Has it really been a year since Downton Abbey aired its last season? I’ve tried some new series, like The Crown, but I still miss my weekly Downton Abbey fix. If you feel the same, grab some girlfriends and plan a trip! I have some girlfriend getaway ideas for Downton Abbey fans.
Maybe it was all the novels that I read growing up, but the Victorian and Industrial Revolution eras really fascinate me. Americans may not have royalty, but in the time of the robber barons, we certainly had the pomp and circumstance of high society. Many of the destinations that served as escapes from the city for the likes of the Vanderbilts, Astors, Rockefellers, and the like, still have remnants of that lifestyle and make for great girlfriend getaway destinations.
Girlfriend Getaway Ideas for Downton Abbey Fans
Newport, Rhode Island – Of course, I have to recommend one of my favorite summer destinations in my home state of Rhode Island. Newport’s famous mansions once served as the summer cottages for New York’s high society. Here they struggled to outshine each other with more opulence, fancier parties, and the latest fashion. The yachting community of Newport may not be so different today. In Newport, you can visit the Mansions, take a sail, do some shopping, visit a spa, and even enjoy high brow events like Newport Polo, the Newport Flower Show, Food and Wine Festival, or even holidays at the Newport Mansions. Stay at this downtown hotel for a sense of history (and a great spa), or here for a foodie experience.
Hudson Valley, New York – Some of the Vanderbilts also built their mansions along the Hudson River, just a couple hours north of Manhattan. Not only can you tour the mansion, go wine tasting, and explore the cute towns along the Hudson. But this area was also home to the Roosevelts and you can visit FDR’s home and library, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill – what a perfect feminist role model for a girlfriend getaway! I couldn’t get enough of this funky hotel in the “Brooklyn on the Hudson” town of Beacon.
Biltmore, North Carolina — One girlfriend getaway destination still on my list is the Biltmore in North Carolina. I love reading my friend’s posts about this gorgeous mansion. Here you can actually stay on the estate, sip wine and enjoy fine dining. Plus you are near the mountains where you can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rafting.
California’s Central Coast – The ladies of Downton may not approve of the over-the-top extravagance of William Randolph Hearst, but fans can appreciate the grandeur of Hearst Castle. After a tour, enjoy some wine tasting in Paso Robles, check out the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas, and look for otters and sand dollars at Morro Bay. We loved this cozy and elegant hotel on Moonstone Beach in Cambria (plus they have free happy hour!)
The Berkshires, Massachusetts — The Berkshires is definitely one of my top girlfriend getaway destinations as it offers charming towns, good food, wonderful museums, and an excellent music venue at Tanglewood, hosting everything from festivals to the Boston Symphony. Plus, the area is littered with gorgeous old mansions that have been converted into B&Bs and Inns. You will feel like the ladies of the manor at this resort.
Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Do you have any girlfriend getaways to recommend? Or even better, have you found a new series that you love??