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May Travel Deals

In May, gardens are in bloom, the days have grown longer, and the weather has gotten warmer. May is the prelude to summer—a time to start traveling. Here are this month’s exclusive travel deals for Washingtonian readers.

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort

What’s special: The resort sits on a 243-acre lake in beautiful, forested Rocky Gap State Park. Guests can play the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, swim, bike, play tennis, hike, and go boating. Special activities for kids include an evening campfire with complimentary s’mores.

The deal: Stay two nights and get the third night free with the Family Adventure Special. Depending on which nights you stay, that’s a savings of $100 to $180. Mention The Washingtonian to also receive free breakfast for two children (a value of up to $20) and one free bike rental when renting two bikes (a savings of $10 an hour).

When: Valid through June 30.

Haley Farm B&B, Spa & Retreat Center

What’s special: Haley Farm B&B, Spa and Retreat Center is minutes from Deep Creek Lake, an area with whitewater rafting, boating, golfing, biking, nature hikes, horseback riding, and more. The B&B sits on a 65-acre estate in the hills of western Maryland and offers suites with two-person Jacuzzis and fireplaces, as well as full breakfasts. There’s also a three-bedroom lakefront cottage with a spectacular view of the lake.

The deal: The Romantic Getaway package, exclusively for Washingtonian readers, includes two nights at Haley Farm, gourmet breakfasts, a bottle of Champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries, a half-hour massage each for two guests, and a horse-drawn carriage ride in the countryside. Normally this type of package would cost $535, but mention The Washingtonian and get $135 off. Or, take advantage of another special offer for Washingtonian readers: Pay $825 for two nights at the lakefront cottage and get a third night free.

When: Valid through May 27.

French Manor Inn and Spa

What’s special: Perched atop Huckleberry Mountain, a four-hour drive from Washington, this charming 1930s stone chateau was built by Joseph Hirshhorn, who brought in 165 craftsmen and artisans to create his masterpiece. The manor’s roof is made of imported Spanish slate, the windows are all leaded glass, and there’s an elegant Romanesque arched entryway and massive stone fireplaces. Guests enjoy peaceful views of the Pocono Mountains. You can also relax in the gardens; enjoy complimentary afternoon tea; spend time in the indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, or the spa; go hiking; or play golf ten minutes away. The nearby Buck Hill Golf Course was designed by legendary greats Donald Ross and Robert White and winds through woods and rolling mountainside terrain.

The deal: Mention The Washingtonian and get gorgeous accommodations, full breakfast, and one round of golf at Buck Hill Golf Club. Rates are $132.50 a person based on double occupancy, a savings of $150 a person. Reference code is “Golf Connection.”

When: Valid through July 31.

Affinia’s five New York City hotels, which include Affinia 50 (155 E. 50th St.), Affinia Dumont (150 E. 34 St.), Affinia Gardens (215 E. 64th St.), Affinia Manhattan (371 Seventh Ave.), and Affinia Shelburne (303 Lexington Ave.); 866-246-2203.

What’s special: These five boutique hotels offer great locations. You can be close to Central Park, Penn Station, the Empire State Building, Chelsea art galleries, Broadway, and many other New York attractions.

The deal: With the Sex and the City movie opening Memorial Day weekend, Affinia is rolling out the “Carrie On” package. Perfect for a girlfriends’ getaway, the package includes spacious accommodation, a split of Champagne, a Sex and the City Hotspots Tour by On Location Tours, a canvas stiletto-shoe bag, one Sex and the City book featuring behind-the-scenes scoops on the movie, and a 20-percent online discount on Cosabella’s Sex and the City line of sexy lingerie. Room rates start at $219. Mention The Washingtonian and receive a free room upgrade, a $30 value.

When: Valid May 28 to September 6.

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