From historic hotels and inns to charming lodges and bed & breakfasts, couples looking for a quick weekend getaway in Maryland have some great options. Escape to a romantic inn with views of the Chesapeake Bay, visit Baltimore and explore its fascinating history, stay on a farm with a beautiful garden, or watch the ships float along the Delaware Canal. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. Brampton Inn
2.Flag House Inn
4.Black Walnut Point Inn
5.Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel
6. Ship Watch Inn
7.Solomons Victorian Inn
8.Stoney Creek Farm
12.The Wayside Inn
14.River House Inn
15.Back Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast
16.Carmel Cove Inn
17.The Inn at Norwood
18.Embassy Circle Guest House
21 Perfect Romantic Getaways in Maryland
- Brampton Inn, Photo: Brampton Inn
- Flag House Inn, Photo: Flag House Inn
- Georgian House, Photo: Georgian House
- Black Walnut Point Inn, Photo: Black Walnut Point Inn
- Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, Photo: Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel
- Ship Watch Inn, Photo: Ship Watch Inn
- Solomons Victorian Inn, Photo: Solomons Victorian Inn
- Stoney Creek Farm, Photo: Stoney Creek Farm
- Wilson House, Photo: Wilson House
- Bishop’s House, Photo: Bishop’s House
- Elk Forge, Photo: Elk Forge
- The Wayside Inn, Photo: The Wayside Inn
- Osprey Point, Photo: Osprey Point
- River House Inn, Photo: River House Inn
- Back Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Back Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast
- Carmel Cove Inn, Photo: Carmel Cove Inn
- The Inn at Norwood, Photo: The Inn at Norwood
- Embassy Circle Guest House, Photo: Embassy Circle Guest House
- Whitehaven Hotel, Photo: Whitehaven Hotel
- Inn BoonsBoro, Photo: Inn BoonsBoro
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More Maryland Trip Ideas
Maryland may be one of the smallest states in the U.S., but it certainly does not lack a long list of attractions for discerning visitors. The abundant waterways of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay and the many miles of Atlantic coastline offer unlimited opportunities for water sports and beach activities, while the Blue Ridge Mountains are perfect for hiking and winter sports. The compact state is perfect to explore by car via several scenic routes, and history buffs will enjoy the wealth of historic sites waiting to be discovered. If you are looking for some art and culture, you will find it in abundance in Maryland’s bustling cities.
The delightful coastal town of Annapolis is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. (founded in 1649) and was once the Capital of the United States. The bustling and vibrant city you will visit today boasts some of the finest 17th and 18th century architecture in the country, and history buffs can learn all about the early sea-faring days on a guided walking tour of Historic Annapolis. If you are interested in naval history, a visit to the United States Naval Academy is a must, and lovers of the arts will feel right at home visiting the Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and several centers for the creative arts. The city hosts a number of yacht races, and viewing the beautiful coastline on a boat tour and walking through the old harbor are popular attractions.
Laurel is a historic mill town on the Patuxent River situated roughly half way between Baltimore and Washington D.C., offering visitors a good combination of historic and outdoor attractions. You can get your introduction to the town by visiting Laurel Museum or by taking a self-guided walking tour offered by the Laurel Historical Society. Some of the landmarks you can visit include the Phelps Center (the first public high school in the county), the Montpelier Mansion, and the Laurel Train Station (the railway was responsible for putting Laurel on the map).You can watch the Burtonsville Players in action at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, go ice skating at the Gardens Icehouse, or go walking and hiking at the National Wildlife Visitors Center.
Aberdeen is situated 30 miles north of Baltimore and is proud to be home to the US Army APG (Aberdeen Proving Ground) and the Ripkin Stadium, home base of the Aberdeen IronBirds. If you are interested in military memorabilia, you can get a day pass to visit the United States Army Ordnance Museum where you will see a great collection of historic tanks from all corners of the globe. There are several baseball fields at Ripkin Stadium where young baseball fans can have the time of their lives, and there is also a playground for younger children. At nearby Harve de Grace, you can visit several nautically themed museums or go hiking, biking, and camping in the Susquehanna State Park.
