This article is a part of our 2018 guide to great fall getaways, including where to head for colorful foliage, fun festivals, and other glories of autumn.
Fall is a wonderful time for a getaway: The leaves are changing, the days are cool, and chefs are creating delicious seasonal dishes. Whether you want to head to the country or the city, we have exclusive reader deals.
AN INN PLACE TO BE
Goodstone Inn & Estate
36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, Va.; 877-219-4663
What’s special: This romantic luxury inn is a short drive from Washington. Surrounded by 265 unspoiled acres of Virginia’s Hunt Country, it offers beautiful suites and deluxe bedrooms in the main house and cottages. All evoke the feeling of an earlier time yet have the most contemporary of amenities.
Many suites and rooms have a fireplace, whirlpool tub, four-poster bed, and deck or porch with magnificent views of the woods, Blue Ridge mountains, or Goose Creek. Guests can hike, bike (the concierge will deliver bikes to your room), swim in the heated pool, relax in the hot tub, canoe, get a spa treatment, visit wineries, or explore Middleburg’s shops.
An included country breakfast offers fruit, coffee, rolls, and such hot choices as omelets, pancakes, oatmeal, and eggs Benedict. Dinner is also served for an extra fee. Whenever possible, the chef uses ingredients from Goodstone’s own organic herb and vegetable gardens.
The deal: Washingtonian readers who book one night receive 20 percent off a room Sunday through Thursday. Book for two or more nights and get 20 percent off the rate, including weekends. Prices start at $330 a night.
When: Good through March 31, 2012.
RELAX IN HORSE COUNTRY
Black Horse Inn
8393 Meetze Rd., Warrenton, Va.; 540-349-4020
What’s special: In only 45 minutes you can be in a relaxed atmosphere far from the stress of Washington. This gracious plantation-style, circa-1850 home was recently restored. The inn has nine guest rooms, many with four-poster canopy beds, Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces. You can enjoy spectacular views of rolling pastures and the Blue Ridge mountains, and a beautiful boxwood garden with a gazebo is a serene setting for afternoon tea or sherry. Breakfast is served in the main dining room or on the dining porch. The inn also accommodates horses overnight in its stables.
Local activities include horseback riding, fox hunting, fishing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, hot-air ballooning, golfing, antiquing, and winetasting.
The deal: Washingtonian readers can book a room for any Sunday through Thursday and receive free Champagne, chocolates, strawberries, and cookies—a $32 value. Rates range from $200 to $350 a night.
When: During October 2011.
New York, New York
AKA Central Park
42 W. 58th St., New York, NY; 646-744-3100
What’s special: New York is a walking city, and AKA Central Park puts you at a great starting point. It’s one block from Central Park, around the corner from Fifth Avenue and all the great shopping (Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., FAO Schwarz), and walking distance to Grand Central Terminal, the theater district, and museums. And while most Manhattan hotel rooms are small, AKA Central Park’s are spacious. The hotel also has a new 2,500-square-foot fitness center.
The deal: Book at least two nights and receive free breakfast daily for two, a $50 value. Also, Washingtonian readers get two free cocktails, a $25 value, made with A.Vod, a Charbay vodka, at the on-site A.Lounge with its two cozy fireplaces. Rates start at $465 a night. To book, visit stayaka.com[http://www.stayaka.com] and enter the code centralpark. The deal can’t be combined with other offers, and blackout dates may apply.
When: Valid October 1 through November 22, 2011.