perfect spots for a long weekend
We discovered three retreats that are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or just a long weekend to destress. All are a bit under-the-radar and off the beaten-path, but well worth the extra travel time. You’ll be wined and dined, wowed by breathtaking vistas and kept comfy in luxury lodgings. Be pampered at every turn or remain self-sufficient, keep active or simply relax… the choice is yours.
Tucked away amid maple and pine trees, some 75 miles southeast of Burlington, Vermont, lies the 18th-century farmhouse that once belonged to Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis. Now part of a sprawling 300-acre estate of Relais & Chateaux pedigree, the original building is accompanied by 10 luxurious cottages, each singular in design—from the modernist, Peter Bohlin–designed Aviary that comes with a living room hot tub, to the dog-friendly Log Cabin, complete with hand-hewn hickory and oak furnishings and lavish twig work.
Anticipate endless farm-to-table feasts courtesy of Chef Nathan Rich, who constantly surprises and delights with menus that change daily, as well as an endless pour of fine wine and champagne at this all-inclusive property.
The secluded setting is perfect for couples seeking a romantic hideaway, as well as its outdoor activities, which include hiking, biking, canoeing, fly fishing and cross-country skiing. The hotel will outfit you with anything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, from a picnic basket filled an afternoon snack while sunning yourself at Copper Pond or fanny packs for a stroll through the rolling meadows. https://www.twinfarms.com
If you’re looking to rekindle the relationship—with your partner, with nature or with yourself—head to Calistoga Ranch, a secluded luxury resort ensconced in a Napa Valley canyon. It’s as much about exploring the serene outdoors as reveling in the mountain-chic indoors.
The ranch’s 157 acres of rolling hills are populated with ancient oaks – many of which twist through the bedrooms and bathrooms – and mossy boulders that punctuate babbling streams. Designed to resemble a vintner’s estate, the airy cedar-shingle lodges feature spacious outdoor living and dining spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, some with fireplaces, others with open-air garden showers and mineral water tubs.
If you choose to leave the property, winery tours, hot air balloon rides and golf can be arranged. Nearby are the Old Faithful geyser, Petrified Forest and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park—close enough for an action-packed day trip, but far away enough to avoid the frantic throngs of country-crossing travelers.
The resort’s Lakehouse Restaurant, overlooking Lake Lommel, serves up a mean mix of delicious food and wine—all sourced locally, of course. Anticipate gourmet cuisine like a Pacific petrale sole, doused in a smoky brioche purée with garden allium and asparagus velouté or a roasted game hen stewing in a sweet garlic pudding-filled crepe accompanied by split peas and mushrooms. https://calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
For those who enjoy a city filled with Old-World charm, we head south of the border to San Miguel de Allende. With its cobblestone streets, 16th-century Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture, colorful facades, interior courtyards, lively art scene and perfect climate, it’s hard not to feel the romance.
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende Resort was crafted by local artisans with the look and feel of old San Miguel, capturing its historical essence and ambience. Reminiscent of a grand hacienda, the hotel pays homage to the town’s storied past while staying true to Rosewood’s philosophy of providing guests with a memorable experience of unparalleled luxury and understated elegance.
On-site hotel activities include art, cooking and music classes, wine tastings and wellness workshops. If you can tear yourself away from the resort’s pool and spa, the concierge can arrange off-site adventures such as day trips to nearby historic sites and home and garden tours. Also, hiking, golf and horseback riding trails are nearby.
Embracing the “farm-to-table” philosophy, the hotel features five exceptional restaurants. If you’re so inclined, a specialty dinner can be arranged in a romantic and private corner of the hotel. Do include a stop at the Rosewood roof-top bar Luna. It’s a must, not only for its cocktails and tapas, but for the greatest 360-degree views of San Miguel. https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/san-miguel-de-allende