As I mentioned in my last post, the CSG Creative team recently shared a few of our favorite ideas for things to do in/around the D.C. metro area during the summer.

We hope this week’s focus on local trips will inspire you to plan your own weekend break-away soon.

Spend an afternoon at Mike’s Crab House in Riva, MD

Just about an hour away from the D.C. area, Mike’s Crab House offers the quintessential crab house experience. There’s nothing quite like sitting outside on the South River, eating steamed crabs and drinking your first tropical mixed drink of the season!

Day trippin’ in Philly

Head to Philadelphia, PA for great garden tours and art. Dash to The Barnes Foundation before it shutters its doors on July 3 to move to a new location following a battle almost as famous as Gettysburg.  It is so full of iconic pieces (it has one of the world’s greatest collections of Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse) that your heart will stop. When it starts again, try the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and Kuerner Farm in the Brandywine Valley or go to Chanticleer Garden for a quirky, sensory and charming experience with nature and art.

Drive to Charlottesville, VA for a day trip (or more)

It’s a beautiful, peaceful drive on Route 29 (just don’t speed) and you can choose your poison once you get there: wineries, historic homes (Keswick Hall or Monticello are favorites), and the historic pedestrian mall downtown, which is full of shops and restaurants. There are lots of close-in choices and it’s a food lovers paradise according to The Washington Post. Kay Morell reports that her favorite restaurant is The Shebeen — a South African themed restaurant with a toothsome parmesan polenta that you won’t want to miss. As a University of Virginia alumna, I believe that no trip to Charlottesville is complete without a stroll down the Lawn.

Nothing says summer, like camp!

Dawn Crowe has spent many of her summers at Camp Tockwogh on the Chesapeake Bay. The camp has everything you could possibly want and more: sailing, tubing, waterskiing, making tie-dyed t-shirts — Tockwogh offers it all. You can either send your kids or plan your own family/friend vacation.

Head down river

Every summer, Trisha and her friends organize a tubing trip. Departing from Harper’s Ferry, River Riders offers a variety of packages and tubing options depending on your comfort level and group.

What are your favorite summer getaways? Let us know – we’re always looking for suggestions!