Salisbury is situated near the coast in south-east Maryland and makes a good base for exploring several regional attractions. History buffs can visit the Adkins Historical Museum and Complex where you can see ten lovingly preserved historic buildings, while art lovers might want to attend one of the regular exhibitions or workshops at the Art Institute and Gallery or tour the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Baseball fans can pay a visit to the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame or catch a game at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. In Pemberton Historical Park you can hike a nature trail through forests, wetlands and meadows, do some bird watching, or go on a guided canoe excursion.
Historic Downtown Frederick, MD
Frederick is conveniently located less than an hour from Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C. and boasts a popular historic downtown where century-old architecture and modern cutting-edge boutiques and restaurants live happily side-by-side. You can enjoy a narrated tour on the historic trolley (first Saturday of the month) or do a self-guided walking tour – maps are available from the Historical Society. Historic attractions include the Civil War Medicine Museum and Shifferstadt, the oldest city dwelling. Art lovers will find many public art installations dotted around downtown, and you can visit several art centers and galleries – the June Frederick Art Festival is not to be missed. Foodies can visit the Thursday Farmer’s Market, savor wonderful cuisine at several restaurants or treat their taste-buds to a Taste Frederick Food Tour.
Rocky Gap State Park, MD
Situated in Allegany County in west Maryland, the Rocky Gap State Park provides visitors with over 3,000 acres of pristine playgrounds for nature enthusiasts. The park includes a large lake where you can enjoy your favorite water-sports including boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling – equipment rentals are available on site, and several outfitters offer lessons and guided excursions. Back on land you can partake in a variety of fun activities, including hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and ranger led and interpretive programs at the Nature Center. There are far too many activities for a day trip, so bring along your tent or RV and spend some quality time communing with nature.
Thomas Stone National Historic Site, MD
The Thomas Stone National Historic Site is situated on 322 acres just 30 miles south of Washington D.C., making it an easily-accessible destination where you can combine a bit of hiking and bird-watching with some interesting historical sites. At the Visitor’s Center, you can find out who Thomas Stone was and why his family farm has become a protected historic site, watch a short film, or go on a guided tour of the residence. If you prefer, you can stroll around the residence, stables, and other buildings on your own time or go hiking along the old farm roads. Children can sign up for a Junior Ranger program, and everyone can enjoy the substantial bookstore.
Fort Foote Park, MD
If you had lived in Washington D.C. in 1862, you would have found the construction of Fort Foote very reassuring indeed. Today, history buffs can explore the remains of this earth and log structure, which was essential for the protection of Washington during the Civil War, by visiting Fort Foote Park on Rozier’s Bluff. You will still be able to see two of the mighty cannons that were installed – no mean feat in those days as the site stands at an elevation of 100 feet above the surrounding landscape, and each cannon weighed in excess of 25 tons and required over 300 men to move it. The park also offers bird and wildlife watching along a couple of scenic and quiet trails and exceptional views from the top of the bluff.
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Hagerstown dates back to 1762 and has a lot of stories to tell. You can learn all about the town’s role in several Civil War battles by visiting the Antietam Battlefield – try touring by horse-drawn carriage for a change of pace. Avid historians can also visit the Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Hagerstown Railroad Museum & Engine 202 City Park and the Beaver Creek School Museum. After seeing the historic highlights, you can sample some cultural attractions at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery or the Washington County Museum of Fine Art or attend the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. For a breath of fresh air, you can hike or cycle in The C&O Canal National Historical Park, and then satisfy your appetite at the Hagerstown City Farmer’s Market.
A great place to start your visit to Rockville is in the Rockville Town Square, the throbbing heart of the city that is home to over twenty restaurants and various entertainment options. You can stroll around the pleasant pedestrian-friendly square, visit the organic Farmer’s Market, and attend one of the regular events and festivals in summer or have a spin around the skating rink in winter. Outdoor enthusiasts can go paddling, kayaking, and hiking at Lake Needwood or explore the hiking and biking trails in Rockcreek Regional Park and Croydon Creek Nature Center. You can go zip lining at Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course and then round off your day with a concert at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Center.
