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I don't know about you, but nothing makes me crave a getaway like the middle of winter. Unfortunately, however, vacation days aren't unlimited, so a quick close-to-home getaway can be the perfect remedy for winter wanderlust. With its close proximity to D.C., The Inn at Little Washington is perfect for a mini-vacation.(Image: Ashley Hafstead)

If you need a little spoiling, make a visit to historic Washington, VA

I don't know about you, but nothing makes me crave a getaway like the middle of winter. Unfortunately, however, vacation days aren't unlimited, so a quick close-to-home getaway can be the perfect remedy for winter wanderlust.

With its close proximity to D.C., The Inn at Little Washington is perfect for a mini-vacation. This Relais & Chateaux property is nestled in the historic town of Washington, VA, just a little under two hours from downtown D.C. With the Inn’s nostalgic charm, you'll feel like you stepped back in time, and the level of service provided by the hospitality team ensures that no detail is overlooked. If you are looking to spoil yourself, it is just the place for a bit of much needed rest and relaxation.

Here's how to make the most of your limited time both in Washington, VA and at the Inn at Little Washington.

Explore

Downtown Washington, VA is a beautiful town that is perfect to explore by foot. You will discover quaint antique stores, gift shops and restaurants that make you feel as though you have stepped back in time. If you are feeling a bit adventurous, pack a picnic and take a drive on the picturesque Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park where you can enjoy epic vista views of Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley.

Wine

There are countless wineries within a stones throw of The Inn, many of which you can try just from browsing the Inn’s extensive wine list. And remember, transportation to the wineries can be arranged through the concierge to avoid drinking and driving.

Enjoy High Tea

Get dressed up -- just because -- and indulge in the simplicity of high tea. Scones with clotted cream, an almost endless list of teas and finger sandwiches will make all your Downton Abbey dreams come true!

Relax

There are countless cozy nooks to escape to at The Inn that are just begging for you to curl up and catch up on a good book. There is also a small library on the second floor of the main building, if you forget to bring your own. The gardens are not to be missed and are a perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the Inn's many craft cocktails at the end of the day.

Dinner

The Inn at Little Washington is renowned for its incredible two-star Michelin restaurant led by famed chef Patrick O’Connell. If you are ready to splurge, it is well worth every penny. And for the true culinary fan, opt for a reservation at one of the two Kitchen Tables. Nestled next to a massive fireplace just off to the side of the hustle and bustle enjoy dinner and a show, as you nom on your own delish cuisine while watching the staff prepare the rest of the evening’s feast. As an extra perk, you will also enjoy extra bites prepared only for your table.

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