Get out of town, in your style, at one of these Southwestern destinations
By Katie Self
Urban Oasis: Hotel Saint Cecilia
Tucked away in Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, the quaint Hotel Saint Cecilia lies among plush trees and protective foliage. The lush property is home to five private suites and three studios, as well as six poolside bungalows, all of which transport travelers to a time of vintage luxury. Once you’re settled in, take a short walk to South Congress and pick through the trove of quirky shops; stop by Allens for a pair of cowboy boots and break them in with some two-stepping at the nearby Broken Spoke. The freshest seafood can be found at Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar; but if a sit-down meal takes away precious shopping time, grab a bite on the go from one of the many food trucks lining the street or a get a burger from Hopdoddy.
Highlight: Head to the Saint Cecilia lounge and order the Two Saints cocktail, made with Plymouth dry gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh orange. It’s heavenly.
Click here for a photo tour of Hotel St. Cecilia.
Desert Retreat: Canyon Ranch
Escape to the Sonoran Desert for some serious R&R. Known for its bespoke wellness programs, Canyon Ranch is the perfect place to recharge. Sunny weather paired with clear desert air and easy access to the great outdoors make for a classic spa setting, while seemingly endless amenities help guests feel right at home. For the Type A’s, a weekly schedule offers a variety of choices for keeping busy, from yoga and golf to cooking classes and astrology seminars. Or simply fill your day with massages and poolside lounging — you’re here to relax, after all.
Highlight: Tap into the desert’s healing vibes and schedule a session with the medical and nutrition experts on staff.
Hey, Dude: 4UR Ranch
Channel your inner cowboy with a trip to 4UR Ranch, an all-inclusive guest ranch near the tiny town of Creede, Colorado. The well-appointed lodge keeps you cozy and a menu of activities keeps you busy — take to the Rio Grande for some white water, join along on a guided hike through the La Garita Mountains or saddle up and hit the trails with the expert wranglers on staff. End your day with “fine dude ranch dining” — think grilled rack of Colorado lamb paired with goat cheese polenta, wilted greens and lemon-rosemary jus.
Highlight: After a long day in the saddle, head to the on-site hot spring. Legend has it that at the dawn of the 20th century, people were known to ride the rails to this remote natural spring for its healing benefits.