The Best Places to Stay Outdoors Even If You Hate Camping

Looking to stay off the beaten path, but not into “roughing it?” Having an outdoor getaway doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. From a glamping pod, to a luxury bed and breakfast, here are our top picks for the most scenic places to stay in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Yurts at Little Bennett Campground

Step up your camping game and spend the night in a yurt at Little Bennett Campground in Clarksburg. Each yurt can sleep six, with a double bed futon and two full-size bunk beds, plus an outdoor grill and a picnic table. (Bring your own linens.) There’s a nearby bathhouse with showers and restrooms, plus community water spigots.

Lockhouses Along the C&O Canal

The Canal Quarters Lockhouse program, managed by the C&O Canal Trust, provides guests the opportunity to live like a lockkeeper for a night…or three! Each of the seven historic lockhouses—four in Montgomery County—are restored and furnished to reflect the time period in which they were built.

Glamping at Cherry Hill Campground

A family-owned and operated campground for five generations, Cherry Hill Campground offers the closest camping accommodations to Washington, DC. Guests can choose from a range of options including RV and tent sites, glamping pods, premium and rustic cabins for small and large groups, and a yurt.

Cabins and Lodge at Rockwood Manor

A former National Girl Scout Camp, Rockwood Manor has transformed into a unique retreat destination on 30 acres with charming camp lodging and converted cabins that accommodate up to 85 guests overnight. Once you have arrived, the champion trees will embrace you and in no time at all, you are relaxing in a rocking chair on the Veranda or sipping a warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire pit.

The Inn at Tusculum Farm

Whether you’re looking for an escape from your everyday, a fun time with family and friends, or something in between, The Inn at Tusculum Farm offers the perfect array of accommodations to meet your desires and needs. This is luxury farm living at its finest, with best-in-class rooms, amenities and overall service—all on a 500-acre farm!

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