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United States citizens and people from around the world put Washington DC on their Buckey List as a must-visit destination at some point in their lives. The pageantry, history, and architecture are unforgettable, while the restaurants, museums, and attractions are world-class. But while DC might be full of things to do and see, many would prefer to stay somewhere less crowded and with more of a focus on the area's natural beauty. Enter the following resorts and lodges, which manage to show their guests mother nature's bounty while maintaining a close proximity to DC. Read on!
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Salamander Resort & Spa

Middleburg, Virginia

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As Washington D.C. is a destination for travelers from all over the world, it's important to match that experience with a world-class resort experience, and Salamander Resort & Spa delivers exactly what every... read more

As Washington D.C. is a destination for travelers from all over the world, it's important to match that experience with a world-class resort experience, and Salamander Resort & Spa delivers exactly what every traveler is looking for.

The resort features luxurious guestrooms and spacious suites, a luxury spa, full-service equestrian center, a multi-experience cooking studio, jovial billiards room, sophisticated library, and a unique array of conference and banquet facilities. Enjoy farm-to-table Virginia Piedmont cuisine at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill or choose the sophisticated lounge and extensive wine list at Gold Cup Wine Bar. While some travelers fall in love with the Salamander's world-class dining, others head to the resort for relaxation. The onsite spa features 14 treatment rooms, including a couple's suite and a rasul. Pamper yourself with a day at the full-service salon, or get a quick workout in at the fitness center. You'll find no shortage of activities during your stay. From equestrian to championship golf, there's something for everyone. Get a bird's eye view of your picture perfect surroundings on one of five zip lines or the two suspension bridges at Salamander. If you'd prefer to explore the area from the ground floor instead of the tree tops, numerous hiking and biking trails dot the landscape, offering you plenty of opportunities for adventure.

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500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117

Related activities

The resort is less than one mile from the National Sporting Library & Museum and 21 miles from Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include three pools, a putting green, and bike rentals.

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Crystal Springs Resort

Hamburg, New Jersey

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Exceptional choices for year-round accommodations, Crystal Springs Resort is the ideal place to spend your next getaway in New Jersey! Plan the most exciting and convenient escape, located less than an hour from... read more

Exceptional choices for year-round accommodations, Crystal Springs Resort is the ideal place to spend your next getaway in New Jersey! Plan the most exciting and convenient escape, located less than an hour from NYC, and set amidst a brilliant mountainscape with endless recreation and world-class amenities at your fingertips.

Innovation, fun and adventure flow like the wine in our Wine Spectator Grand Award Winning Wine Cellar - nestled in the heart of the Garden State's picturesque northwest. From the roots in our farms to the lifts on our neighboring ski slopes, you'll find 4-seasons of extraordinary less than an hour from New York City.

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1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419

Getting there

The resort is set less than a mile from Highway 94 and four miles from Mountain Creek ski area.

Related Onsite Offerings

Activities such as karaoke and seasonal guided hikes are available.

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Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, West Virginia

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Stonewall Resort's over 1,900 acres offer abundant outdoor recreation, relaxation, and adventure, all within spitting distance of our capitol city!

From the AAA Four Diamond Adirondack-style lodge to the... read more

Stonewall Resort's over 1,900 acres offer abundant outdoor recreation, relaxation, and adventure, all within spitting distance of our capitol city!

From the AAA Four Diamond Adirondack-style lodge to the elegant cottages and campsites, Stonewall's luxury is evident wherever you stay. Every lodging features breathtaking views of the woods, water, or the lush greens of the nearby Arnold Palmer Signature golf course (which you're more than welcome to play a round on!). Onsite you'll find easy relaxation, but if you're interested in some more touristy ventures, DC is just a short drive away. Let the friendly staff assist you in whatever you need- you're on vacation, after all!

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940 Resort Dr, Roanoke, WV 26447

Related activities

The resort is 11 miles from the Mountaineer Military Museum.

Related Onsite Offerings

There are two elegant restaurants, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop, plus a golf course, a spa, a rock-climbing wall, and a marina.

