The two of you want a romantic getaway, but you don’t want to go broke doing it. Since cheap vs. expensive is all relative, here’s a tip – if an accommodation seems a little pricey, treat yourself to one night there and enjoy a second night in a less expensive place. Here’s an update on some romantic retreats where you can indulge and enjoy without being hit with a huge bill.
The Inn At 202 Dover
202 E. Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601
Rates: from $289 a night
For a truly romantic getaway, try a stay at the breathtaking Inn at 202 Dover—a B&B in a spectacular Colonial Revival mansion. The Inn has four suites and one en suite bedroom from which to choose, each appointed with Victorian-themed decor. While some rooms here can become a little pricey, you can get in without breaking the bank. Within the mansion is the Peacock Restaurant & Lounge which offers classical and contemporary American Cuisine. A stately wood-paneled library allows you to relax with a drink before your meal and enclosed porches offer area views while you dine. This is truly a unique getaway.
Rates: from $94.90 per person
Enjoy a romantic evening cruising along the Potomac with that special someone. When the two of you board the Spirit of Washington, you can have your photos taken as a memento of your maritime adventure. As you both enjoy a delicious contemporary dinner buffet and a bevy of signature cocktails and beverages, you can gaze out over the glowing nighttime skyline punctuated by historic landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome. You can even see views of the National Harbor. While you enjoy each other’s company during this 2.5 to three-hour cruise, on-board DJ entertainment will keep you tapping your feet or “cutting the rug” to popular songs.
Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn
23130 Briar Patch Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117
Rates: from $280 a night
Here’s a rustic and relaxing getaway located near the Shenandoah Valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn is a farm that’s situated on 47 acres of land. You and your loved one can choose from a guest room, private suite or a one-bedroom cottage complete with a fully equipped kitchen. There will be plenty to do since the area offers options for horseback riding, antique shopping and excursions to wineries. When you want to be more laid back, you and your significant other can lounge on the Inn’s porch which offers views of Bull Run Mountain, or you can gaze off into the facility’s acres of tranquil fields.
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Old Rag Mountain Lodge
547 Red Gate Road
Syria, VA 22743
Rates: from $350 a night
The name of this destination is truly a misnomer. This Adirondack-style lodge will impress you with its soaring 33-foot Great Room ceilings and scenic views of the surrounding forest and mountains. A stone fireplace, window seats, wrap-around porch with rocking chairs and hammock make the property perfect for lounging with a romance novel or daydreaming. When you’re ready for a little adventure, the two of you can take a romantic stroll through Shenandoah National Park, hike Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon, or even go fishing in the Robinson and Rose rivers. You can do everything here, or if you want, nothing at all.
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..