Top 10 Weekend Getaways

Book a room in one of these near-ish destinations, and forget about your regular life. At least until Sunday night.

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Looking to get outta town? Book a room at one of these resorts or near-ish destinations, and forget about your regular life. At least until Sunday night.
Jeremy Carroll
Rehoboth and Dewey beaches had to pop up on this list -- even though we're including them in our Top 10 beaches feature, too. Whether you're looking to relax in the waves, stroll the boardwalk or bar-hop at night (OK, or all three), you'll find a beachy good time just about as close to landlocked D.C. as possible. You also have your choice from plenty of hotels, motels and B&B's. DISTANCE: About 120 miles from downtown D.C.
Boar's Head Resort
Looking to relax this weekend? Head over to the Boar's Head Resort (200 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, Va.) -- and no, this has nothing to do with the lunch meat brand of the same name. Instead, enjoy the spa, golf course, tennis courts, and/or drinks at the Sports Club. Rooms and suites mix gorgeous antiques with modern conveniences. Special deals include the Stay & Play Golf Package and a Bed, Breakfast and Balloon Ride Package. DISTANCE: About120 miles from downtown D.C.
Rachel Hayden
The romantic Inn at Little Washington (309 Middle St., Washington, Va.) is the ideal spot for a luxurious lazy weekend in the country. Be on the lookout for Francesca, the local llama, and other animals strolling along the path to the village shops. In town, shop custom jewelry, antiques, furnishings and more. The inn is also a short trip from the historic Monticello and Montpelier estates, as well as other popular tourist attractions. When you return, you can enjoy dinner at the award-winning restaurant and sample wine from the 14,000-bottle wine cellar. DISTANCE: 70 miles from downtown D.C.
Historic Harpers Ferry, W.V. offers a getaway like no other, mixing history and natural beauty. Visit the John Brown Museum to learn about the historic pre-Civil War armory raid, and tour other historic buildings. Explore tiny shops and a historic cemetery, or take a ghost tour. You can also go on a short hike... or a really, really long one: Harpers Ferry is one of the very few towns through which the Appalachian Trail passes directly. Harpers Ferry also has more than a dozen hotels and B&B's. DISTANCE: About 65 miles from downtown D.C.
Gearheads will be in heaven in Carlisle, Pa., which -- in addition to antiques, theater, barbecues and other outdoor fun -- offers a dozen annual car shows, with most in the spring and summer. Stay at the Carlisle House for fine English teas, and proximity to Hersheypark and Gettysburg. DISTANCE: About 115 miles from downtown D.C.
Where else can you swim while wild ponies are hanging out on the beach? The islands of Assateague (in both Md. and Va.) and Chicoteague, Va., offer beach-front camping, plus the chance to hobnob with the islands' wild ponies (you can even take a self-guided cell phone tour). On Assateague's Virginia side, join a nature cruise to see the wildlife refuge. DISTANCE: 170 miles from downtown D.C.
Betsy Dunkerton
Located in the high hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Wintergreen Resort (Wintergreen Lane, Samuel Miller, Va.) operates year-round as the ultimate winter -- and summer -- wonderland. The resort features 11,000 acres of land where you can ski and snowboard in the winter, but it's the perfect place to relax in the summer, too. Enjoy Stay & Play golf packages from $99, join the Adventure Challenge, play tennis, de-stress at the spa or explore 30 miles of marked hiking trails through the mountains. DISTANCE: 120 miles from downtown D.C.
Anita Hines
Who can forget the romantic Kellerman’s Resort where “Baby” and Johnny met in "Dirty Dancing"? And who knew it was so close by? The Mountain Lake Hotel (115 Hotel Circle Pembroke, Va.), where the movie was filmed, is a serene place to relax and commune with nature (or perhaps join in a dance class). The lake is fed entirely by natural underground springs and is one of only two natural freshwater lakes in the state. The resort also features a hammock grove, croquet, a seasonal heated pool, a dance floor (of course) and is located near several other popular recreation destinations. DISTANCE: 290 miles from downtown D.C.
Homestead Resort
Whether you're looking for a family trip or romantic getaway, the historic Homestead Resort (7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Va.) offers a five-star luxury vacation with award-winning golf and spa facilities. Enjoy some genuine Southern hospitality, go for a horseback ride, and enjoy a great meal. If you're looking for a suite, ask for one with a sun porch (and hope for good weather) or a working fireplace (hope for horrible weather). Artwork in the guestrooms has been selected to illustrate the history of Virginia, and there's no arguing at the resort is, in fact, historic -- even George Washington visited the nearby hot springs. DISTANCE: About 215 miles from downtown D.C.
Quaint and artsy, Charlottesville, Va., is home to an impressive number of music venues, and plenty of history nearby. The homes of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison are within easy reach, as is Shenandoah National Park, offering hiking, biking, camping and gorgeous views. Stroll the Downtown Mall to shop or dine. DISTANCE: About 120 miles from downtown D.C.
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