Summer Staycation Spots
Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so we're helping you embrace the STAY-cation!
We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, we've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of DC. Stay safe and enjoy!
1. Virginia Wine Country
Only about an hour out of DC lies humble beauty and surprisingly grape-friendly terrain. Virginia wine country is establishing a solid reputation with savvy wine lovers. There are ample options for renting a place overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. We found a five-bedroom farm with a pool and tennis court in the middle of nothing except views and nature. For wine-tasting excursions, 30 of the state’s wineries can be found within a 40-mile radius.
2. White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat
The White Lotus Eco Spa Retreat is a serene getaway in Central Virginia, which is just a 2-hour drive from the DMV in Standardsville. The retreat is a series of various size cabins and rooms spread across a sprawling estate that has a couple of ponds, walking trails, frisbee golf, firepits and even a solar-heated sauna. While the grounds are loaded with amenities, the cabins themselves offer little other than wi-fi, a satellite radio and a gas grill. The location of the retreat is unbeatable, just minutes from the entrance to Shenandoah National Park, a 45-minute drive to Lurray Caverns and dozens of nearby vineyards and cideries in every direction.
3. The Tides Inn
"This resort on a tributary of Virginia’s Rappahannock River is a laid-back place to knock about, where you can borrow a kayak or a paddleboard and explore marshy inlets and get up-close views of nesting ospreys. There’s a small spa and fitness center, but the yoga and meditation classes are stars of the wellness program. Afterward, take a seat by a window overlooking the water at the hotel’s Chesapeake Restaurant and ask for sweet local oysters—fried, raw, or roasted." -Washingtonian
4. Cambridge, MD
Cambridge is a charming historic town on the Choptank River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just 90 miles southeast of Washington DC, this waterfront community makes a great destination for those who enjoy outdoor recreation and exploring small towns. The local seafood restaurants will brag about having the best Maryland crabs ever, and we won’t argue - Tripsavvy
5. Baltimore, MD
"Baltimore has established itself as a destination all its own, with a vibrant food and drink scene and diverse neighborhoods -- each with its own individual character. Several attractions have reopened for the time being, including The National Aquarium in Baltimore, which is open at 25% capacity, with required face coverings and temperature checks for guests. Or make a reservation to see the penguins and polar bears at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore." -Thrillist