3 Dreamy U.S. Cities for Summer Getaways

At long last, summer is here! I am sure I am not alone in saying that my summer calendar fills up quickly. Between weddings, cabin weekends, hiking trips, and local events, I always jam-pack my weekends this season. It can make the whole stretch feel like a blink, so I want to slow down and really enjoy it. Given we were relatively restricted from traveling the last two summers, I’m craving a getaway to a new city in the U.S. where I can explore but also relax.

If you’re also itching for a weekend trip, I’ve rounded-up destinations that are high on my list. Of course, as a travel and interior design enthusiast, I’ve also included some stylish finds in each city that have me swooning. You can thank me later!

Portland

By no means a hidden secret, I visited this Oregonian icon in August 2018 for a Bachelorette party. Though I had a blast, I barely scratched the surface of this amazing city. With an artsy and eclectic personality, Portland is teeming with galleries, restaurants, bars, and shops that make it a great choice for a long summer weekend.

  • Sleep: This fabulous guest house is as chic as it is central. The hardest part would be convincing yourself to get out and explore when the lodging is so beautiful. I can’t get enough of the area rug in the living room. It reminds me of our ECG Loren rug.
  • Bite: When in Portland, eat at a food cart. Bing Mi has two locations, one as a cart and the other as a noodle bar. Both look outrageously tasty and should be on your radar.
  • Sip: There is no shortage of specialty coffee cafes, but one in particular that caught my eye is La Perlita. They emphasize ethical sourcing for their beans and are working to improve industry standards by setting every bar higher.
  • Do: From the Alberta Arts District to the famous Saturday market, you can truly shop until you drop in this city. I cannot wait to return so I can visit DANO and other bijou stores that make Portland so awesome.

Eclectic Goods Summer Getaways Portland

Chicago

As a Midwesterner, I’ve never passed up the opportunity to visit the Windy City. Not only are its urban neighborhoods packed with cool discoveries, but it also has beaches all along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, perfect for escaping the heat of the summer.

  • Sleep: This little apartment in Wicker Park is a great price given usual lodging rates. It’s a super walkable neighborhood and still accessible to essential sites thanks to the L. The live edge platform bed looks like a wonderful place to crash after a long day of exploring. See a similar one from our shop here.
  • Bite: Earning both a Michelin award and James Beard nomination this year, Kasama is a mouth-watering essential to any Chicago itinerary.
  • Sip: As a coffee addict, I could spend an entire summer visiting the coffee shops of Chicago, but one that is highest on my list is Metric Coffee.
  • Do: Soak in some sun and [inland] surf at Oak Street Beach before freshening up to check out a comedy show.

Eclectic Goods Summer Getaways Chicago

Boston

Last but not least, Boston has been calling my name for about a decade now. I met two friends from here while studying abroad and have been meaning to make a visit, and summer seems like the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days and outdoor spaces.

  • Sleep: This awesome Airbnb in downtown is a bit of a splurge, but could easily be split with you and another duo! The amazing wall art above the bed immediately reminded me of some of our fiber pieces. Check out the Fringe Mirror (click here), Buru Mirror (click here), and Wicker Mirror (click here).
  • Bite: Boston is one of the rare cities in the U.S. that has some establishments with open-liquor licenses, meaning you can bring in wine or malt beverages. Lenox Sophia is a promising new addition to the foodie scene and has a coveted BYOB policy.
  • Sip: Start your day with amazing specialty tea or coffee from The Sipping Room by Breeze and then a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Do: Enjoy the many outdoor areas including the Charles River Esplanade.

Eclectic Goods Summer Getaways Boston

Now that you’ve seen my list, you have to share yours! Which places are on your summer travel list? Let me know in the comment section.

  • Rachel Cafferty of Quarter-Life Living

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