Spring has Sprung: Your Guide to Seasonal Travel

Spring has Sprung: Your Guide to Seasonal Travel

The official start of spring has finally arrived and we've rounded up a list of hotels from Carmel, California to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to soak in the splendor of the spring season. From strolling through fields of fresh blooms, new baby animals, spring wildlife emergence and brand new seasonally-specific programming and packages, these are the very best destinations for travel this spring.

Carmel Valley Ranch | Carmel, CA (pictured)

As the lush lavender fields are in full bloom, there’s no better place to reset, rejuvenate, and revel in all Carmel Valley Ranch has to offer as the spring season arrives. The Ranch, situated in the foothills along California’s Central Coast near Big Sur and Monterey, offers plenty to do among the gardens, beehives, trails, the herd, and the wonders of the valley – with seasonal workshops, activities and spa treatments led by the property’s artisans in residence and skilled wellness therapists:

  • Equestrian-Inspired Watercolor: Be inspired by our brand new equestrian session that allows you to calm your mind, build your awareness, and improve your creative capacity and thinking, all through the presence of horses and art.
  • Ranch it Up: Live a day in the life of a true Rancher by going behind the scenes with the team as they tend to friendly farm animals, and learn what it takes to care for these magnificent creatures.
  • A Bee’s Life: Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping through the lens of the Carmel Valley Ranch Bees in the Organic Garden—from hive science to honey tasting, and more.
  • Garden Meet & Greet: Marvel in abundant greenery as you feed chickens, chase butterflies, pick herbs, meet goats, and discover how last night’s salad sprouted to life.
  • The Herd: Experience the property’s family of goats, alpacas, cows, chickens and more including a brand new baby alpaca, Olive, and a trio of baby goats that were just born on property.
  • Spring Into The New You Spa Treatment: This new treatment at Spa Aiyana is a curated blend of ingredients from the season’s florals, herbs and botanicals. For the ultimate evening wind down, sip on the property’s signature Swing Pinot Noir Reserve, with deep purple grapes grown on the property’s three-and-a-half-acre vineyard.

MacArthur Place | Sonoma, CA

Sonoma’s iconic MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, a luxury boutique 64-room hotel, offers guests an intimate and luxurious escape in the heart of California Wine Country. Spring has certainly sprung in Sonoma, as the wine country’s rolling vineyards boast beautiful blooms of yellow mustard flowers each January through April. This spring, guests can meander the  lush six-acre property and check out the new Chef’s Garden — boasting vegetables, flowers, micro-greens, herbs and more used as ingredients and garnishes throughout the property’s culinary outlets such as Layla and The Bar at MacArthur. What’s more, MacArthur Place just welcome two locally raised bee colonies to the property in partnership with Marin Coastal Bee Co, pollinating the fresh spring blooms found throughout the winding pathways.

The Cloudveil | Jackson Hole, WY

 A transformative destination in and of itself, travelers are invited to let the legendary town of Jackson Hole change them. Perfectly poised between two of the greatest National Parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks –– Jackson puts you in the perfect position for wildlife spotting as local grizzlies emerge from hibernation this spring. Stay at the only property on town square — The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection hotel — to take notes from their local guides, The Pathfinders, who will point you in the right direction for wildlife viewing during the spring emergence. Spring skiing is in full swing, and visitors can enjoy Gaper Day this April, as skiers dress up in their wildest outfits and hit the slopes under spring sunshine plus Music under The Tram and the Rendezvous Spring Festival.

The Tides Inn | Irvington, VA

Awakening from its winter respite, the Tides Inn is blooming and ready to welcome seasonal visitors for the perfect family spring break getaway. Located in the heart of the charming, historic town of Irvington, the 70-room waterfront resort serves as an escape from the bustle of the city to take in the peaceful coastal surroundings. As parents are growing increasingly eager for experiences with an educational spin when planning family trips, the Tides Inn embraces nature being at its fingertips through immersive water activities along the Chesapeake. Spend your days on the water with hands-on learning activities, including Chesapeake Gold, our iconic oyster excursion. An experience as educational as it is tasty and fun, dive into the history and ecology of one of the most recognizable—and certainly most beneficial—underwater residents of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Guided by the property’s ecologist, Will Smiley, shuck oysters like a pro alongside family members while learning how oysters are a keystone species. Boarding a traditional watermen’s boat, guests visit an oyster farm, pull up oyster cages, investigate and sort the catch. Upon returning to shore, learn how to “grade” oysters and watch a waterman grill oysters to perfection.

