The Best Last-Minute Getaway in Every State
You’re dreaming of a weekend escape… but it’s already Thursday. No worries—whether you want a stunning mountain lodge or a quaint bed and breakfast on the beach, these are the best last-minute getaways to book in each state.
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Alabama: Gorham’s Bluff
You’ll feel like a Southern Belle as you walk up the grand staircase to your room in The Lodge at Gorham’s Bluff in Pisgah. On a cool fall morning, watch the Tennessee River lazily float by from the sweeping back porch, buttermilk biscuit in hand, or curl up with a book by the stone fireplace. Check out some more bucket list ideas for every state.
Alaska: Orca Island Cabins
Row, row, row your boat across Resurrection Bay over to Orca Island where your rustic yet comfortable solar-powered yurt awaits at Orca Island Cabins in Seward. Spend the daylight hours kayaking around Humpy Cove, fishing (each yurt even has a gas grill so you can fry up your catch of the day), or whale watching.
Arizona: Under Canvas
Glamping: It’s like camping without the bugs, dirt, and outhouses. At Under Canvas in Valle, you’ll stay in a luxurious safari-style tent where you can stargaze from your private deck following a hike through the surrounding juniper forest. If this sounds right up your alley, check out these 13 other gorgeous glamping getaways.
Arkansas: Longbow Resort
This place rocks… literally. The secluded cabins at Longbow Resort in Prim, are nestled deep in the forest among waterfalls and sandstone boulder formations. Each cabin incorporates rock and wood in a unique way to embrace the surrounding natural beauty—one is built directly into the side of a cliff and another overlooks a spring-fed waterfall and natural pool.
This isn’t your typical trailer park. Sleek silver Airstreams dot the property at this quirky Santa Barbara stop where you can shack up near the California coast. Your Airstream will come equipped with Adirondack chairs for outdoor lounging and two beach cruiser bikes so you can explore the city and the sand. Bonus: Pets are welcome. Find out the best RV parks in every state.
Colorado: Dunton Hot Springs
If jumping out of a helicopter to go skiing down a steep mountain slope sounds like your kind of trip, head to Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores where heli-skiing is just one of the outdoor activities offered among dog-sledding, fly fishing, and more. For those who would rather get some R&R, soak in the natural hot springs or take a yoga class. Here are more must-visit destinations for adrenaline junkies around the world.
Connecticut: Thimble Islands Bed & Breakfast
This charming New England bed and breakfast in Branford is the perfect last-minute escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With only two rooms, you’ll be treated to a peaceful weekend with complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoons, views of the harbor, and plenty of attractions within walking distance including eclectic shops, boat tours, and nature trails.
Delaware: Hotel du Pont
Step back in time with a stay at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, built in 1913 and dripping with ornate decor, stately oak paneling, and crystal chandeliers. There’s no need to venture outside of the historic hotel for a bite to eat, either—sit down to an elegant three-course meal in the award-winning Green Room where live music creates old-school ambiance on the weekends.
Florida: Watercolor Inn
What makes the sand in Destin so sparkling white? It’s made from Appalachian quartz, which you’ll find on Watercolor Inn’s private beach. Located on almost 500 acres of gorgeous Gulf coast sands, the charming inn also borders Grayton Beach State Park where you can hike and bike the many trails or take one of the complimentary kayaks out on Western Lake. Visiting Florida during Summer might seem like the best idea, but make sure you check out the cheapest months to visit every state first.
Georgia: Private Islands of Georgia
You don’t have to be a millionaire to have your own private island—or at least rent one for the night at the Private Islands of Georgia, St. Simons Island. Choose one of two privately-owned islands off the coast of Georgia (there is a total of eight but the others are coming soon) where you can stay in cute waterfront cottages and explore the surrounding saltwater marshes by kayak. Discover more private islands you can rent for just $300 a night.