday Extended lets you book now and travel in January. That deal gets you 20 percent off the best available rate, and Washingtonian.com readers also have a choice of two of the following perks: daily breakfast, two winter cocktails at the on-site bar, or a specialty turndown amenity—for a total discount of 39 percent. Call 877-692-6873 and use the rate code PERK.
When: Book from December 2 through December 15 for travel in January 2014.
Where: Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, Va.; 540-626-7121.
What’s special: This retreat, in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has just renovated its guest rooms and cabins as well as added new recreational activities, including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course. During winter, you can work out at the fitness center; go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on 22 miles of trials; enjoy a geocaching adventure; take yoga, Zumba, and dance classes; or go on a naturalist tour. The property has a restaurant, Harvest, as well as a new tavern.
The deal: Book the exclusive Holiday Deal to stay two nights and receive a third free, plus get hot chocolate and warm cookies on arrival, a $50 credit for dinner in Harvest, and a free bottle of wine with dinner, for a total savings of $200. The package starts at $199.
When: Valid Thursday through Sunday, through December.
Luxury at a Discount
Where: Glen Gordon Manor, 1482 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly, Va.; 540-636-6010.
What’s special: The Manor House was built as a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop and was later expanded into an aristocratic hunting lodge; today it has two guest rooms. The Glencroft Cottage houses two suites with views of the mountains. The 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Gordon Mews comes with a full kitchen and is perfect for families. All Glen Gordon Manor rooms feature luxury linens and free wi-fi.
The deal: The exclusive Washingtonian.com offer includes a two-night stay, a winetasting, daily gourmet breakfast, a gift bag (with wine glasses and a certificate for a tour and tasting at a nearby winery), a bottle of wine, and a four-course winetasting dinner. The cost is $495 to $795 (depending on the room), a savings of $200 or more.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through October 2014.
Hollywood Comes to Virginia
Where: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va.; 888-918-1895.
What’s special: The Jefferson showcases a bygone era, with a grand lobby that features stained-glass windows, mahogany paneling, and marble columns. If you come in December, you’ll see a huge Christmas tree, staircases adorned with roping, and a gingerbread display. Nearby, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibit “Hollywood Costume” showcases nearly 100 movie costumes, including those from The Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The deal: The “Hollywood Package” includes a “superior room,” a traditional Southern breakfast for two, a breakfast gratuity, valet parking, and two tickets to the VMFA exhibit. Mention Washingtonian.com to also receive a free upgrade, based on availability at the time of arrival—a $50 value. Prices start at $285. Book by calling 800-424-8014 or online with the code PKGHWD.
When: Valid December through February 17, 2014, excluding December 31, 2013.
Romance and Culture
Where: Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, 115 Indian Springs Dr., Chester Heights, Pa.; 610-459-3000.
What’s special: Located in the Brandywine Valley, this B&B is nine miles north of Longwood Gardens and close to Winterthur Museum, Hagley Museum, and the Brandywine River Museum. Among Hamanassett’s charms are a complimentary full breakfast including a fruit dish (such as praline bananas) and a savory main course (eggs Florentine with hollandaise, for example) served on a table set with antique silver, crystal, and china. Breakfast is next to a fire or, weather permitting, on the terrace. Also included: free wi-fi, fresh-baked cookies, a refrigerator filled with juices and soft drinks, and a basket of snacks. You can even bring your dog.
The deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and, thanks to an exclusive fall/winter Washingtonian.com offer, get the third night free, a savings of $199 to $269 depending on accommodations.
When: Valid through April 15, 2014. Not valid on November 28; December 24, 25, and 31; or January 1.
Where: Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, Va.; 757-253-1703.
What’s special: This sprawling property offers a full menu of activities. Guests can golf on one of three championship courses, play tennis, go bicycling, be pampered at the spa, work out at the health club featuring more than 30 cardiovascular machines, swim indoors, or take a 90-minute Segway tour of the resort. (All except the health club and swimming have fees.) Colonial Williamsburg is minutes away.
The deal: The Suite & Breakfast Escape package includes a river-view suite (with a fireplace, patio, kitchen, in-room washer and dryer, and free wi-fi) plus daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, full access to the health club, and 30 percent off any spa service. The package starts at $219 a night for two and is valid for arrivals Sunday through Wednesday—a savings of 25 percent.
When: Valid through January 29, 2014. Blackout dates are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and select other dates*. Click here to book.
Unwinding by the Ocean
Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 877-650-4812
What’s special: North Carolina’s Outer Banks without the summer traffic? Hard to resist. This resort offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, offering a chance to see sunrises and sunsets over the water. Sanderling just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and now has new poolside guest rooms and a newly designed lobby with oceanfront views; the Lifesaving Station restaurant has fireplaces and an outdoor deck. You can walk on the beach, relax at the spa, and experience activities such as tennis, golf nearby, and seeing the wild horses of Corolla.
