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15 Great Escapes: New and Different Locations

A vacation by the bay, historical tours, posh resorts, and more great getaways.

Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service.

Top of Its Game
With its extensive tennis program, full-service spa, and proximity to the wineries and historic attractions in and around Charlottesville, the Boar’s Head was already a prime place to stay. Now add to its appeal a complete renovation of all 175 guest rooms.

A Spa Icon in Virginia
This spring, the Homestead resort unveils its Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Along with mineral baths and poolside cabanas in a new spa garden, guests can enjoy an “aquathermal oasis” with hot and cold elements such as a crystal steam room and a “cold cabin experience.”

Aaah, Spa
A $1-million renovation of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort’s spa means state-of-the-art equipment; a soothing palette of blues, golds, and earth tones; and spa treatments done with natural, marine-based products to befit its Eastern Shore setting.

Polishing a Gem
A recent restoration of the Golden Pheasant Inn in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County has enhanced the historic 1857 property’s charm—exposed fieldstone walls, deep windowsills—while updating it with luxe decor. Enjoy Delaware River views from the newly expanded front porch.

Making Waves
The 95-room beachfront Sanderling Resort on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is set to reopen in May after a renovation that included updating its guest rooms, adding two new pools—one for adults, one a lagoon-style pool for families—and revamping its bars, restaurants, and lobby.

Freedom Trail
A self-guided tour of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railway Byway—2013 marks 100 years since Tubman’s death—includes more than 30 sites on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where you can explore the secret routes and Tubman’s remarkable slave rescues.

Living History
Can’t get enough of the Civil War sesquicentennial? This May marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia, while in Pennsylvania Gettysburg marks its 150th in July. Both sites will feature battle reenactments as well as other commemorative events.

Long-Awaited Debut
After years of planning and delays, Sheila Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa is set to open in Middleburg in August. The posh 168-room retreat will feature a 23,000-square-foot spa, an equestrian program, and dining overseen by chef Todd Gray.

Quite a Splash
Kingsmill Resort, along the James River in Williamsburg, has added to its impressive roster of activities a new pool complex with a sandy beach, water slide, and lazy-river pool. It opens for the season May 4. Also new: the riverfront James Landing Grille, offering diners sunset views.

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  • Shecky Feinblatt

    We adore the Hyatt but the spa may be the only place left there with a chance of peace and quiet unless you go midweek in the winter.

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