6 Spring Break Trips for Grownups

by Jennifer Marble

Mar
2021

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Warm and cool destinations away from ‘spring breakers’


“Pack your bags, honey. We’re going on grownup spring break this year!” Whether seeking a cooler adventures to indulge in the fun of the last bits of winter/early spring fun, or to rock sandals and sunscreen as you immerse in the heat of the south, epic spring break locations for grownups are out there and calling you for adventure and some R & R.

We are highlighting three diverse northern locations and three sunny southern spots. Travel safety protocols remain important and wearing a face mask is required for most close quarter public or indoor situations.

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Denver, Colorado’s gourmet markets and snowy slopes

In the last five years, Denver has welcomed six new market halls, all with something special to offer. The Source Hotel & Market Hall, located in the trendy River North Art District has a culinary complex greater than 45,000 square feet with dozens of artisans including a wood-fired restaurant, art gallery, florist, bakery, taqueria, kitchen and apparel shops and so much more. The connecting patios to the small batch brewery New Belgium Brewing Company complete with rooftop seating create the perfect location to quaff beers.

Visit Denver

Explore the rich history of Denver and step into the former Stanley Aviation headquarters set alongside the main runway of the city’s original airport. The building has been thoughtfully transformed into Stanley Marketplace, a community hub of over 50 locally owned bars, restaurants, and shops, along with a beer hall, events venue, sustainable greenhouse, and park.

Take to the mountains for downhill skiing and snowboarding at its best with shorter lift lines, peak season snowfall, and numerous events slope-side. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has some of the highest terrain in North America and the longest ski season in Colorado, often lasting into June. Known for their award-winning homemade food and drinks, this ski area has numerous dining options, like the highest restaurant in the US at 12,500 ft, as well as food trucks, a bar and grill, café, and to-go options.



St. Louis, Missouri’s wolves and unexpected art

The travel guide website Conde Nast Traveler chose St. Louis as one of “11 Spring Break Destinations For Grown-Ups" this year, and it is easy to see why. Enjoy mild weather, smaller crowds, and a growing eclectic culinary scene in addition to the well-known barbeque favorites the city is famous for.

Take a private tour of the Endangered Wolf Center, for an exclusive tailored experience with wolves and other wild canids including painted dogs and swift foxes. To really let go spring break style, join an evening wolf howl and campfire experience.

If the spring weather turns nippy, head inside to the unexpected and very cool City Museum. Repurposed by artists, this 100-year-old converted warehouse has miles of tunnels, secret passages, castles, circuses, a Ferris wheel, train, and Beatnik Bob’s restaurant for when it is time for a bite. Collections include architecture pieces, a privy museum, a contemporary section, and so much more.



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Maine’s Sunday River Resort ski and après

Sunday River Resort in Bethel, Maine offers the full package for spring break adult fun. Aside from 97 trails totaling 40 miles of skiing pleasure and three different lodging accommodations to choose from, guests can savor weekly fireworks and regular entertainment. Make an appointment at the luxurious Jordan Spa for a deep tissue or Swedish massage to melt away any lingering tension or opt for a sports massage after a big day of play.

A trip to Sunday River is not complete without a stop at the Foggy Goggle, where vintage ski memorabilia abounds and the après ski party never ends. Visit the Mountain Room restaurant for a creative and unique dining experience with a gorgeous bar area and mountain view. The Barker Lodge has a relaxed scene and is a local favorite, having repeatedly won the area’s Best Spring Deck Scene and the Best Bartender awards.

 

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina’s outdoor coastal adventure land

Hilotn Head Island

Hilton Head Island in the spring is a wonderful place for outside fun. Ranked the most bicycle friendly community in South Carolina, Hilton Head is the perfect place to rent a bike and explore over 50 miles of public paths and nature trails. Bike the paths of Coligny Beach Park for a picnic on the beach. Head out on the water and rent a wave runner, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, try out water skiing, tubing, or parasailing for an adventurous break. Keep the fun momentum going by ziplining through the oak and pine tree canopy at ZipLine Hilton Head. Finish the day with dinner on a luxury yacht with the Hilton Head Island Sunset Cruise for a truly memorable spring break excursion.

 

Palm Beach, Florida tropical garden sculptures and glamorous ocean front resorts

Elevate spring break in Palm Beach with numerous opportunities for diverse arts and cultural experiences. Meander through world class gardens and discover over 20 artist sculptures including the newest edition of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture Fiori (Italian for flowers), at The Society of the Four Arts' Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden. This lush, tropical garden has breathtaking floral paths, ponds, and fountains that visitors can uncover at their own pace with a self-guided tour.

Find relaxed opulence and peaceful privacy in the oceanfront Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Revel in the sunrise over ocean waves from your private balcony. Luxuriate in a private cabana for the best seat in the house, complete with personalized amenities like tapas, chocolate covered strawberries, and the bubbly of your choice. The Premium Wellness Pack has the perfect collection of travel wellness items for hotel safety and comfort at a warm, sunny beach location like this.

 

San Antonio, Texas’ tea gardens and drive-in theatre

For perfect springtime weather that is almost never too cold or too hot, San Antonio is the place to be for outdoor fun with a ton to do indoors on the occasional rainy day too. Visit the century old and newly restored Japanese Tea Garden with elegant floral displays and a 60-foot waterfall complete with stone bridges and koi pond. Have lunch at the historic Jingu House tea house and café located within the gardens. Learn more about the park’s rich history while relaxing with a bento box, sushi, noodles, or other carefully crafted dish made with locally sourced ingredients.

Enjoy an evening at the nostalgic Stars and Stripes Drive-in Theatre just outside San Antonio. With three screens to choose from, all playing different double features, and a snack concession offering all the classic drive-in treats, an evening here is sure to be a memorable one. If the clouds do rain down, check out the San Antonio Aquarium, catch an IMAX movie at the AMC Rivercenter 11 with Alamo IMAX, or stroll through one of a dozen museums in San Antonio like the San Antonio Museum of Art or the McNay Art Museum.



B. Ready for spring travel

Whether traveling by land, sea, or air, keep your immune system strong and stay balanced through unexpected travel challenges and changes from your daily routine. Find out immune boosting tips for before and during your trip to feel amazing on spring break in our article Healthy Travel: Boost Your Immune System

Cheers to having a peace-of-mind safe, just what you hoped for, and as mellow or wild as imagined, Grownup Spring Break! B. Ready for some fun.



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