The deal: With the Fall Getaway Package, you can choose from a 50-minute spa treatment per person or one 50-minute couple’s treatment, or dinner or lunch for two at the Lifesaving Station. Every package includes a wild-horse tour for two. Rates start at $319 a night, a 28-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive two free desserts as well, a $20 value. There’s a two-night minimum stay.
When: Valid through December 31, 2013.
Golf and More Golf
Where: Old South Golf Links, 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Bluffton, S.C.; 843-785-5353.
What’s special: Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Old South Golf Links club showcases a course with towering oaks, rolling terrain, and island greens with views of the intracoastal marshes. You’ll see plenty of wildlife, including wood storks, soaring hawks, deer, and alligators in lagoons.
The deal: The Fall Fling Package includes two nights at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and three rounds of golf (two at Old South Golf Links and one at Hampton Hall) plus one breakfast or lunch per person at Old South. Washingtonian.com readers also get free range balls, 50 percent off golf-club rentals (dropping the price to $22.50), and a 20-percent discount on merchandise and restaurant purchases (excluding alcohol). The package starts at $325 a person including tax, a savings of $200 per person. To get this deal, go online or call Bonnie at 843-837-2610.
When: Valid during November 2013.
*This post has been updated from a previous version.
The Inn Place to Go
Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3333 or 877-219-4663.
What’s special: Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the Virginia countryside. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant sits on 265 acres. Guests can borrow a bike or a canoe, take a hike on miles of trails, or dip into the hot tub or indulge in a facial and massage at the spa. As the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains, have a glass of Champagne in front of the Carriage House fireplace. See the estate’s herb and vegetable gardens and visit Goodstone Farm, with chickens, sheep, cows, and a 700-pound rescue pig, Oliver. Guests also are treated to a full country breakfast and afternoon refreshments in the Carriage House.
The deal: Book Goodstone’s Midweek Fall Getaway for a two-night stay (Sunday through Wednesday, excluding holidays) in one of its six elegant guesthouses and get 50 percent off the second night. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive a free bottle of wine. Rates start at $365 a night.
When: Valid through November 19, 2013.
Mountains of Color
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 866-344-6957.
What’s special: Nemacolin, on 2,000 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, offers a variety of outdoor and indoor fun. You can play tennis and golf, head to the shooting academy, tackle the climbing wall, enjoy miniature golf, go off-road driving in a Jeep Rubicon, take flight on a 1,060-foot zip line, tour the $45-million art collection, swim in the indoor pool, work out at the 2,400-square-foot fitness center, or unwind at the Woodlands Spa. Nemacolin recently added new activities: Opened in December, the Sundial Lodge features an eight-lane bowling alley and arcade games. Lady Luck Casino, opened in July, has 600 slot machines and 28 table games.
The deal: The Simply the Best package includes one night’s accommodations, a $150 resort credit, breakfast each morning per person, and the daily resort fee. Midweek prices start at $299 for the Lodge, $429 for the Chateau or Townhouse; weekends start at $399 for the Lodge, $529 for the Chateau or Townhouse. Mention Washingtonian.com and get $50 in casino gaming credit and a free beverage, both per person. Call 866-344-6957 to book this deal.
When: The package is available through May 29, 2014, on selected dates—for example, October
1, 2, 6 through 10, 13 through 17, 20 through 24, 30, and 31.
Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000.
What’s special: Rooms at the Borgata feature comfy beds, spacious marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views of Atlantic City. The 54,000-square-foot Spa Toccare is a great place to indulge and exercise. There’s plenty of stylish shopping, and you can try your luck at the 161,000-square-foot casino with 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games. The dining options feature offerings by some acclaimed chefs, including Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Bobby Flay Steak, Fornelletto, and a New York landmark, Old Homestead Steakhouse. Want to walk on the beach? A shuttle will take you there. Don’t want to drive to Atlantic City from Washington? A charter-jet program, Fly Borgata, leaves from Dulles International Airport.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers can book a Classic Room at the Borgata, Sunday through Thursday, starting at $109. The deal includes two free passes to the Fitness Center at Spa Toccare, a $44 savings. Call 609-317-7900 and use the booking code WDC Getaway.
When: Valid through October, 2013.
Where: Pier House and Caribbean Spa, 1 Duval St., Key West, Fla.; 305-296-4600.
What’s special: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Pier House features exquisite gardens around its heated pool, which opens onto a private white-sand beach. You can have a drink and enjoy live entertainment at the beach bar or head to the HarbourView Café, with its menu of fresh seafood, and take in the fantastic views inside or on the deck.
