Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and you may think it’s too late to make plans – but fear not! The team here at Hawkins International have more than a few suggestions as to how you can spend this long weekend. Whether you’re looking for a beach escape with your friends or fancy the idea of a couple’s staycation, our agency of travel mavens have provided some expert tips on destinations that make for a fun and quick weekend away!

Hop a private plane (yes this is feasible) and head to Stowe, Vermont for the weekend to soak up the mountain air! Tradewind Aviation’s one hour private shuttle service transports guests from White Plains to Stowe on the first and only direct flight to this destination. While in the winter months this is a popular ski destination, the summer months find Stowe filled with adventure lovers enjoying the mountain biking trails, two 18-hole golf courses and a zip-line tour.

Looking to relax in the soft sand this weekend? Look no further than Jamaica’s The Tryall Club which presents a paradisiacal villa getaway for girlfriends to reconnect. During the summer low season, rates drop dramatically without sacrificing the level of service or luxury. One particular four-bedroom villa becomes as low as $80 per person, per night for a week in the summer. Even the ultra-luxurious, larger villas offer an exceptional value as SugarHill breaks down to $178 per person, per night and sleeps 16.

Is a more luxurious staycation your style? We have a recommendation for everyone on the West Coast, Midwest and East Coast. If you’re “California Dreaming” this Memorial Day weekend, then look no further than the beautiful Montage Laguna Beach. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this stunning resort is home to 248 guest rooms all overlooking the ocean – we couldn’t think of a better place to spend a weekend. If you’re looking for some Rocky Mountain charm, then Madeline Hotel and Residences may be just what you need. This mountaintop retreat located in Telluride, Colorado offers golf, fly fishing, hiking and a Mountainfilm Festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend. If your M.O. is more a big city escape, then plan to check in to the InterContinental New York Barclay for a bit of well-deserved TLC. This Manhattan Grand Dame is located just off historic Park Avenue and, if gin is your thing, is home to The Gin Parlour which is stocked with 88 varieties of gin.

So this year, why not shake up tradition and hit the road to discover a new destination? And despite the long weekend marking the unofficial start to summer, make sure to take time to reflect on the true purpose of the holiday and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in our country’s armed forces.

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