Staycation by the Pool
Where: Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW; 202-265-1600.
What’s special: This funky hotel recently underwent a $15-million renovation: The magnificent rooftop now features a cool saltwater pool and refreshing cocktails to go with the panoramic city views. If you can pull yourself away from the roof, you’ll see that the hotel’s location puts you near good eateries such as Glen’s Garden Market, Bub and Pop’s, and DGS Delicatessen, as well as the Phillips Collection, the National Geographic Museum, the Heurich House Museum (one of the most intact Victorian structures in the country), and Metro’s Red Line.
The deal: The Weekender all-inclusive package includes two nights’ accommodations, valet parking, a $50 food credit for Station Kitchen & Cocktails or the Rooftop, the hotel service fee, all taxes, and a late checkout based upon availability—all in all, a 20-percent savings. Washingtonian readers receive a room upgrade valued at up to $60; use the booking code STAYLOCAL. Rates start at $220.
When: Valid for stays through June 2015.
Staycation in Baltimore
Where: Kimpton Monaco Baltimore, 2 N. Charles St., Baltimore; 443-692-6170.
What’s special: Housed in the former B&O Railroad headquarters, the hotel marries contemporary style and design with historic architecture. Enjoy 300-thread-count Frette linens, a complimentary nightly wine hour from 5 to 6, the use of Kimpton bikes and selfie sticks, and free coffee and tea service every morning. The pet-friendly hotel is walking distance to the Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the Walters Art Museum, and the Hippodrome Theatre.
The deal: The National Aquarium Blacktip Reef Package includes accommodations, two adult tickets to the aquarium so guests can skip the long lines, 20-percent savings on additional tickets (discounted to $30 for adults, $20 for children), free continental breakfast for up to four guests, and a 10-percent discount at on-site B&O American Brasserie for lunch or dinner. The package price is just $50 more than the hotel’s best available rate. Mention Washingtonian at check-in to also get two free drinks at B&O American Brasserie, a $25 value. Rates start at $219. To book, click here and enter the rate code AQUA, or call 888-752-2363 and request the Blacktip Reef package.
When: Valid for stays in June 2015.
Where: Distrikt Hotel, 342 W. 40th St., New York, N.Y.; 212-706-6100.
What’s special: Every day during the hotel’s Social Hour, guests can enjoy free “aperitivo” snacks and great prices on drinks. Just steps from Broadway, this is a good base from which to see a weekend of shows. It’s also walking distance to the Empire State Building, restaurants, shops, and the subway.
The deal: The summer promotion offers Washingtonian guests 15 percent off the best available rate and a free bottle of Prosecco. Rates start at $199. The promotion can be accessed by clicking here.
When: Valid for stays through August 2015.
North Carolina Calling
Where: Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Rd., Duck, N.C.; 866-860-3979.
What’s special: The resort just unveiled 24 new waterview rooms and suites—some facing the Atlantic Ocean, others overlooking Currituck Sound—and new activities such as moonlight kayak tours, Cape Hatteras horseback riding, and cruises from Duck to Sanctuary Vineyards. You can relax at the spa or beach, do standup paddleboarding, take surfing and kiteboarding lessons, play tennis, swim at the three pools, or rent bikes ($35 for a half day).
The deal: The Buy 3, Get 1 Free package awards one free night for three paid. Washingtonian readers also get two free appetizers (one per person) at Kimball’s Kitchen or Lifesaving Station with a meal purchase (excluding the seafood tower), a $30 value. Rates start at $299 a night. To get this deal, mention Washingtonian when calling.
When: Valid for stays through June 30, 2015.
The Maine Event
Where: Meadowmere Resort, 74 Main St., Ogunquit, Maine; 800-633-8718.
What’s special: The Meadowmere Resort, on Maine’s southern coast, has been family-owned since 1983 and offers a relaxing atmosphere. Guests enjoy an indoor Roman bath, indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor hot tub, and a health club and spa. The resort is in the heart of Ogunquit Village, a picturesque seaside spot with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants serving Maine lobster. Walk the Marginal Way, a scenic cliff walk that meanders along the ocean for more than a mile, learn how to trap lobsters, go to a summer-stock playhouse for a theater performance, or enjoy golf at one of five courses within a 15-minute drive.
The deal: The Tee & Sea Package includes two nights’ accommodations, 18 holes of golf at the Links at Outlook (one round per person), a dinner for two at Jonathan’s Ogunquit, parking for one vehicle, resort amenity access, and extended checkout at 1 PM, all for a 20-percent savings off regular rates. Washingtonian readers also receive free Maine-made chocolates in the room, two glasses of wine, and a cheese platter. Prices for the package start at $698 for two people. Mention Washingtonian at check-in to get this deal.
When: Valid for stays through June 30, 2015.