As Memorial Day Weekend approaches and we celebrate the beginning of summer, we share some of the best under-the-radar destinations to travel to for Memorial Day Weekend, each offering the perfect long weekend escape.
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort | Martha’s Vineyard, MA
This summer, from May 29 – to June 29, welcome summer with the “Weekday Winnetu Special.” Offering guests the opportunity to book three nights, or more, in a suite or cottage from Sunday-Thursday, guests can receive one night free. Each guests’ rate includes use of the property’s outdoor heated pools to soak in some sunshine; fitness center to work on their bikini bod if they’d like; access to the Tennis Club for a mid-day match; children’s day program on Monday through Saturday mornings (program begins May 29th); yoga and fitness classes; antique fire truck rides to explore the island in style; an easy path to South Beach; shuttles to Edgartown; concierge Services; life-size, outdoor chess; and more – ringing in summer with so much to do on island time. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort is located where everyone visiting Martha’s Vineyard wants to be at South Beach in Edgartown and is the island’s ultimate family resort. Family owned and styled after the traditional New England grand seaside resorts, the Winnetu includes 58 suites, studios and private cottages, each equipped with air-conditioning, kitchenettes and separate living areas, many of which have unobstructed ocean views.
The Nantucket Hotel & Resort | Nantucket, MA
The Nantucket Hotel is nestled in the heart of Nantucket and is the Island’s only premier, all-season destination hotel and resort. This Memorial Day Weekend, jump-start summer 2017, Nantucket style, with the 46th Annual Figawi Regatta – a colorful and regal event for all. This Regatta is internationally renowned, boasts entries from many states, and features over 210 sailing vessels and 30 power boats. The race course starts at the Hyannis Port Jetty and culminates at the Nantucket Jetty. Several other races and regattas are held all weekend long and there is also live entertainment and parties, as well as Trophy/Award ceremonies. Come view the magnificent spectacles! The Nantucket is made up of guest rooms and 1-4 bedroom suites and cottages, sleeping from one to ten people and perfect for the large family vacation.
Twin Farms | Barnard, VT
Situated on 300 acres of lush meadowlands in Barnard, Vermont, Twin Farms is the state’s only five-star all-inclusive resort, with a picturesque backdrop for couples and groups for the ultimate MDW. The property’s 20 distinctive accommodations are accompanied by an exceptional culinary program giving guests the ultimate foodie experience, that one may not expect to find in rural Vermont. Breathe and enjoy Vermont’s lush spring scenery with a curated picnic hamper with unexpected creations by esteemed Chef Nathan Rich, learn how to cook like a Relais & Châteaux chef in the new “Cooking Suite” (a take on the chefs table experience in the heart of the kitchen), or dine privately in the property’s 15,000 bottle wine cellar. The Twin Farms experience is complimented by impeccable curated service and bespoke luxury amenities.
