Best Holiday Escapes Near Washington DC

December 8, 2012 6:00 AM

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holidayescape Best Holiday Escapes Near Washington DC

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If the holidays have you freaking out instead of singing fa-la-la, then consider escaping to one of the best holiday escape destinations near D.C. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or a family friendly resort, these destinations have just what you need this holiday season.

Snowshoe Mountain

10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, WV 26209
(304) 572-5252

Price: $65 to $89 single-day lift ticket/$119.25 to $185.25 three-day lift ticket

No winter holiday is complete without a little bit of the white stuff. Head on up to Snowshoe Mountain where you’ll find plenty of snow and winter-related activities including skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Tour the backcountry of West Virginia courtesy of a snowmobile or snowcat tour, or hang out in the village where there are plenty of shops and restaurants to help pass the time. Snowshoe also offers a Kids Night Out program, in which kids age 5 to 12 enjoy a pizza party, arts and crafts, and fun games while mom and dad relax with a few adult beverages at Hoot’s Bar and Grill or yuk it up at the Comedy Cellar. Lodging accommodations are also available.

Great Wolf Lodge Resort
549 E. Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 229-9780

Price: $199 to $399 a night

Grab your bathing suit (no, really) and make your way toward Great Wolf Lodge where you will find a 79,000-square-foot, indoor water park that’s sure to thrill kids and parents alike. Take a spin down the Howlin’ Tornado, a six-story-tall waterslide, or relax the afternoon away in the North and South Hot Springs. The resort also features dozens of other family friendly activities including a bowling alley, mini golf, arcade and other interactive attractions. Grab a bite to eat at the Loose Moose Bar and Grill, massage away those kinks at the Elements Spa Salon, or satisfy your sweet tooth at the Bear Paw Sweets and Eats. The resort also features on-site shopping, a 24-hour fitness room, themed suites and a kid-friendly spa.

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The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michaels, MD 21663
(410) 745-2200

Price: $485 to $820 a night

For a romantic getaway, whisk your sweetheart away to the Inn at Perry Cabin where peace and tranquility await. Spend the morning cuddling together on the veranda while enjoying fresh fruit, draw a luxurious bubble bath in your own personal soaking tub, or cozy up to the fireplace. Each suite features modern and antique furniture, lush bed and bath accommodations, and plush robes. Enjoy a dreamy dinner for two at Sherwood’s Landing, a four-star restaurant, or share seductive glances over glasses of wine at the Purser’s Pub. The Inn at Perry Cabin also features a wellness spa where guests may book a variety of spa packages and treatments, including brightening facials, body treatments and couples massages.

Hollywood Casino
750 Hollywood Drive
Charles Town, WV 25414
(304) 725-7001

Price: $169 to $369 a night

Visit Hollywood Casino where more than 100 table games and 3,500 slots will determine if Lady Luck is really on your side. Try your hand at Texas Hold ‘Em poker, blackjack, roulette, craps or mini baccarat, or give the old one-armed bandit a try. The casino also features regular promotions and prize giveaways, including luxury cars, trips and cold hard cash. Refuel at the Skybox Sports Bar, Food Court or the Epic Buffet. Hollywood Casino also features year-round live horseracing, live entertainment at the H Lounge and a cozy inn. Each room offers luxurious accommodations, a 42-inch, flat-screen, high-definition television, WiFi and breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning with your stay.

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Savage River Lodge
1600 Mount Aetna Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
(301) 689-3200

Price: $190 to $245 a night

If Fido is more of a family friend than a family pet, then bring him on down to the Savage River Lodge where he will enjoy daily gourmet treats, a Pamper Your Pet basket full of toys, treats and other surprises, a large field to run around and play, and a cozy bed right by a fireplace. The lodge features great amenities for Fido’s human companions as well, including private cabins and in-cabin dining, endless recreational activities and daily wine tastings. Learn how to prepare a four-course meal, sign up for a carriage ride, or tour nearby attractions and towns, including Frank Lloyd’s 1950s Kentuck Knob home or the Flight 93 memorial located less than an hour away. Reserve the Moutainside Scenic Train Package and enjoy spectacular views of the Maryland countryside plus a delicious packed lunch. The lodge is cat-friendly too.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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