The countdown to Memorial Day Weekend is on, and if you’re a beach bum, that means you’ll be heading to one of the many shore towns that dot the coastlines of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
However, this year, there are new reasons to plan a weekend getaway to the Atlantic Ocean or Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to a few new resort offerings from hotel groups, there are fresh ways to kick back, relax, and stay cool this summer.
Here are the three water-side retreats that DC Refined is most looking forward to visiting this summer.
Tilghman Island, Maryland
Tilghman Island has always been a sleepy town that juts out into the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, just south of St. Michaels, Maryland. And it’s where an old compound, Harrison’s Chesapeake House, has been renovated and reimagined into the Wylder Hotel, a bayside retreat which is set on a nine-acre property. Each of the 54 guest rooms come fully furnished with modern style and amenities. There's also a salt water swimming pool, crab house and bocce ball courts for outdoor fun. Food and beverage offerings are being overseen by Chef Sean Wheaton, previously from Chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup. The resort opened this month and offers the charm of a bay-side bed and breakfast with the feel of a luxury hotel.
For those looking to rush their getaway, you can book at a nonrefundable, preview rate between April 2 to May 31 for 10 percent off your stay. The offer is valid between Mondays and Thursdays and must be booked prior to April 30.
Dogfish Head Inn
Craft beer nerds looking to book a beach retreat will want to consider a stay at the Dogfish Inn, a boutique beach retreat that comes loaded with supersized amenities. There are 15 rooms in total, seven of which are pet friendly.
Just outside the inn, there are bike trails, beaches, boutique shopping and restaurants, along with endless opportunities to enjoy a paddle or swim in the ocean or bay. The perks of staying here include access to custom bicycles, Tivoli radios, Apolis tote bags, Woolrich blankets, and retro American-made beach chairs. On weekends, Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione, has been known to visit for one of many fireside chats by the resort’s wood-fired cauldron, which comes with complimentary s’mores.
For those looking to add an extra dash of Dogfish Head goodness to their trip, book the “all-inn-clusive” package, which includes a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery and a visit to the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $45 per person and include door-to-door transportation, brewery tour and sampling and guaranteed seating at the brewpub. Guests cover lunch and beer beyond samples.
The Cavalier Hotel
Virginia Beach, Virginia
If a beach resort could be rated on beauty, substance and class, then The Cavalier Hotel, which opened its doors in March, would win on all accounts. This is the only hotel in America with an operational distillery, and it’s decked out in bygone era brilliance after a four-year $85 million renovation.
This 85-room, 21-acre property is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and features four distinct entertainment and dining experiences: Becca, The Raleigh Room, The Hunt Room, and Tarnished Truth Distillery. Also on property is the full-service SeaHill Spa, the private Cavalier Beach Club, a lavish ballroom, fitness facilities, indoor pool, and a museum which will give guests a look into the hotel’s celebrated past.