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The calendar says spring, but it’s been hard to tell some days. This month’s deals have you covered no matter what the weather. By Alice Shapin
The George's Washington Nationals Package includes two tickets to a game. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.


Play Ball

Where: The George, 15 E St., NW; 202-347-4200.

What’s special: This newly renovated boutique hotel features a bold, bright style with marble bathrooms, luxury bedding, and plenty of references to American history—such as wallpaper printed with George Washington’s inaugural address and custom accent pillows inspired by his uniform. The hotel is ideal for locals who want to spend a night in DC or for guests arriving at Union Station. It’s within walking distance of the Capitol, one block from Union Station and its Metro stop, and close to the Mall and the Smithsonian museums. Enjoy the free evening wine hour and complimentary internet access for Kimpton InTouch guest-loyalty members (it’s free to sign up online).

The deal: The Washington Nationals Package includes accommodations, two tickets to that night’s baseball game at Nationals Park (section 109, row RR, seats 25 and 26—a $62 value), and transportation in a private car to the game (a $20 value). Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive a free six-pack of locally brewed DC Brau beer upon check-in. Package rates start at $159 a night. The reservation must be prepaid and is nonrefundable. Only one package available per home game. Book using the rate code PNATS on The George's website or calling 800-546-7866.

When: Valid through June 2014.


Nature Done Right

Where: Skyland Resort, Skyline Dr., Luray, Va.; 540-999-2211.

What’s special: On the highest point of Skyline Drive—3,680 feet up—sits Skyland Resort with its magnificent views. Forget about wi-fi and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the area. Accommodations range from small, rustic cabins to traditional rooms. With so many hiking trails, you can choose the difficulty level that’s right for you. Other activities include driving 105-mile Skyline Drive, stargazing, and ranger talks and guided walks.

The deal: The Early Bird Package includes a traditional room for two, dinner for two, and gratuities. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive breakfast for two, a $25 value. Package prices start at $171 a night.

When: Valid through June 19, 2014.


By the Bay

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.

What’s special: This 400-acre resort on the Choptank River offers enough activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Enjoy the indoor pool, boating, biking, tennis, the Blue Heron Rookery, a kids’ camp, and an 18-hole championship course that winds along the water. Relax at the renovated 18,000-square-foot spa, where many of the treatments use products—such as lavender and extract of white pine—that reflect the rich ecosystems of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The newly renovated Blue Point restaurant serves local seafood; other dining choices include the Water’s Edge Grill. Starting April 11, the heated outdoor pool will be open along with the indoor heated pool, which hosts nightly “dive-in” movies. Other events, through April 27, include deejay-hosted pool-deck parties, magic shows, Easter-egg hunts, a family Iron Chef competition, family four-hole golf, cooking demos, golf clinics, yoga classes, and winetastings.

The deal: The Spring Fever Package includes accommodations and a s’mores kit. Rates start at $169 a night Sunday through Thursday and $199 a night Friday and Saturday, a discount of up to 30 percent. Show a printout of this article at check-in and receive a $20 resort credit to use for golf, dining, or the spa or marina. The package reservation must be made in advance. To book or for more information, call 410-901-1234 and request the offer code SFEVER, or visit their website.

When: Valid April 1 through May 30, 2014.


The Windy City

Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, Ill.; 312-565-5258.

What’s special: Enjoy spectacular views of Lake Michigan and some of Chicago’s landmarks from this hotel. The soaring skyscraper is walking distance to the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, the lakefront (we recommend an architectural boat tour), Navy Pier, and great restaurants, bars, and music venues. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools and a health club. There’s on-site parking, free internet access, and complimentary use of an iPad.

The deal: Rates usually start at $199, but stay at least two nights to get a standard city-view room for $139 or a business-class room for $177. The business-class accommodations, on the 17th and 18th floors, include access to the 24-hour business lounge, which offers free continental breakfast, beverages, evening cocktails, and concierge service. In addition, mention Washingtonian.com to also receive one complimentary glass of wine per person at the hotel bar.

When: Valid through April 2014.

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Are you tired of DC weather? Get away with these exclusive reader deals. By Alice Shapin
Save at El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village in Fajardo, Puerto Rico this month. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Luxury Weekends

Where: The Greenbrier, 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.; 855-453-4858.

What’s special: The Greenbrier, a National Historic Landmark, has been welcoming guests since 1778. In addition to traditional resort activities—three great golf courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, bowling, biking, tennis, and a spa and fitness center—it has falconry, an off-road driving adventure, a canopy zipline, a tour of the Cold War-era bunker designed to hold members of Congress in the event of an attack, and, the resort’s newest addition, a 103,000-square-foot underground casino.

