March Travel Deals: Spring-Break Breaks

Sun, rain, wind—March hands us a little of everything. But we have you covered with special travel deals for every type of weather.

By: Alice Shapin

Nantucket of the South

Where: One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; 800-874-6000.

What’s special: Atlantic Beach, 35 minutes from the Jacksonville airport, is known as the Nantucket of the South, thanks to its shingled cottages along Beach Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. The boutique One Ocean Resort & Spa offers floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean and is draped in soothing sea colors such as azure, sand, and pearl. Each guest room has a refrigerator with free soda, water, and snacks. Complimentary coffee is brought to your room with your wake-up call. The spa is recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as a Top 100 US Resort Spa, and it touts views of the surf from its meditative lounge. On the beach, the resort’s Azurea restaurant provides an elegant atmosphere, and every seat has a view of the ocean. Across the street, the picturesque Beaches Town Center has brick streets and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife.

The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get 20 percent off the best available rate for a deluxe ocean-view room. The average rate is $200 a night.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday through June 30, 2013.


Swing Into Spring

Where: Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 866-561-8802.

What’s special: Sea Pines is a 5,000-acre oceanfront retreat offering views of the Atlantic Ocean and Calibogue Sound in a variety of accommodations ranging from efficiencies to eight-bedroom homes. Guests can golf, bike, play tennis, swim, kayak, fish, jet-ski, relax on the beach, dine at eateries ranging from casual to elegant, wander through the shops, or hit the spa.

The deal: The Escape Vacation Package offers 15 percent off a weekly home or villa rental, two hours of tennis-court use a day, complimentary Internet service, and a $100 resort credit that can be used for golf, dining, and other activities. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to increase that credit to $150. Plus, with the package, children under age 12 eat free at the Harbour Town Grill and Surfside Outdoor Restaurant & Bar, and they get free golf on Heron Point Golf Course by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course with each paid adult round. Prices depend on accommodations. For example, with the 15-percent discount, a one-bedroom deluxe villa starts at $981 per week in the spring; in the summer, the same discounted villa starts at $1,244.

When: March 2 through September 6, 2013.


For Lincoln Lovers

Where: Hotel Monaco, 700 F St., NW; 202-628-7177.

What’s special: This Kimpton boutique hotel is in a grand building that was once the General Post Office and offices for the Postmaster General during the Civil War. In the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter, it’s an easy walk to Chinatown, the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Verizon Center, and the International Spy Museum. The interior features soaring ceilings and eclectic, colorful furnishings. The hotel also offers in-room spa services and a fitness center, and it’s pet-friendly.

The deal: With the “Four Score” Lincoln Package, you can learn about our 16th President. The package includes accommodations, admission to Ford’s Theatre, two tickets to Madame Tussauds, and a tour for two at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where Lincoln lived with his family during the height of the Civil War and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive two free cocktails at the hotel’s Poste Moderne Brasserie. Room rates start at $279; this package is about a $60 savings. Book online using the rate code Lincol or call 202-628-7177.

When: Valid through April 30, 2013.


Boston Uncommon

Where: Colonnade Hotel, Boston, Mass.; 800-962-3030.

What’s special: This contemporary hotel offers an ideal location: You can walk across the street to the Prudential Building and visit the Skywalk Observatory, a bird’s-eye vantage point with 360-degree views. The informative audio tour details Boston’s historic and cultural points of interest. You can also walk to Newbury Street, known as the Rodeo Drive of the East for its dining and high-end shopping. Right outside the hotel is Boston’s subway, the “T,” which you can take to other attractions such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The deal: The Frosty Fridays special is based on a two-night stay and allows guests to get the first night’s rate equal to the temperature outside and the second night for $309. That means if the temperature at 5 PM is 40 degrees, you pay $40 for that night. (If it’s minus-10, the room is free and you get a $10 credit at the hotel’s restaurant.) The deal includes hot chocolate for two at Brasserie Jo, overnight parking, and a choice of two tickets to the Old Town Trolley Tour or two admissions and skating rentals at the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink. Washingtonian.com readers also get a full American breakfast for two at Brasserie Jo (a $43 value) and a choice of wine and cheese (a $57 value) or hot chocolate and cookies (a $31 value) delivered to their room. You can book the package directly with the code WashFrosty.

When: Valid through March 2013.