Updated on January 31, 2024 by Julie McCool
Looking for the perfect romantic getaway near DC? Here are 22 fabulous romantic getaways from Washington DC including charming country inns and luxurious city lodging to spark the flames of love. Hide in your elegant room all weekend long. Or spend the day exploring and the night snuggling.
Whatever your plans, you'll find romantic places to stay in our updated and expanded list of lodging perfect for a couples getaway. Follow the links to check availability, rates, and special romance packages.
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Romantic Getaways from Washington DC
Our romantic getaways for couples are grouped by state. For each state, we've listed the romantic destinations in order of distance from Washington DC, according to Google Maps. Travel times will vary widely if you head out during rush hour (don't). And of course, your mileage will vary depending on your starting point.
For each romantic getaway destination, you'll find tips on making the most of your stay plus fun things to do nearby. Our choices for romantic getaways from Washington DC are based on personal experience plus a few recommendations from friends. We have personally stayed in or visited nearly all of the romantic hotels and inns on our list.
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Romantic Getaways in Virginia
Our list of most romantic getaways near DC includes a wide selection of Virginia lodging including quaint inns, historic hotels, and one of the most luxurious mountain getaways in the Eastern US. We've got quick staycation spots in Northern Virginia too, for a couple's retreat without the long drive.
Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, Tysons, Virginia
Updated elegance close to Washington DC.
Distance + Time: 15 miles, 30 minutes
Many hotels are all business during the week. But they become ideal romantic getaways from Washington DC when the weekend arrives. Weekends bring a quiet, romantic vibe (and lower rates) to the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Book the Romance Package, or spring for Club Level access, to ensure the bubbly will flow.
Add a massage or special spa treatment (the facials are amazing!) to increase your relaxation factor. The Tysons Galleria mall is right outside your door if you feel the urge to buy your love a little something.
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia
Short drive to a countryside setting.
Distance + Time: 35 miles, 45 minutes
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, a Destination Hotel in Leesburg adds rural fun to romantic getaways near DC but keeps your drive time short. Ask for an upper floor for the prettiest countryside views.
A weekend getaway to Lansdowne Resort makes an excellent base for visiting the many nearby wineries and vineyards in Northern Virginia wine country. Follow this scenic loop drive from Leesburg to visit small towns and beautiful wineries in the area.
Active couples can book time on the golf courses or hike and bike the grounds, which border the Potomac River. Enjoy a lazy afternoon looking for treasures at local shops in historic Leesburg. Then enjoy dinner at Lightfoot, Tuscarora Mill, or another of Leesburg's downtown restaurants.
Follow the link to read more traveler reviews of Lansdowne Resort.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg Virginia
Elegant luxury in Virginia horse country.
Distance + Time: 46 miles, 1 hour
One of the most highly-rated romantic getaways from Washington DC is located in the lovely town of Middleburg VA. Here, Salamander Resort and Spa offers luxurious rooms and suites on a beautiful farm a short walk from the historic downtown.
Boasting 340 acres of rural beauty, it would be easy to spend your whole romantic getaway on the Salamander property. The resort features 2 pools, a full-service spa, an Equestrian Center where you can enjoy guided horseback riding, and the excellent Harrimans restaurant. You can even try zip lining on-site.
While you could just snuggle up in Salamander's cozy rooms, we highly recommend time visiting the shops and restaurants in downtown Middleburg. King Street is just a short walk from the resort.
When you're ready to explore further, take a scenic drive through Virginia Hunt Country. Or head to the neighboring town of Aldie for a beautiful drive on America's first turnpike. Both routes include quaint towns and beautiful wineries perfect for a couple's day out.
Here are other traveler reviews of Salamander Resort and Spa.
Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Winchester, Virginia
Update: The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is not taking reservations at this time.
Beautifully romantic rooms in a quiet farm-like setting
Distance + Time: 83 miles, 1.5 hours
For seclusion and romance, it's hard to beat the Inn At Vaucluse Spring, just south of Winchester in Shenandoah Valley. The property has a collection of historic buildings, some private and some with shared rooms. Book the Mill House and you'll enjoy two stories of comfort plus your own private patio by the pond.
