Don’t let the college kids have all the fun. Grown-ups deserve a break in spring, too. Step away from your workday routine and indulge in a relaxing getaway over the next few months.
Golf, gourmet meals, shopping, spa treatments and skiing are ideal spring escapes for you and other sophisticated travelers who are well past the legal drinking age. But if you do want to let loose a little with a couple of cocktails at the hotel bar, we won’t tell.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
It’s all about dining in the Mile High City. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s Wine Dine and Unwind deal grants you a $150 food and beverage credit that can be used at Edge Restaurant & Bar. The next morning, prepare for more epicurean excitement in the form of an indulgent prix fixe breakfast in bed.
Even if you’ve exhausted your credit with meals, we recommend nabbing one of Edge Bar’s signature cocktails. The Not Your Afternoon Tea (bourbon, vermouth, bitters and chamomile lemongrass chai) is a spunky midday pick.
Villas of Grand Cypress
Golfers will love the Just Pack Your Bags package at the Four-Star property. The deal from the 1,500-acre Orlando beauty — a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and 146 luxury suites and villas highlight the resort — includes some non-golf goodies, too, such as in-room flower arrangements, fresh fruit and sparkling wine, a $100 gift certificate to area businesses and a three-course dinner for two at the hotel’s Four-Star restaurant Nine18. The locally sourced eatery boasts an extensive 500-bottle wine list, in the event you’d like to toast to the vacation with a glass or two.
The Inn at Leola Village
Not only does the Couples Pampering package give you access to the Pennsylvania Four-Star hotel’s gardens, fitness center and sauna, but the special also involves a relaxing and romantic spa treatment. A 50-minute couple’s massage in Destinations Spa will renew your vitality.
Next, one of the property’s chefs will prepare a delicious Italian dinner before you retire to your deluxe accommodations. Finish the night with a toast from the chilled bottle of bubbly that was provided in your room.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.
The longer the stay at this Four-Star national treasure, the better the deal. When you stay two nights in the capital city hotel, the Comfort You package provides a property credit ($50 for a deluxe guest room and $100 for a suite stay). But if you linger another night, the credit doubles to $100 and $200 for deluxe and suite accommodations, respectively.
Should your escape happen on a Wednesday, don’t miss live jazz music in Quadrant, the hotel’s chic lounge. As you listen, sip on the Dreaming of Summer cocktail because you’ll want to come back on your next vacation.
Garden Court Hotel
Take a break from life’s stresses and see what Palo Alto has to offer besides easy access to the businesses of Silicon Valley. Just a few blocks from this Four-Star property, the easily walkable city center has an abundance of shopping, spa and restaurant options.
But for the ultimate dining experience, book a night here that coincides with an upcoming 520 Chef’s Table. Every third Thursday (March 17 and April 21 are the next two outings), executive chef Clive Berkman creates a private meal for 24 lucky guests, using local, in-season ingredients and wines paired specifically to match.
Hotel du Pont
Stay in or go out at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley. The Bed and Breakfast package includes luxury weekend accommodations, valet parking and an à la carte breakfast.
If you’re more in the mood for exploring, the fit-for-spring Longwood Gardens special adds two tickets to the nearby horticultural paradise.
Or, choose the Green Room Dinner package for its four-course dinner in the Four-Star, Old World restaurant filled with chandeliers and Italian mosaics. If you’re searching for a nightcap, look no further than the Green Room’s truffle olive martini.
The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa
Skiing might not be your stereotypical spring break outing, but the Equinox’s Stratton Mountain Ski Package makes a compelling case to head for the slopes rather than the beach this year. Stratton Ski Slopes has nearly 600 acres for skiing and snowboarding, some of the best in Vermont.
Weekday stays come with one night in a deluxe room and one day of skiing while weekend trips score you two nights and two days on the slopes. Once you’ve had your fill of snow, hit the Falcon Bar for wine tastings paired with fine chocolate and imported cheeses.