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Where to Get Away This
Summer—and What to Bring

A not-so-fun fact: More than half (half!) of working Americans didn’t put their paid vacation days to use in 2018. And if we had to guess, the likelihood of that percentage rising in 2020 is high. Really high. But it’s not all bad: With vaccine rollouts gaining traction, air travel picking up where it left off, and a slew of buzzy new hotels eager to welcome back travelers, the industry is on an upswing.

From Utah to Baja to NOLA, these are the new-on-the-scene spots topping our list—plus the suits, sandals, and matching sets you’ll most definitely want to take with.

COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.

camp sarika utah

CAMP SARIKA, UTAH

On a scale of one to roughing it, you can probably guess where the Aman’s new luxury glamping experience deep in the Utah desert falls. With marshmallowy beds in lieu of sleeping bags, en suite bathrooms and plunge pools in place of communal anything, and yes, high-speed Wi-Fi, this is the kind of camping we can all get behind. Whatever’s on the docket for the day—heart-thumping treks up the aerial stairway at Cave Peak, posthike dips at Hole in the Rock at nearby Lake Powell, starlit dinners at the neighboring Amangiri—there’s no wrong move. Just be ready to drop some serious coin and get your dates locked down stat: The property tops out at thirty guests and, as you might imagine, books up fast.

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paradero todos santos

PARADERO, TODOS SANTOS

Sprawled out in the small surf town of Todos Santos—a far cry from the spring-break energy of Los Cabos—is the recently unveiled architectural gem Paradero. What this cacti-happy sanctuary lacks in proximity to the Pacific Ocean (twentyish minutes…relax), it makes up for with jaw-dropping natural wonder and breathtaking views. Mornings center around nature walks and sun salutations on the yoga deck, while afternoons are reserved for taco tours through town or lazing around in hammocks, mezcal margarita in hand. Where this sustainably minded property really excels, however, is with chef Eduardo Ríos (of Pujol fame): He dishes up farm-to-fork feasts starring the local bounty, boatloads of fresh fish, and the kind of scratch-made salsas you wish you could bottle up and bring home. It’s only three hours from LAX, so getting there is the easy part; leaving is where things get hard.

Scroll through the Los Cabos guide for more happenings around Todos Santos.

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hotel saint vincent nola

HOTEL SAINT VINCENT, NOLA

In the world of boutique hotels, the name Liz Lambert carries a lot of weight—and for good reason. The brain behind the eclectic El Cosmico in Marfa, the stylish Saint Cecilia in Austin, and the trendy San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Lambert, now a partner at MML Hospitality, just added one more design-centric hotel to her impressive résumé: the vibrant, Art Deco–y Hotel Saint Vincent in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. The historic area is also home to cafés (SV Espresso and Stein’s Market & Deli bagels get our vote), ornate architecture (like pastel-colored French colonial homes), and charming boutiques (Saint Claude Social Club is basically a jewelry treasure trove, and Sunday Shop is the spot for beautifully curated design finds). Put simply, it’s the perfect place to spend an entire day getting lost on foot. And when you do make it back to the hotel, you’ll want to grab a cocktail at the Chapel Club before diving into steamy dumplings and banh mi at Elizabeth Street Café next door.

For more, there’s the New Orleans city guide.

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