Just because summer’s gone, doesn’t mean you can’t still squeeze in another relaxing vacation getaway. Here are some of the best places in the D.C. area to do just that.
Historic Chestertown Maryland
Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn
25227 Chestertown Road
Chestertown, MD 21620
If you’ve ever wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast, historic Chestertown can be the perfect place for a peaceful getaway. Cozy up to a warm fireplace in your cottage at the Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn. During a chilly fall day, warm-up with the inn’s scheduled afternoon teas which are served to guests along with savory and sweet dishes like peach cobbler, biscotti and quiche. If you’re able to pry yourself away from these creature comforts, you can enjoy the outdoors with bike rides along the town’s scenic paths, or go for a leisurely stroll to the waterfront and marvel at the lovely colonial-style homes along the way. Better yet, you can rent a kayak and paddle along the Chester River and take in the diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
You don’t have to travel far for luxury and entertainment. Located in Prince George’s County, the National Harbor is a destination that has both–in spades. The harbor’s top-notch accommodations include the elite, four diamond Gaylord National Resort, which showcases an indoor glass atrium that soars 19 stories high, luxurious rooms and a restful spa and salon. Among the harbor’s abundance of restaurants are McCormick & Schmick’s, Grace’s Mandarin, Bobby McKey’s and Potbelly. You can entertain yourself with a ride along the picturesque Potomac in a pedal-boat, canoe or kayak. Or maybe the family will enjoy the panoramic views of The Capital Wheel–a large-scale observation wheel. The kids can take a spin around The Carousel–a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel ride. And, of course, don’t forget Tanger Outlets where you can shop from more than 85 brands. The National Harbor has something for just about everyone, which makes it a perfect getaway.
136 Francis St. E.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Colonial Williamsburg is the ideal location for that quintessential early American small town experience. From 18th century historic re-enactments, to fine dining and entertainment, this place is the perfect marriage of the past and present. The Williamsburg Inn offers beautiful accommodations with classic Federal-style architecture, and is listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. The area’s period-themed shops offer unique handmade wares, while dining options include a wide array of taverns and grills that feature traditional American fare. When it comes to activities, you can indulge in a relaxing spa day, play a few sets of tennis or enjoy the latest film or live performance.
Holiday Inn Express
1130 Motel Drive
Woodstock, VA 22664
Your getaway doesn’t have to be expensive to be enjoyable. A visit to Luray Caverns–the most popular cave in eastern United States–can be an awe-inspiring trip that won’t break the bank. Even on a budget, the whole family can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the near four-million-centuries-old caverns, and attractions of the surrounding 250 miles of picturesque Shenandoah Valley. The recently built Holiday Inn Express in Woodstock offers a pleasant and comfortable stay not too far from the caverns, along with a free hot breakfast bar, which comes in handy when feeding large families.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..