6 Perfect B&Bs For Your Much-Needed Holiday Getaway

UPDATE: This story was originally published on December 5.
The National Christmas tree lights up tomorrow, meaning it’s officially holiday season in Washington. And as much as we love ice skating in the Sculpture Garden, admiring the ZooLights, and indulging in fireside s’mores (and cocktails) at the Ritz, sometimes we need a release from the hubbub. Thankfully, there’s no better way to recharge (and restore the holiday cheer) than to get out of the city and head to one of the DMV's coziest, most inviting bed-and-breakfasts.
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To get you on your way, we've rounded up the best spots to cuddle up and enjoy a romantic winter weekend — think morning horseback rides, tranquil spas, and beautiful views, all within driving distance of D.C. We even tossed in a couple options closer to home, just in case you need an escape from extra space for your, erm, vibrant family.
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Spend a weekend at The Inn at 202 Dover, a gorgeous Victorian mansion in Easton, just off the Chesapeake Bay. It’s close to St. Michaels (another R29-approved getaway) and just a few blocks away from shopping, galleries, and theaters. We’re pretty sure the guest suites are bigger than our apartments, and we promise you’ll eat well: The hotel’s Peacock Restaurant and Lounge boasts a Le Cordon Bleu-trained executive chef. Be sure to indulge in the inn’s renowned traditional afternoon tea, complete with three courses of finger sandwiches, mini pastries, and homemade scones served with crème fraîche and jam.

Where: 202 E. Dover Street, Easton; 410-819-8007.


Photo: Courtesy of Inn at 202 Dover/Gordon Beall
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Historic Rosemont Manor has served as a getaway spot for many a POTUS — think Roosevelt, JFK, and Nixon. Come here to explore the estate’s 60 lush acres, take a hot-air-balloon ride over the Virginia countryside, mosey through one of the local orchards, or just sit back and enjoy the quiet.

Where: 16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville; 540-955-2834.


Photo: Courtesy of Rosemont
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If we were to pick up and move out to the country, we’d want a house exactly like Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast. This Middleburg retreat offers easy access to the best NoVa wineries, hiking, horseback riding, scenic drives, antiques, and fine dining. Oh, and the slow season happens now, so you can snag a room for as little as $95 a night.

Where: 23130 Briar Patch Lane, Middleburg; 866-327-5911.


Photo: Courtesy of Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast
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If you’re looking to recharge closer to home (or just need a place to put up your parents over the holidays), we found the perfect spot: Woodley Park Guest House will give you all the cozy perks of a traditional B&B (comfy beds, personalized service), plus the friendly vibe of a destination frequented by international travelers. Enjoy a healthy, organic breakfast, or indulge with decadent treats from the inn’s very own baker (freshly made afternoon snacks include the world’s best brownies and an assortment of delicious cookies).

Where: 2647 Woodley Road NW; 866-667-0218.


Photo: Courtesy of Embassy Circle Guest House/Jumping Rocks
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Newlyweds Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose The Inn at Little Washington to recharge (and hide out) after their wedding, and we can totally understand why: It’s a gorgeous historic hotel in a pristine colonial village with streets named by George Washington himself. The inn is also known for amazing cuisine. The resto was one of only three to receive a four-star rating on Washingtonian mag's list. It’s truly a retreat — in fact, it’s so off-the-grid that the innkeeper recommends you leave your cell phone behind, because you won’t have service in the rural Virginia locale. As a bonus, you can visit Montpelier, Luray Caverns, or Skyline Drive while you’re in town.

Where: Middle and Main Streets, Washington, VA; 540-675-3800.


Photo: Courtesy of The Inn at Little Washington
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The owners of Woodley Park Guest House have another option for you: Dupont Circle’s Embassy Circle Guest House, a former embassy that has been restored to its original elegance. Here, you’ll find the same commitment to organic breakfasts, international appeal, and peace and quiet. You won’t find a TV in either place (but you will find plenty of books, games, and conversation).

Where: 2224 R Street NW; 202-232-7744.


Photo: Courtesy of Woodley Park Guest House
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