For an awe-inspiring experience of pure natural beauty, we have some of the best destinations that will force you to unplug and ‘go analog’ this Spring. If you want a getaway full of grounding and gratitude, these places should not be overlooked.
The Florida Keys
The closest you can get to enjoying a Caribbean vacation without leaving the continental US are the easy-going islands of the Florida Keys. It’s simple…if you want to take a little more time to get away from it all but do not want to leave the US, these Floridian islands will dissolve any melancholy the winter brought about and have you living on ‘island time’ in no time at all. For a unique drive, make sure to start your visit in Key Largo and cruise down US Highway 1 to Key West, at the edge of the Keys. With the option to drive or fly, there is no excuse to skip your island spring break this year.
When it comes to Spring what else needs to be said other than, “México”! As diverse as the country is, most will want to escape to its white-sand beaches and take a day trip to a “cenote” (a deep water-filled cavern) to get some shade from the sun but still be in the water. In spite of the land closures between the US and Mexican border, flights never really stopped. For those who have not had a chance to enjoy some of Mexico’s coastlines, now is a great time as any. One spot making a comeback and Mexico’s fastest growing resort area is Los Cabos. However, if you are looking towards the Caribbean, Tulum is definitely the spot to be. And, for the frequenters, there are some new hotels opening soon, such as The Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo and Awakening Riviera Maya, that are poised to impress even the most avid visitors.
In October 2020, Hawaii once again welcomed visitors from the mainland after six months of pandemic lockdown. In spite of its unceasing popularity among travelers, Hawaii is still considered underrated by some. With sunrises and sunsets that would inspire any painter, an endless supply of beaches whether black, white, or even green sand, visitors who take time to venture out and away from the coast quickly discover Hawaii’s charms are in every part of the islands including its famous erupting volcanoes. Two places we recommend are Oahu, with its legendary Waikiki Beach and Maui, known not only for its beaches but also for its sacred Iao Valley. Whether it is to surf, hike, or just spend time in a tropical paradise, Hawaii has everything you need this Spring.
Even though glamping was already “a thing”, it has definitely become more popular in 2020 as travelers were searching for spots to safely vacation. As we get closer to opening up in terms of travel and access to our pre-pandemic destinations, a taste for the outdoors and open spaces is something that is now integral to the vacation conversation. And for those unaccustomed to raw nature, there are luxury options acting as the ‘gateway’ for city-dwellers to be re-introduced to nature. One recommendation on top of our list is to experience the expansive Grand Staircase-Escalante Region, a prehistoric treasure made of sandstone cliffs, narrow canyons, and even waterfalls. With a lot of area to cover, you have close accommodations via Under Canvas Grand Canyon which are safari-style canvas tents that have all of the comforts of home.
A new ‘crush’ with an old acquaintance is Arizona which holds some of our most beloved US National Parks. As 2020 came and went, people flocked to National Parks all over the country, as was the case during the 1918 pandemic, setting new records. Despite the recent surge in travelers to the expanses of these parks, this is still a great time to be outside and immerse yourself in the vast and diverse landscape of the US and, particularly, in Arizona. The ever-trending, mystical Sedona is a must-see but Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon National Park are a real hidden gem. We cannot promise that you will have the park to yourself but we can say that it will be worthwhile to enjoy the great outdoors with easily accessible accommodations.
Just two hours north of New York City, this scenic mountain region and its tranquil surroundings gives visitors a break from the hectic energy of Manhattan. Many urbanites are acquiring weekend houses in the area and entrepreneurs are following suit by opening boutique hotels all over the region. You can choose from a half a dozen hotels we recommend as well as those which are set to open this year. Accommodations range from rustic charm to luxurious comforts with easy-to-find farm-to-table restaurants. In addition to nature, there are two cultural destinations that will round-out your trip—one is Dia Beacon, one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country and the other is Storm King, which boasts large-scale outdoor sculptures blending art and nature into one experience. The Catskills are an easy destination for a quick weekend getaway from the city or a much-needed vacation.