The deal: The Greenbrier is hosting a series of theme weekends in March, including Wellness Weekend (March 7 through 9), Antique Treasures Weekend (March 14 through 16), Art Enthusiasts Weekend (March 21 through 23), and Women’s Weekend (March 27 through 30). Visit their website for more information. Rates start at $219 a night (room only) for all weekends except Women’s, which is a three-night package starting at $1,640 for two guests sharing a room and includes a long list of activities (welcome reception, demonstrations, lectures, and meals). Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to get a two-for-one deal at the wine-tasting held Friday evenings at 5, a $40 savings. Those who can’t make the tasting receive a free bottle of wine. To book, call 855-897-3339.

When: Valid through March 2014.


Romantic Getaway

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

What’s special: This luxurious inn sits on 265 acres of pastures and woodlands in Northern Virginia’s horse and wine country. The 18 elegant guest rooms and suites are done up in English and French country styles. The inn offers vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the restaurant features a farm-to-table menu, and a spa is available for massages and facials.

The deal: The Romantic Getaway Package includes overnight accommodations, choice of Champagne or wine upon arrival, chocolate-covered strawberries, a four-course dinner for two in the restaurant, candlelit turn-down service, and late checkout (1 PM). Rates start at $455 midweek, $505 weekends—at least a 15-percent savings off regular rates. Mention Washingtonian.com (both when booking and again at check-in) to get a free room upgrade (a $30 value), subject to availability.

When: Valid through March 31, 2014.


Fifth Avenue Luxury

Where: The Peninsula, 700 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y.; 212-956-2888.

What’s special: The Peninsula, on New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue, is known for its exceptional service, posh rooms, and restaurants. A rooftop oasis with spectacular views houses a fitness facility, yoga studio, indoor pool, and a Forbes five-star-rated spa. For more great views, you can have a drink at Salon de Ning, a beautiful rooftop bar. The Peninsula is close to shopping, restaurants, Central Park, and the theater district.

The deal: The Manhattan 25th Anniversary Retreat includes overnight accommodations; daily continental breakfast for two (juice, pastries, and coffee or tea) via room service or in Clement restaurant; a $75 dining credit in Clement; use of the fitness center, sun terrace, and swimming pool; 30-percent off any treatment at the Peninsula Spa; 4 PM late checkout; free in-room wired and wireless high-speed internet access; and a daily local newspaper. Rates start at $545 for a minimum of two nights, a savings of more than $200. Washingtonian.com readers also receive a free bottle of wine. In addition, everyone who books online gets to draw for a gift upon check-in; these include cocktails, room upgrades, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Book here or, if you call, use the booking code WASH14.

When: Valid through March 31, 2014.


Fun in the Sun

Where: El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village, 1000 El Conquistador Ave., Fajardo, Puerto Rico; 888-543-1282.

What’s special: Guests at this luxury resort—a Waldorf Astoria property—can swim in one of seven pools (including a water park), play tennis (on four clay and three hard courts) or golf (on a challenging hilly course), hit the fitness center, or be pampered at the Waldorf Astoria spa. Take a short catamaran ride to the resort’s private 100-acre Palomino Island, where you can relax in a lounge chair on the white-sand beach, snorkel, scuba-dive, or go windsurfing, sailing, or horseback riding. The resort offers 23 restaurants, bars, and lounges, from gourmet to casual, many with ocean views, including the sultry Chops Steakhouse.

The deal: The Family Escape Package includes accommodations, complimentary kids’ meals, a $50 nightly resort credit, and daily buffet breakfast for four. Nightly rates start at $259 at El Conquistador Resort and $309 at Las Casitas Village, a savings of more than 30 percent. Mention Washingtonian.com when checking in to receive two free tickets to the Coqui Water Park, a state-of-the-art aquatic playground with an 8,500-square-foot pool, a speed slide, a tube slide, a body slide, a rope bridge, and a lazy river—a $40 value.

When: Valid through April 10, 2014.

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Sick of winter? Maybe it’s time to get away. Whether you want to spark romance, relax in the sun, or hit the slopes, we have exclusive deals for Washingtonian readers. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort in February. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Love Is in the Air

Where: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodbridge Pkwy., Leesburg; 703-729-8400.

What’s special: This resort may be close by, but it feels a million miles away. Guests can get pampered at the 12,000-square-foot spa, work out at the fitness center, swim, dine at one of four restaurants, enjoy the evening stars by the fire pit, and, weather permitting, play tennis or golf.

The deal: The Date Night package includes accommodations, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your room upon arrival, a $150 credit at any of the resort’s restaurants, buffet breakfast for two at the Riverside Hearth, and a s’mores kit to enjoy at the fire pit. The package costs $308 (the regular price is $355). In addition, Washingtonian.com readers receive a $50 credit at Spa Minérale. The package can be booked only by calling 877-261-3456 and asking for the Washingtonian Date Night Package.

When: Valid in February 2014.


Virginia Is for Lovers

Where: Smithfield Station, 415 S. Church St., Smithfield, Va.; 877-703-7701.

What’s special: This inn is in the small river-port town of Smithfield, on the Pagan River, three hours from DC. Visitors can stroll the historic district to see Victorian homes and browse in art galleries. Nearby is Windsor Castle Park, featuring more than four miles of walking trails. Smithfield Station offers 22 rooms with fireplaces, balconies with water views, and free internet. There’s also waterfront dining and an on-site boardwalk with shops and a marina.