The Mayflower Grace | Washington, CT
The Mayflower Grace is an exquisite country retreat nestled in 58 acres of Conneticut woodlands and gardens. Though not a typical Memorial Day weekend getaway, the property is not only home to a beautiful 20,000 square foot spa, but also offers unique experiences like the Bespoke Art of Fly Fishing excursion, a 3 hour session, with personal guided instruction. Guests who wish to relax at the property’s spa can indulge in treatments like Sound Healing, forest bathing and more to round out a Memorial Day “detox” getaway.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee | Atlanta, GA
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, set along 30 acres of shoreline and cradled by the Georgia pines, is a peaceful the lakeside resort with strong sense of exploration and connection. The luxury resort is located just seventy-five miles from Atlanta and offers activities for escaping it all, like five championship golf courses, a luxurious 27,000 sq. ft. spa, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking, fishing and boating. The luxury resort also offers a collection of restaurants and dining experiences like the stunning Gaby’s by the Lake, one of only two restaurants on the water of Lake Oconee, and complimentary s’mores by the fire every evening. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is truly a destination for the entire family to relax, have fun, and reconnect with one another this Memorial Day weekend.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota | Sarasota, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota has everything to offer this Memorial Day weekend whether it is a relaxing beach vacation or exploring the city of Sarasota’s nightlife the options are endless. Located on the shores of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is known for its sugar-sanded beaches, casual elegance and stunning Spanish-style architecture. Guests can relax and unwind at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota home to one of the most luxurious spas in Sarasota where a personalized, unique wellness ritual awaits. Guests can also enjoy the beautiful beach and pool club on Lido Key equipped with a tiki bar and full food and beverage service or stay active with the resorts fitness center, 3 tennis courts, and an award-winning Ritz-Carlton Golf Club located just 13 miles from the hotel accessible to all registered guests. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is also home to the city’s most talked about waterfront restaurant Jack Dusty, with rich history behind the name this restaurant provides a fresh new take on coastal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples | Naples, Florida
Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, located on three miles of pristine white beaches that are cradled by the clear blue waters off the Gulf of Mexico. This luxury property is one of the premier beach resorts in all of South Florida, offering activities for all ages in mind. Amenities include unforgettable beach experiences including water sports such as parasailing, pedal boats and kayaks, five pools with poolside cabanas and personal concierge service and a state of the art fitness and tennis center. No to forget, the tri-level spa featuring more than 30 treatment rooms, offering a full range of the latest advances in treatments and a full-service salon creating the ultimate luxury spa experience. The resort boasts a dining experience like no other, with nine restaurants that offer waterfront dining with fresh locally caught seafood, Italian, steak, sushi or tapas.
Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and sister property, The Lodge & Club are located on sprawling North Florida beachfront, boasting picturesque views of the North Atlantic. The effortless tranquility and moderate climate set the stage for year-round visits with proximity to Jacksonville, Florida, where quick direct flights are available from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Toronto and Charlotte, to name a few. Set on stunning private beachfront, these AAA Five-Diamond and AAA-Four Diamond oceanfront properties, steeped in resort glamour and country-club living, are one of Florida’s best-kept secrets, perfect for a seamless weekend escape to celebrate the long Memorial Day Weekend. Known for golf, tennis and their top-rated spa, the properties provide a picturesque playground for families, couples and boomers.
Stay at Hotel Preston
Hotel Preston celebrates the eclectic sights and sounds of Nashville, designed to showcase the artistic feelings of the music city with pieces that inspire guest creativity. Unique details like lava lamps and pet goldfish add quirky charm while complimentary airport and local shuttle service make navigating the music city a real treat. Take the long weekend as an opportunity to escape to Music City’s bars and indulge in delicious barbecue. Guests can pre-pay and save 10% when booking early.
Stay at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ideally situated just three blocks from the French Quarter, the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is the best New Orleans boutique hotel for art lovers and cultural explorers. The lobby features a rotating art gallery with original works by NOCCA students, alumni and faculty. Boasting signature amenities such as a pet spiritual menu and Spotify menus, an extensive pets welcome policy and acclaimed onsite restaurant Compère Lapin, the big decision on where to stay is easy. While Mardi Gras may have come and gone, the “Big Easy” is still brimming with nonstop nightlife, mouthwatering Louisiana cuisine and their signature live-music scene. For a true foodie indulgence, make an extra long weekend of Memorial Day and book tickets for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 25-28) where intimate wine dinners at the city’s best restaurants await. Prepay and save up to 15% when booking 7 nights in advance.
The Camby, Phoenix, Ariz.
