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Although there are a plethora of exciting things to do in the capital city of Washington, D.C., sometimes it’s nice to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life and escape for the weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of awesome places for you and your sweetie to check out within just a few hour’s drive of D.C. So, pack your bags, gas up the car and grab some snacks, so you can check out these fun weekend getaways.
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The Salamander Resort and Spa, located in the picturesque hills of Middleburg is only an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., yet you’ll feel like you’re in another world once you arrive. The resort is spread across 340 acres and includes 168 guest rooms, an upscale spa, a full-service equestrian center, an equestrian-themed restaurant, a wine bar and an exhilarating zipline tour that spans across 20 acres and includes zipline’s up to 670 feet long. The guest rooms and suites at the resort will put you in the lap of luxury with gas fireplaces, marble showers with body jets, private balconies, marble-top vanities and a dining table for two. There is even a gourmet market and a cooking studio where you can take an interactive cooking class right on-site.
Situated in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, The Omni Homestead is considered one of the finest golf and spa resorts in the world. Spanning a massive 2,000 acres, the resort is most well-known for its natural hot springs that have been known for their healing properties since the 1700s. In addition to an indoor pool, the Homestead is also home to two championship-level golf courses and a 34,000 square foot state of the art spa that features unique treatments like a crystal steam room and the Aqua Thermal Suite, where you can experience an herbal cocoon or an experiential rain that simulates an Arctic Mist or a Caribbean storm.
Also located in the Allegheny Mountains and dating back to the 1700s, The Greenbrier is a majestic, award-winning resort situated on 11,000 acres in West Virginia. The property, which is also considered a National Historic Landmark, underwent a huge renovation in 2007 and now features over 700 guest rooms, 33 suites and 96 private guesthouses. But, whether you choose a small guest room or a large home for your getaway, you’ll find relaxing décor, flat screen televisions, refreshment bars, plush bathrobes, mineral spa toiletries and high-speed internet. Plus, there’s an endless amount of things to do on-site including spa treatments, playing golf, shopping at the resort’s 38 boutiques, trying your luck at the 103,000 square foot casino and enjoying a meal or a drink at one of the six restaurants, three seasonal cafes or five bars and lounges.
The name of this area may be “Little Washington,” but it’s nothing like the “big” Washington you’re coming from. This small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley is a peaceful getaway where you can unwind. And The Inn at Little Washington is one of the best ways to experience it. Not only are the accommodations charming and inviting (they were designed by a London stage and set designer), but they also feature amenities like flat screen televisions, high-speed internet, plush bathrobes and Bvlgari bath products. Guests also receive a welcome cocktail when they arrive, enjoy house breakfast and afternoon tea each day and complimentary valet parking. However, no stay at the Inn would be complete without visiting their world-renowned restaurant, which features intimate dining rooms, imaginative and eclectic cuisine, and a 14,000 bottle wine cellar.
Just about 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., is Leesburg – the center of both Virginia wine and hunt country. And located right in the middle of it all is the Lansdowne Resort. This massive resort spreads across 476 acres and features nearly 300 guest rooms and suites that overlook the Potomac River and the resort’s championship-level golf courses, as well as offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Although the resort is close to a number of wineries and breweries, as well as the Leesburg Premium outlets and historic downtown Leesburg, there’s plenty to do right on-site too. You can dine at one of their restaurants and taverns, relax in a cabana by the pool, explore an herb garden, play some golf or enjoy a couples’ massage at the spa.
If you and your honey would rather have a getaway by the water than in the mountains, you can do that too at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, located just about two hours from D.C. Situated right on the Choptank River and overlooking a beautiful 150-slip marina, the views here look like they came off of a postcard. You can relax in a spacious guest room that’s decorated in cool, beachy tones and enjoy an elegant marble bathroom and a large screen television. Plus, during your stay, you can take advantage of the on-site spa, play a round of golf, lounge by the pool or enjoy some delicious local seafood at one of the resort’s three restaurants. There’s also a poolside bar, an elegant lounge and the Bay Country Market, where you can pick up your favorite Starbucks coffee and a pastry for breakfast.