The deal: The Washingtonian Package at Smithfield Station includes overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Lodge King room, a bottle of Champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The price is $129 for one night or $249 for two nights. Also included is a $25 dining credit at the inn’s waterfront restaurant, for a total savings of more than 50 percent. To book, call 877-703-7701 or visit their website.

When: Valid February through May 15, 2014 (except February 13 through 15).


Hit the Slopes

Where: Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 10 Snowshoe Dr., Snowshoe, W. Va.; 877-441-4386.

What’s special: This mountain playground has an elevation of 4,848 feet, a 1,500-foot vertical drop, and 251 skiable acres—offering snow lovers great skiing and snowboarding. The mountaintop village boasts a variety of things to do, including dining, shopping, two activity centers for kids and teens, and the new state-of-the-art Spa at Snowshoe. The resort was voted Best Nightlife and Best Terrain by readers at OntheSnow.com.

The deal: Book a one-bedroom condo in Snowshoe’s mountaintop village for a two-night stay in February and get a discounted rate—$204 for a deluxe room (normally $287). The offer is valid for the highly desirable Allegheny Springs, Highland House, and Rimfire properties. Plus, save 20 percent on any service at the new Spa at Snowshoe, including massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures. To take advantage of this exclusive spa offer, call 304-572-4700 and mention the Washingtonian.com deal to the Spa at Snowshoe staff.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014. Not valid Sunday, February 16.


Warm-Weather Fun

Where: South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Rd., Captiva Island, Fla.; 866-565-5089.

What’s special: This resort on Captiva Island—known for its abundant seashells—offers 2½ miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico, a 330-acre wildlife sanctuary, 11 tennis courts, a nine-hole executive golf course, a sailing school, 20 swimming pools, a full-service yacht harbor and marina, a spa, restaurants, and shops. Accommodations include guest rooms, condominiums, and cottages.

The deal: The CaptivaEscape package includes a 10-percent discounted room rate plus a one-time $50 resort credit. Rates with the discounts start at $399 through April, $229 in May and June.

When: Valid through June 30, 2014. You must book by February 28, 2014, and mention the Washingtonian Great Getaways offer when calling 855-339-9383.


Luxury in Paradise

Where: Royal Isabela, 396 Ave. Noel Estrada, Isabela, Puerto Rico; 855-609-5888.

What’s special: This resort on Puerto Rico’s northwestern coast is set on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 20 casitas is perched at the highest elevation to capture the breezes and spectacular ocean views. Each also has a living room and a bedroom, wood floors and ceilings, and a private plunge pool and terrace. Spacious bathrooms feature a tub for two and a walk-in rain shower that opens onto the outdoor plunge pool. The resort’s golf course, though difficult, is a visual treat: It sits high on the rugged, ocean-hugging cliffs. There’s also an outdoor tennis court, a private beach, an open-air stone bar with sea and sunset views, and free wi-fi. The restaurant emphasizes local produce, with much of the food grown in its own gardens.

The deal: Mention Washingtonian.com when booking and pay $499 a day for weekday accommodations (a savings of $100 a day) or $699 on weekends (also a $100-a-day savings). The rate includes continental breakfast daily for two.

When: Valid in February 2014.

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Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to relax. Whether you prefer mountains, beach, city, or even a juice cleanse, here are getaways with exclusive discounts for Washingtonian.com readers. By Alice Shapin
Get 30 percent off at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Photograph via Shutterstock.

In the Shadow of Monticello

Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 434-979-3440.

What’s special: At this 48-room mansion on 600 acres, you’ll feel as though you’re visiting a friend’s country estate. Enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, roaring fireplaces, a spa, and, if temperatures cooperate, outdoor activities including croquet, archery, and tennis. Guests can dine at elegant Fossett’s Restaurant—at Villa Crawford, the estate’s original mansion, with its homey atmosphere—or Treble, a private wine cellar. Nearby attractions include Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia plus more than 25 wineries, breweries, and cideries.

The deal: Book the Keswick Winter Getaway package and get a discounted rate—$255 a night for a “superior” room (normally $495 this time of year) or $305 for a deluxe (normally $590)—plus a $50 resort credit and a free room upgrade based on availability. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to receive a free bottle of red wine on arrival, a $40 value. For reservations, call 888-778-2565 or click here; if booking online, mention the Washingtonian.com deal in the comments section.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through February 27, 2014.



Charm City by Train

Where: Hotel Monaco Baltimore, 2 N. Charles St., Baltimore; 443-692-6170.

What’s special: This boutique Kimpton hotel is in the historic 1906 Beaux Arts B&O Railroad headquarters in downtown Baltimore and features soaring marble staircases, crystal chandeliers, and Tiffany stained-glass windows. Enjoy the living-room lobby, complimentary wi-fi, a free wine hour, and a fitness center. The hotel is close to the convention center, the Inner Harbor, restaurants, and shops.

