Winter Weekend Getaways

Travel Tips — By Tawanna Browne Smith on December 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

As fun and culturally enriching as Baltimore is, everyone needs a change in scenery. One of the things that makes the Baltimore area a great place to live or visit is its proximity to other cities and states with varied topography.

Western Maryland, Hershey and Farmington, Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley in Western Virginia are all within a 3-hour drive and make for quick winter weekend getaways from the Baltimore area. Many resorts in these areas provide leisure that’ll make you forget about the hustle of city life.

The Hotel Hershey

1. At a little over an hour and a half from the Baltimore area, Hershey, Pennsylvania is the closest of the four options for a weekend getaway. This quaint town is known as “the sweetest place on earth.” The four star and four diamond rated Hotel Hershey is rich with history and offers several amenities that make it a good choice for a winter weekend getaway:

  • A variety of accommodations: guest rooms, suites, and cottages
  • Choice of three restaurants and four eateries
  • A full-service on-site spa known as The Chocolate Spa
  • Four unique golf courses
  • Recreation and Activities, some of which include: hiking, ice skating, basketball, tennis, volleyball and kids activities
  • 5 minutes away from area attractions such as Hershey Park

2. The Shenandoah Valley in Western Virginia is the next location on our list of great weekend getaways. Just under two hours from Baltimore, the area is surrounded by mountains and rivers, and is considered a cultural region. The Shenandoah Valley is vast and rich with civil war battlefields, hiking trails, caverns, vineyards and golfing.

Snow-laced hills at Massanutten

As a winter weekend getaway the Shenandoah Valley is an optimal destination because of its mountains. Resorts like Massanutten Resort offer a number of winter sports options like:

  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • ice skating
  • snow tubing

3. Deep Creek in Western Maryland is just about 3 hours away from downtown Baltimore. A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Deep Creek makes it an ideal winter weekend getaway for anyone in the Baltimore area because it is home to the only downhill ski resort in Maryland. Wisp Resort offers:

  • 132 acres of ski-able terrain
  • 32 slopes
  • a tubing and terrain park
  • snowmobiling and snowshoeing

The Chateau at Nemacolin Resort*

4. The last on the list of winter weekend getaways is Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA. If you like driving and can appreciate the countryside of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the 3 hr and 15 minute road trip from Baltimore to this luxury resort would be right up your ally. Nemacolin is a popular destination for businesses and families. The resort is a complete experience with:

  • five different types of accommodations
  • four fine dining establishments and four casual eateries
  • full-service spa
  • a host of snow sports including: skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding

Whether you choose a weekend getaway surrounded by chocolate or surrounded by snow, you can get there from Baltimore for less than a tank of gas.


*Photo courtesy of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

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