With the weather warming and flowers blooming, May is one of the best times of the year to travel. Certain parts of the country offer more enticing activities and events during this season. Take your mom somewhere special for Mother’s Day, or plan a coastal getaway for Memorial Day! If you’re interested in traveling to a beautiful destination, find out which locations are in full bloom at this time. Anyone planning a spring getaway should read our guide to the best places to visit in May.
As you begin researching for your trip, make sure you browse Select Registry properties offering outdoor adventures and natural wonders to discover some of the best places to visit in May. When you stay with one of our members, you’re guaranteed a unique, personalized travel experience. Frequent travelers should consider joining Select Rewards, which allows guests to earn points each time they stay at a Select Registry property. Once you’ve collected a certain number of points, you will receive a $100 Select Registry gift certificate to any of our members’ properties!
Top Places to Visit in May
Take Your Mom on a Relaxing Mother’s Day Getaway
Show your mom how much she means to you and surprise her with a trip to Napa Valley wine country! With more than 400 vineyards covering 45,000 acres of land, Napa Valley is the perfect destination for wine aficionados. Besides the fantastic wineries, this region offers beautiful, rolling hills with plenty of hiking trails. Give your mom the gift of relaxation and make an appointment for her at one of the many spas in the area.
Where to Stay
Churchill Manor: This 1889 mansion in downtown Napa was converted into a gorgeous inn after much restoration and repair. The original redwood interior remains a fascinating aspect of the building’s unique design. Guests can stay in one of the ten rooms, which feature fireplaces, luxurious robes, antique furnishings, and more.
The Inn on First: A contemporary bed and breakfast, The Inn on First is an inclusive lodge that welcomes people from all walks of life. Owners and San Franciscans Jamie and Jim spice up this inn’s decor with a bit of Bay Area flare. Enjoy a personalized experience when you stay at this bed and breakfast and take advantage of the individual packages, including the Wine Tour with Your Innkeeper special.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Southwest
While Cinco de Mayo is now celebrated across the United States, partying on this holiday in the Southwest is particularly fun because of the region’s history. Festivities are held throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California, to name a few. Because the state of Texas was once part of Mexico, there are tons of Cinco de Mayo celebrations in this region.
Denver, Colorado, is also known for its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival, which attracts more than 400,00 attendees each year. This two-day event includes a parade, chili cook-off, Chihuahua races, live music and entertainment, and more. Hundreds of vendors will dish out traditional Mexican dishes and drinks while the little ones can enjoy the Children’s Carnival with rides and hands-on crafts.
Where to Stay
Castle Marne: Guests at Castle Marne have the unique experience of staying in a 19th-century lava stone mansion. Though there isn’t a full restaurant at the property, guests can enjoy four-course meals in the private dining rooms.
Hit the Beach for Memorial Day
Select Registry features dozens of members with coastal properties. Anyone looking to take a getaway on the East Coast can visit one of our Virginia Beach, New Jersey, or Florida properties for a sunny stay. Travelers can also choose from West Coast destinations, which offer the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and witness unique marine life.
Where to Stay
Casa Grandview: A sprawling property in a historic, Key West neighborhood, Casa Grandview offers guest rooms inside the inn, cottage rentals of various sizes, and apartment suites. With two on-site pools and gorgeous gardens, this inn is the perfect place to escape for the weekend.
Carroll Villa Hotel: Relish the charming town of Cape May, New Jersey, while enjoying the outstanding amenities at Carroll Villa Hotel, including beach access and the use of beach chairs and umbrellas. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, The Mad Batter, which has received national attention from food critics and writers. The hotel itself has gained a handful of accolades over the years.
Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast: Spend this Memorial Day lounging on Virginia Beach and stay just steps from the sand at the Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast. This quaint inn with eight luxurious guest rooms is perfect for couples looking to take a romantic getaway. Choose which suite best suits you and enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning.
If you’d prefer to take a beachside trip to the West Coast, you should check out our other Select Registry members on the Pacific Coast!
Attend May Festivals
Some of the most exciting festivals and events of the year take place across the country during May. Each year, the town of Holland, Michigan, hosts a week-long celebration called Tulip Time. More than five million colorful tulips blossom throughout downtown Holland along the town’s main street. Come marvel at this beautiful spectacle and enjoy the accompanying festivities including a carnival, live music and dancing, tours, art shows, and much more.
Where to Stay
Castle in the Country: Located just 30 minutes from Holland, Michigan, this lovely bed and breakfast is the ideal place to escape to the country. Each morning, guests are served a gourmet breakfast. Then, you’re welcome to take advantage of the many activities on the 65-acre property, including a private lake, hiking trails, kayaks, and more.
Charleston, South Carolina, hosts the famous Spoleto Festival at the end of each May through the beginning of June. This celebration of the arts is the sister event to the original festival in Spoleto, Italy. For more than two weeks, the city offers tons of events focused on music, visual art, theater, and dance in various locations. One of the most unique gatherings in the country, this event attracts art lovers from across the globe.
Where to Stay
Two Meeting Street Inn: Within walking distance of many Spoleto Festival event locations, this beautiful, historic inn is located in the city's prestigious South of Broad neighborhood. From this unique vantage point, you’ll have stunning views of the water and White Point Gardens.
John Rutledge House: Also located within walking distance to Spoleto events, the John Rutledge House is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Guests can take advantage of the property’s location on Broad Street near popular shops, restaurants, and other historic sites.
While these are some of the best places to visit in May, there are tons of Select Registry properties worth visiting during the year. If you’re looking for a specific experience, check out our beach properties or members offering outdoor adventures.