As summer begins to wind down, there’s no need to scramble in search of a final retreat before these warm days get shorter and cooler. Whether you’re looking for ultimate relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, we have you covered.
Here are four last-minute summer getaway destinations:
Situated in the heart of downtown Portland, between the Willamette River and Washington Park, Dossier is perfectly placed for the urban explorer seeking an exciting adventure in Oregon. For the outdoorsy traveler, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, kayaking and climbing only minutes from the doors of Dossier. And for travelers in the mood for culinary exploration, Portland is known for offering some of the most genuine culinary wonders and craft beers of the West Coast.
What to do: Explore nearby Washington Park, an urban sanctuary that includes the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, amphitheater, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of tranquil wild forest with miles of trails for hiking.
Choose to let loose on Music Row or relax poolside at Hotel Preston – either way, you’re conveniently located just minutes from the airport and downtown Nashville. With a style that reflects the creative spirit of Nashville, Hotel Preston treats all guests to signature amenities such as Well+Fit kits, PUBLIC bikes, a 1,250-square-foot dog park and a board game library. Plus, the pool, complete with games and a pop-up bar, is perfect for hot Tennessee summers. You’re also only a few miles away from legendary music venues and honky-tonks, as well as world-class dining and watering holes, offering everything from Nashville hot chicken to handcrafted cocktails.
What to do: Check out the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum which honors all musicians, regardless of genre or instrument, and see your favorite artists’ fabled instruments, studio booths and other memorabilia.
With Midwestern charm and modern design, The Bradley is an excellent choice in the urban center of Fort Wayne. A true reflection of the city it calls home, The Bradley is immersed in the genuine spirit of community, industry and creativity that abounds beyond its walls. Whether you’re after local brew pubs for a pint and a bite or a family adventure at the zoo, the options are endless, and Fort Wayne is packed full of memories to be made. From Birdie’s rooftop bar to its thoughtfully designed rooms and locally sourced art, The Bradley effortlessly combines comfort and creativity to tell its story and that of Fort Wayne.
What to do: Get a pub crawl going along the Northern Indiana Beer Trail or brew your own beer at Gnometown Brewing Co.
Just three blocks from the French Quarter, The Old No. 77 Hotel provides guests with a great location to retreat after a long night of dancing to jazz in legendary clubs along Bourbon Street. Adventurous guests can spend a day exploring the nearby bayou, spotting alligators, turtles and wild pigs with eagle eyes. After working up an appetite, guests can seek an authentic taste of the city where they will find a sensational array of flavors hailing from France to the Caribbean to West Africa. Not to miss are simple Louisiana staples like Café du Monde beignets. Or level-up with an award-winning fine dining experience, like the hotel’s very own Compère Lapin by Chef Nina Compton.
What to do: Visit The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum which aims to preserve the knowledge, history and culture of Louisiana Voodoo while educating visitors, who can explore the museum’s relics, paintings, artifacts and sculptures.