Winter's long weekends are the perfect time to get out of town. Whether the post-holiday gloom is starting to grate on you, or you haven’t taken a trip recently and are itching to get out of town, you can put serious distance between yourself and real life in just three days. Pack up your skis or fill a duffle with the coziest outfits you’ve been meaning to wear, and choose one of these nine luxurious long weekend ideas:
Zion National Park, Utah
Glamping has taken hold as a 2019 travel trend, and for good reason. You have the freedom to explore without having to drive an hour at the end of your day to sleep in a real bed. Under Canvas sets up gorgeous elevated tents with extremely comfortable beds, heating, and toilets that actually flush. And your tent is right in the park, so you can come back to your luxe retreat after hiking Angel’s Landing.
Scottsdale is on the rise as a chic weekend escape or even a relaxed bachelorette weekend. The desert oasis makes it a perfect spot to unwind by the pool, and the culinary scene has exploded with more than 800 restaurants. Dine at the House Brasserie for French fare or The Mission for Latin American-inspired cuisine. The luxury hotels alone are worth the trip, so stay at the Andaz Scottsdale or Hotel Valley Ho.
Brooklyn, New York
Unwind with a winter Brooklyn staycation at newly-opened hotel, The Hoxton, Williamsburg. The Hoxton is an Instagrammer’s paradise. Every inch of these boutique hotels is meticulously designed, and the greenery, accent walls, and vintage accessories will leave you wanting to go home and redecorate. If you live on the Upper West Side or in Queens, venture to Williamsburg for a long weekend, where you can stay in the new property and dine at Lillia, a Williamsburg fine-dining classic, and Okonomi/Yuji Ramen.
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
San Jose del Cabo, a luxury alternative to Cabo, has a more intimate and eclectic feel compared to bustling Cabo. Think of it as the Tulum to Cabo’s Cancun. For an unforgettable dining experience, visit Flora Farms where their farm-to-table menu is as excellent as the 25-acre grounds. You can spend all day wandering around the property, visiting their sunflower patch and mango grove, and sipping cocktails sourced with fresh farm ingredients. Stay at the luxurious Viceroy Los Cabos, located right in San Jose del Cabo where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Viceroy Los Cabos will truly help you unwind with in-room spa treatments and waterfront balconies where you can lounge on the day-bed while enjoying your morning coffee.
Mount Hood, Oregon
Ski the Pacific Northwest at Timberline on Mount Hood, which is actually one of the few U.S. mountains that you can ski year around. Mount Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon, has more than 11,000 feet elevation, and Timberline’s highest trail is 8,540 feet up. Stay at Timberline Lodge, which has been a Mount Hood staple since the 1930s. They’ve got luxury condos, chalets that can sleep your whole family, and saunas and hot tubs to rest your muscles après ski.
Explore the Southwest by taking a road trip to the Casper and Laramie area—know for their incredible mountains. Stay at Vee Bar Guest Ranch, a luxe dude ranch that will give you a real taste of what Western hospitality is all about. Built in the 1800s, the property radiates charm from times past, and if you stay in their Riverside Suites, you’ll wake up right along the Little Laramie River. You can ski the nearby Snowy Mountain Range, or spend the day sampling locally made spirits at Backwards Distillery.
A luxe retreat in Vail is perfect for those looking to spend their time on a ski mountain, or for those who’d prefer to partake in après ski without the ski. For a next-level lodging experience, stay at the Charter Penthouse for “European-inspired” ski chalet experience, that comes complete with great service, a fireplace, and access to a sauna, steam room, and hot tub on site. If you don’t want to rent a car just for a long weekend, make it easy on yourself and order an UberSKI in Denver, Summit County, or Eagle County. All the Ubers come equipped with ski racks and everything you need to haul your equipment.
Newport, Rhode Island
While visiting Newport, tour The Breakers, one of the famed Newport mansions that were the Vanderbilt's summer home. The mansion is now open in the winter months, which makes 2019 the perfect year to explore the mansions along the Cliff Walk. Beyond the mansions, there’s still plenty to do between antiquing at the Armory Antique Marketplace and feasting on local New England eats. For a five-star historic New England hotel experience, stay at The Chanler, which has waterfront views, luxe dining, and perhaps the coziest roaring fire in Newport in their lobby.
A thoroughly non-ski weekend in Burlington could be just what you need to break up the monotony of winter. The farm-to-table dining options and Vermont-brewed beer are enough to keep you plenty busy for a few days. Stay at boutique hotel Made Inn Vermont, which describes itself as an “1881 Hip Inn.” They have only four eclectic and curated rooms, and offer romance packages including outdoor hot tub soaks and candle-lit massages with The Shaman’s Touch. Make sure to check out Mad River Distillers and stop in at Leunig’s Bistro while strolling along Church Street for a rustic French meal.