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Last Minute Summer Getaways

by Mary Melnick

May 11, 2022

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Tips / Destination

Don’t have any travel plans this summer? Don’t worry, as it’s not too late to book a summer getaway! Here are some destinations perfect for a last-minute summer vacation.



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Richmond, Virginia

June is the perfect time to visit Richmond; the city is filled with Black history, and with Juneteenth now a national holiday, there is no better time to visit. On June 18, head to Dorey Park to join Henrico Recreation & Parks for a free public event with fair games and tents, kids zones, food trucks and entertainment such as fireworks. While there, visit the town and keep an eye out for the “Mending Walls murals, a collaborative public art project from artists of diverse backgrounds. End the day with dinner at one of Richmond’s Black-owned restaurants like Lillie Pearl or Ms.Girlee’s Kitchen.


The Opus

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Westchester, New York

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held in Westchester, New York, at Lyndhurst Mansion. This year, spectators can pre-purchase online daytime tickets for the Masters Agility Championship event June 18, as well as the full event June 20–22. Travelers looking to attend can stay at The Opus, Westchester, a 15-minute drive to the event. The hotel offers guests and exhibitors of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show dog-friendly amenities, like complimentary dog bowls, beds and toys.



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Paradise Island, The Bahamas

National Waterpark Day is July 28 and there is no better place to celebrate than at Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island. The waterpark is a 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides, river rides, pools and miles of white-sand beaches. Guests can test their fears on the 60-foot drop on the Leap of Faith waterslide or experience marine life up close while sliding down the Serpent Slide.



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Boone, North Carolina

For a break from reality and a wellness getaway, head to the Art of Living Retreat Center atop the Blue Ridge mountain range in Boone, North Carolina. The retreat is perfect for yoga and meditation enthusiasts, offering a serene and rejuvenating wellness experience surrounded by nature. August is National Wellness Month, so plan an end-of-summer trip filled with yoga, wellness workshops, meditation, hikes, art classes, spa treatments and more.


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