December Travel Deals

Whether you'd like to embrace the cold or escape it, here are exclusive reader deals you can give a loved one—or yourself
December Travel Deals
Bike and Roll's Christmas on Wheels tour rolls past the National and Capitol Christmas trees, and other festive sights. Photo courtesy of Bike and Roll.

Wheeling Around DC at Christmas

Where: Bike and Roll DC’s Christmas on Wheels Tour, 202-842-2453.

What’s special: Bike and Roll DC’s first Christmas on Wheels tour leaves from L’Enfant Plaza and is led by professional guides. It hits the US Botanic Garden’s holiday showcase, stops at Café du Parc for a complimentary hot chocolate, tours the decorations at the Willard Hotel, and takes in the Capitol and National Christmas trees. In addition to bikes, trailer tandems and burleys are available for younger children. Complimentary water bottles and Christmas snacks are given out. There’s also a Segway tour; all riders must be age 16 or older.

The deal: The bike tour is $39 for adults, $34 for ages 12 and under; the Segway tour is $64 a person. Washingtonian readers receive $5 off per person. For reservations, click here or call 202-842-2453. The discount code is Washingtonian.

When: Offered every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 4 through December 20, from 4 to 6:30.

Chile Holiday

Where: Omni Bedford Springs Resort, 2138 Business 220, Bedford, Pa., 814-623-8100; and the Omni Homestead Resort, 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, Va., 540-839-1766.

What’s special: Both of these historic hotels offer guests a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness center, hiking trails, historic tours, and festive holiday decor. The Omni Homestead, in the mountains of Virginia, also features a family game area, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and a tubing park. Both destinations are participating in the ¡Destinación Chile! program, part of their Flavors of the World culinary series. Guests can order such Chilean dishes as empanadas and choritos (zesty steamed mussels), tres leches cake, and arroz con leche. Omni also has partnered with Wines of Chile to offer bottles that reflect the region.

The deal: The Experience Chile package, at either property, includes accommodations, one bottle of Chilean wine delivered to your room, and one bottle of Merquen, a traditional Chilean spice. When you visit Frontier Tavern at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, mention Washingtonian to also receive a free Pisco sour and a free Empanada Con Pebre trio, a $19.50 value. Mention the magazine when visiting Jefferson’s Restaurant at the Omni Homestead Resort to get a free Empanada Con Pebre trio, a $14 value. Prices start at $265 at the Omni Bedford Springs and $196 at the Omni Homestead.

When: Valid through December 31, 2015.

Carolina on Your Mind

Where: Wild Dunes Resort, 1 Sundial Cir., Isle of Palms, S.C.; 866-769-7772.

What’s special: Wild Dunes Resort is on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. The oceanfront property sits on 1,600 acres and offers 36 holes of golf, tennis, a spa, a fitness center, and restaurants featuring low-country cuisine. Charleston is 30 minutes away by car.

The deal: The Warm Up Your Winter promotion offers 30 percent off nightly rates in the Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes. Even better, if you arrive Sunday through Wednesday, you get a $25 dinner credit per night. Washingtonian readers also receive a free Wild Dunes Resort bucket filled with six assorted local beers, a bag of snack mix, and popcorn, a $25 value. Mention the magazine when calling to reserve, or use the online promo code WILDDC.

When: Book by December 31 for stays through March 18, 2016.

Driving (the Ball) in the Sunshine State

Where: PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Ave. of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 561-627-2000.

What’s special: This resort is an easy getaway from DC—a nonstop flight and a 25-minute drive from Palm Beach International Airport. The property, which features five golf courses by legendary designers, is home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. Guests can enjoy the new iDECK, a 3,000-square-foot dining terrace with lake and pool views, part of a recent multimillion-dollar renovation.

The deal: The Gold Golf package features a daily round on one of the resort’s five layouts (there’s a surcharge for the Champion Course), deluxe accommodations, cart fees, club storage, access to practice facilities with unlimited range balls, and full daily breakfast in the Palm Terrace. The package saves $100 per person. Washingtonian readers also get a free upgrade to a Junior Suite upon check-in, an $80 value per day. Discounted prices start at $269 per person per night, double occupancy.

When: Book by December 31 for stays through June 30, 2016.

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