5 Destinations to Beat the Empty-Nester Blues

They’re gone. Exhale. The house is quiet and there’s no device cord hanging from every outlet. No one is stealing your hair products and there’s food in the refrigerator right where you left it. Bliss! The first few days, you lounge in your pajamas, binge-watching idiotic comedies. Day three, you’re rummaging through kindergarten photos, when you realize: They’re really gone! How can they be in college, when you still need to frame their macaroni art?

Don’t succumb to the Empty-Nester Blues. Try a celebratory getaway, instead. Here’s a sampling of 5 resorts to occupy the mind and nurture the spirit.



Terrenea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

102 acres of pristine oceanfront is the backdrop for this 582-room, lagoon-style paradise featuring an award-winning spa, four cabana-lined pools, eight restaurants, and The Links at Terrenea, an oceanfront course, designed by Paul Eckenrode. Whether you’re in the mood to soak up the sun in one of the gardens, or enjoy a stroll on the beach, Terrenea defines the term “getaway.”




Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

Take a seat in the rocking chairs on the East Porch and sip your favorite libation. 90 miles outside of New York City, this castle-style resort is the crown jewel of the Hudson Valley. You’ll discover plenty of opportunities to de-stress and unplug here. Book a meditation class, traverse the pristine wilderness on 85 miles of hiking trails, or don your ice skates or skis in the winter.




The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, South Carolina

This seaside mansion is 21 miles outside of Charleston and features 255 spacious rooms with custom made beds, 12 restaurants, and on-site shopping. After a round of golf, slip in to the spa for a Mint Julep Facial. Now that’s Southern hospitality!




Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail, Colorado

This family-owned getaway offers European-style elegance in the natural, majestic setting that is Vail. Summer activities include a trip to the rodeo, hiking tours, and poolside pottery. Winter brings its own taste of fun with guided snowshoe adventures. Try the Suite & Breakfast package, and your mornings will never be the same.




Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena, California

This resort showcases what Napa is known for and hosts a complimentary wine tasting each afternoon. Croquet, anyone? Enjoy a smorgasbord of activities along with golf, tennis, and of course, lounging with a glass of award-winning wine.