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  • Bar Harbor, ME

  • Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda

  • Fern Hall Inn, Clifford, PA

  • Fern Hall Inn, Clifford, PA

Bar Harbor, ME

Bar Harbor, Maine
It’s right on the ocean, so there’s a lot of really pretty scenery, and you’re also near Acadia National Park (, which is filled with beautiful wildlife; you can also take a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company ( or go on a boat ride. Plus, the seafood is obviously amazing.—Amy Plitt, Own This City editor

The flight is so short and so cheap, and the water is so blue! You walk out of the airport and you’re practically on the beach already. Wake up early to stake out a private nook among the rock formations and pink sand of Horseshoe Bay. When the sun gets too hot, drive over for fish, chips and a cold beer at the Frog and Onion (, a laid-back pub surrounded by the old stone buildings of the Royal Naval Dockyard.—Billie Cohen, deputy editor

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
It’s a long weekend from the U.S., but the journey to the edge of the Burren in County Clare is totally worth the airfare, the long drive and the fear of standing over a 700 foot drop down to the Atlantic. And while it’s easy enough to call any natural wonder or panoramic view spectacular, awe-inspiring and life-changing, the Cliffs of Moher actually are. Lie down on your stomach at the very edge (you have to be sneaky and very careful), and have someone snap a photo of you peering down at the crashing, cerulean waves. (I want my ashes scattered here when I die.)—Sharon Steel, Features editor

Costa Rica
It’s an adult playground, if you’re the adventurous type: I went zip-lining, white-water rafting and ATVing, and I hiked through the rain forest—there are a million outdoor activities to choose from.—Rachel LeWinter, Shopping & Style editor

Fern Hall Inn, Clifford, Pennsylvania
Cloistered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this charming B&B ( feels like your rich friend’s country estate—fitting, given its history as a summer home for the Johnson family (of Johnson & Johnson). The giant stone manse is situated on a beautifully maintained nine-hole golf course and is by a small, serene lake. (Fern Hall maintains a boathouse on the waterfront so you can stow your sunscreen and relax on a chaise longue on the dock). In the evening, you can take a few fingers of bourbon from the tiny, wood-paneled bar and roast marshmallows in a bonfire. You’d half expect the Kennedys to show up with cigars.—Jordana Rothman, associate Eat Out editor

Hudson, New York
The Hudson is sort of like Soho, if it were one long street in an idyllic town and less commercial. Plus, the surrounding area is great, with plenty of historic homes to tour, trails to hike, farms and wineries.—Chris Schonberger, associate Web editor

Little Compton, Rhode Island
This off-the-beaten-path beach town oozes old New England charm, from the quaint general store to the beloved Gray’s Ice Cream shop ( Most tourists fly right past it on their way to more popular beaches in Massachusetts or southern Rhode Island, so it’s a well-kept secret among Rhode Islanders.—Tory Hoen, assistant Web editor

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