Escape for a weekend at these charming resorts and B&Bs, including one in Leavenworth and one with "Dirty Dancing" ties.
We won’t discourage you planning a two-week Caribbean vacation, but sometimes a quiet weekend away is enough to recharge your batteries (not to mention save you some serious money).
Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a family-friendly excursion, we’ve found are five cozy weekend getaways in the U.S. you’re sure to love.
SLEEPING LADY MOUNTAIN RESORT, LEAVENWORTH, WASH.
Two hours northeast of Seattle, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is burrowed into the Cascade Mountains, just a 10-minute drive from Leavenworth. The all-inclusive resort spans more than 67 wooded acres, and has the amenities (or lack thereof) for a more isolated place.
Handmade log beds, wooden-beamed vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors create a rustic allure inside the bedrooms. There are no TVs, but there is free Wi-Fi throughout.
Recreational activities, like a game room, create a family-friendly atmosphere, but a full spa and two wine bars can do just the trick for a vacationing couple.
If your summer is full, look ahead to Sleeping Lady’s winter packages, which include activities such as a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the mountains, ending with spiced cider and hot cocoa.
AMEE FARM, PITTSFIELD, VT.
The Amee Farm B&B sits on 40 acres of secluded farmland on the edge of Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest, offering a relaxing country vista. The post-and-beam styled lodge has a modern-meets-rustic appeal — a perfect mix of warm, rugged and chic.
Spacious, cabin-like bedrooms are decked out with Tempur-Pedic mattresses and stone showers with rain showerheads. Bedrooms lack TVs (which isn’t so bad when you’re away in the country), but don’t fret — there’s one in the wood-paneled lounge, equipped with leather chairs and a lovely fireplace.
Wandering the acreage is recommended, but it’s also a treat just to relax on the wrap-around porch and taking in the beauty.
DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH RESORT, TABERNASH, COLO.
The Devil’s Thump Ranch Resort is a Rocky Mountain luxury lair that’s ideal for outdoor aficionados looking for a more secluded stay. The entire hotel — from the lobby to the bedrooms — is floor-to-ceiling upscale rustic, with barn-style chandeliers, Southwestern-patterned quilts and stone fireplaces in some bedrooms.
There are TVs and spotty Wi-Fi, but there’s always a full schedule of outdoor activities right on the ranch, including an on-site operating stable. And the outdoor swimming pool? It’s heated and right by the full-service spa and fitness center.
Wherever you look you’ll be surrounded by the spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. With a two-hour (and often rough) drive to Denver, it’s easier to stay put at the resort, which isn’t difficult with its three restaurants — one serving organic western dishes.
BAKER HOUSE, LAKE GENEVA, WIS.
Ideal for an intimate, romantic getaway, Baker House is a luxurious, boutique hotel in downtown Lake Geneva. The historic Queen Anne Victorian house runs rampant with quirky characteristics as it steps back in time into the Gilded Age; the staff are dressed in period uniforms, an eager-to-please personal butler will pamper your every need and a chauffeur in a 1932 Model A Ford will take you on short rides.
The hotel is exclusively suite-styled, and its high demand makes it a bit pricey. But the gorgeous interior alone is worth the extra cost. Rooms depict a mix of 19-century contemporary royalty, French antiques and lush decor, along with modern perks like heated marble bathroom floors and flat-screen TVs. Not to mention the property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Oh, and you’ll want to check out the indoor pool, hot tub, fireplaces and highly-rated bar and restaurant.
THE LODGE ON LAKE LURE, LAKE LURE, N.C.
The lakeside Lodge on Lake Lure in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains has the cozy attributes of a low-key, mountain retreat. The picturesque Lake Lure is less than an hour southeast of Asheville, N.C., and was once the setting for movies like “Dirty Dancing” and “Last of the Mohicans.”
Most of the sizable 17 rooms have panoramic lake views and each varies in design; some with comforting woodsy décor and others with a more modern touch. There’s a daily, free Southern breakfast, a prix fixe dinner, and homemade cookies available at all times.
The expansive living-room-like lounge has a relaxed, romantic atmosphere with a piano, well-stocked bookshelf and oversized stone fireplace.
Looking to get some fresh air? Chimney Rock State Park is just minutes away, with 75-mile views, hiking trails and 400-foot waterfalls.