Tips on Local Weekend Trips

New slides at Virginia water parks; explore the Eastern Shore on bikes.




STAY COOL


Courtesy Photo

TWO VIRGINIA WATER PARKS offer new ways to get soaked. Kings Dominion’s former WaterWorks reopened as “Soak City” this summer, offering three new slides and a children’s area called Splash Island that doubles the space devoted to little kid slides and sprays. Admission to the park ranges from $39 to $94. For more information and discounts, visit www.kingsdominion.com.


Courtesy Photos

In Williamsburg, Water Country USA added the Colossal Curl last summer. Towering high above the tree line, this mega slide melds speed with splash for riders on rafts that can fit up to four people. Admission is $41 to $54. For more information, including packages, visit www.watercountryusa.com.

 

BALTIMORE'S NEW HIDEAWAY


Courtesy Photo

TUCKED IN THE HISTORIC Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy Hotel, which was scheduled to open in June, is Baltimore’s newest luxury escape. At this brownstone mansion turned posh hotel, you can play the piano in the music room, read in the library, play billiards in the conservatory, relax in the spa, and ride anywhere you’d like in the city (gratis) in the hotel’s antique black London taxi. Each of the 18 rooms and suites has a fireplace, a bathroom with a heated French limestone floor, and a patio or balcony overlooking the ivy-walled courtyard. All-inclusive perks include a gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, midnight snacks, two complimentary (pay-per-view) movies per day, and gratuities. Rates range from $475 to $1,400 per night. For more, visit www.theivybaltimore.com.

 

BIKE THE BAY


Courtesy Photo

VBT BICYCLING and Walking Vacations offers a unique way to explore Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The company’s five-night guided tour, called “Maryland: Cycling the Chesapeake Bay,” takes you to a family-run dairy farm to sample artisanal cheese, to the edge of the Choptank River to look for bald eagles and yellow-throated warblers, and on a one-day loop that includes Oxford and St. Michaels, a 31-mile ride that’s considered one of the East Coast’s premiere biking routes. The loop includes a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and a ferry ride to Oxford for homemade ice cream at the Scottish Highland Creamery. Day four’s adventure includes a private sail on Kent Narrows aboard Capt. Ed’s skipjack. He’s been in the oyster business for 35 years and loves to regale those aboard with stories, including one about sailing with James Michener when the author was writing his acclaimed novel Chesapeake. Nightly accommodations are split between the 70-acre waterfront Inn at Huntingfield Creek and the Tidewater Inn, a luxury hotel in Easton. Travel + Leisure’s five most recent readers’ polls have ranked VBT among the world’s best tour operators. Groups average 16 or 17 people (20 at the most). Per-person tour pricing begins at $1,995 and includes accommodations, 11 meals, the use of a custom VBT bike, and admission to various sites. Average cycling time is two to four hours per day. For trip dates and pricing, visit www.vbt.com.

 

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS


Courtesy Photo

CONCERTS — FROM COUNTRY TO CLASSIC ROCK are held every Sunday night through Aug. 2 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, a fairytale landscape in Monkton, Maryland, that’s been named one of the world’s “10 incredible topiary gardens” by Architectural Digest. Go early and lay a blanket on the lawn, then stroll through rose and iris gardens, and meander past more than 100 ingeniously shaped shrubs—from swans and a camel, to hounds chasing a fox. Food and wine are available on-site from Manor Tavern, or bring your own picnic and (nonalcoholic) refreshments. Admission, which includes gardens access, is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors aged 62-plus and students, and $5 for kids aged 2 to 12. Admission for children under 2 is free. For a band schedule and more information, visit www.ladewgardens.com. If you want to make it an overnight trip, a highly-rated Residence Inn (410-527-2333) and the Hunt Valley Inn/Wyndham Grand (877-999-3223) are each about 10 miles from Ladew.

 

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Pattern Play

Liven up your home with bold and beautiful elements

Figuratively Speaking

A look at Great Falls, by the numbers

Conversations With The Candidates

Interviews with the six Democratic candidates for county executive

Roger Berliner

Interviews with the six Democratic candidates for county executive
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module

Talk With Us

On Social Media

     

Edit Module
Edit ModuleEdit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
SPONSORED CONTENT
 

Joel Rubin for Delegate District 18

Apple Ballot endorsed, Chevy Chase Town Council member and Obama administration official, Joel will put education first so all students succeed. Early voting ends June 21.

SPONSORED CONTENT

Bethesda Magazine Green Awards

Nominations are now accepted. The submission deadline is Friday, June 29.