Maryland attracts a wide variety of tourists thanks to the beautiful mountains, the stunning Chesapeake Bay, and popular ocean beaches. There is a range of resorts scattered throughout the state offering activities and accommodations for every season and every type of traveler.
Couples can relax at romantic mountain lodges and exquisite waterfront hotels. Meanwhile, families will enjoy the water parks, miniature golf, playgrounds, game rooms, and the range of recreational activities offered by many properties. Whether you are planning a short, weekend getaway or a weeklong family vacation, a Maryland resort is the perfect choice.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Maryland:
1. Rod N’ Reel Resort
This relaxing, bayfront resort has been an easy choice among travelers to Chesapeake Beach since it was built in 1946. The resort offers low-key rooms that feature modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, and coffee makers. Some of the rooms even have pull-out sofas, balconies, and/or wet bars for an even more comfortable stay.
There is an on-site casino with bingo and plenty of slot machines as well as a full-service spa, beauty salon, and three restaurants. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a business center, a fitness center, and a library of movies and board games for borrowing.
2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Hagerstown is completely focused on family fun. The resort is located in the scenic foothills of western Maryland and nearby many of the Civil War sites which are popular among tourists.
Family-friendly amenities and activities include swimming pools and a water park, miniature golf, gem mining, arcade games, laser tag, outdoor sports facilities, and playgrounds. Accommodations range from basic cabins to campsites for RVs and tents. Families are sure to have a memorable camping experience at this fun-filled property.
3. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a world-class resort set on the Potomac River at the National Harbor. The resort is conveniently located nearby downtown Washington DC as well as Old Town Alexandria. The massive resort has 2,000 guestrooms that offer upscale furnishings including flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers.
Many of the rooms have balconies and some offer views of the property’s 19-story glass atrium. For families or those who wish to have a bit of extra space, they have suites with living rooms and one or two bedrooms.
Besides the range of attractions within walking distance at the National Harbor, the resort itself offers an indoor pool, spa, salon, fitness center, and childcare services to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable.
4. The Lodge at Wisp
The Lodge at Wisp is a popular winter getaway for ski enthusiasts. It is located at the base of the Wisp Ski Area in McHenry. Wisp is Maryland’s only ski resort. In the wintertime, the area offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, and even sleigh rides.
The recently renovated resort has more than 100 suites and 67 guest rooms which offer access to resort amenities including an indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness center, racquetball courts, and a relaxing spa.
While the resort is the perfect winter retreat, there are plenty of activities during the warmer months as well. Wisp is located nearby Deep Creek Lake and the lake and surrounding area offer fishing, boating, golf, bicycling, and many other activities.
5. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina
This upscale resort from the well-respected Hyatt franchise is located on the Choptank River near Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park and Richardson Maritime Museum. The hotel offers a range of amenities to guests including indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service marina, a pro shop for golfers, and a relaxing salon and spa.
There is a kids club so that your kids can enjoy themselves while you relax and enjoy the spa or swim a few laps in the pool. The property has a shopping market as well as a range of food options at their six on-site restaurants. They offer both rooms and suites and some have scenic views.
6. Turf Valley Resort
Turf Valley Resort is located on 1,000 idyllic acres of forest approximately 20 miles from downtown Baltimore in beautiful Ellicott City. The relaxed resort is a haven for golfers as it features two 18-hole golf courses as well as a golf school and pro shop. The property also has an outdoor and indoor pool, spa, and saunas as well as tennis courts. The property has an elegant restaurant with al fresco dining available. The rooms are furnished with the standard in upscale furnishings including coffeemakers, free wireless internet, and flat-screen televisions. They also offer 1-2 bedroom suites with sofa beds, kitchenettes, and whirlpool tubs.
7. The Inn at Herrington Harbor
The Inn at Herrington Harbour is a resort based at the Herrington Harbour marinas. The marinas have one of the largest ranges of boat slips on the entire Atlantic coast. The grounds surrounding the marinas are beautifully landscaped and have nice pathways for a relaxing walk.
The Inn itself has thirty guest rooms and seven suites with several options for accommodations. Some rooms have private hot tubs on the patios. Resort amenities include an outdoor, Olympic-size pool, a restaurant, an exercise room, a lighted tennis court, kayaks, volleyball, shuffleboard, and a 1-mile nature trail as well as the many nearby amenities at the two Herrington Harbour marinas.
