Weekend Getaways


One thing that we frequently hear from readers, friends and family members is amazement that we’re able to travel as much as we do. It may seem like we’re always going somewhere…and usually we are. One way we’re able to travel so much is through strategic use of our very limited vacation time. Like most Americans, we have a limited 2-3 weeks (10-15 days) per year. That means we need to be really smart in how we use our time.

One way we’re able to make the most of our limited vacation time is through weekend getaways. These two- to four-day breaks give us the chance to see the “best of” a destination in a short amount of time. The articles in our weekend getaway section are the best of these experiences. This is how we make the most out of a limited amount of vacation time and still see the world.

Fountain and benches in Parc Lahaie in Montreal Canada

22 Ways to Love a Weekend in Montreal

A little bit European and a little bit Canadian, Montreal is a city that loves good food, good art, and getting outside at every opportunity, no matter the weather. In the spirit of its French settlers, Montreal teems with joie de vivre.

Kayakers on a lake in Austin Texas

10 Best Weekend Trips in the US

Sometimes you just need to get away. Long weekend trips can be the perfect answer—they don’t require much precious vacation time, costs are manageable, and they’re a break from the everyday.

German bakery on Main Street in Fredericksburg TX

24 Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas

Despite its proximity to big cities, Fredericksburg, Texas, is popular because it maintains a small town feel while having so many things to see and do. From wine tasting to taking in the local history, you’ll never be bored in Fredericksburg.

Street art mural showing colorful figures on the Tobacco Soho Building in Winston Salem NC

20 Fun Things to Do on a Weekend in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the feeling of a small town wrapped in a big city. Once known for its industries like tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has broadened its appeal as a center of art, culture, and food while still paying homage to its past.

Scenes from Mayberry painted on a wall in Mt Airy NC

14 Things to Do on a Weekend in Mayberry

Mount Airy, North Carolina–affectionately known as Mayberry–was Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in.

Walking down the charming streets is one of the fun things to do in Annapolis Maryland

15 Ways to Have Fun in Charming Annapolis, Maryland

The beautiful city of Annapolis is often overlooked in favor of its larger neighbors like Baltimore or Washington, DC. But Annapolis is a waterfront retreat, a college town, and a picture-perfect capital city full of fun things to do.

Row of Yellow Cube Houses -- seeing them is one of the unique things to do in Rotterdam Netherlands

48 Hours in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is full of surprises. It’s a modern, vibrant city full of architecture, art, culture, and lots of great food.