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Experience Luxury at North Carolina’s Most Posh Retreat, The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Experience Luxury at North Carolina’s Most Posh Retreat, The Umstead Hotel & Spa


As one of only two five-star, five-diamond rated hotels in North Carolina, The Umstead Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous retreat that is absolutely worthy of its reputation. Located within 12 acres of lush woodlands that overlook a private lake, the atmosphere is serene, tranquil, and downright magical.

Unlike many hotels, The Umstead is very tastefully decorated; no kitschy, tacky artwork around here. Huge, fresh, and artistically designed bouquets of flowers welcome you in to the hotel. Moreover, aside from being immaculately clean and well-manicured — both inside and outside — The Umstead prides itself on a uniquely curated and creatively displayed collection of art.

Works of art by both local and national artists can be found throughout the property. Currently, The Umstead boasts 95 pieces of original art in its collection. One of the most noteworthy pieces is a stunning Dale Chihuly glass sculpture titled “Ardea Figura,” which sits in the main lounge of the hotel.

The design of this hotel and spa embodies its desire to be a luxurious space “where nature and art collide.” The Umstead’s emphasis on appreciating the forest surroundings is showcased everywhere you go on the property. For example, if you feel like taking a walk, there’s a charming lakeside trail that gives you an even more immersed-in-nature feel. Further elevating guests’ experiences is the luxurious two-story, 16,000-square-foot spa which offers 11 treatment rooms, including three couples’ treatment rooms, separate men’s and women’s private lounges with a steam room infused with eucalyptus, deluge shower, whirlpool and sauna, a relaxation lounge, an open-roof current pool, and more.

There are plenty of areas to both lounge and dine al fresco, a pristine garden, benches to simply take in the peaceful beauty of the lake, and all the while you can hear the sounds of birds chirping. For chillier evenings, you can cozy up on the outdoor terrace, which is decked out with an impressive fireplace and seating to enjoy a meal or drinks.

My room was lovely, quiet, and the bed was wonderfully comfortable. (There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable bed in an otherwise excellent space.) The first thing I indulged on was the fresh bowl of fruit waiting for me as I entered my room. I was a huge fan of the Umstead Spa Signature botanical bath amenities, which only made soaking in the super deep bath tub even more of a luxurious experience. I also loved the fact that the plants in my room were actually living — a nice touch. The staff was very nice, attentive, polite, and available 24/7 to make sure all needs were taken care of.

The food was on point. I highly recommend dining at The Umstead’s signature restaurant, Herons, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Headed by executive chef, Steven Devereaux Greene — a current semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s 2016 Best Chef: Southeast award — this restaurant offers modern American regional cuisine that showcases seasonal, local produce. Greene has been with The Umstead since 2009 and has transformed the now award-winning restaurant, along with the hotel and spa’s other dining options, into culinary heavyweights.

The dining room is elegant and the wait staff is knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. Dinner at Herons was a fantastic experience. Each course was unexpectedly unique in terms of presentation, creativity, and flavor.

The meal began with a trio of fun amuse-bouches, which included foie gras bon bons in the form of freshly picked cherries; quail corn dogs with truffle ketchup and pickled cucumber; and smoked trout cannoli with American sturgeon caviar. The menu is divided into four courses, plus an artisan cheese option, and each dish is described with only main ingredients which leaves much to the imagination.

I started with a course of cubed beets, roasted salt, elderflower, a dollop of frozen yogurt, pistachio, and lemon sorrel. I can’t exactly say how all these layers of flavor came together in the dish, but it was delicious. My dining companion ordered the oysters, which was an exceptionally impressive dish. With saffron dashi, yuzu, cauliflower, scallion, white poppy, and sturgeon, each oyster came in a ceramic oyster shell and was presented on a platter that (thanks to dry ice, I assume) was literally smoking. One of the coolest dishes I’ve seen.

My second course was the 62-degree egg, and for those of you not obsessed with food, this is widely considered to be a perfectly cooked egg. I’ve never tried to cook an egg like this, but I can say that the result is a silky, creamy, delicate egg white that gently encases a liquid gold egg yolk. It’s no joke. This special dish was served in an urchin-shaped bowl and accompanied with another spiky urchin holding crisps to scoop up the soft, eggy goodness. Along with the egg was a serving of sea urchin, Charleston gold rice, mushroom espuma, and a crinkle of edible gold.

