Short but sweet, the 48 hours at the end of the working week is the perfect opportunity to escape the everyday and the United States, with its exciting tapestry of urban cities, open roads and natural wonders, has an endless list of places to uncover. From a quiet corner of Colorado to the southernmost tip of Florida, here are seven destinations worthy of a visit for your next weekend getaway.
Little Palm Island
Florida Keys, Florida, United States
An idyllic peace of paradise, Little Palm Island is an incomparable romantic retreat set on a tiny and secluded island off the Florida Keys coastline. With exquisite accommodations, five-star amenities, gourmet dining and other-wordly surrounds, it’s no surprise this is the getaway of choice for some of the world’s most recognised names. It comprises 30 oceanfront, thatched-roof bungalows with West Indies decor and uninterrupted views. And activities like country fishing, scuba diving and eco-tours cater to adventurers and relaxation-seekers alike.
Post Ranch Inn
California, United States
Sitting cliffside 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the acclaimed Post Ranch Inn gets you up close and personal with the natural grandeur of the Big Sur coastline. There are 40 guest rooms with earthy interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, blending harmoniously with the surrounding environment.
Barnard, Vermont, United States
With rolling hills, lush gardens and verdant woods as far as the eye can see, the all-inclusive Twin Farms offers a welcome break from the city. Originally a farmhouse dating back to 1975, today the rustic-chic property comprises 20 rooms, suites and cottages, a dining room, wine cellar, Japanese Furo (soaking tub) and pub. Spanning 300 acres of countryside, a year-round itinerary of activities are guests’ disposal; think everything from snow-trekking and skiing, to canoeing, tennis and cycling.
Walland, Tennessee, United States
Tucked away at the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm and its 4,200-acre estate is one of the southern state’s best kept secrets. There are 68 rooms varying slightly in style and size, that all boast an understated display of luxurious country-house style; expect heavenly beds, antique furnishings, and modern technology. There’s an onsite spa for ultimate relaxation, and three restaurants serving up celebrated cuisine rooted in both the farm and the Smoky Mountain region’s heritage.
Calistoga, California, United States
Located in a quiet corner of Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch is a nature-lover’s paradise. Immersed within 157 acres of mountainous terrain and lush surrounds, a stay here promises to enrich, inspire and relax. It features 50 standalone wooden lodges, a spa offering wellness-inspired treatments and complimentary fitness classes, and onsite restaurant The Lakehouse. The activities and experiences on offer are both adventurous and relaxing and include everything from hiking and wine-blending, to biking tours and bee-keeping.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Rhode Island, United States
Set in a restored historic mansion overlooking Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, this European-styled boutique property is an emblem of elegance, and is deservedly one of the most romantic hotels in America. The only hotel amongst a lineup of private cliffside homes, The Chanler comprises 20 guest rooms, each individually decorated to reflect past European styles gone by; there are multiple dining destinations, favoured by guests and locals alike, including The Spiced Pear, a high-end restaurant serving up French and New England inspired cuisine to the backdrop of striking ocean vistas.
Dunton Hot Springs
Colorado, United States
An old ghost town and contemporary luxury collide at this tranquil alpine valley in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. Originally the site of an old mining town, Dunton Hot Springs has since been restored and revitalised to offer 21st century hospitality for just 44 guests. Dotted across the property are hand-hewn log cabins housing different accommodations, The Saloon (where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served), and indoor and outdoor hot springs.