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‘Tis the Season for Savings

Add some cheer to cold winter days with one of these getaways—from a spa value at the beach to a bargain hotel in New York

The Hyatt’s glass-enclosed indoor pool overlooks the resort’s marina and the Choptank River. Photograph courtesy of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort

On the Water

The waterfront Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort is offering a deal exclusive to residents of this region.

The Luxury on Sale package, which includes a s’mores kit to use at the nightly campfire, starts at $149 a night per room on Saturdays, $99 other nights. (Rooms usually start at $169.) Simply ask for this package and provide proof of residency in the Annapolis, Baltimore, or Washington area. The package does not include taxes or a $12 resort fee and is available through March 30.

An indoor pool, fitness center, and spa beckon. If it’s warm enough, guests can play 18 holes of golf or miniature golf.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, Md.; 800-633-7313;

A Little Romance

Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg is offering a couples’ Winter Romance package. Starting at $229 a night on Friday or Saturday—a 20-percent savings—it includes strawberries and Champagne and breakfast. If you add a second night, you also get a choice of Sunday jazz brunch (rather than breakfast), a $50 dinner credit, admittance to two resort events, or a two-for-one 50-minute spa treatment.

Besides a fitness center and spa, there’s 45 holes of golf, mountain biking, tennis, and hiking. The package is available weekends and holidays through March 27.

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg; 877-509-8400;

A Little Culture

Explore the museums of the Brandywine region with Hotel du Pont’s Wonderful Wilmington Weekend package. For $149 and up, guests receive accommodations, valet parking, breakfast each morning, and admission to the Delaware Art Museum. Available December 14 through March 9.

Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, Del.; 800-441-9019;

New York City for Less

Have fun in Manhattan with special rates at the Hotel Giraffe. December 16 through 29, rates at this boutique hotel start at $269; January rates start at $279. Rooms would otherwise be $450 and up.

Included is a European-style breakfast buffet; high-speed DSL/wi-fi access; passes to the New York Sports Club; and a wine-and-cheese reception from 5 to 8 pm, with live piano music on weeknights.

Nearby are Union Square, the Empire State Building, and fine restaurants.

Hotel Giraffe, New York; 877-296-0009;

Spa Savings

On a summer weekend, a deluxe room at the Bellmoor in Rehoboth Beach starts at $435 a night. But in winter, that deluxe room might cost $165. Who cares if it’s cold outside? You might not want to leave the inn anyway. Special packages offer late checkout—3 pm Sunday—and discounts on spa services on Sunday afternoon.

The Bellmoor, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; 800-425-2355;

Country Roads

This is a good time of year to visit Hillbrook Inn, a country inn in West Virginia, and here’s why: its Count Down & Snuggle Up special. Start a weekend early or linger, because on Thursday and Sunday nights through March, the per-person room rate is based on the number of days it is from January 1. For example, on Sunday, December 16, a room costs $15 a person.

The newer suites are better choices than some of the older attic rooms, which can be stuffy. If you can, reserve a table for dinner—the seven-course, $80-a-person affair is worth the trip. Breakfast—even at $15 apiece with this package—is a treat too.

Hillbrook Inn, Charles Town, W.Va.; 800-304-4223;

Reader Deals: Bargains at a Small Inn and a Big Resort

The Inn at Kelly’s Ford, an hour from DC in the Virginia countryside, is offering a Washingtonian Winter Getaway Package. For $350, a couple gets one night’s lodging in a cottage suite, a three-course dinner, a bottle of Champagne or sparkling cider, full breakfast, and a $50 gift certificate that can be put toward the inn’s equestrian activities, a second night’s stay, or the $350 package. The offer, valid through March 15, has some blackout dates, is not applicable with any other discount, and does not include other alcohol, taxes, and gratuities.

Inn at Kelly’s Ford, Remington, Va.; Call 540-399-1779 or e-mail

In winter, the Homestead resort in the mountains of Virginia offers snowboarding, cross-country and downhill skiing, and a ski school—plus indoor draws like a spa, movie theater, bowling alley, and pool.

Mention the Washingtonian Winter Kids Ski Free package and for a price starting at $199 a night per room receive free skiing for kids 12 and under (weather permitting) and an upgrade on whatever level of room chosen. The offer, good January 2 through March 15 based on availability, is not valid during holiday or special-event weekends. Some restrictions apply. Does not include taxes, ski rentals or lessons, and a 15-percent daily resort charge.

The Homestead, Hot Springs, Va.; 866-739-0784;

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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986 as an editorial intern, and worked her way to the top of the masthead when she was named editor-in-chief in 2022. She oversees the magazine’s editorial staff, and guides the magazine’s stories and direction. She lives in DC.