5 Weekend Getaways to Take Before the Summer Crowds Settle In
The start of summer calls for a celebration, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than by treating yourself to an indulgent weekend getaway. Below, five places within the U.S. that are equal parts relaxing, adventurous and packed with culture. Quick, book your trip now before the summer regulars descend.
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Art rules this extremely walkable city. While in town, meander down Canyon Road and take in the numerous galleries and sculpture gardens, peruse the beautiful turquoise jewelry near the historic plaza, and be sure to check out Meow Wolf—George R. R. Martin’s multilevel interactive art museum. Then, venture outside town for a nature hike among the famous aspen trees (they will take your breath away). Feel free to bring Sparky, too, because this is one of the most dog-friendly cities around. Even most hotels will welcome your furry traveler with open arms.
Where to stay: Inn and Spa at Loretto
If quaint East Coast beach towns are what you’re after, then flagging Ogunquit as a “must visit” is essential. Every summer, plenty of New Englanders and Canadians descend upon this seaside gem, and for good reason. From eating at the Lobster Shack and sampling homemade ice creams to boat rides, lighthouses and a lively little piano bar, it’s a town full of charm and then some. Go now so you can soak up the scenic Marginal Way trail and beaches before the summer regulars show up.
Where to stay: Sea Rose Suites
Often used as an escape from L.A., this Southern California town located in Ventura County is the epitome of wellness. Dotted with new age shops, farm-to-table eats and art galleries, it’s a fabulous getaway for those who love to immerse themselves in good weather, good views and good vibes. Visit the Ojai Vineyard and the Ojai Olive Oil Company for a taste of locally made fare before retreating to an indulgent Moroccan hammam-style spa. Eat like a local at Ojai Tortilla House, then find utter Zen as you soak up the views from Meditation Mount. Oh, and make sure you go at sundown so you can catch the famous “pink moment” during golden hour.
Where to stay: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Stepping off the ferry and onto the dock of this quaint island is like going back in time to a Victorian village. No cars are allowed and historic homes are spotted everywhere you look. Rent a bike and discover all 70 acres of this special island, including Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes (both of which were captured by British forces in the War of 1812). And don’t even think about leaving without treating yourself to the island’s famous fudge.
Where to stay: Grand Hotel
If you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about Arizona lately, you’re probably right—it’s been a popular choice for celebrities looking for a relaxing place to detach from reality, like Lucy Hale. And it might be because spas in Sedona are about as common as cacti in this Southwestern haven. Among the unique treatments you can enjoy include the Sedona Clay Wrap (which uses the area’s signature red clay) and the Abhyanga Shirodhara (an Ayurvedic four-hand massage) at the stunning Mii Amo spa nestled in Sedona’s Boynton Canyon. If you decide to venture out, you’ll find spectacular hiking, mountain biking, outdoor restaurants and the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village—all of which offer unforgettable views of the region’s unique red rock landscapes.
Where to stay: Enchantment Resort