Best Hotels for Your Last Summer Picnic Slideshow
This London hotspot offers three different dining options for your Picnic in the Park, all with different gourmet sandwiches to choose from and with sumptuous desserts like chocolate mousse and rhubarb éclairs and strawberry tartlets. Dukes includes the basket and blanket and, if you choose to do so, they will rent to you their brand new, blue “Dukes London” branded bicycles to whisk you away to your dining destination in comfort and style.
This grand and stately, five-star property in Scotland’s bustling capital city offers Posh Picnics to match its luxurious accommodations. Jeff Bland — whose last name didn’t keep him from becoming a Michelin-starred chef — has designed three dining options, each with three gourmet courses. Additionally, the hotel’s concierge is on hand to design a tour-and-picnic pairing to suit your unique interests.
Situated so close to Boston’s famed Public Garden, it seems an easy jump for the hotel’s award-winning bistro to offer its own Picnic in the Park, for which they simply pack up one of their delicious lunches “picnic style.” Already seen that particular landmark? No problem! You can have your picnic anywhere you’d like. Just bring back the basket!
As part of one of the largest international hotel groups and with properties in nearly every major city on Earth, Sofitel offers its Chic Picnics in some of the most glamorous spots imaginable. Care to dine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower? Sofitel Arc de Triomphe has the perfect spot for you. Fancy a nosh, poolside, in Marrakech? Sofitel has a property there, too. Beer in Bavaria? We could go on. But hurry up, the offer ends after August.
Healdsburg — in California’s destination du jour, Sonoma County — is a Tuscan paradise right here in the States. With some of the country’s best food and wine made practically at your fingertips, what better place for a fabulous picnic. Their version of the fun trend happens only on Tuesdays, at the town’s “Tuesdays in the Plaza” music series. For this day only, Hotel Healdsburg offers a picnic including chairs, blanket, and a bottle of wine to help you enjoy the music and scenery, along with a night’s hotel stay, breakfast and valet parking — all for a flat rate of $335.
This 12-room cottage property in a small Provence town is actually the brainchild of renowned French-born chef Alain Ducasse. Nestled among olive trees at the base of the gorgeous mountains of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, this rustic yet luxurious hotel offers a Picnic in the Countryside to its guests. Chef-designed with market fresh ingredients, this luxury picnic is Provence how it is meant to be enjoyed.
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The award-winning restaurant in this cozy coastal Maine inn offers two options for those who wish to dine al fresco along the gorgeous Maine coastline: a Picnic Hamper packed for you for a jaunt to the beach or other picturesque spot, or one packed for your departure, in a locally made basket that is yours to keep.
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For one of the most unique and exotic hotel-picnic experiences, check out Hermitage Bay Antigua’s “Deserted Island Experience.” In some remote beach, far from the beaten track, you and your companion will dine in the tropical sun with only a beach blanket, sun umbrella, and custom packed gourmet picnic lunch. Robinson Crusoe will have nothing on you! Just let that friendly hotel staff member hiding in a nearby palm know when you’re ready for your second bottle of Veuve.
If nothing but the finest will satisfy you, then New York City is the place to go and you can’t get much fancier than the Ritz-Carlton. The storied hotel chain’s Battery Park property offers a picnic experience like none other. With a minimum two-night stay, sightseers may indulge in the hotel’s Summer in the Park package, which includes: luxury accommodations, breakfast for two, day-long bike rental, sailing around Lower Manhattan, and most importantly, a chef-styled picnic basket full of freshly made treats. And caviar from an extinct fish. And gold doubloons, and a genie lamp, and a phoenix egg. All starting at $395 per night.
Want to experience the unparalleled grandeur of Yellowstone but can’t stand the idea of sweaty cabins or mosquito-filled tents? Have no fear, the posh-as-possible Teton Mountain Lodge is here! And you better believe they have a picnic as fancy as their hotel. Its Cascade Restaurant offers a Breakfast Picnic to give sightseers a morning boost, with offerings like Chef Kevin Humphrey’s homemade Teton GRANDola — a local fav — with fruit, yogurt, homemade croissant, smoothie, and bottled water. Just steer clear of Yogi!
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