Summer Weekend Getaways

School is out for summer, and what better way to spend your weekends than getting the family out of the house? Being centrally located in the Philadelphia suburbs, we are surrounded by so many incredible places all within just a few hours’ drive. Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach or a densely wooded hiking trail, there is truly something for everyone on this list. 


Cape May, NJ 

Starting off the list with a town near and dear to my family’s heart is Cape May, New Jersey. My family is lucky enough to own a home in this charming beach town, technically it’s an island, and spend as many of my summer days here as I can. Unlike other Jersey shore towns, Cape May City still looks like small-town America, complete with tree-canopied streets and Victorian homes, right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. 

The year-round population of Cape May is about 4,700, a number that has varied little for over a hundred years. That number can swell to more than 40,000 on some summer weekends. One of my favorite parts about Cape May is the restaurant scene - with almost no chain stores on the island, most of the restaurants are serving up local, fresh ingredients in family-owned kitchens, and boy are they delicious! If you’re looking for a great spot to grab a bite and an adult beverage, I highly recommend checking out Willow Creek Winery & Farm in West Cape May.


Hershey, PA 

Just East of the state capitol, Hershey, PA is a hidden gem in the Susquehanna Valley. Coined “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” this town is anchored by Hershey Park and The Hotel Hershey. Dark chocolate body wrap? Sign me up! The Melt Spa at Hotel Hershey features several chocolate treatments ranging from massages, facials, and body scrubs that surround your senses in the rich bliss of dark chocolate. 

Looking for outdoor adventure? Check out the professional-level golf courses at the Hershey Country Club, or take a walk through the Hershey Botanical Gardens. You can even kayak your way down Swatara Creek and end your journey at Sand Beach! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you have to check out the various roller coasters and thrill rides that comprise Hershey Park - a favorite is the Great Bear! No matter what you do on your weekend away in this cocoa-filled town, be sure to end your adventure with a trip to Chocolate World to grab some sweet treats for your drive home. 


St. Michaels, MD

Located across the Chesapeake Bay from Washington, D.C., St. Michaels, Maryland is a picturesque harbor town filled with sailing, kayaking, romantic bistros, and adorable corner coffee shops. Named one of the Top 10 Best Small Coastal Towns, St. Michaels has so much to offer its residents and guests both inland and along the waterfront. 

Inland you’ll find an abundance of lush greenery surrounding nearby parks and bike trails. Don’t want to bring your own bikes? No problem! Bikes are available to rent nearby along with kayaks and other water sports equipment. If you’re staying overnight, I recommend checking out the Inn at Perry Cabin. Look familiar? This is the Inn where the Cleary wedding reception scene from Wedding Crashers was filmed! 


Rehoboth Beach, DE

From the sweeping ocean views to the iconic boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach is a must-see on your list this summer! Spend your days lounging on the sand, strolling through the shop-lined streets and boardwalk, or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many waterfront restaurants. At night, this town comes alive with vibrant nightlife and bar scenes. No trip to Rehoboth is complete without a bucket of french fries from Thrashers and some salt water taffy from Dolles! Bargain shoppers flock to this town thanks to their tax-free shopping and expansive Tanger Outlets located just off of the coast along Route 1. Whether you’re looking to rent a boardwalk-front home or a quaint hotel room, Rehoboth has the accommodations for you. 


Pocono Mountains, PA

Located in the NorthEast corner of Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains are filled with some of the state's most picturesque towns and attractions. From ski runs to water parks, the Poconos can be enjoyed all year round! If you’ve always wanted to try whitewater rafting, this is the place to do it. 

From the Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers to Jim Thorpe River Adventures, you can find adventure no matter which part of the mountain range you visit. If you’re looking to get a bird’s-eye view, I recommend checking out the zipline and ropes course at Camelback Mountain Adventures located at the Camelback Resort. 


No matter where you and your family choose to get away this summer, I hope you have fun creating memories that will last a lifetime. Did I miss your favorite weekend getaway? Let me know! I’m always looking for new places to explore. 

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