Washington, D.C., is brimming with fun things to do during the summer –– we have it all: art, music, sport and food. But everyone needs the occasional escape from the city clamor. Thankfully, there are plenty of destinations within driving distance of the nation’s capital, perfect for an idyllic weekend trip.
Take a rustic escape to local farms and estates in Virginia
Suppose you want a tranquil and pampered getaway. In that case, you’ll find several sublime farmhouses, historic estates and enchanting inns nestled in the countryside of Virginia, which you can call home for a couple of days.
The Inn at Willow Grove, for example, blends the timeless elegance and charm of a beautifully restored 1770s historic house with luxurious and modern accommodations.
Located just one hour west of Washington, D.C., Goodstone Inn and Restaurant welcomes guests at their Middleburg country estate set on 265 acres of rolling hills in the heart of Virginia’s wine and hunting country.
The Clifton is yet another inn offering a pastoral oasis nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just outside Charlottesville and on the way to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Built in 1799 as a classic colonial-style home for Jefferson’s daughter and husband, Martha and Thomas Mann Randolph, this inn exudes historic charm while also featuring modern amenities, a Michelin star chef and sweeping scenic vistas.
The Farmhouse at Veritas is also a definition of pastoral beauty. Adjacent to Veritas Vineyards and Winery, the farmhouse was originally constructed in 1839 and served as a family home for nearly 200 years before it was transformed into a bed-and-breakfast. The B&B first welcomed guests in 2012. Every detail of The Farmhouse showcases the bounty of Nelson County through its scenic countryside views, comfortable and cozy guest rooms, the farm-to-table, chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners and wine.
Enjoy history and wine in Charlottesville, Virginia
If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the U.S. and want to indulge in great food and wine, Charlottesville makes for a perfect weekend getaway. Located just two hours from Washington, D.C., it is home to the University of Virginia, with its core campus designed by Thomas Jefferson. Not too far away, you can also visit Jefferson’s mountaintop plantation, Monticello. Between sightseeing, be sure to indulge in fine wine and dinner at one of many nearby vineyards offering spectacular views.
One that stands out is Barboursville Vineyards, one of Virginia’s oldest wineries. It will instantly transport you to Tuscany with its perfectly manicured grounds and rustic vistas of the Piedmont region. You’ll surely want to linger to savor some of their most elegant wines deeply rooted in heritage and tradition, as well as sample tastes from the a la carte menu at their Palladio Restaurant featuring locally-sourced produce.
Experience food, art and sport in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This once blue-collar steel town has been reinventing itself, keeping pace with the times while embracing its rich, industrial past. It might not be the prettiest of places in the U.S., but Pittsburgh gives other large cities a run for their money with plenty of quality culture and entertainment, making it an exciting destination year-round.
For one, Pittsburgh will not disappoint with its offerings of fantastic food. From hip and trendy breakfast spots and coffee shops to casual eats and refined dining, the choices are endless, and new places keep popping up.
The city also offers a plethora of fun activities for families. Plan a family visit to one of the many museums in the city. For example, baseball fans will appreciate The Clemente Museum; Heinz History Center tells the city’s fascinating history; The Andy Warhol Museum is a must for Pop art lovers. Pittsburgh is also home to the world’s largest bicycle museum; meanwhile, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab and Carnegie Science Center might be two spots your kids will greatly appreciate.
Plan your visit: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/
Relax on the sand in Rehoboth, Delaware
With 30 miles of golden coastline, one of Delaware’s most popular resort towns is a perfect summer getaway for city dwellers. Complete with stunning ocean views, the hottest attractions, watersports and outdoor adventures, tons of entertainment for families with kids and vibrant nightlife, this beach town offers something for everyone.
Plan your visit: https://www.visitdelaware.com/beaches/rehoboth-beach