This Memorial Day, guests can spend it exploring all that The Camby and Phoenix has to offer. Guests can check out what is happening at this urban playground with fun in-room amenities such as the guitar loaner program Check In. Jam Out, which gives guests a chance to borrow a Gretsch guitar at no charge and make music of their own. Guests can also venture up to the 24/7 pool that plays movies on the Skywall every night at dusk. Lastly, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Wade Poolside Bar and savor bites such as inventive street tacos and hand wrapped ice cream sandwiches. Tropical libations, cool cabanas and lively atmosphere make this the perfect urban escape day or night. Guests can book The Camby’s Dine & Elevate package that is perfect for those looking to spend the weekend exploring Phoenix or simply enjoy some down time. The package includes:
- Accommodation upgrade to a Mountain View Room, based upon availability
- $50 food and beverage credit for dinner at Artizen per night
- 50 percent valet parking discount
- Available Thursday through Sunday check-in dates
- Promo Code: D18
Washington School House | Park City, Utah
Park City is well known as one of the best places to visit in the spring. For those who want to make the most of a holiday weekend, visit over Memorial Day Weekend (MDW) and book lodging at Washington School House — Park City’s luxury twelve-room boutique hotel. Offering an ideal setting located walking distance to Main Street’s finest restaurants, galleries, adventure, nightlife and more, the hotel also offers a chic ski lounge, heated pool terraced in the hillside, 24-hour concierge, and daily breakfast and après snacks. MDW is also the best time to visit as Park City Mountain opens for the summer season on May 26th. Skip the late-season crowds and be one of the first to experience the 2017 summer offerings!
Stay at Hotel deLuxe
Stay Longer and save more at Hotel deLuxe in Portland – a luxurious retreat that celebrates the Golden Age of American cinema with vintage-inspired Art Deco and Hollywood Modern design. Displayed in the corridors are nearly 400 behind-the-scenes photographs, film stills and studio shots from Hollywood films from the 1930s to 1950s. This Memorial Day, guests can breakaway from the day-to-day grind and reward yourself with outdoor immersion. In Portland, stunning vistas and outdoor adventure await at every turn from the city’s signature Portland Rose Festival (May – June) to sightings of up to 20,000 whales migrating along Oregon’s scenic coastline. Explore the city by bike with Portland’s Biketown program which makes over 1,000 eight-speed bikes available at 100 locations so visitors can take advantage of 350 miles of designated bikeways. A locally crafted beer will be well deserved but hard to choose with 75 breweries, many of which offering limited- edition spring beer releases. Guess can prepay and save 15%.
Newport Beach, CA
Ditch the Los Angeles crowds and head to this Southern California gem for a long weekend escape and discover the charm of Newport Beach California. From sunset cruises to surf lessons, wine tastings and harbor-front promenades, boutique and brand name retail that exude style synonymous with SoCal-chic and epicurean adventures throughout, Newport Beach offers more things to do and more ways to spend your stay. With the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, Newport Beach offers ten miles of extraordinary coastline perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. Thirteen Newport beaches have received a 5-star rating by the Natural Resources Defense Council with Newport Beach taking top honors. As one of the surfing capitals of the world, Newport Beach boasts some of the best surf spots including The Wedge – the biggest swell in Southern California and known for its shore breaking waves.
Stay at Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano is conveniently located in the heart of Tacoma attractions, including Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 US Open and just minutes from downtown Seattle. Tacoma is the epicenter of the American glass art movement and home of three beautiful golf courses. After hitting the greens, guests can explore Mount Rainer which is the ultimate in alpine climbing or spend the day craft beer tasting as Washington has more craft distilleries than any other state. Guests can save save 15% buy booking the pre-pay and save package.
HALCYON – a Hotel in Cherry Creek | Denver, CO
Kick-off your Memorial Day Weekend by embracing the great outdoors at this modern luxury hotel nestled in the idyllic and lively part of Denver named Cherry Creek. HALCYON, a Hotel in Cherry Creek, melds perfectly into the collage of a thriving urban town surrounded by snow capped Rocky Mountains. The 154-room hotel is the ideal holiday escape for guests looking for unlimited activities ranging from the best shopping and dining, spa and poolside bliss as well as curated local adventures. Guests can also utilize the property’s Gear Garage to borrow a bike for the day to cruise down the Cherry Creek Bike Path to local breweries, or hop on a Vespa to head downtown. Those looking for a day trip to the mountains can head to the Blue River to fly fish (using complimentary Gear Garage fishing rod), get fitted to Mountain Bike in Vail, or fuel up for a morning hike in Boulder, all easily accessible with a call to the front desk. A bustling outdoor city, Denver is sure to set the scene for a picturesque and memorable weekend destination.
