Winter by the Water
Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.
What’s special: Enjoy serene Choptank River views and lots of activities—including a heated indoor pool with “dive in” movies, golf, tennis, miniature golf, disc golf, jogging trails, boating, a fitness center, and a renovated 18,000-square-foot spa (which is offering a new Pumpkin Latte Pedicure). In November, the resort hosts special events such as a demo of a decadent s’mores recipe by Sally McKenney (November 8), a workshop by DC’s International Spy Museum about the world of espionage (November 15), and the fourth annual Oyster Week, with oyster-inspired entertainment and entrées (November 22 through 30).
The deal: The Luxury on Sale package includes a cozy fleece blanket, yours to keep, and a complimentary s’mores kit to use at the nightly s’mores roast. Readers who show this article will also get a $25 resort credit to spend on any activity—golf, spa, dining, and more. Rates start at $149 a night midweek and $199 on weekends, up to a 40-percent savings. You must ask for the offer by name or request the offer code LUXRY4 when making a reservation. To book, call 800-633-7313.
When: Available November 2014 through March 31, 2015.
A Good Walk Not Spoiled
Where: Keswick Hall and Golf Club, 701 Club Dr., Keswick, Va; 434-979-3440.
What’s special: This boutique resort is in the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country. Inside and out, the hotel resembles a private estate, with roaring fireplaces, tennis courts, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s also fine as well as casual dining, a spa, and a newly redesigned golf course. Golf legend Pete Dye gave the course, Full Cry, a total makeover; it now features carpet-like fairways, ubiquitous bunkers, fast greens, and journeys through rolling hills. The resort is minutes from three presidential homes open for tours: Jefferson’s Monticello, Madison’s Montpelier, and Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland.
The deal: Keswick is offering several Stay-and-Play deals. The Full Cry package, starting at $299 (single occupancy), includes one round of golf with a cart and a night’s stay in a “superior” room; a guest may be added for $80. The Hunt package, beginning at $409 (single occupancy), features 18 holes upon arrival, one night in a superior room, breakfast, and an additional round on the Full Cry course the next morning. You can add a guest for $130. The savings is as much as $290. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a $50 food-and-beverage credit. To book, call 434-979-3440.
When: Valid November 2014 through March 1, 2015.
Without the Crowds
Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 877-650-4812.
What’s special: The summer crowds are gone, making it a perfect time to enjoy North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Sanderling Resort offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound—meaning both sunrises and sunsets over the water. Last year, Sanderling underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, and it now has new poolside guest rooms and a redesigned lobby with oceanfront views; the renovated Lifesaving Station restaurant boasts fireplaces and an outdoor deck. You can walk on the beach, relax at the terrific spa, play tennis and golf nearby, or go on a tour to see the wild horses of Corolla.
The deal: The Fall Getaway package lets you pick one of the following: a 50-minute spa treatment per person, one couples treatment, dinner for two in the Lifesaving Station, or lunch at the Lifesaving Station followed by a Wild Horse Tour for two. A two-night minimum stay is required. Rates start at $199 a night, a 33-percent savings. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of wine, a $25 value. Call 844-207-8512.
When: November through December 30, 2014.
Where: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, Col.; 855-634-7711.
What’s special: This world-famous resort, built in 1918, has hosted US Presidents, foreign royalty, and Hollywood celebrities. It’s perched 6,000 feet above sea level but still just at the base of the towering Cheyenne Mountains. The multiple buildings surround peaceful Cheyenne Lake and are connected by a bridge and landscaped walkways. There’s an indoor pool, a fitness center, a spa, three championship golf courses, and tennis. With an average high temperature in the 50s in November (and an average snowfall of less than five inches), you’ll be able to get out and play. On weekends, there are complimentary activities including guided tours of the Broadmoor’s Western art collection; wine, cocktail, and culinary demonstrations; dance classes; golf instruction; and an intro to fly-fishing. The resort has a variety of dining options, including the Penrose Room, Colorado’s only Five Star, Five Diamond restaurant, and Natural Epicurean, where meals use locally sourced ingredients. Outside of the resort, Colorado Springs offers attractions such as the not-to-be-missed Garden of the Gods, nature’s red-rock version of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
The deal: The Spectacular Winter Savings package includes accommodations at 25 percent off published suite rates; 20 percent off golf-green fees for stays in November; complimentary golf-green fees (excluding cart rental) for stays in December, January, or February; 15 percent off selected spa services; 15 percent off bowling-lane rental; and discounts on adult tickets at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Children ages ten and under eat free from the kids’ menu when accompanied by a paying adult. Prices start at $105 per adult, double occupancy. The package saves 20 to 25 percent, depending on the period booked. Mention Washingtonian when checking in to also get free chocolates and a signature Broadmoor chef apron, about a $35 value. To book, visit their website.
When: November 2014 through February 28, 2015.
Where: Sea Island, 100 Cloister Dr., Sea Island Ga.; 855-714-9201.
What’s special: Midway between Jacksonville, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, Sea Island resort, on the Atlantic coast, sits amid salt marshes, dunes, and antebellum oaks. The Mediterranean-inspired Cloister, one of the resort’s accommodation choices, features rooms with river views, exposed-beam ceilings, hardwood floors, Turkish rugs, deep soaking tubs, and separate rainhead showers. Guests can enjoy five miles of private beach, lush grounds, tennis, kayaking through the marsh, golf on one of three championship courses, a fitness center, and a luxury spa. Dining options include the casual River Bar, seasonal fare at the Flip Flop Bistro (open January through August), the Forbes five-star Georgian Room, and intimate dinners in the wine cellar.
The deal: To celebrate a current renovation that will eventually add 63 rooms at the Cloister, the Expand Your Stay package offers guests who stay three or more nights a discounted rate of $63 for their final night at the Cloister. Rates start at $395 a night. Washingtonian readers also receive a $200 resort credit good during any non-holiday stay. To book, call 888-973-7947 and mention the promo code WSH200.
When: Valid November 2014 through February 28, 2015.