The Cove Eleuthera | Bahamas 

Situated on 40 acres on the northern end of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera, The Cove is an exclusive island retreat featuring stylish seaside accommodations providing a secluded luxury experience. Eleuthera is so serene, you may feel as if it's your own private island. With two private white sand beaches looking out onto turquoise waters and an array of recreational amenities including snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking, this island paradise is the ultimate tropical spring break getaway. Reserve the best seat in the house with The Cove’s HamacLand where travelers can experience  a leisurely day aboard a private, floating open-air lounge complete with two lounge chairs, two hammocks and can be personalized with a custom picnic lunch.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC | Washington, DC

A boutique, luxury haven in the heart of Washington, D.C., The Jefferson is rolling out a limited-time Pop of Pink package to celebrate Cherry Blossom season. Available now through April 2022, guests will enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, complimentary late checkout at 4pm and two specialty drinks ($50 value) from the Cherry Blossom menu at the award-winning Quill. Guests also have access to the property’s in-house historian who can assist in curating the perfect day of touring the blossoms. Rates start at $425 per night and can be booked here. The specialty Cherry Blossom drink menu will be available at Quill through the end of April, perfect for visitors and locals alike to imbibe on cocktails and sake inspired by the pink blooms across the city.

Hotel Cerro | San Luis Obispo, CA

Spring spent on California’s Central Coast means pleasant spring weather accompanied by cool breezes off the pacific ocean. On the fertile stretch of the central California coast, roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you’ll find the charming town of San Luis Obispo. Full of undeniable appeal, buzz-worthy farm-to-table restaurants, funky art galleries, and a welcoming, low-key community, SLO is a gem of a spot cradled in between coastal mountains rolling into frothy seas. Stroll the cobblestone-clad main street, meander the iconic farmer’s markets boasting fresh local bounty, and hang out at local outdoor eateries like Brasserie SLO while people-watching beneath the California sunshine. Located in the heart of lively downtown San Luis Obispo, Hotel Cerro is offering a special collaborative dinner with Paul Lato Wines on April 28 paired with springtime bites from Brasserie SLO — just in time to ring in the spring season.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Amelia Island, FL

Located in the North East corner of Florida overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is known for offering a classic beach vacation, perfect for a Spring getaway. With more than 40 public beach access points along the 13 miles of Amelia Island coastline, you can choose a different stretch of beach each day, accessible directly from the resort. Explore the island by foot or bike, or choose from the property’s water sports, like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding to explore the ocean. The resort is also home to an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, renown dining outlets and various outdoor pools. And ideal for Spring Break, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island continues to be family-friendly and activate programming that allows intimate groups in outdoor spaces. The resort naturalist has created a guide for  small family groups to use on hikes along the beaches and dunes where they learn about the history of the island and the natural habitats. Birding and shark tooth hunting on the beach are family favorite activities that can be done self-guided as well, and kayaking and small group or individual water sports are readily available.

Vail Resorts | CO, UT, CA 

Vail Resorts has announced it's extending the 2021/22 season at 7 of its resorts, including Vail Mountain in Colorado and Kirkwood and Heavenly in Tahoe. With spring skiing offering the season’s most sought-out conditions, weeks of bluebird days and gorgeous après hours, skiers can hold on to warmer-whether perks a bit longer. Additionally, several hospitality openings/offerings and on-mountain features have debuted this season from Gravity Haus Breckenridge’s new slope-side Snow Cabanas and the mountain resort’s new Freedom SuperChair on Peak 7 (in time for the mountain’s 60th anniversary this year!), to new hotel openings in Vail (The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Hotel) and Park City (Pendry; non-Vail-related news, but ski/winter news nonetheless). Spring is also the time to start planning for next season – Epic Pass holders should stay tuned for on-sale announcements and continually added-value options in the coming weeks. Season extension dates include:

  • Heavenly, CA: Open until April 24 (previously April 17)
  • Vail Mountain, CO: Open until May 1 (previously April 24)
  • Kirkwood, CA: Open until May 1 (previously April 10)

Under Canvas | Nationwide

Under Canvas, the leader in upscale, outdoor hospitality, has officially kicked-off nationwide camp openings for the season. With each camp strategically located near iconic national parks and monuments, guests will undoubtedly experience spring’s most stunning gifts, from blooming flowers and lush green landscapes to ideal temperatures and glowing views. The ultimate glamping experience, Under Canvas brings access to once-in-a-lifetime excursions like rugged private jeep tours, mountain biking, lesser-known hiking, rafting, and sunset ATV’ing, with luxury accommodations in safari-style tents, complimentary s’mores and community tents to end any adventurous day. Additionally, Under Canvas has launched a Fuel Your Adventure promotion to inspire travelers to continue exploring this spring amidst skyrocketing gas prices. Guests will receive a $100 contribution towards a 2+ night stay at any of Under Canvas’ ten locations for stays before June 30, when booked by April 4. If travelers prefer to go electric, Under Canvas is offering free electric charging on all electric vehicles via Rivian Waypoints level 2 chargers, available at Under Canvas Moab and Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase though Earth Day.

