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.

Boats in the Trave River and historic buildings in Lubeck Germany

36 Hours in Lubeck, Germany

The beauty of Lubeck, Germany, is complemented by divine food, great shopping, and a proud history still visible across the city today. With so much to offer, this northern German city is not to be missed, even if you’re short on time.

Mosque in downtown, one of the amazing things to do in Tirana, Albania

10 Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Tirana

Tirana, Albania isn’t at the top of most travelers’ lists. Even in Europe, it has a rather checkered reputation. But we found the Albanian capital city to be a fun and lively place.

The church in Andorra la Vella with the Pyrenees Mountains towering above

A Weekend Getaway in Andorra

High in the Pyrenees Mountains is the tiny principality of Andorra. It’s the 179th largest country in the world, which is to say, it’s one of the smallest. Actually, it is the 16th smallest by size and is the 11th smallest by population. Despite its limited size, there are lots of great things to do in Andorra la Vella and the surrounding countryside.

Bars and signs on Broadway in Nashville TN

33 Ideas for Your Next Trip to Nashville

Nashville seems to have it all. There is live music basically any hour of the day, fun places to hang out and relax, and history stretching back to the early days of America. And don’t forget the food.

View from the top of Sandia Peak, one of the top things to do in Albuquerque

A Weekend in Albuquerque

Sleepy Albuquerque isn’t high on many travelers’ lists, but it should be. Often overlooked in favor of Denver or artsy Santa Fe, Albuquerque provides a unique gateway into southwestern culture. There are many fun things to do in Albuquerque and it makes a great weekend getaway.

View of Castillo San Cristóbal in San Juan, Puerto Rico from the water

An Epic Long Weekend in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico. There is so much that is misunderstood about this island. Yes, it’s a territory of the United States, but is far more than the “American Caribbean.” Here is our must do Puerto Rico itinerary for a long weekend.

Grapes growing in vineyard at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, a winery in Lake Erie wine country

A Wine Weekend in Lake Erie Wine Country

In the winter, the area around Erie, Pennsylvania, commonly gets as much as 8 feet of snow. It hardly sounds like a good location for growing grapes and making wine. But in an odd twist, it turns out it’s actually the ideal place.

Old Town Riga Latvia skyline – seeing it is one of the best things to do in Riga Latvia

48 Hours in Riga

Riga is a brilliant mix of old and new. On a walk through this lovely city, you could glimpse a 700-year-old church next to a modern store next to a new building that was reconstructed to look old. This blend means there’s something different around every corner and in every square.