When I was growing up, Presidents Day was part of ski week. My parents would pack three kids and two dogs into an overstuffed Ford Explorer and head up to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. If we took two cars, then my folks would argue over who had to drive with my sister because she would sing along to every song on the radio (even when she didn’t know the words).
My Presidents Day vacations have gotten shorter as I’ve gotten older, but I've held onto the tradition of piling into a full car and heading for the hills. Looking over FlipKey guest reviews, it appears I’m not alone: the most-reviewed Presidents Day weekends are not grand overseas tours, but road trips to local hideaways. Here are some last minute ideas from locals who know where to go to get away…
If you live in the Northwest... Head for the North Cascades
Becky L, from Bothell, WA took the whole family to Cle Elum last year and had a great time:
The cabin was exactly what we were looking for ! .....witht he exception of no snow (which we know you have no control over It was great for the kids, dog & adults. It was well stocked, very clean & well stocked with basics. We instantly felt right at home!
Cle Elum is only an hour and a half from Seattle, right in the middle of the Snoqualmie National Forest.
If you live in California... Head for the Sierras
Hebro M, from Castro, CA can't stay away from Sierra village:
The one reason why we keep on coming back to this place is because of the private sledding area. There is simply nothing that could come close to it, since it is long, smooth, safe, free, and not very crowded. The house is nice as well. Pretty spacious, kids friendly, and has everything we need.
Sierra village is about 2 hours from Sacramento, 3 hours from San Fransisco, and 6 hours from Los Angeles.
If you live in the Mid Atlantic... Head to Snowshoe, WV
J Stephens, from OH, went to Snowshoe last Presidents day and had a blast:
Our group stayed at Loggers Run 1 over Presidents day weekend. The condo is very comfortable and nicely furnished. It is situated close to the high speed Soaring Eagle lift... It was a wonderful trip with great snow and skiing.
Snowshoe is 4-5 hours from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, 4 hours from Pittsburgh, and about 6 hours from Cincinnati.
President's Day weekend is just around the corner - February 19-21. It's the perfect weekend for a winter retreat, and there's still time to make last minute travel plans! From the Berkshires in Western MA to Taos, NM, there's a local hideaway waiting for you to find it.
Where are you headed next weekend?