City of Brotherly Love
Where: Hotel Palomar, 117 S. 17th St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 215-563-5006. Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 215-925-2111.
What’s special: Hotel Palomar is in a 1929 Art Deco building brought back to life after a $92.5-million renovation and is steps away from restaurants, trendy Rittenhouse Square Park, theaters, and high-end boutiques. Hotel Monaco is in the Lafayette Building, a 1907 landmark building that still has its original coffered ceiling and marble elevator banks; guests can ride up to the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Stratus. The Monaco is in the heart of Old City, with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell across the street. Both hotels offer complimentary wi-fi, pet-friendly policies, a hosted evening wine hour, and, if you sign up for free to be a Kimpton Karma Rewards member, a $10 Raid-the-Bar credit.
The deal: As a nod to leap year, both Kimpton hotels are offering Washingtonian readers the Book Before You Leap deal, with up to 29 percent off the best available rate. Use the rate code WASHDC when booking. With the discount, rates start at $198.09 at Hotel Monaco and $176.79 at Hotel Palomar.
When: Book by February 29 for stays through April 30, 2016.
Panda-monium at the Ritz
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 703-415-5000.
What’s special: Guest rooms are large and feature Italian-marble bathrooms, feather beds with Frette linens, and evening turn-down service. The hotel is directly above a Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines and is attached to Pentagon City mall. A pool offers a spot to chill after sightseeing.
The deal: The Bei Bei and Friends package includes accommodations, breakfast buffet for two adults and two children ages 12 and under in its Fyve Restaurant, Metro passes for four guests, internet access, an in-room movie, late checkout, and complimentary use of the fitness center, indoor pool, and sauna. Mention Washingtonian (and use the code MAJ) when booking to receive, shipped to your home, a Friends of the National Zoo Adopt a Panda package, which includes a framed print of the panda you’ve “adopted.” Package prices start at $294.
When: Valid for stays through December 31, 2016.
Inn the Mood for Romance
Where: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg; 540-687-3333.
What’s special: Last year, the Goodstone Inn was a winner in both USA Today’s reader-chosen list of the Top 10 Best Romantic Inns in the USA and OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. Goodstone’s charming Carriage House is the heart of the inn—the 100-year-old structure is framed by two wings carved out of former stables. Meticulously restored, it now has a Great Room with a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, comfy sofas, an enormous dark-wood bar, and a white-tablecloth restaurant. Some guest rooms—most of which are in cottages around the grounds—have a wood-burning fireplace; all have luxe linens and refrigerators with free sodas and bottled water. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea as well as the property’s walking trails.
The deal: Goodstone’s Washingtonian Getaway includes accommodations for one night and a $50 credit toward dinner. Book online using the promo code WASH50 to receive the $50 credit. Prices start at $325.
When: Valid for stays February 1 through 29, 2016 (excluding holidays and February 12 through 14).
Hitting the Slopes
Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, 1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, Vt.; 800-253-2232.
What’s special: This resort is close to some of the best skiing on the East Coast and has a great spa to boot. Family-owned for more than 50 years, Stoweflake offers a variety of activities, and even more nearby. Sit by the fire at cozy Charlie B’s and have a meal and a drink—50-plus wines are available by the glass, and ten beers are on tap. The slopes, reachable by shuttle, are five minutes away; plus, Stowe’s cross-country ski center provides backcountry trails as well-groomed tracks. There are sleigh rides, dog-sledding tours, guided ice-fishing tours, and snowmobile tours. For more exercise, head to the resort’s fitness center for a roster of classes. The spa offers 30 treatment rooms and more than 150 signature healing and anti-aging remedies as well as cascading waterfalls to sit by and mineral pools in which to soak.
The deal: The Ski & Spa Free midweek package includes “spa premier” accommodations, two-day ski tickets, two 50-minute spa treatments, daily afternoon tea and cookies, access to Stoweflake’s five-kilometer cross-country and snowshoe trail, fireside après-ski hors d’oeuvres, and no fee for resort amenities—for a total savings of up to 40 percent. Readers also receive free breakfast daily at Charlie B’s, a $30-a-day value for two. This package requires a two-night minimum stay; reservations must be fully prepaid and are nonrefundable and nonchangeable. Prices start at $309 per room per night based on double occupancy. To book, call 800-253-2232 and mention the Washingtonian offer.
