With summer just around the corner and vacation plans up in the air, we’ve put together a list of intriguing and tempting packages across the U.S. and Canada to get you going.
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)
Because we’ve all wanted to be Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, the Beverly Wilshire is giving you the chance to do just that. While the movie was filmed at the famed Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel back in 1990, you can enjoy a glamorous weekend getaway for two right now in the “Pretty Woman” Suite (aka the 4,000-square-foot Presidential Suite). You will start with a personal shopping consultant on Rodeo Drive, be escorted to a romantic picnic in a nearby park via Rolls-Royce, have a romantic evening with the L.A. Opera and then retire to your stylish suite for your own fairy-tale ending.
Napa River Inn
Get away from the busyness of San Francisco by retreating to California’s picturesque wine country. This Four-Star boutique property is offering a special Wine Train package, where visitors can ride the ferry from San Francisco to Napa then take the Napa Valley Wine Train and stay the night in vino country. The package comes with gourmet lunch on the train, luxurious accommodations at the Inn, in-room breakfast from local favorite, Sweetie Pie’s Bakery, complimentary bicycle rentals and two tasting cards, giving visitors access to 12 Napa Valley wine tasting rooms.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria, British Columbia
If you’re looking for a more serene escape, then head to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens: 55 acres of bountiful, perfectly kept gardens with dramatic floral displays that will impress even the most serious of flora enthusiasts. By night, enjoy the lushness with the special Night Illuminations experience (June 15 to September 15) and, later in the season, Saturday Night Fireworks (July 1 to September 5). In addition to providing wonderful photo backdrops, the Butchart Gardens package also includes elegant accommodations for one night at the Four-Star property, continental breakfast for two and adult admission tickets to Butchart Gardens.
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
Although ski season has come to an end, Park City is coming to life with 12 Wonders of Park City: a 12-week celebration across the property and town showcasing the best that the region has to offer during warmer months in areas like food, arts, history and shopping. Take part in the town’s longest dinner party, Savor the Summit, on June 20. Learn (or improve) your angling techniques with some fly fishing in July. Partake in an outdoor picnic with food and wine while simultaneously tapping your toes during the Deer Valley Music Festival in August. Or, indulge in the new, highly personalized Elements of Wellness treatment at the Four-Star, 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage Deer Valley, Utah’s largest spa.
The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
The entire family is welcome to The Phoenician this summer, thanks to promotions everyone in the house will appreciate. The Love Your Family deal consists of connecting rooms and complimentary meals for children under 12. The Family Excursions special includes daily breakfast for four, a concierge-curated guide and more. When it comes to entertaining your group, this Four-Star beauty has that covered, too. Every Friday and Saturday at sunset, the resort’s master falconer offers an interactive storytelling of the magical phoenix, brought to life by the Phoenician’s own mythical creature, Zopilote Rey. On top of bird flights, the property hosts weekly events (Camelback Mountain hikes, smartphone photography classes, glow parties in the pool) and has a July 4th weekend filled with dive-in movies, fireworks displays and games on the calendar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Marana, Arizona
This Five-Star gem has added nine one-of-a-kind adventures for experiencing the southwest. Embark on a family photo adventure around the resort to create your own holiday lookbook. Discover Hohokam tribal sites on the Ancient Rock Art Tour. Head out for a night hike to look for scorpions that turn fluorescent under black light. Go for a four-mile hike along the Alamo Ridge of the Tortolita Mountain range, down into Wild Burro Canyon to see the ruins of T-Bench-Bar-Ranch. Whichever direction you go, just be sure not to miss out on the Sonoran-influenced American cuisine at Four-Star CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar or the signature desert gemstone treatment at the Four-Star spa.
Blair Hill Inn, Greenville, Maine
In today’s always-connected age, Blair Hill Inn’s Unplugged Getaway is a breath of fresh air. Located on Moosehead Lake in Maine’s North Woods, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel presents a summer package where you have a choice of any room of the property and the option to request that the TV be removed during the duration of your stay. Upon check-in, you’re encouraged to turn in your phones, laptops and other electronics until departure. Then, sit back and enjoy a mountaintop hike, an afternoon ride on the historic Katahdin steamship, whitewater rafting or a private, in-room massage. Trust us, Twitter and the Internet will still be there when you get back home.