Love is in the air. Find your next romantic weekend at an affordable boutique near you.
UNITED STATES — Cheap weekend getaways for couples can be hard to come by — especially when style, design, service, and not having to drive eight hours to get there are top priorities. Hard but not impossible! Herewith, a selection of our favorite boutique hotels within driving distance of major U.S. cities with rooms starting under $250. They all feel like a (romantic, lovely, already-can't-wait-to-go-back) steal.
From New York City
Super attentive staff oversees a no-expenses-spared vacation home for New Yorkers in need of a break. The 18th-century Dutch Colonial mansion is luxe but not louche, high-end but not stuffy, foodie-focused but not myopic when it comes to guest desires. And there are many activities and paths for rest and relaxation. Start the day with yoga, end at a campfire by the lake, pick apples in the orchard next door, dine at an incredible farm-to-fork restaurant, and take a dip in the 55-foot 1920s swimming pool. Those are just a few highlights.
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Unplug and reconnect at this beautifully refurbished and completely private three-room cabin in the woods of southern New Jersey, 50 minutes from Philly and twenty from the Shore. There's not much to do here except revel in the peace and quiet in plush robes, drink cocktails made with complimentary ingredients from Philadelphia artisans, soak in the marble jacuzzi, or catch sunset on Maurice River. And that's just how we like it.
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Fresh pastries and coffee in the morning. A dip in the saltwater pool, followed by a glass of wine in the garden in the afternoon. Dinner and a stroll through quirky Provincetown when the sun goes down. That’s what a day looks like at this charming Cape Cod bed and breakfast, which occupies a series of historic houses, one of which is opening as a quaint cottage for two in summer 2018.
For a scene change, head north to Minneapolis and spend a cozy weekend dining out, shopping, and savoring the uber-cool atmosphere. Shack up at this brick-and-timber warehouse that's now an independent hotel. The warm clubhouse in the historic North Loop district is woodsy and reminiscent of an Ace Hotel, but wholly unique to the Midwest.
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Postcard Inn on the Beach
Individually designed, surf-inspired digs, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a handful of Floridian food options, and a boatload of happy hour margaritas make for a chilled-out weekend at this 196-room hotel on the sugar sand shores of St. Pete’s Beach.
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The Inn at Sea Island
Sea Island resort on Georgia’s Atlantic coast is something of a genteel Southern fairytale, with several grand properties, exquisite dining options ranging from classic steakhouse to poolside cafe, and a large variety of on-site activities, including golf, horseback riding, archery, watersports, and falconry. Their casual and beachy property on St. Simons Island, The Inn, is your ticket. Rooms start at $199 and optional passes to the larger resort’s amenities are only $25 a night more.
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Designed with creative types in the mind, the historic San Antonio property is located on the newer part of the city's famous River Walk. Romantic touches like old antique beds and charming pink and navy Smeg refrigerators give the rooms old-world charm, while iPod docking stations and Compartes Gourmet Chocolate Bars provide a hint of modern convenience.
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From Las Vegas
If your idea of romance is more nature thrills than nightclub frills, drive two-and-a-half hours into Utah to this eco resort at the entrance to Zion National Park. To help you and your honey reconnect, there’s a full spa; holistic offerings like yoga, labyrinth walks, and a flute school; a full-service restaurant with a stellar wine list; and, a fifteen-minute walk away, serious hiking ops and awe-inspiring canyons.
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From Los Angeles
Cambria Beach Lodge
Surfers, road trippers, and escapists who want to truly get away from it all, this cute seaside lodge on California’s Central Coast is calling your name. It’s the first lifestyle hotel in quiet Cambria, one of Cali’s last under-the radar coastal destinations, but that doesn’t mean the vibe here falls flat. Complimentary adventure kits and Linus bikes and access to Moonstone Beach and the wineries of Paso Robles means there’s plenty to do when you’re not lounging in your sun-drenched room or taking in ocean views from the sky deck.
From San Francisco
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa
Located in Napa Valley’s historic spa town, the 1940s roadside motel has been reimagined as a 50-room boutique hotel and spa by New York-based design firm AvroKO. Styled after a classic bathhouse, the seven-room spa features a mix-your-own mud bar, four mint green clawfoot tubs for medicinal salt soaks, and a menu of cutting-edge facials. Also on site: three geothermal hot spring-fed pools and a wood-fired kitchen and beer garden, which is scheduled to open in late 2018.
Friday Harbor House
For a weekend of incredible oysters (Westcott Bay Shellfish Co.), spirited conversation (San Juan Island Distillery), and idyllic forest walks, grab the ferry to San Juan Island. You’ll find your home base five minutes from the dock: a charming hotel with a 23 modern rooms and a seasonal restaurant overlooking the harbour. If you can’t snag a room on an affordable weekend, Pebble Cove Farm on Orcas Island, where you can rowboat and play with chickens in the same day, is your bucolic alternative.
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