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September is a perfect time for a getaway: The crowds are gone and the weather is beautiful. Plus, for Washingtonian readers, here are great deals.

Some “Inn” Places 
Where: The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa, 528 Montchanin Rd., Wilmington, Del.; 302-888-2133.
What’s special: This property in the Brandywine Valley is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America. A historical hamlet, it’s home to 11 meticulously restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910 as well as beautiful gardens. Twenty-eight guest rooms and suites are appointed with period furniture but also have such 21st-century touches as high-speed Internet. The suites have private gardens, marble baths, and spacious sitting areas with fireplaces. The on-site Krazy Kat’s Restaurant—housed in a renovated blacksmith shop with one of the original forges—is known as much for its creative cuisine as for its whimsical decor. The inn is close to shopping, wineries, golf courses, battlefields, historic sites, and museums such as the Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur Estate & Gardens—the former mansion of Henry du Pont, which houses an incredible collection of American antiques.
The deal: Stay one night and get 50 percent off a second night’s stay when booking Sunday through Wednesday. Rooms cost $192 to $244 a night plus tax; suites are $290 to $399 plus tax. Mention The Washingtonian to get this deal.
When: Valid through October 2010.

Where: The Peacock Inn, 20 Bayard La., Princeton, N.J.; 609-924-1707.
What’s special: This 18th-century Colonial mansion in the heart of Princeton recently underwent a three-year renovation. Now a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it has hosted such luminaries as Albert Einstein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The inn has 16 guest rooms, seven with decorative fireplaces. Each features a flat-panel TV, luxurious bathrooms, and free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. You can also enjoy the four-star French cuisine at the Peacock Inn Restaurant. The inn is within walking distance to all of Princeton’s sites, including the university, historic homes, and Palmer Square, with its exclusive shops and boutiques. You can also take a 40-minute drive to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, an area known for its covered bridges, antiques shops, art galleries, restaurants, and the James A. Mitchener Art Museum.
The deal: Mention The Washingtonian when booking to get a nightly rate of $275, including a complimentary cocktail upon check-in. This is a savings of $45 a night. Continental breakfast is included with all stays.
When: Valid through September, 2010.

Where: Inn at Warner Hall, 4750 Warner Hall Rd., Gloucester, Va.; 804-695-9565.
What’s special: Staying at this elegant but casual and romantic inn is like being a guest at a private country estate. The restored mansion—a member of Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America—is on the waterfront plantation created in 1642 by George Washington’s great-great grandfather. A mix of old world and new, the inn features antique furnishings, fireplaces, and plush canopy and brass beds. Innkeepers Theresa and Troy Stavens welcome guests with Southern hospitality. Enjoy beautiful river views and delicious breakfasts in the glass-enclosed porch. Dinner is a feast of local seafood and fresh vegetables from nearby organic farms. For recreation, you can enjoy the free use of kayaks, canoes, and bikes, or just relax on the inn’s porches and rock away. The inn is 25 minutes from Williamsburg, 15 minutes to the battlefields of Yorktown, and 50 minutes from Jamestown.
The deal: Sunday through Thursday, enjoy three nights and pay for only two. All stays include a full breakfast. Weekday prices start at $190.
When: Valid through November 2010.

Where: Inn at 202 Dover, 202 East Dover St., Easton, Md.; 866-450-7600.
What’s special: The luxurious Inn at 202 Dover is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This Victorian mansion was built in 1874 and restored by current owners Ron and Shelby Mitchell, who opened the inn in 2006. It has five elegant suites; each is decorated to evoke a different international style, from French to Asian to African safari. Two suites have gas fireplaces. The furnishings are a combination of antique and reproductions, but luxurious modern conveniences include air-jet tubs, steam showers, and wireless high-speed Internet.
The deal: Washingtonian readers can stay two nights in the best available suite, enjoying dinner one night at the inn’s fine-dining Peacock Restaurant and dinner at a local Italian restaurant the other night. Unwind with an in-suite massage—included in the package for each person—and over a gourmet breakfast, served daily in the dining room or delivered to your room. The price is $600 a person for two nights, based on double occupancy; tax, gratuity, and wine/cocktails are extra. Or pay $500 for stays between Sunday and Thursday. The savings is up to $175 a person. Use code Wash202 when booking.
When: Valid the month of September 2010.

Give My Regards to Broadway
Where: The Muse New York, 130 W. 46th St., New York, NY; 212-485-2400.
What’s special: The Muse is in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. A Kimpton boutique hotel, it recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and now has a trendy lobby and beautifully decorated rooms. Although it’s walking distance from Times Square, Broadway, the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue shopping, it still offers a quiet respite. Complimentary wine is served each evening and coffee each morning.
The deal: Washingtonian readers can enjoy deluxe accommodations at 20 percent off the best available rate, plus a choice of two free cocktails at the on-site bar, Nios, or an in-room movie. Rates start at $359 a night. Use rate code PWSH when calling 212-485-2400.
When: Valid through September 2010.

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