By the Bay
Where: Great Oak Manor Inn, 10568 Cliff Rd., Chestertown, Maryland; 800-504-3098.
What’s special: This waterfront 18th century country-style estate makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Towering oaks surround the property—hence the name—and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay glows as the sun sets. Several of the 12 rooms have water views and some have working fireplaces. Each is decorated in a period theme, and the owners’ collection of oil paintings hangs throughout. Innkeepers Cassandra and John Fedas keep bicycles and lawn games on hand for guest use. Guests can also enjoy golf nearby and sail on the bay. Or, wander the quaint streets of historic Chestertown; explore the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge with its trails for wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, and crabbing; sample the day’s fresh catch at restaurants in Rock Hall, just ten minutes from Chestertown; or simply relax in one of the inn’s Adirondack chairs and enjoy the view. Every morning, Cassandra prepares a delicious breakfast of fruit, homemade breads and pastries, yogurt, cereals, and a hot entrée such as her signature dish, crab quiche.
The deal: The Washingtonian Getaway includes accommodations, a bouquet of flowers, a cheese-and-fruit tray, and a bottle of wine. Prices range from $200 to $315 a night on Friday and Saturday and $189 to $269 Sunday through Thursday. Stay a third night and get 25 percent off. Mention The Washingtonian to get this deal.
When: Valid April through July.
East Side, West Side: Three New York Deals
Where: Michelangelo Hotel, 152 W. 51st St., New York, New York; 800-237-0990.
What’s special: Travel + Leisure named it one of the 500 best places to stay and gave it a World’s Best Values award. Its on-site Italian restaurant, Insieme, is Michelin-starred. The rooms are spacious, beautifully appointed, and feature Italian-marble bathrooms. The hotel is close to Central Park, Times Square, Broadway, restaurants, shopping, and Rockefeller Center.
The deal: The Best of the Season package offers 10 percent off the best available rate and 10 percent off at Insieme. Also offered in this package are morning coffee service with a croissant, free use of the 24-hour fitness center, and a free shoe shine. Mention The Washingtonian to receive a complimentary upgrade, based on availability. Rates start at $238.
When: Valid through April.
Where: Distrikt Hotel, 342 W. 40th St., New York, New York; 888-444-5610.
What’s special: Opened in February, this 32-story slender skyscraper pays homage to Manhattan’s diverse districts with neighborhood-themed floors that go from the Financial District at the bottom of the building to Harlem at the top. Made from more than 10,000 photos, giant back-lit collages depict the different areas. The rooms are decorated with dark-wood furnishings; a soothing color palette of creams, browns, and grays; and plush Frette bedding. The hotel is walking distance to Times Square, the theater district, excellent restaurants, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and good shopping.
The deal: Exclusively for readers of The Washingtonian, the Distrikt Hotel is offering a Green Commute to Distrikt package. Take the train or bus to the Big Apple and get a $25 discount at check-in for every night of your stay plus a $10 subway card. Guests must present an Amtrak or bus-ticket stub with the date corresponding to their reservation. Rates available for under $200 through May 7; after that, rates start at $209. Subject to availability.
For more information, visit AscendCollection.com or call 212-706-6100 and ask for The Washingtonian special offer.
When: Valid through April.
Where: The Roger, 131 Madison Ave., New York, New York; 888-448-7788.
What’s special: This hotel has nicely sized rooms, a friendly and helpful staff, and a location that’s ideal—blocks from Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, and the subway, and a short stroll to SoHo, Union Square, and the West Village. The cosmopolitan hotel dares to be different, with a vibrant blend of bold architecture, brilliant colors—orange, green, pinks, and blues—and lots of candles. Enjoy a nightcap under the stars on the private terrace.
The deal: Mention the New York Experience and The Washingtonian to stay on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for $169 a night plus tax, subject to availability. This special rate includes a welcome amenity of wine and chocolate and an upgrade to the next highest available room upon check-in, for a total savings of more than $80. This deal can also be booked only online.
When: Valid through April.
Dinosaurs and Daisies in Brandywine Valley
Where: Hotel du Pont, 11th and Market streets, Wilmington, Delaware; 302-594-3125.
What’s special: This historic hotel in the Brandywine Valley is one of the finest examples of European craftsmanship in North America. Built in 1913, it has hosted such notables as John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindberg, and Katharine Hepburn. It offers sophisticated elegance and exceptional service, and it’s close to the valley’s many attractions—museums of history, art, and antiques; beautiful mansions; and breathtaking gardens.
The deal: A special package for Washingtonian readers, the Double Dinosaurs package includes admission to the Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Museum of Natural History, an overnight stay, breakfast, valet parking, and a box of the hotel’s famous almond macarons upon arrival. Enjoy “Dinotopia: the Fantastical Art of James Gurney” at the Delaware Art Museum, then visit the Delaware Museum of Natural History to see dinosaur fossils and more. Prices start at $174 a room per night plus tax, a savings of $115. To get this exclusive deal, use the rate code WMRDINOS when booking online or when calling for a reservation.
When: Through May 15.
Another Hotel du Pont deal, the Twice as Nice Double Gardens Package includes an overnight stay, admission to Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and Longwood Gardens, breakfast, valet parking, and a box of almond macarons upon arrival. Enjoy the spring garden blooms at these two glorious DuPont gardens. Rates start at $179 a room per night, plus tax, a savings of $140. To get this exclusive rate, use the code WMRTWICE when booking online or when calling for a reservation.
When: Valid through April 30.
Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania; 800-the-omni (843-6664).
What’s special: An easy drive from Washington, this beautifully restored National Historic Landmark has a rich history that can be seen throughout the hotel—early registries w
ith names of famous guests, President Buchanan’s desk, and century-old photographs. Enjoy the exquisite 1905 mineral-springs-fed indoor pool, one of the nation’s first. Relax in the 30,000-square-foot spa, which uses natural spring water in all of its treatments. Sit outdoors by a fire and toast marshmallows.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian to get a room and hot breakfast, starting at $179 on weekdays and $209 on weekends. This is a savings of at least 25 percent. To take advantage of the deal, ask for The Washingtonian Exclusive B&B Offer.
When: Valid through May 15.
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania; 866-344-6957; .
What’s special: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania offers everything from adrenaline rushes (off-road driving school) to total relaxation (luxury spa) to classic resort activities (swimming, golf, and more). There’s a vast art collection as well as antique cars and zoo animals. The resort offers a variety of accommodations and a wide choice of dining experiences.
The deal: The Couples Escape Package includes two nights of accommodations; a $400 amenity credit that can be applied to the spa, golf, wine tasting, shopping, and more; and the $15 daily resort fee. Mention The Washingtonian and also receive strawberries and Champagne. Packages start at $853.98, a savings of more than $170.
When: Valid through April 29.