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Reader Deals: Travel Bargains
Seven great weekend getaways—from the mountains to the city—all at special savings. By Alice Shapin
Readers can get a free room upgrade and other summer specials at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville. Photograph Courtesy of Keswick Hall.
Comments () | Published June 27, 2012

Love Is in the Air

Where: Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast, 236 Caroline St., Orange, Va.; 888-315-3511.

What’s special: In the heart of Virginia’s wine country, this elegant inn, built in 1860, has six guest rooms with pillow-top mattresses, high-definition flat-screen TVs, and free wi-fi. Some rooms have hot tubs. A concierge service makes it easy to take in local attractions—go on a wine tour, enjoy a picnic at picturesque Lake Orange, or soak up spectacular scenery while hiking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, or skydiving. The inn is minutes from quaint shops, fine restaurants, and art galleries.

The deal: The Rekindle the Romance package includes two nights’ accommodations for two, a dozen long-stemmed roses, Champagne or wine on arrival and two Chestnut Hill wineglasses to take home, a classic French dinner at Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville, tickets for a winetasting at nearby Barboursville Vineyards, an early-evening social hour both nights including hors d’oeuvres and winetasting, turndown service with rose petals strewn on your bed (the first night), chocolate-covered strawberries or gourmet chocolates, a two-course breakfast each morning, and a $50 gift certificate for a future visit. The two-night package is $595, a $250 savings. You can add a one-hour couple’s massage for the special price of $170.

When: Valid July through Labor Day.


Jefferson Territory

Where: Keswick Hall, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va.; 888-778-2565.

What’s special: History and magnificent scenery come together at this luxurious small resort. The mansion features rooms appointed with lovely fabrics and furnishings. Guests can enjoy an Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole golf course, a posh spa, an infinity pool, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Nearby is historic Charlottesville, home to Monticello, the University of Virginia, James Madison’s Montpelier, award-winning wineries, and antiques shops.

The deal: The Celebrating Summer Package includes a “superior” room and a $50 resort credit; book more than one night and the credit increases to $75 on each additional night. Mention The Washingtonian on arrival and receive a free room upgrade based on availability. The package is $245 a night, a savings of more than 40 percent.

When: Available Sunday through Thursday, through September 13.


By the Shore

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.; 800-633-7313.

What’s special: The 400-acre resort on the Choptank River offers activities to keep everyone in the family happy. There are several pools indoors and out plus evening “dive-in” movies poolside; water-sport rentals including motorboats, jet skis, and paddleboats; guided boat, biking, and hiking tours; tennis; the Blue Heron Rookery, a wildlife refuge; a kids’ camp; an 18-hole championship golf course; and a newly renovated 18,000-square-foot spa.

The deal: With the Hyatt Free Time Package, book three nights (starting at $279 a night) and receive a fourth night free as well as daily breakfast (normally $40 a day). Washingtonian readers who present this article at check-in also receive a $25 resort credit and a free s’mores kit. Use the code FRTIME when booking online.

When: Valid July through August.


Stress-Free Bliss

Where: Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn, 25227 Chestertown Rd., Chestertown, Md.; 866-305-1860.

What’s special: Brampton combines the elegance of a 19th-century country estate (canopy beds, wood-burning fireplaces) with modern comforts (jetted tubs, wi-fi). Guests can enjoy freshly baked cookies all day as well as afternoon tea. Breakfast offers three entrée choices; many of the ingredients come from the inn’s organic garden or from local farmers and purveyors. The B&B is close to Chestertown’s galleries, shops, and waterfront promenade. Or you can relax in the tastefully decorated sitting areas.

The deal: Receive 25 percent off rates (excluding the Mulberry and Olivia’s cottages), ranging from $229 to $319 before the discount.

When: Available Monday through Thursday in July and August.


Mountains of Fun

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

What’s special: This upscale family destination, on 2,000 wooded acres in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, offers a variety of accommodations—from the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock to a “chateau” to a lodge. Activities include ziplining, off-road driving, mountain biking, tennis, golf, swimming, and a spa. You can also try the shooting academy, go fly-fishing, take a “safari tour” of Nemacolin’s animals—including lions, tigers, and black bears—or tour the 1,000-piece art collection, valued at more than $45 million.

The deal: The Summer Vacation Package includes accommodations for two, the daily resort fee, and a $300-a-night resort credit good for dining and activities. Starting rates for the package: $2,150 for three nights, $2,708 for four, $3,187 for five. Mention The Washingtonianto get 10 percent off.

When: Valid in July.


New York, New York

Where: Warwick New York Hotel, 65 W. 54th St., New York, N.Y.; 212-247-2700.

What’s special: Stay where the stars stayed—on the walls you’ll find photographs of Cary Grant, Elvis, and the Beatles. This recently renovated hotel is a combination of European elegance and vintage charm. Unlike at many Manhattan hotels, the rooms are large, ranging from 250 to more than 550 square feet. There’s a fitness center and a restaurant/bar, and the Warwick is minutes from the Museum of Modern Art, Broadway, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue, and Rockefeller Center.

The deal: The Summer Road Trip Package includes accommodations for two in a luxurious new “premier” room or suite, a $25 gas card, free parking (a $52 savings), and two classic or seasonal cocktails at the on-site Randolph’s Bar & Lounge (a $30 value). The deal starts at $355 a night, a 35-percent savings.

When: Valid July 1 through September 3.


Calling All Art Lovers

Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 215-563-5006.

What’s special: This eco-friendly boutique hotel is a welcoming place, with its nightly open-bar wine party, addictive truffled popcorn, and striking modern lobby with original artwork. The hotel has spacious guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, and restaurant. It’s also pet-friendly. About ten minutes away are the recently relocated Barnes Foundation museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the renovated Rodin Museum (opening mid-July).

The deal: Book the Philly Art Package and get member-level access to the Barnes Foundation (free admission, advance ticketing, and 5 percent off in the museum shop and cafe). Mention The Washingtonian to receive a 2 pm late checkout—a savings of $75—and two free cocktails.

When: Valid July 1 through December 31.

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