Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Top 3 Weekend Getaways

After the long Memorial Day weekend, I started thinking about some of my favorite weekend getaway locations.  We all work hard.  Sometimes we need to just get away.  Here are my top 3:

#1 - Mirbeau - Skaneateles New York
Located in the finger lakes wine region of upstate New York in the quaint village of Skaneateles, this place is number 1 on my list of get away destinations.  The french country architecture sets it apart from most destinations.  As soon as you walk in the door you get a sense of calm and relaxation.  The food and wine menus are five star.  They have a first rate spa as well.  The village is great for finding unique treasures and the surrounding area is home to many excellent wineries that offer tours and sampling.  Simply put, this is a great destination.

#2 Shelburne Farms - Sheburne Vermont
Located on the shores of Lake Champlain just outside of Burlington Vermont, this is a memorable destination. Built in the late 1800's as a model argricultural estate, it is now a combination educational farm and Inn.  The Inn itself is in the former residence - ie mansion.  Due to the high heating costs for this 19th century building this is a three season destination with no winter availability. The former dining room now is home to an excellent restaurant.  Strolling the grounds can be very relaxing.  The staff will even put together a picnic basket of their own breads,  meats, and cheeses for you to take on your walk.  The city of Burlington is just 7 miles away and has lots to offer for food, shopping, and other fun.  You are not far from some great attractions like the Ben & Jerry ice cream factory (and tour), the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, and more.

#3 American Club Resort - Kohler Wisconsin
Food, golf, spa, shopping, you name it and they have it at this destination.  Located in Kohler Wisconsin, this is another relaxing place to spend a weekend.  You can pick a quiet weekend or one of the many with planned events - if that is your thing.  While there, don't forget to plan a little time at the Kohler design center.  Even if you are not looking to make any changes at home, it is interesting to see some of the creative things that can be done.  They also have a very good museum at the design center that chronicles the history of the village and the company.  This one is a little personal for me as both of my grandfathers spent their careers at the Kohler Company.

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