November Travel Deals: Puerto Rico, Middleburg, and More

With the holidays approaching, now is a good time to think about a relaxing, close-by getaway or a warm-weather escape.

By: Alice Shapin

Turkey Day at the Springs

Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, 2138 Business Rt. 220, Bedford, Pa.; 800-491-5900.

What’s special: The resort, on more than 2,200 acres in the Allegheny Mountains, has hosted US presidents and other dignitaries over the past 200 years. You can stroll the halls and see artifacts and memorabilia that reveal the resort’s rich history, get pampered at the spa (treatments use local herbs and botanicals and are inspired by the eight mineral springs), swim in the indoor spring-fed heated pool, or work out at the fitness center. Children can dabble in crafts or partake in kids’ nights out. And this Thanksgiving, you can sit back and savor a huge buffet of traditional dishes along with seafood and much more.

The deal: Book the Thanksgiving at the Springs package November 21 through 24 and receive the fourth night free, a $276 value. In addition, mention that you saw this deal on Washingtonian.com and get a free upgrade (based on availability), a $30-a-night savings. Rates start at $319 a night.

When: November 21 through 24, 2012.


Virginia Is for Lovers

Where: Middleburg Country Inn, 209 E. Washington St., Middleburg, Va.; 800-262-6082.

What’s special: This inn’s rooms all come with king-size canopy beds, bathrobes, broadband Internet, and complimentary ice cream. Some have a Jacuzzi. The breakfast includes seasonal fruit and a choice of eggs Benedict, waffles, or the country breakfast (cheese omelet or scrambled or poached eggs with bacon and muffins). The inn puts you within an easy walk to the quaint town of Middleburg, where you can explore designer boutiques, antiques shops, and art galleries. The area also offers vineyards and battlegrounds.

The deal: Mention The Washingtonian to receive 20 percent off the room rate Sunday through Thursday, plus a free cheese plate and half bottle of wine at check-in. Prices start at $160 before the discount.

When: Valid November 2012 through January 2013.


Eastern Shore Escape

Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin, 308 Watkins La., St. Michaels, Md.; 410-745-2200.

What’s special: On the edge of the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Perry Cabin exudes serenity and elegance. The handsome rooms feature luxurious bedding and high-end bathrooms. The inn has beautiful common spaces, excellent cuisine, and terrific service. Its restaurant, Sherwood’s Landing, is the only AAA four-diamond restaurant on the Eastern Shore. Linden Spa, named for the majestic trees lining the hotel’s driveway, offers rejuvenation and wellness treatments. The inn is also pet-friendly, and you can easily stroll into the charming town of St. Michaels.

The deal: The Passport to Savings special offers a $75-per-room credit to be used at Sherwood’s Landing, the Purser’s Pub, or the spa. It also includes free high-speed Internet. Washingtonian readers get a guaranteed room upgrade upon booking, a $50 savings. This deal is available Sunday through Thursday, with a two-night minimum stay. Prices start at $265.

When: Valid November 1 through December 30, 2012 (blackout dates November 21 and 22 and December 24 and 25).


Tropical Retreat

Where: Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa, Parrita, Costa Rica; 888-960-2562.

What’s special: Located along beautiful Playa Esterillos Este in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region, the resort offers the ultimate seaside escape. The beach, ocean, and verdant cliffs create a breathtaking landscape. Wander through ornamental, herb, and vegetable gardens, or see wildlife including scarlet macaws, butterflies, iguanas, and lizards. The open-air restaurant has beach views and serves international and Costa Rican cuisine.

The deal: An exclusive Washingtonian package includes airport transfers, accommodations, daily continental breakfast, a $50 spa credit, two welcome drinks, and a guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Rates start at $179 a night, beachfront villas at $244 a night. The total savings is 35 percent. Book by November 30 and travel by December 15, 2012. Requires a minimum four-night stay. Visit the website or call 888-960-2562 and use the booking code novdeal.

When: Valid November through December 15, 2012.


Puerto Rico on a Budget

Where: Verdanza Hotel, 8020 Tartak St., Isla Verde, Puerto Rico; 800-625-0312.

What’s special: While Verdanza Hotel isn’t on the beach, it’s a quick walk or free bike taxi ride to the white sand. At the hotel, you can enjoy an expansive pool area, featuring a whirlpool, or unwind with a massage in a gazebo. Next to the pool is the Spray Park, perfect for kids, with showering umbrella domes, high buckets that spill water, and a wheel of jets in continual motion. Other activities within minutes include golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and parasailing. The hotel offers free high-speed Internet and restaurants including Asian, Caribbean, and Puerto Rican fare.

The deal: An exclusive Washingtonian deal offers a rate of $249 for a two-night/three-day stay for two adults (a 30 percent discount) plus your choice of a free upgrade to a junior suite, full buffet breakfast daily (a $15 savings per person), welcome wine and cheese (a $49 value), a rental car for one day from Dollar Car Rental (a $64.69 value), a winetasting for two, or a 50 percent discount certificate for a future stay. Additional nights are at the best available rate. For reservations, call 800-625-0312 or e-mail reservations@verdanzahotel.com; mention the promo code DC12.

When: Valid for reservations booked by November 30 for travel through April 30, 2013.