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November Travel Deals

It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are almost here. Whether you stay in town or head out, we have great hotel and resort deals for you.

In Town

Where: The Carlyle, 1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-234-3200.

What’s special: This newly redesigned Kimpton hotel is on a tree-lined street four blocks from Dupont Circle. Guests at the pet-friendly property can enjoy a free evening wine hour and complimentary morning coffee and tea. Become a member online (gratis) and receive a $10 Raid the Bar credit and free wi-fi. You can work out in the fitness center or, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30, go for a three-mile run through the District with the hotel’s general manager.

The deal: The Art of Discovery package includes 10 percent off room rates (an average savings of $15); a $30 dining credit per stay for the Riggsby restaurant, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow; two 25-percent-off tickets to the Phillips Collection (usually $12 each); and two complimentary Capital Bikeshare 24-hour passes (a $16 value). Washingtonian readers also receive a $30 in-room spa credit per stay. Prices start at $169 for the package. For reservations, click here and use the code ARTD.

When: Valid for stays November 1 through 30, 2015.

Company Coming

Where: The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW; 202-265-1600.

What’s special: Just steps from Dupont Circle, the newly renovated Embassy Row Hotel is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, art galleries, and Metro. Small plates and drinks are available in the lobby at Station Kitchen & Cocktails. Need a little relaxation? The Embassy Row offers in-room massages.

The deal: The Holiday Package offers locals and visiting friends and family a discounted rate of $99 a night. For Washingtonian readers, the amenity fee is waived, a $14 savings per night, for a total savings of about 40 percent. Book here or reserve by phone and mention the magazine.

When: Valid for stays November 20 through 29 and December 23 through 30, 2015.

Celebrate by the Bay

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.

What’s special: Situated on the Choptank River, the 342-acre Eastern Shore resort offers beautiful water views. On December 12 and 19, children staying at the Hyatt Regency can have breakfast with Santa and take part in evening “elf tuck-ins,” including bedtime stories and treats. All guests can enjoy the resort’s festive decorations as well as the indoor swimming with free “dive in” movies, a game room, and a fitness center. At the spa, seasonal treatments include the Toasty Marshmallow Massage, which uses a melt of shea, cocoa, and mango butters to soothe and rejuvenate, and the Gingerbread Man-icure and Pedicure. In the evening, snuggle by the grand fireplace or roast s’mores under the stars. If the weather is good, you can golf or play tennis.

The deal: Book the Home for the Holidays package and get up to 30 percent off. Discounted rates start at $109 a night. To book, call 800-633-7313 or click here and use the reference code HMHOWE. Washingtonian readers also receive two free s’mores kits, a $12 value, if they print out this online deal page and show it at check-in.

When: Valid for stays December 1, 2015, through January 4, 2016. (Blackout date of 12/31/15.)

Along the Delaware River

Where: Golden Pheasant Inn, 763 River Rd., Erwinna, Pa.; 610-294-9595.

What’s special: In beautiful and historic Bucks County, the inn is located between the Delaware River and Delaware Canal—giving every room a water view. The Golden Pheasant has been family-owned and -operated for more than 26 years and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Each luxurious, renovated guest room is decorated with antiques as well as updated furnishings and Frette linens. The restaurant has an oversize wood-burning fireplace. Complimentary breakfast includes coffee and tea, juices, pastries, cereal, yogurt, and a hot entrée. The inn is just 25 minutes outside New Hope, a popular small town full of shops and art galleries.

The deal: The Golden Pheasant is offering an exclusive package for readers: Stay any two nights in the room of your choice and get a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a dozen roses, and a $50 gift certificate toward dinner, a value of more than $100. Rates start at $225 a night. To get this deal, mention Washingtonian when booking by phone, or type Washingtonian in the “requirements” section online.

When: Valid for stays through January 31, 2016.

Celebrate in the Mountains

Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 724-329-8555.

What’s special: Nemacolin recently underwent a $30-million renovation. Included were guest rooms at the elegant Chateau Lafayette, meeting rooms, and public spaces. Guests can enjoy off-road driving in a Jeep Rubicon, bowling, touring the $45-million Hardy Family Art Collection, swimming, working out at the 2,400-square-foot fitness center, relaxing at the Woodlands spa, or hitting Nemacolin’s Lady Luck Casino, with nearly 600 slot machines and 29 table games. In the coming season, there are slew of special activities. Over Thanksgiving, the resort is offering a Turkey Trot 5K run, a visit from Santa, and the Grove Kidz Spa Open House, with a hair station, mini-facials, and nail polishing for kids ages 5 through 15. During the year-end holidays, the resort has complimentary movie marathons with popcorn and beverages, as well as live entertainment. For a fee, there’s winetasting, a bonfire with s’mores, afternoon tea, a gingerbread-house workshop, and “elf tuck-ins” featuring a bedtime story and a stocking full of gifts.

The deal: The three-, four-, and five-night Holiday Packages include $300 a night in resort-amenity spending credits. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive the Wellness upgrade (a $35 value), including 15 percent off services at the Holistic Healing Center and access to Holistic Pathways classes.

When: Thanksgiving packages are valid for stays November 25 through 30, 2015; holiday packages are valid December 18 through January 3, 2016.

Fun in the Sunshine State

Where: Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, Fla.; 561-533-6000.

What’s special: At this resort, on seven acres featuring a private beach and lush tropical gardens, guests start their vacation with a glass of Champagne. Rooms have balconies with ocean, pool, and garden views. You can get out on the water by jet-skiing, paddleboarding, or taking a fishing excursion. Hone your tennis game with professional instruction or relax at the spa. The resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach and its high-end shops on Worth Avenue.

The deal: The Endless Summer Nights package includes a $50 resort credit per night when you stay two or more nights. The credit can be used for the spa, dining, and the children’s club. Readers also get two complimentary cocktails at Stir Bar and Terrace. The starting rate for this package is $299 a night. To book, click here and enter ENDLESSDC as the booking code.

When: Valid for stays through November 29, 2015. (Thanksgiving is also included, an exclusive for Washingtonian readers.)

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