The summer break is winding down, which only means one thing: School is back in session. From moving day to parents weekend, this roster of grade-A boutique hotels has you covered.
> Stone Porch by the Lake (Evanston, Illinois)
The inn features geothermal power and guest rooms outfitted with organic mattresses, linens, and sea-inspired toiletries. Rent a sailboat or paddleboard at the university’s new Wildcat sailing center for an alternative to the many cultural offerings on campus.
> Hotel Casa 425 (Claremont, California)
The 28 spacious rooms, with soaking tubs and outdoor patios, echo the overall glossy white theme. Bonus: Complimentary bicycles and “Vino & Vinyasa” yoga and wine tastings on select Sunday afternoons in the Casa courtyard.
> Graduate Athens (Athens, Georgia)
Homey charm is enhanced with touches like University of Georgia bulldog desk lamps and chalkboards in each of the 122 rooms. Guests mingle in the hotel’s living-room reception area, fueled by locally roasted coffee and complimentary jelly beans.
- Nat Geo Expeditions
This piece, reported by Ceil Miller Bouchet, appeared in the August/September 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.