Stay at Hotel Max
Hotel Max, Seattle’s boutique hotel for art lovers, musicians and creatively inclined, is centrally located in downtown Seattle, just steps from Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill. With a world-class art collection in the lobby and the work of iconic local photographers on each floor, Hotel Max can add a little art to any visitor’s urban adventure. Guests can cap off the day with free Seattle craft beer served in the lobby every evening. Be sure to request a guestroom with turntables and label-curated vinyl from Sub Pop Records! Seattle comes alive in the spring with major festivals including the Seattle international Film Festival (May-June) and Seattle Pride (June) but some of the best pastimes include simply booking a ride on the water taxi to see one of the best views of Seattle’s famous skyline, ordering your favorite drink at the world’s very first Starbucks, walking Pike Place Market and soaking up the city’s unique charm in between sips of coffee. Prepay and save up to 15% when you book in advance.
Surrounded by Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is often referred to as being suspended in a forgotten, more innocent time. With a ban on motor vehicles, Mackinac Island limits modes of transportation to horse-and-buggy, walking and biking, making Mackinac Island the ideal destination for a low key Memorial Day. Set on 18-acres where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron, Mission Point recently debuted new spa and wellness facilities, upgraded accommodations, elevated food & beverage programming, cultural celebrations and a brand new ‘Marketplace at Mission Point.’ Ideal for families, couples and friends, the Great Lakes icon boasts an expansive lakefront lawn, offering undisturbed views of Lake Huron and the Straits for guests to play lawn games, fly kites, or relax in a white Adirondack chair. Mission Point offers activities such as a waterfront 18 hole putting course, bike rentals, observation tower and museum, movie theater, Mackinac Art Council and gallery, and tennis court. Around the island, guests and locals alike are invited to relax at a dive bar while the sounds of big band, folk, rock, country, jazz and blues fill the Island air, or socialize over local delicacies such as fudge, white fish and all things lilac. The island also boasts charming shops where visitors and locals alike can peruse famous books, local art, vintage accessories and old-fashioned toys.
The Anti-Cabo Memorial Day Weekend Getaway
Go Here: Rancho Pescadero, Todos Santos, MX
Nestled on a pristine beach of the Pacific Ocean an hour north of Cabo San Lucas and a world away from traffic, stress and constant information, Rancho Pescadero is an adult hideaway of 28 suites set amidst the natural beauty of swaying palms and a backdrop of soaring mountain peaks. Set in the artsy, laid-back beach town of Todos Santos, the resort allows guests to truly disconnect from their daily lives and technology and reconnect with themselves, nature and their family and friends traveling with them. Crafted with native materials and artisan furnishings, the hotel features two pools, the Tres Hermanas Spa, which specializes in local and indigenous ingredients, a 2,000 square-foot yoga pavilion, an organic farm, and the Garden Restaurant, offering farm-and sea-to-table Baja cuisine infused with global influences. Guests enjoy complimentary daily breakfast baskets, yoga sessions, and gear for surfing, fishing, and biking to help build experiences and connect with one another instead of technology. Other activities, such as beachfront horseback riding, deep sea fishing, cooking classes and hiking, can be arranged upon request.
The Cliff Hotel | Negril, Jamaica
The Cliff Hotel is the perfect destination for a relaxing, off-the-grid Memorial Day Weekend getaway. The property boasts just 22 suites and four standalone villas, offering guests a luxurious, private escape. While on property, guests can experience spa treatments at KiYara Spa, curated by Spa Director Carolyn Jobson who creates individualized treatments using natural formulations of indigenous Jamaican botanicals and herbs; and unforgettable dining experiences at Zest, with a menu curated by acclaimed Chef Cindy Huston. This Jamaican getaway will leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, rather than over-tired from a weekend of over indulgence. Rates begin at just $300/night, with the fourth night free.