How to find a unique weekend travel experience in the U.S.
Image: the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
We all want to travel the world. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture and discover what life is like somewhere else?
But let’s face it – that’s not always possible. A recent survey by Hilton revealed that 29% of Americans say that limited time is the biggest thing preventing them from taking a vacation. Whether we’re dealing with limited time off, financial hurdles, or maybe even a fear of flying, sometimes taking a vacation for longer than a weekend just isn’t an option.
Luckily, there are ways around this roadblock and Curio Collection by Hilton™ offers one-of-a-kind hotels stateside along with some local guides to make your vacation or weekend getaway memorable #IRL so you don’t have to partake in the #bowwowchallenge.
The United States is bursting with its own unique culture. There are many different things each region has to offer the discerning traveler, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you occupied.
At these five unique hotels and resorts, you can get a remarkable vacation experience without ever leaving the U.S. And since each hotel is part of the Hilton Honors guest-loyalty program – you can rack up points to use toward free nights, bypass the front desk with Digital Check-In on the Hilton Honors App and much more.
Image: John Cole for The Darcy Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton
1. The Darcy Washington D.C., Curio Collection by Hilton
Want to get in touch with your American pride? There’s no better place to do that than in the nation’s capital.
This gorgeous hotel – complete with a Haberdashery and a complimentary cocktail hour for guests – is centrally located in the trendy 14th Street corridor near Logan Circle. The prime location allows you to see all the famous monuments you want before catching a meal in one of DC’s hottest new restaurants, Siren – a farm-to-table restaurant from acclaimed chefs Robert Wiedmaier and Brian McBride, which is located in The Darcy and features fresh seafood, a raw bar, and live jazz.
You’re also not too far from several Smithsonian Institute museums and galleries such as the Hirshhorn; the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, which holds Jazz in the Garden during the summer months; the New Columbia Distillers, where you can partake in tours and tastings from the creators of Green Hat gin; and more fun and educational places to explore.
Need to brighten up your day? No problem, because this hotel features a bi-monthly pop-up Flower Bar through a partnership with local start-up UrbanStems.
Image: LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
Image: Neal Kumar for LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
2. LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
For an authentic taste of the Midwest, Chicago is the place to go – and this iconic hotel is the place to stay.
LondonHouse Chicago boasts a structure that is almost 100 years old. Originally opened as the London Guarantee Building in 1923, the historic, award-winning work of architecture was recently restored to pay homage to its storied past while also embracing modern amenities. It also features the city’s only tri-level rooftop with sweeping views of the city.
This is a phenomenal city for food-lovers. Not only is Chicago famous for hot dogs and deep-dish pizza, but they also have some great places to indulge for dessert. Fans of ice cream, for example, should make it a point to visit Jeni’s.
Avid Instagrammers and SnapChatters will want to take advantage of the beautiful views and architecture in this city, perhaps on a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise – a favorite even among locals.
Image: Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
3. Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ah, Beantown – a city that perfectly encapsulates all the unique passion, history, and charm of New England.
Ames Boston Hotel is located right in the middle of the city, so you won’t have to go far to check out what Boston has to offer. And with complimentary bicycles (available seasonally) it’s easy to explore the city from the stylish hotel.
And if history is your thing, be sure to check out the Freedom Trail, Paul Revere’s House, and the Old State House. For shopping, food, and café’s, Faneuil Hall is your perfect spot. For a bite with a view, stop in at Granary Tavern gastropub and enjoy the patio overlooking the lush Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.
And all those sports fans out there will absolutely have something to root for. You can see where the Celtics or the Bruins play at TD Garden, or cheer on the Red Sox at the famous Fenway Park. (But beware of the Green Monster!)
Image: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
4. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
For a more relaxing getaway, head to Indian Wells in California – just a short drive from Palm Springs.
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is the perfect place to unwind amid olive trees and citrus groves. Guest rooms and suites feature sprawling views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, and you’ll have plenty of space to spread out. It’s the home of the 12,000 square foot Well Spa – a must-visit for anyone who needs some recharging, complete with a courtyard with two private saltwater pools.
Even if a spa isn’t your thing, the resort’s immaculate manicured gardens and palm tree-lined roads will put your mind at ease and allow you to exhale for a while.
Coffee-lovers will need to check out IW Coffee, famous for their awesome latte art.
And it wouldn’t be a trip to sunny California without some sushi. Make sure you stop into Misaki Sushi & Grill to get your fix.
Image: The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Image: the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
5. The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Nope, not that Hollywood. The East Coast one.
If you’re looking for a beach resort, this is the one to visit. The glamourous hotel – fresh off a $100 million transformation complete with celebrity chef restaurants – has breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. If you want to just chill out on their (private) beach, make way for the shore and dig your toes into the sand. But more active types will also find this area enticing.
There’s a boardwalk for you to peruse and a ton of shops to explore. Fans of contemporary art will need to check out the interactive fountains created by Japanese artist Ritsuko Taho in Arts Park at Young Circle.
For the perfect night out, visit The Village at Gulfstream Park. There, you can see some live entertainment or give gaming a try.
So no matter what corner of our beautiful country you decide to visit, these places will offer you an authentically local experience you’ll never forget. All Curio Collection hotels are bookable online or by using the Hilton Honors mobile app, where members get the best rates and other exclusive benefits including Digital Key and Points Pooling to make that weekend getaway or summer vacation with friends a reality.