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The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer

by Rakhee Bhatt

Getting away from the hustle and heat of the big city for a weekend provides the perfect opportunity to not only reconnect with yourself and your loved ones, but also to get in tune with the beauty of nature that this season wonderfully spotlights. Here, five scenic destinations for a summer staycation that are all under a two-hour drive from America’s major cities.

If You Live in New York…Then Staycation in Hudson Valley

Drive 90 miles north of Manhattan to staycation at the Mohonk Mountain House, a 150-year-old resort surrounded by 40,000 acres of lush forest in the Hudson Valley. In the summer season, this serene spot offers 85 miles of hiking trails that range from beginner to advanced, rock climbing through a formation called the Lemon Squeeze that leads to panoramic photo opportunities and Scottish-inspired golfing on a nine-hole course that dates back to 1897. After a day spent outdoors, enjoy cocktails on the hotel’s sunset porch before noshing on a barbecue buffet at The Granary’s evening cookout. Unwind in the Lake View Suite that comes with a relaxing claw-foot bathtub, spacious living area and a private double balcony to take in the expansive views of the Shawangunk cliffs and Lake Mohonk.

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer
Mohonk Mountain House

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If You Live in Chicago…Then Staycation in Lake Geneva

Adventures await the entire family at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where their multi-level, two-bedroom villa offers access to a pool, outdoor fire pit and stunning sights. While there, be sure to enjoy an afternoon ice cream social aboard the Grand Belle of Geneva that rides along the lake while offering a narrated tour. If your family is up for the challenge, then book a trip to the Lake Geneva Clue Room, where you will get 60 minutes to escape a room using clues to lead the way out.

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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If You Live in Los Angeles…Then Staycation in Laguna Beach

500 shimmering feet of sand serve as the bridge between the Pacific Ocean and the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. Designed like a Mediterranean village, this locale—which lies just an hour south of LA—has 167 beachfront rooms each with a private balcony that faces the crystal blue waters. Book the Surfside King Room to hear the waves crashing on the shore before venturing down to catch the swells. Couples can enjoy the hotel’s Aquaterra Spa Escape treatment that comes with a eucalyptus and lavender scrub, cocoon wrap and scalp massage, and a side-by-side body massage. Make sure to savor the fresh-from-the-sea fare after from Splashes restaurant, where dishes include Seared Ora King Salmon with ivory lentils and Grilled John Dory with trumpet royale mushrooms.

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer
Surf and Sand Resort

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If You Live in Austin…Then Staycation in Fredricksburg

Head for the hills—Hill Country that is—to spend a weekend in the quaint German city of Fredericksburg. Set about 80 miles east of Austin, this destination is the heart of Texas wine country, where no trip is complete without a tasting tour of Grape Creek Vineyards. Board the tram to see grapes growing inside the 100-acre estate and sample wines directly from their oak barrels. Afterwards, venture to the Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse to tuck into a sirloin steak or prime filet before hearing one of the evening’s live music acts. Kick up your feet for the night at the Hoffman Haus, a luxury bed and breakfast, where accommodations include a two-story farmhouse built in 1905 that features pine floors, country antiques and relaxing rocking chairs on the front porch.

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer
Hoffman Haus

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If You Live in San Francisco…Then Staycation in Pescadero

Quiet wilderness and majestic coastal views make the glamping-friendly Costanoa an idyllic escape for those who want to truly disconnect. Located just an hour away from SF in the charming city of Pescadero, this rustic retreat offers Douglas Fir wood cabins with private decks overlooking the Chalk Hill Mountains and tent bungalows made with waterproof canvas tent walls constructed near the iconic Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Both cabins and tents share comfort station bathroom facilities that feature a dry sauna and outdoor fireplace. While in town, make a visit to the Año Nuevo State Reserve to catch sightings of marine life like elephant seals and sea lions, or take a guided nature walk in Butano State Park. Be sure to taste fresh seasonal offerings from one of the areas many farm stands like Pie Ranch or Swanton.

The 5 Best Places to Staycation in the US This Summer
Costanoa

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