Our favourite city breaks in North America
Finding time to pamper yourself can seem like an impossible task in among the demands of the daily grind, but a city break could represent the ideal opportunity to refresh and de-stress on a short time scale. In a country as sprawling and diverse as the USA, you're not short on options for where to go.
In fact, the wealth of choice available to you for your next getaway can seem overwhelming in itself. That's why our travel experts have hand-picked the finest luxury locations from all across Northern America, as well as the best hotels and resorts to stay in during your visit. With plenty of food for thought from the options laid out below, get ready to be inspired.
Cavallo Point - San Francisco, California
With such world-famous attractions as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz, it’s no wonder that San Francisco consistently ranks among the most visited cities in the States. Away from the tourist crowds, however, there are plenty of upscale restaurants, haute couture boutiques and classy cocktail bars to satisfy even the most discerning visitors to the city. With Napa Valley just a stone’s throw away as well, there are world-class vineyards within easy reach, too.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown San Fran, Cavallo Point represents the perfect haven. Situated halfway between the city and nearby Sausalito, the resort enjoys sumptuous views of the famous bridge and offers guests access to an array of exciting onsite amenities and impeccable customer service. Sharpen your culinary skills with a cookery class, rejuvenate your mind and body with a spa treatment or simply reconnect with nature in the resort’s expansive green spaces.
Amangani - Jackson, Wyoming
If you prefer your breaks rural and rustic, head into the cowboy territory of Jackson, Wyoming. The quaint city has everything you might expect from a Wild West settlement, including horse-drawn carriages and delightfully nostalgic architecture, but the real draw here is Mother Nature. With elegant suites boasting panoramic balconies, three exemplary dining venues and a full range of onsite amenities (including a heated infinity pool), Amangani at the foot of the Teton Mountains is the ideal place to immerse yourself in everything that nature has to offer.
The close proximity of two outstanding National Parks in the shape of Yellowstone and Grand Teton mean there are plenty of stunning landscapes and unique wildlife to admire, while the region is not short on adrenaline-fuelled activities, either. In summer, you can explore the outback on foot, horseback, by boat or even via hot-air balloon. Meanwhile, the colder months draw winter sports aficionados, with plenty of skiing and snowboarding opportunities set against a breath-taking backdrop that simply isn’t to be missed.
Magee Homestead - Saratoga, Wyoming
For those travellers who are searching for something more geared towards an all-out wilderness retreat, Saratoga could represent the ideal option. The small town is hugely popular for its hot springs, which attracts wellness pilgrims from hundreds of miles around. Meanwhile, the region provides some of America’s best blue trout fishing opportunities, while winter sports enthusiasts will be delighted by the range of snowmobile trails on offer.
For the perfect complement to this pastoral paradise, check in to the Magee Homestead for an adults-only ranch experience. Situated inside a 30,000-acre cattle farm, this all-inclusive resort is the place to indulge in supreme relaxation and rejuvenation. As well as guided tours of the surrounding farmland and forestry areas, there is also a comprehensive spa and wellness centre, rifle range and a top-class restaurant serving delicious farm-to-fork delicacies. Meanwhile, each log cabin is lavishly decked out, creating the ultimate in bucolic luxury.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Vancouver Island, Canada
Of course, it’s not just the US that is home to sumptuous destinations for high-end holidaymakers. Canada is blessed with a plethora of picture postcard locations as well, including the natural wonderland that is Vancouver Island. Located just a short ferry ride from British Columbia’s largest city, the island is teeming with flora and fauna of all kinds of finned, furred, feathered and flowering varieties.
To really take advantage of an outback experience, stay at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort tucked deep in the heart of the island. This eco-style safari lodge is reached by floatplane and boasts just 25 luxuriously equipped tents, creating a unique environment in which to relax and recharge. As remarkable as it is remote, this breath-taking resort offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to take part in a full range of hinterland activities on a daily basis, while the culinary artisans employed onsite mean you won’t want for the finest food, even in the middle of all that rugged splendour.
Four Seasons Downtown New York, New York City
At the other end of the scale, New York City is the most populous metropolis in the USA and represents the pinnacle of an activity-packed city break. Whether it’s the theatrical spectacles of Broadway you crave or the unlimited retail therapy opportunities found on Fifth Avenue, the Big Apple has something to tantalise every palate. And if it does all get a little overwhelming, the expansive greenery of Central Park is never far away.
For an exclusive hotel in an ideal location, stay at the Four Seasons Downtown on the fringes of the world-famous TriBeCa neighbourhood. The spacious suites at this prestigious landmark make excellent use of natural light, allowing the sun’s rays to flow in during the daytime and gifting visitors a remarkable vista over the City That Never Sleeps. With an a la carte restaurant helmed by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck and an entire floor given over to its health and wellness centre, you might even be tempted not to leave the hotel at all.
The Quintessential touch
Through our dedicated team of travel experts all over the globe, we’re personally acquainted with the cultural and culinary hotspots of all the cities and townships featured above, meaning we’re best-placed to create a bespoke holiday experience geared towards your particular interests. What’s more, we hold VIP Preferred Partner status with all of the finest hotels in each locale, meaning you can enjoy excellent facilities, impeccable service and all those little extras and benefits which are instrumental in getting the most out of your time away. For more information about the luxury travel services we provide, get in touch with Quintessentially Travel today.