Hotels around the US are gearing up for the summer, brushing off the lawn chairs, getting out the deck umbrellas, and preparing the frosé slushies. And while the season technically starts June 22, most hotels—and their guests—treat Memorial Day as the de facto inauguration date. This year, dozens of hotels and resorts are luring Jetsetters with enticing deals and packages. Here, 9 we've got our eyes on.
Think the Rockies are just for skiing? Think again. Four Seasons Resort Vail is hosting a high-altitude celebration of summer with a Memorial Day weekend pool party, including games, a live DJ, and barbecue cookouts. The warmer weather brings miles of hiking, epic zip-lining, and, yes, fewer crowds to the famed Colorado resort. Guests can expect lodge-style rooms and indulgent treatments in the zen-like spa. Book the “Vail Getaway” package to enjoy 25 percent savings, plus a $100 hotel credit.
Phoenix’s stylish The Camby is a quirky newcomer to the city’s renowned Biltmore neighborhood. Opened in 2016 (in a former Ritz-Carlton), its 277 white-and-teal rooms look out over Camelback Mountain. This summer, book between April 16 and May 6 for stays after May 25 and enjoy 25 percent off weekend rates, along with a $25 hotel credit with promo code LPR. For last minute savings, book anytime after May 7 for weekend stays beginning May 25 to enjoy “The Summer Escape” package, with nightly rates beginning at $119 and a $25 food credit with promo code SUM.
Lake Tahoe, California
On the dreamy shores of California’s Lake Tahoe, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is welcoming summer this Memorial Day Weekend by opening its Lake Club. Now in its second season, the Club is an exclusive retreat for guests looking to make the most of their water adventures. Ask for the Lake Club package and you'll get access to the multi-level lodge with its own beach, private pier for launching kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and other boating activities, along with an outdoor whirlpool and fire pit.
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Mackinac Island, Michigan
The iconic Grand Hotel has welcomed guests to Michigan’s Mackinac Island since 1887. Guests who reserve its AAA Memorial Day Weekend offer will enjoy a glimpse of Gilded Age living. The package covers extras around the clock, from daily breakfast and complimentary golf sessions to nightly wine receptions and dinners in the colorful main dining room. Other resort activities include tennis, horseback riding, lawn games and swimming in the Grand Hotel’s 220-foot-long, serpentine-shaped pool.
New York City
To celebrate its grand opening, The James New York Nomad’s Opening Offer lets you explore every facet of this NYC newcomer. Book by April 30 and enjoy a gourmet Memorial Day Weekend, complete with dinner for two from the signature tasting menu at on-site outpost of chef Jorge Espinoza’s Scarpetta. You’ll also get a round of cocktails for two at the hotel’s swanky Seville bar, plus breakfast in bed. If you manage to pull yourself away from the hotel’s sleek, mid-century rooms (this is a James hotel, after all), New York’s top attractions, including leafy Madison Square Park, are just outside the front door.
Since the mid-century, Telluride, Colorado has shifted from a struggling mining center to a thriving adventure and cultural destination. And since the 1970s, Memorial Day Weekend’s Telluride Mountainfilm has played a major part in fueling both aspects of this resort town's rebirth. The film festival showcases nonfiction and documentary movies about environmental, athletic and socio-political themes, drawing high level athletes like rock climber Chris Sharma and eco-warriors such as 350.org founder Bill McKibben. Stay at the center of the action at the posh Madeline Hotel & Residences. The hotel from Auberge Resorts will be hosting daily Mountainfilm programs and is offering a 20 percent discount on their plush, earth-toned accommodations for guests who use the code Mtn2018 upon booking.
Cape Cod, MA
Wequassett Resort & Spa, in East Harwich, Massachusetts, makes for a quintessential New England getaway. On a protected harbor of Cape Cod’s outer elbow, the 27-acre waterfront compound features salt marshes, woodlands, and manicured English-style gardens, along with 120 rooms and suites in whitewashed buildings and clapboard cottages. Guests have access to two pools, and two beaches—one on property, and the other, Outer Beach, on the Cape Cod National Seashore and only accessible by boat. For the start-of-summer holiday, the resort is offering guests complimentary seal watch sea excursions, plus a welcome amenity, on stays after May 22.
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Brooklyn, New York
Memorial Day means that picnic season is back in New York, and 1 Hotels wants its guests to take full advantage. The cult eco-living brand’s Picnic on the Park package, available at new flagship property 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, comes with a picnic prepared by the onsite restaurant, for a gourmet lunch in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sip on chilled rosé in souvenir wine glasses while taking in the city skyline before returning to your sustainable-chic room.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
In the heart of Jackson Hole, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, A Noble House Resort is offering guests a chance to enjoy the vacation mecca’s off-season charms with its “Grand Summer Savings.” A mile from the resort, majestic Teton National Park awaits, while Yellowstone, with its geysers and bison, is barely an hour away. Don’t spend the whole weekend away, though. Rooms come with mountain-appropriate creature comforts like stone-faced gas fireplaces, rustic-chic wooden furniture and kitchenettes. Unwind after a long day of hiking at the three-level SpaTerre, a 2,000-square-foot sanctuary to well-being. On the top level, the 22-seater rooftop hot tub is the perfect spot to watch the sun set over the mountains. Save 15 percent off a three-night stay at this classically designed resort if you book before Memorial Day (May 28).