3 Last-Minute Memorial Day Weekend Escapes
May 19, 2014 | by Chelsea Olson | Pursuits
Looking to flee the South Beach scene this Memorial Day Weekend? These three staycation destinations haven't put up the "No Vacancy" signs just yet...
The Breakers Palm Beach: Bring the family to The Breakers and settle in for the weekend, as there won’t be a need to leave after you arrive. With 140 acres of oceanfront property, this Italian Renaissance-styled resort features a half mile of private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 beach bungalows, a premium spa and fitness center, eight restaurants and bars, tennis courts, a 36-hole golf course, and 11 on-site boutiques with designers like Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer. Summer bookings also benefit from free full American breakfast buffet, all kids meals, use of tennis courts, fitness classes, and WiFi. 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida, 888-273-2537
The Marquesa Hotel: One of the most popular destinations among locals during Memorial Day Weekend is the Florida Keys. The Marquesa Hotel is among the few places in Key West that still has rooms available. The charming retreat is a restored iconic Key West conch house, with four buildings centered around a serene garden and swimming pool space. Having won awards from Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure, The Marquesa is in the center of Old Town Key West, but just a block from all the bars and action on Duval Street. Enjoy eats from Café Marquesa, the hotel’s Zagat-rated fine dining restaurant, as well as complimentary parking on-site and coffee and tea poolside in the mornings. To keep things as relaxing as possible, the Marquesa only allows children 14 and up. 600 Fleming St., Key West, Florida, 305-292-1919
The Biltmore Hotel: For those who aren’t looking to travel too far for a staycation over the holiday weekend, travel back in time at Coral Gables’ historical gem. Built in the 1920s, The Biltmore boasts stunning Spanish architecture and luxe modern-day amenities, such as a European spa, three award-winning restaurants (Fontana, Palme d’Or, and Cascade), and one of the most beautiful pools in all of South Florida. Don't miss the infamous Sunday Champagne brunch. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, Florida, 855-311-6903
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