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.
Hawaii: Waimea Plantation Cottages
Skip the swanky beachfront resorts for the quaint Waimea Plantation Cottages nestled in a tropical coconut grove along the stunning Na Pali coastline of Kauai. Each cottage has been restored and decorated to look like they did when they were inhabited by sugar cane plantation workers back in the 1800s. Here’s everything you need to know before planning a Hawaiian getaway.
Idaho: Teton Valley Lodge, Driggs
Wet your line at this fly fishing lodge in Driggs, where each day, a professional guide will lead you to a new stretch of Snake River where you’ll catch tons of wild trout before heading back for a four-course meal enjoyed against the breathtaking backdrop of the Teton Mountains.
Illinois: Blue Sky Vineyard
You might not be able to take a weekend trip to Italy but you can go to the next best thing: the Tuscan-inspired Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda. After a day touring the hilly vineyards and sampling their popular Traminette wine, kick back on your balcony soaking up the views of the Shawnee National Forest. Don’t miss these other small American towns that will have you feeling like you’re in Europe.
Indiana: Serenity Springs
Leave the kids at home and escape for a romantic weekend in one of the log cabins at Serenity Springs in Michigan City. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the woods at sunset before retiring to your cabin for an in-room candlelit dinner. Afterward, roast s’mores on your private campfire underneath the stars.
Iowa: Hotel Julien Dubuque
Names in the guestbook at the historic Dubuque hotel include Mark Twain, Al Capone, and even Abraham Lincoln. You’ll be right in the heart of Dubuque’s Old Main District bustling with shops, restaurants, and museums. You can also spend a rejuvenating afternoon at the full-service Potosa Spa on the lower level of the hotel. Craving more virtual time travel? Find out the most historic hotel in every state.
Kansas: Boot Hill Bed & Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at this midwestern B&B in Dodge City, you’ll be served what was voted “Best Breakfast in the West” each morning. Afterward, explore historic Dodge City (including the dinner theater and Boothill Museum) or catch a local rodeo. Love bed and breakfasts? Here are the most charming ones in every state.
Kentucky: Harbor Cottage Houseboats
Why settle for a boring old hotel when you could be spending your weekend on an adorable houseboat floating on Lake Cumberland instead? For a true party boat experience, rent the double-decker, complete with a rooftop bar for plenty of boozy summer nights and fun in the town of Nancy. Find out the 50 best houseboats for rent on Airbnb.
Louisiana: Hotel Monteleone
Mardi Gras isn’t the only party in New Orleans—there’s also the Carousel Bar and Lounge at Hotel Monteleone featuring a 25-seat merry-go-round. Smack dab in the middle of the vibrant French Quarter, the hotel is also home to the Criollo Restaurant where you can order some of the best Creole cooking in the city—and don’t miss the heated rooftop pool for a pre-dinner swim.
Maine: Point Lookout
Cozy cabins built from authentic Maine pine will become your home away from home for the weekend at Point Lookout on 387 scenic acres in Northport overlooking Penobscot Bay. And if there’s something you want to do, chances are they have it from outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and disc golf, to indoor entertainment like bowling and delicious farm-to-table dining.
Maryland: Gaylord National Resort
Meet the hotel that basically has an entire city inside of it. At the Gaylord National Resort, your balcony will open out into the atrium, a 19-story glass-enclosed space with not only stunning views of National Harbor, but also gardens, lounges, nightclubs, eateries, shops, and more. Let the kids frolic in the massive indoor pool, enjoy a spectacular fountain show or head to the Ferris wheel outside on the pier.