Though the summer season may be slowing down, there’s still time to squeeze in one more great vacation. Whether you’re looking for a dreamy book-on-the-beach getaway or a bustling city escape, here are our favorite places for soaking in a few more days of summer.
For Low Country Leisure: Montage Palmetto Bluff
This South Carolina hideaway, tucked into an inlet just a half hour from Savannah, is the ideal spot for forgetting that summer is almost over. You could drown in your sorrows at the spa, where you’ll gaze out the window at moss-covered oak trees while getting a life-changing massage, or take a walk in one of the two nature preserves on the expansive property. And because this is the coastal South, there will be golf—on a Jack Nicklaus course, no less.
For Coastal Relaxation: Sea Island
You have three options for getting your end-of-the-season chill on at Sea Island: at the Cloister, the Lodge, or in your own private Cottage. Each is a laid-back way to soak up the last bits of warm weather, and there’s always the five miles of sandy strands, where you can laze away or take a boat out for some (albeit relaxed) adventure.
Photography: courtsey of Sea Island
For A Mountain Escape: RT Lodge
Originally built as a 26-room college residence for the widow of an Andrew Carnegie business associate, the RT Lodge is now a historically preserved property nestled in the woods in Maryville, Tennessee. Think of it as the chicest summer camp you’ve ever visited, with preppy plaid bedding and their famous buttermilk fried chicken on the dinner menu. Just make sure you save room for fireside s’mores.
For Country Living: Half-Mile Farm
If country charm were a place, this would be it. From the moment you set your eyes on rustic chic decor and four-poster beds at this kid-free North Carolina escape, you’ll instantly start working “y’all” into your vocabulary. And all that nature out your window? Those are the Blue Ridge Mountains, which you can enjoy from your private porch, or, for more privacy, your own cabin.
Photography: courtesy of Half-Mile Farm
For City Slickin’: The Langham Chicago
The Windy City is at its best during the late summer, when temps are warm and the Lake Michigan waters are cool (well, at least not frigid). Here to shop? The Langham, with its cushy rooms and epic spa, is just steps from the Magnificent Mile (aka Michigan Ave), home to the best stores in the city. Or here to eat? Lou Malnati’s, which makes some of the gooiest deep dish pizzain town, is only a short walk away, too.
Photography: courtesy of The Langham Chicago
Beachy Paradise: The Reform Club
Just minutes from Amagansett Square, The Reform Club has palatial marble-drenched bathrooms, white-on-white decor, seriously good art, and expansive lawns with hammocks for spending the afternoon with a good book. When it’s time for dinner, just walk over to the square, where Il Buco al Mar serves up whole grilled mackerel and tinned fish like you’d find in Spain.
Photography: courtesy of The Reform Club