8 Stylish Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

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By Carolyn Hsu May 20, 2014
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Stylish Manhattanites flock out to the eastern-most tip of Long Island for Memorial Day weekend—for good reason. The unofficial start of the season means it’s time to hit the water. Whether you’re trying your hand at surfing or just want to lay low (on the beach, natch), Montauk lets you do it all at your own pace. Escape to Gurney’s for a stylish retreat right on the ocean, and enjoy fresh local fare just steps away from your room at The Seawater Grill.
41 North

Located just an hour and change outside of Boston, Newport, RI is an easy getaway that combines coastal New England charm with modern elegance (and some really, really good seafood). Find the best of both worlds at 41 North, a “hotel marina resort” that offers sweeping views of Newport Harbor and easy access to Thames Street, where you can find the city’s best shops, restaurants, and bars.
The Lodge at Glendorn

Situated just across the New York border, The Lodge at Glendorn provides a retreat for city slickers hoping to unwind with nature (and few other people) this weekend. The Pennsylvanian lodge might be a collection of cabins in the woods, but each room at this Relais & Chateaux property is elegantly appointed to appease even the most discerning travelers. With fly-fishing for dads and kayaking for kids, this destination is perfect for outdoor-loving families—all while Mom enjoys an assortment of spa treatments options ranging from a Glycolic Facial to a Hot Stone Massage.
Belmond Inn at Perry Cabin

Perfect for DC-dwellers who just need to get out for the weekend, Belmond Inn at Perry Cabin is located just a pleasant drive away on Maryland’s Eastern shore. Relaxation is the name of the game here, from inviting rooms complete with picturesque water views to Linden Spa, an organic wellness spa featuring therapies that use local herbs and ingredients.
Omni Scottsdale Montelucia

Scottsdale might just be a stone’s throw from Phoenix, but this stylish destination feels like a world away. Whether you choose simply to relax in the luxurious accommodations or participate in the variety of resort activities (don't know about you, but the Joya Spa Happy Hour is calling our names), Montelucia provides a special escape that’ll leave you feeling rejuvenated for the upcoming season.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Wine Country is, of course, the obvious choice for San Franciscans who want an easy getaway. But save the vineyard tours for another day, and instead, head over for complete wellness retreat with a weekend stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Book a day at the award-winning Willow Spa or play a round at the on-property 18-hole championship golf course. Then eat, eat, and eat some more at resort’s five restaurants.
Rancho Valencia

San Diegans might have the beach at their fingertips, but why not try something different for a holiday getaway? Save the surf for the tourists this weekend, and instead, head 30 minutes inland to Rancho Valencia, an all-suite resort that combines Mediterranean luxury with Southwestern flair. The resort is also a bit of a fitness destination—with a full schedule of classes ranging from boot-camp to yoga available to guests every day. If you do miss the water, there are two pools on property to keep you satisfied—and many rooms even come with their own private Jacuzzi.
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera, is always a good idea. The locale, just 90 minutes outside of LA, offers all the amenities of a major city (aka world class shopping and dining) but feels anything but hectic. However, we recommend putting urban activities aside for the weekend and escaping to the Belmond El Encanto. Even if you never step outside the seven acres of lush gardens that make up this resort, we doubt you’ll have any complaints.
Memorial Day snuck up on you this year, didn’t it? If you've suddenly realized that the unofficial start of summer is merely days away, and your only plan thus far is to "chill at home," you're in luck. We rounded up a stylish guide of coast-to-coast getaways you can take on a whim—no flights required!
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