Posted on May 9, 2021
As great as Baltimore is, sometimes a weekend away is good for the soul. Luckily, there are some great places you can get to in just a couple hours that will give you a few days to refresh.
1. Deep Creek Lake
Around a three hour drive from Baltimore, Deep Creek Lake sits on the western end of Maryland, just before the West Virginia border. This area is great year-round, with activities for the whole family for any season. If you visit in the winter, hit the slopes at Wisp Resort. They offer lodging, plenty of ski slopes, snow tubing, and even a Mountain Coaster, a downhill slide/roller coaster hybrid you can ride 3500 feet downhill at almost 30 mph.
The area also offers a wide variety of summer activities. The eponymous lake is a great spot for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and boating. If you want to get your adrenaline flowing, you can stop by Precision Rafting for whitewater rafting for any skill level. The towns surrounding the lake offer a variety of dining and entertainment opportunities. For a more comprehensive list, check out This Site with detailed info on the area.
2. Davis, WV
A short drive south of Deep Creek, you will find Davis, West Virginia. There are lodging options to suit any taste, from tent camping at Blackwater Falls State Park, to adorable country inns, to full-home vacation rentals. Once you are in Davis or the surrounding area, you will immediately notice the beautiful surroundings. You can take a short hike to the gorgeous Blackwater Falls or get a bit further away from it all with a seemingly endless amount of trails at the Heart of the Highlands Trail or the Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Once you have worked up an appetite, head into town for a huge delicious burrito at Hellbender Burritos or classic pub fare at Wicked Wilderness. And make sure you don't miss out on locally brewed beers at Stumptown Ales.
3. Williamsburg, VA
Maybe you're not the nature-minded type. Don't worry, you have plenty of options too! Just over three hours away is historic Williamsburg, VA. Dive headfirst into the history of our nation at Colonial Williamsburg.
If the kids (or you, don't lie) get bored with the history, you can find a drastic change of pace at Busch Gardens. One of the nation's top theme parks, Busch Gardens offers some of the world's best roller coasters, as well as beautiful landscaping, wildlife experiences, live performances, and a wide variety of food.
4. Smith Island
We all know about Ocean City, but if you're headed that direction, why not check out something different and go to Smith Island? Smith Island is on the east coast of the Chesapeake Bay, near the Maryland and Virginia border. It is a small island with under 300 full-time residents and can only be reached by boat. There are no bridges or air strips, but don't worry--there are plenty of boats available to charter as well as a comfortable ferry from nearby Crisfield.
Once you've arrived, there are a few inns and B&Bs where you can stay comfortably--check here for a list. While you're there, make sure you try some of the freshest crabs in Maryland and the island's namesake - the Smith Island Cake.
Whether you are looking for the beach, the mountains, ski slopes, a day on the lake, big city adventures, or complete isolation and peace, Baltimore is perfectly located for you to have quick access. Make sure to check our listings page to find your new home in this perfect location!