20 Perfect Summer Getaways
Washington, D.C.: SPLURGE
Where to Go: Hot Springs, Virginia.
Distance from Washington, D.C.: 210 miles southwest.
Where to Stay: Looking as grand as a state capitol building, the red-brick Homestead in the Alleghenies has 483 guest rooms and suites with Colonial touches like floral or striped upholstered furnishings and traditional southern style in warm pastels of mauve, rose, yellows, blues, and moss greens. All rooms have down featherbeds as well as prints or paintings reflecting Virginia history or the history of the hotel, which dates back to 1766. Some suites have sunporches and fireplaces.
Price: Doubles from $250.
What to Do: Revel in the gorgeous countryside by driving nine miles northeast to the Nature Conservancy’s Warm Springs Mountain Preserve and hiking the easy 2.4-mile Ingalls Overlook Trail, where you’ll see catawba rhododendrons, ruffed grouse, migratory songbirds, and possibly even a bobcat or black bear. Afterward, back at the Spa at Homestead, take a soak in the natural mineral-spring waters—renowned for their restorative qualities—at the Jefferson Pools.