Nobody likes filing taxes, but everybody likes the fun surprise of getting some of that dough sent back to you if you get a refund. So if you’ve been itching to plan an adventure and get away for a bit, we recommend spending that extra cash on a #treatyoself trip.
We scoped out the best places to visit with your tax refund. Whether you want to explore the foodie scene in Ann Arbor, Michigan; take a garden tour in Richmond, Virginia; check out the museums and art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; discover the architecture and museums in Chicago, Illinois; or indulge in the craft spirits of Portland, Oregon, there are plenty of places you can visit with that refund from the IRS.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
If you’re craving authentic ethnic foods like Ethiopian, Italian, or Eastern European or are a foodie on a mission to find the best locally sourced foods, Ann Arbor is the place to visit. This funky college town is passionate about feeding guests with local food, and many restaurants source their ingredients from nearby farmers. There’s even a year-round outdoor farmers market. You can also check out Argus Farm Stop, where all the vegetables, fruit, meat, and artisanal products come from local producers.
Where to Stay: Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown
You’ll be right in the middle of the vibrant downtown action when you stay at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown. Plus, with the fully equipped kitchens, you’ll be able to cook up some local goodness for yourself. They’ll even pick up and deliver groceries to your suite. On Monday through Wednesday evenings, stop by the Residence Inn Mix, a complimentary social event featuring local flavors.
Featuring spectacular and world-famous architecture, the Chicago skyline is one of the city’s greatest triumphs. Take an architectural tour on the Chicago River by kayak or cruise ship, or take it all in via a helicopter ride. If you’re a museum lover, you’ll want to check out some of the city’s favorites, including the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute of Chicago. For more ideas on what to do in the Windy City, check out this Chicago Bucket List from Choose Chicago.
Where to Stay: The St. Clair Hotel – Magnificent Mile
Enjoy your stay in Chicago in this historic building with modern charms. You’ll be just a block away from the dining and shopping of the Magnificent Mile, the area’s premier entertainment district.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is known for its abundance of galleries and studios. This artsy city is steeped in history and culture, and artwork runs from traditional to contemporary, making it one of the largest and most important art destinations in the country. If you’re there on a weekend, meet some of the artists at the Friday gallery openings. Between Canyon Road, the Plaza area, and downtown Santa Fe, you’ll discover more than 250 galleries. Stop by the Indian Market on the Plaza to meet Native artists, purchase goods, and learn about contemporary Native American art and cultures.
Where to Stay: La Posada de Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
During the 20th century, La Posada de Santa Fe was a Victorian mansion. It’s the only downtown resort in Santa Fe, featuring 157 tranquil casita-style guest rooms and suites that provide traditional southwestern décor and adobe architectures with modern amenities.
Portland is serving up handcrafted, locally made spirits, making the city the center of an artisan distillery movement. Along Distillery Row, 12 independent distilleries produce more than 80 unique spirits, including specialized spirits like aquavit and flavored liqueurs. For a tour of Portland’s bars and distilleries, check out speakeasy-style bars, rooftop bars, or craft distilleries.
Where to Stay: The Hoxton Portland
In a building that dates back to 1906, the Hoxton Portland is located in Old Town Chinatown. The 119 bedrooms feature rich timber paneling, pink marble, and brass feature lighting.
Richmond is home to 10 unique and beautiful gardens you can explore on your own on a Garden Trail tour. You can follow the itinerary starting at any point on the trail. These green spaces change with the season, so there’s always something interesting to see and do. Although it’s a self-guided tour, you can ask at any site what the day’s highlights are or for help planning the rest of your tour.
Where to Stay: Residence Inn Richmond Downtown
In the heart of the historic Shockoe Slip District, you’ll find a home away from home at the Residence Inn Richmond Downtown. You’ll be located just minutes from the Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond Beer Trail, Virginia State Capitol, and the Seigel Center.
Whether you’re looking to spend your tax refund on a quick weekend trip or a week-long vacation, we’re ready to help you find a hotel within your budget. When you visit roomkey.com, you’ll find all the information you need, presented in a way that makes sense. Once you’ve found the perfect hotel, we’ll take you directly to that hotel’s website to secure your room, rate, and loyalty points, too.