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The Lodges at Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Gettysburg was the site of the one of the bloodiest battles in this country's history. It's full of memories, stories, and history. If you have even the slightest interest in American history, it makes for an... read more

Gettysburg was the site of the one of the bloodiest battles in this country's history. It's full of memories, stories, and history. If you have even the slightest interest in American history, it makes for an illuminating experience- let The Lodges at Gettysburg show you.

This elegant 63-acre private retreat features spacious private accommodations, and “Gloryridge”, the main lodge. Each private lodge is named after the states that were home to the troops fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg, giving each a thematic charm found nowhere else. Inside you'll find with full kitchenettes, private bathrooms, fireplaces, heating & air conditioning, hard wood floors, vaulted wood beam ceilings, private porches and plenty more comforts typically found in luxury hotels.

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685 Camp Gettysburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Related activities

The Lodges are 5.2 miles from Eisenhower National Historic Site and 7.1 miles from Gettysburg National Military Park.

Related Onsite Offerings

The central lodge offers a spa, as well as meeting and event space.

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Colony South Hotel

Clinton, Maryland

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Providing military and leisure travelers with an impeccable blend of traditional style and contemporary lifestyle amenities, Colony South Hotel is a reasonably-priced paradise!

The hotel's close proximity... read more

Providing military and leisure travelers with an impeccable blend of traditional style and contemporary lifestyle amenities, Colony South Hotel is a reasonably-priced paradise!

The hotel's close proximity to DC affords guests easy access to its wealth of restaurants, museums, and attractions. When you aren't being a tourist, you'll be getting cozy in a newly-renovated guest room. Sit back and enjoy your plush beds, 42" LCD TVs, desks, telephones with voice mail and room service. Around the hotel you'll find a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, a heated indoor pool, massage therapies, sauna, and tennis and racket ball courts. You'll never be bored!

Address

7401 Surratts Rd, Clinton, MD 20735

Related activities

The hotel is two miles from the Surratt House Museum and 3.8 miles from Joint Base Andrews.

Related Onsite Offerings

Parking is complimentary, as is a shuttle to the metro and Joint Base Andrews.

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Turf Valley Resort

Ellicott City, Maryland

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Turf Valley Resort is adept at making use of its spectacular central Maryland setting, especially when it comes to relaxation.

Surrounded by 1,000 acres of immaculate fairways and roaring pines, Turf Valley... read more

Turf Valley Resort is adept at making use of its spectacular central Maryland setting, especially when it comes to relaxation.

Surrounded by 1,000 acres of immaculate fairways and roaring pines, Turf Valley Resort offers a diverse array of things to see and do. From two championship golf courses and a luxurious spa to an onsite American Fusion restaurant, Turf Valley appreciates the finer things. Of course, the beauty and serenity of central Maryland makes it easy to get in the vacation mindset, and offers easy access to the Baltimore-Washington region. Stay, meet, play and relax at Turf Valley Resort on your next vacation- you won't regret it!

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2700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Related activities

The hotel is 6.9 miles from colonial Ellicott City, 7.6 miles from Patapsco Valley State Park and 20.8 miles away from downtown Baltimore.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's also a restaurant, a business center, and 30 meeting rooms (including two ballrooms).

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Windwood Fly-In Resort

Davis, West Virginia

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DC offers an urban collection of cultures and attractions, but sometimes you just need to escape. Windwood Fly-In Resort is sublimely secluded and surrounded by some of the best mother nature has to offer. It's... read more

DC offers an urban collection of cultures and attractions, but sometimes you just need to escape. Windwood Fly-In Resort is sublimely secluded and surrounded by some of the best mother nature has to offer. It's perfect for a quiet weekend away from it all!

Featuring a cornucopia of family activities and a plethora of tranquil opportunities, it's easy to lose track of time here. Canaan Valley boasts a huge variety of attractions, from Timberline Ski Resort to Blackwater Falls State Park. In the winter you'll zoom down the slopes, while in the summer you'll clamber up them and enjoy the view! Meanwhile, your room's ample balconies and luxury amenities will make you feel right at home. Add in the resort's on-site restaurant and superb hospitality, and you have a can't-miss experience!

