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7 Sublime Romantic Getaways in Maryland

Maryland is superbly suited to romantic getaways, its coastline peppered with exceptional hotels, inns and cottages tailor-made for amore.

We’re lying on massage tables in the quiet spa of an inn perched on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Breathing deeply and slowly, we’re enveloped by a profound sense of relaxation, our senses indulged and gently piqued. We’re lulled to the edge of sleep by the soft voice of the masseuse, soothing music and light scents of herbal oils. In fact, we’re not entirely certain we’re not dreaming. It was the perfect local romantic getaway.

Spas that spark the senses, Italian linen sheets, Feathertop beds, gourmet cuisine, wood-burning fireplaces and waterfront dining are just a few of the lovey-dovey amenities Maryland’s most romantic getaways offer. From historic inns with softly lit guest rooms to spacious suites in modern casino hotels and private beach-town cottages with porch-top tubs, here are some of Maryland’s best choices for romantic getaways.

A Sprawling Riverside Romantic Getaway With Fireplaces and a Spa

The 19th century waterfront Inn at Perry Cabin is tucked away on 26 acres of lush grounds on the banks of the Miles River in St. Michaels, Maryland. Book one of the comfy, well-appointed guest rooms with a fireplace and patio to make the most of the indoors and outdoors.

Indulge your senses with a massage that incorporates herbs from the spa’s garden or unwind by the outdoor pool. To get your heart pumping, tee off on the golf course or practice your backhand on the tennis courts. Book a cruise across the Chesapeake Bay onboard one of the inn’s yachts and take in the sunset from the water.

Afterwards, you can canoodle over dinner on the waterfront terrace at the inn’s Stars restaurant, choosing from dishes such as wild caught Maryland rockfish with seafood sausage, fermented Fresno chili and corn broth.

Settle into seats by the fire pit in the courtyard and get cozy with specialty cocktails from the inn’s Purser’s Pub. Choose from libations like The SS Pinter, concocted with muddled blueberries, or sip one of the rare whiskeys on offer.

Inn at Perry Cabin

Top rated
Saint Michaels
9.2 Excellent (526 reviews)

A Historic Manor House Inn with Six Distinctive Romantic Cottages

A romantic and historic setting, Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn occupies an 1867 manor house on the banks of Chestertown, by Maryland’s Chester River. If you love the idea of choosing a cottage that’s suited to your style, this place is just the thing.

It has six separate, individually themed guest houses, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Book Olivia’s cottage and let your cares melt away as you take in the views of the garden and meadow while soaking in an infinity tub on the screened porch.

Sleep in and emerge well rested to indulge in the Inn’s tantalizing teatime. Tempting treats range from oysters on the half shell to homemade peach cobbler and mini quiches.

If you feel like getting out and about, choices are plentiful. Get back to nature with trips to nearby wildlife refuges and beaches or enjoy a cool dose of culture at local art galleries and boutiques.

Brampton Bed And Breakfast Inn

Chestertown
9.4 Excellent (91 reviews)

A Waterfront Art-Filled Hotel with Romantic In-room Spa Services

If you’re looking for an intimate escape in the city, the Sagamore Pendry is where it’s at. The modern-art-filled waterfront luxury hotel occupies a grand 1914 building in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point neighborhood. Its understated nautical theme dovetails seamlessly with its sexy, updated classic décor and thought-provoking art pieces.

Reserve a private cabana by the waterfront infinity pool, and afterwards, relax near the fireplace in the lushly landscaped interior courtyard. Book an in-room spa service and choose from tranquility-inducing treatments such as the lavender-infused couples bliss massage.

Book a table at the hotel’s Rec Pier Chop House and chow down on seasonal Italian fare and prime cuts by chef Andrew Carmellini within a warm, rustic setting of dark wood and brick. Settle in for a romantic dinner and share a creamy slice of tiramisu for dessert.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Baltimore
9.4 Excellent (893 reviews)

A Romantic Getaway with an Outdoor Pool, Waterfront Rocking Chairs and Fire Pit

If you’re looking to blend the peace of a private setting with the activity of a bustling beach town, Lighthouse Club Hotel is a well-situated getaway on the quiet side of Ocean City and a short walk to the beach.

Reserve a suite with a fireplace and balcony and unwind in your whirlpool tub. When sleep beckons, sink into the bed with a featherbed topper and imported Italian linens.

After a dip in the outdoor pool, kick back in the rocking chairs on the waterfront porch and warm yourselves by the fire pit while you sip drinks from the clubroom’s honor bar.

Feeling hungry? Take a short stroll to Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar for tempting American and Pacific Rim fare including local oysters, Maine lobster tail and crispy roasted duckling. Select a local craft beer from the impressive menu of brews or one of the French wines match.

Lighthouse Club Hotel

Top rated
Ocean City
9.2 Excellent (569 reviews)

A Romantic Antique-filled Hotel in the Historic District

With its Victorian red brick exterior and peaked roofs, the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, Maryland, is as quaint as it is cozy. Built in 1895, it is one of the locations where the famous movie “Runaway Bride” was filmed.

You can create your own romantic adventure in the hotel’s atmospheric plush, antique-filled setting. Choose one of the guest rooms furnished with area lamps and a four-poster bed piled with a pile of pillows to set the mood.

Up the romantic ante even further with outdoor dining from the Atlantic Hotel Bistro Bar in the middle of the historic district and breathe in the fresh sea air wafting in from the ocean just seven miles away. Choose from classic steak and seafood dishes such as crab imperial, scallops and petite filet mignon.

After dinner, linger in the rocking chairs on the front porch extending the full width of the hotel, or take in the nighttime views of the town from one of the screened-in upstairs patios.

Hotel Atlantic

Berlin
8.4 Very good (235 reviews)

A Romantic Private Cottage Near the Chesapeake Bay

If you’re seeking sensual seclusion near the water, Beachwalk Cottage, in North Beach, Maryland, is an ideal choice. The private house was built in 1937 and is within walking distance of the Chesapeake Bay. A wraparound porch and a rear deck give plenty of room to relax outdoors with a glass of wine, and a fireplace means you can get warm and cozy indoors.

Make the most of the full kitchen on nights when you want to stay in and whip up your own intimate dinner for two, followed by a long, luxurious bath in the deep-soaking tub.

The cottage is also close to museums, galleries, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. If you’re in the mood for vigorous outdoor fun, hit the nearby hiking trails or take to the waters in a kayak. Head into town for dinner at one of North Beach’s waterfront seafood restaurants and an old school walk on the boardwalk with ice cream cones.

BeachWalk Cottage - Charm by the Chesapeake Bay.

North Beach
9.0 Excellent (45 reviews)

A Romantic Casino Hotel with Luxury Designer Boutiques

Set your sights on MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, if you’re pining for a romantic getaway in the middle of all the action. This sparkling glass-and-steel casino hotel, just 11 miles from Washington, D.C., features plush, spacious suites with modern décor and views of the water.

When you’re ready to fuel your romantic adventure, you can choose from a wide selection of restaurants serving cuisine ranging from pan-Asian to French patisserie to steak. If you’re browsing for a gift for your special someone, peruse the hotel’s luxury designer boutiques for jewelry, clothing and accessories.

Take in the views of the Potomac River and local landmarks like the Washington Monument from 180-feet high with a nighttime spin in a private gondola for two on National Harbor’s The Capital Wheel. For an on-the-ground adventure, stroll the marina and pier, have a picnic on one of the lawns and lose yourselves on the trails.

Mgm National Harbor

Oxon Hill
8.7 Excellent (1308 reviews)