The White Elephant Hotel
Wequassett Inn Bedroom
Wequassett Inn Resort View
Outdoor fire pit
A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay
San Ysidro Ranch Cottage
Kennedy Cottage Bedroom
San Ysidro Ranch Junior Suite
San Ysidro Ranch Hacienda
The Huntley Hotel Suite
The Huntley Hotel Bathroom
The Huntley Hotel Room
The Huntley Hotel Bath
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Many vacationers decide to plan their trip last minute and there is a great selection of weekend getaways to choose from. Whether you are looking for a romantic inn, destination spa or an active outdoor getaway, there are many options. Last minute vacation planning can mean less choice in the type of accommodations and activities such as spa treatments during busy holiday weekends. Fall foliage and summer weekends also tend to be busy.

It's always a good idea to look for deals and specials, regardless of the season. You can call the hotel of your choice directly or check their Twitter page. If they are not fully booked, you can get a last minute deal and spend your savings on additional activities or a romantic dinner on your weekend getaway.

If you are planning to fly, check airline web sites for last minute deals. You can also look for vacation packages to popular weekend destinations such as Las Vegas or New York City which include accommodations, airfare and car rental.

Last minute weekend getaways from NY include oceanfront resorts, historic inns and spa hotels. If you live in Los Angeles, great last minute weekend getaway destinations include Santa Monica, Monterey, the wine country and family resorts on the coast of California. Getaways from Seattle include beautiful lodges surrounded by forests and waterfalls. Browse weekend getaways from other cities.

From Seattle

Explore Western Washington's wine country and stay at Willows Lodge which offers romantic accommodations and a full-service spa. Bring out your inner child and plan a last minute weekend getaway to the Cedar Creek Treehouse at Mount Rainier where you can spend the night 50 feet above ground. Salish Lodge and Spa is a 30-minute drive from Seattle. The hotel is located above the spectacular 300-foot Snoqualmie Falls, offering outdoor activities and a spa.

Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island overlooks the ocean and offers guest rooms with with floor-to-ceiling windows, jetted tubs and fireplaces. Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island is another great island weekend getaway from Seattle.

From Los Angeles

Plan a last minute weekend getaway from the city to relax, unwind and reconnect with your friends and family in a beautiful setting. Shutters on the Beach is an oceanfront weekend getaway from LA, set on a sandy beach in Santa Monica. Santa Monica is a Southern California vacation destination offering visitors numerous activities, shops and restaurants. Bike paths let you explore the area by bike, there are many concerts and theater. Couples can visit galleries or head to a nightclub. The Huntley Hotel, also in Santa Monica, offers luxury amenities such as private chauffeur service in an exclusive Maserati QuattroPorte.

If you are looking for last minute weekend getaways in Monterey, Hyatt Regency Monterey offers renovated guest rooms and a new spa. Monterey offers shopping, wine tasting, surfing lessons and golf. Cannery Row is features a collections of shops, local artists' galleries, restaurants and attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can rent a bike and follow the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail to explore the town. Monterey is about 6 hours from Los Angeles. If you are taking the scenic Highway 1 through Big Sur, the trip usually takes an additional hour.

San Ysidro Ranch has 41 individually-decorated cottages set on 500 acres, ideal for romantic walks and plenty of privacy. Get a taste or Europe on your vacation at Les Mars Hotel in Sonoma. The hotel offers Swiss-trained staff and 16 guest accommodations decorated with 18th century antiques.

From New York City

Last minute weekend getaways from New York include romantic inns, full-service resorts with spas, beach getaways and more. Elm Court is a romantic historic getaway in Lenox where you can book a suite with a jacuzzi and a fireplace. Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts is a famous fall foliage weekend getaway where you can go apple picking, take a scenic drive or rent a canoe. Or take advantage of the Berkshires 4 Theatre Collaborative designed to make theatre more affordable for residents of and visitors to the Berkshires to see two or more different plays in the area. Shakespeare & Company, based in Lenox, offers a number of different performances year round.

The White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket is a weekend getaway with a spa, ocean views and a gourmet restaurant. Plan a last minute vacation in the off season and enjoy this charming island without the summer crowds. Visit the lighthouses, take photos on one of the beaches and try local beer at Cisco Brewers. The Daffodil Festival in April features 3 million bright yellow blooms. In the winter, enjoy Nantucket Noel and the Christmas Stroll.

Wequassett Inn Resort & Golf Club overlooks the ocean in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, offering stylish oceanview accommodations and golf privileges at Cape Cod National Golf Club. Or plan a last minute weekend getaway to A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay which has just nine guest bedrooms.