December Travel Deals

This time of year is so hectic—why not take a little time to relax at a nearby inn or on a warm beach? With these exclusive reader deals, you can get away before, during, or after the holidays.

By: Alice Shapin

Into the Woods

Where: Swiss Woods, 500 Blantz Rd., Lititz, Pa.; 717-627-3358.

What’s special: Warm and welcoming, Swiss Woods is a forested 35-acre retreat. Breakfast is delicious—think pumpkin French toast with lemon brandied apples or eggs Florentine with shoofly muffins and fresh fruit. The innkeepers use local ingredients such as free-range eggs, double-hickory-smoked bacon, country sausage, and the inn’s own honey. You’ll always find sodas and water in the refrigerator and cookies or something else sweet set out in the common area. Lancaster Central Market, the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market—about 13 miles away in Lancaster—is open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. And in December, you can see the stage musical Singin’ in the Rain at Lancaster’s historic Fulton Theatre. For a list of all the holiday events, see lancastercountychristmas.com.

The deal: The inn is offering 20 percent off rooms, with a two-night minimum; rates typically start at $175. Guests will also receive coupons for two free specialty drinks at S. Clyde Weaver, a cafe and gourmet shop; discount coupons to the local shopping outlets; and 10 percent off dinner at Lily’s on Main and at Olde Lincoln House.

When: Valid in December. The inn is closed December 24 through 26.


Worth a Trip to Palm Beach

Where: The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, Fla.; 561-655-7740.

What’s special: This landmark boutique hotel offers 80 renovated studios, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. The luxury accommodations feature mahogany cabinetry, limestone floors, and luxurious imported fabrics. Dine al fresco (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) at the casually elegant CafĂ© Boulud. Swim in the newly renovated pool. Enjoy spa services at the spa or in your suite. The hotel offers a convenient in-town location, within walking distance to famed Worth Avenue, with its array of upscale stores and restaurants, and two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The deal: TheOne More Night package offers three nights for the price of two (a 33-percent discount) or four nights for the price of three (a 25-percent discount). Rates start at $289 a night. Mention The Washingtonian at the time of reservations and also receive free truffles or a sweet treat when you arrive.

When: Valid through December 25, 2012.


Jamaican Holiday

Where: Rose Hill, Jamaica.

What’s special: Live the good life in a five-bedroom, five-bath luxury Rose Hall villa at the award-winning Half Moon Resort in Jamaica. The house, just steps from the beach, sleeps ten and has a private pool, a butler, a cook, and a housekeeper. The resort features a golf course, two miles of private beach, and an equestrian center.

The deal: Vacation like a member of Portico—a collection of exclusive rentals—without paying the initiation fee of $2,500 and the annual membership of $2,500. Readers can book the Rose Hill villa for $850 a night, a 25-percent savings off regular rates. (There’s also a daily gratuity of $200 a day charged by the resort.) Washingtonian readers will also receive a free bottle of wine on arrival by mentioning the Great Getaways blog.

When: Valid through March 15, 2013.