Hi all, I've been lurking this site for a while, finally made an account and decided to take advantage We live in DC and our July 4th plans fell through and now we're looking for a little "last minute" getaway of sorts. Trying to save some $$ and my e-certificate expires on August 13th so thought I'd see if anyone here knows of any good Category 1-5 hotels outside of the DC area that I can use my e-cert for? I think we're willing to look into NY, PA, RI, CT, VA since they're all reasonable distance. Ideally we'd like to stay somewhere within walking distance of things to do. So many caveats, I know But I figured no harm in asking
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I have not traveled in the DC area, but I know many of our Insiders have. I'm looking forward to hearing what others have to say on this topic.
Don't know if you have young kids, but we took ours to the Crayola Experience in Easton PA and stayed at the new wonderful Allentown Renaissance. Terrific hotel and only a category 4. Staff in lounge was top notch. Also visited a little car museum in Allentown. Can't remember the exact name.
In addition to rb84's excellent July 4th suggestion of Monticello, James Monroe's home, Ash Lawn-Highland, is practically adjacent to Monticello. And James Madison's magnificent 2,600-acre estate, Montpelier, is only about 45 minutes away. We soaked up the history of all three over a couple of days. An unexpected treat (for me anyway) at Montpelier was the James Madison Landmark Forest, a 200-acre old-growth forest featuring oaks and yellow poplars between 200 and 300 years old. Love me some trees!
By the way, we were staying at the Residence Inn Waynesboro, VA, which is a category 5. Waynesboro's nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so more trees!
Thank you all for chiming in, truly appreciate it!! rb84 I actually have stayed at the Fairfield in Charlottesville haha. We actually used our certificates there the past 2 times because it's just so convenient out of DC and Charlottesville is so wonderful! That's actually what I would recommend right off the bat to anyone! Sadly we've been there too many times foxglove - ooh Waynesboro sounds interesting! We've been to Crozet but it might be a nice change from our charlottesville stay We'll definitely think about it! Meanwhile, the search continues! I really wish there were some Category 5 and under in Richmond or VA beach (that isn't insanely far from the beach). Sigh
The Courtyard in Williamsburg, VA is a go-to for my family when we visit the area (we actually lived in the Hampton Roads area when I was a kid). It's right next to Busch Gardens and close enough to Colonial WIlliamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, etc. if you're aiming for a bit of history. It's a cat 5 and we've had a number of good stays there over the years.
Virginia Beach is roughly an hour away barring bad traffic (Hampton Roads can have that, so timing is key) but might not be horrible if you do a day trip over there as part of the trip. We usually time our trip down, spend the day there, and then head to the hotel to check in, so we get a visit in while we're in the area.
Hope that helps!