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Spark the flames of love with these 15 fabulous romantic getaways from Washington DC, including charming country inns and luxurious city lodging. Whether you plan to hide out for a long weekend, or head out for couples fun, we’ve discovered places to stay that are perfect for romance.
15 Romantic Getaways from Washington DC
Our romantic destinations are listed 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.
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 from Washington 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), National Harbor 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. Kick off 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 about what to do on a National Harbor getaway.
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 to increase the relaxation factor. The Tysons Galleria mall is right outside your door if you feel the urge to buy your love a little something. Get all the details to plan a stay at the redefined Ritz Carlton Tysons.
Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner, Tysons, Virginia
Staycation comfort by the plaza.
Distance + Time: 15 miles, 30 minutes
Keep the drive short, or leave the car at home and arrive by metro, for a romantic couples staycation at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner. If budget allows, book one of the spacious suites and a meal or two at the on-site restaurant. Parking is free (you won’t find that in DC!) and you’ll have quick access to more restaurants, date night movies, and shopping at Tysons Corner Center. The Tysons Plaza, just outside your door, is a chill place to relax at night. The Plaza connects to a Silver Line Metro stop, so you can easily zip in and out of DC. Read more about a Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner staycation.
Loew’s Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, Maryland
Excellent location in Maryland’s waterfront capitol.
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. Loews Annapolis Hotel is in a great location, close to the action but far enough away to escape the crowd. 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. Find more things to do on an Annapolis getaway.
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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 a rural feel to romantic getaways from Washington DC, but keeps your drive time short. Ask for an upper floor for the prettiest countryside views. Active couples can book time on the golf courses or stroll and bike the grounds, which border the Potomac River. Enjoy a lazy afternoon antique shopping in historic Leesburg, followed by dinner at Lightfoot, Tuscarora Mill, or another of Leesburg’s downtown restaurants. Read more fun things to do on a weekend getaway to Lansdowne Resort and Leesburg.
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 soaking tub and marble shower. Downstairs, shared spaces include music room, library, beautiful courtyard, and 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 waterfront. Learn more in our full review of The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore.
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 Kennedy’s, since opening in the 1940s. A world-class theater, excellent art museum, shops, and excellent restaurants are just steps from your room.
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. The Gettysburg area is a fun foodie destination, especially during summer and fall when local farms supply farm-to-table restaurants. 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 really enjoyed.
Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Winchester, Virginia
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 dinner 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, downtown Winchester has a fun pedestrian area and the surrounding countryside 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 the award-winning Fossett’s restaurant.
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 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. Our pool side suite included four-poster bed, fireplace, whirlpool tub, and massive stone shower plus 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.
Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, Crozet, Virginia
Cozy, off the beaten path bed and breakfast.
Distance + Time: 130 miles, 3 hours
For a cozier take on romantic getaways from Washington DC, try the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm in Crozet. The inn is tucked into the foothills at the end of a quiet road, and the location feels miles from anything. Book the Wildflower Room and relax in the four-poster bed and window seat while you soak in the views. A fireplace and whirlpool tub for two increase the romance factor. If the sky is clear, spend some time counting stars on the upstairs deck. Crozet makes a quiet base for a Charlottesville getaway.
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. The 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 fantastic lobster roll and other fresh seafood along with a full line of beers from owner, Dogfish Head. Discover more fun things to do on a Delaware getaway.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania
Sumptuous rooms in a nature and adventure-filled setting.
Distance + Time: 185 miles, 3 hours
In western Pennsylvania, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort 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. Or head over to Ohiopyle State Park for rafting, biking, and other outdoor pursuits. Architecture lovers can visit several Frank Lloyd Wright properties nearby. Of course, you could just stick to your room, lounge by the pool, or relax in the spa. Discover more things to do in Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania.
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 romantic getaways from Washington DC. But it’s a unique experience to stay in a National Historic Landmark with it’s own Cold War Bunker (built to house Congress in the event of attack and available for tours). Be sure to visit the indoor pool and wander the grounds. 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 have enjoyed. We’d love to hear your recommendations, or feedback on any of our picks, in the comments below. Thank you and happy travels!
We were hosted for some of our stays in these inns, hotels, and B&Bs. As always, all text, photos, and opinions are our own.
This article was published in August 2017 and updated in 2018.