You have a long weekend approaching, or maybe you've just reached the point when you know you need and deserve a break. Nothing will do less than the perfect luxury getaway that lets you forget your obligations and melt into total relaxation. All too often, people looking for the perfect weekend getaway put so much pressure on themselves that they never get beyond the planning stage. Enjoy your time off. You deserve it!
Maison de la Luz sits about two blocks away from the French Quarter. That means you get to enjoy the popular neighborhood's eateries, bars, and clubs without dealing with drunken tourists yelling outside your window at 4 a.m. The hotel has filled its guest rooms and suites with timeless, comfortable furniture. Nursing a little too much extravagance from your evening out? The on-site restaurant has breakfast and desserts that will prepare you for the day ahead.
Napa Valley can feel a bit crowded at times. Harvest Inn solves that issue with a small, quaint hotel surrounded by a vineyard and plenty of trees. Take time to visit other vineyards and restaurants in the area. You're in Napa Valley, after all! When you just want to relax, though, nothing can beat Harvest Inn's spa, followed by a gourmet meal at the Harvest Table restaurant.
You only go to Saratoga when you really want to get away from it all. Luckily, the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch have everything you could need or want. The ranch has 50 hiking trails and 10 miles of private water access on 30,000 acres of land. You can take a yoga class, go rock climbing, take baking lessons from an expert chef, or simply lounge around the fire, sipping your favorite drink and talking to other guests.
Asheville has become a popular destination for travelers interested in the area's ample breweries, surprisingly advanced culinary scene and practically unlimited hiking trails. During a weekend at the Biltmore Estate, though, you might forget about those other attractions. The Vanderbilt family completed the estate in 1895, and it still retains all of its luxuries. Of course, you can also enjoy the gardens, vineyards, rafting, hiking, and shop throughout the property.
Yes, Napa Valley deserves two mentions. It's the ultimate weekend getaway for people in the region. Vintage House stands out as a phenomenally luxurious place to stay. It has a vineyard and winery, of course. Home to the famous French Laundry and 10 other restaurants, you will struggle to decide whether to eat. In the end, you will probably eat and drink too much. But that's how vacation goes in Napa Valley!
The area south of Charleston has lovely beaches. Unfortunately, most of them get overrun by tourists. Good luck relaxing on a beach while surrounded by dozens of yelling children! Kiawah Island has a more exclusive feel. You will experience better at no place other than The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
If you haven't spent time in St. Louis, give the city a chance. The Four Seasons Hotel will start your luxury getaway correctly with lovely views of the Arch, downtown, and river. Make time -- and plenty of it -- to visit Forest Park. Forest Park contains an incredible number of attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, and Missouri History Museum. Nearly everything there charges no admittance fee.
The Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego still relies on the romantic glow of real gas lamps. The marina-side location keeps temperatures chill while you walk the streets. Pop into any Italian restaurant for a terrific meal.
Miami beaches fill up quickly. Gain private access during your weekend getaway at Acqualina. You can't beat Miami's nightlife. If you want to take it easy, you can spend all weekend at Acqualina, enjoying its spa services, restaurants, and beach-side dining.
NoMad's Beaux-Arts style makes it a destination in its own right. As a guest, you also have easy access to the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park, and other jewels of Manhattan.
Savannah, Georgia, has a muggy atmosphere for more than half of the year. The beautiful architecture and kind residents make up for it. Thankfully, the Bohemian Hotel sits on the riverfront, so you can enjoy breezes as they flow off the water. Check out the rooftop, where you can get drinks and look out over the city.
Few beaches look as unique as Cannon Beach, with its jagged rocks jutting from the water. At the Hallmark Resort, you can relax in the on-site spa, swim in saltwater pools, or borrow bikes to explore the sandy shore.
Sedona has a reputation as a kooky, New Age place. Sedona Sacred Rocks, A Metaphysical BnB, really wants to prove the stereotype. All joking aside, you won't find a better place for yoga, riding horses, meditating, and eating a healthy diet that will rejuvenate your body and spirit.
Roche Harbor Resort sits so close to Canada that you practically need a visa to visit. Luckily, you can enjoy the cool waters and clear skies without bothering with border patrol. The resort has a large marina, so come ready to visit nearby islands, look for migrating birds, and float the day away.
Portland! The land of beer and strip clubs (no, seriously). The White House BnB gives you a more refined version of the city. Located in the Irvington District, you're close enough to visit downtown by car but not so close that the crowds will disrupt your luxurious getaway.