Lifestyle » Vol. 52

Get packed and get away

Are you gearing up for a getaway? We’ve got ideas that are perfect for two, whether you’re going with your significant other or a friend. So pack your bags and take your pick – relaxation or adventure?

Two for tea
The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., has all the makings of classic relaxation, combining spa treatments with the hotel’s coveted Afternoon Tea. Unwind and bond in the Umstead Spa’s two-story relaxation lounges, complete with a heated, open-roof current pool and indoor Jacuzzi. After a rejuvenating treatment, it’s a short stroll to the hotel’s art-adorned lobby lounge for afternoon tea. There, guests enjoy a traditional presentation of teas and treats, from tea sandwiches to scones, accompanied by live harp music. Visit theumstead.com or call 866-877-4141.

Pampering in Lake Placid
The 98-suite Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y., has everything you need for a luxury getaway surrounded by the beauty of the Adirondacks. The Pamper Yourself Spa Package for Two includes two 50-minute massages, plus access to health and wellness classes, cedar wood saunas, a eucalyptus-infused steam room, an indoor/outdoor pool and a hot tub. Also included are breakfast and suite accommodations with cast-iron gas fireplace, jetted spa tub and private balcony. Package rates start at $410; book at  thewhitefacelodge.com or call 888-582-0505.

Palm Beach spa retreat
With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, the all-suite beachfront Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spain Florida offers sweeping views and palm-fringed sands. The resort’s Ultimate Spa Retreat pampers visitors with a 50-minute spa treatment at SiSpa and access to all spa facilities, including steam room, heated marble beds, a relaxation room with hot tea bar, a private whirlpool and waterfall showers. Rates start at $504; make reservations online or call 561-340-1700.

Pompano Beach diving adventure
One of Florida’s finest diving destinations, Pompano Beach is the perfect place to for adventure-seekers. Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa has a Discover Scuba package that includes beachfront accommodations and all of the scuba diving basics duos need in the resort pool before they head out to sea to experience two ocean dives (rental equipment provided). The package begins at $339; book online or call 855-954-4683.

Martinis and mountain hikes
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, one of Scottsdale, Ariz.’s premier resorts, provides the perfect backdrop for a sun-soaked luxury adventure. The BFF Retreat package includes three nights’ accommodations, a martini kit in-room upon arrival, daily breakfast, a guided hike up Camelback Mountain and a Bento box lunch to be enjoyed by the sparkling infinity pool. To reserve, visit  sanctuaryaz.com or call 855-245-2051.

A thousand thanks
Treat yourself to an epicurean Thousand Islands getaway at AAA Four Diamond-rated 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on the St. Lawrence riverfront in Clayton, N.Y. The hotel’s Wine Tasting Package offers tastings at two nearby vineyards, including the award-winning Coyote Moon; a selection of locally made River Rat Cheese; and breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant, Seaway Grille. Visit 1000islandsharborhotel.com or call 315-686-1100.

Classic Vineyard vacation
Kelley House, a quaint retreat in the heart of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, offers prime access to shops and restaurants, the town’s harbor and lighthouse. The inn’s historic Newes of America Pub is the perfect place to enjoy a pint of craft beer paired with classic pub-style fare, while the outdoor Wave Bar serves creative cocktails and small plates by the pool. Hop on the Kelley House’s branded bikes to explore the island’s trails and streets. For reservations, visit kelley-house.com or call 508-627-7900.

Double (or triple) the fun on the Cape
Add another friend and book the three-bed, three-bath cottage at Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass. This quintessential Cape Cod retreat on the private sands of Old Silver Beach is home to Red’s restaurant, an indoor pool and water-view rooms decorated in classic Cape style. The hotel’s private cottage features a private deck and backyard, fire pit, kitchenette, and large fireplace, perfect for family bonding. Reserve at seacrestbeachhotel.com or call 508-540-9400.

A carefree cottage in Nantucket
Harborview Nantucket’s charming compound of 11 luxurious vacation cottages – each utterly distinct – offers rare harborfront access just steps from the attractions of Main Street. A range of cottage sizes – from one to four bedrooms – accommodate everyone. Cottage amenities include a full kitchen, spacious living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and complimentary Cisco Brewery assorted beers and local wine upon arrival. Visit harborviewnantucket.com or call 508-228-4423.

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