8 Unique Places to Stay in the Capital Region
Sometimes where you stay makes it worth the stay!
Pamper yourself at a luxury resort right in the heart of it all, slip away to a rustic cabin, or try a charming bed-and-breakfast.
At the heart of beautiful National Harbor, the Gaylord is a destination unto itself. The stunning 19-story glass atrium commands striking views of the Potomac River, Capital Wheel, Washington, D.C., and Old Town Alexandria. Incredible restaurants and boutiques are all under one roof, and the Pose Rooftop Lounge with its wrap-around terrace is the place to see and be seen.
Built in 1774, this elegant estate rests on 135 unspoiled acres in Middletown at the edge of the Catoctin Mountains. Snuggle up next to a fireplace in one of the six suites, stroll the gorgeous grounds and sit for a spell on a stone terrace. This perfect escape about 20 minutes from Frederick also makes an ideal spot for weddings and events.
This hotel is the perfect spot for the gym-rat on the road. The on-site athletic studio here has everything you need to keep your body in tune while traveling. Rooms include stability balls, yoga mats and access to fitness videos. Guests are welcomed with flavored fitness water and optional sweat-proof wristband-room keys. When it’s time to refuel, try Even’s heart-healthy Cork & Kale.
While away the day on the screened-in porch swing of your very own luxury log cabin. Family-owned Ole Mink Farm is tucked into the forests of the Catoctin Mountains and is the perfect place for a true getaway with mountain streams full of fish, a pool, activities for kids and adults alike, and pet-friendly accommodations.
Open from April to October, Cunningham Falls is a remarkable nature retreat. Choose from two campgrounds with a combined 17 cabins and 137 campsites. Hunt, fish or bring your boat and row scenic Hunting Creek Lake. Make sure to experience the beauty of the namesake Cunningham Falls. The 78-foot waterfall is the tallest cascading fall in the state and a true natural treasure.
A campus-style retreat just 15 minutes from the White House, this historic 431-room property offers free shuttle service to the metro station. With 43 acres of manicured grounds, The Bolger Center has more than enough to keep you occupied, including nature trails, tennis and basketball courts, bike rentals, a Junior Olympic indoor pool and a team-building ropes course.
If you’re planning a bike tour along the legendary Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, or just looking for a unique and unforgettable escape, there’s nothing quite like staying in a lockhouse. Seven lockhouses are available for rent, and each represents a different era in the C&O Canal’s history. Ranging from rustic to fully equipped, you’ll never forget these only-in-Maryland lodgings.
Victorian charm meets downtown Frederick fun at this historic bed-and-breakfast. Just a quick stroll to Frederick foodie hotspots, 10 Clarke is a dining getaway all its own. The breakfast here is one to write home about with fresh local meats, cheeses and dairy. And don’t let the phrase “bed-and-breakfast” fool you—guests can also end their day with delightful snacks like wine, homemade cookies and European chocolates.