Don’t let summer pass you by without checking out some great weekend getaway destinations in the Baltimore area. Enjoy a romantic getaway with the one you love, plan a road trip with your girlfriends or get ready to have some family fun you will never forget. Here are a few great options that require minimal driving but promise tons of fun. Relax and enjoy a weekend getaway in one of these five great locations all within just a few hours of Baltimore.



Hershey Park
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, Pa. 17033
(800) 637-7439

Hershey Park is the perfect weekend getaway for families. A dream destination for chocolate lovers, a five-star resort and spa and an adventure-worthy theme park, Hershey is one place your family must visit this summer. The theme park offers more than 60 different rides and attractions and 11 roller coasters. The boardwalk, chocolate tour, shows and dining options are sure to keep your family busy and entertained all weekend long. Hotel Hershey offers world-class spa services, private guest cottages, shops, exquisite dining, a golf course and more.

Photo By: JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images

Photo By: JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images

Frederick Maryland Wine Trail
Elk Run
15113 Liberty Road
Mount Airy, Md.  21771
(410) 775-2513

The Frederick Wine Trail showcases four local family-operated vineyards and offers you the chance to sample the fruits of their labors while learning a little about viticulture and what makes Maryland wineries so unique. There are plenty of lodging options, including resorts, hotels and bed & breakfasts. The Frederick Wine Tour is an easy and local romantic getaway or the perfect trip with friends. Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or new to the wine culture, this is the perfect opportunity to relax with those you love and raise your glasses with a toast to the leisurely joys of summer.


Deep Creek Lake
2 Vacation Way
McHenry, Md. 21541
(877) 563-5350

Relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. A trip to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, is truly a breath of fresh air. Although this destination is just a short drive from the city, it feels like it is a world away. Lodging options range from camping and rustic lodges to luxurious spas and quiet bed and breakfasts. Swimming, fishing and boating are all permitted on the lake. Fine dining, shopping, horseback riding and hiking are just a few activities to enjoy while on your weekend away.

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Thurmont, Maryland
Thurmont City Hall
10 Frederick Road
Thurmont, Md. 21788
(301) 271-7313

If you dream of getting away to the mountains, Thurmont could be for you. Thurmont is a lovely mountain town located in scenic Frederick County. Its close proximity to Cunningham Falls and Catoctin Mountain Park make it an ideal family vacation destination or weekend getaway. Plenty of lodging options are available including the Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort. While in Thurmont be sure to check out sights like Loy’s Station Covered Bridge, Catoctin Furnace and the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve.

St. Michaels offers great shops and places to eat. (Credit:

St. Michaels offers great shops and places to eat. (Credit:

St. Michaels, Maryland
The Harbour Inn
101 N. Harbor Road
St. Michaels, Md. 21663
(410) 745-9001

What can be better than a waterfront room, historic town and endless dining options to suit any taste? This is exactly what you have to look forward to with a weekend getaway to St. Michaels. Stay at the renowned Harbour Inn resort and spa. Rooms overlook the beautiful harbor and offer luxury accommodations that include spa packages and in-room soaking tubs. Tour the town by bicycle and dine at any of the fabulous waterfront restaurants including the hotel Harbour Lights restaurant. See how many of the 50 free things to do in St. Michaels you can cross off your list. This historic town dates back to the 1600s and still promises to be a delightful getaway today.

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Jillian Amodio is an author, writer, and public speaker.There is nothing she enjoys more than being a stay at home mom. In addition to having recently published her first novel, Jillian also writes for her local Pasadena newspaper and on