For those of you like myself, sometimes a coconut with a straw just doesn’t quite cut it. History always has and always will be the central part of many of my vacations, and, where possible, I like to be as close as possible to the—albeit long-dead—action. Whether it’s a hotel taking over a 12th-Century chapel or one that offers special access to a UNESCO World Heritage site, I present to you my personal list of favorite historical hangouts—all of them providing modern-day comforts as well as direct connections to the past. See them all in our Historical Hideaways collection.
Every New Yorker knows that sometimes, the best part of living in the city is getting out of the city...especially in the summer. New York, being the center of the universe and all, is a hop, skip and a jump away from a ton of easy weekend escapes. Here are some of our favorites.
“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares,” Ernest Hemingway once opined; “if you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bar.” We may have a loftier opinion of government buildings, but we agree that drinking is a surefire way to get to know a destination. In one healthy sip of a local specialty (or two, or three, or twelve—no one’s judging), you can taste a place’s culture and climate, its personality and passions. Channeling the spirit of Papa, we present to you our list of worldwide summer cocktails—and where best to enjoy them. Cheers!
The snow may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the season’s over for America’s top ski resorts. It turns out the gorgeous scenery, wide range of activities and clean mountain air are just as appealing in the summer—and come with zero threat of avalanches. Here are a few top choices. See them all in our Ski Resorts in Summer Collection.
Have you found yourself yearning, ever since a particular day in late January, to escape from the daily chaos of life, the furious tweetstorms and breaking news alerts? You’re not the only one who wants to get away. In fact, the Obamas have been on an epic vacation spree since bidding their final farewells from the White House. Whatever your political persuasion, as world travelers the Obamas are pretty successful at creating enviable #vacationgoals. Here are a few of the places they’ve been—and how to follow along.
The problem with European beaches? All the Europeans. Just kidding! As a matter of fact, we love a scene-y beach, and no one does beach scenes like the Europeans (think St. Tropez or Mykonos or Ibiza). But sometimes there’s nothing better than a sunny day and a deserted beach. After all, who wants their nap interrupted by an errant soccer ball or their sunshine blocked by a parade of partiers stomping their way to the water? Here are three off-the radar-beaches in Europe for the people-averse.
Come on: admit it. What you’re really excited about isn’t the four days off of work, the excuse to day-drink, the quality time with friends and family. You want fireworks. We all want fireworks! The crackle and pop, the streaming colors, the oohs and aahs. What could be more American? Here are a few of our favorite spots across the country to enjoy sparks in the sky.
You’re probably (hopefully) reading this with your toes in the sand, or sipping a chilled glass of rosé on a sidewalk café somewhere. But don’t let your idyllic summer surroundings distract you from thinking about where you’re heading next. These four brand-new hotels—all recently added to the Skylark collection—will have you considering packing your bags for a long weekend in Napa, a city break in Nashville or Denver, or a damn-it-let’s-be-spontaneous jaunt to London.
At long last, going outside is once again a pleasant affair. Sunshine floods the city grid past 4PM, sundresses and sandals have emerged from their winter homes (aka the back of tiny apartment closets) and there's finally more than potatoes and the wheatgrass guy at the farmers' market. Summer in the city gets a pretty bad rap (think Do the Right Thing or 12 Angry Men) but there are way more things to do in NYC than look for the coldest AC.
We know: It seems crazy to even think about the holiday season in May, never mind plan it. But hear us out. Hotels fill up way faster than you think. In fact, most are booked solid by July. So while your family gathers for Memorial Day weekend, start talking about where you want to go in December. Read below for some places that have availability and still-reasonable rates—plus our pointers on how to book smart.
To check real-time availability and pricing, visit our 6 Places You Should Book For the Holidays Now Collection