Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley
245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Md., (410) 785-7000
Cost: $127-$169 (double occupancy).
Drive time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
The scoop: Less than a half-hour drive north of Baltimore, this contemporary hotel offers a peaceful getaway that may be just what you’re looking for after a day in the bustling city.
Amenities: Relax in the indoor pool. Overnight stay includes free parking and free shuttle up to three miles from the hotel. Three on-site dining spots give you plenty of mealtime options. The property is also pet friendly.
Don’t miss: Light City Baltimore, the first large-scale international light festival, attracted over 400,000 people in 2016. Set for March 31-April 8, the free event features installations, illuminated sculptures, projections on buildings, interactive exhibits, live performances, food vendors, and a kids’ area along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.