Maryland has a lot of different destinations conducive to a romantic weekend. From luxury mountain cabins and rustic woodsy campgrounds to relaxing island resorts and historic country manors, Maryland has something for every type of couple. Here are five unique and charming romantic getaways in Maryland:
Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast
Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast is a boutique hotel in the Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood of Baltimore. The former home of a brick baron, this historic building was built in 1790 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This impeccably restored property once hosted George and Martha Washington and now offers six spacious rooms and suites perfect for a romantic stay.
Each room has a fireplace and a private bath with a soaking tub or a walk-in marble shower. Community areas include a parlor, a library with a workspace and a tipple of tasty brandy, and multiple gardens with outdoor seating.
Guests also receive a two-course gourmet breakfast created with local ingredients by a chef raised in Lancaster’s Amish country. You can enjoy breakfast in the dining room or get it to go if you have plans to explore the city.
Rachael’s Dowry is within walking distance of Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor, multiple museums, attractions like the National Aquarium and the Hippodrome Theatre, and several sports venues, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Many eateries are located less than a mile away, including Pickle’s Pub, one of the most popular pubs in Baltimore, and Morton’s, a fine-dining establishment known for serving the “best steak anywhere.”
Savage River Lodge
Savage River Lodge is in Frostburg in the middle of the Mount Aetna Tract of the Savage River State Forest in Western Maryland. This lodge is famous for its gorgeous mountain setting and posh accommodations.
Guests can stay in private two-story cabins with sleeping lofts, fireplaces, and rocking-chair-furnished porches or glamorous yurts with private decks, sitting rooms, king-sized beds, and fully plumbed private baths. Either option includes upscale amenities and fresh muffins and orange juice delivered to your door every morning.
For food and entertainment, guests can walk to the central gathering place, a three-story, 10,000-square-foot lodge with a great room, full bar, and 56-seat restaurant with American regional cuisine.
There is also plenty to do outdoors. Savage River Lodge is located in the middle of four trophy fly-fishing rivers and maintains 14 miles of hiking trails on the property.
Read about one writer’s stay at Savage River Lodge here.
Kent Island Resort
Kent Island Resort Is located on a 220-acre estate on Kent Island. It has nature trails for walking and cycling, nearly two miles of waterfront for boating and kayaking, a private dock, and outstanding views of the Chesapeake Bay and the rolling Maryland countryside.
There are multiple places to eat on Kent Island, but guests will want to stop by 18TWENTY, an on-site restaurant and bar that serves local agrarian cuisine with international-influenced flavors, seasonal seafood sourced from the Chesapeake Bay, perfectly aged steaks, and mixologist-crafted cocktails.
Kent Island Resort also hosts many weddings – from intimate gatherings to large and extravagant celebrations. Wedding venues include a Garden House overlooking Thompson Creek, an elegant Farmstead Barn set in manicured gardens, and an outdoor Pavilion in an enchanting forest.
Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground
The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground is a unique retreat on a 20-acre wooded campground on Maryland’s South Mountain. This property is a good choice for couples who want to spend their romantic getaway in Maryland connecting with nature and each other.
Accommodation options include specialty houses, tent sites, tree cottages, and three-season tree houses. The specialty houses are each unique and include a Hobbit House (an underground structure and the only accommodation with electricity), FireFly Deluxe Tree House (a two-story structure with a large lower deck, a small upper covered porch, and skylights), and Dragonfly Fairy House (a two-story structure with a lower covered porch and private upper deck).
Each campsite also has a fire circle, picnic table, and charcoal grill. All the campsites are rustic, so you won’t have running water at your site. However, campers have access to a community bathhouse with a potable water pump, indoor bathrooms, private outdoor hot showers, and indoor heated winter showers.
There is plenty to do nearby for couples who want to explore. The Maple Tree Campground property is next to the Appalachian Trail and less than ten minutes away from Brunswick, Big Cork Vineyards, Antietam Battlefield, Crystal Grottoes Caverns, and Harpers Ferry. Frederick and Hagerstown are just 20 minutes away.
For couples looking to tie the knot, the Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground offers whole campground bookings for private weekend weddings.
Elk Forge B&B Inn and Spa
Elk Forge B&B Inn and Spa is a historic country inn located in Elkton, Maryland, a town that was the “Wedding Capital of the East” in the early twentieth century. Couples from all over the Northeast came to Maryland to get hitched because there was no waiting period for marriage licenses. As the first county seat south of the state line, Elkton was an easy place to get married without delay!
The Elk Forge B&B Inn and Spa has 14 rooms and suites. Each room has special amenities and a unique theme featuring historical sites and local towns. The Longwood Suite, for example, is a garden-themed suite with a private sunroom, sitting room, and bath; two fireplaces; a whirlpool tub for two; and a private balcony overlooking a gorgeous rose garden. Couples can also get married at the inn’s indoor or outdoor venues.
The inn is a colonial manor house built on five acres of woods and gardens. Guests can walk the property, enjoy a complimentary full breakfast every morning, book a treatment at the inn’s day spa, and visit nearby attractions. Fun stops in the Elkton area include Milburn’s Farm Market and Country Bake Shoppe, which has all the fixings for a delicious picnic, and Elk River Brewing Co., which has craft beers and special events several nights each week.
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About the Author
Anna Champagne is an outdoor writer, photographer, and traveler. She can often be found gardening and birdwatching in her backyard and exploring creeks, trails, marshes, and parks with her husband. Anna lives in Frederick County, Maryland. You can learn more about her on her website www.champagneoutdoors.com.