Local Staycations

Entertainment,Jessica Novak
The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va.
How much: $410 to $2,150 a night. All Saturday night stays are an additional $245, Fridays $145 and Sundays $75. During May, June and October, rooms are an additional $100 per room per night.

Why: Rated No. 1 in America for food, decor and service by the Zagat U.S. Hotel Survey, the five-star Inn is the ideal hideaway for anyone who longs for the English countryside but doesn’t want to endure an eight-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Eighteen bedrooms and suites designed by Joyce Evans, a London stage and set designer, offer visitors private courtyard gardens, Jacuzzi baths, fireplaces and sitting rooms. Two cottages on the estate boast luxury amenities and features, such as a two-story veranda overlooking a private garden, living room, dining room, media room, library, large bathroom with soaking tub, outdoor entertaining area, 24-hour room service and the best view of the mountains in Little Washington.

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Patapsco Valley State Park
How much: Admission to the Avalon area of the park is $2 per person from March through October and $2 per vehicle from November through February. For the rest of the park, admission is $2 per person on weekends and holidays from March through October and $2 per vehicle during the week. It is $2 per vehicle at all times for the rest of the year.

Why: Your staycation in fall has to include a walk through Patapsco Valley State Park, where green leaves turn to brilliant orange, yellow and scarlet during peak foliage in late October and early November. The park follows 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 14,000 acres and five recreational areas, where you can hike, fish, camp, canoe, picnic, boat, ride horses and conquer mountain bike trails. The park is located at 8020 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City.

For more information, call 410-461-5005.
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