March 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM ET
From beachfront hotels to snowy mountain retreats, we have an easy—and affordable—weekend getaway for you.
Southeast: Florida Coast
Stay: B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
The 240 rooms at this hotel come with white-on-white leather furnishings and equally fabulous ocean views. There’s a heated infinity pool, a spa suite, a fitness center, and a few dining options including Saia, a sushi restaurant. Guests are also treated to complimentary Wi-Fi, iPad rentals, and Aveda bath products. Doubles from $199/night on weekends.
Northeast: Catskills, NY
Stay: The Graham & Co., Phoenicia, NY
A three-hour drive from New York City, the Graham & Co. is a new retro-chic inn that’s great for families. The décor has a Brooklyn-feel to it, notably the hanging Edison lights and reclaimed-wood tables. There’s an outside fire pit, and bikes available to borrow. Special winter offers include discount ski tickets at nearby Hunter Mountain. Doubles from $99/night on weekends.
West Coast: Northern California Coast
Stay: Agate Cove Inn, Mendocino, CA
This farmhouse and collection of cottages are set on a bluff above the Pacific, about a three-hour drive from San Francisco. There are wildflower gardens on the grounds, as well as cypress and redwood trees. If you stay between December and April, you’ll have a chance to see whales passing by out at sea. You can also take part in lawn games such as croquet, badminton, and bocce. A full breakfast and Wi-Fi are included. Doubles from $189/night on weekends.
Midwest: Lake Geneva, WI
Stay: Grand Geneva Resort, WI
Within a two-hour drive from Chicago, this 355-guestroom resort with Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired architecture is great for active families. Kids climb the rock wall, take cooking and dancing classes, and let loose at both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. At The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, there are 18 slopes for downhill skiing, a snowboard terrain park, and 10 km of cross-country trails. Doubles from $209/night on weekends.
Stay: Lodge at Red River Ranch, Teasdale, UT
A little over three hours from Salt Lake City, this lodge is set on 2,000 acres a few minutes from Capitol Reef National Park and is also accessible to Arches National Park and Zion National Park. There are 15 guest rooms and suites with rustic furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces, and private balconies or garden patios. The 3-story tall Great Room has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, game area, and a piano. But you won’t want to linger inside for too long—the lodge is in a prime spot for fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Doubles from $160/night on weekends.
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