This time last year most of us had international travel plans that were booked well in advance. Without future foresight however, the continuing pandemic has made booking the holiday of our dreams a bit more complicated.
As border and quarantine restrictions increase for those traveling internationally, we’ve rounded out five domestic hotel locations that will take the edge off for those eager to getaway.
Hotels near beaches, mid-western lodging, and city staycations present unconventional winter getaways to consider during this unconventional travel season.
Note: All of the properties mentioned in this story are open as of publishing, and we’ve noted states with quarantine and testing restrictions in place. To be sure you’re traveling safely and responsibly across the United States, check local travel restrictions before you go.
There is nothing like the beauty of the alpines. Amangani — sits hilltop, tucked away within the Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson Hole oasis pays homage to the American West’s pioneering days with an intriguing interior as wildly western chic as it gets. Mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing are all popular socially distant and appropriate activities. Bring a suit with you, you won’t want to miss out on the heated outdoor swimming pool (linked to an expansive whirlpool), warm bev in hand. Be sure to book a private tour of Yellowstone National Park while you’re here. Engulfed by the Grand Tetons and Snake River Valley, Amangani feels epically wild as it does luxe.
We’ve #GoneToGurneys and there are few seaside locations in New England like it - so few that it was coined "the most beautiful hotel in Rhode Island" by Architectural Digest. This resort serves as season-less oasis with 360 degree water views from hotel suites. Newport exudes maritime magic, a marina engulfed by boats and yachts, the grounds present the perfect New England escape. From the Pineapple club, fitness center and multiple pools — Gurney’s is the luxury standard for east coast escapes. The Seawater Spa's amenities are designed to cleanse, calm, beautify, and enhance overall well-being. Overall New England remains one of the most underrated winter escapes. Don’t forget to dig into some fresh local seafood while you’re there.
There is an appeal to how remote the mountain region of upstate New York can feel, where log cabins, alpine bathing suites and soaking spa tubs echo your name in a rugged fashion. Just two hours from the city, among the many hotels in New York’s Catskill mountain region, the Urban Cowboy Lodge is a no brainer as far as mountainous getaways go. 360 views of the surrounding Catskill mountains command your attention while trendy takes on taxidermy seal the dude-ranch fantasy. Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks, designed the 29 guest rooms ranch that sits on 68 acres of land in Big Indian to resemble a wilderness retreat reminiscent of Wyoming. Lakes, waterfalls, bonfires and hiking for days make this location an easy getaway for taking advantage of social distancing. For all the pizza snob’s — don’t forget to grab a slice at Roberta’s food truck.
A Manhattan area code makes number 4 a less obvious but none the less major luxury contender on our list of escapes. Floor to ceiling(s) this hotel evokes explicitly sexy design. Joyce Wang’s intent was to keep its guests indoors without a need to leave — the residence houses the largest Equinox club ever built, with 60,000 square feet of over-the-top indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s an experience as luxe as it gets in New York City— with a clear balance of luxury and lifestyle. Overlooking the Hudson and only steps away from the Newly Erected vessel bordering luxury shopping. For a temporary sanctuary away from your sanctuary book a weekend getaway at Equinox.
Find relaxation and beauty as indoor luxuries of a private hotel meld back to the privacy of Sedona’s landscape. Have you heard of Mii Amo? The property houses 16 private guest rooms, all designed for an immediate calming energy. Recharge, and renew at Mii Amo’s destination spa. The ambiguous nature of interior meeting exterior creates quite the unique stay here, designed for you to become one with the outdoors. Hike, bike or swim following your all-inclusive resort experience including 3, 4 and 7 night journeys “designed to bring forth the light within.”