We’ve had a love affair with the mini break since Daniel Cleaver whisked Bridget Jones away in the first Bridget Jones’ Diary. And while in this country we call it a weekend getaway (mini break sounds so much better), the sentiment remains the same: A quick break from reality that appeals to the free spirit in all of us. And with spring having finally sprung, now is the perfect time to grab your bags and go (and did we mention that post-winter, pre-summer travel also means smaller crowds, cheaper flights and better hotel deals? Are you packed yet?) So welcome spring in style by checking into one of these fab hotels that are well worth the weekend trip.
Santa Barbara, Sonoma County, Yosemite
If you’ve ever fantasized about renting an Airstream and hitting the road maybe you should first try an AutoCamp. The three locations (Santa Barbara, Sonoma County and Yosemite) offer pristine, modernized Airstream trailers kitted out with luxurious amenities like Memory Foam mattresses, flat screen TV’s, high-end bath products and private patios. No road trip necessary as your Airstream is already in a gorgeous location. It’s glamping at its finest!
1471 West Millers Cove Road, Walland, Tennessee
+1 865 984 8166
One of the top-rated properties in the world, this sprawling 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains is like a luxurious summer camp. Winners of countless food and wine awards, this foodie paradise offers endless activities and adventures to burn off calories after you indulge. There’s hiking, horseback riding, cycling, shooting, fly fishing, paintball and archery. Lazier souls can spend the day at the decadent spa which offers an endless variety of treatment and wellness programs. This resort works equally well for a romantic getaway as it does for a family vacation. Win, win!
The Inn at Kenmore Hall
1385 State Road, Richmond, Massachusetts
+1 413 698 8100
The Inn at Kenmore Hall is a stunning 18th century estate that has been stylishly renovated by the former head of J. Crew menswear, Frank Muytjens, and his artist/restauranteur partner, Scott Edward Cole. The creative combo created a chic, impeccably designed retreat with 5 bedrooms and a carriage house in the bucolic Berkshires. This is a place to get away from it all by roaming the 20-acre property, antiquing in neighboring towns, hitting a show at Tanglewood or just reading under a tree. The Inn is just 2 ½ hours from NYC and 1 ½ hours from Boston but you’ll feel like you’re far, far away!
Nobu Ryokan Malibu
22752 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California
If you’re looking for a VERY indulgent beachside getaway then look no further than Nobu Ryokan. With just 16 stunning guest suites overlooking Malibu’s famed Carbon Beach, it’s all about privacy, serenity and service at this Zen hideaway. The individually designed rooms are Japanese-inspired with shoji screens and tatami mats. You may never want to leave your teak soaking tub in the spa-worthy bathroom, but no worries, as room service from Nobu can be delivered and served on your oceanfront veranda (yes, you read that right!). In addition to the beach, the Ryokan has a lap pool, fitness room, gardens and sunset deck exclusive to hotel guests only.
Perry Lane Hotel
256 East Perry Street, Savannah, Georgia
+1 912 415 9000
Savannah is a romantic antebellum city filled with moss-covered oaks, museums, historic mansions, trolleys, cobblestoned streets, and haunted gardens. There is also a newly vibrant shopping, drinking and dining scene along the Savannah River. It’s the perfect city for a long weekend visit and the new Perry Lane Hotel, located in the historic district, is where you should stay. The Perry Lane combines elegance and antiques with modern amenities like a screening room and gorgeous rooftop bar where you can gaze at the historic rooftops with cocktail in hand.
Hotel Peter and Paul
2317 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
+1 504 356 5200
New Orleans is always a good idea, but visiting in the spring without the wild, chaos of Mardi Gras is ideal. After a four-year restoration, the brand-new Hotel Peter and Paul is THE place to stay in the Big Easy. Originally built as a church, convent, rectory and schoolhouse, the space has been stylishly reimagined as a swanky hotel. With 71 beautifully decorated guest rooms, a library lounge, restaurant and bar, a weekend here will feel like the ultimate getaway.