Didn’t we just welcome in the new year? How did the calendar jump to late July? School shopping is almost here and before you know it, the caravan of activities will have us bustling across the beltway. Why not squeeze a little more out of summer break by planning a late summer getaway? There’s still time.
Summer destinations not too far outside the beltway are just the ticket for a short vacay. While day trips are fun, there’s nothing like spending a few nights away to get you refreshed and focused before school starts.
We’ve put together a list of five great getaways within a few hours’ drive which will help you save a few bucks while still soaking in the sights and sounds of summer’s twilight.
The AC Hotel National Harbor, Maryland
Do hours of dealing with snarled traffic bring you down? Your dream of a vacation spot close to home can be realized with a short drive to the AC Hotel by Marriott right here on the Potomac. Once parked, you are within walking distance to all the National Harbor’s points of interest.
Explore sites during the day and dance the night away close by. If site-seeing didn’t wear you out and exercise is your thing, a jogging trail along the water is just minutes away. The AC is known for its cleanliness and the staff is friendly and attentive. All the ingredients for a relaxing stay without the hassle of a long hot road-trip!
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg VA
Less than 50 miles west of DC you’ll find the Five Star Salamander Resort & Spa waiting for you in the hills of its 340-acre property in the quaint village of Middleburg. In the heart of Virginia’s wine country, there is no shortage of possible outings if you find time to leave.
The resort features a cooking studio and culinary garden, an outdoor spa with an infinity pool, a canopy zip lining tour, and horseback riding at the spas equestrian center. If you are looking for luxury not too far from home, you’ve found it!
Boar’s Head Resort, Charlottesville VA
Looking for refreshment? Boar’s Head Resort has got you covered from head to toe! From total relaxation to intense exercise, you can do it all here. Located 115 miles from DC, this resort features a network of hiking trails, golf, tennis, and rock climbing. A racquetball & fitness club for those who like to “actively relax” is included.
A spa on the property ensures those who like to rest when they “relax” can get their fill of massages, body treatments, facials, and nail treatments. There are wine receptions each Friday afternoon to get the weekend started right. Picture yourself in Jefferson’s home town far from the daily grind… makes you want to jump in the car, doesn’t it?
Shenandoah Crossing, Gordonsville VA
Fine resort meets woodsy accommodations at Shenandoah Crossing. Rustic cabins complete with all the amenities scatter the property while townhouses offer more of a traditional stay. If you’re feeling exotic, try staying in one of their fully-furnished luxury yurts. You won’t be sure whether you’ve backpacked into the site for a night in Tibet or if you’re being pampered at a Five Star resort.
Two extremes coming together make for a pleasant and relaxing surprise. There are 1000 robust acres to explore on foot or by horseback. Nearby excursions include Montpelier, Luray Caverns, and the Monticello Wine Trail. Strip your inhibitions and try something new while experiencing something familiar.
The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville VA
For a more intimate get away with that special someone, consider The Clifton Inn. At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Clifton brings the feel of a quiet inn with a touch of luxury from a world-class hotel.
With only 20 guest rooms and suites spread out across four buildings on the 100-acre property, you’ll enjoy the peaceful quiet of a comfortable stay. Fine linens and top-shelf bath products are found in each room, making every moment one of extravagance. Pamper your loved one with a stay at The Clifton Inn and gain superstar status.
Finding that perfect place to spend a few more summer days doesn’t have to be a chore, check out one of these fantastic options and savor the season just a bit longer!