Guests lists. Flowers. Menu tastings.
Leave your to-do list at home for a weekend and get out of town. We know wedding planning is supposed to be fun. But anyone who tells you it’s all cake testing and fun favors is not telling the whole truth. If you’re feeling the wedding blues (and no, these don’t count for your “something blue”), it may be time for a little well-deserved R&R.
Grab your significant other and head out for a quick vacation — or staycation! Sometimes a long weekend away is all it takes to remember why you’re getting married in the first place. Good food, cool cocktails and some much-needed massages won’t hurt, either.
And if you’re feeling guilty for shelling out dough before the big day, don’t. Use the trip to find a special spot for your rehearsal dinner, wedding or honeymoon.
Hit San Fran for some of the best restaurants in the world, with a side of romance.
Stay: The W San Francisco, a swanky urban respite in SoMa
Relax: Book a Fabulous Facial at Bliss Spa, then hit the brownie bar (yes, we’re serious).
Indulge: Split a Lucas pizza — including prosciutto, ricotta, pink lady apple and more — with a local Cali Coast Kolsch brew at the imperfectly vintage Archive.
Put on your walking shoes and stroll our nation’s capital, which is peppered with expansive parks and waterfront views.
Stay: The St. Regis Washington, D.C., a D.C. mainstay in the heart of the city
Relax: Take advantage of the grassy lawns of Washington Monument and Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, less than a mile away.
Indulge: Order a Capitol Bloody Mary, the D.C. hotel’s extra spicy and Old Bay-infused take on the classic St. Regis cocktail.
This Southern hotspot is the go-to pick for couples who want to eat well and drink better.
Stay: Le Méridien New Orleans, which recently had $29 million in renovations.
Relax: Take a break from Bourbon Street and hydrate in a private cabana at the rooftop pool.
Indulge: Walk through the French Quarter and pick your poison; we’d recommend the Caribbean-inspired Cane & Table.
Home to the most beautiful town square in Texas, picturesque parks and rivers.
Stay: Located 20 minutes outside of Austin, Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center allows you the best of the Hill Country.
Relax: Grab a cocktail and take a seat at Brix And Ale, overlooking Rivery Park.
Indulge: Discover local eats. Book the best seat in the house at The Hollow American Brasserie. Call ahead and reserve the charming table for two overlooking Georgetown’s quaint downtown square. Thank us later!
This hip urban oasis offers unlimited greenery and one of the nation’s best collections of independent restaurants and cocktail spots.
Relax: The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland sits in the city’s center, with Powell’s Books and the Waterfront Park only minutes way
Indulge: Pine State Biscuits — with locations in all four quadrants — whips up dishes like Oregon strawberries and fresh whipped cream on, you guessed it, a biscuit that’ll make you cry.