We’re a traveling bunch here at AFAR, so it should come as no suprise that when the weekend rolls around, we’re making the best of those couple days out of the office. From New England to the California coast, here are a few of our favorite weekend getaways.
“For a New Yorker, my absolute favorite weekend getaway is to Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. There is a hike there called Breakneck Ridge that is more rock climbing than hiking and gives me the dose of Colorado Mountains that I need sometimes (I went to school in Boulder). The best restaurant there is called Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill—but if you want to watch the world go by with a great beer in hand, get an outside seat at Whistling Willie’s right on top of Main Street.” —Kate Hovey Hornsby, luxury director
“My favorite weekend spot is Taos, New Mexico. It’s an old adobe-style town about two and a half hours north of Albuquerque. There’s always something to do year round, but winter is the ideal—Taos has some of the best snowboarding and skiing in the Southwest. In the summer there is plenty of hiking, including a trail that brings you to the highest peak in New Mexico (Wheeler Peak). They have a cool town square that has a farmers’ market every weekend, where I spotted Julia Roberts once. My favorite place to eat in the area is at the base of the Taos Ski Valley mountain at a German-style restaurant called the Bavarian.”—Andrew Raymond, photo intern
“For my 30th birthday, my husband took me to the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. It was gorgeous (the hotel is situated on the cliffs above the ocean). Every day they have a bagpiper play at sunset outside on the terrace. It’s more of an upscale golf resort than anything else, where the Macallan 18 is ‘bottom shelf’ at their hotel bar. Also, while we were there, the front valet section was completely taken up by Jaguars of various colors, all the same make, and the valet told us that a startup had bought them for all of its employees and was having its retreat at the hotel). We went on an ocean kayaking expedition to Mavericks, where the surfing competition happens. Our local guide knew of a calm place that you could paddle out to where the crazy breakers are going off all around you. Even in the offseason, the waves were intense and we had a lot of trouble paddling back to a safe spot, but it was crazy fun.”—Sherry Jin, director of engineering
“When we get the chance, my boyfriend and I love to escape to his hometown of Niantic in the summertime. Located only 15 minutes from Mystic (yes, where Mystic Pizza was filmed), Niantic has got the same New England feel without the crowds of people. It’s a serene beach town with eateries serving fried seafood, ice cream shops with lines of eager customers, and cute boutiques.” —Nicoletta Richardson, assistant editor
“My absolute favorite weekend getaway is a night or two at Cavallo Point. Coming from San Francisco, it couldn’t be any easier. It’s right over the Golden Gate Bridge tucked at the foot of the Marin Headlands, and it’s the whole package. A historic property, the grounds are stunning, with views of both San Francisco and its famous bridge. There are hands-on cooking classes, spa treatments, and amazing hiking—and it’s a long walk or short cab ride away from Sausalito’s charming downtown. I love the restaurant’s brunch, as well as sitting by their fire pits at night with a glass of wine.”—Danielle Walsh, assistant editor