The deal: The MARC a Night of It package includes deluxe accommodations, 15 percent off the best available rate, and a free bottle of wine (a $15 value). Guests must show a MARC Penn Line train-ticket stub at check-in to get the discount. Mention Washingtonian.com at check-in to receive two free cocktails at the hotel bar (a $20 value). Rates start at $139; the package is a savings or $60 or more.

When: Valid for stays Thursday through Sunday, through January 2014.



New York Experience

Where: Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St., New York, N.Y.; 212-362-9200.

What’s special: This renovated Upper West Side landmark is perfectly situated near Central Park, overlooking the American Museum of Natural History and walking distance to Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre, and the subway. You’ll enjoy great restaurants and boutique shopping in the neighborhood. The hotel also has fitness and business centers.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive 15 percent off the best available rate and a free upgrade (a value of $80 to $100) based on availability at check-in. Rooms start at $179. Use the promo code Washington when booking. E-mail reservations@excelsiorhotelny.com or call 212-362-9200.

When: Valid January and February, 2014.



A Breakfast to Remember

Where: Stonewall Jackson Inn, 547 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, Va.; 540-433-8233.

What’s special: Built in 1885, this inn was once the mansion of a wealthy family. The wide staircase and doorways allowed women in hoop skirts to move about the mansion. A highlight of a stay here is the complimentary breakfast made from local ham, sausages, and apples. Choose from Wayne’s Eggs Benedict, croissant French toast, and eggs Nova Scotia. A lighter menu is available on request. The innkeeper is very knowledgeable and happy to offer suggestions as to restaurants and places to see. From the inn, you can visit wineries, tour Civil War sites, enjoy live theater, explore Shenandoah National Park, and ski at Massanutten.

The deal: The Stay and Dine Experience and Foodie Package includes a $50 gift certificate to your choice of the Clementine Cafe, Hank’s Smokehouse, or Thunderbird Cafe; a bottle of wine in your room on arrival (specify red or white when making your reservation), locally made chocolates, complimentary winetastings at selected vineyards along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, and a free dessert with a paid dinner at partner restaurants downtown. The package is $95, a $40 savings, plus a room rate that starts at $139 a night. Mention Washingtonian.com when you book and get a free upgrade to a king-size room, a $50 savings. Call 540-433-8233.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, January through March 2014.



Clean Start

Where: Topaz Hotel, 1733 N St., NW; 202-393-3000.

What’s special: Guests at the Topaz enjoy comfy beds as well as a convenient location close to the Dupont Circle Metro and shopping. Sign up for Kimpton’s free InTouch loyalty program to also get free wi-fi. And enjoy all of this while starting the year off right with yoga (there are yoga mats in the rooms), a free spin on the hotel’s bikes, or a juice cleanse.

The deal: The District Detox package, which starts at $254, includes accommodations for a night plus bath salts, a Purée Juice Bar cleanse, and a 30-minute consultation with a Purée health-and-wellness coach about how the cleanse works. Mention Washingtonian.com to get an exclusive in-room spa discount. To book, click here and use the rate code Puree, or call 800-546-7866 and request the Purée rate.

When: Valid Monday through Saturday, through January 2014.



New England Skiing

Where: Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vt.; 800-451-8686.

What’s special: This mountainside resort, which just underwent a $15-million renovation, has 68 rooms and 23 luxury resort homes. Enjoy cross-country and downhill skiing at Mount Mansfield as well as sleigh rides, indoor tennis, an indoor pool, a spa, and a fitness center with a host of classes from yoga to aqua aerobics to ballet-barre burn. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

The deal: The Ski Stowe package includes nightly accommodations in a deluxe room, two Stowe Mountain Resort lift tickets per room per night, Topnotch Ski Concierge services, and a free shuttle to and from the mountain. Prices start at $206 a person, a 20-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to get a free room upgrade (a $50-to-$150 value) and a complimentary upgrade from a 50-minute spa treatment to an 80-minute treatment (a $35 value).

When: Valid through January 2014.



Island Beauty

Where: Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; 800-468-4799.

What’s special: This island retreat is surrounded by 40 acres of white-sand beaches, the Sea of Abaco, and lush vegetation. Enjoy garden-view and oceanfront rooms, all with free wi-fi. Guests can take advantage of a full-service marina, a fitness center, a tennis facility, two swimming pools, and on-site dining.

The deal: The Special Bahamian Getaway, a four-day/three-night escape, includes oceanfront accommodations, dinner for two at Angler’s on the night of your arrival, a welcome bottle of wine, daily breakfast for two, a full-day boat rental to explore the area, and complimentary nonmotorized water sports (kayaks and paddleboards). Rates start at $750 a person, based on double occupancy. The savings is $630, or 30 percent. To reserve, call 877-533-4799.

When: Book by January 31, 2014, for travel through April 30, 2014.

