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Weekend Escapes

Sometimes a weekend escape is just what you need to recharge.  Here are some great options.

Chicago

Chicago is a fantastic city that continually wins over visitors with its laid back mid-western charm. During the spring and summer,  put on your walking shoes and take in Chicago’s outdoor public art. Installations include such works as Four Seasons by Chagall, Chicago by  Miro, Picasso’s The Chicago and Cloud Gate, also known as the Bean, by Anish Kapoor.  There is always something fun going on at Navy Pier, from free concerts, exhibits, events, and festivals, so make sure you leave enough time to explore the iconic landmark.  Home to the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Fire there is a sport for every season and the local’s passion for the home teams is contagious. Don’t miss:  A champagne dinner cruise on the Chicago River!

Weekend EscapesWhere to Stay

The Ritz- Carlton Chicago. Located on Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile the Ritz-Carlton is an ideal base from which to explore during your weekend escape.  Why not start your day with rooftop yoga while taking in unparalleled views of the city. In climate weather? No problem, the Ritz-Carlton has direct access to the  Water Tower Place Shopping Mall.  Bonus: As a guest of Vision Travel, you would receive complimentary breakfast for two and $100 USD hotel credit, as well as an upgrade upon arrival providing a room, is available.

Bermuda

Often thought to be in the Caribbean, Bermuda is actually in the North Atlantic. The climate, however, is subtropical making its high season April to October.  This British Overseas Territory is less than a three-hour flight from Toronto. It’s also a popular cruise destination for ships leaving out of New York. The island is only 21 square miles and while visitors can’t rent cars, the local buses, ferry and taxi’s will take you everywhere you want to go.  Sun yourself on Bermuda’s famous pink beaches or get in a round of golf at one of the six world class golf courses on the island. Bermuda is an outdoor adventure paradise from diving to cycling tour to whale watching. Don’t MissThe fabulous local cuisine born from a mix of British Caribbean, African, Native America, and Portuguese influences!

Weekend EscapesWhere to Stay

Rosewood Bermuda. An idyllic resort set on 240 acres of the most magnificent waterfront in Bermuda. It decorates the 92 guest rooms in a classic British style as a nod to the island’s heritage. Here guests have access to private pink sand beaches well as golf, tennis, diving and a world-class spa.  This is your perfect weekend retreat.  BONUS: Vision Travel guests receive breakfast daily and $100 USD resort credit and early check-in/ late check-out if available.

Charleston

Charleston is an ideal destination for romantics, girlfriend getaways and family stays alike. Take in the old south with a plantation visit or a horse-drawn carriage ride.  Spend a day or two at one of Charleston’s five distinct beach towns. See where the Civil War began on a fascinating river cruise from Charleston Harbour to Fort Sumter.  Films buffs will love visiting where scenes of movies such as The Notebook, The Legend of Bagger Vace and the Patriot were shot. Don’t Miss: The Charleston City Market that encompasses over 140 merchants including 20 locally owned boutiques.

Weekend EscapesWhere to Stay

Belmond Charleston Place.  In the heart of the historic district, the Belmond Charleston Place is surrounded by some of the city’s most historic buildings. The hotel itself is known as Charleston’s grand ambassador, welcoming guests with at gentility that can only be found in the south. Enjoy the world-renowned roof-top spa and dine at the hotel’s award-winning Charleston Grill while listening to some live jazz. BONUS: Vision Travel guests receive full breakfast daily as well at $100 USD food & beverage credit along with early check-in and late check-out.

Seattle

This laid back west coast city is the perfect place for a weekend escape. Seattle has a thriving art and music scenes and a plethora of fascinating museums.  Be sure to explore the Museum of Pop Culture, Museum of Flight and the Seattle Art Museum.  For a unique tour, take the hilarious Underground Tour, a guided walking tour that takes visitors through subterranean stores and sidewalks. This maze of tunnels was created when the city rebuild itself after the great fire of 1889.  Treat yourself to the views for Seattle’s famous Space Needle a remnant of the 1962 World’s fair.  Don’t Miss: Seeing some live music while in town from symphonies to rock shows there is something for everyone.

Weekend EscapesWhere to Stay

The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is across the street from Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum, and minutes from the waterfront. Spacious guestrooms are urban-chic and feature deep marble soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. The resort-like outdoor terrace offers a fire pit and infinity swimming pool, the horizon line of which leads the eye to Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. BONUS: Vision Travel guests enjoy a continental breakfast daily, $50 USD spa credit and a $50 USD food and beverage credit.