If you're looking for snow near the D.C. metro region, you may not find it... but Oakland, Md., has plenty of it, along with a weekend-long Winterfest to boot.
Considering Oakland already has a foot of snow and is expecting another 3-6 inches of the powdery white stuff this weekend, Winterfest -- running Feb. 15-17 -- is a snow fan's (or penguin's) dream.
Bundle up to enjoy ice bowling, live ice carvings, snowman contests and sleigh rides. You'll also find craft vendors, campfires with s'mores and wine tastings.
For the skiers, Wisp Ski Resort is a stone's throw away (a whopping 18 minutes) from Oakland.
Staying overnight? Try accommodations at any of the multiple B&B's, Wisp Resort or a gaggle of vacation rentals in the area. Call 301-334-2691 for more info on lodging.
Oakland, Md., is about three hours from downtown D.C. as you travel along the I-270 spur north to I-70W.