After wedding escape
July 26, 2016 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Where should we escape to for a few days after our wedding?

We are going to New Zealand for our official honeymoon a few months later, but want to escape somewhere for two days in Oct right after our wedding. We'll be in DC. We like beer, delicious foods, hiking, kayaking--and for this we kind of just want to sit around and watch the world go by.

Suggestions of places, hotels, activities are welcomed. I'd say, either under 2 hour drive or flight.

We're also contemplating the pro/con of bringing our dogs along.
posted by inevitability to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Harper's Ferry, Berkeley Springs, Cacapon State Park -- from a little over 1 hour to a little over 2 hour drive from DC in West Virginia. Quiet, outdoorsy, mountainous, beautiful fall foliage, decent places to eat/stay.
posted by pinkacademic at 7:11 AM on July 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

There are lots of lovely B&Bs in the Shenandoah Valley.
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:34 AM on July 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

What about the Dogfish Head Inn? A little over 2 hour drive, but they even allow dogs and have kayaking possibilities!
posted by beyond_pink at 7:35 AM on July 26, 2016

Response by poster: Thanks all, definitely on target. Any specific recommendations would be great--I've see some nice B&bs but can't tell if they're worth the price.
posted by inevitability at 8:10 AM on July 26, 2016

The cabins at the Iris Inn are really fantastic, and if your budget can stretch to it, the tree houses at Primland look amazing.
posted by evoque at 8:21 AM on July 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

For the exact same thing, we went to Hopkins Ordinary in Sperryville, VA and 1.5-2 hrs from DC. It's a beautiful little b and b with a microbrewery in the basement! We took walks in Shenandoah National Park, then relaxed on the porch with a beer in the afternoon. There are a few pubs and restaurants that are walkable, and Copper Fox distillery is a 10 minute stroll away.
posted by sizeable beetle at 9:53 AM on July 26, 2016

I sent a MeMail with some specifics, just FYI!
posted by smorgasbord at 12:33 PM on July 26, 2016

Seconding the Shenandoah Valley
St. Michael's, MD
Maybe the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD? (Haven't been since I was a little kid)
posted by sallybrown at 5:17 PM on July 26, 2016

Response by poster: Thanks all! We were strongly leaning towards Shenandoah and then found cheap tickets for Hawaii. We've saved all your recommendations for long weekend trips though!
posted by inevitability at 6:55 AM on August 26, 2016

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