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Need to escape the holiday stress for a few days? Consider one of these exclusive deals for December—or treat yourself and book a getaway for a future date. By Alice Shapin
Save on an atrium room at the Gaylord National Resort this month. Photograph by Flickr user F Delventhal.

In-Town Fun

Where: Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW; 202-462-9001.

What’s special: Helix offers large rooms, a complimentary wine hour, and a great location. Guests can walk to the White House, the Mall, and other attractions. A quick bus or cab ride gets you to the Newseum, where “Anchorman: The Exhibit” has costumes and props from the Will Ferrell movie of the same name.

The deal: The “Stay Classy, D.C.” package includes two Glenlivet 12 scotches at the bar; a pair of tickets to the Newseum, including “Anchorman: The Exhibit”; and a felt moustache and comb to keep aspiring newscasters’ hair camera-ready. Mention Washingtonian.com at check-in to receive complimentary breakfast for two, for a total savings of $62. Rates start at $139 a night. This package can be booked online using the rate code CLASSY or by calling 202-462-9001.

When: Valid through August 2014.



Christmas on the Potomac

Where: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor; 301-965-4000.

What’s special: During the holidays, the Gaylord is transformed into a winter wonderland. In its 19-story glass atrium, you can take in 2 million twinkling lights, a nightly snowfall, fountain shows, and a 60-foot-tall, suspended synthetic glass tree. During “Christmas on the Potomac,” you can also enjoy gingerbread-decorating sessions, a Santa Brunch, a Gourmet Holiday Cake Pop Experience (at which the hotel’s pastry chefs demonstrate how to make cake pops and participants can test their own skills), rides on a Peeps-decorated Potomac Express Train, photos with Santa, and more. There are shops to stroll through, restaurants, and a spa as well. Also on the property is “Ice!,” an exhibit of ice sculptures that bring to life both the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas”—a.k.a. “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas”—and scenes of Christmas in New York City. Tickets for “Ice!” start at $19 for kids (ages 3 through 11) and $27 for adults (ages 12 and up); ages two and under are free.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers can book a holiday getaway at Gaylord National Resort, Sunday through Friday, and get 15 percent off the regular rate (rooms start at $152) plus complimentary strawberries and Champagne and an Atrium Room upgrade based on availability—for a total savings of $87. Call 301-965-4000 and use the booking code Washingtonian Magazine.

When: Valid through January 5, 2014.



Plan Ahead

Where: The Muse Hotel, 130 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y.; 212-485-2400.

What’s special: The Muse, a Kimpton hotel, is right in the middle of Manhattan’s action: You can walk to the theater, Times Square, shopping, and restaurants or enjoy the complimentary wine hour, fitness center, wi-fi, and pet-friendly policies.

The deal: Cyber Monday Extended lets you book now and travel in January. That deal gets you 20 percent off the best available rate, and Washingtonian.com readers also have a choice of two of the following perks: daily breakfast, two winter cocktails at the on-site bar, or a specialty turndown amenity—for a total discount of 39 percent. Call 877-692-6873 and use the rate code PERK.

When: Book from December 2 through December 15 for travel in January 2014.



Mountain Retreat

Where: Mountain Lake Lodge, 115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, Va.; 540-626-7121.

What’s special: This retreat, in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has just renovated its guest rooms and cabins as well as added new recreational activities, including an Aerial & Zip Line Adventure Course. During winter, you can work out at the fitness center; go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on 22 miles of trials; enjoy a geocaching adventure; take yoga, Zumba, and dance classes; or go on a naturalist tour. The property has a restaurant, Harvest, as well as a new tavern.

The deal: Book the exclusive Holiday Deal to stay two nights and receive a third free, plus get hot chocolate and warm cookies on arrival, a $50 credit for dinner in Harvest, and a free bottle of wine with dinner, for a total savings of $200. The package starts at $199.

When: Valid Thursday through Sunday, through December.



Luxury at a Discount

Where: Glen Gordon Manor, 1482 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Huntly, Va.; 540-636-6010.

What’s special: The Manor House was built as a Wells Fargo stagecoach stop and was later expanded into an aristocratic hunting lodge; today it has two guest rooms. The Glencroft Cottage houses two suites with views of the mountains. The 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Gordon Mews comes with a full kitchen and is perfect for families. All Glen Gordon Manor rooms feature luxury linens and free wi-fi.

The deal: The exclusive Washingtonian.com offer includes a two-night stay, a winetasting, daily gourmet breakfast, a gift bag (with wine glasses and a certificate for a tour and tasting at a nearby winery), a bottle of wine, and a four-course winetasting dinner. The cost is $495 to $795 (depending on the room), a savings of $200 or more.

When: Valid Sunday through Thursday, through October 2014.



Hollywood Comes to Virginia

Where: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va.; 888-918-1895.

