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Nearby Getaways for Memorial Day Weekend

May 18, 2021

It’s not every day that we take some time to remember the brave men and women who have died in service to our country. This Memorial Day, let’s commemorate and celebrate our courageous service members.

Americans celebrate Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, annually on the last Monday of May (this year it will occur on May 31st). The tradition originated in the late 1860s as a day of observance for victims of the Civil War. Today, Americans honor all fallen military personnel on this federal holiday with a range of different events and activities — parades, cemetery and memorial visits, and celebrations that bring families and friends together. 

And don’t forget that Memorial Day provides us with a three-day weekend to travel, explore, and celebrate.

If you’re still looking for ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend, check out these destinations, not too far from your home at Anthem House, for a quick weekend getaway.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Just a 2.5-hour drive from Baltimore, Rehoboth Beach is the perfect location to de-stress and welcome in the summer. Spend your weekend at the “nation’s summer capital” chilling on the beach, taking a stroll down the boardwalk, visiting the farmers market, stopping at nearby breweries, or shopping at the outlets! 

Charlottesville, Virginia

Not quite feeling a beach trip for your Memorial Day weekend? Charlottesville might be the ideal trip for you. In only a 3-hour drive, you’ll find yourself in a beautiful, historic city with plenty to do. Take a hike on the Saunders-Monticello Trail, visit Monticello, founding father Thomas Jefferson’s home, or enjoy a winery tour.

Ocean City, Maryland

You don’t even have to leave the state to escape! In under 3 hours, you’ll reach Ocean City. Spend your weekend in the beach town of Ocean City however you want to — going out on the golf courses, fishing or crabbing, kayaking or paddleboarding, enjoying the nightlife, or eating the delicious seafood at local restaurants. 

Cape May, New Jersey

3 hours away from Baltimore, enjoy a relaxing weekend in Cape May. The top attractions at this destination include the beaches, the lighthouse, the Washington Street Mall, and the Jersey Shore Alpacas! You also have the option of touring this scenic town by means of a whale- and dolphin-watching cruise or a safari cruise. 

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Take a 4.5-hour drive down south to Virginia Beach this Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy your weekend at Virginia Beach by visiting the local museums and historic sites, checking out the local artisan shops, or renting out surf and beach equipment. As the sun goes down, go out for a drink at the local bars and breweries and listen to live music. 

Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, Maryland and Virginia

For the ultimate weekend getaway, take a 3.5-hour drive to these islands just off the Maryland and Virginia coasts. Soak in the natural beauty of these islands by relaxing on the quiet beaches, hiking in nature, and sneaking a peek at Assateague’s famous wild ponies. Book a room at a cozy bed & breakfast or try your hand at camping!

Shenandoah, Virginia

Less than 3 hours away from Baltimore, consider celebrating your three-day weekend in the Shenandoah Valley. If you enjoy the outdoors, this destination will suit you with its natural wonders. Spend your time horseback riding, hiking, or exploring the breathtaking caverns and rock formations.

Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

In the mood for a relaxing, cleansing weekend? Head over to Berkeley Springs in a less than 2-hour drive. Known as the “country’s first spa,” relieve yourself of your worries in this historic town with a day at the mineral springs, full-service spas, or the local shops and restaurants. 

There’s no place like home!

Want to avoid traveling and stay home for the weekend? Take advantage of the pool and the amenities of Anthem House to welcome in the summer months this Memorial Day Weekend.