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These eight wonderful overnight getaways near Northern Virginia are perfect for a brief escape to recharge and relax, and all offer lots of fun things to do, eat, drink, and enjoy nearby. Whether you’re looking for romance, history, family fun, or just a little quiet time, you’ll find an option on our list, and all destinations are within a 3 hour drive of central Fairfax.
Our 8 wonderful overnight getaways near Northern Virginia are listed in order of driving distance from the Fairfax County Courthouse, and we’ve included drive time estimates from Google Maps. If you’re starting point is Washington DC, distances and times adjust slightly. Just avoid heading out during rush hour or at the start of a holiday weekend.
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia
Enjoy: spa treatments, golf and outdoor fun, dining
Distance + Time: 20 miles, 30 minutes
Right here in Northern Virginia, Lansdowne Resort makes an excellent base for an overnight getaway and a nice staycation, with newly renovated rooms, several restaurants, a spa, three golf courses, tennis, hiking, and plenty of comfortable spaces to relax between outings. The resort’s decor nods to the history of the 476 acre property, which was an annual gathering place for the Algonquian Indians, and later, farmland owned by Lord Fairfax.
Rooms at Lansdowne Resort are spacious and comfortable. Request a higher floor for lovely views of the Lansdowne property and surrounding countryside. Golf lovers can play 45 holes on three different courses, and street and mountain bikes are available for exploring the roads and a segment of the Potomac Heritage Trail which crosses the property. Spa lovers can choose treatments that feature leaves and wine from local Stone Tower Winery. Read more about things to do during a Leesburg getaway.
Inn at Vaucluse Spring, Winchester, Virginia
Enjoy: romance, quiet luxury, dining, small town fun
Distance + Time: 70 miles, 1 hour
Possibly the most romantic place we have stayed in the United States, The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is an easy overnight getaway near Northern Virginia that feels much more remote. It’s located in the quaint town of Stephen’s City, just outside Winchester, Virginia. There are six different guest houses to choose from, but we highly recommend the historic Mill House.
The two-story Mill House includes a lovely fireplace, small kitchen, bedroom with expansive windows, jacuzzi tub, and best of all, a private patio overlooking the small pond fed by Vaucluse Spring. Sit in the Adirondack chairs and watch the reflections in the pond. Sleep to the sounds of the small waterfall next to “your” mill. Take a quiet walk through the cow pasture and enjoy the view from the hill.
Breakfast in the manor house is three courses of farm-t0-table deliciousness. We were not able to enjoy dinner at the inn, but other guests raved about the meal prepared by Chef Allan (4 or 5-course prix fixe; reserve 72 hours in advance).
Inn at Narrow Passage, Edinburg, Virginia
Enjoy: nature, small town fun, history
Distance + Time: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
An historic building with lovely grounds and nearby small-town fun, the Inn at Narrow Passage is nestled by the river in the small town of Edinburg, Virginia. Innkeepers Ed and Ellen Markel have been welcoming guests for 32 years to 12 rooms, many with fireplaces and canopy beds. Larger bedrooms with 2 queens are great for families, and their is plenty of room to play on the lawn.
The breakfast room and check-in area are located in rooms built in the 1740s. The inn was a stop on the great wagon road through the Shenandoah Valley that is now Route 11, and the “narrow passage” was a popular spot for Indian attacks.
Take a short walk down the hill and across the river to try the suspension bridge, used by locals when the low road over the river is flooded. A little shaky, but fun to cross, especially if you have bigger kids along. Tell them to imagine using this bridge to reach the school bus when the bridge is out. Visit the interesting and extensive displays at the nearby Edinburg Mill, then enjoy some delicious smoked meats at the very casual Bean’s BBQ.
Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Enjoy: Civil War history, foodie fun, scenic drives
Distance + Time: 80 miles, 1.5 hours
Battlefield Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful and historic inns, specializing in both quiet getaways and destination weddings. Innkeeper Florence March welcomes guests to 10 rooms in her historic home, a cottage room, and a room in the lovely barn. The grounds offer plenty of space to relax and visit with the farm’s cats.
We stayed in the luxurious Houghtelin’s Hideaway, named after an abolitionist who lived in the farmhouse during the Civil War. The spacious room includes a king-sized bed, a comfy leather couch, and direct access to the back lawn and gardens where we had a wonderful view of the stars.