What’s special: The Jefferson showcases a bygone era, with a grand lobby that features stained-glass windows, mahogany paneling, and marble columns. If you come in December, you’ll see a huge Christmas tree, staircases adorned with roping, and a gingerbread display. Nearby, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibit “Hollywood Costume” showcases nearly 100 movie costumes, including those from The Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The deal: The “Hollywood Package” includes a “superior room,” a traditional Southern breakfast for two, a breakfast gratuity, valet parking, and two tickets to the VMFA exhibit. Mention Washingtonian.com to also receive a free upgrade, based on availability at the time of arrival—a $50 value. Prices start at $285. Book by calling 800-424-8014 or online with the code PKGHWD.

When: Valid December through February 17, 2014, excluding December 31, 2013.

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The holidays are fast approaching—before things get hectic, you can steal away with these getaway deals. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. this month. Photograph via Flickr user sugargliding.

Romance and Culture

Where: Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast, 115 Indian Springs Dr., Chester Heights, Pa.; 610-459-3000.

What’s special: Located in the Brandywine Valley, this B&B is nine miles north of Longwood Gardens and close to Winterthur Museum, Hagley Museum, and the Brandywine River Museum. Among Hamanassett’s charms are a complimentary full breakfast including a fruit dish (such as praline bananas) and a savory main course (eggs Florentine with hollandaise, for example) served on a table set with antique silver, crystal, and china. Breakfast is next to a fire or, weather permitting, on the terrace. Also included: free wi-fi, fresh-baked cookies, a refrigerator filled with juices and soft drinks, and a basket of snacks. You can even bring your dog.

The deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and, thanks to an exclusive fall/winter Washingtonian.com offer, get the third night free, a savings of $199 to $269 depending on accommodations.

When: Valid through April 15, 2014. Not valid on November 28; December 24, 25, and 31; or January 1.

Suite Life

Where: Kingsmill Resort, 1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, Va.; 757-253-1703.

What’s special: This sprawling property offers a full menu of activities. Guests can golf on one of three championship courses, play tennis, go bicycling, be pampered at the spa, work out at the health club featuring more than 30 cardiovascular machines, swim indoors, or take a 90-minute Segway tour of the resort. (All except the health club and swimming have fees.) Colonial Williamsburg is minutes away.

The deal: The Suite & Breakfast Escape package includes a river-view suite (with a fireplace, patio, kitchen, in-room washer and dryer, and free wi-fi) plus daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, full access to the health club, and 30 percent off any spa service. The package starts at $219 a night for two and is valid for arrivals Sunday through Wednesday—a savings of 25 percent.

When: Valid through January 29, 2014. Blackout dates are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and select other dates*. Click here to book.

Unwinding by the Ocean

Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 877-650-4812

What’s special: North Carolina’s Outer Banks without the summer traffic? Hard to resist. This resort offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, offering a chance to see sunrises and sunsets over the water. Sanderling just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and now has new poolside guest rooms and a newly designed lobby with oceanfront views; the Lifesaving Station restaurant has fireplaces and an outdoor deck. You can walk on the beach, relax at the spa, and experience activities such as tennis, golf nearby, and seeing the wild horses of Corolla.

The deal: With the Fall Getaway Package, you can choose from a 50-minute spa treatment per person or one 50-minute couple’s treatment, or dinner or lunch for two at the Lifesaving Station. Every package includes a wild-horse tour for two. Rates start at $319 a night, a 28-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive two free desserts as well, a $20 value. There’s a two-night minimum stay.

When: Valid through December 31, 2013.

Golf and More Golf

Where: Old South Golf Links, 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr., Bluffton, S.C.; 843-785-5353.

What’s special: Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Old South Golf Links club showcases a course with towering oaks, rolling terrain, and island greens with views of the intracoastal marshes. You’ll see plenty of wildlife, including wood storks, soaring hawks, deer, and alligators in lagoons.

The deal: The Fall Fling Package includes two nights at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and three rounds of golf (two at Old South Golf Links and one at Hampton Hall) plus one breakfast or lunch per person at Old South. Washingtonian.com readers also get free range balls, 50 percent off golf-club rentals (dropping the price to $22.50), and a 20-percent discount on merchandise and restaurant purchases (excluding alcohol). The package starts at $325 a person including tax, a savings of $200 per person. To get this deal, go online or call Bonnie at 843-837-2610.

When: Valid during November 2013.

*This post has been updated from a previous version. 

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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
Mention Washingtonian and receive a $50 casino gaming credit and a free beverage at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort this month. Photograph by Flickr user Kadath.

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.

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Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a getaway, thanks to these exclusive deals. By Alice Shapin
Save at the Salamander Resort & Spa this month. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

New Kid in Town

Where: Salamander Resort & Spa, 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, Va.; 540-687-3600.

What’s special: Be one of the first to stay at this much awaited, 168-room luxury resort. Built by Sheila Johnson, a cofounder of BET, the hotel is reported to have cost more than $100 million. The ultra-stylish resort wants guests to feel as though they’re visiting a posh country estate: The main floor has a library, a billiard room, and a living room. Guest rooms are large (545 to 575 square feet) and have terraces or stone balconies. The bathrooms feature pedestal tubs, large walk-in showers with body jets, and 19-inch TVs. Plush bedding and throws evoke the seasons and equestrian life. At the spa, you can choose from a variety of treatments; a 14-foot ceramic steam room has delicate aromas that change with the time of year. And the resort is dog-friendly.

