These scenic stays will help you soak up the summer season.
10 of the Best Beachfront Hotels for a Fourth of July Getaway
These scenic stays will help you soak up the summer season.
There’s a certain sort of ease that comes with the arrival of July. Temperatures are high, moods are merry, and everyone is taking life at a relaxed pace. In other words, it’s a lovely time of year to indulge in a warm weather getaway. And if you’ve been granted a few days off of work for the Fourth of July holiday, why not soak in the sun somewhere scenic? Better yet, pack a bag and head for the sea to an idyllic beachfront hotel.
A property that’s situated on the ocean has its innate benefits – access to quick dips, a 24/7 soundtrack of gently breaking waves, and a soothing salty scent. Plus, many (if not all) of these properties tend to have programming catered to the Fourth of July holiday that will make the day feel all the more festive (think: barbecue tasting menus, clam bakes, boat rides, or complimentary firework shows).
In celebration of the holiday, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite beachfront hotels. Ahead, discover 10 breathtaking properties situated by the sea.
1. The Surfrider Hotel (Malibu, California)
Perched on California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway, The Surfrider Hotel is a 20-room property that overlooks Surfrider Beach. It originally opened as a motel in the 1950s and was recently restored as a boutique hotel with design inspired by surf culture and the Malibu landscape. Guests staying here have access to the rooftop restaurant, custom surfboards by McTavish (with wetsuits for rent), a heated outdoor shower, and plenty of activities by request such as picnics, horseback riding, and surf lessons.
2. The Chanler at Cliff Walk (Newport, Rhode Island)
Channel the Gilded Age at this breathtaking Rhode Island hotel that was built as a private home in 1873. The pristine gardens are rivalled by sweeping ocean vistas, and days can be spent lounging by the fire pit or soaking in your own private outdoor hot tub. The property is situated on Cliff Walk (a popular destination in Newport) and offers 20 rooms decorated in a variety of period styles with details such as elegant French doors to cement the aesthetic. The Chanler at Cliff Walk also offers a two-hour picnic experience overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that comes with a curated tablescape (umbrella and decor included) and a prepared basket full of artisanal sandwiches.
3. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara (Santa Barbara, California)
If the idea of beginning your day strolling along bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean sounds appealing, consider a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Nicknamed the ‘American Riviera’, Santa Barbara offers compelling summer activities like vineyard tastings, horseback riding, and art gallery hopping. Of course, there’s plenty to do on-property thanks to its beachfront location and Spanish-inspired design. The property sits on 78 oceanfront acres and has six restaurants to choose from. For the Fourth of July, you can alternate between dips in the outdoor pool overlooking the ocean and leisurely walks along the beach – there are no bad options here.
4. Marram (Montauk, New York)
Nicknamed ‘The Edge of the World’ for its unique positioning out into the Atlantic, Montauk has long been a destination for east coast sun worshippers. This summer, book a room at Marram – an oceanfront boutique hotel offering zen-inducing experiences like creative workshops, nature walks, and fireside chats. Shadmoor State Park is nearby and guests can walk along the beach to reach it, or they can catch a wave at Terrace, a popular surf break conveniently located right in front of the hotel. The on-property dining is helmed by chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martin Pittaluga, with savoury meats, local seafood and vegetables, and freshly baked goods on the menu.
5. Inn at Newport Ranch (Fort Bragg, California)
If you’re exploring the northern California coastline, head to Fort Bragg for a stay at the Inn at Newport Ranch. The intimate property offers just ten guest accommodations and is situated on 2,100 acres overlooking the ocean and surrounded by coast and cliffs. Enjoy natural splendour with cattle roaming around the grounds and activities like UTV tours, walks, and leisurely bike rides. There’s a spa where guests can book special healings and sound baths, and unique outdoor activities such as foraging for mushrooms. If you’re looking for a Fourth of July getaway that’ll reconnect you with nature, this is most certainly it.
6. White Barn Inn (Kennebunk, Maine)
A lovely coastal town in Maine known for its breathtaking views and celebrity visitors, Kennenbunk is quintessential New England charm. If you’re making your way here for the holiday, book a room at White Barn Inn – a local landmark for over 150 years. The waterfront cottages, specifically, are a standout here and are located by the Kennebunk River for ultimate tranquillity. There are several summer-specific activities to participate in here, like playing beekeeper for the day, enjoying a day at sea on a sailboat, embarking on a seaplane adventure, or even feasting on a traditional Maine lobster bake. For the Fourth of July, the property is hosting a cookout by the pool with bbq dishes and local beer and cocktails.
7. Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa (Pacific City, Oregon)
The Oregon coastline offers a wild, untamed sort of beauty that arguably feels less discovered than its neighbour to the south (ahem, California). If you’re up for a road trip out to the sea, set your sights on Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa in Pacific City alongside Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Here, guests can soak in their surroundings with a bike along the beach on local pathways, a fishing trip on their Dory boat, or even a paddle along the Nestucca River. On property, enjoy the outdoor hot tub and feast upon Northwest-inspired cuisine with ocean views to complement.
8. Carmel Beach Hotel (Carmel-by-the-Sea, California)
A storybook town that feels distinctly Californian, Carmel-by-the-Sea exudes small town charm. Head here for the Fourth of July to enjoy a picture-perfect vacation and book a room at the newly-opened Carmel Beach Hotel (the sister property to L’auberge Carmel). The hotel spans seven historic buildings and has 26 guest rooms and suites with sweeping ocean views. We’re particularly smitten with the free-standing tubs (who isn’t?) and the included breakfast baskets so you can take yours down to the sand for sunrise. Spend the day exploring the main street of the quaint village, spot sea otters and harbour seals along wildlife trails, or even book a guided scuba tour with a divemaster.
9. Chatham Bars Inn (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
There’s a reason Cape Cod has its reputation as a postcard-worthy destination – this slice of New England heaven is replete with natural beauty. And at the iconic Chatham Bars Inn, you’ll get to experience everything the region has to offer, including beachfront views. The hotel opened in 1914 and summers here are spent by the pool, on the farm, or at sea – or all three! Fourth of July here is quite the event, with four days of activities and events planned including fireworks, a parade, a carnival, bike tours, astronomy, a sand castle contest, nature tours, lawn games, a kids crew, a video gaming truck, a caricature artist, barbecues, live music, and more.
10. The Cloister (Sea Island, Georgia)
You don’t have to journey to the Caribbean to enjoy island life for the Fourth of July – simply head for Sea Island, one of the Golden Isles of Georgia. For guests of The Cloister, access is granted to this private island. The property sits on 50 lush acres and is encircled by the river, saltwater marshes, and the sea. Pedal around the island or hit some balls at the tennis court, the outdoor activities here abound. For the Fourth of July, The Cloister hosts games, live music, patriotic festivities and a firework display at the end of the night.
Elevate your Fourth of July experience.