INDIO Set in the Coachella Valley (hence the music festival name), Indio, California is home to some pretty staggering panoramic views and picturesque golf courses. But there are also plenty of art museums, a hot air ballooning festival and even a relatively famous date farm. Yes, a date farm. But you are in the middle of the desert, so in the height of summer, it’s going to be pretty darn hot. Give some thought to spending most of your time at the hotel pool or spa. You can’t go wrong with a day spent at Le Parker Meridien just down the road in Palm Springs.
AUSTIN With an unofficial slogan like, “Keep Austin Weird,” you know you’re in for a good time. Whether you’re in for a hiking/biking weekend or you’re more into authentic Tex-Mex and two steppin’, this is the city for you. The capital of Texas, Austin adopted its slogan to promote its local small businesses and there are plenty of them to visit. But there’s also an incredible amount of beautiful natural resources to visit. Lady Bird Lake is not just centrally located, it’s also the perfect place for running, biking or just feeding the ducks. No matter how far you want to go, it has beautiful route options. Eat tacos at Polvos Mexican Restaurant, BBQ at Franklin Barbecue, shop for treasures at Citywide Garage Sales and jump into the year-round 70 degrees Barton Springs Pool in Zilker’s Park.
NEWPORT When it comes to advice on where to take the ultimate sailing vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Lands’ End was started by an avid sailor who had the sea in his blood. So it’s in ours too. And if there’s one place that’s ideal for hoisting the mainsail, it’s Newport, Rhode Island. Even if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy and happy in Newport in season. In fact, summer is the busiest time, so make reservations early. There are more sailing excursion companies in the area than you can count. Choose almost any one for morning, afternoon or sunset sails if you don’t want to do the work yourself. (No judements! Being an observer can be just as much fun as sailing itself.) When you aren’t on the boat, there’s Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyeard for lunch, wine and sunshine, the public gardens at Blitheworld and The Cliffwalk, a three-and-a-half mile walk between the Newport shoreline and its famous mansions, including Rosecliff and The Breakers, two incredible architectural wonders.