October Travel Deals

Fall can be glorious—crisp days, spectacular colors, pumpkins. It’s a good time to get away, especially given these great deals, exclusive to our readers. Prefer the beach? We have that, too.

By: Alice Shapin

The Inn Place to Go

Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3333 or 877-219-4663.

What’s special: Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the Virginia countryside. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant sits on 265 acres. Guests can borrow a bike or a canoe, take a hike on miles of trails, or dip into the hot tub or indulge in a facial and massage at the spa. As the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains, have a glass of Champagne in front of the Carriage House fireplace. See the estate’s herb and vegetable gardens and visit Goodstone Farm, with chickens, sheep, cows, and a 700-pound rescue pig, Oliver. Guests also are treated to a full country breakfast and afternoon refreshments in the Carriage House.

The deal: Book Goodstone’s Midweek Fall Getaway for a two-night stay (Sunday through Wednesday, excluding holidays) in one of its six elegant guesthouses and get 50 percent off the second night. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive a free bottle of wine. Rates start at $365 a night.

When: Valid through November 19, 2013.


Mountains of Color

Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 866-344-6957.

What’s special: Nemacolin, on 2,000 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania, offers a variety of outdoor and indoor fun. You can play tennis and golf, head to the shooting academy, tackle the climbing wall, enjoy miniature golf, go off-road driving in a Jeep Rubicon, take flight on a 1,060-foot zip line, tour the $45-million art collection, swim in the indoor pool, work out at the 2,400-square-foot fitness center, or unwind at the Woodlands Spa. Nemacolin recently added new activities: Opened in December, the Sundial Lodge features an eight-lane bowling alley and arcade games. Lady Luck Casino, opened in July, has 600 slot machines and 28 table games.

The deal: The Simply the Best package includes one night’s accommodations, a $150 resort credit, breakfast each morning per person, and the daily resort fee. Midweek prices start at $299 for the Lodge, $429 for the Chateau or Townhouse; weekends start at $399 for the Lodge, $529 for the Chateau or Townhouse. Mention Washingtonian.com and get $50 in casino gaming credit and a free beverage, both per person. Call 866-344-6957 to book this deal.

When: The package is available through May 29, 2014, on selected dates—for example, October 1, 2, 6 through 10, 13 through 17, 20 through 24, 30, and 31.


Boardwalk Empire

Where: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; 609-317-1000.

What’s special: Rooms at the Borgata feature comfy beds, spacious marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic views of Atlantic City. The 54,000-square-foot Spa Toccare is a great place to indulge and exercise. There’s plenty of stylish shopping, and you can try your luck at the 161,000-square-foot casino with 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games. The dining options feature offerings by some acclaimed chefs, including Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Bobby Flay Steak, Fornelletto, and a New York landmark, Old Homestead Steakhouse. Want to walk on the beach? A shuttle will take you there. Don’t want to drive to Atlantic City from Washington? A charter-jet program, Fly Borgata, leaves from Dulles International Airport.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers can book a Classic Room at the Borgata, Sunday through Thursday, starting at $109. The deal includes two free passes to the Fitness Center at Spa Toccare, a $44 savings. Call 609-317-7900 and use the booking code WDC Getaway.

When: Valid through October, 2013.


Kicking Back

Where: Pier House and Caribbean Spa, 1 Duval St., Key West, Fla.; 305-296-4600.

What’s special: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Pier House features exquisite gardens around its heated pool, which opens onto a private white-sand beach. You can have a drink and enjoy live entertainment at the beach bar or head to the HarbourView Café, with its menu of fresh seafood, and take in the fantastic views inside or on the deck.

The deal: The Sunset Sweets Package for Two includes a suite with an ocean view for three nights, chocolates and Champagne on arrival, a sunset cruise, and a sugar-scrub treatment for each person at the spa. The starting rate is $494 a night, 15 percent off the best available room rate. Mention Washingtonian.com to get two free cocktails at the Beach Bar and Grille, a $20 value.

When: Valid through December 19, 2013.