The deal: Washingtonian.com readers receive 10 percent off the best available rate of the Revive, Ride & Dine promotion (starting at $425 before the discount). The promotion includes a $100 daily resort credit and a room upgrade when available. To get this deal, use the booking code WASH.

When: Valid through October 2013*. 


On Top of the World—or at Least Virginia

Where: The Iris Inn, 191 Chinquapin Dr., Waynesboro, Va.; 540-943-1991.

What’s special: This 11-acre retreat atop a mountain near Shenandoah National Forest offers spectacular scenery. You can relax and enjoy nature off the porch or the back deck—all guest rooms have access to the decks surrounding the inn. The rooms also feature free wi-fi and refrigerators. Have a complimentary breakfast—made with local ingredients—in the Great Room, with its three-story stone fireplace. In the evening, there’s a free winetasting with cheese, and you can take in the sunset from the Lookout Tower. Just three miles away, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway provide additional gorgeous vistas as well as access to miles of woodsy hiking trails. And within 30 miles, you’ll find 28 wineries and four homes of former US Presidents to visit.

The deal: The Washingtonian Readers Special includes a two-night weekend stay in a King Room (Pine, Bird, or Woodland room), chocolate-covered strawberries, an Iris Inn picnic tote on Saturday with lunch for two and a Virginia Wine Touring Map, and a bag of Colombian coffee from local roaster Queen’s Beans to take home. The package price is $500, a $59 savings.

When: Valid through December 31, 2013.


East Meets West on Park Avenue

Where: Kitano Hotel NYC, 66 Park Ave., New York, N.Y.; 212-885-7000.

What’s special: The Kitano is the only Japanese-owned hotel in New York City. From its decor and artwork—such as the lobby’s commanding piece by Botero—to its kaiseki restaurant, Hakubai, and annual tea ceremony, the hotel embraces Japanese culture. The supper club, Jazz at Kitano, has featured such great performers as Tony Bennett. The hotel, on Park Avenue, is beautiful and quiet yet close to everything—Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the theater district, museums, restaurants, and shopping.

The deal: Kitano’s Washingtonian Jazz Package includes premier accommodations, breakfast for two, admission for two at Jazz at Kitano, and four cocktails during the jazz performance. The package starts $499 a night, a 35-percent savings. To get this deal, use the booking code DCNYC.

When: Valid Thursday to Sunday through October 31, 2013.


Winding Through the Finger Lakes

Where: Elmira’s Painted Lady Bed and Breakfast, 520 W. Water St., Elmira, N.Y.; 607-846-3500.

What’s special: This B&B is nestled at the gateway of the Finger Lakes, New York’s lake and wine country. Guests can stay in this elegant 1875 Victorian home in the heart of Near Westside, the state’s largest registered historic district. Besides being near some 120 wineries, the quaint bed-and-breakfast is also close to the Corning Museum of Glass, Mark Twain’s study and gravesite, the National Soaring Museum (devoted to motorless flight), and the Arnot Art Museum. You can also take in the region’s breathtaking scenery overhead in a hot-air balloon or sailplane.

The deal: When booking a two-day minimum stay, guests receive a 20-percent discount on the room rate and a 20-percent discount on any of the wine tours listed on the website just by mentioning Washingtonian.com. Rates start at $136. All bookings must be made in advance by calling 607-846-3500.

When: September 1 through September 30, 2013.

*This post has been updated from a previous version.

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What better way to enjoy summer than with a great getaway deal? By Alice Shapin
Save at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond this month. Photograph by Flickr user sean maxwell.

So Near Yet So Far

Where: Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, Va.; 703-729-8400.

What’s special: About 45 minutes from DC, Lansdowne can seem a million miles away. Two challenging 18-hole courses and a family-friendly nine-hole short course mean golf takes center stage. But there are other diversions, including an aquatic complex with one indoor and four outdoor pools. At Spa Minérale—which offers massages, facials, and body treatments—you can try such summer specials as the Just Peachy Facial and the Strawberry Kiwi Fizz Pedicure.

The deal: The Girlfriend’s Spa Getaway package includes one room for two and one 50-minute spa service per adult. You can choose among a 50-minute Swedish massage or other body treatment, the European Facial, or a simple manicure and simple pedicure. Guests can add additional 50-minute spa treatments for $99 each. The package starts at $349, a 20-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian.com when making a reservation to get an additional 10 percent off the price. You can book this deal here.

When: Valid through August 31, 2013.


Historic Richmond

Where: The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, Va.; 804-649-4750.

