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I must admit that I have not visited our nation’s capital in some years, so I was pretty unfamiliar with the D.C. hotel landscape. Fortunately, I found my way to an absolutely charming boutique luxury property, the Jefferson Hotel, which seems like a home away from home (if your home is a modest mansion) in many ways. It’s small enough to feel intimate and cozy, but large enough (99 rooms and suites) to have excellent hotel amenities, including a first-rate restaurant, spa, and gym. It also happens to be ideally located just a couple blocks away from the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the White House. Read more
Express your patriotism in luxury this Independence Day with Kimpton Hotels’ “Red, White, and BOOM!” sale, featuring discounts of up to 20 percent on the group’s establishments in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland for stays from June 21 to July 8. The sale begins at 12am on June 21 and ends just before midnight on June 24.
With rates starting as low as $109 per night, guests are spoilt for choice among Kimpton’s twelve hotels in the D.C. area. In our nation’s capital, choose from the regal Hotel Monaco, which offers vaulted 20-foot ceilings, luxury bath products and terrycloth bathrobes, and a pet goldfish that is yours for the duration of your stay, or the contemporary Hotel Palomar, with its flat flat-screen televisions, 24-hour room service from Urbana Restaurant, and in-room spa services like a hot stone massage.
Both hotels offer easy access to attractions like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the National Mall, and the White House. If this still doesn’t suit your needs, Kimpton’s deal also extends to other locations, like the boutique Donovan House in D.C., the Lorien Hotel and Spa in Virginia, and the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, Maryland.
Regardless of where you stay, all guests have access to Kimpton’s complimentary perks, like morning coffee service, hosted wine hour receptions every evening, and free Wi-Fi. And for the summer, children under 12 are entitled to a free breakfast for the duration of their stay, with no additional charges for the family pet either.
To book, visit www.kimptonhotels.com/redwhiteboom and enter the code “BOOM” in the rate code box. The site only goes live when the sale starts on June 21, so get your trigger fingers ready.
For more trip-planning information, visit our Washington, D.C. and Maryland destination guides, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more travel deals.
This summer, dine at one of the finest restaurants in Washington, D.C., while staying at a sleek downtown hotel. Book a Friday or Saturday night at the Liaison Capitol Hill and take advantage of its Wine and Dine Weekend Escape, which includes a $100 credit at the renowned Art and Soul Restaurant. Rates start from just $169 this summer — a savings of 30% on the combined components of this package.
The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia hotel, is the closest hotel to the U.S. Capitol. It’s also within walking distance to The Smithsonian, the National Mall, and dozens more of the city’s most visited museums and monuments. The hotel offers modern and recently renovated guestrooms with high-speed WiFi (complimentary with this package), iHome docks, flat-screen TVs, and remodeled bathrooms. Take advantage of the rooftop pool in the hot summer months, or enjoy the coolly sophisticated lobby, bar, and business spaces downstairs.
Helmed by two-time James Beard Award-winner Art Smith, Art and Soul is one of the top-rated restaurants in D.C., offering upscale soul food in an elegant environment. Choose from the restaurant’s excellent wine list (rated one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” by Wine Enthusiast magazine) and enjoy Southern dishes with a modern bent with your $100 credit.
The Wine and Dine Weekend Escape is available from now through the end of the year. We found rates as low as $179 in June, $184 in July, and $169 in August. This offer is only valid for arrivals on Friday or Saturday, but guests can stay two nights and will receive a $100 credit per day. Click here to book using the promo code PKGESC. Or call 202-638-1616 and mention the same code.
Trees are blooming across the country during this unseasonably warm March, including the famous cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C., as a symbolic gesture of the lasting friendship between the U.S. and Japan. This year, the city celebrates 100 years of these picturesque pink trees blooming along its Tidal Basin.
Luckily for us, hotel rates in the national’s capital are low from now through early April due to the unforeseen warm weather. The Washington Hilton, located just blocks from the vibrant neighborhood of Dupont Circle, boasts particularly low pricing from April4-9. Book now and you can stay from just $135 per night. This saves a whopping 65% on rates later in April, which skyrocket to $399 per night. Other dates through mid-April are available for $159, $169, or $199 per night.
