Planning a trip with your significant other doesn’t need to be a six-act play. We’ve rounded up some easy weekend getaway options, close to our top city hubs, for you and your partner – or simply for some much-needed self-care.
New York, NY > Cold Springs, NY
This small town along the Hudson River is much closer than Woodstock or Hudson itself. About an hour and a half outside the city (we are being generous, considering traffic), Cold Springs sits on the west side of the river in Putnam County. No car? Hop on the Metro North and you can be in the center of town in no time.
If you’re itching to get your outdoor fix, head to Breakneck Ridge which is a popular hike in the area. If that’s not your thing, there are tons of little shops that line the main street in Cold Spring – from antique stores to curated boutiques like Old Souls. If you’re really looking to relax, stop in at Cold Spring Apothecary for a massage or facial, and pick up some of their house-made goods to take home with you.
A few cute inns line the town, such as Pig Hill Inn or Hudson House Inn. If you want something a little more chic, head north 15 minutes to Beacon and stay at the Roundhouse. That way, you can go to Dia:Beacon, one of our favorite out of town art museums, the next morning before making your way back to the city.
Los Angeles, CA > Ojai, CA
Only about an hour and a half north of LA, Ojai has been an increasingly popular getaway for those seeking a mental break from city life. Though locals know it has been a hilltop paradise forever, its OG wellness culture, art scene, spiritual relevance, and beautiful outdoors have put it on the map for everyone from the Goop crowd to young families stopping in mid road trip. Mission-style architecture, beautiful gardens, and the general aroma of herbs that spreads through the town put us in the mood for romance right off the bat.
Check into the famous Ojai Valley Inn or, for a cheaper option, the Ojai Rancho Inn. If lounging by the pool and taking in the rays doesn’t take up your entire day, check out the incredible farmers market in the center of town. Around the area, you will find great shopping, including vintage jewelry at Treasures of Ojai, beautiful home decor at deKor & Co, and trendy boutiques like In the Field – opened by LA transplants selling brands like Ulla Johnson and Filson. Stop into Bart’s Books – an Ojai institution since the 1960s.
Take the outdoors and check out Meditation Mount during sunset, which has sweeping views of the valley. Last Chance Trail is a great option for solo or duo hiking, and working up that sweat before having yourself a spa moment. The spa at Ojai Valley Inn is the lux leisure experience some of us want. If you’re in the mood for experiencing a more authentic or spiritual healing session, check out Soul Body Ojai for a reiki session or guided meditation.
London, UK > Kent, UK
For a nature fix, head out of town to Kent for a romantic weekend or simply some time to disconnect. This coastal town is easy to get to from the London city center (only a little over an hour by train), but feels far away. Walk along the coast at any time of year for a break from the 24/7 worklife.
When you arrive, check in to Shephard House, which is a beautifully redone bed & breakfast. If you decide to splurge on the “very, very large” room, have yourself (and maybe a special someone) a bath to unwind.
As you might have known, oysters are an aphrodisiac and Kent is famous for them. The Whitstable Oyster Company is known for their first class shellfish, and of course, top shelf oysters. Get a glass of champagne and order a dozen, and stay a while.
There are beautiful gardens around the area to explore, and Turner Contemporary is a must visit. Enjoy markets that pop-up year round, and return to the city feeling refreshed.
Mexico City, MX > Cuernavaca, MX
Though we couldn’t imagine running out of things to do in the DF, sometimes a weekend away is just what the doctor ordered for you and yours. Head to the wealthy enclave of Cuernavaca to see colorful, cobblestone streets and beautiful colonial homes. Though it’s mostly made up of second homes, AnticaVilla is a beautiful hotel option if you don’t know anyone that can lend you their mansion.
Known as the city of “eternal spring” you can count on good weather during your visit. This means ample opportunity for exploring sites like the Jardin Borda – a French-inspired mansion with stunning gardens that Mexican aristocracy lived in during the 18th century.
Being that this is a vacation town, you can count on high-end restaurants throughout the main square. La India Bonita is set in a beautiful courtyard and serve excellent Mexican classics, and Casa Hidalgo boasts a perfect terrace for mingling with Mexico City’s well-heeled.
Stockholm, Sweden > Visby, Sweden
For a long weekend, head to the capital of Sweden’s largest island, Gotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this medieval town has most of its original architecture intact. Though we mostly reserve island getaways for the warmer months, Visby is a perfect trip for the romantics that want to warm up by walking down cobblestone streets to cozy restaurants.
The Hotell Villa Borgen is the perfect place to cuddle up underneath the sheets. The Scandinavian design is the perfect mix of warm and minimal. Located in the middle of town, you are steps away from shops and restaurants so you don’t need to spend too much time wondering if the temperatures prove to be too cold.
If you’re going during the warmer months, head to Leva Kungslador for freshly made bread, organic lunch, and a beautiful garden setting. If you need to stay inside, go to Lilla Bjers for an intimate dinner. Everything is made with local ingredients from their farm, and anything that isn’t is sourced by nearby organic farms.