What’s special: Strolling through the lobby of the Beaux Arts-style Jefferson Hotel is a treat, with its stained-glass windows, mahogany paneling, marble columns and floors, and life-size Thomas Jefferson sculpture. Staying there is a treat, too. In the heart of downtown Richmond, the hotel is within minutes of the most popular attractions, including the state capitol—where many scenes in the movie Lincoln were filmed—and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Guests enjoy complimentary downtown transportation, a fitness center and indoor pool, and free high-speed internet access and evening turndown service. 

The deal: The Rise & Dine Package includes a “superior” guest room; a traditional Southern breakfast (entrée, juice, and coffee or tea) for two, including gratuity; and valet parking. Rates start at $245 a room, a savings of $180. Mention Washingtonian.com to receive a free room upgrade when available, a $40 value. Book by calling 800-424-8014 or by clicking here.

When: Valid through September 4, 2013.


“Tropical” Getaway in the Garden State

Where: Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, N.J.; 973-827-5996.

What’s special: Surrounded by mountains and dense woods, this 4,000-acre resort features several accommodations to choose from. At the luxurious Adirondack-style Grand Cascades Lodge, guests can enjoy not only a spa but the indoor Biosphere Pool Complex, with its freeform heated pool, 140-foot-long water slide, grotto-like Jacuzzi, and underground aquarium. The Biosphere’s tropical interior has an abundance of colorful flowers, lush greenery, and waterfalls. The Minerals Resort & Spa also offers guest rooms and condos, and it includes a spa and the Minerals Sports Club. Crystal Springs has 12 restaurants, seven golf courses, tennis, and a new Adventure Center with horseback riding, canoeing, and kayaking.

The deal: The Twosome Package includes accommodations at the Grand Cascades or Minerals Resort & Spa, one 18-hole round of golf for two with a cart, unlimited use of the driving range at the course played, free golf-bag storage, a spa credit of $110, and unlimited access to the Minerals Sports Club. To book, call 973-827-5996 ext. 2 and mention the Twosome Package. Rates start at $212 per person Sunday through Thursday and $269 Friday and Saturday, a savings of 10 to 15 percent depending on accommodation. Mention Washingtonian.com to get a free $50 bottle of wine from the resort’s 135,000-bottle cellar.

When: Valid through October 2013.


Cheaper Caribbean

Where: Seven Stars Resort, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; 866-570-7777.

What’s special: With its white-sand beaches and heated saltwater pool, Seven Stars Resort was on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List of the World’s Best Places to Stay and the top-ranked Turks and Caicos resort on the magazine’s Readers’ Choice survey. Among the amenities included in any stay are continental breakfast; nonmotorized water sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats; fitness programs; and the use of snorkel equipment, bicycles, and lighted tennis courts.

The deal: Reserve three nights in an oceanfront junior suite, at $380 a night, and get the fourth night free. Call 866-570-777 or e-mail reservations@sevenstarsgracebay.com and mention the rate code SSR4.

When: Book by August 15 for travel July 1 through December 20, 2013.

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Summer is almost here—time to get away and play. Here are some deals to make the season even sweeter. By Alice Shapin
Save at Clifton Inn this month. Photograph via Flickr user CohenKenny.

Intimacy and Luxury

Where: Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, Va.; 434-971-1800.

What’s special: On 100 acres in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clifton offers the intimacy of a small inn and the comfort of a luxury hotel. Each of the 17 rooms features luxury linens, fresh flowers, and plush terrycloth robes. Add to that the yard games, swimming pool, and tennis court and you may never want to leave the resort. But a world of activities awaits off property, including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, wineries, ballooning, shopping, and hiking.

The deal: The Summer Savor Package includes accommodations, afternoon tea with fresh pastries, a four-course dinner for two in Chef Tucker Yoder’s Americana-style restaurant one evening, continental breakfast daily, and a departure gift of the coffee-table book Private Washington. The regular package price starts at $369 a night, but mention Washingtonian.com when booking to receive an additional 20 percent off.

When: Valid June and July 2013.


Reliving History

Where: Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pa.; 717-337-2000.

What’s special: The hotel has just undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation—a new lobby, refurbished guest rooms, and a new restaurant, One Lincoln—while still retaining its historic integrity. Located on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg, the hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America. There’s a fitness center and a rooftop pool, and the hotel is walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the Civil War battlefield and other attractions. This year the area celebrates the 150th anniversary of both the Battle of Gettysburg and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with special events.

The deal: The Civil War Experience Package includes two days of accommodations, breakfast daily, and a two-day pass for the Museum and Visitors Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, where you can see the film A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the Gettysburg Cyclorama, America’s largest painting, with its sound and light show. You’ll also receive a 56-page battlefield guidebook with maps, photos, and trivia; with it, you could take a self-guided driving tour. Visit the American Civil War Wax Museum and you’ll also get a free copy of the book Gods and Generals: The Paintings of Mort Künstler. Rates for this two-day package start at $370 per couple or $424 per family (two children ages 6 through 12; each additional child and those over 12 are extra), a 25-percent savings over regular rates. Mention Washingtonian.com when booking to also receive two free appetizers or one free appetizer and one dessert in the hotel restaurant.

When: Valid June through September 2013.

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