Virginia Is for Lovers
Where: The Inn at Willow Grove, 14079 Plantation Way, Orange, Virginia; 540-317-1206.
What’s special: On 40 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 18th-century plantation house and surrounding cottages feature rooms and suites with a mix of antique and modern touches, including wi-fi and flat-screen TVs. Many rooms have wet bars, large soaking tubs, sitting rooms, and porches. Guests can enjoy very good farm-to-table cuisine, exquisite gardens, and nearby vineyards—the makings of a perfect romantic interlude.
The deal: With the Weekday Getaway Package, stay any Wednesday and Thursday nights for $399, or upgrade to a suite ($100 extra) or the Master Suite or Butler’s Cottage ($150 extra). All rates include butler service, French-press coffee with hot beignets delivered every morning to your room, and a sweet treat with hot tea at turndown every night. Mention The Washingtonian to receive a free bottle of red or white wine, a complimentary gourmet cheese plate, and free passes to Barboursville Vineyards, for a total savings of at least 28 percent.
When: Valid through June 2012.
Big Apple Fun
Where: The Muse New York, 130 W. 46th St., New York, New York; 212-485-2400.
What’s special: A chic, recently renovated boutique hotel, the Muse is steps away from the theater district, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue. This Kimpton hotel has a fitness center and offers nightly complimentary wine. The Today show’s nutritionist, Joy Bauer, consults on the hotel’s menu. The Muse is also pet-friendly.
The deal: The exclusive Washingtonian Summer Detox Determination Package features a healthy in-room breakfast (including a garden omelet and a yogurt/berry parfait); a daily subway pass; a yoga mat, a towel, and yoga blocks for use during your stay; and two house-made juices daily from the hotel’s juice menu. The free extras add up to a total value of $150. Rates start at $259. Visit the hotel’s website to book with the rate code “detox.”
When: Valid June through August 2012.
Driving the Links
Where: Musket Ridge Golf Club, 3555 Brethren Church Rd., Myersville, Maryland; 301-293-9930.
What’s special: Dramatic elevated tees, undulating greens, strategically located hazards, and spectacular views greet golfers on this superbly conditioned course. After playing, stop by the Grill for lunch or dinner. For those interested in sustainability, the restaurant has implemented a Zero Food Waste program: All food scraps are composted into fertilizer on-site using a Japanese process that adds nutrients to the compost and helps improve the health of soil and plants. The course is just off l-70, west of Frederick.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian to receive 20 percent off a round of golf, which starts at $75.
When: Valid any Monday through Thursday before 2 PM through June.