Lido House | Newport Beach, CA 

Spring days along the California coast are what Lido House was made for — an effortlessly coastal retreat for travelers, locals and families alike. Situated amongst the city’s marina, beach and retail hub, guests can take advantage of longer days and enjoy nearby Lido Marina Village, delight in the season's array of water activities, hiking, cycling, and idyllic sunset cruises, or let the city take lead and explore the vibrant art, culture and entertainment scene. And in celebration of the sun and sea, Lido House’s pool deck will launch its new, stunning Cocktails by the Pool experience, offering guests a beautifully crafted specialty cocktail served in a unique vessel. With a dedicated menu, guests can select from some of the following menu highlights:  

  • Lido Tai - housemade macadamia nut orgeat with Zacapa rum, orange ice and fresh mint
  • Pineapple Smash - refreshingly chilled pineapple, roasted pineapple syrup, fresh muddled herbs and bourbon
  • Lido Libre - a mexican cola with rum topped with lime foam
  • Blue Pina Colada - spirulina coconut snow with Captain Morgan pineapple poured pool side...it’s a show!   

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel | Kailua-Kona, HI 

On the Big Island of Hawai’i, travelers looking for a warm-weather spring getaway will find Kailua-Kona’s culturally rich King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel filled with both adventure and relaxation — from enriching spa treatments and epic Hawaiian landmarks, to water sports and exquisite, cultural artifacts. Rejuvenate the mind, body and soul with sunrise yoga classes amid the natural landscapes of the Big Island. Or explore the tranquil waters right in front of the property with activities and tours provided by Kona Boys Beach Shack, a one-stop shop for ocean equipment and activities, to adventure out and enjoy the coastline scenery and incredible sea life. In celebration of the annual Lei Day on May 1, join the resort’s Lei Day Brews N’ Blooms in partnership with Kona Brewing Co. Enjoy fresh flower lei making, various cultural activities, the MOBI (Made on Big Island) Marketplace, Kona Brewing Co. pouring samples, live music and more - all in honor of the cherished custom of making and giving a lei.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk | Newport, RI 

The Chanler at Cliff Walk is the ultimate spring getaway as temperatures start to warm. An intimate hotel at the start of Newport's famous cliff walk with stunning views of the sea, The Chanler is a popular hideout for guests looking for serene, sea-side beauty. The Chanler is the only hotel on the cliff walk and features 20 uniquely-designed guest rooms, each boasting its own fireplace. Enjoy an intimate dinner for two at The Chanler’s elegant restaurant, Cara, while you look out over the Atlantic Ocean and sip signature wine. After dinner guests can return to their rooms and luxuriate with an Aromatherapy bath. For guests looking to explore Newport, the town blooms in the spring with festivals and Daffodil Days — the arrival of over 1,200,000 bright yellow daffodils throughout the area with decorated store windows heralding their arrival.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa | San Diego, CA

Located in Rancho Santa Fe and spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, nature trails, meticulous olive groves, and casitas, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is just a short distance from the warm and sunny beaches of Del Mar and La Jolla, boasting distinct architectural style and serene sense of place. This Spring, wander through the resort's stunning Culinary Garden and visit the property’s new egg-layers in their own “casita coop” and discover the source Rancho Valencia’s fresh produce used in property's food and beverage program - from heirloom tomatoes for a gazpacho, borage flowers to adorn a simple salad or chili peppers for an infused spicy margarita recipe. With a gorgeous garden backdrop, join Executive Chef Alex Bloom in a new Culinary Master Class, set to kick off in May of 2022, where chef will guide you through a practical and imaginative class using many of Rancho Valencia’s fresh garden varietals.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi | Malé, Maldives

Situated in one of the most beautiful, sought-after locations in the world, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests unparalleled, bespoke service and unforgettable experiences. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, the resort inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. From extensive outdoor adventure options, including snorkeling and diving in the fascinating underwater world, to the mesmerizing Waldorf Astoria Spa or Aqua Wellness Center, guests are spoilt for choice... Special for the season, the resort will be offering Easter magic with a festive event calendar full of activities and offerings all specially curated in celebration of the spring season and Easter holiday. From exciting children’s activities and family tournaments to culinary delights such as Easter-themed meals and cocktails – there’s something for everyone to celebrate the season with some Maldivian magic.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa | Paradise Valley, AZ

Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain in affluent Paradise Valley, the resort is home to 453 newly renovated guest casitas and suites each with a garden patio or balcony, 36 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, a 32,000-square-foot spa, four swimming pools, and seven restaurants and lounges. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa embodies the spirit of the Southwest with its peaceful desert setting, private grounds for hiking and meditation, and state of the art spa. Escape to serenity at The Spa at Camelback Inn and invigorate yourself this spring with the following spa treatments, available from March 1 to May 31:

  • Aromatherapy Renewal Massage: Rejuvenate with our signature aromatherapy oil blend with hints of lemongrass, rosemary and peppermint. This restorative ritual includes head-to-toe relaxation with an energizing scalp massage, full body massage and hydrating foot treatment. (60 minutes | $230)
  • Spring Renewal Hydrafacial + Dermaflash: Indulge in an advanced medical-grade facial that will give soothing, instant results with no discomfort or downtime. This ultimate service includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, hydration and a Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid, as well as a complimentary Dermaflash exfoliation ($50 value). (60 minutes | $350)

Reserve both services and receive a complimentary spa gift and 15% spa retail or skincare purchases the day of your treatment.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown | Washington, D.C.

An intimate luxury hideaway set within a historic industrial building, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. provides a quiet stay in one of D.C. 's most coveted neighborhoods. From expert hand-crafted cocktails and artisanal dishes to wellness-dedicated suites, guests can find something for their specific taste at this boutique hotel. This Spring, visitors can book the hotel’s Cherry Blossom Package, which includes offerings such as a breakfast credit for two, hotel credit to enjoy and bicycle rentals to explore this charming neighborhood and take in the scent of fresh cherry blossoms. Available March 13, 2022 - April 16, 2022; Full offerings listed out here

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner | McLean, VA

Located in McLean (just a short distance from the iconic landmarks of downtown Washington D.C.), The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner embraces a “capital-to-countryside” experience. The property weaves local influence throughout, and for this Cherry Blossom season, guests can indulge in new spring-themed spa treatments. Those seeking a full body experience can enjoy the Cherry Blossom Body Polish (50 minutes, $199), with a polish rich in all-natural berry and cherry seeds combined with raspberry oil, ultimately refining the appearance of the skin, or get a little R&R with the Cherry Blossom Manicure (40 minutes, $65) and the Ultimate Cherry Blossom Pedicure (80 minutes, $125), both utilizing the exfoliating benefits found in cherry bonsai seeds.

InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf | Washington, D.C.

Set in the heart of D.C.'s Wharf neighborhood, guests can enjoy waterfront views of the seasonal blooms with the Cherry Blossom Abound Package, and take advantage of fewer crowds than the Tidal Basin at Haines Point with over 10 unique cherry blossom species. The package includes accommodations in a luxurious Promenade guest room including a balcony with waterfront views, valet parking, breakfast for two, and a unique Cherry Blossom gift. The hotel's signature restaurant Moon Rabbit, led by notable Chef Kevin Tien, will offer a seasonal Cherry Blossom menu to celebrate the beautiful blooms. The menu will showcase Sakura masu, also known as Cherry Blossom Trout, which is a gorgeous pink color similar to the blossoms.

Hotel Valley Ho | Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale’s chicest hideaway is the place to marvel in sunshine and colorful enhancements this Spring. With Baseball season right around the corner, take the step towards the perfect swing and book the Spring Training Package to receive a 20% off discount paired with two welcome drinks, a baseball-themed welcome amenity, and upgrade upon arrival. Indulge in a spring-forward and caffeinated spa treatment at VH Spa like the Café Au Lait Facial or Coffee CBD Scrub + Massage. Continue the pampering party with the Bubbles & No Sleep Troubles Package celebrating National Sleep Awareness Month with a cozy bundle of a flamingo eye mask, Sleep, Plz. Wellness Patch, aromatherapy rollerball, sleep meditation book, and a LUSH Sleepy Bubble Bar (priced at $155). Cap off the evening with dinner at ZuZu and an unforgettable. “Show Stopper Shake.” ZuZu creates over-the-top shakes with house-made ingredients each month and for March, it’s Holy Cannoli inspired by The Godfather’s 50th anniversary! The chocolate cannoli filling milkshake base is topped with a chocolate cannoli, chocolate horse head, strawberry sauce, a fondant rose, milk chocolate cigar, chocolate casino coins, biscotti crumble + whipped cream. And in April, the Easter Bunny Shake will blossom as a vanilla pretzel marshmallow milkshake topped with a pretzel marshmallow nest, Peep birds and bunnies, Easter jelly beans, chocolate eggs, white chocolate milk crumb, whipped cream, and coconut “grass.”

