Long Weekend Trip Ideas for a Quick Summer Adventure

Long Weekend Trip Ideas for a Quick Summer Adventure

Long Weekend Trip Ideas for a Quick Summer Adventure

Mastering the art of the long weekend trip works best when you know what you want to get out of the vacation. With a week-long outing, you can leave the daily agenda open and flexible to explore, but with only 72 hours or so wiggle room, it’s wise to go in with intention (and probably a rough route, too). This could be anything from wanting to visit a historic region with tours and museum visits to needing a destination where you can completely disconnect from your devices. Creating these kinds of travel themes based on what you like the most makes choosing a location feel explorative and customized – like being your own travel agent.

Since you only work for a few days, you can cross out all the faraway destinations that take you too much time. Instead, keep it simple and straightforward by focusing on the US, where even a short flight can take you somewhere new and immersive. From the restaurant-strewn streets of New Orleans to the quiet forests of Colorado, there’s plenty to choose from here in the United States. Ahead, nine long weekend getaway ideas to jump-start your planning.

For an off-the-grid cabin in the wild: Crested Butte, Colorado

If the M/O of your long weekend is to unplug and unwind, a cabin nestled in the woods and off the grid should perk your ears. Colorado, with its fragrant trees and towering granite cliffs, is the land of the premier cabins, and Denver International Airport’s central location makes it as easy to travel to the state’s many picturesque areas as renting a car and go into the wilderness. Located on the edge of Crested Butte, Taylor River Lodge was once a locals shop for fishing and equipment but is now home to a private eight cabin retreat. While there, try fishing in the stocked trout pond or relax in the lodge with a steam room and soak in the bathhouse and s’mores around the fire pit. A few hours north in the wilderness of Rocky Mountain, you can book a rustic log cabin at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa and experience an authentic ranch experience with activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, zip lining, and mountain biking. But if you’re looking for a cabin, spring up for this architecturally stunning home on 160 acres. The cabin’s screened porch offers majestic mountain views, and there’s even a full-sized two-person soaking tub. Bonus: The property is completely solar powered.

For sun-filled afternoons by the sea: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Summer days by the sea are good for the soul. Bright sun, salty skin, the smell of sunscreen and nearby crashing waves – a sensory combination that just can’t be beat. Instead of going to the beach for an afternoon, make it a multi-day trip to slowly enjoy the beauty. Nantucket is a small island about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts and is a bucket list destination for several reasons, one of which is the pristine beaches. Greydon House is every design lover’s dream; Decorated by Roman and Williams, the boutique hotel elegantly captures the well-traveled sea captain’s aesthetic. There’s also Jared Coffin House, a 19th-century mansion converted into a guest house that nods to the island’s historic origins with its wooden floors and historic paintings. And if you’re looking for something waterfront, head to White Elephant, a Nantucket institution that’s right by the harbor. The island is best explored by bike and after a few hours lounging on the beach you can explore the sights such as the Shipwreck Museum, the aquarium, an 18th-century mill and the Loines Observatory. To complete the day, stop by Cisco Brewers for a lobster sandwich and a pint of beer.

For a journey full of history with museum visits and walking tours: Washington, DC

If you’re the kind of traveler who prefers a museum tour to a pub crawl, why not plan an entire weekend around the best sights and monuments in a historic city? If you’ve never been to the country’s capital, start there. Check in at Riggs Washington DC, a Penn Quarter hotel in a 19th-century building that was once a national bank. Each room is furnished to feel like a locker and serves as an atmospheric home base for your getaway. In the city, book a trolley tour so you can visit several sites at once, such as the Lincoln Memorial, Octagon House, WWII Memorial, the National Archives, Oak Hill Cemetery, and Ford’s Theater (where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated). A city full of stories, it’s perfect for history buffs looking to get away from it all.

For a meditative desert escape: Sonoran Desert

Even a short time spent in the desert reminds you that this landscape is unlike any other terrain on Earth. If you’re feeling burned out from work or just need a place to sit with your thoughts, going somewhere like Arizona will keep your mind centered and calm. There are three main deserts in Arizona: Chihuahuan, Mojave, and Sonoran. The Sonoran is home to several breathtaking resorts that stretch from the red rocks of Sedona to juicy Scottsdale. Those seeking a zen-inducing blend of outdoor adventure and wellness rituals should book a stay at CIVANA and choose from daily complimentary exercise classes, complementary spa treatments, and seasonal, nutritious dishes. A few hours to the north, L’Auberge de Sedona is another highlight of the desert region where guests can take metaphysical masterclasses with local experts or tour the Grand Canyon to admire this natural wonder of the world.

