A brand new “Ask Chris” question comes to us fresh from Facebook. And, off we go!
My hubby and I are hoping to do a short trip away with our baby for the first time next month during spring break. Do you have any favorite local spots (within 1-2 hours driving) that would work well for families? Our infant is just 5 months old so there’s no need to entertain her, but we’re looking for a place with fun things for us to do during the day that we could easily bring a baby along with us.
Thanks for any tips you can give,
Have Baby, Will Travel
You’ve come to the right place! There’s absolutely no reason why having a baby should limit your ability to travel. That’s one of the great things about traveling locally… you just pack your car as full as you want and hit the road… and before you know it, you’ve arrived!
For a baby-friendly getaway within 1-2 hours driving, that you can easily navigate by stroller, that’s also great in spring, here’s what comes to my mind offhand.
The Brandywine Valley
The Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania and Delaware is about a 2 hour drive from D.C. and is just amazing this time of year. There are lots of gorgeous gardens, wineries and fancy estates to tour, and the wide, sweeping areas are perfect for pushing a stroller.
I really loved my visit to Middleburg earlier this year. This is horse country, and pastoral country views, wineries, a quaint downtown district and the region’s newest luxury resort and spa (Salamander) are all situated in a really compact area, making Middleburg a nice day or overnight trip. And, the best part is that it’s only about an hour away from D.C.
Williamsburg also tops my list of baby-friendly destinations. The historic downtown area is cute and easily navigable by stroller. The accommodations in Williamsburg are very nice but somehow very inexpensive, and there are many resorts to choose from. The downside is that’s pushing your distance requirement at about 2 1/2 hours away.
This Chesapeake Bay town is compact and cute! Whether you want to get out on the water on a historic skipjack, wander down the historic streets, or just window shop, there are lots of things to do in St. Michaels that are baby friendly. A bonus is that once you’re there, you don’t have to do too much packing up and driving around.
Hopefully one of these ideas is in the right direction. Enjoy your trip!! (And, if any of my awesome readers have other places to add, please chime in, in the comments below!)