5 Best Long Weekend Getaways
Long weekends, like MLK Weekend, are an awesome time to getaway on a quick vacation. Since we just returned from our trip and Johnny just started work, we had to sit this one out, but that’s not going to stop us from reminiscing about our favorite warm(er) weather long weekends accessible from the good ‘ole USA.
You say all-inclusive, I say YES. A quick all-inclusive vacation to Cancun is totally doable for a long weekend. Snag a Friday and/or Monday off work and you’re all set. There are tons of awesome all-inclusive resorts in the Cancun area, so we suggest hopping onto hotels.com or a discount site like LivingSocial Escapes, checking out the reviews, and snagging a killer deal for the weekend. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy a weekend full beaches, blue water, pool bars, buffets, cheesy entertainment, and deep sea fishing . What more could you want?!
Did someone say girls weekend? Nashville is the perfect weekend getaway for the gals. Throw your cowboy boots and dress into a backpack, grab one of their many reasonably priced Airbnbs for the weekend, and dance the weekend away in the “Music City”. Some favorite Nashville to-dos are dancing on Broadway (duh!), wine tasting at Belle Meade Plantation, spending a drunken afternoon on a pedal pub, and experiencing the Grand Ole Opry radio show. There are tons of restaurants in Nashville, but some local recommendations are San Anejo, Urban Grub, Virago, Adeles, and Merchant’s.
The weather is basically always gorgeous in San Diego so it’s a no-brainer for a break from the winter weather. San Diego gives you a little bit of culture and a lotta bit of beautiful. San Diego is another great city to snag an Airbnb in one of the many great neighborhoods: Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Coronado, the list goes on and on. San Diego is a driving city so you’ll want a rental car and will end up driving to see the city so your home base can be flexible. While visiting San Diego, make sure to stroll around adorable La Jolla, watch the seals in La Jolla Cove, complete an informal “bar crawl” in the San Diego Zoo by stopping at the bar in each section of the zoo (my favorite activity), eat, drink, and walk the beach at Jake’s Del Mar, enjoy the sunset at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and play golf or go hiking in Torrey Pines.
4 words: Austin is super cool. There is tons of culture in Austin and something for everyone. You can relive your college days in the wild bars on 6th Street, get hipster in the bars on Rainey Street, play foodie by eating your way through their food truck scene (this a great article about the food truck options: http://roaminghunger.com/food-trucks/tx/austin/) and downing meat at Salt Lick BBQ (this spot is outside the city, but worth it!), spend an afternoon in the sun river tubing, or get back to nature by watching the bats at Congress Avenue Bridge. This is another great city for Airbnb and Uber is really easy here so, again, your home base can be flexible!
A weekend in Napa Valley is a dream! Wine and relaxation, need I say more? You have one job while you’re in Napa and that’s to try as much wine as possible! The best way to enjoy a day in Napa is to hire a driver. There are tons of them, but we have had great experience with Perata Tours. There are also more wineries than you know what to do with, but some of our favorites have been Yates Family Vineyard, Aonair, Porter Family Vineyards, and Hill Family Estate. We definitely recommend looking for some of the smaller family wineries because you’ll get a much more personal experience (and more wine!!). If you have time, start or end your Napa Valley weekend in San Francisco where you can take in gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and visit Alcatraz Island.