23rd Birthday Bash - in Semi-Total Isolation. Help!
December 9, 2010 6:25 PM   Subscribe

Want: Small winter cabin for MLK weekend, close-ish to DC.

My 23rd birthday is coming up on January 17th and I want nothing more than to not speak to anyone the entire weekend.

What I'm looking to do is rent a small cabin that's relatively isolated for a weekend of tea-drinking, cooking, reading and sitting by a fire.

Since I'm relatively new to DC, I don't really know what small wintry towns are around. Are there any small towns that stand out within a 3 hour radius of DC? I've been looking on vrbo.com for a place - is there somewhere else I could be looking for lodging?
posted by brynna to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Take a look at West Virginia, maybe near Berkeley Springs or, further up into the mountains, near Canaan Valley. There are some lovely little cabins just south of Petersburg (about 2 1/2 hours from DC).
posted by arco at 6:50 PM on December 9, 2010

Do you have 4-wheel drive? My wife and I spent a lovely, isolated weekend in a woodstove-heated cabin, then got seriously snowed in. This was before the place was renovated, so it might be even nicer now.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:17 PM on December 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

You can be in the Luray area in 2 hours. Front Royal is even closer.
posted by COD at 7:34 PM on December 9, 2010

Harpers ferry is nice.
posted by empath at 9:05 PM on December 9, 2010

A list of cabins for rent in Virginia.
posted by Morrigan at 6:04 AM on December 10, 2010

I don't know about availability for that particular weekend, but I can personally vouch for this place in Berkeley Spring, WV.


If I recall, it was about 2 hours from DC, maybe 2.5. And there's a *great* antique mall in that town ... if that's your thing ...

I believe the people have at least one other cabin, too.
posted by mccxxiii at 9:55 AM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Friends have stayed at these cabins (with hot tubs!) near Morgantown and loved them. According to the website you'll need an all-wheel drive vehicle during the winter months.
posted by MsMolly at 10:48 AM on December 10, 2010

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