By Sarah Crosland and Cristina Wilson
Posted: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
These unexpected locales offer the highest standard of luxury and service, perfect for hosting your ceremony, honeymoon, or even bachelorette weekendno passport required.Storm the Windy City
This month marks the grand opening of Thompson Chicago, located in the heart of Chicagos famed Gold Coast. Hit Michigan Avenue in the afternoon for world-class shopping, and relax in the evening with a breathtaking lake view and rustic Italian fare at Nico Osteria.
www.thompsonhotels.com Spa Struck
Just down the road in Cary, N.C., The Umstead Hotel and Spa sets the bar for design, luxury, and masterful farm-to-table dining at Herons. With a newly renovated spa, theres no time like the present to book a getaway to this in-state standout.
www.theumstead.comBicycle for Two
Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate nearby Travelers Rest, S.C., newly opened property, Hotel Domestique. At the helm is George Hincapie, who competed in the Tour de France 17 timesthough the destination is a haven for more than just cyclists. You can play hard with hiking, fishing, golf, horseback riding, and naturally, cycling: there is an on site bike shop, rentals, and guided rides both beginner and advanced. Catch an evening rain shower or tub soak with your Hermes toiletries, then kick back at executive chef Adam Cookes Restaurant 17. Wake up. Repeat.
If you prefer your luxury getaway with a side of outdoor adventure and perhaps a craft beer, Denver's Ritz-Carlton is an ideal destination. The posh hotel's downtown location, which offers panoramic views of the city - and the Rockies behind - is within walking distance of renowned restaurants and breweries. Or, hop in the car for a quick ride to some of the country's top trails and overlooks.
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