5 Summer Trips Perfect for 3-Day Weekends
Whether you need an adrenaline rush or some serious R&R
Just because you didn’t plan a major vacay this summer doesn’t mean you can’t get away. We've whipped up five itineraries for jetting out of town for a long weekend--whether you’re in the mood for high-energy fun or just chilling by a pool.
WANT AN ADVENTURE? TRY LAKE TAHOE
Coachman Hotel, the newly opened design lodge in South Lake Tahoe, offers easy access to all sorts of heart-pumping activities--from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Once you’ve had your fill, post up at the hotel for happy hour and a game of cornhole. Then soak your tired muscles in the hot tub and end the day with s’mores by the fire pit. Did we mention Saturday-morning yoga on the beach?
WANT TO RELAX? TRY AUSTIN
Set high in the hills above Lake Travis, about 20 miles northwest of Austin, lies Travaasa, a 70-room campus-style resort nestled among a forest of live oaks--with the infinity pool of your dreams to boot. Let us suggest splitting your weekend by spending one day in Austin proper (stuff your face at Franklin Barbecue, go two-stepping at the White Horse and catch a show at the legendary Continental Club) and then spoiling yourself silly at Travaasa with poolside margaritas and a honey-and-ginger massage.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUMMER? TRY SACRAMENTO
All you really have to do is cross a bridge to get out of SF’s frigid microclimate, but if you really want to feel summer’s highs, make a beeline for the capital. Yup, you heard us. Sacramento is home to the California State Fair (through July 24), which has been bringing us rides (Tilt-A-Whirl, anyone?), funnel cake and carnival games since 1854. The best part? You can wear your sundress from morning to night, nary a scarf in sight.
LOOKING FOR LIVE MUSIC? TRY NASHVILLE
Catch an incredible concert at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, or just happen upon a free show at any of the honky-tonks along Broadway. Take a stroll through the 12th Avenue South neighborhood for brunch at Bartaco and window-shopping at cute boutiques (including Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James). Play DJ in the listening booth at Jack White’s Third Man Records. Then hit up Pinewood Social, a hipster playground, which has everything from a coffee bar to a vintage-inspired bowling alley, plus an Airstream-trailer bar by the pool. Thanks to United’s new nonstop service from SFO to BNA, you can do it all in three days or less.
WANT WINE? TRY SANTA BARBARA
Sure, you could drive or fly, but we say go old-school instead and take the train for a trip where the journey is as important as the destination. (It might take nine hours, but what other Amtrak route winds along such a scenic coast?) Head to the Funk Zone (cheesy name, cool neighborhood) once you’ve arrived for a much-deserved glass of vino and ask for the skinny on the town’s Urban Wine Trail--a self-guided tour of 20-plus tasting rooms that you’ll need at least a weekend to take in. Rest your weary head at the nearby Hotel Indigo before starting day two of your grape-filled adventure.