Quick! The genie of your dreams has just popped out of a bottle to grant you 24 hours to yourself. What would you do? Where would you go? My girlfriends and I love to play this game, and its frequency has only picked up in these turbulent Covid times. A brief escape, a staycation – just for a night – can sometimes be more luxurious and energizing than a weeklong vacation.
Last weekend, my husband and I were lucky enough to have a completely free Saturday day and night to ourselves (Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa!). I desperately wanted to “get out of town” to somewhere quiet and peaceful, but also didn’t want to drive more than 2 hours or brave shore traffic. In need of recommendations, I turned to an always trusted resource: social media.
Versions of this scenario pop up often in community discussions – “Any tips for a local day trip and overnight stay?” and “Looking for a driveable overnight outing with my husband / mother-daughter / girlfriends!” – and I always glance through the recommendations for future inspiration. However, with my newly free 24 hours in mind, I went into the search archives to review the helpful answers provided and finally organize a proper list for quick, easy, local excursions. And what kind of neighbor would I be if I didn’t share that list with you! See below for my “Top Ten To Try”. Do you have any favorite spots to add? Comment below…We’d love to hear from you!
(FYI, we ended up staying at #3 for our little getaway and it was lovely!)
1. Governor Calvert House – Annapolis, MD
2. The Inn at Grace Winery – Glenn Mills, PA
3. Ledges Hotel – Hawley, PA
4. Cork Factory Hotel – Lancaster, PA
5. Lancaster Arts Hotel – Lancaster, PA
6. Alpenhof B&B – Media, PA
7. Hotel Palomar or Hotel Monaco – Philadelphia, PA
8. Cornerstone Inn B&B – Philadelphia, PA
9. Woolverton Inn B&B – Stockton, NJ
10. Hotel Warner – West Chester, PA