Taking a full week off work can be a challenge in today's fast-paced world, but that doesn't mean you should resort to staying home and never seeing the world. In fact, planning a few long weekend excursions throughout the year won't require you to take a lot of time off. Better yet, if you're based further east, we've done the heavy lifting for you and found six chic hotels to serve as your temporary home base for long weekends filled with pampering, culinary experiences, outdoor activities, or cultural exploration—whatever floats your boat.
Don't even worry about planning—whether you're looking for a short domestic getaway, a tropical escape, or a quick hop across the pond, we mapped out the best three-day weekend vacation ideas to fit any personality. So grab your best travel companions and get to packing; your long weekends are about to get a serious upgrade.
Explore Washington, D.C
Stay: Check in at the Line hotel in D.C.'s Adams Morgan district, which opened toward the end of 2017. The area is filled with music venues, all-night diners, coffee shops, bookstores, shops, and vintage boutiques. The hotel—a former church, built in 1912—itself is worth exploring, featuring over 3000 pieces of original artwork and photography from local female artists as well as curated micro-libraries. Feeling peckish? Dine at Brothers and Sisters restaurant and bar, the Line's onsite restaurant. Waking up to or unwinding from the day in your room? Listen in or turn on the TV to tune into the hotel's in-house live Internet radio station, Full Service Radio.
Do: The nation's capital is filled with excellent museums, so get ready for a culture-filled weekend. You may have to secure timed passes between March - August (peak season), but a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened to much acclaim in 2016, is a must. And like all Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., admission is free! Back in Adams Morgan, sample local cuisine that showcases D.C.’s diverse cultural population. Have your pick of Ethiopian, Salvadorian, barbecue, Vietnamese, West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese, or Peruvian fare.
Escape to Paris
Stay: Paris is never a bad idea, as they say. This rings especially true when you lay eyes on the Hotel Bienvenue, opened in 2017, in the city's 9th district. A leafy lobby opens up onto a quaint outdoor terrace where you can grab a glass of natural wine, lunch, or dinner and unwind after a long day. The deco-inspired guest rooms are a decorated in tone-on-tone pastel hues, punctuated by curvy velvet headboards complemented by forged iron lighting, each more adorable than the next.
Do: Not that we need to tell you what to do in Paris, but the city is filled with incredible restaurants, museums (try the underrated Pavillon de l’Arsenal to browse the city's architectural past and future), and shopping, so you'd have to make an effort to run out of things to do. When in doubt, have a tree-shaded picnic on the Canal Saint-Martin or try the hotel's weekly pastry classes and channel your inner Julia Child.
Indulge in Saratoga Springs
Stay: Stepping into The Adelphi in Saratoga Springs, a several hours' drive outside of NYC is like stepping back in time. As one of the last grand 19th century hotels, it re-opened in 2017 after a remodel while preserving the charm and elegance of bygone days. Thanks to the hotel's three restaurants including its signature contemporary American restaurant Blue Hen, and a library with sprawling balconies overlooking the beautiful Broadway Historic District, you'll feel as though three days is not enough.
Do: Explore the Broadway Historic District of Saratoga Springs and its rich cultural history. Grab the hotel's gold bikes, ride to the Roosevelt Baths, and take a dip in the mineral springs. Go for a hike in the Adirondack mountains, or enjoy a day on beautiful Lake George. The resort town, known for its spas, horse races, and golf courses, is sure to keep you busy or relaxed, depending on what you're in the mood for.
Let Loose in New Orleans
Stay: The Drifter Hotel and Swim Club also opened in 2017 and is the perfect place to let loose for a weekend. The midcentury motel was reimagined for the discerning traveler, bringing a modernized nostalgia to the space. The hotel's café serves up La Colombe drinks and baked goods to fuel you up before the day's adventures, and a revolving door of pop-up food trucks keep guests satiated with ever-changing tastes from Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, and beyond.
Do: New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras debauchery, but the quaint southern city is much more than just Bourbon Street. Ride a bike around the French Quarter, explore the city's many award-winning restaurants, or explore the local art and culture. For example, peruse Arts Market for a plethora of paintings, glassworks, and ceramics. The hotel also has a network of local creatives and a busy events calendar, so you'll never run out of things to do, such as pool parties, and yoga on their hot-pink AstroTurf.
Unwind in Tulum
Stay: Habitas Tulum is the place to stay if you find yourself in the Yucatan Peninsula. The bohemian oceanfront property is nestled in the jungle's wilderness and integrates into the natural environment. A private beach, seafront infinity pool, jungle walking paths, and outdoor bar create the perfect environment for relaxation and reflection.
Do: Swim in Tulum's cenotes, visit the Mayan ruins, or simply lay in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. Trust us, you won't need more than three days to feel entirely refreshed. Habitas also regularly hosts art, culture, holistic, and culinary events.
Get Lost in Amsterdam
Stay: Amsterdam comes alive in the spring, so drop your bags off at The Hoxton and get exploring. Once the mayor's home, the hotel, located in the heart of De Negen Straatjes ("The Nine Streets"), faces a quiet canal and is surrounded by homegrown brand stores, cool cafes, and gourmet restaurants. After a long day of exploring, take a seat at the lobby bar where you'll be served some of the city's best cocktails.
Do: Amsterdam is one of the only cities where taking a cruise doesn't feel like a complete tourist trap. Carefully pick one of the smaller boats that have a full bar and sip on a Heineken as you discuss local politics and architecture with the boat pilots. Ride a bike around the canal-lined streets and finish off the evening with a karaoke session among friends at The Duke of Tokyo.