Best Winter Road Trip Destinations Near DC

November 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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When the weather outside is frightful, don’t just stay indoors. Head on out to one of these best winter road trip destinations near D.C., and have a little fun with the kids. Whether you’re a snow lover or more interested in the apres ski than falling in the cold, these places have everything you need when it comes time to get out and play this winter. 

Liberty Mountain Resort
78 Country Club Trail
Carroll Valley, PA 17320
(717) 642-8282

Located within 80 miles of D.C., Liberty Mountain Resort is a great place to escape with your family. Hit the slopes, go for a hike, or sign up for snowboarding lessons. Resort amenities include luxurious bed and bath accommodations, wireless Internet, a fitness center and game room plus three on-site dining options. Guests may also enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast each morning of their stay as well as kid-friendly activities including snow tubing and ski/snowboarding day camps. The resort is located a short distance from historic Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Outlet Mall, Caledonia State Park and Catoctin Falls Park.

2000 Busted Rock Road
Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
(276) 222-3800

For a relaxing family getaway, Primland offers families first-class dining, spa and wellness activities, deluxe room accommodations and plenty of options to keep everyone entertained. Reserve a room in the lodge, spend the night in a cottage, or book a stay at the Golden Eagle tree house. Activities at the resort include ATV tours, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, nature walks, tree climbing and tennis. Gaze into faraway galaxies courtesy of the Observatory Dome or simply sign up for a relaxing day at the spa. Children and teen spa treatments include facials, massages and manicures/pedicures. The resort also features a game room, indoor pool and on-site dining services as well.

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Wisp Resort
296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 387-4000

Forget wearing mismatched socks or doing a little dance in the hopes of snow. Head up to Wisp Resort in Maryland and enjoy more than 100 inches of the white stuff each year. The resort features a variety of winter sports and activities including skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating as well as off-road mountain buggy tours, day camps and canopy tours. Chase the kids around in a spirited game of laser tag, or see all that nature has to offer atop a Segway. Lodging amenities featured at Wisp Resort include deluxe accommodations, complimentary WiFi, a fitness center, indoor pool, luxurious spa and on-site shopping and dining services.

Bryce Resort
1982 Fairway Drive
Basye-Bryce Mountain, VA 22810
(540) 856-2121

Visit Bryce Resort and explore all it has to offer including shopping, adventure sports, activities and fun events. Take a hike and admire the panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley, visit nearby historic towns, or have some fun on the mountain. Winter sports available at Bryce Resort include skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Stock up on snow gear at the Ski Boutique, or participate in one of the resort’s family friendly events including WinterFest, which hosts a costume parade and a pond skimming event. Although the resort does not provide overnight accommodations, there are dozens of hotels and weekend/vacation rentals located nearby.

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Timberline Four Seasons Resort
254 Four Seasons Drive
Davis, WV 26260
(800) 766-9464

Ranked as one of Men’s Journal coolest mountain towns, Timberline Four Seasons Resort features lavish hotel accommodations, more than 100 acres of skiable land and a few of the longest ski runs this side of Rockies. Sign up for skiing or snowboarding workshops, go for a backcountry hike, or party it up with the locals at the family friendly WinterFest. Other activities available at the resort include a Super Bowl and Mardi Gras parties, racing events and a happening night life. Accommodations at the resort include family Jacuzzi suites, bunk beds for the kids and balconies that overlook the slopes. Enjoy breakfast at the Timbers Pub and Fire-side Grill, or refuel after a long day outside at the Timberhaus Cafeteria.

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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