Savage River State Forest
Distance from DC: 150 miles; two hour and 30 minute travel time
Where to stay: The Savage River Lodge is nestled within 700 acres of the forest and boasts a restaurant with an extensive wine list, stone fireplaces, chef-for-a-day classes, and even accommodations for your pets.
To achieve the feeling of being totally surrounded in the wilderness without reaching Bear Grylls, master outdoorsman levels, this Western Maryland park is your place. The forest itself offers 13 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoe trekking. For something a bit more magical, hitch a ride on the back of a carriage or sleigh through Pleasant Valley Dream Rides.