Dreamy Domestic Escapes


October 1, 2021

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Let’s face it – ALL travel is now luxury travel. And we all have different comfort levels with risk based on our life experiences. 

Interstate travel restrictions add complex logistical hurdles. Some states have quarantines. Others restrictions. And they change week to week… well, really — things have been changing day to day!

Safety concerns have many of us thinking twice – legitimately so – about spending time with our more vulnerable loved ones. Or making ourselves vulnerable by gathering in large groups.

I get that.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of ideas for domestic travel with just your family or pod of friends. These experiences are private and secluded. They all have safety protocols in place, and many also have great flexibility for your reservation should things get much worse again.

And if any intrigue you, I’m happy to walk you through the particulars. I definitely have opinions on which airlines are doing things right (Delta, Southwest, JetBlue) and which are not (United and American).

Maybe as a couple or your immediate family or your pod of friends, you will decide to do something, anything, together to make 2021 memorable – in a good way.

Here are some dreamy domestic escape ideas ::

1 | Western Skies

Would you enjoy privacy and socially-distanced outdoor adventure? I have access to a diverse collection of all-inclusive cowboy ranches with amazing excursions and activities. Or maybe a villa in the mountains is more your style – with luxurious features in out-of-the-way locales. I’ve got options amid spectacular landscapes of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado or New Mexico.

2 | Caribbean Escapes

The unique geography of the Caribbean has allowed many islands to keep their case counts in check as they have reopened to tourism. It varies from island to island, and I’m here to advise you. I have luxurious resort and villa partners in Turks and Caicos (my absolute favorite), St. Barts, St. Lucia and Jamaica. Enjoy the pristine and private beaches and quarantine-free stays. There are a lot of options still available.

3 | Western National Parks

Nothing heals like time in nature does. So why not spend time in the desert towns of Springdale or Moab? These are the perfect base from which to visit Utah’s unparalleled national parks. You can embrace wide-open spaces, red rock majesty and fewer crowds than ever in these enchanting locales. I find a great sense of possibility when out in nature, and our own domestic landscapes are such a natural treasure.

4 | Southern California vibes

I love the laid-back vibe of Southern California. I can set you up in a treehouse at a top resort. (There’s nothing else like it!) Or you can escape to a private and classic mid-century modern villa in Palm Springs. Or stay in a resort in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs. If you live in California or out west, let’s craft an escape that replenishes you.

5 | Florida Sunshine

A perennial favorite amongst guests hailing from colder climates, the Sunshine State’s nearly 700 miles of beaches spread across its gulf and Atlantic coasts lay claim to a diverse selection of luxury accommodations suited to every travel style and interest. So whether you want the ease of flying direct to Miami to stay somewhere safe where you’ll be lavished with VIP amenities or you wish rent your own villa with private beach access, I’ve got you covered.

6 | Mexican Beaches

Mexico is accessible to Americans and also offers some amazing options from my partners. Belmond’s Maroma Resort & Spa in Riviera Maya offers a Temazcal ritual at dusk, an ancient ceremony involving chanting and meditation. Belmond’s other Mexican resort Casa de Sierra Nevado is a haven of peace, especially within the serene Laja Spa. They also have Sazón cookery school where you can sharpen your skills. Chablé Resorts specialize in wellness experiences and both locations in Mexico are just stunning. I’d love to send you there!

7 | Wellness Retreat

Want to take a weekend to restore yourself and focus on elevate your vitality? Depending on exactly what you feel you need, I can advise you on where to go. I know of some outstanding ones in New England, in the Mid-Atlantic region, California and Arizona. Depending on where you live, we can find some place within driving distance so you can restore yourself.

If any of these interest you, fill out the form below for a complementary chat.



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