Destination: Staycation

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, December 14, 2020

This year’s pandemic has many of us cancelling travel plans and staying close to home. Now is as good a time as any to rediscover the hidden gems and holiday offerings in Charles County. Staycations can be safe and fun with entertainment right around the corner.


Four Legged Fun

The Holiday Inn Express of Waldorf debuted a sophisticated new approach to guests on two legs—and four. Contactless check-in, grab-and-go breakfasts, quality accommodations, and cleanliness keep guests well cared for. Known for their pet-friendliness, the Holiday Inn’s sales coordinator, Lisa Rawson, noted the outdoor offerings their guests love:

“Charles County has many attributes to promote it as a destination,” she noted. “There are many different hiking trails and national parks to visit…as people try to practice social distancing while still taking a vacation.”

The Port Tobacco River Park is great for wintry walks with pets – complete with river views and gentle terrain. Lucky visitors will encounter Chandler and Hope, the resident bald eagles of the area. For off-leash fun, Turkey Hill and White Plains Dog Parks is perfect for puppy play. Afterwards, make your way to Muttropolitan for a post-exercise treat.


Port Tobacco for Two

Tucked away in Port Tobacco, Rosewood Manor is a French-inspired bed and breakfast with four-poster beds and candlelight romance. Just over a mile from Port Tobacco Historic Village, Rosewood is well-situated for a walk, with a ‘Yuletide Holiday Tea’ available upon your return. Have dinner at the Blue Dog Restaurant, then stop by the Shark Bar for live music and a nightcap.


Budget-Friendly for the Brood

A staycation is great for amusement on a budget. The benefits of a short drive, budget-friendly lodging, and beloved attractions are unbeatable. The Best Western of La Plata, a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winner, has high-touch sanitation protocols and family suites. If weather permits, head to White Plains Golf Course for a foursome of ‘Foot Golf’. As an increasingly popular sport, Foot Golf challenges players to kick soccer balls into specially sized holes in as few kicks as possible. For indoor fitness, Capital Clubhouse holds distanced freestyle skates. And Sky Zone’s ‘Bounce and Brunch and Glow’ events burn energy in safe surroundings.



From activities to accommodations, Charles County makes staying close to home appealing and affordable. As we close out our ShopSafe blog series, we thank you for keeping the prospects of local businesses bright!


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