Old Town Staycation
Where: Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St., Alexandria; 703-894-3434.
What’s special: This laid-back boutique hotel is right in the middle of historic Old Town. You can walk the cobblestone streets, wander in and out of the shops, visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center and other attractions, and take in the beautiful waterfront. The hotel has a complimentary daily Wine Hour, free coffee and tea every morning, a fitness center and a lovely spa, and free bikes for guest use. Sign up for free for Kimpton Kama Rewards online and get complimentary wi-fi, a $10 Raid the Bar credit, and a shoeshine. And bring your dog, too: The hotel is pet-friendly.
The deal: The Road Warrior package includes $15 daily savings at the hotel’s adjacent restaurants, Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier and Brabo Tasting Room (to be used toward breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks at the bar, or room service), plus a complimentary notebook locally made by Appointed (a $24 value), discounts at the spa, and access to nearby Pilates ProWorks. Mention Washingtonian when booking or at check-in to also receive a free bottle of wine (a $20 value). Room rates start at $169. Use the code ROADW when booking online, or when calling 703-894-3434.
When: Valid for stays through November 30, 2016.
Where: North Fork Mountain Inn, 235 Canyon View Ln., Cabins, WV; 304-257-1108.
What’s special: It’s the perfect time to visit this inn in the fall, when the mountains are ablaze with color. Guests can sit on the porch and take it all in or go for a hike. In the morning, enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast. At night, without any nearby lights, you’ll see the stars like you can’t see them in Washington. The inn offers of variety of accommodations, from rooms to suites to a cabin. Nearby attractions include Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, the Cass Scenic Railroad, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.
The deal: Mention Washingtonian when making a reservation to get 20 percent off room rates Sunday through Thursday, and 10 percent off for Friday and Saturday nights. Room rates are $160 to $255 a night before the discount. You’ll also receive a free bottle of wine and two wine glasses. A two-night minimum is required, and this special applies to new reservations only.
When: Book by October 31, for travel through November 30, 2016.
Peace and Quiet in Paradise
Where: The Cliff Hotel, West End Rd., Negril, Jamaica; 800-213-0583.
What’s special: The Cliff Hotel is situated on five lush acres and offers amazing views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea and Negril Cliffs. At this 33-room luxury boutique property, you can choose from suites, villas, and cottages, including one-bedroom cottages. The hotel features a natural saltwater pool nestled in the cliffs, a spa, three bars, and a restaurant with magnificent sunset views. The hotel can arrange snorkeling, scuba diving, boat rides, and Catamaran cruises.
The deal: Ask for the Washingtonian deal to get free daily breakfast, a bottle of Champagne, and savings of 40 percent. Rates start at $200 a night. Reserve by calling 800-213-0583.
When: Book by October 31 for stays October through December 20, 2016.
Escape Election Craziness
Where: Secret Bay, Ross Blvd., Dominica, 767-445-4444.
What’s special: On the northwest coast of the island of Dominica in the West Indies, this resort is perched on a jaw-dropping clifftop. The luxe, eco-friendly villas and bungalows afford guests privacy and all offer views of the Caribbean Sea and rainforest-covered mountains. Hike where you might catch a glimpse of parrots and see waterfalls, or explore the area on horseback. Go snorkeling and see, among other creatures, the invasive lion fish—the chef will happily teach you how to turn it into a delicious meal. Free amenities include wi-fi, use of a Kindle, daily international newspapers, and access to mountain bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, yoga mats, and snorkeling gear.
The deal: Secret Bay must know how the election is affecting many Americans, since they created the “Escape Election 2016” package. It includes five nights in a luxurious villa, a gourmet welcome dinner, a 60-minute in-room couples massage, a forest bathing experience (soaking in the natural ambiance of the forest in guided meditation), 60-minute private couples yoga session, airport transfers, and an organic food basket. The package price is $3,074, a savings of $200. Book using the code Washingtonian, and also receive ocean-aged rum, Spice of the Antilles, produced by Rum Dogs (a $50 value).
When: Valid for stays October through December 16, 2016.