Also: a weekend getaway for those times when you’d like to bring along, oh, everyone you know.
May we direct your attention to Camp Rentals at Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, taking bookings now for the 2012 season to let you buy out an entire slice of a national park by the night or by the week.
First, a few things you should know about this park: they used to train the cloak-and-dagger Office of Strategic Services here. Also, Camp David lies within it. And no, you can’t go there, no matter how much you admire Michelle’s vegetable garden.
Where you can go: one of three camps (or all three), built in part during the New Deal and a bit like the place your parents shipped you off to during summers—rustic cabins, lodges and even a 140-person mess hall with a commercial kitchen (better get the big box of Bisquick).
By day, you can explore the park’s 25 miles of trails (when you hit the Secret Service agents, you’ll know you’ve gone too far) or, depending on which camp you rent, make use of the ball fields, indoor basketball courts or swimming pool.
Or just do a shot-for-shot remake of Meatballs.