Feel Inspired with these Amazing Fresh Air Escapes
After spending weeks confined at home, many travelers are craving a change of scenery. Whether it’s unlimited space to explore outside our own four walls or a desire to reconnect with the beautiful landscapes we’ve been missing, we’re all dreaming of experiencing the world again, when the time is right. In fact, according to recent research conducted by Booking.com in five countries, almost a quarter (23%)* of US respondents say their first trip out once restrictions are lifted will be to do some sightseeing in nature. With that in mind, Booking.com presents seven stunning escapes with wide open spaces and pristine fresh air that only Mother Nature can deliver to provide some much-needed travel inspiration and fuel wanderlust until it’s safe to travel again.
Capitol Reef Resort, Utah
At the entry of Capitol Reef National Park, this Torrey, Utah resort offers unique accommodations such as teepees and Conestoga wagons. All of the spacious guest rooms feature garden and mountain views. Archaeology buffs can visit the nearby Prehistoric Petroglyphs and hiking enthusiasts can walk the Hickman Natural Bridge or the Grand Wash. During harvest season, guests can enjoy picking fresh fruit from the park’s orchards for free.
Huttopia Southern Maine, Maine
Located in Sanford, Maine, several miles from Wells, Huttopia Southern Maine provides an authentic yet comfortable glamping experience. After a day of canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding, guests can relax in the garden, swim in the heated pool, or prepare their dinner on the grill. Thoughtfully designed to combine sustainability and respect for nature with all the modern comforts, this unique stay will help travelers rest, relax and unwind in spectacular surroundings, a motivation that 58%* of US survey respondents said would motivate them to travel once travel restrictions have been lifted. Accommodations vary between eco-designed, canvas fully equipped tents and contemporary screened-in cabins for “indoor-outdoor” living. Perfect for nature-loving families, Huttopia offers amenities such as an onsite playground, a small beach, and walking trails.
Margaretville Mountain Inn B&B, New York
Tucked away in The Catskills, this historical bed and breakfast offers a charming country escape. Margaretville Mountain Inn is wonderful for all year round, with the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and Plattekill Mountain located just a short distance away. Before hitting the hiking trails or the ski slopes, travelers can fuel up with a full gourmet breakfast every morning in the formal dining room. Warm weather visitors can take in the panoramic mountain views while resting on the front porch.
Avonlea, Rhode Island
With the sand and surf just steps outside of the bed and breakfast, Avonlea is the perfect Rhode Island beach getaway. History buffs can visit the nearby Block Island Historical Society and North and South Lighthouses. The local Greenway Walking Trails showcase the area’s flora and fauna and are famous for their wild blackberries! After a day of exploring the island, travelers can watch the sunset from Avonlea’s large wrap around porch.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, California
This oceanfront hotel is just minutes away from Santa Monica Beach Park and is perfect for anyone looking to soak up the sun in luxury. Travelers can relax from the comfort of their rooms, as all modern rooms have 24-hour room service while their private balconies boast calming ocean or garden views.
The Fairmont Miramar is the perfect place for those who love lounging by the pool, as the hotel boasts an outdoor pool complete with a clubhouse serving food and drink. The FIG Restaurant, which features ingredients sourced from local farmers, ranchers, and fisheries, is perfect for epicures, while The Bungalow offers panoramic ocean views and live music on Tuesdays. The property is also pet friendly, so four-legged furry friends can come along and enjoy the fun!
Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort – Adult Only, California
On a hillside overlooking the ruggedly beautiful coastline of Big Sur, California, this adults-only resort is perfect for those who are looking for some much-needed serenity. Hidden among 160 forested acres, self-care is number one on the agenda with a full menu of rejuvenating spa treatments on offer. Guests can start their day with a yoga class or simply soak in one of the heated outdoor pools or Japanese bath, sipping on a craft cocktail and watching the sun set over the Pacific. Art lovers can also browse for a special vacay treasure at the Glass House Gallery, which displays works from many local artists.
The Stowehof Inn, Vermont
Just a few miles away from Mt. Mansfield, guests can enjoy the beautiful mountain vistas of Stowe, Vermont when staying at the inn. This rural escape features a common living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an indoor and outdoor pool, 2 fireplaces and uniquely decorated rooms. Guests can choose from a variety of activities such as relaxing in the sauna or reading a book in the library. Those looking to connect with others can play cards in one of the game nooks. The inn’s grounds include rolling meadows, a fire pit and a tennis court. Foodies can indulge in the casual Vermont-Bavarian menu featuring locally sourced foods, beers and spirit at the Fritz Bar.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months. In total 4,708 respondents were polled including 826 from Germany, 969 from France, 942 from Great Britain, 971 from Italy and 1,000 from the US. Respondents completed an online survey between 24 April and 1 May 2020.