The deal: The Sunset Sweets Package for Two includes a suite with an ocean view for three nights, chocolates and Champagne on arrival, a sunset cruise, and a sugar-scrub treatment for each person at the spa. The starting rate is $494 a night, 15 percent off the best available room rate. Mention Washingtonian.com to get two free cocktails at the Beach Bar and Grille, a $20 value.
When: Valid through December 19, 2013.
New Kid in Town
Where: Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3600.
What’s special: Be one of the first to stay at this much awaited, 168-room luxury resort. Built by Sheila Johnson, a cofounder of BET, the hotel is reported to have cost more than $100 million. The ultra-stylish resort wants guests to feel as though they’re visiting a posh country estate: The main floor has a library, a billiard room, and a living room. Guest rooms are large (545 to 575 square feet) and have terraces or stone balconies. The bathrooms feature pedestal tubs, large walk-in showers with body jets, and 19-inch TVs. Plush bedding and throws evoke the seasons and equestrian life. At the spa, you can choose from a variety of treatments; a 14-foot ceramic steam room has delicate aromas that change with the time of year. And the resort is dog-friendly.
The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive 10 percent off the best available rate of the Revive, Ride & Dine promotion (starting at $425 before the discount). The promotion includes a $100 daily resort credit and a room upgrade when available. To get this deal, use the booking code WASH.
When: Valid through October 2013*.
On Top of the World—or at Least Virginia
Where: The Iris Inn, 191 Chinquapin Dr., Waynesboro, Va.; 540-943-1991.
What’s special: This 11-acre retreat atop a mountain near Shenandoah National Forest offers spectacular scenery. You can relax and enjoy nature off the porch or the back deck—all guest rooms have access to the decks surrounding the inn. The rooms also feature free wi-fi and refrigerators. Have a complimentary breakfast—made with local ingredients—in the Great Room, with its three-story stone fireplace. In the evening, there’s a free winetasting with cheese, and you can take in the sunset from the Lookout Tower. Just three miles away, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway provide additional gorgeous vistas as well as access to miles of woodsy hiking trails. And within 30 miles, you’ll find 28 wineries and four homes of former US Presidents to visit.
The deal: The Washingtonian Readers Special includes a two-night weekend stay in a King Room (Pine, Bird, or Woodland room), chocolate-covered strawberries, an Iris Inn picnic tote on Saturday with lunch for two and a Virginia Wine Touring Map, and a bag of Colombian coffee from local roaster Queen’s Beans to take home. The package price is $500, a $59 savings.
When: Valid through December 31, 2013.
East Meets West on Park Avenue
Where: Kitano Hotel NYC, 66 Park Ave., New York, N.Y.; 212-885-7000.
What’s special: The Kitano is the only Japanese-owned hotel in New York City. From its decor and artwork—such as the lobby’s commanding piece by Botero—to its kaiseki restaurant, Hakubai, and annual tea ceremony, the hotel embraces Japanese culture. The supper club, Jazz at Kitano, has featured such great performers as Tony Bennett. The hotel, on Park Avenue, is beautiful and quiet yet close to everything—Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the theater district, museums, restaurants, and shopping.
The deal: Kitano’s Washingtonian Jazz Package includes premier accommodations, breakfast for two, admission for two at Jazz at Kitano, and four cocktails during the jazz performance. The package starts $499 a night, a 35-percent savings. To get this deal, use the booking code DCNYC.
When: Valid Thursday to Sunday through October 31, 2013.
Winding Through the Finger Lakes
Where: Elmira’s Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast, 520 W. Water St., Elmira, N.Y.; 607-846-3500.
What’s special: This B&B is nestled at the gateway of the Finger Lakes, New York’s lake and wine country. Guests can stay in this elegant 1875 Victorian home in the heart of Near Westside, the state’s largest registered historic district. Besides being near some 120 wineries, the quaint bed-and-breakfast is also close to the Corning Museum of Glass, Mark Twain’s study and gravesite, the National Soaring Museum (devoted to motorless flight), and the Arnot Art Museum. You can also take in the region’s breathtaking scenery overhead in a hot-air balloon or sailplane.
The deal: When booking a two-day minimum stay, guests receive a 20-percent discount on the room rate and a 20-percent discount on any of the wine tours listed on the website just by mentioning Washingtonian.com. Rates start at $136. All bookings must be made in advance by calling 607-846-3500.
When: September 1 through September 30, 2013.
*This post has been updated from a previous version.
On the Waterfront
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234
What’s special: At this four-diamond resort on the Eastern Shore, guests can be pampered at the spa, play a round of golf on a course that journeys along the Choptank River, and swim in a beautiful infinity pool with the river as a backdrop while the kids enjoy the winding waterslide. Nearby Cambridge, St. Michaels, Easton, and other quaint towns offer antique shopping and a maritime museum. Come during Crab Week (August 16 through 30) and learn to catch and crack your own crustaceans.
