When you’re living in or simply visiting Baltimore, Maryland, you’ll have plenty of exciting things to do and see such as the National Aquarium and the American Visionary Art Museum. Fall in love all over again with your sweetheart at a cozy Baltimore vacation rental on the beach or tucked away in a historic neighborhood. Gaze into each other’s eyes across a table in a romantic railroad dining car, or enjoy a dazzling sunset dinner at Chesapeake Bay. Whether you can’t get enough of the scent of English lavender fields or the freshness of the ocean, you’re sure to enjoy one of these romantic weekend getaway spots from Baltimore.

1. Ellicott City, Maryland

Barely out of sight of Baltimore–or 25 miles–Ellicott City gives you lots of reasons to slow down, enjoy your surroundings, and enjoy each other’s company. Old Alberton Road leads through the Daniels ghost town, offering a nice hike along mostly level terrain. A hurricane wiped out the town in 1972, leaving traces of asphalt peeking through the sandy paths, building foundations poking through foliage, and old cars dotting the trail. Ellicott City features over 200 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, which now serve as shops and private homes. Main Street includes a number of fine galleries, including HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, which showcases eclectic styles. The building’s artistic design adds to the charm, with displays outside on the upper level. Relax and enjoy a healthy lunch at the Spa at Turf Valley before indulging in a day of pampering.

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2. Lusby, Maryland

Share your interest in fossils with your lover in Lusby, Maryland, a mere hour-and-a-half from Baltimore. Calvert Cliffs consist of exposed strata from the Middle Miocene period, and drop fossils as the elements wear away the surfaces. There is a bin of sieves to borrow for sifting through the sand for prehistoric shark teeth and other fossils that are 10-to-20 million years old. The Cove Point Lighthouse is the oldest continuously working light and sits at one of the most narrow parts of Chesapeake Bay. Take some romantic selfies inside the base of the tower or at the edge of the bay. Cove Point Winery is a tiny boutique winery that’s just a couple of miles from the lighthouse. Take advantage of the tasting bar, and pick up some bottles to take back to your Lusby vacation rental.

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3. Walkersville, Maryland

About an hour from Baltimore, Walkersville really gets you away from the mundane. Step aboard a 1920s railroad car for a romantic dinner on the Walkersville Southern Railroad, along tracks that Pennsylvania Railroad first constructed in the late 19th century. The dining car includes a serving bar, and a player piano adds a quaint romantic vibe. Just 10 minutes away, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery features fields of English lavender from which they make their lavender gin. Enjoy strolling through the aromatic blossoms, visit the tasting room, and select your favorite wines or distilled drinks to take with you.

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4. Rehoboth, Delaware

There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun rise at the beach in Rehoboth, Delaware, which is just a little over two hours from Baltimore. Everything is within easy walking distance from the beach, and the Boardwalk features about a mile of eateries, shops, and rides at Fun Land. Rekindle some flames or spark some new ones with a ride on the old-fashioned carousel’s wooden horses, featuring the background Calliope music. From hot dogs to steaks, anything you want to eat is easy to access, but the best way to experience it all is through the Eating Rehoboth tour. Your guide takes you on a three-hour tour to five restaurants and a specialty shop. For a bit of active fun, head to Delmarva Board Sport Adventures to windsurf on the Chesapeake Bay, or join one of their kayak tours for a calmer experience.

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5. Odessa, Delaware

Escape the lights and noise of Baltimore for pretty little Odessa, Delaware, a snapshot right out of history with its 18th-century homes ranging from cottages to mansions. Join one of the walking tours of the homes and buildings for insights into the role the Quakers played in the Underground Railroad. There are picturesque gardens along the shores of the Appoquinimink River and on the grounds of many of the manor homes. Cantwell’s Tavern is a delightful mix of a quaint pub and upscale dining facility. Your reservation features cozy indoor dining, or you may choose to eat on the patio in good weather. Grab dinner and a movie together at Westown Movies in Middletown. The theater features a cafeteria-style snack bar that lets you choose fast-food favorites, including chicken tenders, fries, burgers, pizza, and soft drinks. If you go at night, enjoy a beer or a glass of wine while sitting in roomy, reclining leather seats.

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6. Yorklyn, Kennett Township, Delaware

For a drive of just over an hour from Baltimore, you cross time barriers to the past in Yorklyn, Delaware, where it’s possible to cruise around in an antique steam-powered car. Auburn Heights Preserve includes an 1897 mansion furnished in authentic period decor and the Marshall Steam Museum, which features the world’s largest collection of working steam automobiles. For a relaxing day, stop by Dew Point Brewery in the 1901 Garrett Snuff Mill complex, where guests lounge in the tap-room to watch sports on TV or enjoy picnicking in the green space just outside.

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7. Ocean City, Maryland

Enjoy the refreshing breeze on the beach at Ocean City, one of the nation’s favorite vacation destinations. Point your car east, and drive a little less than three hours from Baltimore to find some unexpected adventures with your sweetie. It features one of the best boardwalks on the East Coast, with ample shops, food, bright lights, and night life. Stroll along the boardwalk while taking in the magic of all the beach attractions. Then, stop at the Carousel Ice Skating Rink. Even on the hottest day, you can wrap your arms around each other and glide across the ice, or return for the free show at night. Seacrets changes your dining experience with their in-water restaurant and bar. Just wade on up to a table and take a seat for dinner and drinks in your bathing suits.

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