Unique Places to Stay
From lighthouses to treehouses, these Maryland digs are anything but standard.
Adventure is included with the price of admission at these unique places to stay in Maryland. From serene mountain retreats to blissful bayside hideaways, your next trip to Maryland will be an experience apart from anything else.
For a peaceful getaway in nature, relax in a cabin or yurt at Savage River Lodge in Western Maryland. Each morning, fuel up on homemade muffins—which are delivered to your door in a tackle box—then take in the property’s 14 miles of trails, or hop on a shuttle for nearby activities like fly fishing and mountain biking. Don’t leave your four-legged friends at home. The dog-friendly cabins (and treat’s like “Mutt Loaf” at the on-site restaurant) are beloved by man’s best friend.
You don’t have to be a kid to feel a childlike sense of wonder at the Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground! Just 30 minutes outside Frederick you’ll find 20-acres of uncommon accommodations, from a fully-electric hobbit house to charming-yet-rustic treehouses. Gear up for gooey s’mores and ghost stories around the fire at night, regardless of where you choose to rest your head.
Picturing pedaling or walking through the mountains? You don’t have to venture off the trail to find a place to stay—just book one of the six lock houses available along the C&O Canal towpath. Each lock house has been furnished from a different time period and showcases the development of the canal and the people who tended it.
“Live Simply and Sleep Well” in a Blue Moon Rising cabin secluded in the woods of Deep Creek Lake. Focused on environmental sustainability, these tiny cabins incorporate reused and recycled materials such as ships’ ladders alongside hand-crafted light fixtures and antique windows. Unwind in one of these locally-built works of art, primed for visitors to rest and reflect
Treat the Civil War buff in your life to a stay at Antietam Overlook Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of Washington County. The 19th-century country manor and inn is a few miles from the Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. Return home from the battlefield to relish the coziness of a farmhouse room and the comforts of country cooking.
The Barbara Fritchie House was once home to a 95-year-old Maryland legend, notorious for supposedly taunting Confederate soldiers by waving a Union flag from her cottage. Today, Fritchie’s home is open to overnight guests looking to relive Maryland history or simply enjoy charming downtown Frederick and its many shops and restaurants.
If history’s your thing, check in to the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis. This hotel was once home to two Maryland governors, and features a glass floor where guests can gaze at the original foundation from 1695. Plus, the property is just a two-minute walk to local shopping areas.
It doesn’t get much more Maryland than staying overnight at Cove Point Lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay—where visitors can rent one or both sides of the keepers’ home adjacent to the lighthouse tower. Here, you’ll enjoy private beach access and get to stay on the grounds of the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the area. Each apartment has been renovated to include modern conveniences, but also boast notable historical mementos and furniture made from another nearby decommissioned lighthouse.
If there are more passengers aboard your ship than one lighthouse can handle, consider docking at the Lighthouse Club Hotel in Ocean City. Modeled after the octagonal Thomas Point Shoal Light Station (the most recognizable lighthouse in Maryland), the hotel includes water-view suites complete with fireplaces and feather beds. The Lighthouse Club Hotel is part of Fager’s Island, a small collection of properties where guests can eat, sleep and dance—all without having to call an Uber.
There aren’t many places where you can stay overnight aboard a historic ship—but you can in Baltimore! Gather a group of friends and book an overnight adventure through Historic Ships in Baltimore. You might need to earn your keep though—during overnight adventures on the USCGC Taney, participants must work together to save the ship in a sinking simulation. It’s entertainment and accommodations all in one!
Take in Charm City with next-level luxury at the historic waterfront Sagamore Pendry Hotel. The Baltimore Recreation Pier building in the heart of Fells Point has been refurbished into an upscale hotel that features chic Maryland touches. Check out the classy Cannon Room whiskey bar containing a centuries-old cannon unearthed in the harbor, bask in the private pool with panoramic city and marina views, and savor fine dining experiences.