Stroll the farm fields, have breakfast at the on-site restaurant, and hang out in your home away from home. If you want to add a little activity to your weekend, you'll find lots of fun things to do in the Winchester area. There is a nice pedestrian mall and plenty of great places to eat in downtown Winchester. The countryside surrounding the inn is perfect for a scenic drive.
Keswick Hall, Keswick, Virginia
Lavish stay in Virginia wine country.
Distance + Time: 110 miles, 2 hours
Impress your loved one with superior luxury in a beautiful country setting at Keswick Hall. Keswick is an ideal base for sampling Virginia wines on the Monticello Wine Trail. Charlottesville and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello are close by, so this is an excellent location for history lovers.
Of course, you could stay on-site, and relax in your luxurious room, the beautiful infinity pool, and the on-site spa. Don't miss a romantic dinner at Marigold by Jean-Georges one of three on-site restaurants.
The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond Virginia
Classic elegance in a hip capital city.
Distance + Time: 110 miles, 2.5 hours
The Jefferson is a fabulous star of the Gilded Age and one of the most beautiful historic hotels in Virginia. The beautiful Rotunda Lobby and the sweeping staircase that descends to the Palm Court have been backdrops to romantic getaways from Washington DC for many years. Happily, the hotel has been extensively restored and renovated to add modern comforts to that classic charm.
Book an elegant Grand Premier Guest Room to enjoy a comfortable king bed with separate sitting area and spacious marble bath. Don't miss dinner at Lemaire, highlighting locally sourced ingredients and Southern flavors.
The Jefferson is located in the downtown area and makes an excellent base for a Richmond weekend getaway. The holidays are a special time to visit when stunning holiday decorations make The Jefferson and downtown Richmond one of the most festive Christmas towns near DC.
Read our full review of The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA: Classic Luxury and Romance. Or read other traveler reviews of The Jefferson Hotel.
Linden Row Inn, Richmond, Virginia
Historic comfort in Virginia's capital.
Distance + Time: 110 miles, 2.5 hours
Another refined and historic property in Richmond, Virginia, is the lovely Linden Row Inn. Once a block of row houses and cottages, the inn now offers 70 elegantly romantic rooms and suites. Rooms in the Main House and Garden feature 12-foot ceilings and period antiques carefully blended with modern conveniences.
For extra romance, book one of the 7 spacious Parlour Suites, which occupy the row houses along East Franklin Street. We loved the window seat in the corner room, and the luxe blue couch in Parlor Room 222 (shown above). Be sure to dine downstairs at Parterre, which continues to earn accolades since making the New York Times list of 52 Places to Go in 2020.
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia
Historic hotel in Virginia's hip Blue Ridge city.
Distance + Time: 240 miles, 4 hours
The Hotel Roanoke got its start in 1882, as a stopover for railroad passengers, and it remains one of the best places to stay in Roanoke. Today, you can still enjoy a car-free vacation at the hotel when you travel from DC by Amtrak train. Whether you arrive by train or car, you'll enjoy plush rooms right in the heart of the hip city of Roanoke.
There are so many great things to do in downtown Roanoke, including excellent museums, dining, and craft breweries. Active visitors can enjoy fantastic outdoor adventures in the Roanoke area including some of the best mountain biking in the Eastern US.
The Liberty Trust, Roanoke, Virginia
Boutique style in the heart of downtown Roanoke
Distance + Time: 240 miles, 4 hours
One of the newest boutique hotels in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, The Liberty Trust opened in 2022 after a multi-year renovation. Here couples enjoy modern comforts in a historic building in the heart of downtown Roanoke.
Prefer a car-free vacation? Arrive by Amtrak train and you can be at the hotel's opulent bar, classic cocktail in hand, within minutes. For a truly unique experience, treat your love to high-end wines by the glass in the lobby's historic vault (the building was once a bank).
