After years of parenting, we’ve learned a few things. Here’s one of them. A perfect time for romantic getaways for parents is during the weeks when the kids are at summer camp. In other words, while the kids are away, the parents can play. If you’re intrigued by this idea, then while the kids are away enjoying summer camp, book a weekend at the best luxury vacation destinations for romantic getaways for parents on the East Coast. And then go to visiting day!
The best East Coast locations to enjoy this Summer
Summer is an amazing time for families. School is out and the kids can relax and are around all the time. Wait. There is something wrong with this picture. How can parents relax if their kids are bothering them constantly? That is why the sleepaway camp was invented! OK, yes and it also enriches the children’s lives and teaches them new skills (in The Parent Trap they learned how to play poker, That’s a skill, right?) and provides them with friendships that can last a lifetime blah, blah, blah.
But it can also serve as a lovely little break for the parents, whether for a getaway weekend, a week, a month or the whole darn summer! Parents can finally get away for a bit and not worry if the hotel or resort is completely kid-friendly. But you are good parents who will still remember your child once you have ditched them so you don’t want to go too far from the camp. Here are some amazing East Coast luxury destinations that will make you feel responsible but completely distracted from the fact that you are a parent and eventually they will come home from camp.
8 Best Luxury Locations on the East Coast for Parents to Escape To while the kids are at Summer camp
1. Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
Many of the best sleepaway camps are located in Vermont so you will love being close by at this exclusive luxury retreat set on 300 acres of picturesque countryside in Barnard, VT. It offers private cottages, gourmet dining, a spa, and a range of outdoor activities.
2. The Equinox, Manchester, VT
If Twin Farms is booked then try The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, and, no, it is not affiliated with the gym so leave the spandex at home. Though there will be plenty for you to do including golf, fly fishing, hiking, falconry, archery and, of course, spa-ing. The absolutely stunning hotel is over 200 years old and has hosted four different U.S. presidents over the years.
3. The Envoy Hotel, Boston, MA
Want a city weekend? The head to Boston to The Envoy! Located near the Seaport you have your choice of dining at either Para Maria, a Latin-inspired concept led by celebrated Executive Chef Tatiana Rosana (a two-time champion of Food Network’s “Chopped!”) and the sleek Lookout Rooftop, home to an impressive menu of craft cocktails (children wouldn’t care about that!), plush seating and fire pits and spanning views of the city skyline.
4. The Rittenhouse Philadelphia, PA
Located on Philadelphia’s iconic Rittenhouse Square, The Rittenhouse embodies the city’s rich history and will give you a true luxury experience. Get a little R&R at The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, offering an array of facials, massages, body treatments, and hair services. Head over to tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room before a big dinner at Lacroix, the award-winning French dining institution led by Executive Chef Eric Leveillee.
5. The Hotel Viking, Newport, RI
There is nothing like Newport in the summer and this hotel provides the ultimate adults-only getaway. Located right in the center of town, you’ll be within walking distance of all the great restaurants, The Tennis Hall of Fame Bowen’s Wharf and even the famous Cliff Walk plus shopping! The 95-year-old hotel has that classic New England feel but extensive renovations over the years kept the property feeling relevant and accommodating. After a long day of taking in the sights or maybe a sail, you can take a swim at the indoor pool.
6. Royalton Park Ave, New York, NY
Make it an adults-only city weekend! Stay at the Royalton, situated in the heart of Nomad. If it is a hot day grab a spot at the rooftop pool, bar, and lounge area, which offers incredible Empire State Building views. Then move inside to the Ivy Room, where an electric yellow piano catches eyes before guests settle into the private outdoor terrace or in front of the cozy fireplace for cooler summer nights, featuring special music performances on a weekly basis. If you venture out for dinner hit up Alba Accanto, the latest restaurant from the team behind Little Prince, Lola Taverna, Lucali Brooklyn, and more. Located right in West Chelsea you will be transported to Positano with its beautiful interiors as you sip on Calabrese and dine on Tuscan Chicken.
7. Hero Beach Club, Montauk, NY
Take a little jaunt to The Hamptons and hit up Montauk’s Hero Beach Club which offers the perfect blend of tranquility and tradition. When you aren’t sunbathing on Umbrella Beach you can get your sweat on with DOGPOUND on the Grand Lawn, directly behind the beach, on Saturdays. Then head over to Bridgehampton to Elaia Estiatorio for some of the best Greek cuisine you’ve ever had.
8. Hotel Lilien, Tannersville, NY
Hotel Lilien is a new hotel in the Catskills, which has seen a huge revival in the past few years. Located in Tannersville, NY, Hotel Lilien is an 18-room boutique hotel, bar, and lounge located in an 1890’s estate, renovated and redesigned in 2022. You will want to spend hours in the library outfitted with hand-picked Victorian antiques and all your literary desires but now that it is warm out you may gravitate towards the pool. If you are looking for a productive weekend with your partner, there are many quiet corners to hole up in and work or read with complimentary Wi-fi. But when you are ready to play hit up the pool or maybe partake in a game of billiards. Nature walks are also available on Saturday and Sunday mornings to Rip Van Winkle Lake.
Romantic Luxury East Coast Getaways for Parents while the kids are at summer camp
Those are our suggestions for the 8 best luxury locations on the East Coast for parents to escape to while the kids are at summer camp this year. Of course, there’s always Paris, or the Greek Islands or the French Riviera . . . So many options, so little time.