100 hot and cold winter getaways [Pictures]
By now we're all three layers deep into our down-filled parkas and up to our ankles in slushy, cold white stuff. Perhaps a winter getaway is not in order. Maybe a beach vacation? But whether you like it hot or cold, here are 100 destinations sure to hit the spot.
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Brandywine Valley, Pa.( Winterthur Gardens Photo / November 18, 2011 )
Distance from Baltimore: 85 miles, about a two-hour drive
Why it's cool: Where Pennsylvania's Chester County and Northern Delaware meet is a valley filled with art, history, mansions, gardens and some of the coziest bed and breakfasts in the mid-Atlantic. Visit the Delaware Art Museum, featuring world renowned American art from the 19th century to present. The area is rich with gardens, including several historic properties like Nemours Mansion and Gardens. If you're interested in the history of this region, visit the Brandywine Battlefield site, used during the Revolutionary War. If youre looking to stay overnight, check out the Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast in Media, Pa. Built in 1856, the historic B&B was voted one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in North America.
Don't miss: Winterthur, formerly the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, this museum focuses on decorative art and an incredible library. The beautiful 175-room mansion sits on 60 acres of natural gardens. The museum and garden are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: Go to brandywinevalley.com or winterthur.org.