The wonderful thing about travel is that it can be customized to fit your specific wants and needs. We’ve all endured a certain level of stress from the global shutdown, but our stress factors vary, so we need different things from our post-pandemic getaways. When you’re ready to resume travel, here are five different retreats that will help you reset and rejuvenate, based on what you’ve been missing the most.
Families Who Have Had Too Much Togetherness – If the last six weeks (or longer) of homeschooling and non-stop bonding under one roof has turned out to be more closeness than you bargained for, dream about a vacation that has something for everyone to enjoy separately. Think of a resort such as The Cloister at Sea Island on the southeastern coast of Georgia. Everyone can enjoy some much-needed me-time at three championship golf courses, tennis and squash centers, a Yacht Club, a Shooting School, and Camp Cloister for kids. Enjoy coming together on five miles of private beach and over gracious dining. Virtuoso amenities include upgrade on arrival, full a la carte breakfast daily, $100 resort credit, and more.
Families That Have Been Separated by Miles – When you’ve been socially distanced from those you love and are craving time together, plan a trip to a place you can reconnect and recharge. Lots of events such as weddings and family reunions have been postponed, so choose a place to celebrate as a group when those events are rescheduled. The charming 78-room Inn at Perry Cabin on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is the perfect rural retreat where your extended family can float in the infinity pool, stroll into St. Michaels to browse antique shops, or sail the Chesapeake Bay. Everyone will feel the joy when you all share a table of the Eastern Shore’s succulent seafood. Virtuoso amenities include upgrade on arrival, full a la carte breakfast daily, $100 resort credit, and more.
Nature Lovers Who Miss the Outdoors – For those who have come to enjoy a certain amount of social distancing and yearn for wide-open spaces, look to the amazing U.S. National Parks. Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are three of the country’s most popular ones. The mid-Atlantic region is also home to some lesser-known but equally amazing parks. You can spelunk through Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, raft the white water of West Virginia’s Gauley River or discover old-growth hardwood forests in the bottomlands of South Carolina’s Congaree National Park. There are numerous other national parks, seashores, and battlefields throughout the South where you can get back to nature. Travel Maestro tip: Tell us your interests and we’ll help you choose a park to visit.
Couples That Need a Romantic Rendezvous – Take a quintessential small town and add one sumptuous boutique hotel and you have the romantic destination of your dreams. The Inn at Little Washington, just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. fits the bill beautifully. The 24 bedrooms and suites are luxuriously appointed and only surpassed by the intimate and romantic 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant. Enjoy course after course of the culinary genius of renowned chef and owner Patrick O’Connell, and let the Sommelier play matchmaker between you, your dinner, and the award-winning 14,000 bottle wine cellar. Travel Maestro tip: Take one of the complimentary bicycles out for a leisurely ride into the surprisingly sophisticated historic town, founded in 1769.
Essential Workers Who Deserve a Luxury Fix – If you’re one of the selfless heroes who has kept our medical facilities, grocery stores, banks, and municipal functions operating during this lengthy shutdown, we salute you! You are well overdue for a bit of pampering and deserve only the Best of the Best. For a city life post-pandemic getaway within driving distance of the mid-Atlantic, you can’t beat Washington, D.C. Stroll the National Mall and take pride in American heritage as you visit the memorials and monuments in our nation’s capital. Then treat yourself to a weekend in one of the top hotels of the city where presidents, celebrities, and discerning travelers from around the world have stayed. Travel Maestro tip: Rosewood Washington DC offers sweeping views of historic Georgetown, circular bathtubs, and every conceivable amenity. Book a table at the CUT Above by Wolfgang Puck and experience one of the most anticipated new D.C. restaurants.
Whatever your unique wants and needs are for your post-pandemic getaways, Covington vacation advisors have the creativity and connections to design a trip that will soothe any lingering stress.