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.

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.

A painted wall in downtown shows features of the area. From outdoor activities to wine tasting to taking in the sights of "Mayberry," there are so many fun things to do in Mount Airy NC

13 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. But Mount Airy is more than Mayberry, too. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in for good measure.

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 the vineyard at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, one of the first wineries 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.

Enjoying the beach in Cambria on a long weekend visit.

An Ideal Weekend in Cambria, California

Being East Coasters, California’s central coast has always been a bit of a blank spot on the map. We’d heard of Big Sur and we’d had wine from Paso Robles, but didn’t know what else is out there. The answer is simply Cambria. And if you haven’t been, you’re missing out.

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.

Things to do in Fredericksburg TX

22 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.