Explore the many ways to discover a lost weekend. Some of our favorite spring and summer getaways are close to home, along with scenic drives to Hot Springs, Virginia, and the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Renewed at the Four Seasons Washington, DC: afternoon tea with incredible food
The understated elegance of this property, tucked on a corner of Georgetown and along the C&O Canal, is one of the many reasons we love this place. The charmer also brings back a classic: afternoon tea. And on May 6, the culinary team takes it up a royal notch with the King’s Coronation Celebratory Afternoon Tea. Executive pastry chef AJ Thalakkat will include some of King Charles’ favorites, and guests also will enjoy bottomless bubbles, live Bridgerton-esque music by a string quartet and complimentary valet parking. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342-0444, fourseasons.com
The new Champagne cart of Cafe Riggs.
For Washingtonians who missed the debut of this Penn Quarter hotel (it opened just before the pandemic), summer might be the best time to check in. First, don’t miss the new Champagne cart at Cafe Riggs, where magnum bottle service is the star during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Guests may build their own mimosas from a tray of housemade juices—orange juice, white peach infused with passion fruit, and watermelon infused with hibiscus and mint—and garnishes, like oranges, watermelon and blackberries. Also new for summer: the Family Stay Package, which includes a Riggsby teddy bear upon arrival, bespoke coloring pages and crayons and a Riggs Adventure Passport that leads families to some of the most kid-friendly attractions in DC. The hotel team also offers bikes for kids and adults. Want a night on the town sans the children? Riggs has partnered with White House Nannies (gold standard childcare for 35 years). Bonus: Breakfast at Cafe Riggs is included each morning. 900 F St. NW, 202.638.1800, riggsdc.comThe Cascades golf course at the Homestead
The entire historic property, which sits on 2,000 acres, has been renovated—including the renowned Warm Spring Pools. We love the Take the Waters Wellness Retreat, featuring a soak in those famous pools, the Cascades Gorge Hike (led by one of the property’s naturalists), access to the spa’s adults-only Serenity Garden and special offers on spa packages.
The recently renovated warm spring pools at the Omni Homestead Resort
Other summer packages: Virginia Wine Experience (breakfast for two and a Virginia wine tasting flight for two); and the Cascades Centennial package (a round of golf on dreamy Cascades golf course, a commemorative gift and a soak in the Warm Springs Pools).
Don’t miss winemaker weekends all summer at the Homestead, which is located in Hot Springs, Va.
Oenophiles, take note: The Homestead hosts two upcoming Virginia winemaker weekends. This month (May 12-13), Virginia winemaker Melanie Natoli, winemaker and vineyard manager at Cana Vineyards and Winery will be the featured guest. Jennifer McCloud, founder and owner of Chrysalis Vineyards, will talk shop and share exceptional vintages (June 2-3). 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Va., 540.839.1766, omnihotels.com
The 128-room property, built in 1914 on the historic Recreation Pier in Fells Point, recently launched a catamaran dinner cruise package that includes space in one of the hotel’s iconic signature suites and a private three-hour cruise with five-course tasting menu prepared by chef Colin King.
The gorgeous pool and deck at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Another gourmand-focused package: Discover Baltimore Sip n’ Savor (through June), featuring room accommodations plus two Moet tokens, two water taxi tickets and a credit toward either a curated Italian-style picnic—prepped to take on a stroll along the waterfront—or in Rec Pier Chop House. As pool season approaches, book a premier suite and lounge in style in a full-day reservation poolside cabana, which includes a chilled bottle of Moet & Chandon. 1715 Thames St., Baltimore, 443.552.5539, pendry.com/baltimore
Nemacolin also hosts countless wellness classes every day.
The iconic resort in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highland kicks it into vacation gear during the summer. The lineup for the months ahead: a fly-fishing and angler’s dinner (May 2), Memorial Day Weekend concert with the Beach Boys (May 28), Mindful Medium Weekend with yoga and healing activities (June 9-12), Nemacolin Pride with LGBTQ activies (June 10) and a Fourth of July blowout featuring live music, poolside adventures for kids, award-winning barbecue and dazzling fireworks. 1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, Pa., 866.344.6957, nemacolin.com
Nemacolin offers exceptional outdoor pursuits, including golf on a world-class course
Fresh off a significant renovation, the 255-room property offers an Explore Your City summer package. The pet-friendly hotel (ask for the Heavenly Dog bed), which features an outdoor flagstone courtyard with an elevated pool and lounge, is a favorite for those who seek wellness getaways. Look for a fitness concierge, an army of Pelotons, a WestinWORKOUT Gear Lending program (think yoga and cross-training accessories), a Recover and Recharge Kit by Hyperice, and a Sculpt and Reflow Kit by Bala. 2350 M St. NW, 202. 429.0100, marriott.com
The revitalized lobby at the Hotel Washington.
The iconic 1917 property recently renovated all public spaces, and the new-look interiors are the result of a creative collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Amit Greenberg (@thisisamit). The stunning lobby, with its gorgeous arches, features plush seating area for sipping cocktails or impromptu gatherings. Snag a table at VUE, the rooftop restaurant with a bird’s eye view of the White House. Chef de cuisine Roberto Campos creates bold flavors with each dish (favorites include the lobster melt and roasted whole branzino), and the hits continue during weekend brunch. Later this summer (August is the target), the hotel’s new signature restaurant, Fireclay, will open. 515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2400, thehotelwashington.comDining at The Banneker’s Le Sel
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, the 144-room property offers a Love Thy Neighbor summer package (available to DMV residents), featuring welcome cocktails, two bikes and a special rate for suites. The hotel recently appointed executive chef Walter Silva, who oversees Le Sel. The menu’s debut include French-inspired staples like tartiflette, steak au poivre and Parisian cornmeal gnocchi. Insider tip: Reserve a table at the chic outdoor patio space, which mimics the Parisian pastime of people-watching while dining and sipping alfresco. 1315 16th St. NW, 202.234.6399, thebanneker.com
Moonraker at the new Pendry Washington, DC, The Wharf
Moonraker, located on the rooftop of this new property on the Southwest waterfront, now boasts some of the best views of the city. Reserve a quiet alcove with a fire pit, and order the yellow-tail sashimi and Tokyo fried chicken; select sips from a curated library of Japanese whisky.
Dining at Flora Flora at Pendry Washington, DC
Guests and locals also have been drawn to the moody first-floor Bar Pendry. A speakeasy vibe prevails, as the room is lined with velvet (seating, drapery), antique mirrors, brushed bronze accents and a vintage mantel carved from dark Emperador marble.
The spa at the new Pendry
The exceptional spa holds five treatment rooms, offering everything from the Harbor and Stone Massage to the Platinum HydraFacial. Inside tip: Take advantage of the new Poolside at Pendry package. 655 Water St. SW, 202.843.1111, pendry.com/washington-dc
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