From visiting the Hillwood Estate Japanese Garden to enjoying the beauty of the sun glinting on The Capitol dome on a crisp autumn day, there is much to see and do in the capital city of Washington DC. Situated on the Potomac River, this compact city straddles the borders of Maryland and Virginia. Iconic neoclassical monuments are all over the city, and innumerable tourists line up for views of The Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the White House. There are many museums and performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center for those who are culturally-inclined. However, as the tourists make a beeline to your city, the residents may be wondering about whether they could go for a local weekend break! Here are a few places you could plan your weekend break from Washington DC to – within driving distance:
The entry point town to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, St. Michael’s is just 1.5 hours away from DC. Head here for the best crabs in the area at The Crab Claw or St. Michael’s Crab and Steak House. Lyon Distilling Company and Eastern Shore Brewing offer tastings that should make it to your itinerary for weekend breaks from Washington DC. Get a taste of Hollywood-style glitz and glam by stopping at The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond which is where the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed. If you love the water, go on an adventure by renting a boat from the Shore Pedal & Paddle.
Just 2.5 hours away from DC lies the cozy town of Charlottesville in Virginia. This college-town has many historic places that you can visit, and even more eateries to satiate your culinary palette. Go on the Monticello Wine Trail that covers more than 20 wineries in the town, and stop at the Early Mountain which offers you a chance to relax and watch outdoor movies or live music bands. The Clifton Inn is a good option for an overnight stay during weekend breaks and they serve a smashing Virginia-style dinner too. Take on Ace Biscuit & Barbecue for your early morning breakfast though. What’s on the menu? This cheap eatery offers biscuits topped with fried chicken, dills, sausage gravy and smoked pimento cheese for a meager USD 7.
Annapolis in Maryland is the place to drive down to if you intend to learn sailing in one weekend or want to spend your weekend on a boat. Just 32 miles away from DC, Annapolis can be reached in a one-hour drive. If whiskey is your drink of choice, don’t forget to stop by the Dry 85 bar. Other bars you could include in your weekend hiatus are Level (don’t miss their cocktails), BAROAK, and Red Red Wine Bar. Enjoy idyllic water taxi rides to Eastport, and if you do, grab an Italian bite at Vin 909.
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