Sometimes you only need a quick escape to relax, recharge and find adventure. A few days away can be as refreshing – and low-stress – as an extended holiday, if you know how to plan. Our recommendation: Select a destination within your reach and explore a specific aspect of that place that interests you. Have a history weekend in Washington, DC, or spend two days browsing the antique and vintage shops of Paris. By focusing your short holiday, you’ll spend less time wandering and more time doing what you love.
For inspiration, we’ve selected our top weekend getaways for couples, friends and solo travellers. Pick the one that’s right for you, and all you have to do is pack.
Georgia’s capital is known for creativity, and with music moguls, fashion designers and fine artists calling this southern U.S. city home, it’s no wonder the art scene is booming. Stroll through one of Atlanta’s many art festivals and find unique pieces to add to your home collection. Only a few blocks from Piedmont Park, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta puts you within walking distance of two legendary events: the Piedmont Park Arts Festival in late summer and ELEVATE, held in September and October in locations around the city. Contemporary and fine-art galleries are the main attractions in Castleberry Hill and the Westside Arts District. In downtown Atlanta, you could easily spend a full day at the High Museum of Art, one of the country’s leading art museums.
Find your new favourite artist in Atlanta
London has been the backdrop for countless films and television shows, which means you can easily spend a weekend tracing the steps of your favourite stars. Head to the River Thames for a James Bond–inspired RIB boat ride. After you’ve worked up an appetite, have lunch at the modern brasserie OXO, where scenes from the movie Thor: The Dark World were filmed. Finish the evening with a live performance in West End or at the National Theatre. For a true movie-star experience, let Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane chauffeur you for the weekend in a Rolls-Royce.
Feel like a movie star in London
Vibrant colours, historic details and futuristic façades are just some of the things you’ll see when exploring Mexico City’s iconic architecture. The verdant inner courtyard at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, a hacienda-style urban oasis along the bustling Paseo de la Reforma, is an excellent place to start. From there, you have at least three unbeatable choices: Set out to explore Luis Barragán’s modernist masterpieces, such as the colourful Casa Gilardi and the architect’s own Casa Luis Barragán. Walk the historic hallways of the 18th-century Castillo Chapultepec, now home to the Museo Nacional de Historia. And take in the shimmering Museo Soumaya, with plenty to marvel at both inside and out.
Tour Mexico City’s icons
Artistic masterpieces and historical wonders abound in this Renaissance city, but it’s also the perfect place for a culinary escapade. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze can arrange tours of the city’s food markets, Italian cooking classes and even a day trip to countryside vineyards for wine tastings. The food, wine and romance of this city make it an ideal weekend getaway for couples.
Plan a romantic meal in Florence
Nashville is a city of makers. Whether it’s food and drink, design, art or – of course – music, the spirit of creativity can be felt wherever you go. Located in downtown’s SoBro neighbourhood, the new Four Seasons Hotel Nashville (open for booking in November 2022) is the perfect jumping-off point for your weekend getaway. Unlock your own inner artisan when you learn how to blend your own bottle of Tennessee whiskey with a master distiller. Live out your dreams of music stardom by collaborating with a local musician to write your own song. The Hotel can arrange for a recording session to capture the finished product.
Experience the Nashville music scene
Sydney’s emerging art scene, trendy shopping districts and legendary coffee culture are well worth exploring, but there are also plenty of gems tucked away among the city’s storied streets that are best experienced on foot. Have the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney arrange for a private guided walking tour of the historic Rocks district and its charming alleyways. Or grab a sandwich to go from the family-owned Fine Foods Store and stroll over to the site of the original Dawes Point Battery under the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a quiet view of the stunning harbour. Another can’t-miss spot: The Grounds of Alexandria, close to the arts district of Surry Hills, serves up some of the city’s best coffee and farm-to-table fare. To end your day with a flourish, schedule a private helicopter ride over the harbour.
Explore Sydney on foot
Care for some savoury Hainanese chicken rice from a stall at Maxwell Food Centre? How about the vegetarian-friendly (and massive) paper dosai at Komala Vilas in Little India? Singapore’s eclectic food scene offers plenty of delicious ways to fill your weekend. Have the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore put together a custom itinerary for your epicurean excursion. And don’t forget to stop by Garden@One-Ninety for its breezy atmosphere, inspired by the nearby Singapore Botanical Gardens, and the fragrant craft cocktails expertly poured by Head Bartender Sophia Kang.
Eat well in Singapore
Spend the weekend at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, which is well situated for art and design fans looking to spend time browsing the trendy district’s boutiques, contemporary furniture stores and modern art galleries. Before heading out to cultural mainstays like the bayfront Pérez Art Museum, take in the vibrant art collection at the Hotel, reflecting the city’s mix of influences, from local painter Hernan Bas to Colombian sculptor (and auction favourite) Fernando Botero. Be sure to stop by indoor-outdoor modern steakhouse EDGE Steak & Bar for an aperitif or dinner, and then dance the night away in nearby South Beach, where art deco architecture still dominates the skyline.
Spend a stylish weekend in Miami
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