The City of Greenbelt came about as a federal experiment in affordable housing back in 1937 and is currently listed on the Register of Historic Places – when you visit the Greenbelt Museum you can learn how the city progressed to become a thriving suburb of Washington D.C. If you are interested in aviation and space travel, you can visit the College Park Aviation Museum and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center. The city has a thriving performing arts community, and you can catch one of the many performances at the Greenbelt Arts Center or see a movie at the historic Old Greenbelt Theater. You can go hiking and camping in Greenbelt National Park or take a short Metrorail trip to Washington D.C. to explore all the sights.
Cumberland is a quaint historic city in western Maryland that offers a good mix of historic, outdoor, and cultural attractions. History buffs can go on a walking tour of the historic downtown area, which is home to the Queen City Transport Museum, the Alleghany Museum and several art galleries, restaurants, and shops housed in historic buildings. At the Cumberland Theatre and New Embassy Theatre, you can enjoy a concert or end a busy day with an alfresco meal in Baltimore Street, a popular pedestrian thoroughfare. Cumberland is a popular destination with serious cyclists who come here to take on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, and there are good hiking and cycling trails in the Green Ridge State Forest, where you can also go canoeing and kayaking.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 to provide a refuge for migrating sea birds and has since been designated an International Important Bird Area. Here you can explore a pristine natural landscape composed of forest, marsh, and wetlands that attract over 250,000 migrating water birds each year. You can explore on foot or bike along several trails or take a drive, walk, or cycle along the paved Wildlife Drive, which will lead you to a lookout platform with viewing scopes and a bird hide. Paddlers can take to the water on canoe or kayak along three designated water trails and go fishing and crabbing (in restricted areas). Besides resident and migrating birds, the refuge is also home to turkeys, deer, turtles and many other animals.
Quiet Waters Park, MD
Visitors to the lovely coastal town of Annapolis should make a point of spending a few hours enjoying Quiet Waters Park, a tranquil 340-acre recreational area situated along the shores of South River and Chesapeake Bay. It’s a good idea to start out at the Visitor’s Center, which has three art galleries showcasing the work of prominent local artists. You can go hiking, biking, or jogging along six miles of paved trails, visit the lovely formal gardens, and have some fun on the water – Peddle or Paddle will rent you a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and lessons are available. There is a playground for younger children, and in winter you can go skating on the outdoor ice rink.
Piscataway Park, MD
Located near Fort Washington, the Piscataway Park is an ideal family-friendly green space where you can go hiking or fishing and enjoy nature at its best. Hikers can enjoy the 3-mile Accokeek Farms at Piscataway Park Trail, which meanders through attractive wildflower meadows, past several eco-farming areas, and along the Potomac River. At the starting point of the trail, you will find the Colonial Farm, a living museum showcasing pre-American Revolution farming methods, where children can pet some farm animals. If you would like to explore the waterways by boat, there is a launch site for small boats at Farmington Landing Site and a jetty for fishing. You can do some wildlife watching and photography along the boardwalk over the marsh area.
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Chesapeake City, MD
Chesapeake City nestles along the banks of the famous C&D Canal that links Chesapeake Bay to Delaware Bay, and it is widely considered to be one of the prettiest small towns in Maryland. In addition to enjoying the beautiful waterside location, visitors can tour the C&D Canal Museum to learn how the canal was hand-dug by 2000 men and is now one of the busiest commercial waterways in the world. You can go walking, hiking, biking, or running along the Ben Cardin C&D trail (which meanders along the waterways for 17 miles), tour stately Mount Harmon Plantation, visit the Painted Sky Alpaca Farm and Fiber Mill, explore Turkey Point Lighthouse, and attend free Sunday evening concerts at Pell Gardens.
Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia that provides an ideal recreational area for nature lovers. You can bring along your tent or RV and spend a few days getting back to nature on the very edge of the continent. Hiking and biking are great ways to explore Assateague Island and several trails are available. To learn all about the flora and fauna of the island, you can join ranger-led programs, and there are 12 miles of beach where over-sand vehicles are permitted. Other popular activities include canoeing and kayaking (experienced paddlers can explore the perimeter of the island and camp overnight in back-country campsites), fishing, crabbing, clamming, shell collecting, swimming, and surfing.
