It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here! While relaxing at home, spending time with friends and family, and taking up hobbies are great ways to relax and unwind from the week, other times a last-minute, out of town vacation is really what’s needed.
But the big question here is: Where? With so many awesome places to visit and with limited time, it’s sometimes hard to decide where you want to spend those couple of days. I came across this great article that lists some options:
Where do you like to go for a last-minute weekend getaway? If you have any destinations to add to the list, I’d love to hear them!
I definitely agree with Charleston and Austin from the article. Great spots and lots to do/eat/see. Direct flights from JFK, too. I typically opt for a 2-4 hour drive for a last-minute trip.
Luckily there are lots of options in the Northeast within that range. Boston, NYC, Hudson Valley (NY) and Vermont are my favorites for a road trip. And this weekend we're headed to Maine (5.5 hour drive) for Halloween with my cousins . I will post pics when we return. Thanks for posting, lindseyh!
I love taking mini-weekend getaways! Here in Hawaii, it's hard to go to far... being on an island, but when I was living in Oregon, there were many places to roam on the weekends. One place I recently visited was Devil's Lake near the Oregon coast. It's so beautiful there! I went stand-up paddle boarding on the still lake.
My boyfriend and I just went to Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT for a little weekend getaway. It's a little over an hour away from where we live so it's not too far. There are tons of places to eat at the casino, but also on the way there, as well as activities in the area. Mystic, CT is on the way, and it's always fun to visit the aquarium Mystic Aquarium and the little shops in the old village Olde Mistick Village, Mystic, CT. We found an amazing spa where we got massages and had a really relaxing afternoon, and it happened to be at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT! Red Door Spa Groton | Spa, Salon & Massage Serving Mystic & Norwich, Connecticut I highly recommend this spa as everything from the robes to the waiting lounges to the bathrooms (complete with a sauna and steam room) were all incredible. It's always nice to get pampered, and know that you only have a short drive back home!
I actually just booked a last minute trip to Austin. I'm totally in love with this city and travel there a few times a year. My best friend lives there, so it makes it a little easier. However, there is always so much to do and it's one city that I always hate to leave. Plus the weather is usually pretty great.
One of my go to weekend getaways is New York City, especially since we're getting into the holiday season. There is always a show to be seen, a restaurant to check out, or a shopping spree to be had (okay, maybe a window shopping, shopping spree). Luckily, I'm only a couple hours away, so it makes it easy to pop in for the day or stay the night.
Miami is the only place on the list that is doable as a weekend trip from Northern VA, and it really does not appeal to me. My list includes places within a four hour drive or a one hour flight from home.
Here are some of my favorites.
Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive)
New York City
Canaan Valley State Park WV. It offers cool summer weather, with some nice hiking trails, scenic chair lift rides, and a reasonably priced resort. In winter there is both down hill and cross country skiing.
Tidewater VA (includes, VA Beach, Norfolk, Colonial Williamsburg, and Jamestown.
Deep Creek Lake, MD.