3 festive holiday staycation opportunities

A holiday staycation provides the opportunity to either immerse yourself in or escape — or maybe a combination of both — the hustle and bustle of the season. We have found some merry merry options for you.

gingerbread house kit

The Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is awash in the holiday spirit and offering an assortment of seasonal offerings for guests. The centerpiece is its “Holiday Shop and Play” package available thru Jan. 2 and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • A 3-hour session in the M.O. Panda Club for one child aged 3 to10 years
  • $100 dining credit
  • Valet parking for one vehicle, with unlimited in and out privileges
  • Guaranteed late check-out at 5 p.m.

Guests also have easy access to The Wharf‘s many shops, restaurants and attractions, such as its seasonal ice rink.

PS – Also, check out the “Deck the Suite” package that includes a gingerbread house decorating amenity delivered to your suite.

Penn Quarter’s Kimpton Monaco DC is located steps from the Downtown Holiday Market, the CityCenterDC‘s upscale shopping outlets and dozens of other nearby retailers. It’s offering a “Holiday Wonderland” package available through Dec. 23 that includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • $30 dining credit for Dirty Habit, the hotel’s onsite restaurant
  • 2 (two) Hot Toddy welcome beverages in refillable holiday souvenir mugs (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options)
  • $20 in Downtown Holiday Market Dollars

Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s courtyard that has been transformed into a winter wonderland with string lights, outdoor fire pits, and a pop-up bar with festive cocktail specials by Dirty Habit. 

PS – The Monaco’s sister property Kimpton George Hotel also some tempting holiday offerings.

Experience the Best of the Region’s Holidays at Gaylord National Resort

With more than 155,000 square feet of holiday cheer, the Gaylord National has over a dozen fun attractions for guests and visitors to enjoy this holiday season – ranging from ice bumper cars to the I Love Christmas Movies experience that allows you to walk through the most iconic scenes from classic Christmas movies in a multi-sensory experience. Its “Christmas on the Potomac” package available through Dec. 31 combines many of the hotel’s offers:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Standard parking
  • Tickets to I Love Christmas Movies, Ice Tubing, Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt and Production Pass tickets.

Guests will also find lots of activities and opportunities to shop and dine throughout National Harbor as well as the nearby MGM National Harbor and Tanger Outlets.

PS – The Gaylord National’s Old Hickory Steakhouse, revered for decadent premium beef, is offering holiday specials including dinner on Dec. 24 and 25.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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