This is a great destination for active couples who can tackle Roanoke's excellent hiking, biking, and paddling by day then snuggle up in comfort by night.
Read more traveler reviews of The Liberty Trust.
Fire Station One, Roanoke, Virginia
Historic boutique rooms in downtown Roanoke
Distance + Time: 240 miles, 4 hours
Fire Station One, which opened in 2023, follows the trend of historic properties transformed into beautiful boutique hotels. Details from the former fire station mix with luxe furnishing in the hotel's 7 guest rooms.
We stayed in Room 7, which features giant windows, a separate sitting area, and a stunning light fixture above our king bed. That bed may be the most comfortable I have ever slept in! Downstairs, the Stock restaurant is a nice spot to eat or enjoy a drink indoors or out on the patio.
The hotel's downtown location is walking distance to the Taubman Art Museum and many more of the best things to do in Roanoke.
Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Luxurious accommodations in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Distance + Time: 310 miles, 5.5 hours
Treat your love to one of the most spectacular romantic getaways from Washington DC at Primland Resort, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The drive from DC is about 5-and-a-half hours long, but your effort will be rewarded with incredible luxury surrounded by nature.
Rooms in the main lodge are beautiful, but we prefer the stunning mountain views from the Pinnacle Cottages. Amp the solitude and drama up further when you book one of the Treehouses, which appear to hang out over a gorge. On-site activities for active couples include star-gazing in the observatory, award-winning golf, 4-wheel drive adventures, and more.
Read our full review Primland Resort: Luxury and Outdoor Fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Romantic Getaways in Maryland
Maryland offers some of the closest options for romantic weekend getaways from Washington DC. Choose a room by the water, a luxury inn in the city, or unique lodging surrounded by history.
Whether you book your getaway close to DC or drive a bit further to Maryland's Eastern Shore and beaches, you'll find cozy lodging and fun activities.
AC Hotel National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland
Potomac River views and a spin on the Capitol Wheel.
Distance + Time: 11 miles, 20 minutes
Romantic getaways near DC don't have to include a long drive. Just a stone's throw across the Potomac from Washington DC (ok a very long throw), a National Harbor getaway is perfect for a couple staycation close to home. We like the sleek European vibe at the AC Hotel National Harbor.
Ask for a Potomac-facing room to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the river. Start your evening with a special cocktail created by the drink masters in the on-site bar. After dark, you can snuggle up during a ride on the Capitol Wheel and enjoy the lights of the city.
Read more traveler reviews of AC Hotel National Harbor.
Graduate Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland
Excellent location in Maryland's waterfront capital.
Distance + Time: 30 miles, 45 minutes
A great waterfront adds romance to any city, and Annapolis has that plus quaint streets and plenty of history. Graduate Annapolis is in a great location, close to the action but far enough away to escape the crowd. It's a wonderful base for a romantic Annapolis getaway.
Impress your love with a chartered sail. Or take the water taxi to a romantic dinner at Caroll's Creek Cafe (try the sea scallops in shredded phyllo!). Head to the waterfront at sunset for a perfect couples photo opp.
Read more traveler reviews of Graduate Annapolis.
The Ivy, Baltimore, Maryland
Magnificent lodging for discerning travelers in historic Baltimore.
Distance + Time: 40 miles, 1 hour
If your goal is to find romantic getaways from Washington DC that impress, look no further than The Ivy. Sumptuous rooms in a historic 19th-century mansion welcome guests to a space that is refined but relaxed.
Whether you book a room or suite, you'll enjoy a 4-poster bed, plush robes, and beautiful decor. Our suite's octagonal living room featured a sofa made for snuggling and a huge bathroom with a soaking tub and marble shower.
Downstairs, shared spaces include a music room, library, beautiful courtyard, and an excellent on-site restaurant. Don't miss afternoon tea! Then head outside for a walk around historic Mount Vernon or ask the private car service for a ride to Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland
Stylish downtown rooms near the Chesapeake Bay.
