There’s a lot to celebrate in June. It officially marks the start of summer, the days get warmer, the nights get shorter and there are fewer tourists than in the peak summer months of July and August. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a vacation whether you’re taking it easy on the Californian coast or cycling your way around Orcas Island. The LuxPad has outlined 5 places to visit in June to make the most of the new season…
1. Santa Barbara, California
Offering award-winning food & wine culture, a vibrant arts scene and unbeatable hikes, there’s a lot more to Santa Barbara than its beautiful beaches. Dubbed ‘America’s Riviera’, this coastal city has the style and taste of its European counterparts with a little added extra. With such excursions as Island Hopping on the Channel Islands to the Santa Barbara Taco Trail available, this is the ideal spot for adventurers, foodies and sea-lovers alike.
Where to Stay: Bacara Resort and Spa
Located along California’s most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise, The Bacara Resort & Spa is an ocean-front property offering luxury suites and guestrooms with unparalleled sea views. Ideal for weekend getaways or leisurely vacations, it includes a legendary spa, world-class golf and an on-site restaurant offering the finest in stylish dining.
2. The Hamptons, New York
Leave the busy city life behind and head for the pristine white sand beaches of The Hamptons. Known as the playground of the rich and famous, this group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton offer the ultimate relaxing weekend getaway. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the seafront; discover boutiques to rival those on Fifth Avenue, dine in award-winning restaurants and finish your day with a cocktail or two with some of New York’s elite.
Where to Stay: Topping Rose House
A luxury haven in the heart of The Hamptons, Topping Rose House is renowned for its friendly, attentive service and its farm-to-table 75-seat restaurant. Conveniently located in the prime location of Bridgehampton, it offers spa services, a fitness center and an outdoor pool to while away those summer afternoons.
3. Orcas Island, Washington
Known to the locals as ‘the gem of the San Juans’, Orcas Island offers an unbeatable combination of unspoiled shorelines, mountains and charming hamlets. With hiking and boating a firm favorite amongst tourists, it’s the 57 square miles of rural, hilly terrain that really draw the most adventurous of cyclists to this tranquil island. For those who prefer to take it easy, the Orcas Island Garden Tour is a perfect lazy afternoon activity or you can spot Orcas, bottle nosed dolphins and Minke whales on one of the many whale watching excursions available.
Where to Stay: Rosario Resort & Spa
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands, the Rosario Resort & Spa offers magnificent views of Cascade Bay on Orcas Island. Originally built as a private residence in 1909, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America since October 1998. Offering 104 guest rooms and a luxury spa, it is the ultimate relaxing retreat after a day of exploring the island.
4. Jackson Hole Valley, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a 48 mile long valley surrounded by mountains. Offering exceptional wildlife viewing, stunning lakes and rivers as well as fine dining and shopping, it is the ultimate summer getaway. Home to Yellowstone National Park, guests can marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, explore unspoilt forests, watch the local wildlife including bears, bison and wolves or simply enjoy a leisurely picnic. To truly experience Jackson Hole Valley, take a trip on the aerial tram which glides 4,139 feet to give breath-taking 360 degree views of the Snake River Valley, Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Range.
Where to Stay: Amangani
Situated close to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Amangani is made up of 40 suites and four homes, all of which offer panoramic mountain views. With outdoor hot tubs, fire pits and a fantastic array of holistic programmes and restorative therapies available, it is the ideal destination to unwind after enjoying the outdoor activities that Jackson Hole Valley has to offer.
5. Tucson, Arizona
Deep-rooted in history and culture, Tucson and its surrounding areas allow you to get back to nature and escape the grind of everyday life. From roaming the depths of ancient caves to exploring Native American sites, make the most of one of the most culturally rich cities of the West with guided tours & day trips to suit all interests. Described by New York Magazine as ‘the Southwest’s next foodie destination’, Tucson is known for its culinary distinctiveness and is the first city in the United States to be designated a World City of Gastronomy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Home to the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food north of the border, Tucson is the ultimate destination for foodies, adventurers and culture lovers alike.
Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers luxury at its finest. Boasting its third consecutive Forbes Five Star Award as well as a repeat AAA Five Diamond Award, this refined desert oasis reflects the local landscape and culture. Ideal for family adventures & romantic getaways, guests can take part in one of the many activities available locally, unwind in the spa & fitness center or sample some of the freshest sushi in Tucson at the hotel’s Ignite restaurant.
Offering a taste of Southwestern flair with its natural inspired interior, The Ritz-Carlton combines modern comforts with authentic, handcrafted architectural and design details to achieve the perfect balance.