Chateau Lafayette at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Photograph courtesy of the resort.
This winter’s weather has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride: One day it feels like spring, the next like winter. So it’s hard to know what’s in store for February. But whatever Mother Nature throws at us, we have you covered with these exclusive travel deals.
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa. 866-344-6957
What’s special: No matter the weather, there’s plenty to do at this resort on 2,000 acres in southwestern Pennsylvania. With snow on Mystic Mountain, it’s a great place for first-time and intermediate skiers as well as snowboarders. Other activities include snowtubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dogsledding. Guests can also get behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and experience off-road driving or head to the Field Club with its 35 sporting-clay stations. For those who want to relax, the spa has a menu of nearly 100 treatments, an indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, and steam and sauna. There’s also a 2,400-square-foot fitness center. Or you can take a tour of the $45 million art collection. The resort offers a variety of accommodations and dining.
The deal: To mark its 25th anniversary, the resort is offering the Nemacolin Celebration Package, which includes two nights’ accommodation, a $200 resort credit (good for dining, shopping, spa services, and other activities), breakfast for two daily, and a commemorative silver-anniversary plate. The package starts at $600, a 68 percent savings off regular rates. If you want to stay one additional night, you pay just $25 extra at the time of booking. Washingtonian readers who mention this offer also receive 10 percent off any spa service booked in advance.
When: Valid through March 22, 2012, excluding February 4, 17, 18, and 19 and March 5, 9, 10, and 17.
Virginia Is for Lovers
Where: Inn at Onancock, 30 North St., Onancock, Va. 757-789-7711
What’s special: At this cozy bed-and-breakfast on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, guests enjoy plush bed linens, a hot breakfast, and a relaxing Wine-Down Hour where wine and homemade hors d’oeuvres are served each evening. The breakfast includes locally roasted coffee, homemade jams and jelly, delicious homemade breads, and entrées such as cheese omelets topped with fresh herbs. You can spend the day touring local vineyards, nearby Chincoteague Island, or the town of Onancock itself, with its late-19th-century houses featuring Victorian gingerbread trim.
The deal: The Romantic Spa Getaway offers a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day—or any romantic rendezvous through March. The two-night package includes a couples massage, a bottle of wine, and two spa robes. The rate is $550, a discount of more than 20 percent for Washingtonian readers.
When: Valid through April 1, 2012.
Charm City Luxury
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, 200 International Dr., Baltimore, Md. 410-576-5800
What’s special: Baltimore has a new luxury hotel, the Four Seasons. Opened in November, the chic urban retreat sits at the edge of Baltimore’s Harbor East waterfront, offering views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline. Each marble bathroom features an embedded TV in the mirror, a deep soaking tub, and a walk-in shower. The contemporary rooms have a large flat-screen HDTV with Blu-ray/DVD player. You can hit the 1,800-square-foot fitness center 24 hours a day. At the tranquil spa, rejuvenate and unwind at the Finnish Rock Sauna, Ice Fountain, and Experience Shower, where options include Tropical Rain and Arctic Mist. Those getting a spa treatment can spend time in one of the waterfront relaxation rooms.
The hotel is minutes from Fells Point and Little Italy as well as near good restaurants, pubs, shops, and sights such as the National Aquarium, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, and the American Visionary Art Museum. One block off the Inner Harbor is the vibrant Power Plant Live!, a former plant that now houses bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
The deal: Take advantage of the hotel’s current introductory rate—prices start at $295 Friday and Saturday, $319 Sunday through Thursday, an $80 savings over published rates. Mention The Washingtonian to receive a room upgrade when available, another $20 savings. Advance reservations are required.
When: Valid through March 31, 2012.
New York, New York
Where: Warwick New York Hotel, 65 W. 54th St., New York, NY 212-247-2700
What’s special: Built in 1926 by William Randolph Hearst, the Warwick is centrally located and close to Rockefeller Center, theaters, restaurants, shops, and the Museum of Modern Art. Built for Hearst’s love, Marion Davies, the hotel features European-style elegance and vintage charm. Thanks to a major renovation, the large rooms have modern marble bathrooms, wi-fi, and iPod docks. Photos of stars who have stayed there—Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, the Beatles—grace the hallways. Guests can enjoy Murals on 54, an Art Deco-style restaurant on the property, and Randolph’s Bar & Lounge, designed to resemble a living room with cushy sofas and armchairs. There’s also a fitness center.
The deal: Exclusive to Washingtonian readers, the Hugs & Kisses Package includes accommodations for two in a premier room (230 to 300 square feet) or a suite (500 to 600 square feet), full American breakfast for two at Murals on 54, a welcome box of chocolates, and two cocktails at Randolph’s Bar & Lounge. The rate for the premier room starts at $280, a suite starts at $455; both are a savings of 29 percent. Use the code WSHMG to book.
When: Valid February 1 through March 31, 2012.