Do thoughts of summer simply make you feel good? What is it about summer that makes it an ideal time for getting away from it all to recharge? Is it the combination of sunshine, extra daylight hours, fireflies, and campfires on the beach? How do you choose where to go?
Before you start spinning the globe, can you escape for….wait for it….. longer than a week?
Longer than two weeks?
Are you thinking about it?
Possibly, a vacation that feels more like a home away from home for most of the summer? One where you can unpack, cook in a beautiful kitchen, and live your life (a more relaxed version of it) in a new destination?
So, where to?
If you are looking to find a second home this summer, here are five enticing ideas of some of the best summer vacation destinations.
Why? If you are looking for a European destination with endless beauty and a rich culture, the highlands and wildflowers of Scotland are calling your name. Scotland is an outdoor paradise, complete with summer activities, a friendly local culture, and extra-long daylight hours (sunlight at midnight!).
Where to Call Your Summer Home? Hilton Grand Vacations has four properties in Scotland to choose from, or you can decide to visit all of them! At each property you will enjoy the great outdoors, local taverns, and so much natural beauty.
Must Do’s: Besides hiking through ancient castles, here are other activities in Scotland:
- Swimming in Loch Ness
- Boating festivals
- Exploring the Isle of Skye
- Cycling (anywhere and everywhere)
- Sea Kayaking
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Why? A summer on Hilton Head will certainly force you to slow down your fast-paced life. Yes, of course the golf is amazing, but you could spend your whole summer here without swinging a club. There is so much to do during a Hilton Head summer! If you desire a summer home with pristine beaches, sunset dinners, live music, and natural wonders like the Pinckney Island National Refuge, it’s time to sign on to a Lowcountry summer.
Where to Call Your Summer Home? The newly opened Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations Club is southern luxury at its absolute finest. The outdoor dining and fabulous pool area that overlooks the sea make this new Hilton Grand Vacations property a must!
- Pinckney Island National Refuge
- Coligny Beach Park
- Dolphin and nature boat tour
- Vanishing Island (be sure to collect sand dollars while you’re there)
- Build sandcastles – everyday
Park City, Utah
Why? Park City isn’t just a winter paradise. When the snow thaws, you are surrounded by the colors of summer to enjoy great hiking, mountain biking, fishing, concerts, and festivals. Park City has a walkable downtown with such a safe vibe.
Where to Call Your Summer Home? Sunrise Lodge, A Hilton Grand Vacations Club is the perfect homebase to your adventure-filled summer in the mountains. Enjoy exploring by day and relaxing in your spacious condo by night.
- Attend wine and cheese picnics at a Deer Valley outdoor concert
- Hike Armstrong Trail
- Get active at Olympic Park
- Explore Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street
- Relax in world class spas
Why? If pristine beaches, wild nature, incredible culture, and breathtaking landscapes interest you, Costa Rica is an endless playground for your summer vacation. Costa Rica is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Yes, summer is considered the rainy season, but we like to think of it as the ‘green season.’ Everything is in bloom, and you can enjoy bright, sunny mornings and afternoon tropical showers.
Where to Call Your Summer Home? The all-inclusive DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific is a perfect choice. Only a 50-minute drive from the capital San Jose, this sustainable Costa Rican resort on the beach is the perfect base for day trips all across the country. The resort also features a Kids Club and Teen Paradise to make sure everyone in the family is having the best summer of their lives!
Must Do’s: When you aren’t relaxing poolside or on the beach, here are just a few natural attractions to soak in this summer.
- Tortuga Island
- Jaco Beach (the waves are perfect for surfing)
- Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Manuel Antonio National Park
Chicago might be one of the most magical cities (in the summer). Chicago comes alive in the summer with festivals, open-air restaurants, and plenty of activities for the whole family. Who cares if there isn’t a beach in Chi-town! You can still have beachy fun on the lakefront of the city all summer long.
Where to Call Your Summer Home? The Drake, a Hilton Hotel was built as the nation’s first urban resort. You can wake up in the morning and look out to Oak Street Park & Beach to almost feel like you are on the ocean. Summer stays at The Drake include breakfast (and walks to the beach!).
Must Do’s: Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night at The Drake. Outside this prestigious hotel, here are some things to see!
- Magnificent Mile
- Oak Street Beach
- Navy Pier
- Millennium Park
- Summer music festival – Lollapalooza
- Street Festivals – they are everywhere!
- Boat tour
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