Sometimes relationships need enhancement or a change of scenery. Nothing is more appropriate for a love boost than a romantic weekend getaway. Washington, D.C. is lucky to have many luxurious destinations for couples to kick back, relax and enjoy each other’s company. Consult with these resort and inn professionals to determine which location is most suitable for your wants and needs. Mark your calendar and look forward to a weekend of peace with your partner. A little word to the wise: put all electronics away and truly embrace the quality time.
4490 Summit Point Road
Charles Town, WV 25414
Hillbrook Inn is nestled on more than 30 sprawling acres and divided into three separate properties. The getaway is in Charleston, WV, only one hour from Washington, D.C. There is a lot of history in the land, as it was George Washington’s first land purchase. Gourmet breakfast is included in each night’s stay, and can be enjoyed on the charming sun porch. A romance package is available at the inn including roses, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a five-course meal for two. Receive a spiritual and emotional cleanse at the inn’s Gatehouse Spa with massages and facials, manicures and pedicures galore. After relaxing, venture out into the wilderness to the local hiking locations on the Appalachian or take on the local award-winning wineries. Hillbrook Inn offers many more amenities, so be sure to check out the website.
44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176
With an abundance of on-site facilities, a couple does not even need to leave Lansdowne Resort because the 500-acre Leesburg property is gorgeous and exciting enough on its own. Take a couple’s tennis lesson and then unwind in the jacuzzi. Downtown Leesburg is quaint with shops and lovely dining. If you don’t want to plan your own weekend, consider one of the well-equipped packages already in place: Winter Romance, Couple’s Spa Escape or Discover DC Wine Country. Read more about the packages and sign up for emailed special offers and discounted rates on the Lansdowne Resort website.
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500 N. Pendleton St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
Middleburg is known for its beautiful landscape and a vibrant equestrian life. Salamander Resort & Spa offers an equestrian program with numerous lessons and instructions. Guests are even welcome to bring their own horses. The dining options include Piedmont-inspired dining, a cooking studio, a wine bar and a culinary garden. For those who love to cook, the cooking studio holds cooking classes. The most affordable rates are between January and March. A Salamander Resort insider recommends a horseback trail ride followed by a Rider’s Relief massage at the spa. “You cannot enjoy this anywhere else,” said the source.
The Omni Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Highway
Hot Springs, VA 24445
Truly a sight to behold, The Homestead is a 2,000-acre resort set in the Allegheny Mountains in southwestern Virginia. The natural settings mean lots of outdoor activities available to guests. An option for the adventurous couple is an off-road Segway tour, skeet shooting or archery. Also, partake in downhill skiing or fly fishing. More comforting pastimes include carriage rides, ice skating, natural hot spring visits and horseback riding. If it is a cold, rainy day, there are also indoor activities like a theatre, games and afternoon tea. A recommendation from the Homestead staff are The Jefferson Pools, considered a must-see and must-experience, as guests can partake in the ancient tradition of “taking the waters” just as Thomas Jefferson once did.
The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Perry Cabin is delightful and rather small in comparison to the other inns and resorts listed here. Located on the Chesapeake, guests can indulge in kayaking, sailing, fishing and crabbing. Couples should plan a date night on the relaxing sunset cocktail cruise. There are seven golf courses in the area, ranging in difficulty. Fully embrace the tranquility and camp out on the Adirondacks chairs with a book and coffee in hand.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.