Deep Creek Lake, MD
Distance from DC: Three hours
Why: The cabin rentals feel like glamping, and there’s stick-to-your-ribs food to eat post waterfall hike.
Three things to do while you’re there
1. Gather some buds and rent a cabin -- preferably one with a fire pit and a hot tub. Try not to make fun of their names.
2. Start the day with a Reese wrap (peanut butter, banana, granola, and honey on a honey-wheat wrap) and a pumpkin latte at Trader's Coffee House, set up a cheese tasting at FireFly Farms, and end the day at Ace’s Run for the Marsh Mountain burger with frizzled onions, fried pickles, candied bacon, fried egg, mushrooms, onions, chipotle mayo, and cheese.
3. Take a walk through the woods to peep some waterfalls at Swallow Falls State Park. There is a 1.25-mile trail, or a 5.5-mile trail, also accessible to mountain bikers.