Two weeks from today marks Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer and, most importantly, the return of white denim and rosé season. (Though let's be honest: We've been rocking those white jeans since the second the snow melted.) A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge -- not too long that you feel obligated to go somewhere new or far-flung, but long enough to disconnect and reap the benefits of unplugging, without feeling guilty.
Haven't made plans yet? It's not too late! Here's where I'd go if I were you. Happy plotting!
From the East Coast: Nantucket, MA
GO FOR: Quintessential New England charm before the summer crowds rush in. Don't miss the legendary Figawi Sailing Race, held every Memorial Day Weekend.
STAY: Greydon House ($$$) or 76 Main ($$). Both are in town, which is better for strolling, given it likely won't be full-on beach weather yet.
EAT: Company of the Cauldron (lobster tasting menu - need I say more?), Cru, Lola 41, The Pearl; Juice Bar for ice cream; Galley Beach for sunset drinks; Cisco Brewers for beer and live music
From the Midwest: Minneapolis, MN
GO FOR: A blossoming art scene (check out the Walker Art Center), Prince's Paisley Park Museum, lakes galore, and a slew of new award-winning restaurants.
STAY: The Kimpton Grand Hotel ($) or the Hotel Ivy ($$)
EAT: The Bachelor Farmer, Spoon and Stable, and Grand Cafe for dinner; Salty Tart and Milkjam Creamery for dessert; Surly Brewing Company for drinks
From the South: New Orleans, LA
GO FOR: The food, stay for the music. Memorial Day Weekend is home to NOLA's Food and Wine Experience, if that's your speed. The city is also celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, and is doing lots to commemorate.
STAY: Soniat House ($$$) or the Ace Hotel ($-$$)
EAT: Bacchanal, Seaworthy, Herbsaint, Sylvain, Shaya, Lilette (I could go on...); Arnaud's French 75 for drinks; Cafe du Monde for those classic beignets
From the West Coast: Sedona, AZ
GO FOR: True R&R. Sedona is known for its red rocks and spiritual healing powers. Think stunning hikes, outdoor yoga, and spa treatments before the hot desert summer sets in.
STAY: L'Auberge de Sedona ($$$) or El Portal Sedona ($$)
EAT: Cress on Oak Creek; Saltrock Kitchen; The Hudson