If you are looking for a romantic getaway just a short distance from Annapolis or Baltimore, there are plenty of options.
For many parents, a night away can seem a remote prospect, but experts agree that taking the time to concentrate on each other as a couple is essential to a healthy marriage.
“Many parents believe they need to make their lives solely about their children, not realizing their kids are watching them as a template for their own future relationships,” says Carol Corcoran, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist from Severna Park. “If mom and dad aren’t happy, chances are the kids won’t be either, especially as they age and find themselves in their own relationships.”
Corcoran says it’s not only OK to get away and reconnect; it is essential for everyone’s wellbeing. A night or two away from the kids can strengthen the bond of marriage and can generate months of positive interactions.
“Taking time to connect while on vacation allows a couple to create those special heart moments they can draw from in order to maintain their bond once the rigors of life take over once again,” Corcoran says.
It’s not necessary to journey far and wide to flee the routine of daily life. Whether you are looking for a night in the city or a relaxing retreat in the country, these luxurious destinations have something for every couple looking to get away from it all. Some inns may request a two-night stay on weekends, but it never hurts to call and see if they have availability for one night and any current special offers.
Lake Pointe Inn on Deep Creek Lake
For a cozy winter escape, look no further than the Lake Pointe Inn, the oldest house on Deep Creek Lake. Built in 1890, the Arts and Crafts style Inn sits just steps away from Wisp ski resort and is the closest house to the water on the lake.
All 10 rooms have lake or mountain views, fireplaces and most have Jacuzzi tubs or steam showers. Enjoy amenities like a 24-hour complimentary beverage bar, afternoon snacks, fresh cookies and evening wine and hors d’oeuvres. In the morning, awaken to a full gourmet breakfast with a changing menu including apple crepes and hickory pepper bacon.
Relax by the fire in the Inn’s stone hearth, rock on the wraparound porch or roast house-made marshmallows by the outdoor fire pit. There are also complimentary bikes, a bocce and croquet court, in-house massage services and a large DVD library. Skiing, ice fishing and snowboarding are all easily accessible. During warmer months, guests can canoe, kayak, swim in the lake or take a ride on the Inn’s pontoon boat.
174 Lake Pointe Drive, McHenry
Distance from Annapolis: 3 hours
Rates: From $212
Brampton Inn on the Eastern Shore
A bed-and-breakfast just outside of Chestertown on the Eastern Shore, Brampton Inn is a 1860 manor house on the National Register of Historic Places and is perpetually rated a Top 10 Romantic Inn by TripAdvisor.
The 13 rooms and cottages all have fireplaces, TVs with DVD players and the cottages have Japanese soaking tubs in private screened porches. There is afternoon tea by the fire in the parlor, an outdoor fire pit and Chestertown is just a mile away for dining, shopping or taking in cultural events at Washington College.
The Inn’s 25 acres contain gardens and fields for hiking and plenty of wildlife. Room rates include afternoon tea and a sumptuous breakfast of specialties like Grand Marnier French Toast and Three Cheese Herb Frittata.
25227 Chestertown Road, Chestertown
Distance from Annapolis: 30 minutes
Rates: From $179 (updated 2018)
Antrim 1844 Country House near Gettysburg
For a classic country house experience, head to Antrim 1844, a plantation house listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The 24-acre property in Taneytown is just 15 minutes from Gettysburg and several local wineries, but visitors may never want to leave the inn’s lush surroundings. Rooms are lavishly decorated in formal English décor, with four-poster beds, Jacuzzis and fireplaces in most rooms. Take tea in one of the two main drawing rooms, enjoy dinner at the award-winning Smokehouse Restaurant or sip a nightcap in Pickwick Pub.
Rooms include afternoon tea, complementary turndown service, evening hors d’oeuvres and a morning continental breakfast tray served in your room, followed by a full country breakfast in the Mansion.
For the ultimate in privacy, stay in one of Antrim’s many outbuildings, like the charming Ice House set in the formal gardens near the pool, or the romantic Smith House, a two story antebellum house with an open porch that overlooks the manicured grounds.
30 Trevanion Road, Taneytown
Distance from Annapolis: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Rates: From $205 (updated 2018)
L’Auberge Provencale in Virginia wine country
Indulge your fantasies of the French countryside at L’Auberge Provencale, which has the motto “Escape to Provence. No passport required.”
Owners Alain and Celeste Borel have cultivated a quintessential French country inn in the heart of Virginia wine country. There are Shenandoah Valley views from rooms decorated in romantic Provencal style, most with fireplaces, aromatherapy showers, Jacuzzi, soaking or claw foot tubs. Food is farm-to-table at the inn’s nationally acclaimed restaurant, La Table Provencale. They offer homemade jams, locally sourced meat and produce and full breakfasts with dishes like hot chicken crepes or orange blossom waffles.
Afternoon and evening treats of mulled cider and s’mores are always on the menu, and guests can sit by the fire pit or while away the afternoon in the inn’s extensive gardens. Head out to one of the more than two-dozen wineries nearby or take in the views on Skyline Drive, just a stone’s throw away.
13630 Lord Fairfax Highway, White Post, VA
Distance from Annapolis: 2 hours
Rates: From $199; call for last-minute rates and special discounts for active duty military, police, firefighter and other first responders (updated 2018)
Antietam Overlook Farm on the Battlefield
History buffs will love Antietam Overlook Farm, a farmhouse retreat in Keedysville. The inn has vistas of the Antietam National Battleground and four neighboring states and is a nature-lovers paradise.
Almost all rooms have large soaking tubs and screened-in porches as well as battlefield valley views. Hike the Appalachian Trail, explore the battlefield or Harper’s Ferry, or simply while away the afternoon by the fire, observing the abundant wildlife outside the window. Rates include a hearty three-course country breakfast.
4812 Porterstown Road, Keedysville
Distance from Annapolis: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Rates: From $149 (updated 2018)
Inn at 2920 in Baltimore City
Couples looking for a night on the town will love the Inn at 2920, an urban oasis in the heart of Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood, just a half-block from O’Donnell Square.
The chic row home dates to the 1890’s and was once a tavern and bordello. Inside, there are historic details like exposed brick and the home’s original marble fireplace juxtaposed with sleek contemporary furnishings. Rooms feature modern décor with luxurious touches like limestone tiled bathrooms, many with rain showers or Jacuzzi tubs.
There is a complimentary 24-hour beverage station and afternoon treats. The breakfasts include dishes such as creamy blueberry bread pudding, onion and herb quiche and baked caramel and fruit French toast — all are served with locally roasted Zeke’s coffee.
2920 Elliott St., Baltimore
Distance from Annapolis: 30 minutes
Rates: From $160 (updated 2018)
By Katie Riley