Every city has
that destination: the one hotspot where you need to book a room or house at least a year in advance because the entire city transports itself to a more beachy or lakey place to sip rosé and put their boat shoe clad feet up.
These places are famous for a reason, and have been for a long time.
From Hilton Head to Galveston Island, here are some of the top getaways around the US.
This desert oasis, said to have 354 days of sunshine per year, has had a rebirth thanks to Coachella, but its retro flair has attracted celebrities, hipsters and artists for decades. In fact, its colourful bungalows, minimalist design and vintage hotels were a hotspot frequented by the likes of Elvis and Sinatra in the '50s and '60s, and have now been renovated to their former glory.
The Hamptons have long been the New York City escape; a legendary cluster of charming, as well as chic seaside towns and beautiful beaches on Long Island's South Fork. Formerly just a haven for the monied and a playground for the A-list (it still is) full of high end shops, swank restaurants and velvet-roped clubs, it now attracts anyone who can plan ahead and snag a hotel room or house rental fast enough.
Southampton is home to Billionaire Lane, while East Hampton and Bridgehampton are increasingly following in its wealthy footsteps, but between Amagansett, Sag Harbour and Montauk, which attract surfers and hipsters with a more laid-back vibe, there's an enclave for everyone.
A glass of wine has always worked wonders in making troubles feel far, far away, so it comes as no surprise that the US' premier wine country (with over 600 wineries) is also one of its most popular weekend escapes -- especially the towns of St. Helena, Yountville and Calistoga. The grapes have been growing since the Gold Rush, but the area has reinvented itself as an upscale haven of expensive wine, fancy hotels, and swanky spas, attracting over four million visitors a year with its rolling hills, scenic vineyards, and incredible culinary scene.
Rehoboth Beach brings back old school cool with a boardwalk along the ocean, salt water taffy, and a five-decade-old arcade and amusement park. The classic seaside town, full of Victorian mansions and gingerbread houses, features the closest beach to DC, and is thus often referred to as 'the Nation's Summer Capital.'
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