The unique geography of Maryland often surprises first-time visitors – who end up wishing they had more time to spend here. There are mountains in the west, white sand beaches in the east and the snaking Chesapeake Bay that bisects the state – with an abundance of shoreline to explore. And let’s not forget about Baltimore and Annapolis – with their museums and other cultural draws, as well as scenic byways and historical sites associated with the Underground Railroad and Civil War battlefields. Whatever your passion, base yourself at one of these top-rated resorts in Maryland – bookable on Culture Trip.
This monolithic highrise overlooking the Potomac River pitches to millennials with discerning tastes with its minimalist-chic rooms offering blackout shades, integrated media centers and wellness techniques – such as air purifiers and aromatherapy devices. Dining out? Choose between 11 on-site venues, ranging from a noodle bar and wood-fired meats at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House to Mexican specials and one-of-a-kind margaritas at Diablo’s Cantina. Amenities include an outdoor pool, spa and art-filled common spaces – plus you’re a mere stagger away from the Felt and Blossom cocktail lounges.
Instagrammers will be pleased to note that many rooms – with water-themed statement walls and contemporary art – at this immense resort overlook either the river or the stunning 19-story glass atrium. Gourmands may alternate between edible offerings at nine venues – from artisanal cheeses and aged cuts of meat at Old Hickory Steakhouse to signature cocktails and sunset views of the Potomac at the Belvedere lobby bar – while a rooftop lounge with pop-up events, world-class Relâche Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center provide a variety of activities. Bond with your teenagers in the arcade room or join your little ones at the outdoor splash zone.
Surrounded by rolling farmland, this resort has particular appeal for golfers, given its two 18-hole golf courses and an instruction school. Non-golfers can make use of the spa, three tennis courts and an outdoor pool with lap lanes – there’s also an indoor pool and fitness center for those pesky winter months. Rooms have plush bedding and warm furnishings while suites offer more space – some come with kitchenettes. But if you don’t feel like cooking, you can dine on-site at Alexandra’s American Fusion that serves such classics as Maryland crab cakes and sliders topped with mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Sunday brunch is particularly popular and involves unusually-flavored mimosas. Blueberry lavender, anyone?
Overlooking Ocean City Beach, this resort is ideal for digging your toes in the sand – although there are a range of amenities for all seasons, including an Olympic-sized indoor pool, spa and a tropical atrium where you can escape the winter blues. But for many, summer is the best time to enjoy the miles of sand here along with the wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and amusement rides. Summer is also when the resort’s outdoor terrace serves craft beers and shareables like the lobster spring rolls with mango and peach salsa. Suites come in a range of sizes and styles with either kitchens or kitchenettes – and grocery delivery service is possible.
A few miles from the Pennsylvania border, this casino-hotel provides a great getaway for gamblers and families with its scenic setting overlooking Habeeb Lake in Rocky Gap State Park. Choose between slots and blackjack, a spa, a comedy club, or alfresco activities – such as hiking and biking trails, swimming in the lake, or teeing up at the only Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Maryland. Gray-and-cream rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves – while suites come with sofa beds and kitchenettes. For a special night out, make a reservation at the lakeside restaurant serving Oscar-style filet with Maryland crab. While in the area, don’t miss a trip through Cumberland’s Washington Street Historic District.
Located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, this Maryland resort attracts boaters who dock at two marinas and those seeking to charter a boat for some deep-sea fishing. Not to be missed is a meal at the seafood restaurant that has been in the same family for four generations – specializing in baked stuffed shrimp and a super-secret crab imperial recipe. On-site entertainment includes a casino with slot machines and bingo, live music on weekends, as well as an indoor pool and board games – enjoyed around the lobby fireplace. Beachgoers may choose from a range of small coves with calm waters, which is great for kids.
Open since the winter of 1955 at the foot of Wisp Mountain, Maryland’s only ski-in, ski-out resort has long attracted skiers with easy access to the slopes – along with rentals and ski instruction. Other wintry pursuits include snowboarding, snow tubing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer months, guests partake in whitewater rafting, kayaking and golfing on two nearby courses. While the decor in the rooms is somewhat dated, they come equipped with minifridges, coffeemakers and ski lockers – while some also have kitchenettes. After your day’s adventures, head to the indoor pool and hot tub and soak your muscles before dining on pizzas and craft brews – there’s a kids’ menu, too.
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