The Best Royal Wedding-Inspired Getaways in America
Your invitation to Meghan Markle's bachelorette may have gotten lost in the mail, but grab your friends to toast the couple on their wedding weekend at one of these unique offerings at hotels and restaurants around the country.
The Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island
For a taste of the royal treatment on May 19th, the Weekapaug Inn is hosting a British-inspired lineup of events including a live wedding viewing over a traditional breakfast of Lincolnshire sausage and Back bacon with a celebratory Bucks Fizz champagne toast. There will also be a "Royal Tea Par-tea" with an English fruit wedding cake gifted to each guest, and a dinner with hits like beef Wellington, Eton Mess, and more. Expect costumes, too — the British-born innkeeper is going all out for this one.
The Drake, a Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
In June of 1996, Princess Diana stayed at The Drake during her trip to Chicago to raise funds for cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The suite that Princess Di stayed in has since been crowned the "Princess Diana suite," with the furnishings and decor staying true to how it looked during her stay. To celebrate the newlyweds, the hotel will host a special luncheon and evening reception, the former with a pre-recorded tape of the wedding, and the latter with live cabaret performances, a three-course dinner, and an open bar.
The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland
Charm City socialite, Wallis Warfield Simpson, turned Duchess of Windsor, had a heated love affair with the British King Edward VIII before they ultimately married in 1937. Long before The Ivy Hotel became a four-star getway, Simpson spent her time in the 19th century mansion in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. During your stay, be sure to treat yourself to the Ivy Signature Foot Ritual at the Spa, to get your feet ready for all the "Suits"-worthy celebrating you'll be doing on the town later.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
In the Royal Suite at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, luxuriate in 4,000-square-feet of living space, including a dining room, terrace with fire pit, and media room with a 60-inch TV (perfect for your royal wedding viewing party). For your stay, Executive Chef Andrew Court from Birmingham, England will cook up a traditional English breakfast with all the trimmings. Later, you'll devour "Elevenses," with Madeira cake and other treats, a "low tea" (a lighter version of the classic High Tea), and a four course dinner including "When Harry Met Meghan," a duo of Scottish filet and roasted lobster tail for the entrée. Personal butler, a special welcome amenity, and more special touches all included.
The Westin Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee
Channel your House of Windsor excitement at The Westin Nashville during the royal wedding weekend with a special welcome surprise from the official Royal Collection Trust. Bright and early — 6:00am on May 19th — head to the lobby lounge Decker & Dyer for a watch party complete with tea service boasting a Nashville flair (think sweet tea cocktails). The party is open to the public, so if you're looking for something more private, pamper yourself with the Royal Wedding Spa Package at Rhapsody Spa that includes a makeup lesson, face yoga (a unique treatment Markle adores), a massage, mani/pedi, and a glass of Veuve Clicquot to toast the newlyweds.
The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida
The "Royal Romance Suits You" package at The Brazilian Court is quite the jaw-dropper: Highlights include a bottle of Tignanello, peonies, banana cake and handwritten calligraphy card when you check-in, a half-day getaway with Royal Yacht Charters, and afternoon tea at West Palm staple Serenity Garden Tea House and Cafe, housed in a 1920s home and studded with gorgeous antiques. Got other plans when Harry and Meghan say "I Do?" The over-the-top offering runs through June 30th.
JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek in Denver, Colorado
This Markle-ous royal wedding package at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek includes posh overnight digs on May 18th, a welcome bag stuffed with magazines featuring the couple, sparkling wine and strawberries, valet parking, and a $40 credit for ordering room service. You'll also get a courtesy wake-up call at 4:00am to ensure you're up for the big day, and thankfully, a late checkout at 2:00pm the next day so you can squeeze in some more beauty sleep in your mountain getaway.
The Williamsburg Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia
Sad Prince Harry is officially off the market? The Queen’s Suite at the Williamsburg Inn is the perfect place to recover. Queen Elizabeth II came to the Williamsburg Inn in 1957 (the first British monarch to set foot in the area) in honor of the 350th anniversary of the United Kingdom's first permanent English settlement. She then came back to the Inn in 2007 for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. Kick back with a book on the royal family, thoughtfully displayed in the suite, or head to the spa for a restorative treatment.
Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Before the Suits star crossed o'er the pond, home was America, where plenty of castles and countryside magic abounds, too. At the Glen Eyrie Castle in the breathtaking Pikes Peak region (where Prince Harry attended the Warrior Games in 2013), you can rent a deluxe room for an overnight, enjoy breakfast in the King James Dining Room, take castle tours, and drink a sampling of Victorian teas. For a fix of the great outdoors, journey to Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, North America's highest suspension bridge that may give the heights-averse one heck of a royal scare.
Windsor Court in New Orleans, Louisiana
Got $51,918 to spare (yes, like Harry and Meghan's wedding date)? Then to NOLA you should go! Windsor Court proves a welcome swap for Windsor Castle where the extravagant royal wedding package gets you round trip, first-class airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S., three nights in the two-bedroom Presidential Suite (5/17-5/20), an afternoon ladies’ hat-fitting at a first-rate milliner, and a $4,000 hotel credit for food, drinks and spa services, and more. Everyone should basically start calling you Kate M. now.
Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois
The Deer Path Inn is modeled after a 15th century English manor house and from the moment you see the British and American flags as you enter the driveway, you'll know you're in for a treat. In fact, Deer Path Inn’s innkeeper spent two weeks in England to understand the art of innkeeping, and you'll see it in details ranging from the property's artwork to the Hunter rain boots lining the entryway. Reserve a seating at the hotel's formal afternoon tea, which will delight your taste buds with smoked salmon pinwheels, scones, petit fours, and other classic selections. Come nightfall, sink your teeth into bangers and mash or Shepherd's Pie at the White Hart Pub — no passport required. Did we mention this is all offered year-round?
Tina's Traditional Tea Room in Carmel, Indiana
Whisk yourself away to this Hoosier State prize, which is hosting a veritable royal wedding feast on May 19th. Once you're settled at Tina's Tearoom in your finest wedding attire (don't forget a festive hat), sink your teeth into a traditional British wedding buffet, featuring coronation chicken salad and a cake recipe straight from the chef of the late Princess Diana as you chase your meal down with tea. Why all the Anglophilia? Owner Tina Jesson hails from an hour north of London and wants to bring a taste of her cherished England to her American patrons.