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.
Kids love the mini-golf, scavenger hunts, s’mores roasts, and poolside movies where they can float and watch.
At the second annual Crab Week, August 14 through 28, activities include a crabcake-eating competition and crab-walk contests.
The deal: With the Sunshine on Sale package, stay three nights and get the third free. The rate averages out to $186 a night, a 30-percent savings. Present this article at check-in to also receive a $20 credit to use toward the spa, golf, recreation, or dining. Valid August through December.
What’s special: With two challenging 18-hole courses and a family-friendly nine-hole short course, golf takes center stage at Lansdowne Resort, just 30 miles from DC. The Robert Trent Jones II Course offers views of the Loudoun countryside; its design incorporates fields, woodlands, and centuries-old rock walls. The Norman Course’s front nine runs along the Potomac River, and its last four holes are called “the hardest mile in golf” by course designer Greg Norman.
A spa features 13 treatment rooms; offerings include massages for couples and golfers as well as services for young spa-goers.
An aquatic complex has four outdoor pools and one indoor. Kids can enjoy the activities in the free Resort Rascals program. The deal:The Washingtonian Lansdowne First in Class Package includes a room for two plus your choice of two of the following spa services per night: a 50-minute Swedish massage, a Salt Glo body treatment, a manicure and pedicure, or a 50-minute European Facial. (If there’s only one guest, then the package includes one treatment.) If a spa isn’t your thing, enjoy unlimited golf for two daily. Prices start at $299 a night Sunday through Thursday, $369 Friday and Saturday—a 20-percent savings off regular rates. To book, go to lansdowneresort.com/summer or call 703-729-8400 and ask for TheWashingtonian deal.
Readers can save 20 percent off plus a free bottle of wine at North Folk Mountain Inn. Photograph courtesy of Ed and Carol Fischer
What’s special: In the Monongahela National Forest, this inn offers wonderful mountain views. Co-owner Ed Fischer is a chef and sommelier; wife Carol is a baker. Gourmet breakfasts feature such choices as eggs Florentine and Sleep Late French Toast. If you wish, they’ll create a gourmet picnic lunch (extra charge). Saturday, they prepare a fine dinner ($50 a person). Between meals, you can relax on the porch or go hiking, bird-watching, golfing, antiquing, or paragliding. Other local attractions include Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, Cass Scenic Railroad, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian to receive a free bottle of wine and 20 percent off the room rate—normally $140 to $245—with a minimum two-night stay. This deal is valid August through September.
What’s special: After a renovation, this hotel—on Park Avenue at 38th Street—is a haven of quiet luxury. The rooms have goose-down beds and Frette linens; in-room spa services can be arranged. It’s also pet friendly.
A Kimpton boutique hotel, it’s steps from Grand Central Terminal and close to theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, and Rockefeller Center. The hotel offers free in-room wireless high-speed Internet, coffee and tea and a newspaper each morning, an evening wine hour, and a new on-site gym.
The hotel’s “retail therapist” helps out-of-towners shop like a local—from boutiques in SoHo to foodie finds in Chelsea Market.
The deal: Receive 10 percent off the best available rate—rooms start at $219—plus two free “red carpet” cocktails at the on-site Silverleaf Tavern and one free in-room movie with wine and snacks, all a $100 value. For guests staying Monday night who want to enjoy a free movie at Bryant Park, 70 Park will provide, for free, a blanket and a picnic basket with popcorn, two bottles of soda or water, and movie-theater candy—a $100 value. To book, call 617-772-5841 or use online code PMSM.
What’s special: You choose the hotel—the Admiral Fell Inn at Fells Point, Pier 5 on the water by the Inner Harbor, or Brookshire Suites in the heart of the city. All give you easy access to Baltimore attractions such as the National Aquarium.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian when you book a stay at any Harbor Magic hotel and choose two of the following for free: valet parking (a $29 value, Admiral Fell Inn and Brookshire Suites only); a $25 voucher good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant; drink passes to ten of the city’s top hot spots (worth $60 if you were to use each one); a $50 gift card valid on a future trip to any Harbor Magic hotel; or a welcome bag including $20 worth of local items such as Old Bay Seasoning and Otterbein’s lemon sugar cookies. Rates start at $169 at the Admiral Fell Inn, $149 at Brookshire Suites, $229 at Pier 5.
What’s special: The Tides Inn, bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, has a serene setting.
For those who like plenty of activity, there are rental bikes, a spa, and a marina that offers sailing lessons, cruises, rentals of electric Duffy boats and pontoon boats, and free paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes.
The resort’s 18-hole Golden Eagle golf course is carved out of the woodland landscape around a 50-acre lake. There’s also a par-three course for honing your skills.
The deal:The Washingtonian Summer Tides Inn Package includes a room for two nights, full breakfast daily, a picnic-basket lunch, a round of golf for two at the Golden Eagle, and one three-course dinner for two in the Chesapeake Club including gratuity. Prices are from $334 a night for a minimum of two nights, based on double occupancy—a 25-percent savings. Taxes and a $24 resort fee are extra. Valid through September 21.
What’s special: The inn offers luxurious guest rooms and afternoon goodies such as cookies. You can enjoy a gourmet breakfast—options might include grilled buttered-rum peaches or Hawaiian coconut waffles—while relaxing by the koi pond or in the sunroom.
Spa treatments are available; an hourlong massage is $85. The inn is a mile and a half from a buzzing art scene and good restaurants; it’s also just minutes from Amish country.
The deal: Mention the magazine when booking the Escape and Rejuvenate package and get 20 percent off a two-night stay in a suite with private bath—normally $195 to $295—and 20 percent off any spa service over $80. This deal, good Monday through Thursday, is valid August through September.
This article appears in the August 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.