6 Perfect 3-Day Weekends to Reserve
A getaway doesn’t necessarily require weeks of downtime. These global hot spots are brimming with cultural treasures and buzzy events worth building your next mini-vacation around.
As much as we savor a blissful week (or three!) of vacation, the three-day weekend is a glorious thing. Slipping away is simpler, travel time is minimal, and our hearts and luggage are light. Whether you’re celebrating a special milestone, headed to an event like the ones below or just need a mental reset, a long weekend is the perfect window in which to make a destination a favorite for life. Here are six to consider this winter.
Discover the New South in Atlanta, Georgia
The Southern United States has undergone a renaissance, with buzzy new boutiques and bars bolstering the area’s famed cuisine and deep history. Its biggest city swaggers with fresh cultural capital, from its myriad museums and restaurants to its NFL football team, the Falcons. Speaking of which, the city hosts the year’s biggest football game at Mercedes-Benz stadium on Feb. 3. Enjoy Atlanta’s milder winter by walking the former railway corridor The BeltLine, then finish with an authentic Southern steak and handcrafted cocktails at AG at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Do not forget to snap a photo at the highly Instagrammable Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, on view at the High Museum of Art until Feb. 17.
Revelry and Relics in Macau, China
Less than an hour from Hong Kong by ferry, Macau has its own, very distinct vibe thanks to a mix of Portuguese and Chinese influences. It’s a city of contrasts, where high rises meet cobblestoned streets and traditional temples. Visit the historic city center — don’t miss Senado Square and the 17th-century ruins of St. Paul’s — then tuck into an haute Cantonese meal at Lai Heen, the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, towering above the Cotai Strip. If you’re lucky enough to be here for Chinese New Year, which begins Feb. 5, be sure to make your travel arrangements well in advance for the celebration, which includes dazzling fireworks, parades and flower markets.
Explore One-of-a-Kind Artwork in Berlin
If you haven’t been to Berlin before or it’s been a while, three days might seem daunting for taking it all in. But this charismatic city offers glimpses of its turbulent history and vibrant present throughout. Don’t miss the Brandenburg Gate, located in buzzy Mitte, and the East Side Gallery stretch of the Berlin Wall. Take in legendary art on Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sample Berlin’s experimental flair at Fragrances, a perfume-inspired cocktail bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. If you’re a film lover, plan your weekend to fall during the Berlinale (Feb. 7-17), the acclaimed annual film festival that brings stars, journalists, parties and premieres.
Unparalleled Natural Beauty in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has been recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, and one of the best ways to support the island is to visit. Experience the essence of Puerto Rican culture at the Fiestas de la Calle de San Sebastián, a Mardi Gras-like celebration in Old San Juan (Jan. 17-20). After a lively day (or night) exploring the parades, live music and works from more than 500 local artisans, escape to the idyllic coastline of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, where a sun-drenched beach and an old-growth forest await. Your must-dos: a hike on the Rockefeller Nature Trail, a treetop treatment at Spa Botánico and oceanfront tapas at Signature Restaurant, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients.
Revel in the Extravagance of Dubai
Towering Dubai might seem intimidating to tackle in three days, but fear not. Taxis are abundant and reasonably priced, making it easy to get around this city of superlatives. And two of the top attractions are right next to each other: the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the world’s largest shopping center, the Dubai Mall, which is home to global luxury labels, an aquarium and a lavish shopping festival from Dec. 26 to Jan. 28. Make time to get away for a desert safari (whether it’s an AWD ride over the dunes or glamping under the stars), and be sure to start your Saturday morning with sunrise yoga at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.
Sip and Swing in Naples, Florida
Few places are more perfect than Naples, which is known as both the Paradise Coast and the Golf Capital of the World for a reason. Winter is the ideal time to visit, when the sparkling ocean, soft sands and balmy temps are especially appreciated. Oenophiles should time their trip around the Naples Winter Wine Festival (Jan. 24-27), an international charity wine auction held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples and featuring world-class vintners, tastings and intimate chef dinners. Schedule tee time at Tiburón Golf Club, which offers two PGA-level courses, visit the 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden and head to the Baker Museum, famed for its striking Dale Chihuly glass chandeliers and ceiling.