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Best Weekend Getaways

By Elaine Elliott

From ultimate resort luxury to budget-friendly excursions, there’s something for everyone on this list of small town weekend getaways.

Located near several of America’s biggest cities, these havens are the best way to relax and let loose for a couple days.

Whether you’re planning a bachelorette party, romantic weekend, family vacation, or college reunion, make sure to put these towns on your must-see list!


Eureka Springs, AR

You can’t go wrong with a land full of lakes and greenery right in the heart of the Midwest. Eureka Springs is the only town in America where the entire downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown includes Bathhouse Row which contains over a handful of bathhouses and spas varying in price and amenities. On the outskirts of town, visitors can also tour the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, home to a huge cat rescue facility, and underground caverns and lakes at the Cosmic Cavern.

Asheville, NC

A convenient drive from Knoxville, Charlotte, and Atlanta makes Asheville the center hub for Appalachia retreats. This progressive mountain town is known for its art scene, eclectic music, abundance of breweries, and eco-friendly initiatives. Asheville is a great place to visit whether you’re a college kid on a budget or a family seeking nearby hikes and cultural tours at the Biltmore estate.


Rhinebeck, NY

Escape the big city and explore the historic town of Rhinebeck along the Hudson river. Adorable bed & breakfasts, views of the Catskill Mountains, and a lively farm to table food scene are just a few reasons to visit. Be sure to check out the Beekman Arms during your stay. The inn has been open since 1766 and is America’s oldest continuously operating hotel.


Yountville, CA

Napa and Sonoma are the first towns to come to mind when visiting wine country in Northern California. But Yountville was actually the first place grape vines were planted in the Valley. Now the small town is home to world-famous fine dining restaurants, art museums and galleries, and of course, beautiful wineries. Yountville knows a thing or two about luxury and you’ll definitely feel pampered if you’re willing to splurge on this getaway.


Sedona, AZ

Bright red mountains, gorges full of pines, and a river with ample swimming holes surround Sedona and make this town an unforgettable destination for nature enthusiasts. Visitors can explore wineries, hundreds of hiking trails, countless day spas, art galleries, and restaurants. There’s something for everyone whether you want to completely relax or experience nonstop adventure.


Alys Beach, FL 

If you’re looking for a luxurious retreat reminiscent of Bermuda or Greece, look no further than Alys Beach. This fairly new beach community is known for its white stucco structures, crystal clear waters, and thoughtfully curated courtyards. Staying in this resort town will cost a pretty penny, but you can always book a room in one of the neighboring cities along the 30A highway.

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