While the weather outside may convince you to stay home all winter, if you’re looking for a change of scenery, consider taking a winter weekend getaway. Maryland and its surrounding areas are full of resorts, spas, wineries, shopping, and great food. Treat yourself to a mini holiday at one of our top three winter weekend spots.
National Harbor by the Potomac
At the southern edge of Washington D.C. and directly across the Potomac from northern Virginia, National Harbor is set on a stunning waterfront location and offers plenty to do and see. One of the highlights at National Harbor is the Capital Wheel. Reaching heights of 180 feet with 42 climate controlled gondolas, the Capital Wheel boasts views for days that include the National monuments, all of the National Harbor, the Potomac and Dykes Marsh, and the Jones Point Lighthouse.
If you’re interested in the arts, make sure to check out the massive sculpture created by Seward Johnson entitled “The Awakening.” This impressive piece depicts the awakening of a giant emerging from the sand (or snow, since it’s currently winter). Where else can you snap a photo in the arms of a giant? In addition, there’s a fun and interactive mural entitled “The Belvedere,” which highlights the historical aspects of the area.
If you get chilly from exploring, pop into any of the boutiques, restaurants, or bars National Harbor has to offer. Browse through the unique boutiques or pop over the Tanger Outlets to get your shopping done for the holidays. Shopping and sightseeing can certainly work up and appetite, so foodies never fear – National Harbor is home to over thirty restaurants with a variety of menus from gourmet to down home cooking. Wet your whistle at the brewery, enjoy a glass of wine at the waterfront restaurant bar, or stop in for a signature cocktail at one of the unique lounges on the Harbor. Lastly, in the holiday season, National Harbor is the host for Christmas on the Potomac with ICE. You won’t want to miss this winter wonderland with ice sculptures, light shows, ice slides and activities.
If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, head out to Deep Creek Lake and enjoy a weekend getaway at Wisp Resort. The resort has certainly grown in size since they opened their doors in 1955 with just one ski slope that was serviced by a tow rope. Today, Wisp Resort has developed into a four star operation with 34 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, as well as a mountain coaster.
Not a fan of the elements? Feel free to relax by the indoor heated pool and hot tub in their comfortable indoor lounge, do some shopping, or grab a bite and a cocktail at one of the five restaurants around the property.
The lodge itself offers six different types of rooms that can accommodate guests and groups of all sizes. The resort was recently renovated to provide guests with a resort experience full of contemporary and comfortable accommodations.
Do you have the cold weather blues? Pack your swimsuit and enjoy a weekend getaway at Massanutten Resort. Always heated to a toasty 84 degrees, The Massanutten Water Park takes aquatic fun to the next level with water slides, multiple pools, a water fortress, and inflatables. Learn to surf on their Flow Rider endless wave or relax in the hot tubs or on the lazy river. No matter what you choose, you’ll have a taste of summer smack dab in the middle of winter. If you become too waterlogged, sign up for one of the many creative activities they have to offer such as escape rooms, cooking classes, jewelry making, wine tasting, painting workshops, and more. The culinary options are also fun and creative. Join in on a murder mystery dinner, beer or wine pairing dinners, or have dinner with the Chef himself. For those who love the cooler weather, the resort also offers outside winter sports such as skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding when the temperatures are conducive to for snow. It’s best to check the website for updated schedules.
Shake off the cold weather blues by treating yourself to a winter weekend getaway. These three resorts are sure to make any weekend getaway a fun one. What’s your favorite winter vacation spot?