Chesapeake Beach, MD
Distance from DC: 35 miles, 1 hour drive
In a nutshell: A relaxed getaway in Southern Maryland that’s an easy day trip from the city.
What to do: Stay at the picturesque Herrington Harbour South hotel with suites that have access to private beaches, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, boat slips, and free kayaks. There is a small fee for non-residents to use the beaches, but they are a great place to wade, avoid jellyfish (a net provides protection), or play on the pirate playground (what, don’t act like you’re too old for that). There’s a nearby waterpark with slides, waterfalls, and lagoons, too. Start your day with delicious coffee and muffins from Sweet Sue’s, head over to Mango’s at lunchtime for steamed clams and mojitos on the water, and end your night at Neptune’s Seafood Pub for their signature mussels, a few drinks, and live music.