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5 Top Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

MAY 14, 2024 • TRAVEL INSPIRATION

Troutbeck resort in New York.

IMAGE COURTESY OF TROUTBECK


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and if you haven’t booked a trip for the long weekend yet, now’s the time to do it! I've rounded up a few ideas to spark your wanderlust in some of the top-booked domestic destinations: New York, California, Texas, Florida, and Colorado. 


From romantic country stays to chic wellness escapes, here are the best destinations to say hello to summer! Connect with me to lock in your spot at these favorites, where there’s still availability for your Memorial Day getaway:


Troutbeck 

Troutbeck Resort in Hudson Valley, New York

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Just a short drive and respite from New York City, Troutbeck is an upscale country retreat set on 250 acres in the Hudson Valley. This rustic-chic haven is the perfect upstate escape to relax and unwind. Expect charming rooms with thoughtful touches where every detail is built around your comfort, including Frette linens, Tivoli radios and Malin+Goetz bath amenities. 


Reset with a yoga class in the Barn studio, get back to nature on the myriad of nearby trails or relax with a treatment at the spa – however you unwind, this is the place to do it.


Insider tip: For small groups, book Benton Cottage or Garden House. These four-bedroom stand-alone cottages are ideal for families or friend getaways, offering serene, private outdoor spaces.


Fora Perks: 

  • $100 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily for two, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.


By the way, if you’re escaping the city and need help with a car rental, I can help with that, too.


 

Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Oceana Santa Monica hotel

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Oceana Santa Monica is something special before you even walk through the door. The property’s ivy-covered exterior and prime corner location are just a short stroll from the beach. Seventy individually decorated suites surround the whimsical courtyard pool, which boasts cushioned loungers, fire pits and lush plantings. California style continues at the three dining venues, and for wellness-focused stays, there is an on-site fitness center and full-service spa. About a 10-minute walk from bustling 3rd Street Promenade, this upscale property offers a relatively quiet Santa Monica experience.


Insider tip: For the full California treatment, book a Beach Butler package, which includes a beach yoga class, complimentary sunset cocktails and a cushy beach day bed with dining delivery and a beverage cooler.


Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily for two, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.


 

Faena Hotel 

Faena Hotel in Miami Beach

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Recipient of two Michelin Keys, Faena Hotel is a feast for the eyes. Gold-gilded ceilings, vibrant rainbow carpeting and ocean-themed tile murals create a dazzling kaleidoscope of interior design, while the red-and-white poolscape sits just steps from the white sands of Miami Beach. Rooms and suites are adorned with a vivid red and turquoise palette, as well as ocean or bay views. The luxe amenities continue with a sprawling spa, a sexy speakeasy and multiple dining venues. Don’t miss this impressive beacon of style. 


Insider tip: Make a reservation for a live show at the ornate Faena Theater, where luxury continues with a caviar menu and signature cocktails.


Fora Perks:

  • Hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily for two, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.


 

Thompson Houston 

Thompson Hotel in Houston, Texas

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A new contender to the scene (the property opened in February 2024), the Thompson Houston is a marvel of contemporary design. From its jaw-dropping pool deck to its full-service spa, the hotel is a tower of luxury. Stylish rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and suites elevate your stay with lavish bathrooms and plush living areas. With trendy restaurants, a gorgeous bar and rooftop views of Downtown Houston, you won’t have to go far for a night out, and there’s even a coffee shop for that morning cup.  


Insider tip: Book the Panoramic Suite for a spectacular view from the enormous soaking tub.


Fora Perks:

  • Hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily for two, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.


 

The Little Nell

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

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If you thought Aspen was just a snow destination, it’s time to reconsider – summer in Aspen is prime time to visit for great hiking, food and shopping. Known as Aspen’s only 5-star, ski-in / ski-out hotel, The Little Nell flourishes in any season. Airy rooms and suites feature fireplaces, down comforters and heated marble bathroom floors, plus some offer balconies with breathtaking mountain views. 


Families love the residences, which provide the convenience of full kitchens and laundry facilities. In addition to the full-service spa, the outdoor pool is a delight all year, particularly in summer when its living wall is bursting with colorful blooms. And when hunger strikes, the hotel’s two restaurants and three bars offer everything from casual après-ski bites and drinks to seafood towers and elegant plates. 


Insider tip: Whether for a small group of friends or a romantic dinner, guests can book a dinner in the wine cellar with a personal sommelier for an unforgettable evening of private dining.


Fora Perks:

  • $100 food / beverage credit, breakfast daily for two, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

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