The season of summer vacations may be over, but it’s always nice to have another trip to look forward to.
We might not all have the time or finances to fly away to exotic and warm locations, but we are lucky to live in a region that’s central to a wealth of nearby and budget friendly weekend getaways!
Just over an hour outside of DC in Loudon County is Middleburg, VA, known as nations “Horse and Hunt Capitol”. However, you don’t have to be an equestrian enthusiast to enjoy the quaint streets dotted with cafes, antique stores, and boutiques.
Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, PA–
Located just 2.5 hours North of DC, Bedford Springs Resort is a gorgeous 2,200 acre retreat tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of PA. History buffs will be fascinated by the property’s rich past, which dates back to 1796 and has through the years hosted presidents, politicians, and other celebrities.
Guests can enjoy a mineral springs treatment in the beautiful Springs Eternal Spa, 25 scenic miles of hiking trails, historic 18-hole golf course designed by golf legends Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghaust, and five innovative restaurants.
Just down the street from the resort, stroll around the shops and cafes, or catch a movie at the historic Pitt Theatre in downtown Bedford.
Annapolis, MD –
Want to get away but not spend hours in the car? Annapolis is a perfect nearby escape, clocking in at about 40 minutes away from both DC and Baltimore. The capitol of Maryland provides fun for just about everybody, whether you are into the historic architecture and museums, the array of art galleries and shops, or of course the fresh seafood.
Annapolis offers accommodations to fit any budget, from historic inns, such as the Governor Calvert House to mid-range and luxury modern hotels.
Philadelphia, PA –
The City of Brotherly Love in Eastern PA is a 2.5 hour drive from DC and 1.5 hours from Baltimore and is the home of The Liberty Bell, the birthplace of American democracy, a variety of museums and historical attractions, America’s oldest farmer’s market, and of course, the Philly Cheesesteak. Try both of the most infamous cheesesteaks at Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s.
Just 25 miles outside of Philly is the King of Prussia Mall home to over 400 stores to fit every taste and budget.
If you go between Nov 26th and Dec 27th, stop by the authentic German Christmas market in Love Park (1500 Arch Street)!
Frederick, MD –
Frederick is located only one hour North of DC and less than an hour West of Baltimore, but is far enough to escape the craziness of the city.
Stroll around Downtown Frederick’s 200+ shops, restaurants, and food markets, check out the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, take a ride on a vintage train and catch a show at the Weinberg Center.
Or, make a day of visiting each stop along the Frederick Wine Trail. (Did you know your concierge can help you with transportation so you can enjoy the wineries to their full extent?!) We recommend the Inn at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery – an elegant European-style estate that includes a farm-fresh breakfast and a complimentary wine tasting!
Let us know where you go to escape your everyday routine!
Post by: Brenda B.