Today, Senior Editor Jacqui Gifford appeared on The Weather Channel’s Wake Up With Al with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams to talk about great weekend vacations from Washington D.C. Her recommendations, below.
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Kicking things off: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, about an hour’s drive from Washington. Nearly two million people a year visit Civil War battlefield, which is spread out over 5,800 acres with some 1,400 markers and monuments. You can relive Gettysburg from a soldier’s perspective on a horseback tour around Hickory Hollow Farm, and step back in time at the Dobbin House Tavern, a historic stonewalled restaurant built in 1776. Stay at the Gettysburg Hotel, which consists of 119 spacious guest rooms and suites. One Lincoln, the hotel’s restaurant, even serves President Lincoln’s favorite breakfast dish: chicken and biscuits. Doubles start at $159.
Courtesy of Gettysburg Hotel
Another great Pennsylvania getaway is Philadelphia, about a three-hour drive from D.C. May is the perfect time to visit because it’s both baseball season (go, Phillies!) and festival season. The 9th Street Italian Market is coming up this weekend (May 16-17) and on May 22, the Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest will debut at Penn’s Landing, featuring food, drinks and roller-skating. The new Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel has a prime location in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, and features 301 contemporary guest rooms with pops of color. Pamper yourself with a hot stone massage or a tech-neck chair massage (it helps rid the pains from cradling telephones and craning to see computer screens) in the comfort of your hotel room. Doubles start at $144.
The Omni Homestead Resort
The town of Hot Springs, set in the countryside of Virginia’s picturesque Bath County, is about a four-hour drive from our nation’s capital. People love soaking in the 98-degree waters at Jefferson Pools, established in 1761. Within the village of Hot Springs, many of the buildings, including the post office, market, and apothecary, look like they did over a century ago. To stay, we recommend the Omni Homestead Resort, which dates to 1766. Here, you can indulge in afternoon tea and in the pillared Great Hall, and stay in one of the 483 rooms and suites, with their warm-pastel wallpapers of mauve and rose and sumptuous down featherbeds. The property has tons of outdoor activities, ideal for both couples and families: two 18-hole golf courses, four clay tennis courts, a lazy river, a family pool, and natural hot springs for soaking. Doubles start at $180.