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50 Quick Trips

When you really need a long weekend away, you don't want to waste a lot of time getting there. Here's a great escape in every state.

Alabama
Birmingham
Restaurants and shops are popping up in and around Southside. Highlights include Frank Stitt's Bottega Café, which serves Italian cuisine (bottegarestaurant.com); the Garage Cafe courtyard, where folks come for live music and drinks among old statues, doors, and iron gates (garagecafe.us); and Soca Clothing, which stocks cute dresses and denim (socaclothing.com). Cobb Lane, a seven-room Victorian B&B, has a wraparound porch (cobblanebandb.com, from $89).

Alaska
Homer
This community of artists and fishermen on Kenai Peninsula has plenty of shops, galleries, and restaurants to fill a weekend—not counting all the outdoorsy action in nearby Kachemak Bay State Park. Watch sea otters in Kachemak Bay from a private deck at Land's End Resort (lands-end-resort.com, from $79).

Arizona
Sedona
Sedona's red rocks are best seen from hiking trails in Coconino National Forest (fs.fed.us). There's wildlife even in the midst of shops and restaurants: The outdoor plazas of Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village attract goldfinches, scrub jays, and quail (tlaq.com). Janet and Philippe Buillet run A Sunset Chateau, a 23-suite B&B overlooking red rock formations, with Janet's paintings as decoration (asunsetchateau.com, from $199).

Arkansas
Eureka Springs
Originally a Victorian-era Ozark spa town, Eureka Springs now attracts visitors with the therapeutic benefits of the quaint stores and galleries in its historic downtown. The Crescent Hotel and Spa is said to be the country's most haunted hotel. Feeling jumpy? Calm down with a chamomile-and-lavender scalp massage at the hotel's New Moon Spa (crescent-hotel.com, from $109).

California
Ojai
Zen out in Ojai, 90 minutes north of L.A., where galleries, wine bars, and spas are as plentiful as the orchards growing just outside of town. Take a hike in the mountains and then relax with a title from Bart's Books, an outdoor bookstore located under a gigantic grapefruit tree (bartsbooksojai.com). Artworks from regional artists decorate the dozen mission-style rooms at the Blue Iguana Inn (blueiguanainn.com, from $109).

Colorado
Breckenridge
Breckenridge's 75-degree summertime days are perfect for riding along low-key bike paths or recharging on a hike. Reward yourself with a stroll past Main Street's boutiques or an aquatic massage at the Spa at Beaver Run, where the outdoor therapy pool looks up at the Rockies (beaverrun.com). Two blocks from Main Street's restaurants and galleries, Mountain Thunder Lodge has stone-and-timber condos and a pool (breckresorts.com/mtnthunderlodge, from $190).

Connecticut
Litchfield
Antiques hunters flock to the shops in Litchfield and neighboring towns; R.T. Facts displays architectural salvage in Kent's former town hall (rtfacts.com). Attend a tasting at Haight-Brown Vineyard (haightvineyards.com), then chill out at the Spa at Litchfield Hills (litchfield-spa.com). Marigold Garden is an elegant three-room B&B in an 1850s home (marigoldgarden.com, from $160).

Delaware
New Castle
Wooden signs have dangled from New Castle's storefronts since 1651. The historical society leads walking tours to top sites, such as the 1801 Read House & Gardens (hsd.org). Fifteen miles away in Wilmington, the Hotel du Pont is a renovated grand hotel dating to 1913 (hoteldupont.com, from $119).

Florida
Fort Myers
Fort Myers is full of temptation: At Norman Love Confections, tours end with samples like raspberry- or piña colada-infused chocolates (normanloveconfections.com); Shell Factory & Nature Park lets you create custom pearl jewelry (shellfactory.com). All rooms at GullWing Beach Resort have Jacuzzis (gullwingfl.com, from $259).

Georgia
St. Marys
In St. Marys, magnolias and live oaks are as prevalent as bookstores and cafés. The city is just a 45-minute ferry ride from the peaceful dunes of Cumberland Island—where John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette. Spencer House Inn will pack a picnic lunch for your day trip to Cumberland Island (spencerhouseinn.com, from $125).

 
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