Best Ways To Prepare For a Spring Break Staycation In Washington DC

February 23, 2013 8:00 AM

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Think you need to travel hundreds of miles or spend beaucoup bucks in order to plan the perfect spring break getaway? Think again. Washington DC is known to be located near plenty of fun, exciting and interesting places. Forget dealing with the TSA and make your way to one of these nearby spring break friendly destinations today.

Ocean City, MD

Popular among college kids and families alike, Ocean City offers a variety of things to do at affordable prices. From mini-golf to parasailing, horseback riding, sightseeing tours and more, the to do list is limitless. Visit the world-famous Boardwalk, unleash your inner shopaholic or enjoy a fabulous meal. Ocean City also hosts a variety of fun spring break events including the third annual Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally, which features custom-made motorcycles plus live entertainment and food and drink specials at participating hotels, nightclubs and restaurants.

The Grand Hotel
2100 Baltimore Avenue City
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-6191

Price: $79 and up

Stay at the largest hotel on the Boardwalk. The Grand Hotel features a variety of on-site amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, game room, restaurants, fitness center, salon and shops. Each standard room features two queen beds plus a mini-fridge, microwave, wireless internet and a balcony. Upgrade to the King Jacuzzi room and enjoy a king-sized bed, two-person Jacuzzi plus luxurious bed and bath amenities.

Outer Banks, NC

If Jell-o shots and all-night rages are not your thing, then consider a more peaceful way to celebrate spring break. Irene Lane, founder and president of the travel agency Greenloons, LLC, suggests booking a cycling trip with Carolina Tailwinds. You and a small group of cyclists will travel through the shores and surrounding towns of the Outer Banks and Pamlico Sound. All meals and lodging accommodations are included throughout the five-day trip. Extend your trip by adding a bird-watching or kayak tour at Lake Mattamuskeet.

The Castle on Silver Lake
155 Silver Lake Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960
(800) 471-8848

Price: Rates start at $159 per night

Enjoy stunning harbor views, daily full-service buffet breakfast and luxurious accommodations at this exquisite bed and breakfast. The Castle on Silver Lake features a heated pool, sauna, game room, rooftop deck and a marina. Reserve a stay in a standard room or a luxury condo. Each room features a private bathroom, refrigerator and television.

Atlantic City, NJ

Feeling lucky? Make your way to Atlantic City where you will find 12 lavish casinos plus plenty of nightclubs and bars to entertain you into the wee hours of the morning. Explore various beach clubs, sports bars, taverns and lounges or visit remarkable destinations like Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. Nurse your hangover with the help of a delicious Asian, Cuban or Italian-inspired meal or spend the day toiling around the Tanger Outlet Mall. Atlantic City also offers a wide variety of daytime activities including whale watching and fishing tours, surfing lessons, golf, car racing, arcades and amusement parks.

Revel Resorts
500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 572-6488

Price: Rates start at $179 per night

Located 114 feet above sea level, Revel Resorts is one of the top destinations in the region. Each room features stunning, sweeping views of the ocean, state-of-the-art in-room technology and lavish accommodations. The beachfront resort features exquisite dining, on-site shopping, an expansive wellbeing spa, nightclubs and a 130,000 square foot casino.

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Northern Neck, VA

Known as the birthplace of George Washington and home to the Lee family, the Northern Neck features authentic colonial architecture, historic museums and scenic views. “History buffs delight in this area because the development of the 20th century bypassed most of it,” explains Lisa Hull, Tourism Coordinator of the Northern Neck Tourism Commission. “No Starbucks, little broadband, but to those seeking to unwind and feel like one has gone back in time, Northern Neck is the spot.” Nearby attractions include wineries, gardens, nature trails, art galleries, antiques, campgrounds and a marina.

The Hope And Glory Inn
65 Tavern Road
Irvington, VA 22480
(804) 497-8228

Price: Rates start at $205 per night

Recognized as one of America’s top romantic destinations, the Hope and Glory Inn features luxury bed and bath amenities plus monogrammed bathrobes, private baths and exquisite decor. Tour the on-site vineyard or take in the heavenly scent of nighttime blooms courtesy of the moon garden. The Hope and Glory Inn also provides fine on-site dining, luxurious spa treatments, complimentary bicycles and pet-friendly accommodations.

Assateague Island

Get swept away with the sights and sounds of Assateague Island, a 37-mile beach paradise known for its wild ponies, picturesque waves and pristine white sands. Spend the day fishing, crabbing or bird watching or admire sweeping panoramic ocean views courtesy of the Assateague Lighthouse. Swing by nearby Chincoteague Island and enjoy seafood-inspired cuisines as well as boutique shops, camping, museums and various outdoor recreations.

Refuge Inn
7058 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague, VA 23336
(757) 336-5511
Price: Rates start at $89 per night

Escape to an island retreat without any of the hassle. Located minutes away from Assateague Island, this family-owned inn features peaceful surroundings, breathtaking views and whirlpool suites. Guests will enjoy comfortable accommodations, spacious suites and a complimentary continental breakfast each day of your stay. The inn also features an indoor and outdoor heated pool, fitness center, on-site bike rentals and fine dining.

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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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