Just as the February blues start to sink in, the nation breathes a sigh of relief at the arrival of President’s Day Weekend. Each year, the third Monday of every February is set aside to honor George Washington’s birthday, colloquially known in many U.S. states as Presidents’ Day in order to celebrate all presidents including Abraham Lincoln, who was also born in February. Nationwide, many businesses and schools celebrate with a day off—perfect for a short end-of-winter getaway.
The three-day holiday falls just as winter chills begin to wind down, making it a popular time for planning one of the last ski getaways of the season—or even the year’s first beach vacation. Last-minute deals are always in demand for lift tickets, popular still-snowy destinations, and hotels in patriotic locales. Washington D.C., while still in the throes of New England winter, is a great place to take in famous presidential sites like the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. Keep in mind that rates are often better mid-week than on weekends, and remember to book as early as possible to avoid getting priced out.
Many don’t realize that several U.S. states honor Presidents’ Day during other times of the year. New Mexico, for example, honors it the day before Thanksgiving, while both Georgia and Indiana’s paid holiday falls on Christmas Eve. You may want to consider these destinations during your planning, as their rates may not be as inflated.
With the holidays over and our minds turned to spring and summer, clothes go quickly out of fashion. Some of the best shopping deals are had throughout February, and especially on President’s Day weekend—great for snagging those perfect mementos or end-of-season styles.
Whether you plan to spend the weekend at home or away, Travel + Leisure is at the ready with ideas and guides for making the most of the short break.