It’s summer. The kids are out of school, work is a little less hectic— it’s time for a vacation. And whether it’s an extended weekend away or a longer escape we’ve got great deals for you.
Historic Hotel & Brandywine Valley Attractions
Where: Hotel du Pont, 11th & Market Streets, Wilmington, DE (302) 594-3100
What’s special: This landmark historic hotel located in the Brandywine Valley is one of the finest examples of European craftsmanship in North America. It offers sophisticated elegance and exceptional service. It was built in 1913; such notables as John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindberg and Katharine Hepburn have been guests of the hotel. It’s close to history, art, antiques, museums, beautiful mansions, and breathtaking gardens.
The deal: Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport Package includes an overnight stay, free breakfast, free valet parking, and admission to eleven Brandywine Valley Museums and Gardens: Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware History Museum, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum & Library, Mount Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens, Read House Museum Historic New Castle, Rockwood Mansion Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.
The Passport is good for a family of up five (two adults and three children.)
Westchester Magazine online readers also will get free admission to the new Delaware Children’s Museum, which usually costs $12 per person; this special package includes an additional value of $60. And readers will receive a box of the famous Hotel du Pont Almond Macaroons. Prices start at $244 per room plus tax. This is a $409 savings. Exclusive rate code: WMRTREASURE.
When: July through November 14
A Resort with History and an Amusement Park Outside Its Gate
Where: Kingsmill Resort & Spa, 1010 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA (800) 832-5665
What’s special: Nestled on the banks of the James River, Kingsmill offers a playground of activities on its property and beyond. The centerpiece of the resort is the three championship courses including the premier River Course, home of many PGA and LPGA tournaments. Golf Digest recently named Kingsmill in its list of “The 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.” In addition, there’s a golf academy and the par-3 Bray Links where you can play night golf. The never-ending amenities continue with children’s programs, pools, tennis, biking, the Sports Club, the luxury spa, boating, fishing, and the marina. Guests have a choice of accommodations and dining options. And right outside the gate is Busch Gardens and a few miles away is Colonial Williamsburg.
The deal: The Stay and Play Package includes two nights’ lodging; $30 to play the Plantation Course after 1 pm (normally after 2, it’s $65); free use of paddleboats and kayaks; and breakfast for two. This package is for families of up to four. The price for the package is $469. Westchester Magazine readers receive 20 percent off that. To book, enter promo code WASH2010.
When: Now through Labor Day
Where: The Cliff House Resort & Spa, Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME (207)361-1000
What’s special: This oceanfront resort sits high above Bald Head Cliff. Every room has a balcony with an ocean view. Enjoy the view and the sounds of the ocean. The full-service spa offers a varied menu of treatments, a 75-foot lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room. The fitness center showcases panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, offers exercise classes, and more. Dine in or outside and enjoy the beautiful vistas.
The deal: The Spa & Golf Sampler includes 3 nights/4 days and good Sunday through Thursday. The package includes lodging; full breakfast each morning; lobster dinner or choice of entrée with beverage, appetizer, and dessert one night; one round of 18 championship holes of golf with cart and a $100 spa credit per person. Mention Westchester Special code 99 and receive a free Spa Sampler treatment (valued at $99) which features three 15-minute mini-treatments: a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage; a revitalizing hand treatment; and a lower-leg hot-towel massage — plus a glass of wine and a sampling of chef’s hors d’oeuvres! Rates start at $658 per person, double occupancy. Maine sales tax and service charges are included. The deal is a $99 savings.
When: Valid Sundays through Thursdays in June, except holidays
Where: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Dr, Farmington, PA (800) 422-2736
What’s special: Situated on 2,000 wooded acres, Nemacolin offers guests many choices. Stay at the AAA Five Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel, the Lodge, the Chateau, or the Townhomes. Activities abound. Play golf on two championship courses, play tennis, relax at the luxurious spa, swim, hit the Adventure Center with its new 1,060-foot Fatbird Flyer Zip Line, which reaches speeds of up to 60 mph and soars through the air at an elevation of 300 feet. Also new this season is the Little Tykes Ropes Course, which younger kids can enjoy while Mom and Dad and the “big” kids take to the 20’ and 40’ Ropes Course so can the little ones. Play miniature golf, mountain bike, try the Off-Road Driving Academy featuring the Jeep Rubicons ®, or go fly-fishing. While at the resort, enjoy the art collection and antique cars. And there are plenty of restaurants, from casual to fine-dining establishments, to satisfy your taste buds.
The deal: The Stay and Play Free Golf Package offers one free round of golf per person on Nemacolin’s Mystic Rock, where PGA tournaments have been played. Mention Westchester Magazine online when booking your reservation and receive a complimentary Mystic Rock golf towel, hat, and a sleeve of golf balls, plus 15 percent off regular-priced golf apparel. Some restrictions may apply. Rates start at $352 and include accommodations, resort fee, and taxes. This package offers a savings of approximately $385.
When: Sunday—Thursday, through October 31
Romance on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin, 308 Watkins Point Rd, St. Michaels, MD (410) 745-2200; perrycabin.com.
What’s special: This award-winning Colonial mansion exudes serenity and elegance. Nestled along the Miles River, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, it offers an intimate and exclusive feel, luxurious accommodations, beautiful common spaces, unparalleled cuisine, and the ultimate in service. Sherwood Landing is the only four-diamond restaurant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Linden Spa is named for the magnificent Linden trees that line the driveway leading to the hotel. The spa offers guests pampering, rejuvenation, and wellness. It’s pet friendly, so Fido can come along, too.
The deal: The Summer Fever Package includes two nights’ accommodations, a bottle of chilled rosé and canapés on the lawn, bicycles with gourmet picnic lunches for two (one per stay) , and, from the Linden Spa, the Epicurean line of sunscreen products —X-treme Cream SPF 45 (2.5-ounce tube) and lip balm. Rates start at $650 for the two-night package. Book online and Westchester Magazine readers will receive a $75 food and beverage credit. This is a $200-plus savings.
When: Valid Sunday through Thursday through August 31
Beauty in the Poconos
Where: The French Manor Inn & Spa, 50 Huntington Dr, South Sterling, PA (877) 720-6090.
What’s special: Perched atop Huckleberry Mountain, this charming 1930’s stone chateau was built by Joseph Hirshhorn, who brought 165 craftsmen and artisans to create this masterpiece. The manor’s roof is made of imported Spanish slate, the windows are all leaded glass, there is an elegant Romanesque arched entranceway and massive stone fireplaces. Guests enjoy peaceful views of the graceful crests and ridges of the northern Pocono Mountains. Relax in the gardens, have complimentary afternoon tea, spend time in the indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room or the spa, and then go hiking or play golf 10 minutes away. The Buck Hill Golf Course was designed by legendary greats Donald Ross and Robert White and winds through woods and rolling mountainside terrain.
The deal: Mention Westchester Magazine and enjoy this exclusive offer: gorgeous accommodations, full breakfast, and one round of golf at Buck Hill Golf Club. Rates are $132.50 per person based on double occupancy. Savings are $150 per person. Reference code: “Golf Connection.”
When: Valid through July 31