Swallow Falls State Park, MD
Located just nine miles north of Oakland the Swallow Falls State Park is an ideal recreational area where you can get back to nature amid spectacular scenery, which includes rivers, gorges, and waterfalls. You can hike along the one and a quarter mile trail to see the Swallow Falls and the taller Muddy Creek Falls, which drop 53 feet in a dramatic exhibition of the force of nature. Another longer trail of five and a half miles will take you from Swallow Falls through the Garrett State Forest, and it is also suitable for mountain bikes. You can camp or rent a cabin and spend the evening enjoying toasted marshmallows under the wide open skies or just come for the day and enjoy fishing and picnicking.
Fell’s Point, MD
Fell’s Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood of Baltimore where you can literally step back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries as you stroll between dozens of historic buildings (the entire area is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts). There are several ways for you to explore Fell’s Point – you can hop aboard the Baltimore Water Taxi to see the district from the water and connect to several of Baltimore’s tourist attractions. You can also set off on foot on one of several self-guided walking tours or join a guided Wicked History Pub Tour or even a spooky Baltimore Ghost Tour. The rows of historic buildings now house an array of interesting boutiques, galleries, and restaurants where you can try local craft beers and sea-fresh cuisine.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD
For over 100 years, the C&O Canal provided a vital means of transport for the communities who lived along the Potomac River, and although modern technology has made the canal obsolete as a waterway, it now provides a wonderful recreational avenue for discovering the history and culture of the area. Get all the maps and info you need for your visit at one of the seven visitor’s centers before you set off to explore over 184 miles of hiking and biking paths. Besides hiking the various trails, you can take a seasonal boat tour, go camping, fishing, and horseback riding or enjoy ice skating and sledding in winter.
Harmony Hall, MD
Harmony Hall is a gracious and stately 18th century residence situated on a beautiful 62-acre estate along the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George’s County. The hall was built in 1769, and at one time it formed the epicenter of the tobacco trade in Maryland. Although the hall is not currently open to the public due to restoration work, you can spend a few hours exploring the scenic estate, which is a popular venue for bird and wildlife watching. If you take a walk along a short trail, you will find the remains of an older structure called Want Water or Lyle’s House as well as the remnants of a hand-dug canal that was once used to transport tobacco to the banks of the Potomac River for shipping to England.
Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
At the Catoctin Mountain Park in north-central Maryland, you not only get to enjoy a great back-to-nature experience surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery but you can also uncover interesting historic remnants dating back to the early occupation of the region by Native Americans and the later development of the charcoal and iron industries. At the Visitor’s Center, you can get trail maps and information about all the activities available, which include trout fishing in several streams, rock climbing, camping/cabins for overnight stays, and seasonal ranger-led programs for all ages. You can go hiking along several popular trails, which will take you to great overlooks including Chimney Rock, Thurmont Vista, Hog Rock, and Cunningham Falls.
St. Clement’s Island State Park, MD
St. Clement’s Island is situated in the Potomac River near Colton’s Point and is where the first English colonists landed in Maryland way back in 1634. You can reach the island by private boat (there is a public pier and docking facilities) or take the seasonal water taxi from the St. Cement’s Island Museum on Colton’s Point, where you can watch a short film that explains the history of the island before you set off to explore. The most prominent features of the island are a huge cross that commemorates the landing and a reconstructed lighthouse. Bring along a picnic and enjoy a day of hiking, fishing, paddling and wildlife watching in a tranquil and unusual setting.
Down’s Park, MD
Picturesque Down’s Park on Chesapeake Bay is at its best in fall when the trees are decked out in a myriad of colors, but regardless of the season, the park is a great recreational destination. You can go hiking along more than 5 miles of trails in the 236-acre park, try your hand at fishing off the pier, practice your basketball skills, or simply relax and enjoy the wonderful views of Chesapeake Bay. The park offers a Junior Naturalist Program in winter where kids can learn all about nature, as well as several other seasonal events. Younger children can have fun at the playground, and four-legged best friends are welcome at the dog beach.
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