For my entrée, I decided on the pork loin and belly, which was artfully plated with edible violets, black plum, purple yam, fennel, salted oats, and braised walnuts, topped with a single pork rind. This loin and belly combo was tender and rich and had a flawless, well-seasoned searing. Overall, the entrée was sweet, savory, and indulgent; I’m always a fan of pork belly.

Dessert was quite a difficult choice for me. From the coconut with lime caviar, caramelized pineapple, passion fruit, black cocoa, and mango; to the tira-mushroom made with coffee, mascarpone, lady fingers, branches, and flourless chocolate cake; I was at a crossroads. So, I decided on the peach: Carolina peach nectar, raspberry cells (literally individual cells of the berry), amaretto nuage, and spun sugar (aka fancy pink cotton candy), topped with pink flower petals. This dessert was a work of art; I couldn’t have been happier with my choice.

Additionally, we were served chocolate “cigars” — out of a real cigar box — complete with a chocolate-dust-covered “ash tray.” We were also served an incredible “glass” orb filled with a chocolate mousse-like filling, along with tiny balls of white and dark chocolate, and gold leaf. And just when we thought the experience was over, the servers brought over the most adorable dessert/piece of artwork.

Situated on a wooden log was a forest scene with a bed of river rocks, branches, leaves, chocolate-dipped and golden-dust-coated fruits, sugar-coated raspberries, and several green, marshmallow… caterpillars! Complete with drawn-on faces. I was amazed.

The Umstead also has a bar and lounge open for lunch that offers Herons-inspired cuisine. Before I hopped on a plane back to New York City, I had a lovely lunch al fresco, overlooking the lake scenery with a succulent plant on my patio table and chirping birds on the deck.

Smaller plates at the bar and lounge range from tuna tartare with a spiced mustard and cucumber; and fried okra with a buttermilk pimento dressing and pickles; to beef carpaccio with a curry aioli and charred beets with a goat cheese mousse and pistachios. For hearty entrées, they offer a nice selection that includes grilled salmon with asparagus and a lemon broth; and beef tenderloin with baked mac and cheese and a house made steak sauce.

Saying yes to dessert at The Umstead — courtesy of pastry chef Jonathan Fisher — is a no-brainer. Having worked at fine establishments such as The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, Fisher takes desserts to new heights both in taste and creativity. I chose to indulge on the salty/sweet milk chocolate cremeaux, which came with corn ice cream, caramel, and Anson Mills corn cake. Served with corn kernels, caramel popcorn, and a brilliant yellow, marbled chocolate coating, it was fabulous.

For more information on The Umstead, click here.


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

Belmont Management Services SARL

No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

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No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

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10 Luxurious Spring Break Escapes

Spring break isn’t just for kids. As the weather warms, even grown-ups feel the urge to hit the beach, the mountains or the city streets for a little adventure to welcome the change in the seasons.

Let the teens keep Cancun — from chic oceanfront resorts to elegant urban retreats, these Forbes Travel Guide-approved stays provide all the posh extras needed for a proper adult spring break.

If white sand beaches and alfresco seafood feasts are on your spring break wish list, then a visit to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort is a must.

With its coveted location on Shoal Bay East, this Anguilla retreat makes lazing the day away a tempting possibility — an ornate Thailand-inspired spa, three sparkling pools (including an adults-only option) and deep-soaking tubs offer plenty of opportunities for decompressing.

However, if you do crave a little more adventure, grab a gratis kayak, a paddleboard or some snorkeling gear to visit the vibrant reefs just offshore.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Far from the maddening crowds of spring breakers, this wooded escape just outside Raleigh, North Carolina , is a nature lover’s luxe dream with a three-acre lake and miles of hiking trails to discover.

Savor a getaway for two at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway with the In Harmony Package. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine, but you’ll want to wait until after your 50-minute Aromatherapy Couple’s Massage at the Four-Star spa to indulge.

Perched on Watch Hill’s scenic sands, this Rhode Island retreat provides all the fun of a beach escape, but with an extra level of exclusivity. Sophisticated amenities here include 24-hour valet service, gratis Mercedes-Benz rentals and complimentary resort activities, ranging from yoga sessions to cooking classes.

