Being a parent is a full-time job and, like any job, a break from it all can really make a difference. If the thought of staying away from your little ones causes feelings of panic, don’t fret. There are plenty of places nearby that offer fabulous amenities to help you recharge your batteries. Check out this list of the best getaways for parents near D.C. and feel the pressure of life slip away.
165 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
For a getaway that’s not too far away from home, head to the National Harbor where you will find plenty of places to shop, eat and be entertained. Boost your wardrobe with new clothes and jewelry from popular boutique shops like Alex and Ani. Or, enjoy a delicious meal at Bobby McKey’s, a one-of-a-kind full-service restaurant and bar with its own dueling piano show. Other popular destinations at the National Harbor include the Capital Wheel and the Awakening sculpture. Book a room at the nearby Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, a world-class destination of its own, and enjoy luxurious accommodations.
Blue Rock Inn
12567 Lee Highway
Washington, VA 22747
To truly escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and the craziness of your home, make your way to the Blue Rock Inn. Located in Rappahannock County, the Blue Rock Inn is situated on 80 rolling acres with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Catch up on the latest New York Times bestselling novel in the cozy living room or breathe in the fresh country air on the back patio. The Blue Rock Inn also features a full-service bar and an exceptional dining experience featuring fresh local produce. Reserve the Champagne room for the ultimate getaway experience. Additional in-room amenities include a bottle of sparkling wine and a one-hour massage.
1525 Russel St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
If it’s action and adventure that you seek, then look no further than Horseshoe Baltimore, the DC area’s newest casino and dining destination. Test your luck on one of over 2,500 new slot machines. Or, try to beat the dealer on one of over 150 video poker games. Power up for your power play at Jack Binion’s Steak, a fine dining destination located in the casino that features USDA Prime cuts, Maryland crabs and decadent desserts. Other dining options available at Horseshoe Baltimore include Johnny Sanchez, a casual Mexican/Southwestern restaurant, and Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen and Bar.
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Relax to the sounds of waves lapping against wood posts at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. This world-class resort offers guests three on-site restaurants, a full-service salon and spa, two marinas and plenty of things to keep you occupied while you enjoy a little rest and relaxation. Book the Waterfront King Suite and enjoy luxurious accommodations, a two-person Jacuzzi, three-sided fireplace, plush bathrobes and a balcony with a view. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and valet parking as well as on-site gaming rooms, an indoor heated pool and fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast is provided Monday through Friday.
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, WV 26209
There may not be any snow up in the mountains just yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this popular wintertime destination. Grab your mountain bike and blaze a trail through the Snowshoe Bike Park, noted as one of the best in the country. Or, head to the resort and satisfy your inner shopaholic with a visit to one of nearly a dozen boutique shops. Snowshoe also offers a variety of dining options, including the Boathouse which offers stunning views of the scenic Shavers Lake, and a full-service spa with a variety of relaxing treatments, including massage, facials, body wraps and manicures/pedicures.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.