- Decide what you want to do. Choose one of your favorite activities when on a longer, planned vacation and use this as a focal point for a last minute getaway.
- Call the hotel. If they are sold out online, double check they don't have any last minute cancellations. If the rate is pricier than you were expecting, ask if they have any last minute deals.
- Be flexible for dining. Destinations known for fine dining might be short on availability for last minute reservations. Try a new experience and eat earlier or later. If staying at a hotel where there are no reservations available, ask for dinner "to-go" and dine on your balcony or have a picnic.
- Last minute means no fuss. This is the one time I just throw my clothes in the suitcase and go.
- Explore your own backyard. You don't have to drive far to feel like you are on vacation. We live a quick 25 minute drive away to experience the energetic vibe Baltimore has to offer.
Often the last minute, spontaneous getaways are the best ones!
We always travel as a family. But as my boys have become older, they are starting to do more on their own. This past week, our oldest was visiting his grandparents in Florida and left the rest of us back in Baltimore, Maryland. Nevertheless, work demands, errands, and appointments still haven't slowed down. So I decided the rest of us needed a getaway with some pampering also. With only days to prepare, I started searching for a close, driveable overnight getaway where we could enjoy some down time in luxurious surroundings.
My first thought was the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. We had visited last year to see the Couture Trees and the luxury and glamour had swept me away. We were in luck and they had a reservation available for us.
For our family, we had a perfect spaciously sized corner room with two queen beds. The updated stylish decor was truly welcoming.
We were excited to be staying on the select 18th floor so we could also stretch out in the Club Lounge. This was a perfect spot to catch up on emails or social media since there is complimentary high-speed wireless internet throughout the hotel.
Open seasonally during the summer months, the Lord Baltimore Hotel offers guests and local residents the spectacular rooftop LB SkyBar. Located outside on the 19th floor of the hotel, we felt like we were truly on vacation while enjoying a cocktail and gazing at one of the most mesmerizing views I've seen of the Baltimore skyline. It's the perfect place to wind down and sip a refreshing drink before or after dinner. You can even indulge in a variety of delicious bites, such as shrimp salad sliders or a charcuterie board.
The lights of the buildings surrounding the LB SkyBar sparkled as the evening sky darkened.
I was fortunate enough to snag a reservation at Lord Baltimore Hotel's The French Kitchen. This elegant restaurant is an Open Table Diner's Choice pick and I've always wanted to go. This last minute getaway was turning into a true delight!
Being a fine dining restaurant, I was slightly nervous that my son would find something his picky palate would enjoy. But he discovered his beloved Maryland crabcakes on the menu and we were set.
I love French cuisine and we took full advantage of the Executive Chef's amazing creations. They were traditional with a subtle Baltimore flair. Delicious!
I admit, I never end a meal without dessert and their selections were fabulous.
After awaking early to explore the Inner Harbor area only 7 blocks away, we returned to enjoy a leisurely late breakfast in the vibrant LB Bakery. With mouth-watering bakery items, pastries, and a refreshing coffee selection, this was a perfect end to our stay.
Of course, as the hustle and bustle of our everyday life continues, you can be sure to find us back at the Lord Baltimore Hotel for another relaxing, much needed luxury getaway.
Tips for Last Minute Getaways
Disclaimer: I paid for all food, beverage, and incidentals myself. Our room was complimentary during our stay; however, as always, all opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
Thanks for cruising by! Along with creating this blog style website, I work in an office full-time and as a mom to two energetic teenage boys. With our family's busy work and school schedule, we look forward to traveling during school holidays. Although it seems that our family can never agree on anything, we do when it comes to vacations. We typically end up on cruises or stay at luxury hotels and enjoy upscale dining, beautiful decor, excellent service, and spacious accommodations. However, with a family including two teenage boys, we still need family friendly and comfortable.
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I'm already dreaming of the summer, which is my favorite season to travel. Even better, we are going on another cruise! I can't wait to finally get back on a cruise ship with Celebrity Cruises and explore the Caribbean. I'm excited to experience a suite, the suite restaurant Luminae, specialty restaurants and even a hot glass show (how fun is that?!) on the Celebrity Equinox. Plus, we'll arrive a few days early for a pre-cruise stay in Fort Lauderdale. We can't wait!
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