Distance from DC: 170 miles; three hour travel time
Where to stay: Where else but where writer Marguerite Henry penned her famous children’s book, Misty of Chincoteague.
If you and your special someone want to get back in touch with that thing called nature, there is the 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge of Chincoteague. You won’t find any cheesy boardwalks or arcades at this beach, just great pony watching (even in winter!), charming shops like Sundial Books, and local seafood spots like Bill’s on Main St for fresh oysters and crab imperial.
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Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor at Baltimore magazine, and she spent her first wedding anniversary downing rye whiskey with her husband at Lyon Distilling. Follow her for all things boozy @jessmayhugh.