Get Away with Hipknoties

Posted on March 02 2014

Get away with Hipknoties: Where to go and What to pack

Spring is in the air (sort of) and we all know what that means… flowers in bloom, warm(er) weather, and most important, the will to finally leave the house and take a weekend jaunt. If you're in the mood for an easy escape, you're in luck, because we’ve rounded up 3 quick getaways sure to put some spring in your step. Whether soaking up the sun or strolling cobblestone streets are your thing, we’ve got the ‘who’, ‘what’, and ‘wear’ covered!

Santa Catalina Island

Though its heyday as a stomping ground for movie stars passed with Hollywood's golden age, Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of Long Beach, California, is still an idyllic seaside escape with a year-round Mediterranean climate (and nary a freeway in sight). Avalon, the only real city on this 75-square-mile isle, is a postcard-perfect place where the mode of transport is by golf cart rather than car. Check out the Art Deco mermaid murals adorning the grand 1920s circular dance hall known as the Casino - then sprout your own fins and scuba dive in the crystal-clear Pacific. Inland, you'll discover indigenous foxes, bald eagles, and the modern-day offspring of a bison herd brought to the island for a silent-screen-era movie shoot.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Harmonious Santa Fe, New Mexico, truly lives up to its moniker, "the City Different," thanks to its combination of surreal desert landscapes, sprawling adobe architecture, and the third-largest art market in the United States. Though summer typically draws the largest crowds, spring getaways are primed for visiting this city in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains as crowds are fewer, prices are lower, and yucca flowers are in full bloom. Sample the best of native cuisine; shop for eclectic pottery, jewelry, sculptures and paintings; or take a leisurely stroll down popular Canyon Road.

Charleston, South Carolina

Few cities are more lovely, more genteel, more downright Southern than Charleston, South Carolina. What's not to love about a picturesque place full of historic landmarks, gracious homes, and charming inns? Spring getaways to Charleston are best, with the temperatures warm but bearable and perfect for a walking tour or a carriage ride through the city.

You'll notice the pace is a little slower and the people are a little nicer than what you're probably used to; combine that with the blooming flowers, fantastic restaurants, upscale shopping, and a plethora of beach and golf options nearby and chances are you'll wish your weekend break was a lot longer.

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