Spring break trips for grown-ups

Why should kids have all the fun on spring break? If you're looking to get away on your own spring break vacation without the kids in tow and avoid those dreaded college crowds,'s Editor in Chief Kate Maxwell shares her picks for the best destinations for grown-ups.

Tulum, Mexico
If you really want to get away this spring, grab your passport and head to the sunny shores of Tulum, Mexico. It's quickly becoming the "it" beach destination for the stylish crowd, with its eco-chic hotels, fantastic dining, gorgeous beaches, and the only major Mayan ruins along the coast, but still remains less developed that Mexico's other resort areas.

At the Papaya Playa resort you'll find something to suit every need and budget. This bare but chic beach camp features 80 cabanas cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast - a communal playground for those looking to reconnect with nature and themselves.

We can't think of a more perfect beachfront hideaway than the Design Hotels Papaya Playa resort. This bare but chic beach camp features 80 cabanas cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast - a communal playground for those looking to reconnect with nature and themselves. This resort is a steal, with cabanas starting at just $115/night.

Park City, Utah
If your idea of spring break doesn't involve sandy beaches and flip flops, there's still time to bundle up, strap on your skis and head to Park City, Utah before the ski season ends in mid-April!

After a day out on the slopes, retire to a spacious room and cozy up to the fire at the Silverado Lodge at Canyons, located just far enough from the bustle of the base village, yet within walking distance of everything on offer. Each unit has at least one gas fireplace so can warm up and feel right at home. Rates start at just $132/night.

Nantuket, Mass.
Spring is a great time to visit this exclusive island, located about 30 miles south of Cape Cod, when you can take advantage of wallet-friendly lower prices and fewer crowds.

The boutique Chapman House is the ultimate in retro-chic, located just steps from the center of town and the island's pristine beaches. Sophisticated and stylish, this quaint 11-room property - which dates back to 1830 - was just renovated last year and offers high design, plush comfort, and modern amenities like iPads and Apple TVs. Snag pre-season rates with their special "Countdown to Summer 3-2-1" package starting at $169/night.

Portland, Ore.
Portland is the nation's capital of casual cool, with craft beers, food carts, and an ever-expanding club, music and performing arts scene - the linchpins of the Northwest's hippest city.

One of our favorite places to stay in Portland is The Nines, a new luxury hotel that takes up the top nine floors of the classic Meier & Frank Building, a department store where none other than Clark Gable sold neckties while taking acting lessons nearby. Book their special "Break" package now through May 2013 starting at just $189/night

Savannah, Ga.
Historic Savannah, Georgia is the perfect place to get away this spring, where elegant architecture from centuries ago mingles with trendy downtown boutiques, restaurants and microbreweries. Visit the local art galleries and antique shops, stroll through the picturesque green squares, and sip sweet tea at a sidewalk cafe with your sweetheart.

We love the Andaz Savannah, a gorgeous hotel that just opened last year in Savannah's historic downtown district. The 151-room property combines quintessential Southern service with artful decor and a modern vibe. The hotel's fantastic 22 Square restaurant serves up "market to table" Southern cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets and producers (think pulled pork, corn cakes, low-country style oysters etouffee, and must-try grits for breakfast). And you can also enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail at the restaurant's cozy bar. Right now, they're offering a package starting at $199/night, available from 3/27-4/14.

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