October Travel Deals

Lake? Mountains? City? Here are five getaway specials for whichever type of fall view you prefer.

Have baseball fever? Consider a getaway to Cooperstown, New York, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Cooperstown's Otesaga Resort Hotel offers lake views—and is offering a 40 percent discount on rooms.

Family Fun

Where: Kingsmill Resort1010 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, Va.; 800-832-5665. 

What’s special: Kingsmill offers much to do on its property—golf, tennis, bicycles, a large indoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, and restaurants. If you wish to head off-property, you can step back in time at nearby Colonial Williamsburg. 

The deal: The “Smores & Snores” package combines “camping” with creature comforts. The adults in the family can enjoy a spacious condo with a kitchen, dining room, and private patio or balcony. The kids get a taste of camping, thanks to a tent pitched in the living room, and a camper kit that includes a cinch sack, microwavable s’mores, and a glow stick (one per child ages 3-9). If the kids end up wanting to crawl into bed, there’s a pull-out couch. The resort offers complimentary wi-fi, and there are no resort fees. In addition, Washingtonian readers receive a $50 resort credit. Rates start at $292 a night for a family of four. To get this deal, click here or call 800-832-5665 and use the code SSMOREWASH. 

When: Valid for stays October through December 31, 2017.

Play a Historic Round

Where: Golden Horseshoe Golf Club401 South England St., Williamsburg, Va.; 757-220-7696844-207-938

What’s special: The Golden Horseshoe’s three courses were designed by father-and-son duo Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones. The 45 holes are completely free of surrounding real estate and boast accolades such as being named to Golf Digest’s “2016 Best Golf Resorts in the Mid-Atlantic.” The 18-hole Gold Course reopened in July after a yearlong renovation of all of its greens, fairways, roughs, and bunkers. Today, with new forward tees, the course is especially friendly for female golfers. Serene and beautiful, the course is lined with trees and interesting water holes. The longer Green course feels as though you are out in the country and it, too, offers plenty of challenge. Great fun for juniors and beginners, as well as avid golfers, is the nine-hole Spotswood Course. Guests can stay at various properties surrounding Colonial Williamsburg. No matter which property you stay at, I’d recommend having a drink or light bite at the Williamsburg Inn’s new Social Terrace. 

The deal: The “Golden Horseshoe Fall Unlimited Golf Package” includes hotel accommodations, one round of golf per day at your choice of the Gold, Green, or Spotswood courses, along with greens fee, cart fee, range balls, and complimentary same-day replay on any course. Washingtonian readers also receive a complimentary sleeve of Titleist Pro-V1 golf balls and a Golden Horseshoe logoed golf towel. Tee-time reservations must be made in advance by calling 800-648-6653. Be sure to mention you’re a Washingtonian reader when booking tee times to receive the gifts. Hotel guests are also entitled to discounts to all official Colonial Williamsburg exhibits and museums. Rates are per room, per night, and per person and range from $179 at the Governors Inn to $349 at the Williamsburg Inn. For additional information, call 800-648-6653 or click here. 

When: Valid for stays through November 26, 2017.

Swinging Away in the Mountains

Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, Pa.; 866-344-6957.

What’s special: Situated on 2,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania, the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is another top-rated golf destination. The Mystic Rock course will challenge every aspect of your game. And the new Pete Dye-designed course, Shepherd’s Rock, is a 7,151-yard layout that was built on rolling terrain atop the Allegheny Mountains and is as equally challenging as Mystic Rock.  The front nine is tree-lined and requires precision, while the back is wide open with beautiful views of the Laurel Highlands. Nemacolin has lots of other activities to enjoy, including its Woodlands Spa, a shooting academy with 30 stations for sporting clays, and Jeep Off-Road Driving.  

The deal: The “Double Dose of Dye Two Night” package for two starts at $962 for two nights and includes accommodations and one round on Mystic Rock and one round on Shepherd’s Rock, including greens fee, cart, and forecaddie fee. Washingtonian readers also receive a $20 voucher in the pro shop. To book, call 866-344-6957 or click here and use the code WASHINGTON. 

When: Valid for stays through October 31, 2017.

In the Heart of NYC

Where: Hyatt Centric Times Square135 W 45th St., New York; 646-364-1234.

What’s special: If you like to be in the middle of the action, this hotel puts you there. You can step out of the hotel and catch a Broadway show, see the lights of Times Square at night, and walk to Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden. Guests can enjoy terrific Manhattan views from the hotel’s rooftop lounge, Bar 54  on the 54th floor, where trendy handcrafted cocktails and bar food are served.

The deal: The “Park and Stay” package includes accommodations and overnight valet parking for one vehicle for 24 hours. Washingtonian readers also receive a complimentary room upgrade. Rates start at $399. For reservations and inquiries, email and mention Washingtonian to get the deal.

When: Valid for stays October 1 to December 312018

Fall Glory 

Where: The Otesaga Resort Hotel60 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY; 607-547-9931.

What’s special: This resort is on the shores of Lake Otsego in Cooperstown Village and offers spectacular views of the lake. The hotel dates back to 1909 and has retained the charm of a bygone era, but offers contemporary conveniences such as oversized bathrooms, wi-fi, and high-definition television. Guests can enjoy a fitness center, championship golf course, tennis, a spa, and a heated outdoor swimming pool. At night, guests can gather at the 24-seat outdoor bar and have a fall drink like the Nutty Bumppo, which offers a seasonal twist on a classic Manhattan. It’s a short walk to local attractions including the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, and the Village of Cooperstown. 

The deal: The “Autumn Harvest Package” includes a 40 percent room rate reduction, a full breakfast (juices, fresh fruits, and other offerings such as made-to-order omelets, griddle cakes topped with local maple syrup, crisp bacon, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin breads), tickets to The Farmers’ Museum, free Osteago signature apple pie mix and Beekman 1802 Autumn Harvest Honey, and complimentary parking. Washingtonian readers also receive a bottle of Otesaga signature house wine, a $26 value. Rates start at $249 after the discount. To get this deal, call 800-348-6222 and mention the code WASHINGTONIAN.

When: Valid for stays Sunday through Thursday, through October 31, 2017.