Memorial Day marks the season’s first of many opportunities for a long-weekend getaway, and our wanderlust is stronger than ever. For summer 2021, three memorable destinations have caught our eye: an artsy mountain retreat just three hours from New York City, a ruggedly beautiful island off the coast of Seattle and a surprisingly romantic ghost town in Colorado. Because health is still our top priority, all three of our picks offer plenty of outdoor activities and safe dining options.
Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, Tourists hotel is modeled on classic American motor lodges—with a few modern updates. Minimalist rooms overlook the Hoosic River and surrounding Berkshire Mountains, and wooded trails meander throughout the property. Less than a mile from your door, Mount Greylock (the highest point in Massachusetts) and the Appalachian Trail offer all-level hikes and unforgettable views. Or, book a trip with a fly-fishing guide to experience the Berkshires from the water. Nearby MASS MoCA, considered the largest contemporary art museum in the United States, is not to be missed. After taking in its immersive installations, head to local favorite A-OK Berkshires Barbecue for lunch. Food has been a priority at Tourists since its opening, and the staff has seamlessly adapted its dining options to a socially distanced world with breakfast, mid-day snacks and a decadent in-room dinner.
Just 30 miles from bustling Seattle, tranquil Whidbey Island is accessible by land, sea, or air. However you choose to get to this under-the-radar island, when you do, book a room at the Captain Whidbey Inn. Since opening as an inn over a hundred years ago, the six-acre property has been a post office, a general store and a girl’s school. Today, after extensive renovations, it’s returned to its roots as an inn that calls to mind an adult summer camp for discerning travelers. Furnished with unique finds from the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic designers and shops, the cabins maintain their historical details. Expect creaky floorboards alongside luxurious bedding. The on-site restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike due to its inventive takes on regional specialties, but be sure to venture further afield to The Oystercatcher, too. Currently open for dinner on Saturdays and Sundays, their Penn Cove mussels topped with crème fraîche are beyond compare. Besides the mussels, Whidbey Island’s main draw is its awe-inspiring natural beauty. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is the pride of the island, boasting wetlands, prairies and a three-mile coastal bluff trail that offers sweeping views of the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Rainier. You may even spot a whale or two.
Dunton Hot Springs is an impeccably restored 1800s ghost town nestled in the breathtaking Colorado Rockies. Although it’s a stunning wintertime destination, the exclusive resort wows any time of year. Hand-hewn log cabins dot the property, each with distinctive character and unparalleled mountain views. Guests can enjoy the healing properties of the area’s eponymous hot springs at their source, both in a 19th-century bathhouse and in picturesque natural pools throughout the resort. Adventurous travelers will enjoy the many outdoor activities available, from horseback rides and fly-fishing trips to mountain biking and hiking. (In the winter, the resort switches over to offerings like heli-skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.) For those looking for a more relaxing escape, indulgent spa treatments and private yoga classes will help you recharge. When you’ve worked up an appetite, simply wander into the Saloon for farm-to-table fare any time of day. The menu changes daily, and guests are always welcome to gather together for meals at the communal table. Heading off property for a hike or fishing trip? The chefs at Dunton will pack you a hearty and delicious picnic lunch.