Distance + Time: 70 miles, 1.5 hours
Easton, Maryland combines a sophisticated arts scene and a walkable downtown filled with great restaurants, shopping, galleries, and history. The Tidewater Inn occupies a lovely, historic brick building in the heart of downtown Easton.
The popular wedding venue has hosted a string of celebrities, from Elvis Presley to the Kennedys, since opening in the 1940s. A world-class theater, wonderful art museum, shops, and excellent restaurants are just steps from your room.
Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland
Stylish downtown rooms near the Chesapeake Bay.
Distance + Time: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
Enjoy picturesque views of the Chesapeake Bay surrounded by luxury at the Inn at Perry Cabin. The classic white inn is backed by a spacious lawn stretching out to the water. Adirondack chairs sprinkled around the property offer cozy spots to read, relax, and soak in the view.
Inside, choose from a wide range of rooms and suites, some with water views and fireplaces. Book a treatment in the on-site spa, soak in the pool, or borrow a bike for an easy ride into town. The town of St. Michaels is home to quaint local shops, cafes, and restaurants plus more of those gorgeous water views.
Romantic Getaways in Pennsylvania
Book a romantic retreat surrounded by history or maximize luxury at these romantic getaways in Pennsylvania. Or choose one of the most unique romantic getaways on our list for a perfect escape from the everyday.
Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Plush rooms surrounded by history.
Distance + Time: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
Luxury meets history at the Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn. History-loving couples will enjoy a plush room, delicious breakfast, and quick access to Gettysburg's many historic sites. Many mornings at the inn include a hands-on lecture by a visiting Civil War expert. It's a unique take on romantic getaways from Washington DC, but one that we enjoyed.
The Gettysburg area is also a fun foodie destination, especially during summer and fall when local farms supply farm-to-table restaurants. Or visit in December when Gettysburg celebrates Christmas with special events and decorations throughout town.
Inn at Leola Village, Leola, Pennsylvania
Lovely, historic rooms in Pennsylvania's Amish country.
Distance + Time: 120 miles, 2.5 hours
Pennsylvania's Amish Country has been a couple's getaway favorite for decades, and the Inn at Leola Village is a romantic home base for exploring the area. Rooms on the former tobacco farm are spread among a cluster of historic buildings, and this property is part of the Historic Hotels of America collection.
We stayed in a poolside suite with a four-poster bed, fireplace, whirlpool tub, and massive stone shower. Outside our room was a cozy, private table by the pool. Included breakfast at the on-site restaurant is a delicious start to a day exploring country roads and shops. Head to nearby York County for foodie fun.
Nemacolin, Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania
Sumptuous rooms in a nature and adventure-filled setting.
Distance + Time: 185 miles, 3 hours
In western Pennsylvania, Nemacolin is ideal for couples who love to combine elegance and adventure. The rooms are luxe, whether you stay in the grand Chateau Lafayette or the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Falling Rock (a AAA 5-Diamond rated hotel). Continue the romance with a luxurious dinner at Lautrec, one of only 29 restaurants in the world to earn both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond ratings.
Nemacolin delivers adventure too. Help feed lions, tigers, and bears on a Safari Tour. Test your skill on the off-road driving course or two Pete Dye-designed golf courses. Of course, you could just stick to your room, lounge by the pool, or relax in the spa.
If you want to venture out, you'll find lots of fun and interesting things to do in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania. Architecture lovers can visit several Frank Lloyd Wright properties nearby. Or head over to Ohiopyle State Park for rafting, biking, and other outdoor pursuits.
Read our full review with photos: Nemacolin Woodlands Getaway: Luxury Meets Adventure in Pennsylvania. Or read other traveler reviews of Nemacolin.
Polymath Park, Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania
Spend the night in a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.
Distance + Time: 200 miles, 3.5 hours
For architecture-loving couples, it is hard to beat the unique experience of spending the night in a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Happily, Polymath Park in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, offers 4 homes for overnight rentals.