No matter how you choose to unwind, be sure to make time for the resort’s Sunday Jazz Brunch. This classic year-round favorite might just make you feel like a Victorian-era VIP with delicacies like a made-to-order crepe station and a raw bar. Free-flowing bubbles and live music complete the scene.

This Four-Star Nantucket haven may not open for the season until April 25, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your spring escape to the cape.

You’ll want for nothing at this peaceful New England paradise, where complimentary espresso and pastries are served each morning, a sparkling pool is reserved for hotel guests and a fleet of bikes stands ready for you to explore the island’s network of trails.

Though, if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can always book excursions from whale watching to vineyard tours through the friendly concierge.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

While south Florida’s beaches are teeming with spring breakers, the northeast end of the state tends to provide a tranquil respite for some more mature pampering. Check into this Four-Star Amelia Island stay to savor peaceful walks on the beach, rounds on the greens and a unique epicurean experience.

The resort’s signature restaurant Salt offers a romantic ambiance, picturesque views and more than 40 salts from around the world to spice up your meal. A salt sommelier is on hand to help you pick your pairing, though with chef Rick Laughlin at the helm, dishes like Chilean sea bass with ricotta dumplings or steak and eggs served on a 250-million-year-old Himalayan salt block don’t need much coaxing.

You don’t have to skip the beach to enjoy a trendy spring break escape. This Four-Star waterfront gem has Instagram-worthy backdrops from every angle, from its black-and-white-striped awnings and bright yellow umbrellas to its private stretch of sand on Florida’s Rosemary Beach.

Give your getaway a grown-up twist by stopping by Panama City Beach’s Unwined festival. On March 22 and 23, sip and dine in the Florida sunshine as local chefs, brewers, winemakers and artisans take over Aaron Bessant Park, just a 15-minute drive from your oceanfront room.

This year’s highlights include a Southern Living-hosted kick-off party with bites from renowned Atlanta toque and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie and an alfresco concert from Grammy-nominated artist Brandi Carlile.

With its Rittenhouse Square location and recently refreshed look, this Four-Star Philadelphia property is just spot to hole up for an urban retreat this spring.

Pamper yourself with The Rittenhouse Renewal Package and bask in refreshing extras like deluxe bath amenities for a luxurious soak and a sleep kit consisting of eye masks and soothing sleep spray.

After a restful night in your spacious room (one of the largest in the city), head downstairs to Four-Star Lacroix at The Rittenhouse for one of the best brunches in town — a $100 credit ensures you can splurge.

Bring a loved one out for an enchanting escape for two to this Four-Star Newport, Rhode Island, hideaway. Tucked along its own private peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, the hotel’s secluded locale and sumptuous extras (gratis breakfast, afternoon tea and bike rentals) allow for a worry-free trip.

Make it even more memorable by booking the inn’s Retreat to Romance package and receive a two-night stay, a couple’s massage and a three-course dinner at the picture-perfect Four-Star The Dining Room at Castle Hill Inn. Additions like a bottle of rosé champagne, fresh flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries help fan the flames even more.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

With its myriad museums, gorgeous green spaces and roster of renowned restaurants, Washington, D.C. , is an ideal destination for those looking for a little culture this season, and this historic Four-Star stay provides an elegant home base.

Along with the warming weather, March and April bring cherry blossom season to the city, when thousands of rose-hued blooms spring to life all over town. Book The Jefferson’s Pop of Pink package to spend more time wandering among the flowers with 20 percent off a stay in a suite, a cherry-flavored welcome amenity from the top-notch pastry team and two complimentary cocktails at Quill, the hotel’s stately bar.

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No Santa Barbara getaway would be complete without fabulous food, and this Five-Star hideaway delivers. A Taste of Santa Barbara package lets you savor the flavors of Southern California with a $150 dinner and $60 breakfast credit.

Snag a seat on the terrace to feel springtime’s intoxicating mountain breezes alongside your incredibly fresh fare — herbs and produce for The Dining Room are grown in an onsite garden and signature El Encanto cheese is made from milk produced by the hotel’s own Holstein cow, Ellie.—Sarah Chanin

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into


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