Stop Dreaming And Start Planning: Here’s Inspiration For Your Next Weekend Away

Weekend vacations are all about creating memorable moments, outside the routine of the week. The stories you share with friends, family and colleagues on Monday should be about the incredible experiences you had, not the opportunities you didn’t have time for. We’ve compiled ideas and inspiration to help every type of traveler get the most out of their weekend getaway. If you book directly with Hilton between now and January 31 you’ll receive more bang for your buck with the Double Points promotionso start planning your next break!

The Adventure Seeker – Whitewater rafting the Colorado River, hiking the Grand Canyon or scuba diving the Florida Keys are once in a lifetime experiences – that you can do in a weekend. You can still be an Adventure Seeker if you don’t enjoy getting your adrenaline racing. Why not pick a destination but leave the itinerary unplanned, and follow any spontaneous opportunities that come your way?


The Foodie – Explore secret hotel roof-top gardens, pull on an apron for a private cooking session with a hotel chef or discover a city’s cafes, bars or breweries. If you’re from the Midwest or the East Coast, consider a visit to Cleveland, which is attracting some top culinary talent. While there, try the Burnham Restaurant at Hilton Cleveland Downtown where famed chef Zack Bruell invites guests to try concept dishes. If this whets your appetite and you want a taste of other gastronomic adventures, watch YouTube stars Simon & Martina eat their way around Hawaii.

The Urban Explorer – More personal and efficient than web searches, hotel concierges know all the must-dos and are often the most connected people in any given city – which is particularly helpful if you’re only visiting for a weekend and didn’t make your theater or restaurant reservations early. Many hotels offer real-time chat through their loyalty apps where you can ask hotel employees questions even when you’re out and about. If you’re more of an independent traveler, Uber Local Scene on the Hilton HHonors app lists the top restaurants and nightlife venues in your area based on their frequency with Uber riders. If you want to feel like less of a tourist, stay an extra day so you can see how locals spend their Sunday afternoon and evening.

The Romantic – If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, hotel concierges are the romance-seeker’s. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just spending quality time together, a concierge can help arrange everything from special touches to extravagant gestures. Start (or end) an evening with a bottle of champagne and strawberries in your room, which can be ordered with just a few taps on the Hilton HHonors app.


The Fitness Junkie – Does your go-to packed bag contain yoga pants and sneakers? Consider choosing a weekend retreat at a hotel with heated lap pools, tennis courts or yoga. Most full-service hotels offer a variety of excursions and activities that will immerse you in your surroundings, while still giving you that fitness fix – from hiking, surfing, bike riding or paddle boarding. Some, like the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, also offer unique location-based experiences such as the hotel’s outdoor Warrior Pit workout facility.

The Super Parent – A weekend escape with the kids doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Many hotels offer family packages that are often themed for a season or event, like the upcoming breakfast with Santa at Hilton Anatole that includes gingerbread cookie classes and a holiday scavenger hunt. To impress the older kids, check out the Hilton HHonors Auction platform where you can use Hilton HHonors Points to bid on concerts, sporting events, chances to meet your favorite celebrities and much more.

The Zen Queen – Reconnect with yourself on a staycation. It’s likely there are spas and cozy cafes in your local area where you can indulge or even finish that book you put down weeks ago. Or stay in your pajamas and order room service all weekend – with the Hilton HHonors app you can even choose a room facing a Zen-worthy lake or park. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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