We know what you’re thinking – why would you ever want to leave National Harbor, or – in that case – Washington, DC? We have everything from shopping, dining, entertainment, and the beautiful Potomac River.
But sometimes you just need to hop in the car and get away for a couple of days to relax or explore, depending on what you’re in the mood for. No problem – a number of fun, quick weekend getaways are within easy driving distance from your Esplanade at National Harbor apartment.
Here are some of our favorite weekend trips – which one will you book for the weekend?
New Hope, Pennsylvania
The cute village of New Hope is situated on the Delaware River, just upstream from the spot where George Washington famously crossed the river on his way to the Battle of Trenton. Besides wandering in and out of New Hope’s 200 art galleries, shops, and boutiques, you can stroll along the canal and historic streets, take a carriage ride, or go on a ghost tour.
Occoquan, a charming small town located on the Occoquan River, is known for its shopping – and its ghosts. First settled in 1734, its streets are lined with lovely old buildings that house both residents and a fabulous variety of shops. Spend time getting to know the town, explore the outdoors at Pohick Bay Regional Park, and even consider venturing across I-95 to visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon (warning: it’s crowded this time of year) or his nephew’s Woodlawn Plantation.
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Berkeley Springs, the “Country’s First Spa,” is an artsy town in the West Virginia mountains. After a particularly stressful week, you’ll definitely want a soak in their warm mineral springs or a visit to one of their many spas! You’ll also find outstanding dining and shopping options, plus hiking, biking, live music and theater.
Middleburg is nestled in the middle of Virginia’s beautiful horse country and surrounded by vineyards and wineries. Washington Street is lined with locally-owned shops and restaurants, while the wineries surrounding the area are producing some truly outstanding vintages.