With these Top 8 Spring U.S. Getaways, discover top tables, the best in botanicals, and dare-to-leave-me hotels and resorts.
By Erin Lentz | April 27, 2018
STAY: South Congress Hotel – Located on bustling Congress Avenue, think midcentury modern design, a chic boutique with local handcrafted art, and trending restaurants. Ask how to get to the private speakeasy nearby for a nightcap.
EAT: Eberley Austin – Owned by Austinites, expect modern American cuisine, a rooftop terrace overlooking downtown, and a hip, see-and-be-seen Austin crowd at the Cedar Tavern Bar.
SEE: Austin Food and Wine Festival – Held April 27-29, this three-day epicurean event stages celebrity chefs and master sommeliers, while showcasing Austin’s trending restaurant scene, too.
SPA: Lake Austin Spa – Book a full day here. The lap pool is housed in a gorgeous barn, and the lunch menu features savory super foods. The Weekend Warrior Massage is even more tempting when enjoyed in the private garden suite.
STAY: Boston Harbor Hotel – Easily recognized by its iconic 60-foot stone archway, this waterfront property is known for intuitive service and an elegant style that celebrates Boston’s maritime culture. The hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grill patio is a power lunch hot spot, drawing a mix of visiting CEOs and local entrepreneurs.
EAT: Island Creek Oyster Bar – With a coveted location on Commonwealth Ave., this spacious and always buzzing seafood house features (arguably) the best bivalves and bubbly in Boston.
SEE: SoWa Open Market – Held Sunday, May 6, this annual event marks the start of summer. Think: artists, farmers market, food trucks, local musicians, and a beer barn in the art and design district. And on Mother’s Day, don’t miss Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, one of the largest lilac collections in North America.
SPA: The Mandarin Oriental Boston – Located in Back Bay, this chic spa consistently tops “best of Boston” lists. If on a long weekend for two, book a three-hour treatment in the couples room and hit the quartz crystal steam room.
STAY: Planters Inn – Built in 1844, this historic gem bridges past and present with traditional Southern design and contemporary cuisine at the buzz worthy Peninsula Grill.
EAT: 1Kept – Brunch is a favorite Charleston pastime, and foodies are flocking to this Ansonborough hangout. Order the Southern Benedict, served with rice cakes and Benton’s ham, paired with rosé (all day, if so inclined).
SEE: Spoleto – Art buffs descend on the city for 17 days and 700 events of global theater, dance, and visual art. Don’t miss Piccolo Spoleto, which features local and regional acts.
SPA: The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place – An anti-aging warrior, book the Southern Glow Facial. The Glycolic or lactic facial re-textures and helps smooth lines and boost skin tone. After, enjoy lunch at the Belmond’s Charleston Grill.
STAY: Halcyon Cherry Creek North – A cross between boutique hotel and second home, this newcomer to the bustling Cherry Creek shopping district is decidedly hip, with a rooftop pool, rock-n-roll vibe (read: vinyl record players in room) and a hopping bar scene.
EAT: Tavernetta – Bobby Stuckey’s new Denver outpost has quickly gained a Mile High City following. The owner of Boulder’s famed Frasca restaurant, Stuckey brings Italian inspiration and his passion for Friuli to Denver’s Union Station.
SEE: Denver Art Museum – Held through May 20, “Degas: A Passion for Perfection” features 100 works of art by French artist Edgar Degas. Works span from 1855 to 1906.
SPA: Four Seasons Hotel & Spa – Book the Evergreen Treatment—a deep tissue massage that employs the healing attributes of evergreen trees, which Native Americans mined for therapeutic Vitamin C.
STAY: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas – If privacy is paramount, check in to the Zen-tastic lobby and plan to be pampered. This non-gaming hotel has fast become an elegant Vegas grande dame, and lives more like a residence than a hotel.
EAT: Esther’s Kitchen – This innovative downtown restaurant is in the heart of the evolving design district, with source-to-fork Italian soul food by the touted Chef James Trees.
SEE: Neon Museum – The outdoor “Neon Boneyard” features more than 700 signs, and a gallery of seven restored signs that showcase Vegas’s bright lights, big city attitude.
SPA: The Spa at Aria – Yes, it’s big (80,000 square feet), yet guests can escape the Vegas chaos and unwind on heated stone ganbanyoku beds (the only ones in the States), which supposedly combat toxins and improve circulation.
STAY: L’Auberge Carmel – Just a short drive from the private airport, this swanky Carmel outpost takes its design cue from Europe, housed in a gorgeous 1929 stucco building.
EAT: Cannery Row Brewing Company – A visit to Monterey isn’t complete without artisan beer, tasty sliders, and live music. Kiddos will love the gigantic soft pretzels.
SEE: Monterey Bay Coastal Trail – The famous stretch of sand from Monterey to Carmel is best experienced by putting boot (or running shoe) to trail along this 29-mile scenic recreation trail.
SPA: Vista Blue Spa – Located in the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, book the Organic Ginger and Rosemary Sea Salt Scrub and Wrap, then toast the Pacific views from the rooftop hot tub.
STAY: Inn at The Presidio – This posh B&B is near a 1,500-acre national park by the Golden Gate Bridge. With five guest rooms, 17 suites, and the stylish Funston house, it’s an SF design star.
EAT: State Bird Provisions – Always packed with San Francisco’s local foodies, this industrial chic eatery is worth the wait to get in. What to order? Dim sum, specifically the namesake state bird—quail—and provisions.
SEE: Marshall Oyster Farm – Take the scenic drive from San Francisco to Shoreline Highway in Marshall and shuck your own picnic. This Hog Island Oyster Co. outpost features communal outdoor tables overlooking Tamales Bay.
SPA: Rémede Spa at the St. Regis San Francisco – Located in SOMA, Reméde is known for innovative treatments and top-of-the-line facials. The saltwater infinity pool with incredible city views is reason alone to make a day of it.
WEST PALM BEACH
STAY: The Breakers – An iconic mainstay, The Breakers—first owned by tycoon Henry Flagler in 1896—showcases quintessential Palm Beach panache. A stay at the oceanfront Imperial Suite ensures views for days, with five outdoor terraces.
EAT: Buccan – Chef Clay Conley’s inventive small plates celebrate global flavors and influences, and if a gin fan, order the Embers on the Rocks cocktail, with Hennessy, absinthe rinse, and Luxardo.
SEE: Grand Champions Polo Club – Polo is the pulse of Palm Beach and Wellington, and with this club’s year-round event lineup, witness the world’s top players in action.
SPA: Eau Palm Beach – With a clock that moves in reverse upon arrival, local honey used to initiate spa treatments, and stylish basket chairs placed over the pool, this spa is eclectic and original. What’s more, you can make your own body scrubs.
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