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Goodbye, Hibernation: 5 Great Spring Getaway Ideas

Even if you spent time at the beach or on the slopes over the past few months, winter can be…long. So once spring finally hits, it’s high-time for a getaway—whether that’s to get out in nature, experience a local culture, or head back to the beach. (No judgment here!) For some U.S.-based destination inspiration, we rounded up some great picks. Here’s where to go if you’re looking to..

…Wake Up Your Sense of Adventure

Head to: Dunton Hot Springs in Dunton, Colorado

This all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux resort has helped bring an 1800s ghost town to life—and it’s the perfect mix of outdoor adventure, secluded escape, and luxury living. Located in the San Juan Mountains, about 1.5 hours from Telluride, there’s plenty to do, too—from soaking in the multiple natural hot springs that dot the property (there are both indoor and outdoor options) to hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and more. Add in some relaxation at the onsite Pangolin Spa, which includes various treatments as well as meditation sessions, or with a local vineyard visit. The mountain views, as you can imagine, are incredible and there are 14 well-appointed cabins and one cool tent  in which to stay, including Well House, with its private hot spring, and the Barn, with a perfect-for-large-groups 4 bedrooms.  

…Experience Southwest Culture

Head to: The Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Another Relais & Chateaux property, this one has 27 rooms and suites, all of which are design-forward. Consider the new one-bedroom suite options, which include a private outdoor patio. One of the best features of the property: With its location in the historic Barrio de Analco neighborhood, it’s steps away from all the action —a boon for guests, since you can easily see the city as well as take in events, like Santa Fe Indigenous Fashion Week, which runs from May 2 to 5. The resort also recently launched “Five Graces Private Experiences”, where you can book incredible experiences like ‘A Culinary River Adventure’ that includes rafting on the Rio Grande and ‘The High Road to Taos Pueblo’ to learn more about Puebloan culture.

…Do a Spring Detox

Head to: The Ranch Hudson Valley in Sloatsburg, New York  

If you need to kick your health and wellness routine back into gear after a long winter, this intense, all-inclusive program may be the answer. Set to debut this spring, the lakefront resort offers structured 3- and 4-night programs. Food and meals are  included—it’s all organic, plant-based and often locally sourced—and the exercise focuses on low-impact options. That includes morning hikes and afternoon group classes, for upwards of 6 hours each day, they say, along with built-in time for naps and daily massages. This marks the first East Coast location for the resort, whose signature outpost is in Malibu, California.

…Spend Time at the Beach

Head to: The Reach Key West in Key West, Florida  

Want to speed-up spring’s sometimes slow warm-up? Head down to Key West, for a stay at Hilton’s The Reach, with its pool, private beach—they even have a resident sand sculptor!—and lots of water sports, like jet skiing and snorkeling. There are lots of room options, including those with outdoor space that overlooks the ocean. You’re also close to lots of Key West to-dos, including Duval Street, which is just a mile away, the aquarium, and historic spots, like Ernest Hemingway’s house. At the resort itself, there’s also the Four Marlins restaurant, which serves all meals as well as private on-the-beach dining experiences.

…Have a City Weekend  

Head to: Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, Massachusetts  

If you haven’t been to Boston recently, now might be the perfect time for a revisit. A great homebase: Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square. This lux property is within walking distance of Fenway Park—and if you’ve got some baseball fans in your group, consider booking the two-room Fenway Park Suite, which has a balcony with stadium seats and is outfitted in lots of Red Sox gear. There are restaurants, including Blue Ribbon Brasserie, at the hotel itself, as well as lots of incredible options throughout the city, with shopping-centered Newbury Street and tons of other attractions also nearby.

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