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Exclusive Travel Deals for October

Goodbye to heat, humidity, and summer—fall is here, and so are some great travel deals.


Where: Bridgeton House on the Delaware, 1525 River Rd., Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; 610-982-5856.

What’s special: This luxurious inn, on the banks of the Delaware River in Bucks County, is 30 minutes north of historic New Hope, Pennsylvania. Innkeepers Bea and Charles Briggs turned the 1836 riverside building into a romantic bed-and-breakfast, and out of more than 20,000 destinations nationwide, it was awarded a 2015 Top 10 Romantic Inns designation by Depending on the room, you can enjoy a treetop riverside deck with magnificent views, marble bathrooms, a rain shower for two with heated seats, a two-person whirlpool tub with river views, soaring ceilings, and a gas- or wood-burning fireplace. All rooms have featherbeds and comfy linens. Rates include breakfast (choice of fruit course and main course), afternoon tea (homemade sweets, cheese spreads, breads, and pastries), evening sherry, and access to the stocked butler’s pantry, which contains homemade cookies and biscotti, chips, coffee, and tea. Area activities include wineries, breweries, covered-bridge tours, theater, antiques shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

The deal: Stay two nights in the Luxury Tree House, Boat House, or Penthouse rooms and receive a complimentary cheese tray and bottle of wine, plus a Champagne brunch and late checkout—add-ons worth more than $100. Rates start at $399 a night. Use the booking code WashSpecial.

When: Valid for stays October through December 23, 2015.

In the Heart of the Windy City

Where: Silversmith Hotel, 10 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.; 312-372-7696.

What’s special: At this hotel, a showcase of Arts and Crafts style, the guest rooms have recently been renovated. You’ll find 12-foot ceilings, plush bedding, complimentary high-speed internet access, and mini-refrigerators. The hotel is a quick walk to the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Willis Tower (former Sears Tower), as well as good shopping and restaurants. We also strongly recommend the architectural boat tour.

The deal: The “In the Heart of the Windy City” package includes handcrafted welcome cocktails in the lounge, dinner and breakfast for two at the hotel’s lounge and restaurant, Adamus, complimentary wi-fi, and a pair of tickets to the Art Institute. Prices start at $299, a 30-percent savings. Use the code WASH when booking online or by phone.

When: Valid for stays October through December 30, 2015. Blackout dates apply.

Driving the Golf Ball

Where: Hilton Head Island, 10 Clubhouse Dr., Hilton Head, S.C.; 843-681-1706.

What’s special: Play some of the best courses on Hilton Head Island, all designed by noted architects such as Arthur Hills, Rees Jones, and Robert Cupp. And if you’re looking for something else to do, you can bike, hit the beach, or play tennis.

The deal: The Heritage Golf Collection’s “Fore” Golf Package includes four nights in villa accommodations (based on availability) and four rounds of golf from Port Royal Golf Club, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation, and Oyster Reef. Guests receive complimentary range balls, breakfast at the golf clubs, a VIP discount card (for purchases at the club shops and at the restaurants affiliated with Heritage Golf), and all taxes and fees. Washingtonian readers also receive a $50 credit per group. Prices start at $155 per person per night, a savings of 25 percent (deal based on quad occupancy).

When: Valid for stays October through November 7, 2015.

The Sunshine State

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island, Fla.; 904-277-1100.

What’s special: Located on a barrier island, this resort’s rooms feature a private balcony with either coastal or oceanfront views, marble baths, and Frette linens. The resort also offers 1½ miles of dune-lined beachfront, 18 holes of championship golf, four cocktail lounges (one outdoors and seasonal), a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, tennis, and an indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool with whirlpool.

The deal: The Autumn Breakaway to the Ritz-Carlton package includes accommodations and a daily $100 resort credit to use in the spa, the restaurant Salt, and the hotel’s shops. Mention Washingtonian and also get a spa welcome basket with Kneipp herbal bath products, a $40 value. Prices start at $319.

When: Valid for stays through January 16, 2016.

Romance in Bermuda

Where: The Reefs Resort & Club, 56 S. Shore Rd., Southampton, Bermuda; 441-238-0222.

What’s special: This intimate, family-owned cliffside resort overlooks a rose-sand cove and offers breathtaking ocean views. Upscale accommodations include guest rooms, suites, and condos, all with Atlantic vistas. On the property is La Serena Spa and three dining venues, including the new laid-back Aqua Terra, with ocean views and plenty of local ingredients on the menu. At the resort, you can play tennis, lounge on the beach, and hit the pool. Or you might leave the sanctuary of the resort to play golf nearby, rent a scooter to explore the island, shop, or go reef-snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, or waterskiing.

The deal: The Romance Package is a six-day/five-night vacation in an oceanview room, with a welcome rum-swizzle drink; Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries brought to the room after arrival; two 60-minute massages (one for each of you); daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner (in October, on the beach); drink vouchers; round-trip airport transfers; and all taxes and service charges, a savings that adds up to 5 to 10 percent depending on room and time of year. The package starts at $3,140 per room. Washingtonian readers also receive a free picnic lunch for two, a $40 savings.

When: Valid for stays through April 1, 2016.