Once called the “Playground on the Potomac,” Colonial Beach is an eclectic small town of fewer than 4,000 residents that is known for its sandy beaches, osprey, murals, and palm trees. Yes, palm trees, which are donated each year and are the calling card of Colonial Beach. It’s also the birthplace of two U.S. presidents: George Washington and James Monroe. You’ll even find Bell House, a summer residence of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
This one-time resort town sits quietly on a small peninsula, boasting warm sunrise views over the Potomac River and vibrantly-colored sunsets across Monroe Bay. To be honest, Colonial Beach is still largely a secret, despite a location that’s just 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. For those in the know, however, it’s the perfect place to scoop up a weekend cottage.
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