July Travel Deals

It’s hot. It’s humid. Summer has arrived in Washington. Now is the time to get away with these good deals.
July Travel Deals
The Vista Celestial resort in Costa Rica is offering readers a discount on its private villas in the rainforest. Photo courtesy of Vista Celestial Costa Rica.

Cool New England Breezes

Where: Topnotch Resort, 4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, Vt.; 802-760-6330.
What’s special: Looking for some cool New England temperatures? Head to Topnotch Resort, a mountainside playground in Vermont. Surrounded by 120 acres of wooded grounds, the resort offers hiking, biking, pampering at the spa, horseback riding, and tennis on six outdoor or four indoor courts. Guests can relax at the outdoor adult or family pools with magnificent views or swim indoors. The nearby town of Stowe offers a mix of shops and cafes.
The deal: The “Bed, Bike and Brew” package includes accommodations for two nights, and one mountain bike rental per adult per stay, along with a trail map, Topnotch Resort water bottle, and a four-pack of Heady Topper craft beer in your room on arrival. (Must be 21 years of age or older, ID required upon delivery.) This deal saves about 18 percent off typical costs. Washingtonian readers also receive complimentary access for two guests (age 16 and older) to the resort’s gentlemen’s and ladies’ lounges featuring a private steam room, sauna, and relaxation area as well as lockers, shower, robes, and slippers. Access is usually $18 a person. The package’s starting rate is $235 a night with a two-night minimum. To get this deal, click here and use the booking code Washington.
When: Valid for stays through October 31, 2017.

Sun, Surf, and Florida Sunshine

Where: Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 954-315-1460.
What’s special: Guests can walk the seven-mile-long beach—right outside the hotel’s door—or relax or have lunch by the pool. Three blocks away is a water taxi that will allow you to explore the canals. The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is four miles from the hotel; there, you’ll find museums, art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants.
The deal: The “Sonesta 2017 Summer Sale” includes 25 percent off its best available weekday rate and 15 percent off weekends, with a two-night minimum.  Washingtonian readers also receive a $50 on-site food and beverage credit. Prices start at $134 a night before the 25 percent discount. To book, click here and use the rate code 2017SSFB, or call 954-315-1460.
When: Valid for stays through September 4, 2017. (Must be booked by July 31.)

Golf in the Mountains

Where: The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, CO; 855-634-7711.
What’s special: The Broadmoor is a legendary resort, and with fly-fishing camps, tennis, golf, and a luxury spa, it’s a destination unto itself. If you golf, it’s the East Course you want to play. On the 18th hole of this course in 1959, a kid named Jack Nicklaus birdied the final hole to defeat Charlie Coe in the finals of the United States Amateur Championship, changing the game of golf and beginning what was one of the most amazing dominations of a modern sport in history. In 2018, the U.S. Senior Open champions will play here. Take advantage of new direct flights from Dulles to Colorado Springs this summer and fall on Frontier Airlines.
The deal: The “Unlimited Weekday Golf” package includes two nights accommodation and unlimited golf per person, including use of a locker, club storage, and lots of range balls. The package starts at $445 per person, per night based on double occupancy. (Without the deal, each round would cost $200.) Washingtonian readers also receive an upgrade to a Junior Suite, a $300 value. When booking, mention Washingtonian to get the upgrade. Book online or call 855-634-7711.
When: Valid for stays through October 31, 2017.

Tropical Paradise

Where: Vista Celestial Costa Rica, 2km Noreste de Catarata de Uvita, Uvita de Osa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica; 888-829-7560.
What’s special: At this Pacific Coast resort, you’ll be surrounded by tropical flowers, monkeys, parrots, and butterflies. From your villa you’ll enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and the rainforest. Lay out on the terrace or luxuriate in your own outdoor infinity pool/hot tub. The villas offer privacy yet are close to the restaurant, main pool with swim-up bar, and waterfall Jacuzzi. Have a spa treatment on your terrace or in the jungle, or do yoga in this heavenly setting. Celestial Costa Rica is only minutes from 13 tropical beaches, dining, entertainment, and adventure. There are whale- and dolphin-watching tours, snorkeling, surfing lessons, horseback riding, and kayaking, and you can even swim in a waterfall.
The deal: The “Washingtonian Reader” package includes a $100 spa credit, discounted villa rate, $100 adventure activities credit, and one complimentary morning yoga class or adventure tour. The five-day package for a one-person private villa is $2,200, (normally $3,050); two people in a villa costs $1,850 a person. (The more that come, the lower the price.) Mention the “Washingtonian Reader Deal” when booking.
When: Valid for stays through August 2017.

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