Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Md.

Distance from Baltimore: 90 miles, about a 90-minute drive Why it's worth the gas: This small town is quaint yet modern with shops, eateries and galleries in a walkable setting. A beautiful new waterfront park has a 2 -1/2-mile water trail where paddlers can canoe and kayak. Don't miss: Cafe des Artistes. The chef/owner of this classic French bistro trained at some of the top culinary institutes in France. The menu highlights local ingredients and wines. (41655 Fenwick St., 301-997-0500, www.cafedesartistes.ws) Information: Go to visitstmarysmd.com or leonardtown.somd.com
St. Mary’s County Tourism, Baltimore Sun
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