Mornings bring two treats to guests at the Battlefield B&B—a delicious homemade breakfast, and a fascinating Civil War history program. Our Civil War expert presented a collection of authentic guns and materials that soldiers brought to battle, giving us a feel for the burden they carried. Our extensive breakfast at the Battlefield included some of the best coffee cake we’ve ever eaten. Discover more places to visit on a Foodie Getaway or Historic Getaway to Gettysburg Pennsylvania.
Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland
Enjoy: Chesapeake beauty, dining, shopping, art
Distance + Time: 95 miles, 1.5-2 hours
Every list of overnight getaways from Northern Virginia should include a trip to the Chesapeake Bay. We love the sophisticated rooms and central location of the Tidewater Inn, in the beautiful town of Easton, Maryland. The Tidewater opened in 1954, and has hosted celebrities like Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and Elizabeth Taylor. We enjoyed a beautiful and spacious two-room suite, and there are several other room configurations available.
The Tidewater Inn’s central location make it easy to wander the streets of downtown Easton, visiting local shops along the way. Art lovers will enjoy the collection at the Academy Art Museum. Foodies will find a wonderful selection of top quality restaurants to choose from. We loved the fresh, farm-to-table menu at Out of the Fire, and the excellent steaks at Pascal’s Chophouse.
Oakhurst Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia
Enjoy: University of Virginia, dining and breweries, history
Distance + Time: 100 miles, 2 hours
If you’ve ever visited the University of Virginia, you likely passed near the Oakhurst Inn. Tucked away on a quiet residential street, but only steps from the UVA Lawn and the Academical Village, Oakhurst offers 27 comfy rooms perfect for a visit to Charlottesville.
While it’s not a B&B, Oakhurst has it’s own gourmet cafe offering delicious breakfasts and lunch, with indoor and patio seating. The downtown pedestrian mall is a fun destination for shopping and dining, and there is a complimentary trolley available if you aren’t up for driving. Beer lovers should check out Draft Taproom, with 60 pour-your-own taps featuring local and imported craft brews and delicious burgers. Citizen Burger Bar is another of our favorite stops on the mall.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Enjoy: beach and boardwalk fun, dining and craft drink
Distance + Time: 145 miles, 3 hours
We have to include a beach spot in our overnight getaways from Northern Virginia, and it’s easy to enjoy the Delaware shore from the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. This Victorian, oceanfront hotel offers 84 home-like rooms and suites, many with sitting areas, balconies, and ocean views. Stroll the boardwalk, relax in the sand, or head into town for a break from the sun.
Rehoboth Beach is a busy town with loads of shops, restaurants, and activities clustered along the mile-long classic boardwalk. A few blocks away, Chesapeake and Maine offers delicious fresh local and New England seafood and a full line-up from local Dogfish Head Brewery (who share the same owner). Back on Route 1, Jimmy’s Grille is an excellent stop for yummy breakfasts, fried chicken, and tasty pies. Discover more things to do and places to eat on a Delaware getaway.
Hampton Inn Historic District, Lexington, Virginia
Enjoy: history, dining, small town beauty
Distance + Time: 175 miles, 3 hours
The Hampton Inn in Lexington’s Historic District is not your typical chain hotel property. Housed in a manor house known as the Col Alto Mansion, you’ll find historic touches, comfortable rooms, and a convenient location on the seven acre property. Most rooms have a contemporary design, but there are 10 restored manor rooms available, some with period decor.
A short walk away, the Stonewall Jackson House, Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lee Chapel and Museum, and the historic downtown offer interesting history in beautifully preserved spaces. The Southern Inn is one of several excellent dining options—try their delicious fried chicken. Nearby Blue Lab Brewing is a fun stop on Trivia Nights, and ice cream lovers will adore the rich, homemade flavors at Sweet Things.
Overnight Getaways in Northern Virginia Trip Tips
These overnight getaways near Northern Virginia are generally easy to reach by highway, but we suggest a slower route if time allows. Depending on your destination, you may be able to include Skyline Drive, historic Route 11, and other scenic roads in your journey.
Traffic is a factor anytime you travel in the Washington DC region. Plan to make your journey before or after rush hour. Many of these properties will be less busy on weekdays, but a couple host business events so prices drop on weekends. If your timing is flexible, check a few dates to find the best rates.
Wherever your getaway takes you, we wish you happy travels.
Discover more suggestions for area getaways in these articles:
- 8 Great Overnight Getaways In and Near Northern Virginia
- Outstanding Weekend Getaways Near Washington DC
We were hosted for many of our stays in these inns, hotels, and B&Bs.