The Poconos' Lodge at Woodloch, where there's nary a champagne glass jacuzzi in sight
We’ve previously clowned Anthony Bourdain for constantly choosing the Four Seasons during his “Layover” series. But in the City of Brotherly Love, there’s no denying The Four Seasons Philadelphia is one of the best hotels around. Overlooking picturesque Logan Square in Center City, the luxury property has a white-glove service feel, but is still down to earth thanks to their Lounge filled with a friendly staff who serve carefully crafted cocktails and nummy cheesesteak springrolls (which Bourdain obviously skipped). Supposedly a meatball variety of the snack is coming in the near future. Amen, brother. Rates from $409 per night.
Country: Hawley, Pennsylvania
The Lodge at Woodloch is designed for distraught Philadelphians looking to escape the reality of their beloved Eagles’ performance (no, still not letting this go). Seriously, this quick Poconos escape is less than two hours away, but don’t expect cheesy champagne-glass bedrooms. This is a swanky spa retreat—the kind where people roam in robes, even at dinner time, and no one blinks an eye. Participate in as many fitness classes as you want, or just bliss out over the huge spa menu. Speaking of, eating rabbit food isn’t required, either. Meals are included, they’re tasty, and if you want a glass of wine with your seafood paella, go for it. Rates from $299 per person, per night double occupancy.
Town: San Diego, Calif.
The Hotel Del Coronado is a bit of both worlds being a short ferry ride away from the lights and action of San Diego’s city streets. It’s on an island, but technically still part of San Diego, and there’s enough shopping, restaurants, and traffic around it from the abundant military population you could either run to it, or away, depending on your preference or tourist tolerance. The “Del”, the nickname for this 125-year old historic hotel, is a beachfront resort legend. It has stories of being haunted, and been praised for its decadent Sunday brunch amongst the other 10 venues for eating and drinking. But thanks to a $8 million renovation, the hotel can now put those run-down rumors to rest. Rates from $319 per night.
The Lakehouse Hotel is an escape for Angelenos and San Diegans alike
Country: San Marcos, Calif.
If you ever wanted to camp by a lake, but couldn’t deal with the whole tent thing—the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is for you. It has miraculously kept itself pretty hush-hush since its June opening. With just 142 rooms, mostly overlooking Lake San Marcos, this is a escape welcome escape for folks from both San Diego and L.A. as it’s only an hour or so away from the latter city. Right now guests can still enjoy kayaking, soaking in the outdoor hot tubs, or relaxing by one of the many fire pits on property (s’more in hand, of course). Then there’s the room’s bright yellow Adirondack deck chairs, a great location to thank Mother Nature for a country escape complete with spa showers, memory foam beds and free WiFi. Rates from $99 per night.
[Photos: Emerson Hotel/The Lodge at Woodloch/Lakehouse Hotel]