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9 Places In The U.S To Spend An Affordable Weekend Getaway

by Staff

On average, Americans will be taking five trips throughout spring, with weekend getaways being the most popular, according to Vacasa, a vacation rental management company. In addition, 84% of spring travelers have shifted their plans or planning behavior to be more budget conscious. There’s no need to max out the credit card by taking one of these affordable weekend getaways.

Crystal Springs Resort, New Jersey

Located in Northern New Jersey, just 80 minutes outside New York City, Crystal Springs Resort presents an enticing offer sure to warm both hearts and wallets. Nestled among the Kittatinny Mountains, this resort destination boasts a biosphere complex with indoor and outdoor heated pools, as well as an indoor waterslide, waterfall and jacuzzi ensconced in lush foliage. The resort offers a non-stop array of family activities including six golf courses, goat yoga, hiking, archery, pickleball, rock climbing wall, axe throwing, two spas, an arcade and gaming lounge. Guests can enjoy wine tasting at the resort’s world-renowned, 45,000-bottle wine cellar and eclectic array of dining options. Crystal Springs Resort is offering an enhanced deal this year with its Spring Break Getaway package, providing up to 25% off rates, along with a generous $300 resort credit and $40 breakfast credit for a three-night stay.

Lakehouse Resort, San Marcos, California

Less than 40 miles from San Diego, Lakehouse Resort is an ideal getaway for those that want to escape the city or crowded beaches. The accommodations include 143 well-appointed rooms, with a wide range of on-property amenities including: two pools, two spa tubs, a full-service marina, beach cruisers, driving range access, tennis and pickleball courts. End the night with a s’mores kit. At $159/night, it serves as a more affordable and convenient home-base for day trips to popular destinations like Balboa Park, as well as the scenic Wine Country of Temecula Valley. Additional nearby attractions include LEGOLAND California and the beachfront amusement park Belmont Park.

Lake Forest, Illinois

A quick 40-minute train ride north of Chicago, Lake Forest is a hidden gem nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan. Highlights include: an afternoon at the Chicago Botanic Garden, a gin tasting at Koval Distillery and exploring the locally owned shops in Historic Market Square. Book a long weekend at the Deer Path Inn, a 57-room boutique hotel reminiscent of an English manor house. Established in 1929, the historic and luxurious North Shore landmark is known for its spacious, graciously appointed accommodations, distinguished Afternoon Tea service and exceptional dining offerings. Affordable luxury starts at $399 for spring weekend days.

Crystal Coast, North Carolina

Crystal Coast fulfills the promise of providing something spectacular and luxurious for every traveler from history buff to beach bum and everyone in between, all at an affordable price tag. Emerald Isle is a tranquil beach town, filled with picturesque views of uncrowded white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Visitors should opt for the Islander Hotel & Resort, an oceanfront hotel in Emerald Isle. This serene stay includes the soothing ambiance with the nearby crashing waves, an expansive oceanfront pool, private beach access, kitchenettes and complimentary bike rentals, an ideal choice for unmatched relaxation by the sparkling Atlantic, all with prices at $159 each night per room for a weekend stay.

Lexington, Kentucky

Home to over 400 championship thoroughbred horse farms, 120 locally owned restaurants, 14 of the state’s largest bourbon distilleries and a 450-million-year-old ecosystem, the “Horse Capital of the World” is an under-the-radar destination. An easy drive from Louisville and Cincinnati, visitors can stroll along the 5.5-mile shared-use trail, Town Branch Commons which connects Lexington’s bustling downtown with the Distillery District. The Manchester, a recently opened luxury boutique hotel, boasts a bespoke bottle shop and a spirited lobby bar and lounge alongside two unique dining and drinking spaces. Those traveling over an April weekend can take in the Kentucky Derby-qualifying horse races at historic Keeneland Racecourse. Starting Rate for The Manchester: $183.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Inland Floridians looking for a quick weekend beach escape should opt for Fort Lauderdale, a laid-back (and more affordable) alternative to the hustle and bustle of nearby Miami. Stay in the center of the city’s spirited entertainment district at Hyatt Centric Las Olas, offering close proximity to the area’s best beaches, museums, galleries and cultural institutions, while also providing plenty of on-site amenities without breaking the bank. Guests receive BOGO admission to NSU Art Museum, located just across the street featuring an extensive collection of cultural art. As another cost friendly option, hop on the city’s Water Taxi and enjoy a sightseeing tour through the 165 miles of waterway that run throughout the city.

Saugatuck, Michigan

A local treasure, Saugatuck is known as Michigan’s Art Coast, offering pristine beaches and is a prominent road trip getaway for Chicagoans and Detroiters. Saugatuck boasts a sophisticated culinary scene along with progressive art programming and adventurous outdoor activities on land and water. Visitors strolling through galleries can discover fine art in every medium as well as finely crafted goods from a mix of local and national artists. For boutique luxury, book at a stay at the 11-room Wickwood Inn, centrally located just minutes away from Downtown Saugatuck’s charming restaurants, shops, galleries and breathtaking scenery. Currently, when guests book a three-night stay at Wickwood Inn, they can enjoy a free stay on the third night.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Deemed the “Harbor of Hospitality,” Elizabeth City is a charming, waterside escape for an affordable weekend getaway. Whether getting out in nature, embracing storied American history or indulging in classic Southern cuisine, travelers are sure to enjoy a few days in this hidden gem destination. History buffs can visit the Museum of the Albemarle where exhibits on the region’s history. At Dismal Swamp State Park, they can stroll the 300-foot boardwalk or hike more than 20 miles of trails while keeping an eye out for local wildlife. Visitors can stay at the Pepperberry Inn, which is walking distance from downtown and offers weekend rates starting at $130.

Eureka, California

Eureka is an ideal budget-friendly weekend getaway for those wanting to experience what Northern California has to offer in one short trip. Culturally protected by the ‘Redwood Curtain,’ the city is most famous for its unique Victorian architecture, creative artistic culture, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, artisanal businesses and the ancient, massive trees of the Redwood National Park. Stay near Old Town Eureka with accommodations ranging from $60 to $148 a night during the spring. Eureka is a walkable city with most attractions and landmarks capable of being accessed on foot. Enjoy a hike along the Northridge Trail Loop, and then jump over to the Redwood Sky Bridge at the Sequoia Park Zoo.

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