‘Tis the season for poolside cocktails, Bain de Soleil, and bikinis, right?! Not necessarily, considering the tundra of winter most of the United States has been experiencing as of late. While many cannot escape for a lengthy Spring Break getaway, there is almost always room for a “spring blink” weekend sojourn in locations such as:
Centered in the middle of the Sunshine State, Orlando is an excellent choice for a spring weekend excursion, as the city offers a variety of activities including theme parks, shopping, and sunny relaxation. Craving sand and salt water? No problem: New Smyrna Beach is a simple hour commute from city center. Impress your partner by booking accommodations near Grande Lakes, a posh little community featuring properties developed by JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton.
Pro Tip: Check nearby regional airports like Sanford International (SFB) and Daytona International (DAB) instead of Orlando (MCO) for smaller crowds and cheaper fares.
Las Vegas, Nevada
While Sin City is notorious for wild behavior and the “live in the moment” mentality, it also offers romantic backdrops and world-class dining. With a multitude of direct flights arriving at McCarran International Airport daily, Las Vegas is ideal even if you only have a few days to spend. Maximize the Vegas experience by relaxing at the resort pool, shopping at one of the seventeen centers located on The Strip, or enjoying renowned entertainment from legendary acts like Britney Spears, Cirque Du Soleil, and Mariah Carey. (There’s also gambling, I hear.)
Pro Tip: If you’re not into The Strip, consider staying near Lake Las Vegas for an upscale yet quaint getaway.
Just a hop, skip, and jump away from the lights of Las Vegas, Phoenix is a desert paradise. Impress your travel partner by hiking Camelback mountain, dining at a Zagat-recommended eatery, or golfing at one of the many courses. Phoenix provides the allure of a big city without much of the big-city hassle. Treat your partner to shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is nationally known for its high-end tenants like Barney’s New York, David Yurman, and Prada.
Pro Tip: Maximize relaxation by booking a couple’s massage at the Alvadora Spa.
While the Windy City is certainly not known for warmer temperatures or a languid pace, Chicago packs almost too much to do in just a few city blocks. Cuddle up with someone special for a romantic carriage ride through The Loop or dine at the picturesque Signature Room atop the John Hancock Center. Explore celebrated cultural destinations like The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum, followed by selfies at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean.”
Pro Tip: Make accommodations at a boutique hotel like The Burnham for a more intimate city experience.
Regardless of where your travels take you, it is ultimately all about the company you keep.
Where will you be traveling this Spring?