Hide away this summer at these drivable properties offering larger-than-life luxuries and experiences.
While Washingtonians slug it out in Bay Bridge traffic and tolls, you’ll find these luxe escapes to be hassle-free and filled with plenty of extra perks, like complimentary car service, nightly stargazing, and even a suite styled after The Ritz Paris. Here, our five most buzzworthy escapes for summer.
Did someone say staycation? Then allow us to introduce a neoclassical church-turned hip hotel situated smack dab in the middle of Adams Morgan. Come here if you want to worship at the altar of chefs Spike Gjerde (A Rake’s Progress) or Erik Bruner-Yang (Brothers and Sisters). Or to simply sing the praises of bartender Todd Thrasher who reigns over the bar program. For the ultimate in summer stay-ins, book the Monument Master Suite—a one-of-a-kind spread with a dining room, family room and a 1,300-square-foot terrace with views of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument ($430 a night with breakfast). 770 Euclid St. NW, D.C., thelinehotel.com
Last year chef Patrick O’Connell’s restaurant was one of only three DC-area establishments to be awarded two Michelin stars. Yet the menu is only part of the story at this nationally-revered property—a true Inn at Little Washington experience is not complete without a stay upstairs. New this year is a renovated room that was replicated to look like The Ritz Paris. Two smaller rooms were combined to create the grandiose suite featuring a double set of bay windows, a sitting room and a bathroom made of mahogany and marble. It’s an elevated summertime stay that will leave you uttering c’est magnifique! From $700 a night, 309 Middle St., Washington, VA, theinnatlittlewashington.com
If it’s a secluded nook you seek, then look no further than Alexandria’s only AAA four-diamond hotel. This 45-room autograph collection boutique experience mixes Federal style with modern furniture and touches like Italian white marble bathrooms to create a sophisticated yet classic vibe. Solitude is savored here—guests are encouraged to untether from their devices for an hour of silence and reading in the parlor room and library each day. Afterwards, having Old Town to explore at night is a nice perk too. Suites $400 a night, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA, marriott.com
Every detail is astutely considered at this exquisitely converted historic manse nestled amongst scenic brownstones in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. This Relais & Châteaux-approved gem certainly puts the charm in “Charm City.” Once you walk through the doors, you enter another time and place accentuated with globe-trotting eccentricity and reinforced with unpretentious, yet attentive service. It’s easily one of the most Instagram-able properties you’ll visit. The extra touches are pretty splendid too. Each of the 18 individually-appointed rooms include an all-inclusive snack armoire, there’s a help-yourself wet bar located in the lobby and high tea is served daily and only to hotel patrons in the parlor. The downstairs restaurant, Magdalena, serves complimentary breakfast by morning and seasonal fine dining bistro fare by night. When you’re ready to explore Baltimore, simply request one of the hotel’s complimentary black cars. From $595 a night, 505 E. Biddle St., Baltimore, MD, theivybaltimore.com
There is nothing quite like this high-end Blue Ridge resort about a five-hour drive south of Washington. Its immense footprint—roughly the size of Bermuda–might not sound “boutique,” but everything about the experience is. The 26 guest rooms and suites come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from reappointed eight-room hunting lodges and romantic, glamped-up treehouses to modern family lodges with sweeping valley vistas. Guests come for the unbridled menu of outdoor activities—traditional tweed-clad wing shoots, guided Orvis fishing and hunting expeditions, wild RTV tours, archery, miles of hiking trails, and an 18-hole Audubon-certified mountain top greens course, to name just a few. Afterwards, there’s the spa to consider. Or you can always make your way to the observatory tower for stargazing. You’ll also appreciate the LEED certified resort’s focus on sustainability, naturalism and its tastefully modern nods to the land’s moonshine, Nascar and bluegrass roots. And yes, there is tomahawk throwing. Lodges from $430 a night, Meadows of Dan, VA, primland.com