Best Getaways For Parents Near Baltimore

For most parents, their children are their greatest accomplishment, however raising children is work. And like any work, sometimes you just want a vacation. So if you're a parent, and you're fortunate enough to have family or friends willing to watch the kids for a few days, here are some relaxing and romantic locations for just the two of you to get away, relax, connect and maybe fall in love all over again.
Deep Creek Lake
The Lodges at Sunset Village
Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Vacation Way
McHenry, MD 21541
(866) 544-3223

The largest freshwater lake in Maryland, Deep Creek sits on the panhandle of Maryland a few hours west of Baltimore. Perfect for a weekend away, the Deep Creek area is well-known for its boating, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding in the summer, and skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and snowmobiling during the winter. If you're into any of these activities, or you just want to relax in a quiet place away from the rat race and the kids, check in to The Lodges at Sunset Village. The Lodges are a series of hotel suites built to look and feel like a log-cabin lodge. The suites give visitors the works, including a personal patio or deck, kitchen, large fireplace, WiFi and hot tubs.

Brandywine Valley
Homewood Suites by Hilton
350 Rocky Run Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 479-2000

The Brandywine Valley, about an hour's drive from Baltimore, is a hidden gem of relaxation and recreation in the Northeast region. A scenic valley, which seems to still be resting comfortably in the Victorian era, is full of sights and attractions that will appeal to both history and nature lovers. Among some of the more interesting local attractions are the expansive Longwood Gardens which afford the visitor a rambling roam through wonders of horticultural art which includes Victorian buildings, carved bushes and trees, mazes, patios and climbing expanses of flower towers. While staying in the Brandywine Valley, check in to the Homewood Suites. It's a top class hotel, but it gives visitors the Brandywine experience – overlooking meadows, horse farms and a state park land.

Ocean City
Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites
3200 N Baltimore Ave.
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-6444

When people in Baltimore think of the beach, they naturally think of Ocean City. Taking your kids to the beach is practically parenting 101; however, being at the beach with the kids and being at the beach without them are two entirely different experiences. Parents will see Ocean City as an entirely different place when they check in to Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites. It has luxurious suites, indoor and outdoor pools and its own lineup of recreation.

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Salamander Resort & Spa

500 North Pendleton St.
Middleburg, VA 20117
(800) 651-0721

Located in Middleburg, the Salamander Resort & Spa is right over the Maryland line, making it a relatively quick drive from Baltimore. Middleburg is an 18th century village in horse and wine country, still chock-full of historic charm, and Salamander capitalizes on this charm to catapult its already luxurious facilities to the heights of romance. Check out its in-house spas, private tours of local wineries, equestrian facilities for those who love horse-riding or those who want to learn and the catalogue of local historical attractions. Each room in the resort has marble tables and baths, a gas fireplace and a personal patio as well as other amenities.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 901-1234

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is located in Cambridge, on the other side of the bay from Baltimore. The resort hosts a veritable banquet of recreational activities, including sailing, fishing, swimming, golf, biking, spa treatments and fine dining. Located directly on the Choptank River, this resort is a paradise of beauty. It capitalizes on this by offering guests patios on which to enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfront – even the pool lets swimmers float right up to the water's edge for a fantastic view.

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