When: Valid for stays Sunday through Thursday until March 30, 2016 (excluding February 12 through 20).
Let the Sunshine In
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fla.; 954-465-2300.
What’s special: This beachfront hotel takes full advantage of the views, with a heated infinity pool on a 29,000-square-foot tropical deck overlooking the Atlantic. The beach is across the street, where the staff will set up a chair for you. From your private balcony, you can enjoy more vistas, of either the ocean or the intercoastal waterway. Guest rooms feature marble baths, fine linens, twice-daily housekeeping, and complimentary morning newspaper. There’s a fitness center and a spa with 11 treatment rooms, including a private couple’s suite. Nearby are boating, shopping, dining, and the Grande Oaks Golf Course.
The deal: The Comfort You package includes accommodations, daily buffet breakfast for two, and a $50 resort credit per day. Readers receive a Panther Coffee voucher for two to be used in the Burlock Coast marketplace, a $7 value, and a beer or wine voucher for two for use in Burlock Coast, a $30 value. Prices start at $309. Mention Washingtonian when booking.
When: Valid for stays through June 2016.
Love on the Left Coast
Where: Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805-884-0300.
What’s special: The Spanish-style Canary, a Kimpton hotel, is in the heart of Santa Barbara’s upscale downtown, with romantic scenery of the mountains and the Pacific—plus, the beach is close by. The 97-room boutique hotel’s rooftop has a heated pool, a hot tub, a fireplace, and those gorgeous views. It offers luxurious bedding, free morning coffee and tea service, free evening wine receptions, and free bike rentals. If you sign up, for free, to be a Kimpton Karma Rewards member, you get a $10 Raid-the-Bar credit and complimentary wi-fi.
The deal: The Canary Santa Barbara’s Syrah & Suites deal includes accommodations in a suite, a bottle of Carhartt Vineyard 2013 Estate Syrah, and a winetasting for two at Carhartt’s tasting room in Los Olivos. Prices start at $575. Washingtonian readers receive a second set of tasting tickets to the winery.
When: Valid for stays through May 1, 2016.
Where: Hotel Palomar San Diego, 1047 Fifth Ave., San Diego, Calif.; 619-515-3000.
What’s special: The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton hotel, is located at the entrance to the Historic Gaslamp Quarter, known for dining and nightlife. It’s about a mile and a half from Balboa Park, with a museum and the San Diego Zoo. A rooftop pool and lounge with city views offer a good place to unwind. For those who need even more relaxation, there’s a spa. The hotel has complimentary morning coffee and tea service, free evening wine receptions, and free bike rentals. If you sign up to be a complimentary Kimpton Karma Rewards member, you get a $10 Raid-the-Bar credit and free wi-fi.
The deal: At the Palomar San Diego, the Lazy Lover package includes deluxe accommodations, a $100 credit per night at the spa or a $100 dining credit for in-room dining, and welcome amenities that scream romance: rose petals, Champagne, Whitman Sampler chocolates, an intimacy kit, and a teddy bear. Washingtonian readers also get two craft beers, a $20 value. Prices start at $249. Mention the magazine when booking.
When: Valid for stays through February 2016.
Under the Caribbean Sun
Where: Wyndham Reef Resort, Grand Cayman; 888-232-0541.
What’s special: All the suites and studios are beachfront, offering spectacular views of the Caribbean. Located on a quiet side of Grand Cayman island, the resort features an expansive 1,500-foot stretch of beach, a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi next to it, a beach bar, tennis courts, and a fitness center. The on-site water-adventure service will arrange intimate excursions to snorkeling sites, a bioluminescent kayak tour at night, or a trip to Stingray City, where you can dive with, touch, and feed stingrays.
The deal: The Winter Escape Sale includes up to 30 percent off, with rooms starting at $125 a night (including the discount) for stays of four nights or longer. Washingtonian readers also receive a bottle of wine. To reserve, use the code DISPWASH.
When: Book by February 28 for stays through December 23, 2016.