Being a parent is joyful and heart-burstingly amazing and, yes, at times chaotic and stressful, too. Whether you have one kiddo or a whole brood, it’s easy to put the needs of LOs first and lose sight of, well, everything else. That’s why it’s so important to carve out quality time with your partner. Sure, it can be hard to spend a night or two away from your littles, especially if it’s your first time being away from your baby, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to reconnect as a couple and strengthen your bond. Also, it’s not like getting away needs to be galavanting off to some far-flung destination for a week.
If parents know anything, it’s how to maximize time. A quick weekend getaway within driving distance might be the cup-filling escape you need. Understanding that your inaugural trip without the kids is bound to be both super exciting and a bit nerve-wracking, we’ve focused our search on properties located within the contiguous United States as well as a few super romantic and relaxing international retreats that are a straight shot from major airports.
Napa Valley is a distinctly adult getaway. A contemporary home base for couples traveling to wine country without children, the award-winning North Block Hotel sits in the quaint town of Yountville. The vibe feels very grown-up—refined, laid-back, and intimate. Arranged around a central courtyard, the 20 rooms feature private entrances, balconies, pillow-top mattresses, and soaking tubs. There’s a wonderful spa that takes cues from the surrounding landscape. It’s also located within walking distance of many tasting rooms and Michelin-rated restaurants that are perfect for an atmospheric evening.
A favorite of couples (and, yes, that includes parents with the good fortune of having a sitter or Grandma come down to watch the LOs for the weekend), The Reeds at Shelter Haven is located in the idyllic town of Stone Harbor. Soothing hues, comfy furnishings, and sunsets over the bay inspire a sense of calm. In the summer, it’s lively with seasonal perks like beach butler service, daily rooftop yoga, and marina access. Winter brings a quietude and coziness with wallet-friendly rates. Fall and spring are fantastic, too. Basically, it’s always a good time to escape to this seaside gem that’s just 90 minutes from Philadelphia.
Few places are more picturesque than Castle Hill Inn, a prestigious Relais & Châteaux property perched on a 40-acre estate overlooking Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a well-heeled refuge for parents keen on a trip that’s filled with history, charm, and leisure. One of the great joys of a kid-free summer visit to Newport is sipping a blueberry lemonade on the vast lawn and watching the sunset over the boat-filled water. Of course, private cottages with soaking tubs and cozy fireplaces (and off-peak prices) make a winter trip seriously romantic as well.
An overwater bungalow is the stuff of romantic vacation fantasies. Understanding that it’s not feasible for every duo to jet off to Fiji, Tahiti, or the Maldives, Sandals South Coast presents a closer, more affordable alternative that’s kid-free and fabulous. The five-star all-inclusive resort in Jamaica has regular rooms and suites as well as 12 Tahitian-style bungalows arranged in the shape of a heart that come with 24/7 butler service, extended sun decks, walk-in rain showers, vaulted ceilings, outdoor soaking tubs or overwater hammocks, and unfettered access to the sparkling Caribbean Sea.
Housed in lovingly restored buildings from the early 1800s in Charleston’s historic and now-happening Ansonborough neighborhood, Zero George oozes Southern charm and gracious hospitality. It’s an enchanting melange of past and present that weaves period architectural details such as pine floors and millwork with contemporary decor. The private courtyard is a lovely spot to sip a refreshing glass of sweet tea, dive into the works of William James Rivers, or just chat with your partner as fountains gently burble in the background. There’s also a superb restaurant and bar that’s perfect for pre-dinner cocktails.
Jetting off to Paris sans bébé? Oui! The French capital definitely deserves its nickname as the City of Love. For a super romantic and luxurious stay, check into the splurge-worthy Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. The epitome of understated elegance, the vibe at this five-star hotel is classic luxury meets contemporary comfort. Equally sophisticated are the dining outlets, which include Michelin-starred Pur’ by Jean-François Rouquette (the Chef’s Table promises an unforgettable date-night experience) and Café Jeanne. Plus, you can’t beat the location near Place Vendôme and a short walk from the Louvre.
Honeymooners flock to Rosewood Mayakoba, an exclusive eco-certified resort set on one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Clearly, it’s an ideal—and dazzling—destination for romance. But it’s the relaxation aspect that really speaks to parents looking to unwind for a few days. Rather than regular rooms, guests have the choice to shack up in suites or private residences with spacious terraces, plunge pools, bespoke furnishings crafted by Mexican artisans, views of the sparkling lagoon, and butler service. The gorgeous spa with couples’ treatments and numerous delicious dining options adds to the appeal.
A homestead turned couples-oriented respite just off Highway 1, Post Ranch Inn delivers an exceptional five-star experience in a totally tranquil environment with sweeping views. Accommodations—which range from stand-alone huts with slate terraces to treehouses—pay homage to the pioneering families of the Big Sur community. More than just history-steeped crash pads, the uniquely-designed dwellings are super serene places to reconnect without the distraction of televisions and alarm clocks. Couples can relish in in-room massages, go stargazing, take a dip in the infinity-edge jacuzzi, hit the forested hiking trails, tour the garden, and dine at the award-winning restaurant, Sierra Mar.
Most people think a Turks and Caicos vacation means sprawling out on world-famous Grace Bay. Head to the less-trammeled Southeastern coast of Providenciales and you’ll find Long Bay Beach, a secluded stretch of white sand and waveless turquoise water that’s home to The Shore Club, a sought-after resort with four pools, three gourmet restaurants, and a posh spa. Lavish suites are decorated with coastal hues and flaunt breathtaking views. Couples can also take advantage of tennis lessons, daily yoga classes, and an array of non-motorized water sports equipment including snorkels, sea kayaks, paddle boards, and Hobie cats.
You can hop on a train in New York City and arrive in Montauk just three hours later, so this is a great weekend getaway for parents that doesn’t involve flying. While many Hamptons accommodations are all about late-night soirées, Hero Beach Club takes a decidedly different approach to East End vacationing. Situated steps from the Atlantic Ocean, the white-washed property puts an emphasis on what made “the End of the World” such a desirable destination to begin with: sand, surf, and salty breezes. It’s worth considering an off-season trip to cut costs and guarantee total peace, quiet, and privacy.