Thanks to Washington’s birthday, a three-day weekend is in your future. If you’re still trying to figure out how to spend the much needed day off, look no further than celebrating President’s Day like a President. Natural Retreats, the experiential travel company written about in Travel+Leisure and The Huffington Post, has a list of destinations and activities to embrace some of our previous President’s favorite pastimes. From spa days, to skiing, to fly-fishing -- live like a President during that 3-day weekend!
1. Soak in the Jefferson Pools at Virginia's Homestead Preserve
Now one of the oldest spa structures in America, Thomas Jefferson himself was known to unwind (sometimes 3 times a day) in “The Gentleman's Pool House” on the Homestead Preserve. Set in the heart of Virginia’s breath-taking Allegheny Mountains in Hot Springs, the Jefferson Pools (also known as the Warm Springs Bath House) are surrounded by stunning panoramas of the National Forest and the perfect place to find tranquility and to relax. POTUS approved.
2. Visit Teton Valley (beloved by Teddy Roosevelt) and see the Grand Tetons
Explore Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks to honor Theodore Roosevelt, our “conservationist” president. Being near two best-in-class alpine ski resorts, having onsite heli-skiing and finding miles of groomed, cross-country ski trails -- this is a winter weekend you’ll be sure to never forget.
3. Rent a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (Andrew Jackson's birth state)
Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, was born in the beautiful state of Tennessee. Why not spend the weekend adventuring out on the mountains on horseback at night just like himself? Or maybe you’d rather unwind in front of the fire or on the back patio-jacuzzi? This is the place with something for everyone -- even the kids -- with endless museums, Dollywood; moonshine tastings or stunning miles of wineries. The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are sure to make you feel presidential.
4. Learn how to fly fish (many presidents' favorite pastime) with a guided Fly Fishing tour in South Fork, ID
What do you, George Washington, Grover Cleveland and Warren Harding all have in common? The love for the sport of fishing, of course! The Snake River is renowned for its pristine wilderness, and for being home to the country’s largest population of naturally reproducing Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Why not head out west for a guided fly fishing trip on the South Fork? If you’re not interested in fishing, maybe riding on horseback through the Big Hole mountains, or taking on nature yourself with a hike through the thick greenery, you’ll find the ultimate adventure and most authentic wildlife at South Fork Lodge and the River Camp at South Fork!
5. President Ford isn’t the only one who loves some fresh pow! Ski at America's oldest ski resort in Sun Valley
Just because there’s 300 days of sunshine in Sun Valley, Idaho doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect destination for skiing! Take it from President Gerald Ford who skied down its beautiful slopes faster than the secret service could keep up. Think you can beat Ford’s record? Try it yourself at American’s first and oldest ski resort with some of the best variety of snow sports and adventures all year round.
This post is published in cooperation with Natural Retreats. All opinions are our own. No compensation was received at time of post.
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