The deal: Book two nights at regular rates through the Sunshine on Sale package and receive a third night free, as well as a complimentary daily breakfast for two. During an August visit, Washingtonian readers will also receive $20 off any facial of 60 minutes or more at the on-site Sago Spa & Salon when they show a printout of this article. All Sunshine on Sale package guests through September will receive, at check-in, coupons toward dining, spa, golf, and other activities, valued at about $75. Summer room rates start at $259. Reservations must be made in advance; to book, call 800-633-7313 or visit their website.
When: Valid through December 30, 2013.
Where: Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown, 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore; 410-727-2222
What’s special: This Embassy Suites, formerly the Tremont Plaza Hotel, just underwent a $14 million renovation. The luxurious hotel provides amenities such as free wireless internet, free cooked-to-order breakfast, and complimentary cocktails. In addition to upgrading all guest-room kitchens and baths, the renovations include a new restaurant and bar, B’More Bistro and Lounge, and a fitness center. The hotel is about a half-mile walk to the Inner Harbor.
The deal: The Discover Baltimore package includes two nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, valet parking, four tickets to the Baltimore Zoo, four tickets to the National Aquarium, and four tickets to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Mention Washingtonian to also receive two free appetizers at the hotel restaurant, a $20 value. A two-night package is $399, a $300 savings.
When: Valid August through September 8, 2013.
New York, New York
Where: Milburn Hotel, 242 W. 76th St., New York, NY; 212-362-1006
What’s special: At this New York City hotel, guests enjoy comfortable beds and good-size rooms and suites, all with kitchenettes (microwave, refrigerator, dishes, and flatware). Breakfast is included—with yogurt, bagels, cereals, fruit, and waffles on weekends—as is free wi-fi. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a lounge off the lobby is an ideal spot to meet with friends. There’s a small gym and free use of a fitness center one block away with a 25-meter pool. The hotel is near Lincoln Center, Central Park, shops including Zabar’s famous gourmet and housewares emporium, and the American Museum of Natural History. And the price is always right—the “New York With Kids” guide ranked it second among “top ten family-friendly hotels,” and Fodor’s and Zagat both consider it one of New York’s hotel finds.
The deal: When you book at 212-362-1006 or e-mail email@example.com, mention Washingtonian to receive a free room upgrade. Room rates start at $199.
When: Valid through August 2013.
City of Brotherly Love
Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia; 215-563-5006
What’s special: This eco-friendly boutique hotel is a welcoming place, with its nightly open-bar wine party, addictive truffled popcorn, and a striking modern lobby with original artwork. The hotel has spacious rooms and suites, a fitness center, and a restaurant. It’s also pet-friendly. About ten minutes away are the Barnes Foundation museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The deal: The Perfect Picnic package includes customized picnic baskets for families, couples, and leisure travelers with gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and beverages; you’ll also receive an insulated tote and blanket to take home—all told, about a $45 value. As for where to eat your picnic? You can walk or take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bikes and head about one block to Rittenhouse Square. Mention Washingtonian to also receive two free cocktails, a $20 value, at the hotel bar. Room rates start at $219.
When: Valid through September 2, 2013.
Where: Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi, 2137 Route 940, Pocono Pines, Pa.; 570-646-6636
What’s special: The newly renovated lodge offers guest rooms in a main house as well as four cabins, all nestled amid towering pines. First opened in 1928, the lodge has luxury bed linens and free wi-fi. Mornings begin with a free gourmet country breakfast. Guests can relax at the lodge or enjoy the amenities at nearby Lake Naomi, a quarter-mile walk, where they can kayak across the 277-acre lake, relax on the sand beach, hike and bike, golf on a nine-hole course, and play tennis on outdoor or indoor courts.
The deal: The lodge is running a summer deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and get 25 percent off a stay. Mention Washingtonian to receive an additional 10 percent off. Rates start at $160 a night before any discount.
When: Valid through September 30, 2013.
Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY; 607-544-2502
What’s special: A member of the Historic Hotels of America, this 133-room hotel offers guests natural beauty and the feel of a bygone era. The Federal-style edifice features an imposing front portico supported by 30-foot columns. Guests can swim in the heated outdoor pool, canoe on beautiful Lake Otsego, golf on the challenging Leatherstocking course, and play tennis. Nearby, explore the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum.
The deal: The End of Summer Getaway includes a traditional guest room and breakfast, for a weekend rate of $249 a night. Mention Washingtonian to receive a choice of two tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore Art Museum, or the Farmers’ Museum. (Tickets to Baseball Hall of Fame normally cost $19.50.) For reservations, call 800-348-6222 or e-mail Reservation1@Otesaga.com.
When: Valid through mid-September 2013.