Out In Style: Most Comfortable Wilderness Retreats In Washington DC

April 20, 2013 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: The Treehouse Camp via Facebook

Let’s face it, while camping may seem like a good idea, sometimes we miss the comforts of home. In other words, running water and a clean bathroom are important. There are, however, several camping options in the DC area which allow you to enjoy nature while still having access to modern facilities. Read below to find out more about these rustic but cozy options.

Delfosse Vineyards and Wineries
600 DelFosse Winery Lane
Faber, VA 22938
(434) 263-6100

Opened in 2005, Delfosse Vineyards and Wineries offers wine tasting, vineyards tours and an opportunity to experience the gorgeous Virginia landscape in a snug setting by allowing visitors to rent its chestnut log cabin. Built over 100 years ago, this log cabin has been restored and provides you with a comfortable, romantic getaway in an idyllic and peaceful location. The log cabin is remote enough to allow you to feel isolated from the world, but it still provides you with comforts such as internet, TV and a complete kitchen. Enjoy a glass of wine while appreciating the view from your private porch. Rates vary, so see the website for pricing, as well as photos and availability of the cabin for rental.

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The White Pig Bed & Breakfast
5120 Irish Road
Schuyler, VA 22969
(434) 831-1416

The White Pig is a vegan bed and breakfast, as well as an animal sanctuary. In addition to its bed and breakfast, the owners also operate the Briar Creek cabin, an historic cabin that provides a more bucolic, isolated rental option than the bed and breakfast, but with enough amenities to keep you from really roughing it. Overlooking Appleberry Mountain, this cozy retreat includes a kitchen, bathroom, living area and bedroom with a queen bed. Dogs are allowed, so feel free to bring your canine buddies with you for this getaway into nature. Rates are between $250-$275 a night.

Aquia Pines
3071 Jefferson Davis Highway
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 659-3447

Aqua Pines luxury cabins are perfect for your escape to the countryside, while still having your own private kitchen, bathroom and TV. Located in the heart of the woods in Virginia, these campgrounds are perfect for hiking and exploring, while also being close to many historical sites. Take a day trip to go visit George Washington’s birthplace or the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The cabins are available for $123 a night, with a two-night minimum. Wireless internet is free, but linens cost extra. Each cabin sleeps five. Rustic cabins, without a bathroom or kitchen, are also available for less.

The Treehouse Camp – Maple Tree Campground
20716 Townsend Road
Rohrersville, MD 21779
(301) 432-5585

Experience nature at its best when you stay in a charming tree cottage at the Maple Tree Campgrounds. Equipped with two double, queen or kings beds as well as two single beds and a wood stove, a grill and outdoor picnic tables, you and your family will have a blast discovering the surrounding woods and grilling up a delicious feast. A camp store is nearby to the cottages where you can purchase all of your necessities. Keep in mind that showers are private but outdoors. Tree cottage prices vary depending on type and number of people. See the website for more information.

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Serenity’s Edge
4404 Murray Hollow Road
Thaxton, VA 24174
(540) 947-2468

For a truly upscale camping experience, reserve one of the bed and breakfast cottages at Serenity’s Edge in Virginia. The gorgeous Shenandoah Valley is at your doorstep while you enjoy a lovely cottage complete with a full kitchen, cable TV, complimentary breakfast and even your own hot tub. Complimentary robes, books and games are also available. Relax, take a stroll and enjoy the peace and quiet without ever having to set up a tent. These cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend away from the chaos of your daily life in the city. Rates depend on which cottage your rent, but each cottage sleeps two and must be rented for a minimum of two nights.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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