Visit a historical monument, a maritime museum or a luxury mountain resort

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Photo by Jason Varney

Stay in a historical monument

Celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a stay at Philadelphia’s new Guild House Hotel. This 1855 townhouse and National Historic Landmark was once owned by a 19th-century working women’s advocacy and support group known as the New Century Guild, whose ranks included abolitionists, suffragists, activists, poets and notable artists. The boutique hotel opened in September with 12 rooms and suites named after former Guild members, including Eliza Sproat Turner, teacher, writer and founder of the New Century Guild; Florence Kelley, founding member of the NAACP; and Emily Sartain, artist and director of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design).

In the former Guild Library, the Eliza Junior Suite (aka “The Founder’s Suite”) nods to Turner’s love of the Pennsylvania countryside with a lush green palette, botanical prints and a pastoral fresco. The cozy Ruby Suite — named after a ruby ​​butterfly pin once worn by guild members — reuses an old billiard room with soft velvets, original dusty pink paneling, and an Art Nouveau chandelier.

Upon arrival, guests gain access to the building and rooms with PIN codes provided in a confirmation email (there is no reception). Enjoy creature comforts such as afternoon cookies, handmade chocolates, and products curated by female entrepreneurs across the country, including Sip & Sonder coffee and bath and body products. body of Fork & Melon. Outside the hotel, you’ll find many of the city’s top attractions within walking distance (or a short ride by public transit), from Arts Avenue to the popular shops of Walnut Street, as well as the charming old town, home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and more. Rates start at $239.

Guild House Hotel, 1307 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA, 855-484-5333, guildhousehotel.com


Photo courtesy of the Annapolis Maritime Museum

Fun at the Bay

from Maryland Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park reopened in April 2021 with a new, nearly million-dollar museum-wide permanent exhibit, Our Changing Waterfront. The exhibits offer a variety of immersive and interactive ways to learn about the history, ecosystems, and oyster economy of the Chesapeake Bay. Highlights include an oral history narrated by a holographic Chesapeake Bay boatman, a virtual reality boating experience, and two 500-gallon aquariums that compare the health of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1700s to today. An animated Harry Potter-style book examines the bay’s watershed, while a touch-screen tabletop game allows players to weigh the pros and cons of various oyster harvesting methods.

After exploring the bay, board the Wilma Lee, a refurbished 1940 Chesapeake Bay Skipjack (one of about 20 skipjack still plying the bay’s waters today). The 75-foot boat offers two-hour heritage cruises, sunset cruises and the Wednesday night sailboat race.

Admission is $7; $5 for seniors, military and children 3-12; free for children under 3 years old. Skipjack tours start at $40 and must be booked separately.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, 723 Second St., Annapolis, MD, 410-295-0104, amaritime.org


Photo by Greg Powers Photography

station refreshed

Located outside Charlottesville, Virginia, among the rolling hills and vineyards at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, luxury resort Keswick Hall reopened last fall after a multi-million dollar renovation. Notable additions to the 1912 property include a new guest wing, an infinity pool, red-clay tennis courts, and a rustic-chic restaurant, Marigold, run by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A new spa is expected to open in April.

At Marigold, diners can enjoy picturesque mountain views and menus made with organic ingredients sourced from local farms, including produce from nearby Oakdale Farm, also owned by Molly and Robert Hardie. owners of Keswick Hall. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and a game of boules (similar to pétanque) on the pétanque court, surrounded by fragrant beds of herbs and flowers.

The hotel’s 80 guest rooms and suites feature premium mattresses, Frette linens, and a UV light air purification system that targets airborne pathogens. Custom bath products feature Keswick’s signature scent, “Dawn Meadow”, a luminous, floral blend of herbs, herbs and flowers native to the resort. Each bedroom’s unique lighting system lets you choose from three brightness levels, and an under-bed nightlight comes on whenever your feet hit the floor.

Relax indoors in the lavish billiard room, which features a vintage pool table and table shuffleboard, or in the adjacent library, where patrons can borrow from the vast selection of books stored in shelves from the ground to the ceiling. Both bedrooms have fireplaces and cozy sitting areas.

Outdoor activities at Keswick include nature trails, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, an 80-foot heated infinity pool and a tennis court which brings Europe’s first sub-irrigated red clay courts to the center of Atlantic. Rates start at $495.

Keswick Hall, 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia, 434-979-3440, keswick.com

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