8. St. Michaels Harbour Inn
St. Michaels Harbour Inn is a full-service resort with 38 suites and 8 guest rooms on the St. Michaels waterfront. The rooms are decorated in a nautical theme and many feature water views, or luxuries such as private balconies and whirlpool tubs.
One highlight of staying at the property is the luxurious Spa at Harbour Inn which features a range of spa services to help you relax during your stay. The resort also has a marina with 50 boat slips, a waterfront pool, and a hot tub as well as a fitness center and bicycles for use by resort guests. Dining options include the casual on-site restaurant, Shore Restaurant, and Lounge.
9. Rocky Gap Casino Resort
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is an upscale casino and golf resort that overlooks beautiful Lake Habeeb. The resort is surrounded by the mountains of Rocky Gap State Park and is located near Cumberland’s Washington Street HIstoric District.
There are both basic, but elegant guest rooms as well as roomy one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes and sofabeds. As if the resort’s scenic views weren’t enough in themselves to bring you here, they also offer a wide range of activities and amenities including kayaking, hiking, fishing, sport shooting, and of course a casino and golf course. There is also an indoor pool with a hot tub, three restaurants, and a fitness center.
10. Francis Scott Key Family Resort
Francis Scott Key Family Resort is a family-friendly resort located nearby the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City. The laid-back resort is perfect for those traveling with children and has many amenities for the whole family. There are several pools including the newest, Shipwreck Cove, which is Caribbean themed and features a poolside bar.
For even more fun, check out the property’s miniature golf course, volleyball and basketball courts, and playground. The property has three restaurants and two bars to provide plenty of dining options during your stay. Rooms can accommodate anywhere from one to six guests per room and offer basic but comfortable furnishings.
11. Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums
This resort property is located on the waterfront in Ocean City. The resort is a casual, and family-friendly property offering straightforward guestrooms and 2- and 3- bedroom condo units. The standard rooms have balconies, free wireless internet, and kitchenettes and the condos add the additional space of multiple bedrooms and roomy common areas.
The property has many amenities such as multiple swimming pools, a fitness center and sauna, a game room, and even an ice rink. There is an oceanfront restaurant, ice cream shop, candy store, and beachfront bar and grill as well. The property offers a good option for families who are looking for more affordable resort options on the oceanfront.
12. Hilton Garden Inn Ocean City
Hilton Garden Inn Ocean City Oceanfront is an older property that has been renovated, offering accommodations right on the boardwalk in Ocean City. The property is located just a few minutes walk from the Jolly Roger Amusement Park making it a good option for families who are planning to visit the park.
The hotel offers amenities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and hot tub. Dining options include a morning coffee and afternoon tea for guests as well as several restaurants including a beachfront bar, and an American restaurant. The rooms are ocean-view and are colorfully decorated and furnished with standard modern furnishings including Wi-Fi, microwaves, flat-screened TVs, and more. Some rooms offer pull-out sofas and full kitchens.
13. Princess Royale Resort
Princess Royale Resort is a beachfront resort hotel located just a few miles away from popular family attractions at Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Trimper’s Rides. The property features standard suites with living rooms, private balconies, and kitchenettes as well as larger apartments for those that need a bit more space. There are several dining options including a sit-down restaurant and two cafes. One major highlight of the property is the four-story atrium which features an indoor swimming pool and dining area all enclosed in glass. For more relaxation options, there are also hot tubs and a sundeck.
14. Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel is a beachfront hotel offering straightforward accommodations in Ocean City. The resort hotel is only a few miles away from popular attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Jolly Roger Amusement Park.
The rooms are simple but comfortable and feature modern amenities such as wireless internet, flat-screen televisions, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Amenities include both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a hot tub and sauna. There is also an exercise room, business center, and conference facilities. The on-site restaurant serves a delicious Sunday brunch, or you can relax with a drink from the poolside bar.
15. Hilton Suites Ocean City
Hilton Suites Ocean City is an impressive beachfront resort hotel offering airy suites with room for families. The property is only a few minutes walk from the Ocean City Boardwalk and is also within walking distance from Jolly Roger Amusement Park.
The suites are outfitted with top-of-the-line luxury furnishings and include pull-out sofas, full kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and balconies with views of the ocean. The property has many amenities and activities for families including a game room and more.
There is an adult swimming pool with a swim-up bar, and a kid-friendly walk-in pool that has a lazy river and several waterslides.