Things to Do

August Travel Deals

In August, it seems like everyone wants to leave town. These exclusive reader deals will give you even more of a reason to get away.

Relax at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

On the Waterfront

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge,
Md.; 410-901-1234

What’s special: At this four-diamond resort on the Eastern Shore, guests can be pampered at the spa,
play a round of golf on a course that journeys along the Choptank River, and swim
in a beautiful infinity pool with the river as a backdrop while the kids enjoy the
winding waterslide. Nearby Cambridge, St. Michaels, Easton, and other quaint towns
offer antique shopping and a maritime museum. Come during Crab Week (August 16 through
30) and learn to catch and crack your own crustaceans.

The deal: Book two nights at regular rates through the Sunshine on Sale package and receive
a third night free, as well as a complimentary daily breakfast for two. During an
August visit,
Washingtonian readers will also receive $20 off any facial of 60 minutes or more at the on-site
Sago Spa & Salon when they show a printout of this article. All Sunshine on Sale package
guests through September will receive, at check-in, coupons toward dining, spa, golf,
and other activities, valued at about $75. Summer room rates start at $259. Reservations
must be made in advance; to book, call 800-633-7313 or visit their website.

When: Valid through December 30, 2013.

Charm City

Where: Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown, 222 St. Paul Place, Baltimore; 410-727-2222 

What’s special: This Embassy Suites, formerly the Tremont Plaza Hotel, just underwent a $14 million
renovation. The luxurious hotel provides amenities such as free wireless internet,
free cooked-to-order breakfast, and complimentary cocktails. In addition to upgrading
all guest-room kitchens and baths, the renovations include a new restaurant and bar,
B’More Bistro and Lounge, and a fitness center. The hotel is about a half-mile walk
to the Inner Harbor.

The deal: The Discover Baltimore package includes two nights’ accommodations in a one-bedroom
suite, valet parking, four tickets to the Baltimore Zoo, four tickets to the National
Aquarium, and four tickets to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. Mention
Washingtonian to also receive two free appetizers at the hotel restaurant, a $20 value. A two-night
package is $399, a $300 savings.

When: Valid August through September 8, 2013.

New York, New York

Where: Milburn Hotel, 242 W. 76th St., New York, NY; 212-362-1006

What’s special: At this New York City hotel, guests enjoy comfortable beds and good-size rooms and
suites, all with kitchenettes (microwave, refrigerator, dishes, and flatware). Breakfast
is included—with yogurt, bagels, cereals, fruit, and waffles on weekends—as is free
wi-fi. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a lounge off the lobby is an ideal spot
to meet with friends. There’s a small gym and free use of a fitness center one block
away with a 25-meter pool. The hotel is near Lincoln Center, Central Park, shops including
Zabar’s famous gourmet and housewares emporium, and the American Museum of Natural
History. And the price is always right—the “New York With Kids” guide ranked it second
among “top ten family-friendly hotels,” and Fodor’s and Zagat both consider it one
of New York’s hotel finds.

The deal: When you book at 212-362-1006 or e-mail, mention
Washingtonian to receive a free room upgrade. Room rates start at $199.

When: Valid through August 2013.

City of Brotherly Love

Where: Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, 117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia; 215-563-5006

What’s special: This eco-friendly boutique hotel is a welcoming place, with its nightly open-bar
wine party, addictive truffled popcorn, and a striking modern lobby with original
artwork. The hotel has spacious rooms and suites, a fitness center, and a restaurant.
It’s also pet-friendly. About ten minutes away are the Barnes Foundation museum and
the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The deal: The Perfect Picnic package includes customized picnic baskets for families, couples,
and leisure travelers with gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and beverages; you’ll also
receive an insulated tote and blanket to take home—all told, about a $45 value. As
for where to eat your picnic? You can walk or take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary
bikes and head about one block to Rittenhouse Square. Mention
Washingtonian to also receive two free cocktails, a $20 value, at the hotel bar. Room rates start
at $219.

When: Valid through September 2, 2013.

Mountaintop Escape

Where: Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi, 2137 Route 940, Pocono Pines, Pa.; 570-646-6636

What’s special: The newly renovated lodge offers guest rooms in a main house as well as four cabins,
all nestled amid towering pines. First opened in 1928, the lodge has luxury bed linens
and free wi-fi. Mornings begin with a free gourmet country breakfast. Guests can relax
at the lodge or enjoy the amenities at nearby Lake Naomi, a quarter-mile walk, where
they can kayak across the 277-acre lake, relax on the sand beach, hike and bike, golf
on a nine-hole course, and play tennis on outdoor or indoor courts.

The deal: The lodge is running a summer deal: Book three nights that include a Tuesday and
get 25 percent off a stay. Mention
Washingtonian to receive an additional 10 percent off. Rates start at $160 a night before any discount.

When: Valid through September 30, 2013.

Play Ball!

Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY; 607-544-2502

What’s special: A member of the Historic Hotels of America, this 133-room hotel offers guests natural
beauty and the feel of a bygone era. The Federal-style edifice features an imposing
front portico supported by 30-foot columns. Guests can swim in the heated outdoor
pool, canoe on beautiful Lake Otsego, golf on the challenging Leatherstocking course,
and play tennis. Nearby, explore the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore
Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum.

The deal: The End of Summer Getaway includes a traditional guest room and breakfast, for a
weekend rate of $249 a night. Mention
Washingtonian to receive a choice of two tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Fenimore
Art Museum, or the Farmers’ Museum. (Tickets to Baseball Hall of Fame normally cost
$19.50.) For reservations, call 800-348-6222 or e-mail

When: Valid through mid-September 2013.