Winter winds still may be howling, but dreams of spring inspire us to travel to warmer shores. Sweet songs, designer digs and casino comedy beckon at these four February escapes, so pack your bags and leave chillier climes behind for a month of unexpected adventures.
Palm Harbor, Florida
Take in some surrealism along with the sun’s rays during a visit to St. Petersburg’s Dali Museum. From February 10 to May 27, the gallery will feature “Dali/Duchamp,” an exhibit dedicated to the lifelong friendship between the eccentric Salvador Dali and the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp. Explore examples of each artist’s signature style as well as correspondence and collaborations between the two brilliant minds.
Once you’ve had your culture fill, make your way 40 minutes north to Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort for some fun in the sun. Four championship golf courses, 11 tennis courts and six pools will help you take advantage of all that the Florida getaway has to offer.
Lake Oconee, Georgia
Follow the sweet sounds of a swooning guitar down to Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, just outside of Atlanta, for a musical weekend retreat you won’t soon forget. From February 23 to 25, enjoy an intimate two-day getaway hosted by legendary musician John Oates of Hall and Oates fame.
During your stay, you’ll learn stories behind your favorite songs, listen to personal accounts of Oates’ 40-year career and indulge in a three-course feast (complete with wine parings) as you’re serenaded by the famed crooner and his special guest, Grammy-winning performer Jim Lauderdale.
You’ll even receive a memorable parting gift: a copy of Oates’ book Change of Seasons: A Memoir and new studio project Arkansas debuting later this month.
Roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego sits Pechanga Resort Casino, a retreat that lets you escape the hustle and bustle of the city without giving up all of the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
For some show-stopping entertainment, head to this Temecula resort on February 16 to take in the one-of-a-kind comedy show She Ready! from rising Hollywood talent Tiffany Haddish of Girls Trip fame.
After the performance, try your luck on California’s largest casino floor, boasting more than 3,800 slot machines, 154 table games and a 700-seat bingo room.
If you don’t want to push your luck, simply order a nightcap in the lively Round Bar, where a DJ spins until 2 a.m. and a supersized screen shows the night’s biggest sporting events.
A complimentary room upgrade, signature snacks and a $100 dining credit to chef Casey Lane’s modern Mediterranean eatery Viale dei Romani make for a superb start to your California adventure.
You may find it tough to tear yourself away from the secluded pool and 4,000-square-foot private rooftop terrace, but with the L.A. hotel’s excellent location between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, you’ll want to spend your days traversing the trendy neighborhood, camera in hand.