Short Summer Getaways from Philadelphia

Pack up your car, cat & kids and go somewhere a little different than the shore this summer!

Hope Lake Lodge, Cortland, New York

Located in Cortland, NY in a gorgeous mountain setting.  Hope Lake Lodge can be found in the Greek Peak Mountain Resort.  Gorgeous, rustic lodging with great food, great spa and great fun!  Cascades Indoor Water Park is much better than many of the local parks in that you have ROOM to explore and not everyone is on top of each other.

Greek Peak Resort has a new Adventure Center opening in June that you’ll not only get great exercise on the zip lines—but you’ll have a blast doing it!

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

chincoteague-island-poniesChincoteague Island is a serene, yet fun filled, tourist destination. Chincoteague Island is Virginia’s only resort Island. Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Chincoteague is within easy reach from all major cities on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Chincoteague is the gateway to the Virginia portion of Assateague Island, home of the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies. Chincoteague offers a relaxed atmosphere and the beauty of unspoiled nature. From relaxing on the beach to viewing aspectacular sunset over the Chincoteague Bay, there is never a shortage of things to do in Chincoteague. We hope that you will fall in love with our Island, the way so many others already have.

Chincoteague Island was named the #1 Best Beach Town in America for 2010 by AOL Travel Magazine!

Red Cabose Motel, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

red-caboose-motelYou can never go wrong with a trip to Train Town!  Home of the Pennsylvania Train Museum and the legendary Strassburg Railroad with great shopping, Amish food, lodging shows and more!

The kids love the Day Out With Thomas when Thomas stops in for a visit at Strasburg Railroad.

There are some super awesome places to stay.  Looking for classy?  The Marriott in downtown Lancaster – connected to the convention center is absolutely stunning!  Great price and gorgeous amenities.

If you want something off the beaten path, take the family to the Little Red Caboose Motel for a very unique overnight experience where you get to sleep in a real train caboose!  They have so many fun things for the family.  From a petting zoo to gift shop and restaurant.

This post originally appeared on Real Mom Media in May 2011.

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