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January 2015 Travel Deals

Whether you want to visit museums, sit by a fire, or hit the ski slopes, we have a great deal for you.

Uptown, Downtown, All Around New York

Where: Sofitel New York, 45 W. 44th St., New York, NY; 212-354-8844

What’s special: The 30-story Sofitel puts you in the heart of midtown—near Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Broadway theaters, restaurants, shopping, and art museums. The contemporary hotel features large rooms with feather-top beds and luxury bedding, complimentary wi-fi, and an elegant lobby.

The deal: The $269 Washingtonian deal includes accommodations, a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Queen room, and a $50 dining credit for use at the on-site Gaby Brasserie Française. Mention Washingtonian when making a reservation.

When: Valid for stays in January 2015.

Where: Gild Hall Hotel, 15 Gold St., New York, NY; 212-232-7700

What’s special: This hotel is in the financial district, a part of Manhattan with narrow, curving, Colonial-era streets. You can explore Trinity Church, visit the World Trade Center Memorial, take a water taxi to Brooklyn, or catch a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The rooms are simple yet luxurious, with oversize, leather-tufted headboards and elegant, custom-designed wooden furniture. The hotel’s bilevel, Tuscan-style wine bar and lounge, Felice Ristorante & Wine Bar, is adorned with dramatic chandeliers.

The deal: The Washingtonian deal includes 10 percent off the best available rate, continental breakfast for two each day at Felice (normally $16 per person per day), welcome cocktails (valued at $14 each), and complimentary wi-fi. Rooms start at $209 a night. Use the booking code DCTONYC.

When: Valid for stays Thursday through Sunday nights, January through March 31, 2015.

Brandywine Treasures

Where: Hotel Du Pont, 42 W. 11th St., Wilmington, Del.; 302-594-3100

What’s special: Built in 1913, this historic hotel showcases the work of fine French and Italian craftsmen of that time. Guests can also enjoy modern-day touches such as high-speed internet, a fitness center, renovated rooms, and luxury bathrooms with a separate shower and a deep soaking tub. The hotel is a good base for exploring the area, including the Delaware Art Museum (with its collection of American art), Winterthur Museum (a trove of American decorative arts), the Brandywine River Museum of Art (where an Andrew Wyeth exhibition is currently on view), and Longwood Gardens (whose Christmas display runs through January 11; the Orchid Extravaganza starts January 24).

The deal: The Brandywine River Museum Package includes lodging, valet parking for one vehicle, and breakfast for two adults in the property’s restaurant. Prices start at $239, a $61 savings. Mention Washingtonian when you book or check in and also receive a complimentary upgrade to the next-best room category, a $33 savings. To make a reservation, click here or call 302-594-3125.

When: For stays Thursday through Sunday nights in January 2015.

Escape Civilization

Where: North Fork Mountain Inn, Smoke Hole Rd., Cabins, W.Va.; 304-257-1108

What’s special: In a remote part of West Virginia, this rustic inn offers impressive views, including overhead. The stars shine so brightly at night, it’s like being in a planetarium. The Great Room, with its stone fireplace, is a nice spot to relax with a book. The seven rooms in the main inn are each uniquely decorated, some with two-person Jacuzzis and fireplaces. The log-cabin suites feature a king bed, a whirlpool tub, a gas fireplace, a loft with queen sleeper sofa, and a mini-kitchen. All guests enjoy a full breakfast, and massages are available.

The deal: The Winter Escape Package includes two nights in one of the seven inn rooms, dinner for two at the inn on one of the evenings, a bottle of wine, two logo keepsake wine glasses, a gourmet picnic basket, and a $25 gift-shop credit. A weekend stay costs $395 (a 25-percent savings); a stay Sunday through Thursday is $280 (a 50-percent savings). An upgrade is available to the Hideaway Cabin for $25 or to one of the suites for $100. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive chocolate-covered strawberries, a $15 value.

When: Purchase this deal during January and redeem it between January 9 and April 30, 2015. Payment in full is due at the time of reservation. Blackout dates: January 16 through 18, February 13 through 16, and April 1 through 8.

Adventure and Nature

Where: Spring Creek Ranch, 1800 Spirit Dance Rd., Jackson Hole, Wyo.; 888-734-8503

What’s special: Spring Creek Ranch is on a bluff high above the town of Jackson Hole, providing panoramic views of the Teton Mountain Range. Guests can explore surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks; go dog-sledding, tubing, skiing, and heli-skiing; or relax at the spa. The Granary restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Grand Tetons, offers “upscale mountain cooking,” according to Bon Appétit. United offers new direct flights to Jackson Hole from Dulles International Airport.

The deal: The Winter Adventure Package lets you build your own adventure, including four nights in a deluxe hotel room with fireplace, breakfast each morning in the Granary, and a choice of four of the following activities: a sleigh ride including a three-course meal at the Granary; a snowshoe hike with Spring Creek Ranch’s naturalist and a sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge; admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and a sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge; a snowshoe hike and admission to the National Museum of Wildlife Art; a dawn or dusk wildlife safari to spot elk, bison, moose, and bald eagles; a 60-minute massage, facial, or body scrub; and a full- or half-day snowmobile tour to Granite Hot Springs. Depending on activities chosen, savings range from $50 to $200 a person. Other activities, such as coach tours to Old Faithful, are offered at discounted rates. Prices are $1,076 per adult, $796 per child. Washingtonian readers also get a free cowboy basket (a cowboy hat filled with pretzels, peanuts, butter cookies, and two bottles of water), a $25 value. Use the online code Washingtonian.

When: Valid for stays January through March 15, 2015.

Family Ski Time

Where: Angel Fire Resort, 10 Miller La., Angel Fire, N.M.; 844-218-4107

What’s special: This family-friendly lodge, at more than 8,600 feet elevation in the southern Rocky Mountains, offers slopeside access to skiing, including night skiing. Guests can also enjoy snowboarding, Nordic skiing, tubing, and sledding. The property offers multiple dining options, free wi-fi, an indoor pool, and a hot tub.

The deal: The Washingtonian deal includes accommodations for two nights, four daily lift tickets, and a $50 food-and-beverage credit valid at any Angel Fire Resort restaurant. The price is $178 per night, double occupancy. To book, click here.

When: Valid January through March 23, 2015.

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