Best Memorial Day Getaways Near Washington, D.C.

May 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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After a long, cold winter and a funky spring, it’s finally time to enjoy some warm sunshine. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, nature lover or beach bum, check out this list of the best Memorial Day getaways near DC and be prepared to ring in the unofficial start of summer like you never have before.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000

For a Memorial Day getaway that’s not far from home, check out the Gaylord National Resort where you will find luxurious rooms, a 19-story glass atrium and plenty of places to go and things to do. Each room features a 32-inch flat screen television, mini fridge, coffee maker and in-room high speed internet access as well as granite countertops and marble floors. Dine at one of six on-site restaurants or take a stroll around the National Harbor and choose from more than 30 restaurants. The National Harbor also features a picturesque shopping center, a marina, a carousel for the kids and plenty of nightlife action.

Westmoreland State Park
1650 State Park Road
Montross, VA 22520
(804) 493-78821

Located on the northern neck of the Potomac River, Westmoreland State Park is the perfect Memorial Day getaway for those who seek to escape the hustle and bustle that is, well, Memorial Day weekend. The park features excellent breakwater conditions perfect for fishing plus plenty of hiking and bicycle trails. Westmoreland State Park also features a visitor’s center, campground and cabins, a fishing pier, boat rentals, snack bar, camp store and a bathhouse. Nearby attractions include Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home to two signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as George Washington’s birthplace.

Related: Best Parks In Washington, D.C.

Lighthouse Club Hotel at Fager’s Island
201 60th St.
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 524-5500

If the sound of rolling waves is calling your name, then head over to the Lighthouse Club Hotel at Fager’s Island where you will find well-appointed rooms and plenty of privacy. Each suite features luxurious bed and bath amenities, comfortable feather beds and comforters, garden style and double Jacuzzi tubs and plush terry robes. Other amenities include award-winning on-site dining, evening turndown service and spectacular views of the sunset over the Isle of Wight Bay. Fager’s Island offers plenty of places to go and things to do including deck parties and special events including beer festivals and the third annual Surf Swap and Paddle Board Event.

Granite Hill Camping Resort and Bed and Breakfast
3340 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 642-8749

With over 150 acres of shady trees and rolling hills, the Granite Hill Camping Resort is the perfect place to kick off a nice and relaxing summer. Set up camp at one of 300 campsites throughout the park, reserve a cozy two-room cabin or, for the city dweller in your life, book a bed and breakfast room at the Granite Hill Historic Farmhouse. The camping resort features a swimming pool, tennis courts, paddleboat and kayak rentals, a game room, snack bar and laundry facilities. Shoot some hoops, toss some horseshoes or take a dig at the volleyball sand pit. The Granite Hill Camping Resort also offers daily hayrides, organized activities, theme weekends, playgrounds and plenty of fishing.

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The Inn at Charles Town Races and Slots
100 Hollywood Drive
Charles Town, WV 25414
(304) 885-5800

Feeling lucky? Head over to Charles Town Races and Slots and test your luck at a variety of games including the ever-expanding, action-packed table games. After a night of snake eyes and double downs, head over to the Inn and relax in a spacious guest room featuring deluxe bed and bath amenities, a 42-inch flat screen television, complimentary hot breakfast and wireless internet access. Reserve the VIP Suite and enjoy a perfect view of the race track plus a bedroom with a king-sized bed, spacious bathroom with a spa-jetted tub, living room and a walk-out balcony. Other amenities featured at the Inn include a state-of-the-art fitness center and complimentary shuttle to the casino.

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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