I have had several people ask me about where Washingtonians with style go to get away from the “beltway thing” for a few days. Though most people don’t know it, Washington is actually blessed with good geography and the interesting unique places that go along with options that range from rolling horse country to seaside waterman towns.
For the land loving horsey set, Middleburg, Virgina, is the place to be. Chock full of high-end antique stores and boutiques carrying life’s little necessities, including hacking jackets, Barbour field coats, and handmade paddock boots. This is where you go to see the steeple chases and relax at any number of luxurious bed and breakfasts.
All that said, when I think of a classic Washingtonian weekend getaway, I think of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It’s a totally separate place, a world distinct from official Washington. Once you cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a 4 1/2 mile ribbon of steel, you enter a more relaxed and rural universe.
Though less than two hours away from the nation’s capital, the town Easton feels like you have stepped back in time to place where no one really cares what you do or who you know. The stately brick buildings, tree lined streets and elegant homes of the town’s center tempt you to drop everything and just stay. Every spring, Easton hosts a plein air art festival that has hundreds of artists setting up their easels across the town. You’d think you were on Martha’s Vineyard. There is some great shopping in Easton as well. Stop by the House of Harrison to pick up a pair of Bill’s Khakis for the weekend.