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Escape the city, get back to nature and make it a vacation to remember. Nestled in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, a trip to Homestead Preserve offers everything from wooded seclusion to stunning panoramas. While you are there, take a scenic hike along the Jackson River through the Hidden Valley Trail. (Image: Courtesy Homestead Preserve)

6 presidentially-inspired road trips to escape Inauguration insanity

As you may be aware (HA!), Inauguration is just a little over a week away! Whether you're making some extra dough by renting out your place on Airbnb for the weekend or you just can't stand the thought of traffic and crowds, we've got 6 road trip-worthy places to visit that will definitely trump dealing with crowds and heated political debates.

  1. Visit the taproom at Steam Bell Beer Works: Richmond, VA
    Try a glass of "Washington's Vice (9% ABV, IBU)" beer -- a Milk Stout brewed with orange peel, nutmeg, whole vanilla beans and cinnamon. This one reminds us of a deliciously refreshing (grown up) milkshake, which is where it gets its name. As legend has it, our first President loved ice cream so much that he spent a whopping $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790, equivalent to about $6,000 today. We'd like to think if our friend George was around today, he'd be stocking Mount Vernon with this beer!

  2. Relieve stress with a soak in the Jefferson Pools at Virginia's Homestead Preserve: Hot Springs, VA
    Escape the city, get back to nature and make it a vacation to remember. Nestled in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, a trip to Homestead Preserve offers everything from wooded seclusion to stunning panoramas. While you are there, take a scenic hike along the Jackson River through the Hidden Valley Trail.

  3. Have a different kind of tea party at The Tea Cart: Berryville, VA
    Dare I say it's time to get back to our British roots?! The Tea Cart, a traditional British tearoom serving fine English fare and curated loose teas, offers a tranquil, one-of-a-kind experience for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Your kids will love it!

  4. Explore Virginia wine country: North Garden, VA
    Take a trip down to Virginia’s wine country and enjoy a unique culinary experience at Pippin Hill Winery. Located next to historic Bundoran Farm, Pippin Hill is set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you'll experience everything from fine dining to views that will remind you why our founding fathers knew they weren’t leaving anytime soon.

  5. Dive into American history in The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Just a little more than a three-hour drive from DC, Philadelphia is the perfect escape and a great place to check out some of our nation’s history. From taking in an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the obligatory photo opp at The Liberty Bell, you can get your fill of culture without having to battle the crowds at Inauguration. Top it off with a historic brew and dining experience at City Tavern!

  6. Enjoy landmarks and lagers in Federal Hill: Baltimore, MD
    A stone's throw from the Inner Harbor, this historic district is the perfect place for an afternoon ramble. Check out the spot where Patriots climbed to celebrate Maryland’s ratification of the US Constitution, swing by the infamous Cross Street Market for all kinds of good Baltimore eats and enjoy a signature cocktail at The Bookmakers.
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