Long Weekend Trip Ideas For A Quick Summer Adventure
It is best to master the long weekend trip when you know what you want to do. With a weeks-long break, you can leave the daily agenda open and flexible to explore, but with only 72 hours of wiggle room, it’s wise to go in with an intention. It can be anything from wanting to visit a historic region with guided tours and museum visits, to needing a destination where you can completely detach from your devices. It’s kind of like being your very own travel agent if you create these kinds of travel themes based on what you enjoy most.
Since you will be working with just a few days, you can leave any far flung destinations that would take too much time. Keep things simple and uncomplicated by focusing on the U.S., where even a short flight can transport you somewhere new and exciting. There are plenty of places to visit in the states, from the quiet forests of Colorado to the restaurant-dotted streets of New Orleans. There are nine long weekend trip ideas.
For An Off-the-Grid Cabin in the Wild: Crested Butte, Colorado
The lodge is located at the Taylor River.
If the M/O of your long weekend is to get away from it all, a cabin that is nestled in the woods and off the grid should make your ears perk up. Colorado, with its fragrant trees and towering granite cliffs, is prime cabin country and thanks to Denver International Airport’s central location, heading for the state’s many picturesque areas is as easy as renting a car. Taylor River Lodge was once a general store for fishing and tackle and is now home to an eight-cabin private retreat. You can go fishing at the stocked trout pond or hang back at the lodge with a steam and enjoy some s’mores around the fire pit. You can book a rustic log cabin at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa and experience an authentic ranch experience with activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, zip lining, and mountain biking. This architecturally stunning home is set on 160 acres and is a cabin rental that you want. There is a large soaking tub for two on the screened porch of the cabin, which has wonderful mountain views. The property is powered by solar power.
For Sun-Drenched Afternoons Spent by the Sea: Nantucket, Massachusetts
The house is named after a Coffin.
It’s a good idea to spend summer days by the sea. A combination of bright sun, salty skin, smell of sunscreen, and nearby crashing waves can be overwhelming. Instead of going to the beach for an afternoon, go for a multi-day trip to slowly soak in the beauty. The pristine beaches of Nantucket are one of the reasons that it is on a bucket list. The boutique hotel Greydon House was designed by Roman and Williams and captures the well-traveled sea captain aesthetic. The island’s historic origins can be seen in theJared Coffin House, a 19th-century mansion-turned-guesthouse that features wooden floors and historic paintings. White Elephant is located right by the harbor, so if you are looking for something waterfront, go for it. You can finish the day with a lobster roll and a beer atCisco Brewers.
For a History-Fueled Trip With Museum Visits & Walking Tours: Washington, D.C.
The man is named Riggs.
If you are the type of traveler who would rather go on a museum tour than a bar crawl, why not plan an entire weekend around the best sights and landmarks in a historic city. If you’ve never been to the nation’s capital, start there. There is a hotel in Washington D.C. that was once a national bank. Each room is decorated to look like a safety deposit box and serves as an atmospheric home base for your getaways. You can visit the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the National Archives, and Ford’s Theater on a trolley tour. The city is perfect for history buffs who need a quick break.
For A Meditative Desert Escape: Sonoran Desert
It is called CIVANA.
A brief amount of time in the desert serves as a reminder that the landscape is unlike any other terrain on the planet. If you are feeling burnt out from work or need a place to sit with your thoughts, Arizona is a good place to go. The three main deserts in Arizona are Chihuahuan, Mojave and Sonoran. The Sonoran plays host to a number of resorts, some of which are located on red rocks. If you’re looking for a mix of outdoor adventure and health rituals, you should book a stay at CIVANA and choose from daily complimentary movement classes, spa treatments, and seasonal cuisine. If you want to see the natural wonder of the world, you can either go on a Grand Canyon driving tour or take a metaphysical class at L’Auberge de Sedona.
For Outdoor Enthusiasts Who Want An Accessible Adventure: Mount Rainier
The REI Co-op is open to the public.
Sometimes the best kind of weekend trip is one that leaves all of that behind, and that is what metropolitan cities deliver on. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who is on the hunt for their next great adventure, you should consider a journey to a national park. During the summer months, Mount Rainier National Park is filled with flowers, waterfalls and old-growth forests. You can join one of REI Co-op’s group trips to experience this majestic part of the states or reserve a campground that’s centrally located and pick day hikes to explore each day.
For A Relaxing Wine Tasting Weekend: Napa Valley
Lede is a man.
Sipping a glass of wine in a picturesque setting is a guaranteed mood booster, which is why a relaxing weekend oftasting is a universally beloved trip idea. If you have a few days, schedule around two winery visits a day, plus meals and maybe a spa treatment or two. California is an obvious destination for this kind of vacation, and an excellent place to start is in the valley of the drums.
The Poetry Inn is a boutique hotel with just five suites, each named after a famous poet, and the best place to enjoy an outdoor shower is one of them. You can add a few tasting rooms to your itinerary, such as Sullivan, Gamble Family Vineyards and Ram’s Gate Winery.
Meadowood, a 250-acre estate immersed in nature is one of the most popular hotels to stay at in the valley. If you want to brush up on a few wine terms before you head out for a day of tasting, you can book a wine tasting class or sommelier consultation with the property’s Wine Center.
For Foodies Who Want to Try New Bites & Sips: New Orleans
If your idea of a perfect weekend is spending time at restaurants, then you should double down and plan a trip that is centered around eating. New Orleans is a good choice for a food and drink vacation. The cuisine in this special corner of Louisiana is unlike anywhere else in the world and it is a city that is known for it’s decadence. Hotel Peter & Paul is one of the best places to start when choosing your home base. Where to start when it comes to theculinary agenda? There is a table and a can for beef empanadas. Commander’s Palace has 25-cent martinis, Bywater American Bistro has gulf fish, Sylvain for Champagne and fries, N7 for canned seafood, and Bacchanal Wine has backyard bites.
For A Road Trip Filled With Picturesque Pitstops: Coastal Maine
“Moment Unreleased” is by Patrick Donovan.
With a set of wheels, you can see a lot of a destination in a short amount of time. If you like road trips and need a quick summer escape, coastal Maine is a great choice. Route 1 is known as the ‘Lobster Trail’ due to the plethora of pitstops you can take to enjoy the delicious seafood dish. Hidden Pond is a lovely resort with a treetop spa and is located in Kennebunkport. Along the way, you can stop in towns like Portland, Georgetown, and Rockland, as well as lobster favorites like Five Islands, Waterman’s Beach Lobster, and Shaw’s. Don’t forget to go to Acadia National Park for a breathtaking hike with expansive views.
For Good Antique Shopping In a Small Town Setting: Hudson, New York
If your home is filled with good finds and you want to have a great weekend, you need to make a trip to it. Hudson, New York is a quintessential Northeastern small town that has well-designed accommodations, quaint cafes, and top-notch antique shopping. Located on a quiet street in town, The Amelia is a former Queen Anne-style private residence with eight rooms. The Antique Warehouse is a 300,000 square-foot warehouse filled with individual antique and vintage distributors.