Mission Point | Mackinac Island, MI

Reopening its doors on April 29, Mission Point welcomes guests back for a rejuvenating spring getaway in celebration of the island’s 2022 season. Surrounded by Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is often referred to as being suspended in a forgotten, more innocent time with a ban on motor vehicles and modes of transportation including horse-and-buggy, walking, or biking. Guests will truly be immersed in the island’s breathtaking surroundings, including its famed and vibrant flora, known specifically for some of the oldest, most lush French lilacs in the nation. Disconnect with the outside world and reconnect with friends as you enjoy the resort’s farm-to-ferry dining, Lakeside Spa & Salon, and most famously, their Adirondack chair-studded Great Lawn.

Edgewood Tahoe | Lake Tahoe, NV

Embark on an alpine escape for an unforgettable weekend amongst the pines at Edgewood Tahoe. Surrounded by the cobalt blue waters of the lake and the iconic Sierra Range, Edgewood Tahoe’s Spring in the Sierra Package is perfect for any traveler in search of a spring reset. Boasting ample outdoor adventures such as spring skiing and access to thrilling local hiking trails, couples with an emphasis on wellness throughout the property’s signature programming and holistic spa treatments, Edgewood Tahoe truly has it all. With endless adventure to experience South Lake Tahoe, guests will want to spend as much time as possible to take in all the sights. Enjoy a two-night alpine escape from March 14-May 26, complete with 15% off the best flexible rate and $50 resort credit to be used at leisure.

Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA

Need a wellness boost this spring? Escape to Rancho Bernardo Inn located in quintessential North County San Diego with the Wellness Your Way package, complete with a $150 wellness credit to be used for golf, shopping, dining or a luxurious spa treatment (for stays two nights or more). Guests can treat themselves to a wellness boost and discover the healing power of all 265 acres of open air, beauty, sunny warmth and relaxation at Rancho Bernardo Inn. The property features plush guest rooms, three swimming pools, two restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, biking trails and more. Indulge at signature restaurant AVANT, providing the finest California cuisine with a strong focus on artisanal foods and garden-to-table offerings – straight from the on-site Chef’s Garden.

  • Booking Dates: March 18 - May 2, 2022
  • Travel Dates: March 18 - June 30, 2022

Surf & Sand Resort | Laguna Beach, CA

Spring weather is warming the shores of the Pacific, and what better way to celebrate the season at Surf & Sand Resort with refreshing cocktails, wine dinners and memorable moments by the sea? Experience pure bliss with a luxurious beachfront escape with the resort’s Wellness Your Way Package offering all the relaxation and self-care you need with 20% off your stay. Soothe your soul with sea-and-sand-inspired spring spa treatments such as the Signature Citrus and Apricot Glow Facial and Signature Lime and Citrus Himalayan Salt Glow at the intimate Aquaterra Spa, featuring rejuvenating ingredients like cherry blossoms, Himalayan pink salts, rosemary and citrus, or indulge in seaside dining at signature restaurant Splashes offering coastal fare and the season’s freshest ingredients and bask in the sunset while listening to live local music at 15FiftyFive from Friday to Sunday.

Alila Marea Beach Resort | Encinitas, CA 

Located in one of Southern California’s most iconic coastal towns, Alila Marea Beach Resort is a crafted luxury resort delivering authentic and bespoke experiences in a world-class beachfront setting. Dining barefoot luxury, the resort features 130 guest accommodations – most with views of the sparkling Pacific – an oceanfront pool, signature restaurant VAGA, transformative wellness experiences and Spa Alila. The refreshingly unpretentious, artsy and chill surf towns of Encinitas and Leucadia are ideal for walking and exploring during springtime (i.e., Carlsbad Flower Fields, strawberry fields, San Diego Botanic Garden, Self-Realization Meditation Gardens at Swami’s Beach and much more). Whether riding the consistent ocean waves, biking along the dramatic coastline, swimming and bodysurfing, practicing yoga or reflecting and toasting with a glass of wine, it’s an enviable lifestyle that echoes the essence of Alila Marea Beach Resort’s distinctive relaxed luxury experience.