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7 Luxurious Retreats to Consider for Your Summer Vacation

Last updated June 15, 2022

Luxury retreats are a must. As life begins to return to normal, we need to ask ourselves, are we ready to return to the daily grind? Did we take the time necessary for ourselves to recharge and refresh ourselves? Did we take the next steps on our personal wellness journey?

If the answer is no, well, then now is the perfect time to (finally) book that retreat or long weekend escape. As summer begins and the weather warms, the luxury long weekend retreat becomes the ideal opportunity to rejuvenate oneself for the second half of the year. 

As the United States continues to open, plenty of options are becoming available to us as travelers, and I’ve outlined seven luxury travel weekend options to consider.

Some can be considered adventurous, and some historic. Some are close to our big cities, and some just make sense since they are located in a place known as Vacationland.

1. Breakwater Inn and Spa

If it has been too long since you took a personal vacation, what better place to start than to travel to the state that puts “Vacationland” on its license plates. Maine is also best visited in summer.

Find coastal cottage bliss. Book a retreat to the Breakwater Inn and Spa. Built in the 1880s, a retreat here will submerge you into the history of the East Coast. Complete with water views that include a unique sunset viewing waterslide lawn, this New England Bed & Breakfast can charm any visitor.

Enjoy the abundance of spa treatments at the inn. Appreciate the energy of the local nature that the tip of New England has to offer. Follow the flow of the Kennebunk River as it meets the Atlantic Ocean with your luxury weekend retreat getaway.

For travelers a bit more adventurous: are you ready to trade luxury accommodations for adventure and history? It’s time to set sail in Maine.

2. The Victory Chimes

Located in the seaport town of Rockland, one can sail aboard a historic schooner, known as the Victory Chimes. This seacrafted vehicle is perfect for an adventure through the cute coastal island towns. Drop the anchor nearby some calming coves to spend nights at sea under the stars. 

Guests have the option to help with an all-hands-on-deck gusto when traveling aboard the Victory Chimes. Guests also have the option to just relax on the seas. All aboard can be seen looking out onto the ocean and appreciating its natural beauty. Regardless of your activity level, you will find contentment during your stay on the Victory Chimes. The food aboard is all New England favorites. You can bet that local lobster will be on the menu for all who come aboard.

A Short Trip from the Big City

For those looking for a city escape, a long-weekend getaway is a great travel option. A weekend getaway has the potential to be incredibly rejuvenating. Get off work on Thursday or Friday and activate your vacation-mode. Whether you live near or can easily travel to the two most populated cities in the country, a weekend getaway is the kind of vacation every person must do. At least once (if not multiple times). A luxurious retreat over a long-weekend is a great option this summer too.

3. The Lodge at Woodloch

If you’re looking for a nature escape from New York City, look no further. The service levels and fancy farm-fresh dinners complete with an on-staff sommelier can be found on a Gourmand Getaway. Book  your gourmet getaway at the Lodge at Woodloch.

This destination spa is located just 2 hours from New York City. The Lodge at Woodloch offers guests a luxury retreat path that is said to lead them toward a personal awakening.

Whether it is dining in the garden with the chef, harvesting ingredients for seasonally inspired dishes, or the early sunrise hikes, The Lodge at Woodloch has an experience for everyone. The Lodge offers a variety of classes for their guests. Anything from forest bathing to spiritual awakening classes. Truly there is something for everyone in its full calendar of classes.

Complete with a full-service spa and featured speakers, The Lodge at Woodloch will get you ready to return to the world. In fact, one speaker in July is even offering a class on refocusing on your career after Covid. So many of us- including myself- have finally adapted to the remote work-from-home lifestyle. I don’t know about you, but I finally acclimated! Now the world wants to go back to life before the pandemic. The speaker is going to prepare people for the inevitable work transition. Going back into the office will definitely be easier said than done. Prepare yourself for the moment by staying at the Lodge and listening to the guest speaker!

4. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa

For those on the other coast in Los Angeles, consider making plans to stay at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa. With its stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the resort located in Palm Springs, California, comes with an extensive spa menu.

The property mirrors a Tuscan villa with flower gardens, citrus groves and two pools complete with cabanas set among tranquil palm trees. Guests will also find all the activities the Hollywood elite crave within minutes, including world-class golf and tennis.

5. Loreto on the Baja Peninsula

If looking to dust off the passport, then consider the short flight to Loreto on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. In Mexico, the luxuries of Loreto are many.

Still, its charm remains the opportunity for adventure in its protected nature reserves from the national park of Loreto Bay to the Sierra Gigante Mountains.

Travelers will also find the best golf course in Mexico at Danzante Bay and can spend time at its adjacent luxury retreat resort and spa.

Travel in Time

Perhaps we can’t go back in time to before the pandemic shutdowns, but we can make a trip to properties where traveling back in time becomes a luxurious part of the experience.

6. Williamsburg Inn

For a chance to head back to colonial American eighteenth-century opulence, set your google map and book a weekend at the Williamsburg Inn outside of Washington DC in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

This luxury retreat hotel is more than just a chance to relax in the setting of our nation’s early days but also provides many modern amenities along with access to golf, spa treatments and acclaimed culinary delights in its local taverns.

7. The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

For those looking to head to somewhere else in time, make plans for the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Labeled “America’s Summer Place,” visitors can escape to this pristine island and return to the essence of the easier days of the early 1900s. 

Prepare for horse-drawn carriage rides as visitors arrive on ferries without their automobiles to take to your seat on one of the world’s longest porches. Also, moments like afternoon tea and dressing up for dinner with live orchestra music provide elegance for your evenings.

So whether it is a city escape, a chance to visit vacation land or traveling back in time, the opportunity to experience and appreciate luxe travel settings for your next summer luxury retreat is undoubtedly available for you. Happy travels!

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