Get Out of the City

American Hotels for a City Getaway

Sometimes you just want to get away, and do it with as little hassle as possible. Why spend hours at the airport when there’s often a very fine escape within easy reach of your hometown — or, if you’re the staycationing type, actually in your hometown…

Find your (American) city below, and see what we picked for a quick escape nearby — as well as an in-town option for an even quicker getaway.

Los Angeles

Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto - boutique hotel in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has all the charm of Los Angeles’s seaside communities, without everything else that makes Los Angeles so overwhelming. El Encanto is enchanted indeed — and the Tablet Plus treatment makes the good life even better.

Or stay in Los Angeles: the Petit Ermitage may be right in the heart of West Hollywood, but it’s one of just a few places within the city limits that you can properly get away from it all (in a memorable Russo-Venetian style, to boot).

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Washington DC

The Inn at Perry Cabin

The Inn at Perry Cabin - boutique hotel in Maryland

If you’ve had enough of all things D.C. at the moment, we can’t blame you. The Inn at Perry Cabin, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is now a Belmond operation, which means it combines classic Colonial atmosphere with all the trappings and professionalism of a modern luxury hotel.

Or stay in Washington: the 49-room Rosewood is a small-scale luxury hotel that’ll enable you to hide out in plain sight in Georgetown, under the care of your own hotel-assigned personal assistant.

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Sanderling Resort

Sanderling Resort - boutique hotel in Duck

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are like a softer, sandier version of Cape Cod, but with fewer tourists and a faint Southern accent. Three hours’ drive from Richmond puts you in an impossibly idyllic seaside resort with a perfect mix of elegance and charm.

Or stay in Richmond: the brand-new Quirk Hotel is a spinoff from a successful local art gallery, and it’s proof that the city’s contemporary culture is absolutely thriving.

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Surfsand Resort

Surfsand Resort - boutique hotel in Cannon Beach

Bring a wetsuit if you’re actually here to surf — Cannon Beach, an hour from Portland, is Pacific Northwest unpretentiousness at its finest. And with the iconic Haystack Rock right outside, the views are something extraordinary.

Or stay in Portland: Riverplace Hotel feels like a genteel country house, or a rustic mountain lodge, in spite of the fact that it’s located in the city center, right where downtown meets the Willamette River.

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Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm - boutique hotel in the Great Smoky Mountains

One of America’s finest rural getaways is located in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. No, not Dollywood — we’re talking about Blackberry Farm. Come for the mind-blowing farm-to-table Southern cooking, stay for one of the country’s most extraordinary small luxury hotels.

Or stay in Nashville: Music City is a surprisingly cosmopolitan place, and the stylish, contemporary city-center Hutton Hotel is all the proof you need.

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San Francisco

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch - boutique hotel in Monterey

The fact that San Franciscans seem so focused on migrating northward to the Napa and Sonoma valleys makes California’s Central Coast all the more appealing — and the venerable Carmel Valley Ranch, now under the direction of Joie de Vivre, is a thoroughly modern luxury resort.

Or stay in San Francisco: Hotel Zetta San Francisco, just across Market from Union Square, could hardly be more urban, but a night at the shufflepuck table, cocktail in hand, is a recipe for total relaxation.

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - boutique hotel in Bluffton

Midway between Hilton Head and Savannah, Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff features sprawling indoor-outdoor luxury, classic Southern hospitality, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, and access to all the Low Country’s outdoor pursuits, from sailing and nature walks to the hotel’s own island beach club.

Or stay in Charleston: Zero George is Charleston in a nutshell, three beautiful 1804 residences (and two carriage houses) gone upscale, with a fine New American restaurant to top it off.

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Hotel Fauchère

Hotel Fauchère - boutique hotel in Milford

Hotel Fauchère, in Milford, looks like something straight out of American Gothic, the Platonic form of the rustic Pennsylvania farmhouse. But venture in and you’ll find a boutique hotel that’s a lot more contemporary and cosmopolitan than you’d expect, complete with a first-rate restaurant and patisserie.

Or stay in Philadelphia: now that the Democratic convention has cleared out of town the Kimpton group’s Hotel Monaco is once again ready to serve the rest of us with a lively blend of 1906 gentility and modern-boutique whimsy.

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Camp Comfort

Camp Comfort - boutique hotel in Comfort

A former bowling alley, Camp Comfort is now a boutique bed and breakfast, with a hip adult summer-camp vibe that’s well worth the drive from whichever Texas metropolis you call home.

Or stay in Austin: Hotel Van Zandt is the Kimpton group’s first venture in the Texan capital city, and features their trademark laid-back luxury, as well as a restaurant that plays host to the famous local music scene.

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