5 Cozy Reasons to Leave the District Behind This Weekend and Go Glamping.


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Look, you’re working pretty hard. It’s been said before, but you probably deserve a frickin’ vacation. Vacations are hard to take these days for many reasons: the global pandemic, a presidential regime change, and let’s not even get into the rioting.

How about this weekend, you take a much-needed vacay and relax? No, you can’t make exactly jet-set off to Tulum or the Bahamas right now. You can still take a staycation, though, and you don’t have to do it half-cocked, either. These cozy rental properties bring about the best parts of a winter glamping vacation.

If the summer of 2020 was the season of socially-distanced RVs and National Parks, then the Winter of 20/21 is the heyday of remote tiny homes and glamping in the woods. All of these vacation properties fit the bill: rustic and containing just enough space to snuggle up to your significant other next to a fireplace with some hot chocolate.

There’s no need to go far from your home base to take a relaxing vacation, either. These properties are all within a few hours’ drive from the District of Colombia. Just promise you’ll leave work at home, ok?

This Itty Bitty Tiny Cottage in Rehoboth, Delaware.

First off, there’s a small bar fully equipped here for you to indulge in. Imagine sipping a classic, chilled gin martini with your dearest during the evening. You just got back from a long stroll on the beach. When was the last time you were at the beach - and in the winter no less? Magical. The two of you chat about your day and together prepare a simple meal in the galley kitchen. After, you climb up the ladder to the cozy loft bed where you hold each other for the rest of the night.

I mean, that sounds like a luxurious weekend - even if you’re riding solo. Replace “chat about your day” with “binge-watched a bit of The Expanse.” The Skipper Studio beach cottage offers all of that wrapped up in a well-decorated box.

Done in tasteful, nautical nudes, the Skipper comes complete with everything you need for a weekend getaway. Kitchen? Check! Cozy bed? Check! Sitting area with TV, bar, and books? Check!

If chilling at home isn’t quite your thing, you can order take-out from a local eaterie or enjoy a pint or two at Dogfish Head Brewing before heading home for the day.

This tiny house starts at $234 a night and has two beds for up to four people.

This Small Creekside Midcentury in Dayton, Virginia.

If you’re looking for a taste of mid-century Appalachia, this small cottage was made for you. This little cabin takes the “rough” out of “roughin’ it.” Perfectly situated in the middle of the woods, you’ll feel secluded, peaceful, and unplugged. Spend your days exploring the nearby George Washington National Forest or Shenandoah National Park. Then return to your warm, tranquil cabin.

Be warned: there is no indoor bathroom here. There is, however, a clean outhouse as well as a spot indoors to “freshen up.” The owners have even retrofitted a “running water” situation for your use in the kitchen. Although the kitchen comes with a stove, you’d be remiss if you didn’t take this opportunity to cook over an open fire outside. With the sound of the babbling brook in the background, you won’t find a more romantic woodland setting.

If you’re looking to catch up on some reading in the evening, cuddle up around a fire toasting s’mores, and aren’t too worried about indoor plumbing, this place is a slice of heaven.

This cozy retreat will cost you $83 a night and has two beds.

This Luxury Safari Tent in Dover, Pennsylvania

You’re going to truly feel a world away when you stay in these luxury tents. Perfect for two couples who want to explore together - but want separate accommodations at night. Take your significant other, your best friend, and their significant other and enjoy a night out under the stars.

The campsite will make you feel truly one with nature. Snowshoe around the properties multiple hiking trails, or relax with your friends around the campfire toasting marshmallows. At the end of the day, even in the bitter cold, your tent will be warm thanks to the wood-burning stoves. Bring your food, utensils, and cookware so that you can enjoy a fire-roasted meal at night.

A private eco-friendly restroom sits away from the tents for privacy’s sake and adds to the outdoorsy atmosphere. Native cedar and a tin roof really bring the rustic chic feel to life.
For history buffs, know that the 168-acre historic farm was a known campsite for the Confederacy during the Civil War. You’re right outside of Gettysburg!

This wild safari experience is $250 a night for both tents - contact the host for information about single uses!

This Rural Loft Home in Keedysville, Maryland

After a day hiking - or even just drinking wine - lounging in this boho loft will be a seriously sexy way to spend the evening. Constant natural light during the day makes for an amazing excuse to curl up with a good book. Viewing the stars through the gable window with your honey after a long day sounds plain romantic.

The tiny home boasts loft sleeping, meaning it isn’t for anyone terrified of ladders. The pleasant decor and soft ambiance more than makeup for that, though. In the morning (if you ever get out of bed, which you don’t have to), prep your coffee on a handcrafted kitchenette. Store your leftovers in the mini-fridge. Be prepared to cook elsewhere as there is no stove or burners here, although there is a microwave.

The vibrant sitting area also doubles as another bedroom, for guests or for those who don’t feel like climbing to get to sleep. Catch the amazing sunsets from the stone patio out back, and have a small fire. While you’re at it, don’t forget to say “hello” to the crew of goats and cows that share this beautiful rural property with you.

A stay at this historic stone building will cost a mere $175 a night.

This Rustic Mountain Place in Baker, West Virginia.

This oh-so-spacious “tiny” home is the epitome of a country getaway. What better way to enjoy the mountain scenery of West Virginia than to spend a few days luxuriating in it? If the views from this property don’t make you hum Country Roads, you might be dead.

Start your day in the beautifully decorated, fully-equipped kitchen. The mint accent pieces could cheer up anyone. No need to wander back into town here: instead, take the opportunity to create cozy cabin dishes for your meals. The kitchen blends into the snug living room, where you can enjoy a night of television. Although, with these mountain views, why would you want to?

Follow the bathroom - large and decorated like an actual spa - through to the bedroom. Your sleeping arrangements for the night include plenty of windows with a vista that no one could be mad to see first thing in the morning.

This brand new property also features an outdoor fire pit and a cozy loft perfect for game night.

To book this property, you’ll need $250 a night. It’s suitable for two people.


So where are you going glamping this weekend? When you take your much-needed vacation, promise us you aren't taking work along with you! Go out, explore the great outdoors, and maybe even snuggle up to your favorite person while you enjoy the views.

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