For outdoor enthusiasts who want an accessible adventure: Mount Rainier

Metropolitan cities offer hospitality and entertainment, but sometimes the best kind of weekend trip is one that leaves all that behind. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast on the hunt for their next big adventure, consider a trip to a national park. Mount Rainier National Park is a wonderland during the summer months, filled with wildflower meadows, picturesque waterfalls, and old-growth forests. Join one of REI Co-op’s group tours to experience this majestic part of the states, or reserve a centrally located campground and choose day hikes near that area to explore each day (Paradise is a breathtaking trail to list).

For a relaxing wine tasting weekend: Napa Valley

Sipping a glass of wine in scenic surroundings is a guaranteed mood booster, which is why a relaxing tasting weekend is a universally loved travel idea. If you have a few days, plan about two winery visits per day, plus meals (and maybe a spa treatment or two). California is an obvious destination for this kind of getaway, and a great place to start is in — drum roll — Napa Valley.

Start your visit by checking into Poetry Inn, a luxury boutique hotel with just five suites; each named after a famous poet, and with expansive valley views, best soaked in an outdoor shower (all suites have one). A few tasting rooms to add to your itinerary include: Cliff Lede (each vineyard block is named after a rock and roll song), Sullivan (ask for the Merlot), Somerston Estate (take the ATV tour), Gamble Family Vineyards (try to meet Tom), Ram’s Gate Winery (don’t skip the charcuterie board), Bouchaine (get a falconry experience), and Frank Family Vineyards (give Magnum the dog a pat).

Another popular hotel to experience while in the valley is Meadowood, a tranquil 250-acre estate surrounded by nature. If you’d like to brush up on a few wine terms before your day of tasting, book a wine tasting or sommelier consultation with the property’s wine center (lesson topics include essential wine tasting, insight into Napa Valley, the Napa Valley mountains, and even one that focuses on volcanic wines).

For foodies looking to try new bites and sips: New Orleans

If your idea of ​​a perfect weekend is one that you spend in restaurants, why not double up and plan a trip focused entirely on one very important task: food. New Orleans is a predictable choice for a foodie vacation, but for good reason. It’s a city that prides itself on indulgence, and the cuisine in this special corner of Louisiana is unlike anywhere else in the world. When it comes to your home base, there is almost at lots of perfect accommodations to choose from (Hotel Peter & Paul, Hotel Saint Vincent and The Chloe are good places to start). As for the culinary agenda, where to start? Cane & Table for beef empanadas and a Caribbean cocktail, for starters. You’ll also want to visit Commander’s Palace for 25 cent martinis, Bywater American Bistro for golf fish, Cochon for quality meats, Sylvain for champagne and chips, N7 for canned seafood and Bacchanal Wine for backyard appetizers accompanied by live music and bottles wine.

For a road trip full of picturesque pit stops: Coastal Maine

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One of the best ways to see as much of a destination in a short period of time is with a set of wheels. If you’re a road trip fan and need a quick summer getaway, consider the coast of Maine. Your journey will take you along the coastline on Route 1, also known as the ‘Lobster Trail’ thanks to the abundance of pit stops you can take to enjoy this delicious seafood dish. You can begin your seaside journey in Kennebunkport at Hidden Pond, a beautiful resort surrounded by 60 acres of birch and balsam fir trees with a treetop spa. From there, stop in cities like Portland, Georgetown, and Rockland along the way, and at lobster favorites like Five Islands, Waterman’s Beach Lobster, Eventide, and Shaw’s. While you’re there, don’t miss Acadia National Park for a breathtaking hike with expansive views.

For good antique shops in a small town: Hudson, New York

If your house is full of crafty finds and your idea of ​​a riveting weekend is spent scoring good prices on antiques, then you know the drill by now — make it a trip. Hudson, New York is a quintessential northeastern town with well-designed accommodations, quaint cafes, and top-notch antique shops. Book one of eight rooms at The Amelia, a former Queen Anne-style private residence on a quiet city street. From there, head to The Antique Warehouse, a 300,000-square-foot warehouse filled to the brim with individual antiques and vintage distributors, followed by stops at Furlong, Hallam, and The Gilded Owl.