There are so many great restaurants, sights and fun places to explore in RVA, but if you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, with or without kids, you’re in luck. There are lots of great options within a 3-hour drive. Here are 6 of our favorite spots.
- The Greenbrier
This is a fun place with and without kids. Just the décor alone is beyond fantastic! We’ve enjoyed 2 totally different kinds of vacations at the Greenbrier. In January, it was cold and sleeting outside, with the just the two of us. So we had a lot of cozy, quiet time to read by the fireplace, enjoy an amazing meal at 44 West and a fun champagne toast at the casino. We spent the next afternoon at the spa — a sulfur bath, massage and a facial were just what the doctor ordered for our weekend getaway. In August this year, we spent our last summer hurrah with the kids here. The weather could not have been better. We swam in the beautiful outdoor inifinity pool, hiked around some amazing trails and enjoyed some great food (ice cream at Draper’s was a family favorite) and brick oven pizza delivered outside for a fun picnic on a beautiful, cool night. I could visit this place any time of the year, every year, and never get bored.
This little gem in Williamsburg is another one of our favorites, any time of the year. We’ve been several times. In June, I enjoyed a girl’s weekend there for the first time and that was so much fun! Relaxing by the pool, swirling around in the lazy river and enjoying a day at the spa overlooking the beautiful bay. Our family enjoys visiting here for long weekends and taking some trips to Busch Gardens or Colonial Williamsburg for some shopping and sight-seeing. Dinner on the water is fun.
- Mountain Lake
Did you know this is where Dirty Dancing was filmed? We’ve been there a few times and it never disappoints. Last Fall, we had so much fun staying there while we were in town for the Hokies football game. There are some fun, easy trails for hiking, fun little places in the lodge to play board games and cards (while they serve some yummy hot chocolate) and s’mores by the bonfire at night. Plus we got to cheer on our Hokies on a beautiful, chilly Saturday afternoon! It’s a win-win!
- The Homestead
This is similar to The Greenbrier without Dorothy Draper’s colorful touch, but with a lot of the same wonderful amenities we love. We’ve been in the winter months when we were able to enjoy skiing and hot chocolate, plus the Christmas decorations are just beautiful! In the summer, we love to hike the beautiful mountains and trails, and swim in their beautiful outdoor pools or in the warm hot springs. It’s a fun getaway with good food and great places to walk and explore.
- Oakhurst Inn
We love visiting Charlottesville in the Fall and love that it’s less than an hour away from RVA. We enjoy all kinds of hiking and sight-seeing, but last Fall we stayed in The Oakhurst Inn and that became one of our all time favorites! This boutique style hotel is truly a gem. The people are wonderful. The rooms were old fashioned with modern amenities. It was a special place to spend a long, birthday weekend.
- The Inn at Perry Cabin
St. Michael’s, MD is a fun little find. When my husband first mentioned a weekend there, I had never even heard of it. We pulled up to the Inn at Perry Cabin and I was in love. It’s just beautiful. It sits on the beautiful Chesapeake bay with white adirondak chairs, perfect for curling up with a good book. We took the bikes into town, visiting some great local shops and enjoyed some delicious food.