Address

Canaan Valley State Park, 43 Amelia Dr, Davis, WV 26260

Total area

There are 900,000 acres of national forest land nearby!

Fun facts

Sitting high in the Allegheny Mountain Range, this alpine valley is the highest plateau east of the Rocky Mountains.

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Capon Springs & Farms

Capon Springs, West Virginia

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Mom and dad looking for a little romantic getaway near DC? Send them to Capin Springs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

This stress-free getaway is a location where you don't have to worry about... read more

Mom and dad looking for a little romantic getaway near DC? Send them to Capin Springs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

This stress-free getaway is a location where you don't have to worry about shopping, cooking, or cleaning- in other words, a vacation. Hospitable to a fault, meals are shared around a table three times each day, each more delicious than the last. In between meals, explore and play to your hearts content outdoors, where you'll find Mother Nature at her most beautiful!

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1 Main St, Capon Springs, WV 26823

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Related activities

The resort is nine miles from Baker Mountain and 11 miles from Devil's Backbone State Forest.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's an outdoor pool, a game room and a gym, along with a playground and hiking trails.

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Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Named after the very boardwalk its located on, the Boardwalk Plaza is as fun, accommodating, and spacious as its namesake!

Exceptional service is an understatement here. The friendly staff of the BPH will... read more

Named after the very boardwalk its located on, the Boardwalk Plaza is as fun, accommodating, and spacious as its namesake!

Exceptional service is an understatement here. The friendly staff of the BPH will gladly assist you in whatever capacity you require. Ask them for recommendations of what to do in the area- they have a lot of ideas! Then step outside and take a deep breath of the cold salt air. As they're wont to say, "The ocean heals the heart, mind and soul—in summer, fall, winter and spring". Why wouldn't you want to stay as close to it as physically possible!?

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2 Olive Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Getting there

The hotel is a six-minute walk from Funland and 5.2 miles from US Highway 9.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's a fine-dining restaurant serving New American fare and afternoon tea, and a casual pub.

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Goodstone Inn

Middleburg, Virginia

Another of Virginia wine country's hidden gems, Goodstone Inn is a romantic Middleburg country inn and award-winning French restaurant rolled into one stupendous package.

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Another of Virginia wine country's hidden gems, Goodstone Inn is a romantic Middleburg country inn and award-winning French restaurant rolled into one stupendous package.

Goodstone's 265-acre estate features breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside appear from every vantage point. That includes your accommodations, which could be anything from a historic guest houses, elegantly decorated in English and French Country décor to a guest room or spacious suite. Its famous restaurant is full of the freshest of ingredients from the Goodstone gardens and farm, while the wine cellar features a selection of 1,500 bottles from around the world. Stay inside and enjoy them or head outside and mediate among the gorgeous scenery!

Address

36205 Snake Hill Rd, Middleburg, VA 20117

Related activities

The inn is 3.4 miles from downtown Middleburg and 14.8 miles from Sky Meadows State Park.

Related Onsite Offerings

In addition to hiking trails, there's a spa, an outdoor hot tub and a farm-to-table restaurant featuring wine from an extensive cellar.

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You'd never guess that DC was within driving distance of beautiful vineyards, but head out to Foster Harris House and you'll discover scrumptious homemade wine (and a host of other things!).

Small but... read more

You'd never guess that DC was within driving distance of beautiful vineyards, but head out to Foster Harris House and you'll discover scrumptious homemade wine (and a host of other things!).

Small but overflowing with charm, Foster Harris House offers five luxury guest rooms in breathtaking Virginia wine country, just steps from The Inn at Little Washington and a short drive from Shenandoah National Park. The house was built in 1905 and is rich with history, something you'll see from the moment you step inside. The surrounding region is well-known for its great food, fine Virginia wines, glorious outdoors, and wealth of art galleries and shops. Do it all, or do none of it and just relax!

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189 Main St, Washington, VA 22747

Related activities

The lodge is a two-minute walk from Tour d'Epicure Virginia Cycling Adventures and 2.7 miles from the Little Washington Winery.

Related Onsite Offerings

Complimentary four-course breakfast is provided, and a gourmet dinner is served in the intimate 10-person dining room!

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