Two of the rental homes, Duncan House and Mantyla House, were designed by Wright and relocated to Polymath. The other two, Balter House and Blum House, were designed by Wright's apprentice, Peter Berndtson.
Check in for your stay and enjoy an elegant dinner at Treetops Restaurant, then move into your Wright home for the night. Sit on Wright's iconic built-in furniture, enjoy cocktails on your patio or porch, and spend the night in harmony with nature. Note that Polymath Park is closed in January and February.
Plan your visit: Frank Lloyd Wright Tour, Dine, and Stay at Polymath Park in Pennsylvania. Polymath Park is near Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. It makes an ideal base for a Frank Lloyd Wright road trip.
Romantic Getaways in Delaware
What do a hip hotel for craft beer lovers, a seaside beach getaway, and historic city luxury have in common? They are all excellent options for a couple's weekend in Delaware.
HOTEL DU PONT, Wilmington Delaware
Old school luxury and elegance near mansions and gardens.
Distance + Time: 108 miles, 2.5 hours
Stay at the HOTEL DU PONT and you will be surrounded by luxury and history, perfect for setting a romantic mood. The common spaces are sumptuous, with towering coffered ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and plush furniture. Our corner suite featured a separate living room, a huge marble bathroom with jetted tub, and a large king bedroom.
Dine in the elegant Green Room and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. HOTEL DU PONT is an ideal base for exploring the gardens and estates of the Du Pont family. Tour the estates and mansions by day, then relax in this Gilded Age treasure by night.
Discover more fun things to do and places to eat on a Getaway to Wilmington Delaware.
Dogfish Inn, Lewes Delaware
Friendly lodging for beer-loving couples.
Distance + Time: 120 miles, 2.5 hours
Dogfish Inn is not your classic romantic destination. But we think beer-loving couples will enjoy the friendly vibe of this funky inn near the beach. The 16-room property looks and feels like a very cool motel.
Most of the rooms are stretched across two floors with an open, shared porch, fronting the parking area. But couples can secure more privacy by booking the very Sweet suite which occupies most of the upper floor in a separate building, above the main lobby. The Sweet includes two large bedrooms with queen beds, a bathroom with a ginormous walk-in shower, and a large living room with kitchenette.
Behind the lobby is a fire pit where you can kick back after exploring the quaint town of Lewes. If the weather is nice, get a bike and ride to the boardwalks and beaches of Cape Henlopen State Park.
Read our full review: Dogfish Inn Escape: Hip Lodging at the Southern Delaware Beaches.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Quirky, old school feel right on the beach.
Distance + Time: 145 miles, 3 hours
For a unique, romantic stay right on the beach, book a room at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. This Rehoboth Beach classic has an old-school feel, with flower-strewn fabrics and beachy wicker chairs. Ask for an ocean-facing room so you can catch a romantic sunrise over the ocean from your balcony.
Soak up the sun on the beach, then stroll the boardwalk to the ice cream shop. Nearby Chesapeake and Maine serves a tasty lobster roll and other fresh seafood along with a full line of beers from the owner, Dogfish Head Brewing. When you're ready to explore, you'll find many more fun things to do in Delaware.
The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs West Virginia
Historic opulence in the West Virginia mountains.
Distance + Time: 300 miles, 4 hours
If you've ever seen a picture of The Greenbrier, you know the historic property delivers opulence on a grand scale. The vibe at Greenbrier is more formal (read the dress code before you pack), and the property is more remote than our other weekend getaways from DC for couples.
Still, it's a unique experience to stay in a National Historic Landmark with its own Cold War Bunker. The bunker, built to house Congress in the event of an attack, is available for tours.
Be sure to visit the indoor pool and wander the grounds, which were covered in snow during our stay. You'll find romance and elegance throughout the property.
These are certainly not the only romantic places to stay near Washington DC, but they are hotels, inns, and B&Bs that we highly recommend. Wherever you stay, we wish you a fabulous and romantic couples getaway!