The Washington Hilton features recently renovated guest rooms with panoramic views of the D.C. skyline, including famous landmarks like the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Stroll over to the Tidal Basin and enjoy the festival, then check out some of the many other nearby sights including the National Zoo and the Philips Collection, and bustling neighborhoods like Georgetown and U Street Corridor.
Visit the Washington Hilton’s website to book your room now, or call them at 202-483-3000.
Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights to Washington, D.C. For more ideas on spring travel — to D.C. and beyond — see our article on 40 Sweet Spots for Spring Value.
Seattle’s native son (well, technically he hails from Tacoma, 35 minutes to the south of the city), Dale Chihuly will be properly honored in Seattle this spring, when the comprehensive permanent exhibit, Chihuly Garden and Glass, is slated to open its doors. The highly anticipated exhibition center will highlight some of the artist’s – revered as one of the world’s greatest glass artists, with his works showcased in 200-plus museum collections around the globe – most popular works and architectural installations, spanning his older collections to more contemporary pieces. Expect to see Chihuly’s Neon and Glass Forest, a Northwest Room, a Sealife Tower, and more on display in the main gallery spaces of a 12,208 square-foot indoor pavilion. Read more
Step back in time to the charming, Tudor-style Henley Park Hotel. Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the hotel is offering rates at only $160 per night for three nights – a savings of 30% on current rates.
The historic Henley Park served as home to notable Senators and Congressmen in the early-20th century. The mansion was converted into a hotel in the 1980s, but preserves the same European architectural features, including stained-glass windows, high archways, chandeliers, and stone gargoyles. Formal tea is even served each day in a traditional drawing room that once served as the politicians’ parlor.
Rooms include antique furnishings, flat panel TVs, and free WiFi. The hotel also features a fitness room, a Zagat-rated restaurant, and a cocktail lounge with live music on the weekends. Countless city attractions are within walking distance, including the White House, the National Portrait Gallery, and the D.C. Convention Center.
THE VALUE: Save 30% on a three-night stay at this historic and ideally-located D.C. hotel.
THE CATCH: You must stay for a minimum of three nights to receive the 30% savings. (Stay one night and save 10%; stay two nights and save 20%.)
THE DETAILS: Visit The Henley Park Hotel and choose “Save 30% Off Three Nights.” This deal is available now through February 11.
Restaurant Week is one of the best ways to dine in style, noshing at incredible, well-known restaurants that are otherwise out of the normal price range. Not only does it provide a great excuse for a date night, Restaurant Week is an exhibition of local culture and cuisine. Check out a few of the upcoming winter Restaurant Weeks below, and be sure to check back at OpenTable to make a reservation – and fast, some restaurants book up quicker than a Justin Beiber concert (cough, Le Cirque).
January 15 – 28, 2012; three-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners ($15 and $30, respectively)
New York City
January 16 – February 10, 2012; three-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners during the week ($24 and $35, respectively)
As gimmicks go, Georgetown Suites, in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., has a clever one running November 18 through February 28: Book two nights at the posted rate and upon check-in your second night’s rate will be adjusted to reflect whatever the outside temperature is at that moment.
Upon hearing this, your first instinct might be to wait until D.C. temps hit the low 20s or teens to book your stay. Trust me, as lovely as the District can be in winter, you and your family will be happier walking around town in late fall, when you won’t yet see your breath and the deal will still be a pretty good one.
When Labor Day passes, those of us with school-age kids observe a moment of silence to mourn the end of family vacationing until the winter holidays roll around. For those of us who don’t yet have or no longer have children in school, the passing of Labor Day means the time for a family vacation is now.
“Fall’s most reliable and notable trend is the drop in prices post Labor Day,” says Genevieve Shaw Brown, editorial director at Travelocity. “It’s a more affordable time for a family to take a vacation than the summer months.” For families and other bargain-hunting travelers, it’s a shoulder season “when prices are lower, crowds are fewer, and the weather is still agreeable,” she says.
This year’s record snowfall has kept ski junkies and snowboarders smiling all season. And it’s not over yet: Several West Coast resorts are helping enthusiasts squeeze in a few more runs by keeping slopes open through Memorial Day (and even July 4!), thanks to deep snowpack and even a dumping of several inches this week.
Here, a few destinations where you can continue to carve up the slopes with great spring skiing. If it’s warm enough, go ahead and bust out the board shorts or bikini top (but don’t forget the goggles and sunscreen!)
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