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Labor Day Getaways Not Too Far from Baltimore

Posted August 30th, 2022 beaches, holidays, LDW, things to do, travel, vacations

With Labor Day just around the corner, now is the time to consider a last-minute trip for a much-needed break. As a holiday created to celebrate workers and labor unions, Labor Day reminds working citizens everywhere to appreciate their own hard work and effort. You can take advantage of the extra day off as a reward for your hard work by checking out some cool places within three and a half hours of your home at Luminary! 

Life is Better at the Beach

Ocean City

No matter what you are in the mood for or are hoping to experience, Ocean City has what you need. Only a three-hour drive away, you can experience the relaxing and beautiful beaches of Maryland and soak up some sun before summer ends. Ocean City also hosts tons of events throughout the year, including concerts and movies on the beach. You can also participate in activities ranging from golfing to paddle boarding, ensuring that you will be able to find something you like. Enjoy Labor Day weekend by visiting this charming city! 

Tilghman Island

Ready for a slow-paced vacation that allows you to finally unwind? Tilghman Island is only a short two-hour drive from home, but takes you out of the city and into a coastal oasis. Spend your weekend by the water, where you can sail, fish, or simply relax. Take in the breathtaking views of the bay while enjoying fresh seafood and refreshing drinks. For a true vacation that will remove all the stress from your shoulders, Tilghman Island is the perfect place for you. 


Just under three hours away, you can visit Delaware’s biggest and most enjoyed attraction – Rehoboth Beach. Most known for its award-winning mile-long boardwalk, you can check out all of the cute shops and restaurants that are well-loved by many locals. The beach also hosts lots of events to keep you entertained, such as magic shows or kite making. You can also check out the walking and jogging club, or the tennis and pickleball courts to get together with a group of friends or meet new ones! With so much to do, you will never have a dull moment in Rehoboth!

Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach has an ocean beach on one side, a broad bay on the other, and urban life in between, all just under three hours away from home! Explore the inland bays via jet-ski, parasail, or paddle-boarding to cool down from the summer heat before resting on the sandy beach. Then, check out some of the awesome food options, like Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, with quality seafood or Archie’s Ice Cream for a sweet treat. And with tax-free shopping, you won’t feel nearly as guilty to spend some money at the nearby Tanger Outlets and vintage stores. Let Dewey Beach take care of you this Labor Day weekend!

Cape May

A short three-hour drive from Luminary at One Light, Cape May has a ton of exciting and relaxing activities for you to enjoy. Lay out and get some Vitamin D on the beach, or take a dip in the refreshing water. There are tons of stores for you to shop at, including beach fashion stores and gift shops to commemorate your trip. If you want to get outside and active, you can rent a bike and take a ride through the scenic and awe-worthy cape. Enjoy your Labor Day by visiting Cape May to unwind and get yourself outside for the weekend. 

Go Back in Time

St. Michaels

Dating back to the 1600s, the town of St. Michaels has tons of history for you to explore. St. Michaels started off as a shipbuilding town and played a significant role in the War of 1812, but became more involved in the fishery industry once the war concluded.

There are a ton of fun and leisurely activities you can participate in at St. Michaels. You can stay near the gorgeous waterfront by fishing, boating, sailing, or kayaking. This small town also has a variety of stores to spend your time and money in, ranging from jewelry to home decor. The best part of your trip will be the fresh and savory seafood you can try at one of St. Michael’s many restaurants, all offering a stunning view of the water for an even more relaxing trip. 

Harper’s Ferry

Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park takes you back in time with its 19th-century-preserved town. Explore tons of museums and exhibits that let you discover the history of Harper’s Ferry, including the John Brown Museum and or the Civil War Museum. You can also take a hike through the historic battlefields, totaling over 20 miles worth of trails that signify important landmarks in history. Located only an hour west of Luminary, this historical park will give you a bunch of activities, on top of an educational experience you won’t forget. 

Outdoor Adventures

Assateague Island

Want a combination of every dream destination? Assateague Island, only three and a half hours away from home, offers stunning beaches, maritime forests, and tons of wildlife. You can choose from tons of activities that are fun solo or with the family! Try taking a hike through the barrier island, with 37 miles of land to wander. Or for a more eccentric taste of the island, you can explore the area to discover wildlife including the notorious wild horses! No matter what you choose, Assateague provides you with a unique experience this Labor Day weekend. 

Pocono Mountains

Famous for its resorts, stunning beauty, and lots of fun activities, the Poconos is a perfect destination for you this Labor Day. In a short three-hour drive, you can experience adventure, from ax throwing, to sky diving, to ziplining. Pamper yourself with a luxurious trip to the spa that will have you feeling stress-free and completely relaxed. The nightlife is also extremely active, with nightclubs, concerts, and theatre performances being offered. In the Poconos, your days and nights will be filled with tons of fun and endless memories.

Deep Creek

Located in the mountains of western Maryland, Deep Creek is the largest freshwater lake in the entire state. Being located in nature, there are tons of opportunities to get outside through hiking, horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, or even white water rafting. If the heat gets to be too much, you can visit Downtown Oakland and check out the quaint boutiques and antique stores, or grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Get the best of nature combined, along with a small-town feel for a weekend that you won’t want to end. 

Enjoy Your Holiday!

Labor Day weekend is a holiday created by laborers for laborers. As a working citizen, take a much-deserved vacation that will ease your stress and give you some TLC. With so many options within three hours from home, you can feel confident in your choice to take a mini vacation without having to worry about traveling a large distance. Enjoy the end of summer and celebrate Labor Day this weekend by taking a quick trip outside of the city. If you do take one of these trips over Labor Day Weekend, be sure to tag us in your photos, @LuminaryLiving.

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