Daydreaming of Weekend Getaways

Washington DC

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The InterContinental Hotels Group rewards program, Priority Club, recently released its list of PointBreak hotels valid until June 30, 2013. PointBreak hotels are available for only 5,000 points per night.

Since I’ve got about 30,000 Priority Club points, that gives me 6 possible nights from the list of PointBreak hotels. But since most of my vacation time at work is allocated for the PE exam, a trip to Boston with my husband, our Mother/Daughter trip to Europe, and our sibling trip to Puerto Rico, we really only have weekend nights available for mini-getaways.

So my focus is on finding something relatively local (within a few hours’ drive) that would be a fun weekend vacation. A few places jumped out at me right away:

Finger_Lakes_Spring_Grapes

Photo credit: visit~fingerlakes

  • CANDLEWOOD SUITES BALTIMORE-BWI AIRPORT
    Close to the city of Baltimore, this hotel would be a quick and easy weekend trip. Baltimore has plenty to do – a zoo and an aquarium, museums, a symphony orchestra, ghost tours, and plenty of delicious seafood.
  • HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS WASHINGTON DC EAST-ANDREWS AFB
    Only 15 minutes from downtown Washington DC, staying here would allow us to play tourist and visit the national historic monuments in D.C. The Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the various war memorials, and famous museums (the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum, the Library of Congress, etc).
  • HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES KITTANNING
    HOLIDAY INN CLARION
    Both of these are located in the “middle of nowhere” Pennsylvania. But Clarion is pretty close to Pennsylvania’s only national forest, Allegheny National Forest. It could be fun to drive up, spend a day hiking and picnicking, and then relax before driving home.
  • HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OWEGO
    CANDLEWOOD SUITES SYRACUSE
    Both of these hotels in New York are within a several hour drive of us, and roughly an hour away from our Alma Mater. It would be a great day trip to drive up, do a wine tour of the Finger Lakes region, and then stay in one of these hotels before driving back the next day.

But despite these excellent deals, and plenty of fun (and free!) activities to do in each location, we’ll probably only get to do one or two of these. Our weekends between now and June 30 are booked fairly solid, so fitting this trips in will require planning and picking/choosing our priorities. May seems to be the only month free for these quick weekend trips, so I’ll have to see what’s available.

Upcoming Travel:
March:
– a trip to Ohio (family)

April:
– the PE exam
– moving to a new apartment
– a trip to Connecticut (to see my mom’s art exhibit)
– a trip to Boston (mini-vacation)
May:
– a trip to Virginia (friends and the beach!)
– a trip to Ohio (possibly)

June:
– a trip to Connecticut (for my mom’s birthday)

– a trip to Ithaca for my college reunion (possibly)
– Harrisburg Brewer’s Fest
– a trip to Europe!!!!!! (I can’t wait, in case you can’t tell)

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